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1850 St. Landry Par. LA Census Look-up

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Re: Major Donato Bello native of Corand, Kingdom of Naples, Archdiocese of Naples, m. Suzanne Moreau

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 6:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Mar 2013 10:59PM GMT
Surnames: Moreau, Bello
There is something wrong with the St. Landry Probate Record (95) for Donato Bello as quoted in the previous post by Rosie Morein Wells.

In that record it states that Suzanne Moreau, wife of Donato Bello, was "the d/o Joseph Valentin Moreau & Marie Jeanne LaFleur." But, Joseph Valentin Moreau did not marry Marie Jeanne LaFleur until about 1749. Harry James Moreau (the expert on the Moreau family genealogy), in his 8-volume book "Avoyelles Connections," lists the eleven children of Joseph Valentin Moreau & Marie Jeanne LaFleur, and lists "Susanne" as the eleventh and last child. If she was the eleventh child, then she could not have been born much before 1765, making her way too young for a 1765 wedding to Donato Bello. Even if she was the first child of Joseph Valentin Moreau & Marie Jeanne LaFleur, and was born in 1750, she'd be about 15 years old at her 1765 wedding to Donato Bello.

However, Joseph Valentin Moreau had a niece who was also named "Susanne Moreau," who was the daughter of his older brother, Louis Moreau II. Louis Moreau II & Marie Catherine Aide-Crequi married in January 1743 and had three children that we know of. One of these was a Susanne Moreau, who, according to the genealogist Harry James Moreau, was born "about 1749," and he states that she was the wife of Donato Bello. She would have been about 16 years old on the date of her marriage to Bello.

The question is this: Did the record identified as "St. Landry Probate 95" actually give the names of the parents of Susanne Moreau, the widow of Donato Bello, as it shows in the earlier post? OR were these names inserted by an overzealous researcher, who mistakenly confused the two women, first cousins, who were both named Susanne Moreau.?

It turns out that Joseph Valentin Moreau and his family did settle in St. Landry Parish, and he died there in 1782. So, it was a logical mistake for someone, at some point in time, to assume that he was the father of Donato Bello's wife, especially since Joseph Valentin Bello also had a daughter named "Susanne."

I don't have a copy of Donato Bello's original probate record from St. Landry Parish. But, if anyone else does, I'd love to see it.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Connie Levy 7 Feb 2003 3:34AM GMT 
bvsbsbsnsnsms... 7 Feb 2003 3:39AM GMT 
patrickrobert... 7 Feb 2003 9:43PM GMT 
Connie 8 Feb 2003 8:32AM GMT 
Edsel_W 20 May 2003 10:00AM GMT 
Edsel_W 20 May 2003 10:15AM GMT 
MarFer77 27 Jul 2003 12:24AM GMT 
Edsel_W 4 Aug 2003 11:49AM GMT 
Rosie Morein Wells 20 May 2003 10:25AM GMT 
PeteNormand19... 1 Apr 2013 12:50AM GMT 
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