If anyone is researching the Jean Louis family from Southwest Louisiana and allied families, you may be a descendant of Jean Louis of the Congo. The Descendants of Jean Louis of the Congo are planning their first family reunion Labor Day Weekend in Lafayette, LA.
Who was Jean Louis of the Congo you say? He was the progenitor of the JEAN LOUIS (also spelled John Louis/ Jeanlouis/ Johnloius and Johnlewis) family. He was the slave of Simon Broussard in Lafayette Parish prior to 1790. Upon Simon Broussard's death, his son Jean Baptist Broussard freed Jean Louis circa 1792 for good and faithful service. Jean Louis purchased 648 acres of land in Lafayette Parish. He purchased the freedom of his three daughters Mary, Mary Louis and Genevive. In Jean Louis' will, he requested that his daughters purchase the freedom of his only son named Jean Louis (called Jean Louis the slave for simplicity), owned by Edouard Armand Broussard. Upon Jean Louis of the Congo's death in 1832, his church death record stated that he was a native of the Congo. His estate was never settled and probably lost during legal battles.
The descendants of Jean Louis of the Congo married into the GUIDRY, DeCLOUET, LeBLANC, SENETTE, BROUSSARD, LeMELLE, SHAY, BARNABE, BABIN, MARTEL, PICKETT, MOUTON, COLAS, NARCISSE, COMEAU, DeCUIR, HENRY, TRAHAN, GOODBEER, HEBERT, BENJAMIN, MIRE, HALPHEN, MERCIER, SAM, ALLEN, LOUIS, MARTINE, ORPHEE, CHARLES, LAURENCE, LaCOUR, GABRIEL, HARDY, LeDE, JEFFERSON, MICHEL, MITCHEL, GREEN, BOUTTE, and RAYNE families to name only a few. These families lived in Lafayette, Scott, Youngsville, Broussard, Breaux Bridge, St Martinville, Grand Coteau, Sunset, Loreauville and New Iberia as well as other towns in Louisiana.
If one knows they are related to families from these areas with the above mentioned surnames, then you are probably a descendant of Jean Louis of the Congo. So sign up for the reunion to meet your long lost cousines et cousins. It will be the first time the free side and the former enslaved sides of the family will be reunited for a friendly family gathering.
Please contact Cherryl Forbes Montgomery for aditional information and details at CherrylM@AOL.com