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logoProformat News                  ISSN 1833-9514
No 20
October 2007


October/November seminars

11 Oct: So you want to publish your family history Salisbury Writers Festival 2007 7:00pm 2 hour session

25 Oct: Dating family photographs Cultural Centre Library Diagonal Road Oaklands Park 10:30am 2 hour session
22 Nov:UK ancestors Cultural Centre Library Diagonal Road Oaklands Park 10:30am 2 hour session

Hill Bible
Dear Graham
Earlier this year you put me in contact with the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine in relation to a family bible belonging the HILL family of (Penwortham) SA.
I was in England when the June edition of the magazine was published with the story of the bible and the photos. I received 5 emails from both Hill and Knuckey researchers. I returned to Perth two weeks ago.
I'm really pleased to tell you that I handed over the bible this week to a descendent of Joseph Hill's older brother, Benjamin Hill. It was a nice feeling to return this precious item to a 'family member'.
Thank you for your assistance in setting this up.
Best wishes

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• Hill Bible

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Making links
I am a great supporter in what I call the primary research strand in family history research. There is little doubt in my mind that the most productive results in developing a family tree will be the result of making links with distant cousins where ever possible. The thinking behind this is that knowledge and artifacts travel down all family lines and not just your own. Indeed if you descend from younger siblings in the family, it is likely that much more is known by the descendants of the older children in these distant families. My own grandmother, born at the tail end of 12 children is a case in point. Largely reared by her older sisters, she knew little of her parents' origins and yet when I talked to the children of her older siblings, they were comparitively well versed in their ancestry.
Thus in my mind the primary research trail has to be locating distant cousins and apart from searching them out in electoral rolls, telephone directories and the like, one of the better ways of finding them is by advertising your research interests widely. I have used the Genealogy Research Directory (GRD) extensively and had good results. I also use family history magazines and society journals too. I find journals published by societies residing where my ancestors lived to be particularly useful. The advantage of using these tools is that you pick up fellow genealogists in your own extended family.
However, the web just outranks all the previously listed modes hands down and you get picked up by not just fellow genealogists. How many readers have googled surnames of interest themselves?
Jaunay children 1825Admittedly I have a rather rare name which helps the process, but I will relate just two of many contacts I have received by having a Jaunay web site.
The first refers to a contact I received fro a cousin living in Paris. Our common ancestor, François Marie JAUNAY died in 1839 and the cousin descend through the eldest child, Ann, while I descend through the youngest child, Louis. This cousin has an original painting of the children of François Marie which dates to about 1825. I have a rather poor photograph of the small painting and hope one day to obtain a decent copy. He also sent me copies of the architect's drawings for the rennovations in 1816 of the Jaunay property in Leicester Square London.
The second contact happen just this August when a doctor living in New Orleans advised me that he was living in a creole house built by Charlotte Jaunay in the late 1820s. This man has rennovated the house and attached slave quarters with great care. Unfortunately I cannot yet link Charlotte to my family but her father originates from the same place, Angers, as my family.
Charlotte, the daughter of Jean JAUNAY and Marie Anne Jeanne MUGNIER was born in St Domingue in 1772, She and her husband escaped the 1804 revolution by fleeing with thousands of others to Cuba. When Spain expelled the French refugees from Cuba in 1809, almost 10,000 of them including the Santo Domingo family migrated to New Orleans. By then, there were two children, Louise and Louis Joseph, the latter born in Cuba in 1804.
926 Toulouse Street926 Toulouse StreetThere are several parish court records in the New Orleans Public Library that illustrate the life of Charlotte. The first, in September 1816, involved her husband’s estate. In the record, Charlotte stated that her husband had died in July and that his death had left her a few pieces of furniture and a slave with two children. No real estate was mentioned. In a notarial document, Charlotte renounced her marital status because her husband's estate owed her $11,789 from her dowry. She was awarded the money.
A second suit was launched in October a year later against a ship's captain, John David, 926 Toulouse Streetwhom Charlotte sued for $200. The circumstances of her husband’s death were revealed in the document. In the summer of 1816, the Santo Domingo family was relocating to Puerto Rico. In May, her husband booked passage from New Orleans for $260; the entourage was to have included himself, Charlotte, their son Louis, and two female slaves with their three children. For unexplained reasons, after the captain received a promissory note for the trip, only Charlotte’s husband was able to go. Unfortunately, he died 15 days after he arrived in the capital of Puerto Rico, in July 1816. The captain turned the note over to Santo Domingo’s executor who paid it, unaware of the circumstances. Charlotte successfully argued in her suit that the ship, the Fornax, had been fully loaded when it left New Orleans, and that the captain had knowingly cheated her out of a refund.
Yves Le Blanc owned a store on Royal Street New Orleans at the corner of Toulouse Street when he bought the property of Urban Meilleur on Toulouse Street in 1822. After Le Blanc died in 1826, his estate sold the property on Toulouse on 27 January 1827 to Charlotte Jaunay, the widow of Louis Honore August SANTO DOMINGO for $1520.
926 Toulouse Street926 Toulouse StreetBy the time she bought the Le Blanc property in 1827, Charlotte Santo Domingo was fifty-five years old. There is some evidence that Charlotte began the process that resulted in the present house at 926 Toulouse Street (pictured) today. Tax records for 1836 assessed the property at $1200. In 1837, the assessment rose to $2000 and, in 1838, to $3000. Shortly after the home was constructed Charlotte sold the property.
Pictured (with permission): 926 Toulouse Street from L-R starting at top: Street frontage, slave quarter in rear garden, slave quarter, interior of home, interior of slave quarter.

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