Posted July 14th 2014 at 10:59 pm by
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My Family Narrative in Central Louisiana from 1798 to 1922

slave auction in the south

A Slave Auction in the South (Theodore Davis/Library of Congress)

In the previous post in this series, I introduced you to my mother, Wylene, and her desire to discover her family lineage and history as an African American woman in the United States. In this post, I present to you my family narrative and lineage from 1798 to 1922 in the timeline below. It tells the story of a family born into slavery and denied the freedom granted by the will of a slave owner at her death, only to obtain legal freedom at the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. I give gratitude for the work started before me by E. W. McDonald in his book, The LaCroix Descendants, 1611-1991: From France Via Quebec to Central Louisiana. This is, by no means, a complete history. My family is certainly not defined by legal slave documents or slavery. However, it is my hope that my family, in knowing their narrative, will draw strength from having gone through such an ordeal and from having a greater awareness of what has led us to this point. I hope the same for any that read my family’s narrative.

You can move forward or backward in the the timeline below by hovering over the right or left side and clicking on the gray bar that appears. Within many of the items in the timeline you can use your mousepad to scroll down to see more content.


In my next post, I’ll be sharing my and my mother’s response and reflections to discovering our family narrative.

Post and Timeline by Lakisha David.

7 responses to “My Family Narrative in Central Louisiana from 1798 to 1922”

  1. Mike D. says:

    I wonder how far back can we go?

    Thanks Kisha for your effort and in sparking interest in our history.

  2. Hi LaKisha, I hope that there is much more material on Milo, I will see if I find anything about John Say in the land claims. says:

    Hi LaKisha, I hope to see much more material in the near future. I will see what is available in the land claims regarding John Say. It might be possible to find more about her through him. I am very interested in this project and hope to see what you have found out about her. I am greatly interested in the lives of everyone who lived in the Avoyelles and Rapides area in the 1700s and 1800s and hope that there are more documents available. Samuel Glass did have some land claims in Avoyelles and Rapides but have yet to access them. When I do will happily share them with you.

  3. Wylene Hameed says:

    Amazing, just right damn amazing. I am overwhelm. Lakisha, you are one remarkable young lady and resoucreful. Words just can’t express my feelings. You have put the backbone back into our family, and I like to thank you for all the hard work and I’m pretty sure many sleepless nights that you have put into locating our family members.

    I am full of questions and very little answers, why? It really doesn’t matter because it gave me a better insight of who I am. You asked the question, ” Should you claim Samuel Glass as an ancestor?” I say yes, because Samuel Glass is as much a part of us as Tamar, after all, it started with him. You have to announce the European part of us. It’s like making a sandwich without bread-meat alone is not a sandwich. You have to claim all of it because you can not correct history by omitting it. I say, check Samuel Glass out, after all he is your three time great grandfather.

    Looking at some of the facts that you presented, I have more question.

    *Under the bill of sale for Mila, was her name change before she was sold?

    *The executor and the witness?

    * Can we get copies of the will of Mary LaCroix?

    Matter of fact, I would like to get copies of any legal documents.

    This Blog was well written and sound like the fun are getting ready to start. I love this Blog and I can’t wait for the next one. Thank-you very much, LaKisha David.

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  5. Mary Dobbins says:

    I really enjoy reading about our family history. Today (07/23/14), I shared your blog with a young lady who is researching her famliy history. You are making a different in our lives.

    I Love You And I Support You…

  6. Danielle Davis says:

    Ok I would really like to start this for the other side of my family also. I am loving being able to talk about our family like I done the research myself. I have to give all credit to the scholars. Lakisha David and Mom Wylene Hameed.

  7. Gwen Braxton says:

    Hi Lakisha,

    Seeing all the research over several months (for me) in a blog for the entire world to see and stumble on is so amazing. I truly believe that God’s timing is perfect. What is the likelihood of my brother needing a quadruple bypass in Rapides Parish during the time when you were discovering and uncovering the LaCoixs and Glasses? What is the likelihood that I would be in driving distance of Avoyelles Parish? What is the likelihood that I would actually find the sale of Milo/Tamar with her children listed in the vast number of documents at the Avoyelles Parish couthouse? One of only a few courthouses who seem to have retained every single document ever filed. Some documents written in French dating back to the 1700s.

    I am indeed elated, beyond words to know that I could lend a hand in this journey that you are on. Your quest to expose the atrocities of slavery and the end result being a large family who has endured heartache, pain and struggle but are still here to tell about it.

    Had there not been Milo who endured slavery and so much more, there would not be a Lakisha T. David alive to tell ithe story which makes it history.

    (Smiling with the biggest smile imaginable)