508. Jean Baptiste RABALAIS I was born on 15 January 1759 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1290 He was baptized on 18 January 1759 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1290 On 3 July 1779, he appeared as "Jean Bte. Ravalé" on a list described as Names taken "from the last census the general list of all the garçons of my jurisdiction from the age of 14 years to 42...“ by Louis Judice at La Fourche des Chetimachas, 3rd July 1779 (Second Acadian Coast in what-is-now Ascension Parish). Jean Baptiste served in the Revolutionary War, Pointe Coupee Militia, and is considered a patriot based on his service with Galvez.1074 He appeared in the census in 1785 at Avoyelles Post in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. The 26-year-old is shown with his wife, three children, two slaves and fifteen arpents of land. In addition, he maintained 30 cows, 10 horses and 40 pigs and column entitled "Planted tobacco in feet" indicates 20,000. Jean in 1795 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA was listed as an inhabitant of Avoyelles, Louisiana, who "owns slaves and who contributed to the indemnity to those of the Pointe Coupee whose slaves were executed as a result of the conspiracy of the Negroes in the year 1795. This indemnity fund was established by Spanish Governor General Baron de Carondelet so that slaveholders could be reimbursed for slaves who were sentenced to death, killed in flight or sentenced to the public works. This fund was established in conjunction with new slave control regulations and restricted slave trade after Captain Guillaume Duparc, commandant of the Pointe Coupee Post, learned in April of 1795 of a plot by local slaves to force their masters into giving them their freedom. At that time, Duparc immediately sent out three patrols to arrest the slaves suspected of planning the revolt. Soon afterwards, several negroes and mulattos were arrested and jailed; fifteen were hanged and several others were sentenced to presidio duty or banished from the colony. The slaveholder tax of 1795 imposed a tax of six "escalins" (75 cents) per slave on slaveowners in the Louisiana colony. There was considerable opposition to this tax and many refused to pay it. Jean Baptiste owned 2 male slaves and 1 female; his total tax was two "piastres" and two "reaux". " The census of these taxpayers was dated 3-20-1796. He appeared in the census in 1810 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. His wife does not appear to be listed in that census with him. Instead, he apppears to be living with five individuals (likely all his children) and three slaves. A land claim in his name was filed on 23 October 1811 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. The 400 "arpens"claim (approximately 338 acres) states that the land was "founded on settlement & cultivation by Joseph Rabalais and others claiming under him from the year 1784 to the present time, without interruption ...". 1291 He was deceased by 3 July 1821 because his estate was in succession by this date and he was listed as deceased on the documents. Marie Louise BOUCHARD and Jean Baptiste RABALAIS I1266 were married on 26 October 1777 in (St. James Parish), Louisiana, USA.1410
Jean Baptiste Rabalais appeared in the 3 July 1779 census at Cabanocé (later St. James Parish) according to Winston De Ville's "The Acadian Coast in 1779:: Settlers of Cabanocey and La Fourche in the Spanish Province of Louisiana During the American Revolution" (Page 29). He was listed as 'Jean Bte. Ravalé'. This could explain why the baptisms of his several of his children cannot be found.
509. Marie Louise BOUCHARD was born on 22 September 1759 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA and was baptized on 30 September 1759 at St. François d’Assise Catholic Church in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1409,3168 She appeared in the census in 1785 at Avoyelles Post in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. Marie died before 1810. She was not counted on the 1810 Census with her family. Also, she was listed as deceased on the marriage record of son, Martin, on 10 November 1812 but not on marriage record of son, Jean Baptiste, on 25 November 1809.