Eighth Generation


226. Noel Etienne SOILEAU Jr. was born on 30 April 1745 in (St. Charles Parish), Louisiana, USA.1336 He was baptized on 2 May 1745 at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in (St. Charles Parish), Louisiana, USA.1337 Noel married Angelique Soileau in August 1771 in Opelousas. He appeared in the census in 1771 in (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA. However, the census was obviously taken before his 19 August marriage to Angelique Fontenot because he is not shown living with a wife. In addition, two of his brothers are living with him - Jean Baptiste and Augustin. He has nine slaves, thirteen cattle and 3 horses but it does not show the amount of land owned by him. In the records of the Louisiana State Land Office, Spanish Land Grants, the following land grant was located: Noel Soileau obtained an Opelousas land grant in 1777 of 1000 arpents. It was bounded by the land of Lemelle, conceded by Alexandre Francois Joseph DeClouet de Piedra (surveyor) to Noel Soileau and patented by Spanish Governor Bernardo de Galvez to Noel Soileau. The date of the patent was 9 July 1777. 1,1338 He appeared in the census in 1777 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA with his wife, Angelique Fontenot, two children, five slaves, 20 cattle, 2 horses, 12 hogs and 4 sheep. Revolutionary War Military service: American Revolution - Opelousas Militia. He was appointed Sub-lieutenant of the militia in 22 February 1776. He served under Galvez in the Mobile Campaign in 1780. On the record, it is noted that Soileau was of "known valor, good application, average capacity, poor conduct". Between approximately 1788 and 1805, he served as an officier of the Spanish Militia. He was the 2nd Commandant of Avoyelles Post beginning after the service of Jacques Gaignard and before the term of Dominique de Apereto. An interesting document dated 12 Oct 1793 stated that "Noel Soileau is impatient with the peddlers or gaboteurs. He says that in spite of good advice handed down from the high court, in regard to the merchants of the post, and the peddlers, they sell without scruples, whiskey to the slaves without the permission of their masters. Recently, this happened in the quarters belonging to Pierre Mayeux. They were fined $10. He appoints a sergeant to go to all the merchants and find out who is selling liquor to the slaves. The liquor is to be seized and the merchant will pay a fine of $40, $10 of which will go to the person reporting them."1339 "Noel Soileau" 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 Coupée 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 immed. sent out three patrols to arrest the slaves suspected of planning the revolt. Soon afterwards, several negroes and mulattos were arrested and jailed. In all, sixty three persons were implicated; 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. Noel paid a tax of 4 piastres. Noel was buried on 7 March 1810 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1340 He had his estate in succession in June 1810 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1341 Angelique FONTENOT and Noel Etienne SOILEAU Jr.251,665,842 were married on 19 August 1771 as recorded in the records of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (Pointe Coupee Post records). There is also a second mention of this marriage in the records of "Southwest Louisiana Records ..." which shows a marriage date of 30 July 1771.1342,1343

227. Angelique FONTENOT was born about 1757 in Mobile (Mobile County), Alabama, USA.1330,1344 She appeared in the census in 1777 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA her husband, Noel Soileau, and two children. She died about 1824 at the age of 67.251

Children were:

113

i.

Celeste SOILEAU.

ii.

Victorie SOILEAU was born on 11 January 1777.1345 She was baptized on 27 January 1777 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1345

iii.

Hortense (Henriette) SOILEAU was born about March 1779.1346 She was baptized on 20 June 1779 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1346

iv.

Sophie SOILEAU was born in July 1780.1347 She was baptized on 20 August 1780 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1347

v.

Jean Baptiste SOILEAU was born about December 1781.1348 He was baptized on 10 February 1783 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1348

vi.

Mathilde SOILEAU was born on 5 December 1783.1349 She was baptized on 15 February 1784 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1349 She was buried on 27 November 1785 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1350

vii.

Etienne Noel SOILEAU was born on 25 April 1785.1351 He was baptized on 28 August 1785 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1351

viii.

Louis SOILEAU was born on 15 November 1786.1352 He was baptized on 16 December 1786 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1352

ix.

Charles SOILEAU was born on 23 March 1788.1353 He was baptized on 1 October 1788 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1353

x.

Clerine SOILEAU was born on 4 March 1790.1354 He/she was baptized on 4 September 1792 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1354

xi.

Henri SOILEAU was born on 6 November 1791.1355 He was baptized on 4 September 1792 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1355

xii.

Joséphine SOILEAU was born on 15 February 1792.1356 She was baptized on 12 February 1797 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1356

xiii.

Bridget SOILEAU was born on 17 September 1794.1357 She was baptized on 12 February 1797 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1357

xiv.

Marianne SOILEAU was born on 15 February 1796.1358 She was baptized on 12 February 1797 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1358

xv.

Émilie SOILEAU was born on 5 December 1799.1359 He/she was baptized on 14 October 1800 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.1359