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BONNET/JOURNET
Posted by: Gilles Hudicourt Date: November 14, 2000 at 09:49:20
In Reply to: Re: BONNET by Bliss Broyard of 2224

I will verify but I think that BONNET was "Homme de couleur", or Mullato as you say (In colonial days, mullato meant 50% black and 50% white). People of mixted race that were not 50/50 but 25/75 or 12.5/87.5 were called "gens de couleur" that you could translate, I guess, as "colored" except that in the Saint-Domingue context, it excludes pure blacks. If you look at the Archive Nationale database at www.agh.qc.ca you will find many listings for BONNET including several where General Guy Joseph BONNET is either Godfather or witness. There is one listing for a JOURNET.
Many "gens de couleur" were plantation and slave owners and fled the revolution. According to Augusta Elmwood of the Saint-Domnigue Interest Group, more than half of the Saint-Domingue refugees that arrived in Louisiana between 1792 and 1808 were coloured or black. However, many colored people of all tones joined the revolutionaries as did a few whites.
I dont know if your Augustin Bonnet was brother to General Guy-Joseph but they were most likely related somehow.


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