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Gerards in the 1850 census
Posted by: Karen Sherman Date: August 14, 2001 at 07:57:59
In Reply to: Re: Volunteer Lookups in 1850 Census by Merwin Charles Gerard of 94

Hi!

Unfortunately, the 1850 census that I have is the free census; it does not include slaves, so I can't help you find out which Thibodeaux may have owned slaves. This population supposedly includes all free people, but I don't know how complete it would be for free people of color.

I couldn't find any Gerards either. I searched for Gerard, Gerrard, Jerard, and Jerrard. There are a few Gilards, and the following are names which could possibly be Gerards mispelled or before the name changed:

Name Age/Sex Occ. Real Estate
Giraud Baptiste 33M Planter       2500 b in La       
Giraud Euphemie       34F born in La, can't read       
Giraud Alexandre 13M b in La; attends school       

Giroir       Onezime       50M       Planter       1600       La
Giroir       Odeline       43F                     La

Girourd       Celeste       57F Mulatto (living w/below)
Chichong Ordeline 22M       Mulatto

It's possible that your Joseph and Elena weren't born in 1850. You may want to start with the 1870 or 1880 census and work backwards. It should list freed slaves also.

If there is anything else I can do, please let me know.

Karen


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