Eugenie Donato was the daughter of Auguste Donato Bello and Marie Denise Meuillon. In her marriage record her mother is called Sylvanie but this is incorrect. In some census records I have seen Marie Denise referred to as Arthemise. This Bello lineage goes back to Donato Bello of Opelousas, St. Landry Parish.
"Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country" By Carl A. Brasseaux, Claude F. Oubre, Keith P. Fontenot
The Natural Children of Donata Bello and Marie-Jeanne Taillefero, a mulatress of New Orleans.
1. Martin Donato Bello married Marianne Duchesne, the natural daughter of Louis Duchesne and Nanette St. Laurent, a Negress of New Orleans. (Marianne Duchesne had also lived in Point Coupee).
2. Celeste Donato Bello married Jean-Baptiste Meuillon, natural son of Francois Cheval, from the parish of St. Charles, and Marie-Anne Meuillon, negresse libre.
3. Victoire Donato Bello married Jean-Baptiste Guillory, the natural son of Gregoire Guillory, and Marguerite, negresse libre.
Note: Although all three identified themselves as the children of Donato Bello in their marriage contracts, neither Marie Celeste nor Victoire used the name Bello. Martin signed as Martin Donato in his sisters' contracts, although for his own he signed M. Donato Bello. Sometime between 1803 and 1818, de dropped the Bello from his name. Thereafter he signed as Martin Donato or M. Donato.
BELLO, Martin Donato (Donato & Marie Jeanne TAILLEFER) m. 16 March 1803 Marianne DUCHESNE (LSAR: Opel.: 1803).
BELLO, Martin Donato d. 2 Jan. 1848 at age 92 yrs. (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.50).
Martin Donato, s/o Donato Bello and his mulatto mistress, Marie Jeanne Taillefer, married Marianne, d/o Louis and Anne "Nanette" (St. Laurent) Duchesne, on 16 Mar 1803 at Opelousas. Donato Bello was an Italian soldier and an officer in the Spanish army who died 20 December 1787, and some members of this family apparently took Donatto, others Bello, as their surname.
BELLO, Augustin Donatto of Opel. (Martin Donatto & Marie Anne DUCHENE) m. 3 Dec. 1827 Marie Denise MEUILLION (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.#87).
MEUILLON, Marie Denise (Jean Baptiste & Celeste Donato BELLO) m. 3 Dec. 1827 Augustin Donatto BELLO of Opelousas (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.#87).
MEUILLON, Jean Baptiste mul. lib. (Francois CHEVAL of St. Charles parish & Marie Anne MEILLON, neg. libre) m. 8 Feb. 1796 Celeste DONATTO quart. libre (Opel. Ch. : Reg. of Blacks, v.1, p. 43).
1860 United States Federal Census
Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana
Post Office: Grand Coteau
Auguste Donate 62
Mary D Meullon 60
Charles Soigner 38
*Charles Sonnier is living with Eugenie Donato's parents.
DONATO, Eugenie (Auguste & Sylvanie) m. 28 Sept. 1886 Charles SONNIER (Eunice Ch.: v. 2, p. 64).
DONATO, Eugenie m. Charles SONNIER d. 25 June 1897 (Opel. Ch.: v. 3, p. 98).
SONNIER, Charles (Sylvain & Josephine BELLO) m. 28 Sept. 1886 Eugenie DONATO (Eunice Ch.: v. 2, p. 64).
1870 St. Landry Parish, LA census record
Carlos Sonier 48 M LA Farmer $400 $650
Eugenie Sonier 36 F LA
Paul Sonier 12 M LA
Lucia Sonier 9 F LA
Emile Sonier 4 M LA
Josephine Bello was the natural daughter of Judith Bello the second wife of Silvain Sonnier, Jr. Judith was the daughter of Donato Bello and Suzanne Moreau. Roger Rozendal has put information on the Silvain Sonnier family on the Sonnier Genforum. He has done an excellent job with this family's ancestry.
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