The Pirate Jean LaFitte and Susanna Deakle Miller Connection

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This is one of the most impossible stories I've ever heard, and I've been trying to either confirm it or deny it as best as possible. Unfortunately, the connection is so long ago (7 generations ago, my 5th great grandmother) and neither documentation nor DNA has been of any help. Maybe you guys can take a crack at it?


The story is that Susannah Deakle (Deakle-10), who would marry Henry Miller (Miller-47314) and have a daughter, Susanna Miller Roberts, had two children out of wedlock.


Those two children are Andrew Deakle (Deakle-7) and Willis Deakle (Deakle-6) while she was still in Savannah, Ga. At some point, she sailed from Savannah, Ga to Mobile, Al. I have no information that verifies they sailed, but the two cities are quite far apart and are both port cities.

Both cities were also frequented by pirates at the time, and the largest known one was the famed Pirate Jean LaFitte (Lafitte-35). Andrew was born in 1802 and Willis in 1805, which means Susannah must have gotten pregnant in 1801 and 1804.

According to wikipedia ( Jean Lafitte had begun operating in New Orleans by 1805, which would've given him ample time to have met and impregnated Susannah on more than one occassion in Savannah.

I have not found any DNA or documentation records to verify the validity of this story, and so my thoughts lean more on the notion that this is likely a false tale; however, there is still the likelihood that this is true, so it still needs to be proven false or tree.
WikiTree profile: Susanna Miller
asked in Genealogy Help by Shawn Wright G2G Crew (960 points)

2 Answers

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Did you talk to Elton L powell? He is a relative he posted a question in 2012
answered by L J G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
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Are there living descendants of the two eldest sons who are reputed to be Lafitte's? If so, there are also descendants of Pierre Lafitte's children with Marie Louise Villard still frolicking around New Orleans, and one would think a DNA test would prove enlightening.
answered by Jessica Key G2G6 Mach 3 (34.8k points)
I am a descendent of one of the sons of Susannah Deakle. Familly  Maybe I can help with DNA.

Where can I compare my DNA to see if I match Jean Laffitte.
The best thing to do would be to contact the Laffite Society and ask them to put you in contact with Diane Burkette or another direct descendant of the Laffite children of New Orleans. I would politely explain the situation and see if any of those descendants are willing to take a DNA test so you can compare results. Maybe even offer to pay for the DNA test yourself -- you can get them on sale for about $50.

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