Rene’ (Renez) Baham, son of Jean Baptiste Baham dit Gentil, was born on 5 Dec. 1766 at Mobile, Alabama. He was baptized on 7 Dec. 1766 at Mobile, Alabama.
He had a continued relationship with Therese Parent, starting about 1789.
He married Elizabeth Antoinette (Isabelle) Milon, daughter of Jean Milon and Marie LaFond, on 31 Dec 1795 at St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
Renez was an early settler of St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, arriving in 1806.
He was on a tax roll in 1811 at St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Ellis notes that Renez Baham was licensed to sell liquor:
There also were also eight persons who were licensed to sell liquor in quantities above one quart, which indiates either a healthy consumption by the local citizenry, or a considerable transient trade. In the light of the future history of the parish, it is likely that both of these conditions existed in 1812. Renez Baham...." page 86.
He was commissioned a major in the 1st Battalion 13th Regiment of the Louisiana Militia during the Battle of New Orleans. Throughout his life he was known as Major Baham.
He witnessed the probate of the estate of his father, Jean Baptiste Baham, on 9 July 1814 at St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
"Appeared Renez Baham, Joseph Baham, Baptiste Baham, and Louis Baham of parish of St Tammany and state of Louisiana, as joint heirs of a parcel of land granted by the Spanish government to Jean Baptiste Baham, deceased, situated on the Tchefuncte river and outside the town of Madisonville, applying for division of property. 9 July 1814"
He started a relationship with Melanie Foucher circa 1816 that produced three children.
He appeared on the census of 1820 at St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. There were 21 people in household, 14 were engaged in agriculture. 
According to the Conveyance Records in St Tammany Parish, Rene owned large tracts of land which he acquired from the estate of his father, Jean Baptiste Bahan.
In 1820 Rene emancipated two slaves, his children, Honore and
Rene Baham of said Parish did on the seventh day of September one thousand eight hundred and twenty declare to me Jesse R. Jones Judge of the Parish aforesaid his wish to emancipate a mulatto male slave named Honore aged about thirty years also a mulatto female slave named Ponorion aged thirty years belonging to said Renez Baam-and further that said slaves have always led honest conduct without ever having run away and without having committed any Robbery, or been guilty of any other criminal misdemeanor. In consequence of my declaration an order was given to the Sheriff of this Parish who immediately caused to be posted up the notice required by law, and the legal delay of forty days has expired without any opposition being filed. The aforesaid Renez Baam personally appeared before me the aforesaid Judge, on this Twenty Seventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and twenty___emancipated and forever set free and by these presented doth emancipate and forever make free the aforesaid Honorie and Ponorion, and the said Renez Baam doth engage to maintain and nourish the aforesaid Honorie and Ponorion when they shall be in want owing to sickness, old age, insanity or other infirmity.
In 1821 Rene sold three slaves, his grandchildren, to his son-in-law, Casmir Populis, at St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana:
State of Louisiana Parish of St. Tammany . Be it known that on this Seventh day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty One and the Independence of the United States of America the Forty Sixth. Before me Jesse R. Jones, Judge of the Parish a---- duly authorized by law to exercise the Power of Notary Public, therein formally came and appeared Renez Baam of the Parish and State aforesaid who declared that for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, he has this day, bargained sold and delivered and by this p______ deed? Bargain sell and deliver unto Cadimire Populus free person of color three certain female slaves viz., Enad, aged about five years, Amantine aged three years & Mary Josephine aged ten months. To hold the same to said Casimire from the said Renez Baam and his heirs forever~ This_____ the said Casimire Populus who declared that the above bargained slaves his natural children and that he accepts the sale with a view to emancipate them and does hereby engage to emancipate and make free the ___ slaves so soon as they have attained the age required by the law of the State. Thus done and ____ at Covington in the Parish and State aforesaid and all parties subscribing their names unto in the presence of Lyman Briggs and John O. St. Cavdon. Witness to this pre___ who have also signed their names with in the aforesaid Judge date above written.
Renez Baam, Casimire Populus, Witness Lyman Briggs, Jno St Caydon. Jesse R. Jones Parish Judge.
Truly recorded this 29th day of September 1821 Jesse R. Jones Parish Judge.
Rene died on 23 Jan. 1842 at St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, at age 75.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with René by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: