James Manuel was born on June 20, 1888 in Kinder, Allen, Louisiana, United States. He was the first born child of Leandre Leon Manuel and Angeline Marie Langley.  He was baptized on September 17, 1888 at their local parish church. 
In 1900 he was recorded during the United States census with his parents and 4 siblings at their home in Hickory Flats, Louisianna. 
In 1910 he was 22 years old and living with his parents and 7 siblings on their farm in Calcasieu, Louisiana. 
James married Octavie Pitre in about 1916 in Louisianna. In 1917 he completed his draft card and requested exemption because he had a dependent wife.  Together they adopted a daughter Mable Beodeaux. 
In 1920 he was 31 years old and farming rice. He was living with his wife and adopted daughter at their home in Kinder, Louisiana.  By 1930 he was 44 years old and working as a common labourer. He was living with his wife and daughter at their home in Kinder.  In 1940 he was working on a roadworks project as a labourer. He was living with his wife Octavia (44) and Mable (23) in Kinder. 
James died on June 17, 1968 in Kinder, Allen, Louisianna, United States at the age of 81 years. 
Obituary James Manuel
Funeral services for James Manuel, 81, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in First United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. B. L. Clark, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery under direction of Ardoin's Funeral Home of Kinder.
Manuel died at 1.30 p.m. Monday in an Oakdale Nursing home a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of the Kinder area and a retired foreman.
Survivors include his wife Mrs. Octavia P. Manuel; one daughter, Maurice Fuselier of Iowa; three brothers, Alexson Manuel of Kinder, Valcour Manuel and Vallery Manuel, both of Elton; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Lavergne and Mrs. Sedalee Perkins, both of Lake Charles. (The Kinder Courier News, Kinder, Louisiana, 19 Jun 1968, Page 2)
↑ Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900: compact disk #101; Author: Donald J. Hébert; Publication: Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001, MANUEL, James (Leon & Marie Angelina LANGLEY) b. 20 June 1888 in Kinder; bt. 17 Sept. 1888 - church register was destroyed; copied from original which was signed by Rev. Joseph PEETERS (Kinder Ch.: v.2, p.71)
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSPT-VFH : accessed 13 August 2021), James Manuel in household of Leon Manuel, Ward 1, Hickory Flat (all east of K.C.& W.G.r.r.), Calcasieu, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10, sheet 13B, family 231, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,560.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPTL-DSS : accessed 13 August 2021), James Mawell in household of Leon Mawell, Police Jury Ward 10, Calcasieu, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 50, sheet 21A, family 404, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 510; FHL microfilm 1,374,523.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMTJ-YY9 : accessed 13 August 2021), James Manuel, Police Jury Ward 2, Allen, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 5, sheet 10A, line 24, family 200, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 782; FHL microfilm 2,340,517.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYP9-QKK : 4 January 2021), James Manuel, Ward Four, Jefferson Davis, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 27-12, sheet 2A, line 19, family 29, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1408.
↑ "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JLDN-C3N : 10 January 2021), James Manuel, Jun 1968; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
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