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The Will of Martin Camersac

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18 Feb 1817

"In the name of God, Amen!
I, Martin Camersac of the State of Louisiana and Parish of Saint Landry, being in good health, of perfect memory and sound mind; mindful that the period allotted for man to live is short and uncertain, and wishing to leave my worldly affairs so arranged and in such situation that my estate, real and personal, may be quietly and peaceably possed after my descease by those on whom I am inclined to bestow it, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament;
"First, it is my Will and desire that, after my decease, all my just debts shall be punctually paid by my Executors.
"Secondly, I give and bequeath to Arsene Lebleu, Baptiste Lebleu, and Catherine Lebleu, wife of Charles Sallier, the whole of my estate, real and personal, immovable and moveable, to be equally divided among them or the survivors of them, and the heirs of the deceased should there be any at my decease, it being understood that, in case of heirs as above mentioned, they are to have the portion which would have belonged to their parent by virtue of this Will.
"Thirdly, I acknowledge the said Arsene Lebleu, Baptiste Lebleu, Martin Lebleu, and Catherine Lebleu, wife of Charles Sallier, to be my natural children by Josette Lamirande, Widow Lebleu, and declare that I have no legitimate children, never having been married.
"Fourthly I do hereby constitute and appoint the said Arsene Lebleu, Baptiste Lebleu, and Martin Lebleu or any one of the two of them, the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
"And Fifthly, I do hereby disannul, disavow, and make void all other Wills, Testaments, and Codicils heretofore by me in any wise made, confirming this my last .
"In testimony whereof, after hearing this Will read and explaind in the presence of the subscribing Witnesses, I have hereunto set my hand by making my ordinary mark before George king, Judge in and for the Parish of Saint Landry and Ex-Officio Notary-Public, who has written this my last Will as dictated by me at Opelousas, this twenty-first day of February in the Year of our Lord One Thouisand Eight Hundred and Seventeen.
(Signed) Martin (his T- mark) Camersac -- Geo. King- P(robate) Judge and Ex-officio Notary Public"
"Signed and acknowledged after being read and explained in presence of Valentine King, John McGlaughlin, Francois Neda, Cyrille Thibodau, and Pierre Thibodau, who have hereunto signed as assisting witnesses before George King-P(robate) Judge in and for the aforesaid Parish, at Opelousas this twenty-first day of February, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, aforesaid.
(Signed) Valentine King, George King-P. Judge, John McGlaughlin, Cyrille Thibodau, Fco. (sp,?) Neda, Pierre Thibodau."[1]

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* Some speculation: Barthelemy LeBleu married Marie Josette delaMirande at Pointe Coupee on Oct. 16, 1769. He was about 47 at the time and she was abound 20. They had no children until 1780 (after nearly 11 years of marriage). The sixth child was born in 1793 (when Barthelemy would have been about 70 years of age). During the Spanish colonial period of Louisiana history (1763-1804), divorce was not legal. It was common for couples to break up and live with new partners, only marrying after the legal spouses were deceased.
Martin Camersac was a neighbor who was about 25 in 1780. In his last will in 1817, he claims to be the father of four of the LeBleu children (one of the children and probably another were already dead by then and would therefore have no reason to be included in the will).
I am descended from one of these children, Jean Baptiste LeBleu. Though only a DNA test could prove it today, I believe that Josette left Barthelemy LeBleu and lived with Martin Camersac, bearing him the children. The children were baptized listing Barthelemy as the father possibly because of inheritance issues or to prevent gossip. The nearest civilization was the frontier post of Opelousas and this was a long way from where the family lived in the then-wilderness (near what is now Lake Charles).
posted 19 Jul 2018 by Lance Martin   [thank Lance]
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