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|Title||Metoyer family papers. Manuscript volumes. Volume 5, Farmer's Business Record, 1895-1944.|
|Contributors||Metoyer, Vilfrede, born 1851.|
|Date||1895 - 1944|
|Physical Description||1 volume.|
|Biographical Information||The Metoyer family were fourth and fifth generation descendants of the founders of the prominent Isle Brevelle colony of free people of color in Natchitoches Parish, La. The family is directly descended from François Metoyer (1784-1862)--son of Marie Thérèze Coincoin (1742-1816?), a freed slave, slave-owner, and property owner; and Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer (1744-1815), a French-born, white plantation owner and businessman. Coincoin was the slave and placée of Metoyer and together the couple had ten children: Nicolas Augustin (1768-1856); Marie Suzanne (1768-1838); Louis (approximately 1770-1832); Pierre (approximately 1772-1833); Dominique (1776-1839); Eulalie (1776-1801); Antoine Joseph (1778-1838); Marie Françoise Rosalie (1780-1783?); Pierre Toussaint (1782-1863); and François (1784-1862). Coincoin was publically manumitted by Metoyer in 1778 and given a small tract of land. Coincoin labored diligently to purchase the freedom of her enslaved children. She is believed to have supported herself by manufacturing medicines and hunting animals with her sons. Together, Coincoin and her children built the Metoyer family plantation and helped to establish a community of free Creoles of color on the Cane River.; Vilfrede Metoyer (born 1851) was a free Creole of color and farmer of Natchitoches Parish. His parents were Simoen Metoyer and Thereze Sarpy. Sarpy’s mother was Marie Adélaÿde Metoyer--daughter of François Metoyer (1784-1862). In 1890, Vilfrede married Mary Metoyer. Together the couple had 11 children, two of which died before reaching adulthood. The surviving children included St. Clair (born 1882), Vilcour (born 1888), Cecilia (born 1892), William (born 1893), Felix (born 1894), Arthemise (born 1895), Agnus (born 1897), and Victor (born 1899).|
|Description||Vilfrede Metoyer's Farmer's Business Record contains records kept in the management of the Metoyer family farm and cotton trade. The book contains two handwritten indexes. The record includes: an inventory for real estate, livestock, and crops (Page 1-10); account of grain sold (Page 11-30); account of grain bought (Page 31-38); yearly record of grain raised (Page 39-41); account of livestock bought and sold (Page 47-74); yearly record of livestock raised (Page 75-76); annual livestock account (Pages 77-80); account of hay (Pages 81-91); egg account (Page 119-136); poultry account (Page 137-150); vegetable account (Page 151-164); cotton account (Page 181-190); miscellaneous sales and purchases (Page 191-212); grand total yearly purchases (213-214); hired labor account (Page 215-230); household expenses (Page 231-260); miscellaneous expenses (Page 261-271); grand total yearly expenses (Page 272-273); bills receivable (Page 274-293); bills payable (Page 294-313); a record of bank balances (Page 314-318); and trial balance (Page 319-320). The book also contains a copy of the Natchitoches Business Directory, a handwritten recipe for whitewash, tables for work, and legal forms.|
Free African Americans--Louisiana--Natchitoches Parish.
African American businesspeople--Louisiana--Natchitoches Parish.
African American business enterprises--Louisiana--Natchitoches Parish.
African American farmers--Louisiana--Natchitoches Parish.
Cotton trade--Louisiana--Natchitoches Parish.
Natchitoches Parish (La.)
New Orleans (La.)
|Digital Collection||Revealing an Unknown Past: Free People of Color in Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley|
|Repository||Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La., http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special|
|Part Of||Metoyer Family Papers, Mss. 836, 837, 846, LSU Libraries.|
|Repository Collection Guide||http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/findaid/0837.pdf|
Adeleda Metoyer Papers, Mss. 836, LSU Libraries.
Auguste Metoyer Papers, Mss. 871, LSU Libraries.
Louis Metoyer Conveyance, Mss. 849, LSU Libraries.
Anonymous Daybooks, Mss. 833, LSU Libraries.
Norbert Badin Papers, Mss. 825, LSU Libraries., Dupre and Metoyer Account Book, Mss. 833, LSU Libraries.
|Call Number / Shelving Location||Mss. 836, 837, 846, Box 1|
|Cite As||Metoyer Family Papers, Mss. 837, 846, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.|
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