18 Sep


Vilmont real

                                             My 2nd great-grandfather Vilmont “Vilmore” Schexnayder

I am a tribal member of the African-American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research. The members have been personally challenged to solve at least one ancestor challenge by the Spring of 2014. So the next few months of writing will be about my journey of finding Vilmont Schexnayder’s mother.

My Challenge: To find the unknown mother of Vilmont Schexnayder. The unknown mother was most likely a négresse esclave, possibly living in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana. Her children were slaves. Her son Vilmont Schexnayder was born about 1837. Vilmont and his sister Virginia were the property of George Roussel in 1857 in St. John Parish La.
Ancestor(s): 2nd great-grandfather Vilmont Schexnayder

Others: Norbert Schexnaydre (1818-1880) of St. John Parish is the presumed European father of Vilmore Schexnayder.



Slave owner George Sylvester Roussel Footsteps:

1840 – a 46-year-old George Roussel is living in ST. JOHN Parish. He owns 28 slaves. 3 males under the age of 10 (Vilmont’s age range), 5 females of ages between 10-23 , 5 females between 24-35, 1 female between 36-54 (Unknown mother’s age ranges)

1850 – George Roussel is living in ST. JOHN Parish on a Wood yard. His real estate valued at $14,000. He owns 27 slaves. 2 males between 15-16 (Possible Vilmont’s age range) One female 27, one female 36, and one female 60.

1858 – George Roussel dies.

1859 Partition of settlement of the estate of George Roussel.
There was 22 human property to be disburse to family members:
~ Demophen Roussel received William 37 years , Francois 35, Rosimon 14

~ Louis Amedee Roussel received Aimes 50, Louis 24, Vilmont 23, Jean Pierre 70, Robert 12, Virginia 20 and her two children, and Betsy 35.

~ Rosilla Roussel Degravelle received Augustine 55,

~ Adele Roussel Cornay received Alfur 9, Aglae 7, Sylvester 3

~ Delphine Roussel Tassin received Dada alias Alexis 63

~ Eliza Roussel received Henriette 37 and her 4 children

If Vilmont’s mother was in this disbursement than she might have been Augustine 55, or Henriette 37.

The surname Schexnayder

~ 1863 During the Civil War, Vilmont Schexnayder left his slave holder Louis Amedee Roussel and enlisted in the United States Colored Troop.

~ According to Civil War pension affidavit, Vilmont enlisted in the U.S.C.T. under the name Belmont Sechnigh. When he enlisted the person that registered him wrote down what he thought he heard was his name. So Vilmont answered to Belmont Sechnigh during his entire enlistment.

~ According to Civil War pension affidavit Louis Amedee Roussel stated that Vilmont’s father was a white man. Vilmont’s mother was not mentioned in the Civil War pension affidavit.

~ In St. John Parish, the Schexnaydre’s families were neighbors of George Roussel. The Roussels and Schexnaydres have intermarried with each other. Consulting a Schexnayder genealogist Jay Schexnaydre, I asked him if he had heard any oral history of any Schexnaydre men that had children with a slave. He told me of one name Norbert Schexnaydre (1818-1880). Researching Norbert, I found that he live very close to George Roussel and had married his niece in 1843. So Norbert was a bachelor during the time Vilmont was conceived. Jay had given me, one of Norbert’s descendants email address to correspond about Norbert. This particular descendant did not agree with Jay’s oral history and did not want to correspond with me.

~ A year later my mother did her DNA testing with 23andme and the first cousin to popped up was a 3rd cousin name Schexnaydre. I called the fellow Schexnayder genealogist and asked him if he had this person in his records and he did, the person is a direct descendant of Norbert Schexnaydre.The next couple of years other Schexnayders and other collateral surnames descendants of St. John Parish popped up as DNA cousins. So the surname is correct and I am 98.% sure that Norbert Schexnaydre is Vilmont’s father.

~ Jay Schexnaydre’s oral history about Norbert had to do with a woman of color Marguerite Young and her sons Antoine Schexnayder born about 1844 and Celestine Schexnayder.

~ If Norbert was still having a relationship with Vilmont’s mother at least 7 years later after Vilmont was conceived than Marguerite could possibly be his mother.


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  1. Luckie Daniels (@OurGeorgiaRoots)

    September 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    So proud of you! You answered the charge & your Ancestors are smiling… we are on our way my dear!:)

  2. Felicia Mathis

    September 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’m looking forward to working on this Challenge with you. As a Louisiana Researcher and part of the Louisiana Tribe we will get this Challenge done. I have some great Louisiana Resources on my Blog EchoesofmyNolaPast we can start there……

    • dsmillertime84

      September 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you Felicia, getting this blog together is work in itself…LOL

  3. Sunday Washington-Linton

    September 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Congratulations on a magnificent endeavor, I am so proud of you and very proud to be your cousin. Geaux Schexnayder!!!

    • dsmillertime84

      September 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you and I hope to water all of our ancestors roots with your assistance!!

    • Mylikka Ward

      October 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      to: Sunday Washington Linton.. You and are are matched on 23 and me as 3rd cousins can you contact me.

  4. Tony Graves

    September 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Very nice, looking forward to following this. So proud to call you Cuz!!

    • dsmillertime84

      September 20, 2013 at 4:16 am

      Thank you and I am still working on our branch too.

  5. Debbie Bell Jarratt

    September 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    This is a work of art and a labor of love!!! May God continue to BLESS your ASKING, SEEKING and KNOCKING and help you put all of the pieces together! Thanks for your help in finding my ancestors.

    • dsmillertime84

      September 20, 2013 at 4:26 am

      Thank you and you are welcome too. We are in this journey of finding pieces together.

  6. Denise Muhammad

    September 23, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Simply Beautiful! looking forward to working on the ancestor challenge!

    • dsmillertime84

      September 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

      Thanks Denise…I am learning from all of you.

  7. Liv (@claimingkin)

    September 24, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I absolutely LOVE the Choco Theme you’ve chosen for your blog — beautiful indeed! Your Ancestor Challenge is quite impressive and I especially like how you’ve incorporated your DNA test results too (that is very cool).

    Yes, I have a feeling you’re going to have success finding Vilmont’s mother. So I look forward to traveling this journey through Spring 2014!

    • dsmillertime84

      September 25, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Thank you Liv, as I will be looking forward to yours.


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