Ministers of the Bayou Teche

28 Sep

Tibbs and Payne

In 1881 a committee in Patterson La, consisted of several ministers was in charge of a parade and picnic

celebration of the emancipation of the slaves of the West Indies.  As of August 1834, all slaves in the British

Empire were emancipated, but still indentured to their former owners in an apprenticeship system which was

finally abolished in 1838. Rev. John Payne was the secretary of the committee and Rev. Anderson Tibbs

was the chaplain of the committee.

Rev Tibbs picture

Reverend Anderson Tibbs

Courtesy of Leola Williams

Reverend Anderson Tibbs of Good Hope Baptist Church in Patterson Louisiana. Reverend Tibbs married

Vilmont Schexnayder and Julianne Unknown. I have Quillo as a her surname, by the way of the notary

trying to spell it as he heard it be pronounced while documenting Julianne’s pension affidavit. Julianne actually

used “Paul” as her last name on her marriage license. Paul was Julianne’s father first name. Julianne’s sister

Mary used “Antonia” as the last name for her in documents. Their father Paul was going by “Antonio” on the

1880 Federal Census. Leola Williams is a descendant of Rev. Tibbs, we have been corresponding for years

about researching Patterson Louisiana. This year I finally convinced her to do her DNA testing with 23ANDME

Guess what Leola and I did the happy dance…we are cousins. Since there was no mention of Reverend Tibbs,

who was from Tennessee as being a relative in the pension papers. I had to inquire about Leola’s other

ancestors. Well Reverend Tibbs married Antoinette Vijoe of Patterson Louisiana. Is it just me, but do you see a

similarity of the surnames Quillo, Antonio and Vijoe.  It might be a possibility that Antoinette Vijoe might be

a sister or cousin of Julianne. But not to rule out the other surnames in Leola’s family, I will investigate them as

well. Leola surnames are Grimes, Harris and Howard. 


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7 responses to “Ministers of the Bayou Teche

  1. sara pierce

    March 13, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I absolutely love this especially since Anderson Tibbs is my Great Great Great Grandfather

  2. Keith Schexnayder

    July 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hello Stephani, I stumbled across your blog yesterday. I am a direct descendent of Norbert. I would very much like to correspond with you. What you have done with your blog is really cool. Best regards!

  3. grimball

    July 13, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Enjoyed the read. Will come back for reference.


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