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.
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.