Author Archives: Stephani Juleeana Miller
It is the year 2015 and I am still busy researching. With constant communication on 23andme, Gedmatch.com, Ancestry.com and Facebook, it appears I am neglecting my blog.
This past month I have posted that Ambroise Heidel is my 7th great grandfather. Vilmont Schexnayder’s 3rd great grandfather.The Whitney Plantation, originally known as Habitation Haydel, is located less than an hour from New Orleans, on the historic River Road in Wallace, Louisiana. Ambroise Heidel (1702-ca.1770), the founder of this plantation, emigrated from Germany to Louisiana with his mother and siblings in 1721. The plantation has been in the news lately due to the museum has been remodeled to make slavery the central focus.
I am also taking the time to read books in my busy schedule. I am reading at this time a book call Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860 by Ibrahima Seck. The book mentions the Haydels, Schexnayders and the Roussels. If you recalled from earlier postings the Roussels were the last slave holder of Vilmont Schexnayder.
This past January, I finally verified my lineage to James Milne Muggah Sr. Born about 1785 in Facteabers in Barissehore, Scotland and moved to Patterson Louisiana. A direct descendant of James Milne Muggah’s granddaughter Margaret Mackey Muggah, also did his DNA testing through 23andme. My new found cousins were gracious enough to share a picture of the homestead and the picture of Jame Milne Muggah Jr. It has been a great to find my European lineage with extended roots, but I still feel compel to find which son of James Sr. is my direct lineage and still have Arabella’s parents to find. At least I have Arabella’s name, unlike Vilmont’s mother.
On July 19, 2014 I attended the Schexnayder Family Reunion held in Houston, Texas. We were bless to have present my oldest living Schexnayder ancestor Yvette Schexnayder Calloway, she is 93 years young. She was escorted by her son Alfred Calloway. She was honored with a beautiful bouquet, love and admiration from everybody in the room. Yvette was born in Patterson, Louisiana. Her parents McClennan Schexnayder Jr, and Sybil Chapman. She married Clarence Coleman Calloway around 1940. She had four sons and one daughter. She also had the honored several years ago by the city of Houston, by naming a park after her in the South MacGregor area. Stated by Jennifer Friedberg, “Calloway earned the honor by serving as a precinct judge, civic club leader and organizer of a MacGregor cleanup crew. Yvette worked to keep the South MacGregor neighborhood clean, beautiful and safe, ensuring that South MacGregor be re-engineered to prevent cars from running into homes or the bayou,” stated by TIRZ board chair Zinetta Burney. Calling in via cellphone, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, thanked Calloway and her family.”They’re an institution,” she said. She cited Calloway’s “feistiness” and said she “is deserving of the admiration, respect and commendation of Congress. She is a jewel of Texas.”