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Thanks for the thorough follow-up. There was a De Ville - Fontenot family reunion in Raywood, Tx back in 1992. Gesille Semien did some family research for the reunion. Much of the information you have given me is in that research, including some of the family group sheets. However, there is much that you have offered that was not included, and for that I thank you. I must admit that in the back of my mind, I wondered if indeed Augustine was a slave. History tells us that the Africans and West Indians were not the only slaves, just that they made up the vast majority of them. In fact, many White people were forced into short stints of slavery to pay off defaulted debts. On my mother's side of the family there was also a noted case of master-slave involvement. My roots also go back to the Melrose Plantation. Having European, African, and Native American ancestry, it is important for me to obtain as much information as I can, so that I can pass this on to my children, so that they can keep the family tree alive. No doubt you and I will be able to contribute to each other's quests for more information. Thanks again and we'll correspond again soon.