Dear cousin Lori,
I don't have a good answer for you, but I do have some information that will help. I think that you will have to go to the Lafayette courthouse to do examine primary sources in order to positively identify your ancestor. However, try first looking up Elina Perle SMITH and her family in Rev. Donald Hebert's "Southwest Louisiana Records," vols.
In my book, I identified four individuals with the name "Numa" DOMINGUE. Note: Numa is probably a nickname. The genealogy of two of these individuals was traced to the progenitor family of Antonio DOMINGUEZ and Maria deFRANQUEZ, immigrants from the Canary Islands. When he arrived at New Orleans in early 1779 with his parents, brothers and a sister (only one brother and one sister known to have survived), he became a soldier at age 19 years and was sent to the Attackapas Post near present St. Martinsville. In the Fall of that year, he participated in the Battle of Manchac in Iberville Parish under Gov. Bernardo de GALVEZ. He then became the first Domingue to settle at the Valenzuela colony on Bayou Lafourche, presently Assumption Parish. Their first child, named Nicolas, died in infancy around 1780 at this location. The other children are named in my book. This family became numerous at Valenzulea (near present Plattenville, Louisiana) and they were joined in 1782 by the brother and sister who also had large families.
I suspect that your Wilfred descends from this Antoino DOMINGUEZ, but I can't be certain.
In Hebert's books, there is the baptism of Celestine DOMINGUE, b. 8 Jul 1899, the d/o Numa DOMINGUE and Elina dit "Perle" SMITH. This appears to match the information that you supplied; Celestine must be Wilfred's sister. Unfortuately, this Numa is one of the four individuals that I could not positively identify; I suspect he is possibly Joseph dit "Numa" DOMINGUE b. 16 Jul 1860, s/o Jean William DOMINGUE and Josephine HILDALGO, or his son. This man had two known marriages before year 1900, first to Eugene MARTIN and then to Coelima BERNARD, all recorded in the Catholic Church at Lafayette, Louisiana.
The descendants of the progenitor family abruptly abandoned Assumption Parish around 1834; they probably sold out to the sugar planters. They became very numerous in the region of Vermillionvlle during the 19th century. Other related persons also came about the same time, but they did seem to settle in the same place, so I concluded that the cousins, descendants of the aforementioned brother and sister, emigrated separately, although there are instances where the participants of the separate migrations married at much later dates.
Up until the 20th century, almost all of the descendants of the progenitor Antonio DOMINGUEZ were Catholics whose vital statistics (birth, marriage, death) were recorded by the church in Lafayette, Louisiana. During the last decade of the 19th century, several moved to the outlying communities of Rayne, Carencro, and Breaux Bridge, places where other distant relations had previously settled.
I hope that the preceding information is uesful to you, and good luck in your ancestor hunt!
Votre cousin, Edouard
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