These are the records from Father Hebert's SWLA books. Donato Bello had two sets of children with a different mother. All the descendants are eligible for the SAR and DAR through Donato Bello.
BELLO, Martin Donato (Donato & Marie Jeanne TAILLEFER) m. 16 March 1803 Marianne DUCHESNE (LSAR: Opel.: 1803).
Martin Donato, s/o Donato Bello and his mulatto mistress, Marie Jeanne Taillefer, married Marianne, d/o Louis and Anne "Nanette" (St. Laurent) Duchesne, on 16 Mar 1803 at Opelousas. Donato Bello was an Italian soldier and an officer in the Spanish army who died 20 December 1787, and some members of this family apparently took Donatto, others Bello, as their surname.
"Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country" By Carl A. Brasseaux, Claude F. Oubre, Keith P. Fontenot
The Natural Children of Donata Bello and Marie-Jeanne Taillefero, a mulatress of New Orleans.
1. Martin Donato Bello married Marianne Duchesne, the natural daughter of Louis Duchesne and Nanette St. Laurent, a Negress of New Orleans. (Marianne Duchesne had also lived in Point Coupee).
2. Celeste Donato Bello married Jean-Baptiste Meuillon, natural son of Francois Cheval, from the parish of St. Charles, and Marie-Anne Meuillon, negresse libre.
3. Victoire Donato Bello married Jean-Baptiste Guillory, the natural son of Gregoire Guillory, and Marguerite, negresse libre.
Note: Although all three identified themselves as the children of Donato Bello in their marriage contracts, neither Marie Celeste nor Victoire used the name Bello. Martin signed as Martin Donato in his sisters' contracts, although for his own he signed M. Donato Bello. Sometime between 1803 and 1818, de dropped the Bello from his name. Thereafter he signed as Martin Donato or M. Donato.
BELLO, Donatto widr. of Susanne MOREAU. Children: Catherine, Maximillien, Valerie, Judique m. Sylvain SAUNIER, Sophie and Don Louis. Succ. dated Jan. 1818 (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Succ.#95).
Here is further proof of a relationship between Donato Bello and Marie Jeanne Taillefer.
DONATO, Edmond (Martin, quarteron libre & Marie DUCHESNE, quarterone libre - of New Orleans, and now living in Opelousas) b. 17 Nov. 1806, bt. 24 Nov. 1809 at the residence of Martin DONATO - called to Opelousas in the absence of the priest. Pats: Donato BELLO - of Naples & Marie Jeanne TAILLEFER, quarterone libre - of New Orleans; Mats: Louis DUCHESNE - of Picardie & Anne ---- of New Orleans; Spons: Antoine Celestin Martin DONATO & Marie Louise DONATO - his sister. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (SM Ch.: Folio E, p.133).
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