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CHARLES de la LANDE in Mobile AL 1746
Posted by: B.J. McNamara (ID *****8704) Date: August 25, 2010 at 07:06:42
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Monsieur Charles de la Lande was royal scribe for the King and guardian of the Mobile storehouse in 1746.

Le Sieur de la Lande of Mobile is mentioned as a colonist of Louisiana in a letter by Delachaise dated 18 Oct 1723.

Listing of Officials of the Colony of Louisiana appointed at Fort Louis, Biloxi, in 1722 shows that Le Sieur La Lande was clerk and warehouse guard at Fort Toulouse des Alibamons(he was still at this location in 1726 census).

He was in Mobile by 1732, and was named godfather to Charles Miot born 5 Mar 1735 in Mobile.

Once he arived in Mobile, it is believed (but I have been unable to find deed documentation) that Charles de la Lande became the owner of the Bellefontaine plantation on the west side of Mobile Bay.

Somehow, Charles Miot ended up as owner of this plantation. Charles was a bachelor at the time of his death (sometime between 1786 and 1793). His Last Will and Testament left one-half of Bellefontaine to heirs (his sister's children) and one-half to Mary Ann/Marianne, the Widow Jacob Hamon. In 1793 the heirs deeded their one-half over to Mary Ann; she then owned the entire Bellefontaine plantation.

Two years later, in 1795, Mary Ann sold this property to "Charles Lalande, a free man of color".

Question: When did Charles de la Lande deed his godson, Charles Miot, the Bellefontaine plantation? (Charles Miot's father, Andre Miot, was the overseer of Bellefontaine).

Question: What, if any, is the connection between the man Charles Lalande who purchased this property from the Widow Hamon in 1795 to Monsieur Charles de la Lande?

Some additional notes on LaLande individuals:

I have been unable to identify the individual named "La Lande" who was killed in the Natchez massacre on 28 Nov 1729.

Census of inhabitants of Cacassias in Illinois dated 1 Jan 1732 shows: "La Lande the elder and his wife".

Perhaps it is his son "LaLande the younger" who is listed with wife at the big prairie of Fort Chartres of Illinois in census dated 1 Jan 1732.

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