Saturday, January 28, 2017

Guadeloupeans in Puerto Rico

After having found out that my 4th great-grandfather from Guadeloupe, I was interested in seeing who else came to Puerto Rico from that island. Maybe there were other people from the same town or (smaller) island as my 4th great grandfather. I was also interested in seeing how surnames changed once they came to Puerto Rico and seeing if there was a way to track the immigrants via records and ship manifests. I was able to track a good number of people in Puerto Rico and I imagine there are many more who can be traced with some more leg work. So here I want to talk about some Guadeloupeans in Puerto Rico and just open up that conversation especially for those interested in finding out how to establish connections with their ancestors back to Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe [Google]

Many of the people I traced back to Guadeloupe was easily down back of ship manifests showing their town or city of origin on their native Guadeloupe. Without that the search can be quiet difficult, like how it was finding my 4th great-grandfather and this can be for various reasons. Guadeloupe is quiet a big island, similarly set up to Puerto Rico, in the sense that there are various towns and even other smaller islands that make up part of the whole of "Guadeloupe". Taking that into consideration and the fact that many surnames were changed, it can take quiet a while to trace someone to their original town.

To start the search, I began creating Excel sheet with the names, dates, and any information available in the Puerto Rican records. With that information I could see where I could head my search. Some death or marriage records of the Guadeloupeans provided information and even birth records of children, though mainly their ship manifests recorded their origins. Guadeloupeans and even Martinicans who appear in Puerto Rico mostly before 1910 are sometimes hard to trace because those ship manifests from that time for Puerto Rico aren't online. 

It's interesting seeing how many people from the island married others who immigrated from Guadeloupe and even though who came from Martinique, which is the same case with my 4th great-grandparents. So far I found one woman marrying a Spaniard in Puerto Rico, her name was Emilia Duteil and I will focus on how I found out more information about her. 

Emilia Duteil first appears on the 1910 Census living in Vieques, Puerto Rico, widowed and says that 6 children were born but 0 are alive at the time of the census. It says her birthplace is Guadeloupe while her parents are listed as "France", and says that Emilia immigrated in 1870. Interestingly enough the it says she is white which I haven't seen too many of since many are mixed, mulatto, or black. Emilia was living in the 1910 census with two "criadas" one being a servant and the other a cook, Leocadia was listed as mulatto while Ana Colberg who was also from Guadeloupe was listed as "N" for negra. 

1910 Census [Ancestry]

Emilia would die in Santurce, living in Miramar on the 29th of April 1918. Here was listed as Emilia Duteil Rosseaux, widowed of Juan Lujan and the daughter of Juan A. Duteil and Adela Rousseaux. The person who came forward to report her death was Salvador Giuliani, listed as sobrino or nephew of the deceased.

Emilia Duteil Rousseaux - Death [Ancestry]

It seems that Emilia wasn't the only one from her family to make it to Puerto Rico. There is a Rose Alsina Duteil Rousseaux who passed away in Vieques, Puerto Rico in 1909 also the daughter of Juan Duteil and Adela, most likely her sister. Both are said to be from Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe where I will need to search for a birth record -- which I haven't found yet. This can be because the years listed as their birth years are incorrect and so I have to expand my search to other years. Also, their town of origin can be listed incorrectly and isn't where they were born if not where they last lived before coming to Puerto Rico.

But this is for the most part the process - using documents to trace backwards their origin. Sometimes some cases are easier than others. Coming from a white béké family can help make the search easier while those were mulatto or black might come from families that were previously slaves and so the search can be harder depending on when they were released and how far into Guadeloupe their time as slaves goes. Also those who didn't know how to spell their name ended up received warped Spanish-ifed names which makes the surname harder. I noticed that more Martinicans received small name changes while though from Guadeloupe necessarily didn't.  In the meantime I'll keep collecting information about those who came from Martinique and Guadeloupe to Puerto Rico and trying to piece together the information. 

If you need help searching or have any of these surnames in your family, give me a shout and I don't mind sharing the information I have! These are the surnames I have for Guadeloupe, I'll probably create another post but dealing with those that came from Martinique. 

Guadeloupe: Ballet, Baptiste, Benjamin, Cognet, Duteil, Harris, Guiougou, Lastor, Manceau, Saint-Paul


  1. Hi Luis,

    Ce sont logiquement des filles de Jean François Antoine DUTEIL et de Geneviève (dite Adèle ?) ROUSSEAUX.

    Ils se sont mariés à Pointe-à-Pitre en 1824

    Vue 44 - acte 27

    Les mariés légitiment des enfants : Adèle, née en 1817, Alcide, né en 1820, Irza, née en 1822, et Zulma, née en 1824.

    Geneviève ROUSSEAUX est née à Bordeaux. Jean François Antoine DUTEIL est né au Moule (Le Moule) en Guadeloupe.

    Il est fils de François DUTEIL et de Victoire Renée BISSON qui se sont épousés en 1790 au Moule

    Vue 5

    François DUTEIL est négociant et directeur de la poste. Il est de Bordeaux.

    Alcide DUTEIL s'est marié à Pointe-à-Pitre en 1861.

    Vue 22 - acte 29

    Son père est décédé le 26 août 1853 à Isabelle. Il ne sait pas où sa mère est morte.


  2. Les GUIOUGOU sont une famille de la région de Pointe-à-Pitre. On les trouve aux Abymes (Les Abymes).

    Dans mes notes, j'ai en 1850 à Basse-Terre, le mariage de Marie Emilie GUIOUGOU

    Vue 13 - acte 17

    Née en 1827 aux Abymes, elle est fils de Jean Baptiste GUIOUGOU, habitant (= planteur) propriétaire, et de Valentine dite Adèle (décédée aux Abymes le 23 juillet 1833.

    A cette époque les actes des Abymes sont enregistrés à Pointe-à-Pitre

    Vue 29 - acte 113

    Valentine dite Adèle, 26 ans, fille naturelle de Jeanne Marie (qui est déjà décédée).

    Elle est née à Saint-Jean (Porto-Rico).

    1. Acte de naissance d'Emilie GUIOUGOU

      Vue 34 - acte 92

  3. Les COLBERG sont une famille de nouveaux libres de Sainte-Rose.
    L'ancêtre de la famille doit être Hortense, née vers 1778.
    Hortense COLBERG est en vie en 1852, année du mariage de sa fille Magdeleine

    Vue 33 - acte 41

    Je n'ai pas vu la naissance d'une Anna COLBERG vers 1870.

    L'acte de mariage de Félix COLBERG en 1876 nous apprend qu'Hortense COLBERG est décédée en 1859

    Vue 10 - acte 14

    Mariage avec légitimation de 4 filles mais aucune n'est prénommée Anna.

    Décès d'Hortense COLBERG

    Vue 11 - acte 38

    Elle avait 80 ans. Célibataire, elle est fille de parents inconnus.

  4. Pour les BALLET, c'est certainement la famille BALLET de Marie-Galante, peut-être via Basse-Terre. Ils sont à Grand-Bourg et je partage quelques ancêtres avec eux.

  5. Les COGNET peuvent être également de Marie-Galante mais il y a aussi une famille dite COGNET à Pointe-à-Pitre.

  6. Les LASTOR sont de Sainte-Anne.

    Un Théodore LASTOR est né à Sainte-Anne en 1871

    Vue 11 - acte 41

    Il est fils naturel reconnu de Siméon Emile LASTOR, cultivateur, 26 ans, et de Claire Adeline LUGO, cultivatrice, 37 ans.

    Siméon dit Emile LASTOR est un nouveau libre. Il est fils de David LASTOR, né en Afrique.

  7. En ce qui concerne les MANCEAU, c'est peut-être Le Moule avec pour ancêtre fondatrice, Camille MANCEAU, née vers 1790, nouvelle libre.

  8. hello
    thank you so much for posting all this info very interesting. i also have ancestors from Guadeloupe, but surname is LeBlanc, (leblance, leblond) my 5x g grandfather was born here in 1771 but by 1816 he was married in the uk, later dying in 1851 in london.
    would love to have any sort of help in the direction of where to start in Guadeloupe ancestorie, i don't know what town he come from just the country.
    thank you.

    1. Hi,
      What is his full name ? Are you sure it's LEBLANC because LEBLOND is quite a different name even if it sounds a bit alike ? Is 1771 the exact year of his birth ? I guess his marriage record doesn't name his parents. What was his occupation ? Was he a war prisoner ?

    2. If his name is Peter LEBLANC, he is 70 years old in 1851 and married to Hannah LEBLANC. In 1841, he is 52. He was a hair dresser.

  9. Pour les SAINT-PAUL, j'ai le mariage à Petit-Canal d'Alphonse SAINT-PAUL et de Marie SOLER le 7 août 1866.

  10. Hi,

    What are the ways or methods follow you for find the people Origin?