French Negroes


Edna Micheau is 90 years old!

Check out today’s special birthday slideshow to the right – – – – – –> Edna Mary Micheau Penny was born on May 10, 1921 in St. Louis Missouri. Her parents were Joseph Perry Micheau (1888-1975) of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, and Edna Julia Lewis (1890-1989), of Carbondale, Illinois.  From the time she was born until 2008 she lived almost …Continue reading →

Valentines Day: Love Letters from Prairie du Rocher

Joseph Perry Micheau (born 23 Feb 1888, Prairie du Rocher, Illinois; died 15 Nov 1975, St Louis, Missouri) was a descendant of the French Negroes of Illinois–originally slaves from Jamaica brought to Upper Louisiana  by French entrepeneur Phillipe Renault in the 1720′s.  The Micheau family represent well the social and cultural lives of the descendants of the French Negroes of …Continue reading →

Family on Television

My families will be getting some television exposure this fall. First, on Tuesday, November 11, ABC Family Channel presents the two hour season finale of Lincoln Heights, which stars Nicki Mischeau as Jennifer Sutton, wife of police officer Eddie Sutton. Nicki is part of the “French Negroes of Illinois” families that settled in St Louis.  An experienced character role player, …Continue reading →

Edna Mary Penny Wells 1941-2008

Edna Mary Penny Wells died last week in St Louis, Missouri, just a few days shy of her 67th birthday. She was the daughter of Edna Mary Micheau of St Louis and the late Ralph Penny; and the granddaughter of the late Joseph Perry Micheau and Edna Lewis. She was the third generation daughter named Edna and hence she was …Continue reading →

Trying Again Pays Off Again: Updating "The French Negroes of Illinois"

Last year, I did a major series on the so-called “French Negroes of Illinois,” focusing on the Micheau family of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois. In that series, I traced the origins of the French Negroes of Illinois from slaves brought from Haiti by Pierre Renault, who was seeking silver and gold. Also in that series, I recounted the story told …Continue reading →

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