Monday, March 7, 2016

Query: Nicolas Cardinal, Vincennes

One of the interesting items that I came across researching my wife’s DAR application was in 1789, Nicolas Cardinal (the wife’s 7th generation qualifying Patriot) had two town-lots in the heart of Vincennes, IN with “a house, shed, horse-stable, Negro cabin (with two slaves), well, orchard, garden, and other buildings.” He also owned two farms.  But two slaves?  In the middle of Indiana?  Back in 1789?  Two slaves, owned by a Frenchman born in Canada and son of a lawyer/Judge back in Normandy, France?  

Would your records/holdings have any information about these two slaves? 

Paul Ashworth 
465 Happy Drive 
Cincinnati, OH 45238 
(513) 451-2161

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