Celeste

REOPENING MAY 30, 2020

Oak Alley Plantation Historic Grounds and Gardens will reopen its doors to the public beginning Saturday, May 30, 2020.  The grounds and exhibits will open at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with the first visit of the "Big House" exhibit beginning at 9:30m and the last visit at 5pm.

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Celeste

Date of birth: 
7/1848
Date of death: 
1860* (estimated)
Baptism Date and Sponsors: 
February 25, 1849; Sponsors: Pierre (slave) & Susanne (slave)
Place of Origin: 
Oak Alley (Creole)
Gender and Designation: 
Female (Negro)
Relationships: 
Mother: Bertheline
Notes: 
Age 12 (R5.239); Age 12 (R5.073); Age 12 (R5.074); Age 12 (R8.097);
References: 

Primary documents:

  • Slave baptism records, Archdiocese of Baton Rouge
    • St. James Catholic Church, St. James Parish, Louisiana
    • Item No. 6; Page No. 92; Entry No. 29; PDF No. 27
    • Gives Bertheline as Celeste's mother
  • R5.239
    • Jacques Telesphore Roman Succession Settlement, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Felix Grima v46 act 173
  • R5.073
    • Transfer of Records, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Felix Grima, v 45 act 107
  • R5.074
    • Transfer of Records, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Felix Grima, v 45 act 108
  • R8.097 
    • Sale, St. James Clerk of Court, Conveyance record, vol. 36 act 1

Support documents:

  • Slave baptism records, Archdiocese of Baton Rouge
    • St. James Catholic Church, St. James Parish, Louisiana
    • Item no. 6; Page no. 118; Entry no. 19; PDF pg. 41
    • Bertheline is listed as Justine's mother; Estimated that Celeste and Justine are siblings