Thisbe

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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Thisbe

Date of birth: 
1841* (estimated)
Baptism Date and Sponsors: 
Unknown
Place of Origin: 
Oak Alley (creole)
Gender and Designation: 
Female (negro)
Relationships: 
Mother: Cloe; Siblings: Maurice, Henriette, and Madeline
Notes: 
Age 7 (R8.198)
References: 
  • R8.198
    • Jacques Telesphore Roman Succession, St. James Clerk of Court, Probate 0683
    • Value: $1,300 (includes mom and three siblings)
    • Gives Cloe as Thisbe's mother;
    • Gives Maurice, Henriette, and Madeleine as Thisbe's siblings
  • R5.075
    • Inventory of Jacques Telesphore Roman's New Olreans home (owned by Henry Roman and Marie Octavie Roman Buchanan); New Orleans Notarial Archives, Felix Grima, v 46 act 132
    • Value: $1,200 (includes a six week old baby but no name is listed)
  • R5.240
    • Settlement and Partition of Oak Alley Plantation, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Felix Grima, v 46 act 174
    • Purchase price: $1,650
    • Vendor: Estate of Jacques Telesphore Roman; Vendee: Alexis Ferry
  • R17.006.24
    • Letter from Celina Roman to her son Henri Jacques Roman, Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, LaRC 179 Roman Family Papers
    • The post script states that Paul Ducatel (Celina's brother-in-law) saw Thisbe talking to Thérèse Bouligny Roman(Henri's wife). Celina states that she will have Thisbe put in jail if she can.  Celina was forced to set the table herself.