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Birth:1740 in Naples, Italy
Death:20 DEC 1787 in ,,Louisiana
Sex:M
Father:Victor Bello
Mother:Maria de la Maro
  
Spouses & Children 
Suzanne Moreau (Wife)
Children: 
 
Suzanne Moreau (Wife)
Children: 
 
Marie Jeanne Taillefer (Wife)
Children: 
  1. DescendantsCatherine Victoire Donato
  2. Marie Celeste Donato
  3. DescendantsMartin Donato
 
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The Donato family consisted of the children of white militia officer Donato Bello and Marie Jeanne Talliaferro, a free mulatto woman: Marie Celeste, Victoria, and Martin Donato Bello. Marie Celeste married Baptiste Meullion and became the matriarch of the Meullion clan that held considerable property at Bayou Mallet. Victoria married Jean Baptiste Guillory and became the matriarch of the dominant family of the Bois Mallet area.. Martin, who later dropped Bello from his name and called himself Martin Donatto, became the patriarch of the entire community of free people of color on the Opelousas frontier. He married Marie Duchesne, and they would own substantial land at Bois Mallet and a tract, referred to as his "plantation and residence" at Leonville. At the time of his death in 1848, he owned 88 slaves.


During the American War of Independence Donato Bello led the Opelousas Militia beginnin April 15, 1776 against the British attempting to gain a foot hold along the Mississippi. Francis Vigo of Modovi, Turin settled in New Orleans as a Spanish citizen and give great aid to Clark at Vincennes, Indiana.

Donato Bello ws the son of Victo Bello and marie De la Maro from Cornd, Naples, Italy. Donato Bello was indeed an Italian soldier that was hired by the french to guide some French settlers to Louisiana, since they were at war at the time and were short on slodiers to provide the colonial settlers with protection. He was the captian of the Milita of the area. Donato received a land grant and settled in the Opelousas area.
Martin Donato and all his ancestors obtained their surname form Donato Bello's first name because Mr. Bello had children with a free mulatto oman by the name of Marie Jeanne, hence, the birth of the Donato surname. Since Marie was a free woman of color, the Donatos were basically a free mulatto family with a very distingushed history. They mostly settled in an area of St. Landry Parish called Friloux Cove, and mostly intermarried among peole with a similar background to themselves. Some of these families were the LeMelle, Guillory, Meuillon, Gradenigo, Leday, Victorian as well as other families. Some of these families were in a group that left Louisiana, in 1860 emigrating to Haiti in search of fortunes and freedom from repressive laws, only to return by 1870 in poverty. This group of people had their own rules of socializing and in some cases were worst than the Whites of the area. If a person of color could not pass the brown paper bag or fine toothe comb test, one was not allowed to socialize in the area. I've personally heard tales from my father-in-law who is from St. Landry parish, telling tales of having fights and being run out of the area if he and his griends decided to go to a dance in the area. This usually happened when one or several of the friends could past the test and one didn't and friends kept each other's backs. This strict code of conduct survived well into the 20th century as late as the 1960's and 70's. Some of the older people of the area are still what I call "color struck."
by Cherry M

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he Opelousas Militia
The 1776 Muster Roll

Members present at April 15, 1776 Company Review (extracted from the Archives General de Indes, Seville, Spain, Paleles Procedentes de Cuba, 161)

Note: If you can prove your lineage to one of these men, you are probably eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Sons of the American Revolution. Charles Jeansonne, Jr. (listed below) is in the DAR "Patriot Index" (list of eligible ancestors).
Officers:

don Estevan Roberto DE LA MORANDIER, Captain
Mr. LE MELLE, Lieutenant
Mr. Noel SOILEAU, Ensign
Mr. Donato BELLO, Major
NCO's

SERGEANTS:

Mr. MONDAN
Mr. CASSE
Mr. ST. GERMAIN

CORPORALS:

Baptiste FONTENEAU
Amable BERTRAND
Henry FONTENEAU
Men:

Laurento BAILLIO
Antoine BELARD
Charles BOURUSSU
Francois BOTIN
Joseph BOUTIN
Blaise BRASSE
(note: this is Blaise Brasseau, brother of Marie-Rose, brother in law of Charles Jeansonne, Jr.)
Jaques BRIG....O
Michel BRIGNAC
Lange BROUGUE
Louis BROUSSARD

Dominique CAILLAUX
Francois CAMPEAU
Martin CARMARSAGUE
Francois CAVEL
(no first name given) CHARBONNEAU
Jean CHEVALIER
Joseph CHEVALIER
Charles COMMEAU
Joseph CORMIER
Michel CORMIER
Michel CORMIER
Antoine COUNARD

Jaque DE BORDE
Jean DE BORDE
Romain DE LA FOSSE
Jaque DE ROSIER
Baptiste DOUCETTE
Laurent DUPRE
Jaque DUPREE

Louis FONTENEAU
Pierre FONTENEAU
Jaque FONTENOT
Joseph FONTENEAU
Louis FONTENEAU
Francois FREGIER
Francois FRENAN
Francois FRUGIER
Pierre FRUGIER

Jaques GAGNARD
Jaque GROUGUE
Joseph GUENARD
Baptiste GUILLORIE
Claude GUILLORIE
Joseph GUILLORIE
Louis GUILLORIE
Michel JANISE

Charle JEANSONE
(blotted) JEANSONNE
Jean JEANSONNE
Paul JEANSONNE

Louis JOTRE
Baptiste LA FLEUR
Jaque LA FLEURE
Reneau LAMARQUE
Joseph LA MIRANDA
Antoine LANGLOIS
Silvain LAUNIER
Francois LE BLEU
LE GRAN Louis
( note: the name is listed as "Le Gran Louis", we are assuming that Le Gran is the surname)
Blaise LE JEUNE

Jaque MELAYAN
Jacques MISTRE
Jean ORTOTANTO
Francois PITRE
Christophe PLAISE
Flourantin POUVIER
Pierre PRIMEAU
Michel PRUDHOMME
Victor RICHARD
Fabien RICHARD
Pierre RICHARD

Joseph SAUSIER
Jean SAVOIE
Pierre SEASIOE
Baptiste SEAUSIER
Joseph SILVESTER
Auguste SOILEAU
Jean Baptiste SOILEAU
Jean Jean SOU(M?)
Olivier SOUNIER
Jean Baptiste STILLY
Joseph STORY
George STELEY

Pierre TRAHAN
Pierre THIBEAUDET
Joseph VAIBLE
Francois VEILLON
Charlie VIGEE
Pierre YOBERTO

List of men exempt by the the state because of age or sickness:

Note: if your ancestor appears on this list, it does not necessarily mean that he did not fight. Later muster rolls are available for 1776 (but not in my possession) and you should check these to be sure. Or, check the DAR ancestor list ("Patriot Index").

Louis BILLET
Gui BLANCHARD
BOIS DOREZ
Joseph BOURQUE
Paul BOUTIN
Joseph CARON
CARRIER
CRETIEN
Joseph FONTENEAU
Juan Louis FONTENEAU
Philipe FONTENEAU
Pierre FONTENEAU
Pierre FRUGIER
Pierre GUIDERIE
Jean LA FLEURE
Petit LANGLOIS
Philip LANGLOIS
Berthelemy LE BLEU
LE SAUDE
LE TIOLET
LOLIER
MANE
MARCANTELLE
Joseph MAUREAU
Pierre PANELLE
PATIN
Vincent PINET
Francois RIVORE
SAINT MOUT
John TISON
Honore TRAHAN
Joseph VAIBLE
Allesandre VEROSIN
VIDRINE


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The Opelousas Militia
The 1776 Muster Roll

Members present at April 15, 1776 Company Review (extracted from the Archives General de Indes, Seville, Spain, Paleles Procedentes de Cuba, 161)

Note: If you can prove your lineage to one of these men, you are probably eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Sons of the American Revolution. Charles Jeansonne, Jr. (listed below) is in the DAR "Patriot Index" (list of eligible ancestors).
Officers:

don Estevan Roberto DE LA MORANDIER, Captain
Mr. LE MELLE, Lieutenant
Mr. Noel SOILEAU, Ensign
Mr. Donato BELLO, Major
NCO's

SERGEANTS:

Mr. MONDAN
Mr. CASSE
Mr. ST. GERMAIN

CORPORALS:

Baptiste FONTENEAU
Amable BERTRAND
Henry FONTENEAU
Men:

Laurento BAILLIO
Antoine BELARD
Charles BOURUSSU
Francois BOTIN
Joseph BOUTIN
Blaise BRASSE
(note: this is Blaise Brasseau, brother of Marie-Rose, brother in law of Charles Jeansonne, Jr.)
Jaques BRIG....O
Michel BRIGNAC
Lange BROUGUE
Louis BROUSSARD

Dominique CAILLAUX
Francois CAMPEAU
Martin CARMARSAGUE
Francois CAVEL
(no first name given) CHARBONNEAU
Jean CHEVALIER
Joseph CHEVALIER
Charles COMMEAU
Joseph CORMIER
Michel CORMIER
Michel CORMIER
Antoine COUNARD

Jaque DE BORDE
Jean DE BORDE
Romain DE LA FOSSE
Jaque DE ROSIER
Baptiste DOUCETTE
Laurent DUPRE
Jaque DUPREE

Louis FONTENEAU
Pierre FONTENEAU
Jaque FONTENOT
Joseph FONTENEAU
Louis FONTENEAU
Francois FREGIER
Francois FRENAN
Francois FRUGIER
Pierre FRUGIER

Jaques GAGNARD
Jaque GROUGUE
Joseph GUENARD
Baptiste GUILLORIE
Claude GUILLORIE
Joseph GUILLORIE
Louis GUILLORIE
Michel JANISE

Charle JEANSONE
(blotted) JEANSONNE
Jean JEANSONNE
Paul JEANSONNE

Louis JOTRE
Baptiste LA FLEUR
Jaque LA FLEURE
Reneau LAMARQUE
Joseph LA MIRANDA
Antoine LANGLOIS
Silvain LAUNIER
Francois LE BLEU
LE GRAN Louis
( note: the name is listed as "Le Gran Louis", we are assuming that Le Gran is the surname)
Blaise LE JEUNE

Jaque MELAYAN
Jacques MISTRE
Jean ORTOTANTO
Francois PITRE
Christophe PLAISE
Flourantin POUVIER
Pierre PRIMEAU
Michel PRUDHOMME
Victor RICHARD
Fabien RICHARD
Pierre RICHARD

Joseph SAUSIER
Jean SAVOIE
Pierre SEASIOE
Baptiste SEAUSIER
Joseph SILVESTER
Auguste SOILEAU
Jean Baptiste SOILEAU
Jean Jean SOU(M?)
Olivier SOUNIER
Jean Baptiste STILLY
Joseph STORY
George STELEY

Pierre TRAHAN
Pierre THIBEAUDET
Joseph VAIBLE
Francois VEILLON
Charlie VIGEE
Pierre YOBERTO

List of men exempt by the the state because of age or sickness:

Note: if your ancestor appears on this list, it does not necessarily mean that he did not fight. Later muster rolls are available for 1776 (but not in my possession) and you should check these to be sure. Or, check the DAR ancestor list ("Patriot Index").

Louis BILLET
Gui BLANCHARD
BOIS DOREZ
Joseph BOURQUE
Paul BOUTIN
Joseph CARON
CARRIER
CRETIEN
Joseph FONTENEAU
Juan Louis FONTENEAU
Philipe FONTENEAU
Pierre FONTENEAU
Pierre FRUGIER
Pierre GUIDERIE
Jean LA FLEURE
Petit LANGLOIS
Philip LANGLOIS
Berthelemy LE BLEU
LE SAUDE
LE TIOLET
LOLIER
MANE
MARCANTELLE
Joseph MAUREAU
Pierre PANELLE
PATIN
Vincent PINET
Francois RIVORE
SAINT MOUT
John TISON
Honore TRAHAN
Joseph VAIBLE
Allesandre VEROSIN
VIDRINE


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The Opelousas Militia

The 1785 Muster Roll
Officers:

M. DE LA MORANDIERE, Captain
LE MELLE, Lieutenant
Noel SOILEAU, Ensign
Donato BELLO, Lieutenant Adj.

SEREANTS

FREDERIC
Baptiste GUILLORY
Noel ROY
Baptiste FIGURON
Francois LEDOUX
ST GERMAIN

CORPORALS

:
Joseph ROY
Claude GUILLORY
Mathurin RICHARD
Joseph PICARD
Joseph JEANSONNE
Pierre MANUEL
MAURICEAU

ENSPESSADES: (*anybody know what this means??)

Jacques FONTENAU
Pierre DOUCET
Michel WAYBLE
Charles LA CAZE
Fusiliers: (Riflemen)

Michel AUDIBERT
Charles BARRE
Guillaume BARTHELEMI
Jacob BEAULIEU
Antoine BELARD
Jacob BIHM
Francois BRAUDE
Joseph BRIARD
Knemesie BOSSIE
Jean BOUILLON
Bolai BOISDOVE
Charles BOURASSA
Jean BOURG
Joseph BOUTIN
Blaise BRASSEAUX (brother of Marie-Rose)

Michel CARRIERE
Pierre CARRIERE
Jean Baptiste CHIASSON
Jean CHOISSERS
Jacques CLARK
(note: this is probably James "Santiago" CLARK, who married Francoise Jeansonne, eldest daughter of Charles, Jr. and Marie-Rose Brasseau)
Jean CLARK
Jacques CLAYTON
Guillaume COLLINS
Jean COLLINS
Theophile COLLINS
Jean COMAU
Michel CORMIER
Moise COTES
Jean CROOK

Francois DANIEL
Francois DANIEL
Romain DE LA FOSSE
Jean Fernando DELGADO
George DEMAREST
Baptiste DERBANNE
Jacques DESHOTELS
Baptiste DOUCET
Jean DUBERNIS

Augustin FONTENAU
Joseph FONTENAU
Louis FONTENAU
Phillipe FONTENAU
Simon Bellevue FONTENAU
George FORMAN
Ismael FORMAN
Francois FRUGE
Joseph FRUGE
Pierre (?) FRUGE

Belle GILCHRIST
Jean GREEN
Joseph GUENARD
Joseph GUILLORY
Joseph GUILLORY
Louis GUILLORY
Seth HANCHETT
Bosman HAYES
Henry HERGERODER
Joseph HERMAN
Francois HOLST

Charles JEANSONNE
Jean JEANSONNE

Jean KENNEY
Jacques LA CAZE
Constant LAMIRANDE
Antoine LANGLOIS
Thomas LE BRUN
Blaise LE JEUNE
Joseph LE JEUNE
Noel LE VASSEUR
Jean LIVRE

Andre MAILIE
Francois MARCANTEL
Balthazar MARQUE
Gabriel MARTIN
Zacharie MARTIN
Eustache MAUREAU
Jacob MILLER
Edward MURPHY

Alexandre PATIN
Joseph PAUL
Antoine PILET
Florentin POIRET
Pierre PRIMEAU
Michel PRUD’HOMME
Jean QUINETTY
Michel RAITR (?)
Renaud RAMARD
Guillaume REED
Fabien RICHARD
Louis RIDOU
Michel RITTER
Auguste ROY

(first name not noted) ST MAURICE
Joseph SAUNIER
Jean SAVOYE
Pierre SAVOYE
Jacob SCHNELL
Baptiste STELLY
Francois STELLY
Georges STELLY
Joseph THERY
Pierre TRAHAN
Francois VEILLON
Richard WADE
Joseph WAYBe
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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Recordinfo
about Donato Bello
Name: Donato Bello
Year: 1785
Place: Louisiana
Source Publication Code: 1974.10
Primary Immigrant: Bello, Donato
Annotation: Date and place of census or date and place of settlement. Place of origin, ethnicity, religion, occupation, military rank, and other family data may also be provided. Other historical information is also provided.
Source Bibliography: FELDMAN, LAWRENCE H. Anglo-Americans in Spanish Archives, Lists of Anglo-American Settlers in the Spanish Colonies of America, A Finding Aid. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1991. 349p.
Page: 78
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Individuals from other files that are believed to be the same person:
Donato Bello of Balque/Durousseau
Donato Bello of Potier family
Donato Bello of MyFamilyTree
Donato Bello of Farris-Barletto Ancestry

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