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The LOUISONS - part 1

Charles Martin owned an estate in St David. In the book: ‘Testing of the Chains: Resistance to slavery in the British West Indies’, page 208, he was mentioned as “-a noted brigand rebel in the Fedon insurrection. He was hanged in market square in 1797. His estate was confiscated by the British like all the other land owning insurgents, inventoried and actioned off to men from the British Isles who were mostly Scotts. In the inventory of his estate on page 1 he is listed with three other rebels all of whom were executed. I am not able to make out the name of his estate. Help here would be appreciated. Under “Observations” on page 2, this was noted for Charles Martin:

“…….The buildings upon this estate are totally destroyed; and the land so poor, that it will not pay the expenses of cultivation.. it has therefore been decided to sell the slaves and lease or disposed of the lands; nine slaves are alleged to be the property of the widow Louison ....???? to her before marriage with ??? martin" ..............................then brothers??? both? Free men? pay the debts..”

I am struggling to read the rest clearly. If someone on here can help out, I will be grateful.

Twenty seven (27) slaves from the Estate of Charles Martin were put up for sale in market square in St George’s under the title “..Sales of forfeited slaves at St George’s by order of the commissioners on the sixteenth May 1797..” . Two were named Louison, and the purchaser’s name was Alexander McSween. Former owner was listed as Charles Martin. Alexander McSween was an attorney in Grenada and the new owner of Grand Mal Estate. All together he bought 99 slaves to include the 27 owned by Charles Martin and his wife Madam Louison listed as a widow at the time of that auction in 1797.


Another rebel named Pierre Escalpe who owned the estate Mount Dor in St Patrick in joint with some others who were also declared rebels, owned a slave called Louison who was listed on the inventory of his estate. In a 1797 auction this Louison was auctioned off in the market square in St George’s with eight other forfeited slaves. The purchaser was John McDonald who at that time owned the estate now called Plaisance Estate.

On page 32 of the book “A Narrative of the insurrection in the island of Grenada in the year 1795 – by Francis M’mahon, one of the three who were spared execution by Fedon wrote - in the ‘massacre’ on the 8th of April, a Mulatto named LOUISON is said to have been the messenger carrying the order of death from General Fedon of the British prisoner.

Who was this Mulatto rebel names Louison? Did he survived the insurrection? And if he did, was he a descendant of VJL? That would a disappointment for him. It would be the beginning of the Composition. The descendant of a MULATTO would certainly give VJL a different view of his history!

If those Louison were the descendants of VJL, then he has a powerful case for twice the compensation claim from the British Empire for the sale of his descendants – TWICE! When they came from Africa, and as punishment for being disloyal adopted subjects!

The Louisons also showed up in other Parishes. This incident involving a Louison from St. Patrick in an 1827 weekly newspaper in Grenada.

With all of this, we still need to understand more about the Louison name in Grenada. Who were they? It looks like Madam Louison who was married to Charles Martin was a Mulatto like Charles Martin. Who was she? Was she related to the Mulatto Louison Fedon’s operation manager? The Mulatto Louison was also mentioned in the operation to bring the three spared prisoners to safety or execute them if they were to be rescued by the British.

Madam Louison the wife of Charles Martin and all the other Louisons who joined him in burning British owned estates in St David’s and those who were in Fedon’s camp, could be all related. I will find all the connections and piece the adventure together.

Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by merle edmund - Sep 24, 2017 12:54pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Vernon Louison - Sep 24, 2017 3:19pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Sep 24, 2017 7:31pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Agbom - Oct 9, 2017 8:40pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Vernon Louison - Oct 10, 2017 7:14am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Oct 10, 2017 10:04pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Vernon Louison - Oct 11, 2017 7:20pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Oct 11, 2017 9:26pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Vernon Louison - Oct 12, 2017 9:20am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Vernon Louison - Sep 24, 2017 3:04pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Sep 24, 2017 7:17pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by merle edmund - Sep 25, 2017 12:36am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Stephen Lewis - Oct 10, 2017 11:52am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Agbom - Oct 11, 2017 12:44am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Tony De - Oct 11, 2017 11:46am
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Oct 11, 2017 11:12pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Tony De - Oct 12, 2017 3:40pm
Re: The LOUISONS - part 1 - by Peter St. Paul - Oct 12, 2017 10:37pm