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Name: Sharkey family.
Historical Note: After the death of John Sharkey circa 1862, his wife, Julie Zoé Rauzeau, left their daughter, Louisa Cecilia Sharkey, in the care of an African-American family servant named Julia Moore. When Moore became ill, Louisa Sharkey was placed in the Poydras Home, a girls orphanage in New Orleans. The Sharkeys owned and sold slaves. In 1854 John Sharkey sold a plantation in St. Helena Parish to Lawrence P. Maxwell. At the time of his death, John Sharkey owned an estate in Washington Parish. A letter indicates that, in 1871, John Sharkey's brother, W. James Sharkey, asks to take Louisa Sharkey from the Poydras Home.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 481
Note Author: LAC Group