I am looking for information on Eulalie Goy & Dominique Mercier. I know much more about Dominique than I do about Eulalie.
Although family legend has held that Dominique was born in France, I have a copy of his death certificate [August 19, 1876], which identifies him as a native of New Orleans, age 63 [which makes his birth year about 1813]. I also have copies of 6 birth certificates, from 1843-1851, of children of Eulalie Goy and Dominique Mercier; several of these birth certificates identify both Dominique & Eulalie as "free persons of color."
D. Mercier, f.c.m. between 25-36, is listed in the 1840 U.S. census. He also has a male slave. Those are the only persons living in this house at this time.
I have been unable to find him in the census again until 1870, when he is living with a new wife [Eulalie presumably having died in about 1864], Cloé, and 8 children. All persons in the family are identified as mulatto.
I have found Dominique in the New Orleans City Directory beginning in 1834. First he is listed as a "cabinetmaker" residing on the corner of Bourbon & Bienville. He moves around quite a bit in the next few years and changes his occupation to that of a merchant selling Boots & Shoes and eventually other clothing. Some of his addresses are: 77 Bourbon, St. Philip near Claiborne, 219 Bayou, 305 Bayou [which address is listed in several children's birth certificates], and finally 214 Orleans, with his store at Bienville & Dauphine.
The New Orleans City Directory for 1823 lists a widow Mimi Goy, who lives at 7 Peace Street and in 1841 Mlle. Goy is listed as a milliner & dressmaker. There is also a reference to a Louis Goy, at 451 St. Ann Street in 1867 but I have been unable to find any of these people in the U.S. Census in Louisiana.
I am taking a wild guess and wondering if Dominique was actually the son of Jean Mercier, who is listed in the 1830 US Census as between 50-60 of age, living with 8 slaves and 9 free persons of color, one a male between 10-24 years who may be Dominique. Jean Mercier is listed in the New Orleans City Directories beginning in 1805. In 1823 John is a cabinetmaker [which contributes to my theory] and is variously at 257 Royal, 63 bourbon and finally 154 Dauphin until he disappears after 1846.
I also wonder if Eulalie was the daughter of Mimi Goy and is the milliner & dressmaker of the 1841 directory just before she married Dominique.
I have collected extensive information on their descendents and would really like to identify and place both Dominique and Eulalie. I'd love to correspond with anyone who has any information on them.