James Mouton (Oscar) - 1902 Jeffer

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1902 Jefferson

James Mouton’s story was much different than that of Jules, but both men are representative of the Freetown-Port Rico Historic District. James Mouton (1877 – 1943) was the son of Charles Alexandre Mouton (called “Charlie”).

James was the grandson of Governor Alexandre Mouton, owner of Ile Copal. However, on May 27, 1888, Charles A. Mouton married Mathilde Theall (1849 - 1894), a mulatress who was born in Haiti. This interracial marriage changed his status, and that of his descendants, though they did not move away. In the US Census of 1900, James Mouton (23-yearold negro farm laborer, b.1877) is listed as living with his father,

Charles A. Mouton (white; b. 1847), a farmer. Their house is not standing today, but it was on East Vermilion St., within two lots of Jules J. Mouton’s house. By 1940, James Mouton, at 63, is listed on the US Census as living on 1102 Oak Avenue (that address is currently 1902 Jefferson). The 2014 Freetown-Port Rico survey, and 1940 Sanborn map shows this same house is standing today – it is a turn-of-the-century, side-gabled house with a central front door, attached porch supported by turned porch posts, and vernacular Victorian trim. In 1940, James Mouton was living there with his wife and four sons. One of his sons, Oskar, age 30 in the 1940 Census, was listed as a carpenter. He was too young to have built that house, though he may have been partially responsible for its maintenance, and thus duration to this day.


CE James Mouton - 1902 Jefferson

James Mouton’s -- 1902 Jefferson Street -- story was much different than that of Jules, but both men are representative of the Freetown-Port Rico Historic District. James Mouton (1877 – 1943) was the son of Charles Alexandre Mouton (called “Charlie”). James was the grandson of Governor Alexandre Mouton, owner of Ile Copal. However, on May 27, 1888, Charles A. Mouton married Mathilde Theall (1849 - 1894), a mulatress who was born in Haiti. This interracial marriage changed his status, and that of his descendants, though they did not move away. In the US Census of 1900, James Mouton (23-yearold negro farm laborer, b.1877) is listed as living with his father, Charles A. Mouton (white; b. 1847), a farmer. Their house is not standing today, but it was on East Vermilion St., within two lots of Jules J. Mouton’s house.

By 1940, James Mouton, at 63, is listed on the US Census as living on 1102 Oak Avenue (that address is currently 1902 Jefferson). The 2014 Freetown-Port Rico survey, and 1940 Sanborn map shows this same house is standing today – it is a turn-of-the-century, side-gabled house with a central front door, attached porch supported by turned porch posts, and vernacular Victorian trim. In 1940, James Mouton was living there with his wife and four sons. One of his sons, Oskar, age 30 in the 1940 Census, was listed as a carpenter. He was too young to have built that house, though he may have been partially responsible for its maintenance, and thus duration to this day.


Bridge on Pinhook / Pont sur Pinhook 1910

Bridge on Pinhook / Pont sur Pinhook 1910


Painting of Ile Copal

An old painting of Ile Copal.