Papers of the d'Autremont family, 1764-1955 (inclusive), 1764-1897 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1764-1897
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
At the time of the French Revolution a handful of families of French royalists who escaped from France settled on the Susquehanna river in northern Pennsylvania, in a colony called Azilum (Asylum), also known as French Town. For a while Marie Jeanne d'Autremont resided there with her three sons. Around 1796 French diplomat Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, who had been living in exile in the United States, returned to France with Louis Paul d'Autremont, who accompanied him as his private secretary. Louis Paul became a speculator in land and at various times sent his mother and brothers sums of money to invest in land in the United States, where he also had claims to large tracts of land. In 1832, Louis Paul returned to the United States for a short time.
The colony of Azilum dissolved in the early 1800s. Marie Jeanne d'Autremont and her two sons, Alexandre and Augustin, left for a place called Butternuts in New York State. They lived there until 1806 when they then left for Angelica, New York. They traveled to Angelica with a French American diplomat, politician, and businessman Victor du Pont de Nemours (1767-1827) and a French aristocrat, diplomat, and politician Jean-Guillaume, Baron Hyde de Neuville.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of the d'Autremont family were given to the Schlesinger Library by Suzanne d'Autremont Pratt via Frank Freidel, in 1976-1977.
Updated and additional description added: November 2020
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