More information about the Depau's, sent by various people...

The following was sent by Judy Fowler:

"Colonial Families of Philadelphia," Philadelphia, PA This file contains a part of the every name index to "Colonial Families in Philadelphia", edited by John W. Jordan, published by Lewis Publishers of New York in 1911 in 2 volumes.

NAME MAIDEN NAME DATE PAGES, COMMENTS
NOTE: MD = Married; CH = Child

DEPAU, AMELIA ----------MD SAMUEL MICKLE FOX *?
DEPAU, ELIZA DE GRASSE-1803 -MD SAMUEL MICKLE FOX
DEPAU, FRANCIS ---------MD SILVIA DE GRASSE *?

* This source must be referring to the marriage of Silvia DeGrasse and Francis DePau, Amelia and Eliza's Mother and Father.

Other sources confirm that Amelia was married to Theodosius Fowler, Eliza was married Sam Fox, and Silvia was married to Mortimer Livingston. Information from an article in the New York Times has the three daughters living on "Depau Row" in the mid 1800's.

Read more about the Depau's in New York City...


A sailing packet ship

SYLVIA- THE SAILING PACKET

SYLVIE DE GRASSE (1833)
The U.S. ship SYLVIE [occasionally: SILVIE] DE GRASSE, was built at Hartford, Connecticut, by D. & H. Burgess in 1833, for the Old Line (later called the Union Line) of sailing packets between New York and Le Havre. 641 tons; 140 ft 6 in x 31 ft 8 in x 15 ft 10 in (length x beam x depth of hold).

She was named after Sylvie de Grasse, daughter of the French admiral who had made possible the American victory at Yorktown, and wife of Francis Depau, a native of Bayonne, France, who had emigrated to the United States by way of Haiti, and was the co-founder and principal owner of the Old Line.

The vessel was sold for California in 1848, and in September 1849 struck and sank at the mouth of the Columbia River with nearly a half million feet of lumber aboard.

 


Source: Robert Greenhalgh Albion, Square-Riggers on Schedule; The New York Sailing Packets to England, France, and the Cotton Ports (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1938), pp. 104, 284.

This information, sent by both Jim Peterman and Lea Dickson:

The N. Y. Gazette for March 12, 1798, contains the following: "Married at Charleston, S. C. on the 23d ult., Francis Depau, Esq., to Silvia, daughter of the late Admiral Count de Grasse."

THEODOSIUS OLIVER, b. Feb. 11, 1786; d. Oct.12, 1861;
married Feb.10, 1820, Amelia, daughter of Francis and Silvie (de Grasse) Depau.

Mr. Fowler was elected a member of the New York State Society of the Cinn. in place of his father in 1843; Asst. Treasurer, 1850. Mrs. Fowler d. Dec.22, 1887. They had:

(Theo and Amelia Fowler's children)

  1. Theodosius Augustus, b. Nov. 9, 1820; d. 1882; elected a member of the N.Y. State Society of the Cinn. in 1862; m. Mary Caroline, daughter of William H. Russell. Mrs. Fowler d. Oct.21, 1896. They had: Silvie Alexandrine Maxime de Grasse.
  2. Francis Depau, b. Sept., 1822; d. s. p. 8 Nov., 1884.
  3. de Grasse Bostwick, b. July, 1824; d. Oct. 5, 1890; elected a member of the N.Y. State Society of the Cinn. in 1885; m. Julia Colt and had: 1 Amelie Depau, 2 Meta Oliver, 3 Julia Pierson, d. s. p., 4 Alice Silvia. de Grasse was a doctor. He died at The Hague in Holland, he has an obit in the New York Times 9 Oct 1890. (info sent by Will Johnson)
  4. Silvia Maria Antonia, b. Aug., 1826; d. s. p. Sept. 18. 1887.
  5. Amelie Louise, b. July, 1830. A Mother Superior of the Convent of the Sacred Heart.
  6. Adele Madeline, b. June 1, 1834; m. George W. Wilson, b. Aug.10, 1839; d. April 8, 1872.
  7. Mortimer Livingston, b. May, 1835; d. May 22,1893; m. Charlotte, daughter of David Ogden.

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