Re: Du Pont Augustus I.
Hello Carol: The focus of my father's family research is Pensacola. Like your
: ancestor, my gg grandfather is also listed on the Pensacola Beach
: Historical Society's page. Joseph (Jose) Wyer was the Escambia County
: Commissioner during Reconstruction. I posted the page and information on
: the Afrigeneas Forum a few months ago.
: There is a wealth of information on the web about the history of West Florida
: and also the institutions that may help you in your search. I checked my
: archives and have not found Dupont in any of my documents as a Creole. But
: take heart, I am sure that if you reach out to some of these institutions
: you will find many people eager and willing to help you.
: I read your comments about your outreach to other Duponts with dismay. Again
: take heart, I am sure that there are other people certainly willing to
: share information with you. Always remember that a dedicated family
: historian will be curious about the information that you can provide about
: family history.
: I also read your posting on the Ancestry.com message boards about the Duponts
: and Pensacola and kept in mind some of the observations that you made
: Pensacola and the Floridas were unique in the overall history of the South.
: The most significant influence was Spain. During the first and second
: Spanish interlude, most people black and white, were All multi-lingual.
: Spanish was the dominant language, along with French, English and perhaps
: the various languages and dialects of Native Americans. Under Spanish rule
: until 1821, slaves of all colors could gain their freedom much easier than
: the English influenced states to the north. Please visit the Afrigeneas
: Slavery Forum for a further explanation by David Paterson.
: I doubt that it was the Quakers who influenced your ancestor's education or
: his bi-lingualism. Again the influence of Spain its Catholicism even after
: its handover to the US in 1821 may have played a part. Catholic schools
: educated Blacks throughout the history of the colonial south and through
: the antebellum era. I didn't find the name of Dupont as members of St.
: Joseph's Catholic Creole Church nor as a member of the Creole Benevolent
: Society. Perhaps your ancestor may have been bi-lingual because he was a
: sailor or a drayman that's mentioned in the census. The Caribbean was the
: "super highway" to the multi-lingual islands and countries to
: the south.
: Indeed slaves were imported to Pensacola, but it was lumber, tanned hides,
: cotton from the north that was exported to the Americas and the Caribbean.
: However, the marine industry was its most important focus. New Orleans and
: Charleston were strategic points of entry for slaves.
: Charlyne Hunter-Gault's research on Pensacola's Creoles is only one many
: sources of information. I'm sure that she found that information in the
: archives at various institutions that I suggested that you contact.
: One of the challenges in your search on the net is that your ancestor's name
: is a twin to the industrialist and financier Dupont. On the net you will
: find hundreds of listings of Dupont connected to the stock exchange here
: in London and the Bourse in Paris. In addition in France Dupont is
: synonymous with our American Smith.
: I'm so pleased that you posted on Afrigeneas. You've found a talented
: community of historians and family genealogists of all colors who will
: welcome you and help you in your search. The most important lesson that
: I've learned from the Afrigeneas community is to assume nothing and
: research everything. By studying the history of the West Florida, Alabama
: and Louisiana regions, I've uncovered invaluable information about the
: Wyer family of Pensacola.
: Good luck in your research.
: K Wyer Lane
Thank you for your response.I shall follow through on your suggestions.
I am encouraged with your response.
I am Carol Seldon DuPont Dempsey