Demopolis, Alabama - WikipediaDemopolis was founded after the fall of Napoleon's Empire and named by a group of French expatriates, a mix of exiled Bonapartists and other French migrants who had settled in the United States after the overthrow of the colonial government in Saint-Domingue following the failed Saint-Domingue expedition. The name, meaning in Greek "the People's City" or "City of the People" (from Ancient Greek δῆμος + πόλις), was chosen to honor the democratic ideals behind the endeavor. First settled in 1817, it is one of the oldest continuous settlements in Alabama. It was incorporated on December 11, 1821.."
Champ d'Asile ("Field of Asylum") was a short-lived settlement founded in Texas in January 1818 by 20 French Bonapartistveterans of the Napoleonic Wars from the Vine and Olive Colony. The party was led by General Charles Lallemand. Land was offered to French settlers on March 3, 1817, after a vote by the United States Congress. Champ d'Asile was situated along the Trinity River and was abandoned in July of the same year.
Lallemand, a Bonapartist General, was accompanied by his brother, Baron Charles François Antoine Lallemand. The colony was to bring some military men for protection, and concentrate on agricultural work, cultivating grapes and olives. 100 officers joined Lallemand, and around a quarter to a third of these were foreigners of the Grande Armée; the rest were French.Lallemand financed the project through land speculation. On December 17, 1817 150 of the would-be-settlers sailed from Philadelphia for Galveston, Texas, where they arrived on January 14. Lallemand and the other colonists convened in New Orleans, and on March 10 left for Galveston with 120 volunteers. They sailed up the Trinity River to Atascosito where they built two small forts. Mexican governor Antonio María Martínez, having heard about this expedition, sent his own troops to San Marcos, wary of an attack. The colony was abandoned shortly afterwards.
For a while, years ago, I thought a woman with the Noailles last name was in my tree. From what I gathered from other trees at the time, two sisters of that family fled France and headed to New York. There was a storm at sea, and the burly sailors threw heavy things overboard including a chest with the sisters' valuable assets. They didn't have much money, but had all sorts of household treasures, silver things, etc. So the sisters, being resourceful, worked in a cafe or nightspot singing and dancing French songs, etc. One of the sisters, Marie Noailles d'Ayen, married a Lee, that at the time of my research, I thought I was related to. But it turned out to be another Lee line that I'm connected to. Actually, they all had the same paternal Lee ancestor back in England. The other sister ended up in a Dutch town up the Hudson River a ways. They knew LaFayette, who advised them to go to America.I grew up in Philadelphia and hadn't heard of that group. I did find these just now:
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Smacks palm on forehead. Of course the DuPonts!
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