A Guide to the Fontaine-Maury Papers, 1710-1874 Fontaine-Maury Papers MS 68.3

A Guide to the Fontaine-Maury Papers, 1710-1874

A Collection in
the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 68.3


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Title
Fontaine-Maury Papers 1710-1874
Extent
1 vol., [366] pp., and 30 pieces.
Creator
Fontaine, John (1693-1767), Maury, Ann (1803-1876).
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Fontaine-Maury Papers, MS 68.3, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1968.

Alternative Form

Microfilm (M-1556 and M-1557) and (TR/67) copies available. See also Fontaine-Maury Papers, part 2, MS. 90.5.


Scope and Content Information

The Fontaine-Maury Papers include the journal, 1710-1719, of John Fontaine (1693-1767), soldier, traveler, and clockmaker, including his military service in Portugal and Spain, 1710-1711; travels in England, 1713; an attempted trip to Virginia turned back by bad weather; and his trip to Virginia, 1715, to purchase land for his family. While in Virginia Fontaine traveled to Germanna and Ft. Christanna; participated in and described Governor Spotswood's Trans-Montane Expedition; and journeyed to New York City, returning through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The journal was seemingly written after John's return to England in 1719, and was copied by Miss Ann Maury in 1840. At that time the original was in the possession of descendants in England, but it has since disappeared. Miss Maury also copied letters into the journal from John Fontaine's brother, the Rev. Peter Fontaine (1691-1757), John's sister, Mary Ann Fontaine Maury (1690-1755), and John's nephews, Peter Fontaine (b. 1721) and the Rev. James Maury (1717-1769), to John and Moses Fontaine and Daniel Tobin in England. The letters relate family news and occasionally touch on conditions in Virginia. The collection also includes a few original eighteenth-century letters and nineteenth-century copies of other Fontaine and Maury letters to and from Virginia, and nineteenth-century letters of Ann Maury and her brother James regarding James Fontaine's memoir and family news. Persons mentioned in the journal and letters include Mr. Baylor, Mr. Beverley, Mr. Clayton, Philip Ludwell, Austin Moor, Andrew Freneau, Col. Morris, William Fontaine Alexander, Edmund Fontaine, Matthew Maury, and William A. Maury. The journal and most of the eighteenth-century letters were published in Ann Maury, Memoirs of a Huguenot Family (New York, 1853), and later editions.

Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Alexander, William Fontaine.
  • Baylor, Mr.
  • Beverley, Mr.
  • Clayton, Mr.
  • Fontaine, Edmund, 1801- 1869.
  • Freneau, Andrew.
  • Ludwell, Philip, 1672-1727.
  • Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873.
  • Maury, William A.
  • Maury, Ann, 1803-1876.
  • Maury, James, 1718-1769.
  • Moor, Austin.
  • Morris, Colonel.
  • Family Names:

  • Fontaine Family
  • Maury Family.
  • Subjects

  • Delaware -- Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • Maryland -- Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • Military service, Voluntary --Europe --History --18th century
  • New Jersey -- Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • Pennsylvania --Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740 - -Journeys
  • Travelers -- Virginia --History --18th century
  • Virginia --History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • Virginia Genealogy
  • Virginia -- Description and travel --Early works to 1800
  • Voyages and travels

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Alexander, William Fontaine.
  • Baylor, Mr.
  • Beverley, Mr.
  • Clayton, Mr.
  • Fontaine, Edmund, 1801- 1869.
  • Freneau, Andrew.
  • Ludwell, Philip, 1672-1727.
  • Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873.
  • Maury, William A.
  • Maury, Ann, 1803-1876.
  • Maury, James, 1718-1769.
  • Moor, Austin.
  • Morris, Colonel.