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Located on the Angevine Farm in Scarsdale Manor. The Angevine family held the lease from Col. Caleb Heathcote (1666-1721), his grandson and great-grandson from about 1720 until the 1820-30s.
Today the Angevine Farm is the site of Scarsdale Middle School, 134 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, N.Y. The school is located on part of the farm.
Louis/Lewis Angevine and his wife Hester Secor (also called Esther Sicard) are usually described as the first of four generations to lease the Angevine Farm from Col. Caleb Heathcote, although Lewis' parents may have been the first, since they were living in 1717 (when Louis was just 15 years old) and likely were buried here rather than in New Rochelle, as has been supposed. Pierre and Marguerite de Bonrepos Angevine were from France and St. Christopher, West Indies, respectively. They lived in New Rochelle in 1710. Pierre and his brother Zachariah had worked with Col. Caleb Heathcote in establishing the French Church at New Rochelle and probably acquired the lease at some point during this period. About 1770, Lewis' younger brother Eli purchased a nearby farm. In 1816-18, when James Fenimore Cooper built his home called "Angevine" across the road, the Angevines had been in possession of the farm over 100 years, with their negro slaves working the land. One reference indicates Cooper's father-in-law John Peter Delancey may have owned a slave named Angevine at Heathcote Hill. According to Susan Fenimore Cooper, Col. Heathcote let the farm to the Angevines in 1704.
This was on the northwest side of Mamoroneck Road "just past the Scarsdale high school," present-day Heathcote section of Scarsdale. James Fenimore Cooper's home, "Angevine," built in 1816, stood across the road on the southeast side.
One description states there were eight to twelve graves. Susan Fenimore Cooper described 10 graves, apparently not including graves of slaves.
Some of these graves or their markers, described by Susan Fenimore Cooperas "simple gray stones," and "humble graves," may have been relocated to St. Paul's Episcopal Graveyard, Mt. Vernon, NY. Or the markers there may have been re-carved or later replacements.
The Families of the Colonial Town of Philipsburgh, Westchester County, N.Y.," by Grenville C. Mackenzie, (IV vols, c1930-66, Westport, Conn.), vol. 1 pp.28-30: Louis Angevine (son of Pierre Angevine), born New Rochelle 1702 m. Esther (dau of James) Secor. “He apparently was living in New Rochelle when his son Peter was born. According to Bolton, he later resided in Scarsdale and lies buried on the farm which his son John inherited on the north east (sic) side of Mamaroneck Road.” John Angevine born August (Feb.) 8, 1748 married Phebe (Fowler).
Mackenzie manuscript at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&BS Library). (Angevine Genealogy by Clyde V. Angevine, p. 348.)
FULL BLOODED YANKEE (1946) by Sidney Graves Koon, p.24: “Louis had settled on that big Angevine farm, and there he was buried. His son Jean (John) inherited this estate and on it brought up his large family; he left seven sons and four daughters. This farm was in hands of this family thru four generations bearing their name. By 1880, however, it had passed from them, being then owned by Alexander M. Bruen, M.D.” Dr. Bruen's wife was a granddaughter of the Hon. John Jay and great-granddaughter of Gov. William Livingston of New Jersey.
James Fenimore Cooper, the novelist, married Susan Augusta DeLancey, daughter of John Peter Delancey, son of Anne Heathcote Delancey, the daughter of the original proprietor Col. Caleb Heathcote, Lord of Scarsdale Manor, as well a descendant of Etienne De Lancey, a French Huguenot who married Anna Van Cortland of Van Cortland Manor. Their daughter Susannah married Vice Admiral Peter Warren, shown on some pedigree charts as great-great-grandparents of Angevine Warren.
Susan Fenimore Cooper wrote in The Atlantic Monthly, January 1887, p.200: "The family of Angevine had become tenants on the Manor of Scarsdale, of which Colonel Heathcote was the owner in 1704. Their small farm-house and their humble graves occupied a height to the southward of the highway in 1818. The view from that point was very fine." She described 10 graves.
Col. Heathcote's daughter Anne married James DeLancey. Their son Governor John Peter DeLancey lived a few miles away at Heathcote Hill. His daughter Susan Augusta DeLancey (1792-1852) married James Fenimore Cooper and their daughter was Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), whose account continues: "When Mr. Cooper was about to build his cottage, he was offered the choice of two sites: that (42 acres) occupied by the Angevines, and the one (57 acres) on the opposite side of the road, where the view, though fine, was less striking. While riding over the field south of the road, he was anxiously watched by the Angevine family, who were reluctant to give up the farm they had occupied for more than a century,--without a line of writing, in this case, it was said, between landlord and tenant. The graves of four or five generations of these Huguenot farmers lined one of the fences on the height, each marked head and foot with a common gray stone. The anxiety of the good people regarding his choice decided the question. Those humble graves were respected. The field on the northern side of the road was chosen, though the view was inferior. The cottage was soon built, and received the name of Angevine, from his Huguenot neighbors. Here the long literary career, so wholly unforeseen, and which was to last until the latest weeks of his life, opened most unexpectedly before him." Cooper wrote his first novel, "The Spy," described as the first American novel, at "Angevine."
In 1922, the Fenway Golf Club built an 18-hole golf course on James Fenimore Cooper's Angevine estate, directly across Old Mamaroneck Road from the old Angevine Farm.
1. "A Backward Glance," by Susan Fenimore Cooper, The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. LIX (59) (January 1887), pp. 199-206
2. History of Westchester County, N.Y. (1886), by J. Thomas Scharf, vol. 1, p. 681
3. History of Westchester County, N.Y. (1881) by Robert Bolton, vol. 2, p. 231
4. Literary Haunts and Homes: American Authors (1898) by Theodore F. Wolfe, p. 6
5. James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years (2007), by Wayne Franklin, pp. 212, 225, 601.
6. The History of the Several Towns, Manors at Patents of Westchester (1881) by Robert Bolton, vol. 2, p. 249
7. Homes of American Authors (G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1853)
8. James Fenimore Cooper by Mary E. Phillips (1912)
9. Angevine Genealogy (1977) by Clyde V. Angevine, p.21.
10. 1774 map of the Manor of Scarsdale filed in White Plains and reproduced in J. Thomas Scharf, History of Westchester County, New York (Philadelphia: L. E. Preston & Co., 1886), 1:141.
11. Westchester County Registry of Deeds, Liber W., p. 305. The Angevine property corresponds to the eastern portion of parcel number eight on the manor map cited above.
12. The Angevine property remained in the Cooper family until February 6, 1854, when it was sold to James Humes of New York for $1,000. Westchester County Registry of Deeds, Liber 260, pp. 284, 375.
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