|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1815|
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1898|
New Jersey, USA
The son of Christopher DeBary & Sophie Pilgrim. As a young man , DeBary befriended G. H. Mumm whose family produced a fine brand of Champagne in Rheims , Germany. Mumms proposed that deBary go to New York and introduce the family's champagne to America. At the age of 25, deBary sailed to New York in 1840 to introduce Mumm's Champagne to the new wealthy class of merchants, manufacturers, financiers and professional men profiting from New York's growing port. Once in New York, deBary organized an importing firm, The Frederick DeBary Company, strictly for Mumm's Champagne. Because luxuary items were not yet prodominately produced in America, DeBary found much success. In 1844 , Debary returned to Germany where on August the 5th of that year he married his wife , Julie Scherpenhauser. The couple would permanently move to New York and would have two children , Adolphe & Eugenie. Debary's wife , Julie died in 1868. Debary who became highly wealthy and had owned five estates , took an interest in Florida during a trip and in 1871 constructed a winter retreat / hunting lodge in the community of what would become known as Debary , Florida. DeBary , an outstanding entrepeneur turned his winter retreat into a profitable venture amassing his lands to over 10,000 acres and planted Orange Groves. Debary would also eventually develop the Debary Merchants Line for the Steamboat Trade and had owned a total of eight steamers which were : The George M. Bird , Rosa , Fannie Dugan , Welaka , Everglade , Anita , Frederick DeBary & The City Of Jacksonville. DeBary's winter retreat attracted many guests and was believed to be visited by the likes of : President's Grant & Cleveland , European Royalty & even General William Tecumseh Sherman. Samuel Frederick DeBary died at the home of his son , Adolphe in Summit , New Jersey. His winter retreat / hunt lodge which is now known today as " The Debary Hall " still stands and was added to U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July the 24th of 1972. Debary Hall remains one of Central Florida's many tourist destinations.
Adolphe DeBary (1845 - 1928)*
Eugenie DeBary Von Mauch (1858 - 1934)*
Rheims, or Reims, is (and was) in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, not Germany.
Created by: Jason Ballard
Record added: May 14, 2010
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