Feb. 19, 1702 New Rochelle Westchester County New York, USA
1792 Scarsdale Westchester County New York, USA
Also spelled Lewis. Original burial site.
One reference gives his birthplace as North Castle. Mackenzie says he was born at New Rochelle.
He and his wife Hester Secor (also called Esther Sicord, Sicard) are sometimes described as the first of four generations to lease the Angevine Farm from Col. Caleb Heathcote (1666-1721), Lord of Scarsdale Manor, and Col. Heathcote's grandson and great-grandson after him from about 1720 until the 1850s. This was four generations of Heathcote-DeLancey landlords, but only three generations of Angevines: Lewis was succeeded by his son John, who was succeeded by his son Elijah who still resided there into the 1850s. But it may be that Lewis' parents were residents here, too, and could be buried here rather than New Rochelle as has been supposed. In 1818, when James Fenimore Cooper built his home called "Angevine" across the road, the Angevines had been in possession of the farm for 100 years or more, and worked by negro slaves of the Angevines not unlike plantations in the Southern United States.
Streets and Place-Names of Scarsdale (1989), by Richard Lederer: Brookfield Lane. "In 1983 Parlato and Barzelatto subdivided the previous Barracini property and I suggested to the Planning Board that they name the lollipop street Angevine Lane for the family who occupied the land as tenants of the Heathcote Family. (A “lollipop” is a dead-end street that ends in a circle.) Across Mamaroneck Road was Angevine Farm where James Fenimore Cooper later lived. The first person to buy a house in the development objected to the name saying that it sounded like a pizza parlor. The Planning Board capitulated and came up with Brookfield as it’s in a field beside a brook. It is not a brook, it is the Sheldrake River."
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 at New Rochelle 1702 married Esther, daughter 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 side of Mamaroneck Road.” (Angevine Genealogy by Clyde V. Angevine, p.348.) Clyde Angevine, p.20, says he died there 1778-79.
The Angevine cemetery was located on the Angevine farm. Four generations of the Angevine family leased the estate and at least six generations resided there. One description states there were eight to twelve graves.
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.
Some or all of the graves in the Angevine family cemetery were moved at some point to St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard in Mt. Vernon, New York, 19 miles away, where they may be seen today. This seems odd since the First Presbyterian Church at White Plains, where many other Angevines are buried, is only two miles away.
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."
According to the 1843 map by James Findley, the Angevine farm consisted of 47 acres rather than 42 as Susan Fenimore Cooper stated.
Louis Angevine was a third-great-grandfather of historian and writer James Truslow Adams, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "The Adams Family."