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Ash Montagu
DeGress

I don't have any picture of Francis. There are five of him at that history center in Atlanta. I have seen bad copies of pictures of his wife and sister in law, both named Isabella, taken from their passport applications. One spelled out the exact year of when she lived in Mexico and Chile. There were three DeGress brothers. William and Francis associated with Mexico. Jacob C. DeGress, a Union veteran, was Bvt Lt Col. at Ft Duncan, Texas on the border at Eagle Pass until 1871 when he became superintendent of public education in Texas. That was where the Seminole Indian Scouts were and he also fought for African American education during Reconstruction days which didn't make him popular with ex-Confederates.

I did see that Wexel lived in New York City and ran their Mexico Export Company from that end but made at least a couple of trips to Mexico. The partnership with DeGress broke up and both got new partners in the 1880's. They also got a contarct to build a railroad from mexico City to Laredo in 1881.

This stuff is fragments scattered around the internet picked up by google and google books and also Ancestry.com for which you need a paid subscription.
Added by Ash Montagu on Mar 05, 2012 8:32 AM
Ash Montagu
Wexel & DeGress

I just took some notes at the time. There are two other people named DeGress in the same cemetery in Mexico City. DeGress's widow left his papers and photos to the James G Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. They were a gift by Susan DeGress Maynard in 2009/ You might contact the curator. I could look up some other sources. I know I didn't uase everything. I didn't do any work on his partner Wexel.
Added by Ash Montagu on Mar 04, 2012 4:18 PM
 

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