|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1824|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1877|
St. Johns County
Cornelius DuPont, son of Abraham DuPont was born in 1824 in Beaufort Co. South Carolina and died in Nov. 1877 in St. Augustine Florida. He was well known by St. Augustine citizens in the 1850's. His family moved to Florida from South Carolina between 1825-1827.
An Account of the Indian raid at Abraham DuPont Plantation in May 1836 follows. Source, article Dupont Plantation, article, Ashes on the Wind, The Story of Lost Plantations, by Alice Strickland, published by Voluska Historical Commission.
"In May of 1836 during the Seminole Indian War, Cornelius, than 12 years old and his brother Ben traveled with their father to one of their plantations on Mantanzas river, near the current Washington Oaks State Park. They were present at his father's plantation when the Indian raid occured on a stormy night, killing a house guest, a neighbor, Mr. Long, who was taking refuge from the storm. Mr. Long attempted to leave the plantation to go to St. Augustine for help. The next day his body was found near the barn. The Indian raid happened around 9:00 p.m. Indians were spotted on the property by some slaves. Rifle shoting started after Mr. Long was shot with his father Abraham shoting his seven rifles off while a female black servant was loading the rifles for him. The DuPont family eventually gave up and left the plantation to the Indians.
The family lost the battle with the Indians. DuPont and his two sons left the plantation that night and walked home to St. Augustine with arrival in St. Augustine the next day. The boys were only wearing their night clothes.
The plantation was burned down by the Indians". This is an indirect quote from the article.
During 1836 and 1850 the DuPont family lived mostly in St. Augustine, Florida and returning to the plantation during growing season.
In 1860 he and his second wife, Fanny Virginia Solano DuPont and small children were residing on a small plantation on DuPont's landing, that later became known as Federal Point in 1866.
From; Cornelius DuPont and Family-The Original Settlers of Federal Point (This is an indirect quote)
Cornelius and his second wife, Frances Solana Dupont were among the first settlers of the DuPont Landing. From 1858 to 1868 they owned a large estate, then located at Dupont Landing, but later came known as Federal Point landing. Federal Point landing was located on St. John's river in Putnam Co. Florida. On July 14, 1868 he and his wife sold the estate to John F. Tenney family for $1500.00. According to the Tenney family history Cornelius had lost interest in the estate and farming due to ill health, lack of energy for farming and general discontent.
Betty Ruth Salls in the chapter-Federal Point---- Then and Now wrote the following about the DuPont family. "The DuPont family were the first settlers of DuPont landing. The family lived right on the point, with his house overlooking the beautiful St. John's River. He owned 1500 acres and many slaves. DuPont was a wealthy man with a large amount of money on deposit in a bank in South Carolina. He lost the deposits when the bank closed. He rented his slaves to other landowners up and down the St. John's.
His home was large and comfortable, the only one on the point at the time, except for a several small slave cabins, Life was pleasant and easy for him. The St. John's River was the only road to Jacksonville. The Civil War seriously hampered the DuPont style." (End of Direct quote from Ms. Salls research).
Cornelius and Frances purchased the estate from Sarah Madison in September 1858 for $2500.00. At one time Cornelius owned around 1500 acres on DuPont landing. In 1860 census the farm consisted of 90 acres of inproved land, 1050 acres of uninproved land. with a cash value of $10,000 dollars, livestock, valued at $600.00 and machinery and implements at $150.00. He owned 10 slaves, 6 women and 4 men. The family moved to St. Augustine, Florida around 1868 where they resided until the time of his death in 1877.
The Civil War had a definite effect on Cornelius DuPont family. He lost financial assets when the bankers in Charleston, South Carolina was forced to close the banks permanmently. He had a large sum of money on deposit in the bank.
While Cornelius was on military duty elsewhere in April 1863, an Union Army unit visited DuPont landing where the soldiers raided the DuPont plantation removing possessions, livestock and freeing all the family's slaves. Mrs. DuPont out of fear was forced to tell the soldiers the location the slaves had hidden. The soldiers had suggested to Mrs. DuPont, that they would burn down the buildings on the estate. Life was never the same for the family again. When Cornelius came home from duty, the farm was in desperate need of repair. (End of data used from source -- Cornelius DuPont and Family- The Orignal Settlers of Federal Point)
During the Civil War Cornelius was drafted into the Confederate Army. The records suggested the date may have been from 1863-1865. He served in at least 3 companies of soldiers: Captain Harrison and Captain McBrides Companies as well as Captain Fernandez's Mounted Company.
Ancestory.com listed Cornelius as part of Captain Fernandez's Mounted Company, Florida. His position in the Company was Supply Force. Cornelius rank listed in and discharged out was Private. (Betty Stark, researcher, Feb. 2012).
He married 2 times: Sabina Crespo Feb. 9,1847 and Frances Solano in 1854 in St. Augustine Florida.
Cornelius and Sabina marriage ended in divorce in April 1852. Sabina moved to Jacksonville Florida with the boys. By 1860 Sabina and the children had settled in Jacksonville, Florida. Sabina received full custody of the boys.
Children born to the couple during this marriage were the following: Peter Milton, b. 1849-d. before census year, 1850,in St. Augustine, Crespo Victor, b. 1850 d. 1922 in Decatur, Alabama and Benjamin Edward b. abt 1852, d. 1942 in New Orleans, Louisana with burial in Cave Hill cemetery, Louisville, KY. Both sons were lifetime employees of the L & N railroad company.
Cornelius married second Frances Virginia Solana January 16, 1854. They became the parents of Cornelius Dennis, b. 1858, Daniel, b. 1860, Mary Jane (Mamie), b. 1863, Catherine (Katie), 1865 and Charles Augustus, b. 1868. Charles Augustus after the death of his parents resided with James Hart family until the age of 14 when he began to earn his own living.
Cornelius and Frances death were both in St. Augustine Florida and believed to have been buried either at the DuPont family cemetery in the Hammock at Maineland, Flager Co. Florida or in unmarked grave at the Huguenot cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida.
Other deaths related to the family
Sabina Crespo Dupont Price Devine b. 1830-1834, d. August 7, 1912 in Louisville, KY, BR: Cave Hill cemetery,
Frances Virginia Solano DuPont, b. 1834, died in 1875 in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Abraham Dupont (1783 - 1857)
Peter Milton DuPont (1849 - 1849)*
Crespo Victor Dupont (1850 - 1922)*
Benjamin Edward du Pont (1852 - 1942)*
Mary Jane Dupont Rowand (1863 - 1943)*
Milton Dupont (1813 - 1833)*
Virgil R DuPont (1813 - 1885)*
Sarah Davidson Dupont (1822 - 1832)*
Cornelius DuPont (1824 - 1877)
Maria Olivia Dupont Hemming (1824 - 1860)*
Benjamin Edward Dupont (1825 - 1911)*
St. Johns County
Created by: PHIL
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
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