Samuel Frederick DeBary

Samuel Frederick DeBary

Birth
Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Death 23 Dec 1898 (aged 83)
Summit, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Memorial ID 52379930 · View Source
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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.


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  • Created by: Jason Ballard
  • Added: 14 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 52379930
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Frederick DeBary (12 Jan 1815–23 Dec 1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52379930, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Jason Ballard (contributor 46942150) .