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 Michel Justin Duvigneaud

Michel Justin Duvigneaud

Luxembourg, Belgium
Death 21 Mar 1874 (aged 63)
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 59702115 · View Source
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Inventor, Businessman and New World farmer & forester.

Belgium Births and Baptisms
Gender Male
Christening Date 08 Aug 1810
Christening Place Mussy-la-Ville, Luxembourg, Belgium
Birth Date 08 Aug 1810
Birthplace Mussy-la-Ville, Forêts, Belgium
Father's Name (Latin): Joannis Michaelis Duvigneaud
Mother's Name (Latin): Mariae Magdalenae Picard.

A MONUMENT has been erected in Mussy-la-Ville, Belgium at Place J-M Duvigneaud; In memory of Michel Justin Duvigneaud

from the newspaper, L'AVENIR du Luxembourg:
DUVIGNEAUD, Michel Justin was born August 8, 1810 in "one of the great families" of the village of Mussy, Lorraine-Belge, Provence of Luxembourg, Belgium. His father was Jean Michel Duvigneaud, an metalworker who also raised geese for prime writing quills. His mother was Marie Madeleine (Picard) Duvigneaud

Michel Justin left Mussy at an early age, and married Eulalie Louise TESTOT, daughter of his business partner Remy Testot, on 3NOV1834 at St Nicholas of the Fields in Paris. Installed at Paris he became a trader in stationery supplies and directed his activities in the field of metal pen nibs, a new and booming business. Michel-Justin patented several inventions to do with improving metal pens. Metal nibs marked DUVIGNEAUD can still be found in antique shops around the world. He continued his researches while attending the "Arts and Crafts" Lycee. Associated with Felix Joly, dealer of metal pens, he filed June 6, 1850, a patent on the nibs and also for improvements of the compass.

Michel Justin Duvigneaud, took an important part in the French Revolution of 1848 and received much honor for his efforts.

Children born to M.J. and 'Lise' were:
1-Rene' Justin Duvigneaud
b. 17SEP1835, Paris, France
d. age 6 mo. Paris, France

2-Jean-Baptiste Alfred Duvigneaud
b. 11JAN1837, Paris, France
d. 2MAR1887, Chicago, Cook Co, IL

3-Elizabeth Eulalie (Lise) Duvigneaud
b. 24MAY1839, Paris, France

4-Alphonse Duvigneaud
b. 16JUN1840, Paris, France
d. at an early age, Paris, France

Michel and Lise separated on 20JUL1841.

M.J. commenced a liason with Catherine Derisier by whom he sired
Joseph Francois DuVIGNEAUD, who was born in Paris France. Catherine reportedly died before 1846.

M.J. left France for the United States in 1852, after having sold his stock in the stationery and metal nib trade to the firm Blanzy-Boulogne. Additionally, he sold rights to his new invention, the fountain pen which Blanzy patented in 1858.

Arriving in the New World, Michel Justin purchased a farm in Peewaukee, Waukesha Co. WI, near Milwaukee.

m2, Marie Caroline Desiree Evrard
July 6, 1857 in Waukesha WI in a dual ceremony M. J. married Marie-Caroline Desiree Evrard, who was the mother of Michel's second young family. At the same time, Lise married Edward Evrard, brother of Desiree.

Children of MJ and 'Desiree' Duvigneaud:
1-Justin Edouard DUVIGNEAUD
2-Clotilda Elizabeth DUVIGNEAUD
3-Rosalie Desiree DUVIGNEAUD
4-Alexander Jean-Michel DUVIGNEAUD
5-Georges Auguste DUVIGNEAUD
6-Henriette Madeline DUVIGNEAUD

Michael J Duvigneand (sic)
Naturalized: 1858
Title Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for U.S. District & Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950
Birth Year 1810
Birthplace Belgium

One of his great grandsons, Vincent duVigneaud, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1955.

Sources: Many thanks to: the mother/daughter genealogy wizards, Claire Duvigneaud and Florence Geheneau; Diane Duvigneaud; Donald Hammer; the Museum of Mussey; & Jean Pierre Monhonval journalist of L'AVENIR du Luxembourg.

Paternal Ancestry: DUVIGNEAUD
Michel Justin6 Duvigneaud, Jean Michel5 Duvigneaud, Michel4 Duvigneaud, Jean3 Duvigneaud, Gerard2 Duvigneaud, Jacques1 Duvigneaud.

Migration: Jacques Duvigneaud, Royal Surgeon, left Galipian in Southwestern France circa 1661 (in the epoch of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes) to escape the Huguenot persecutions. He migrated to Longwy in Northeastern France on the Belgian boarder, and there became the surgeon of Princess Anne Charlotte of Lorraine. His son Gerard immigrated to Mussey, Belgium to avoid further religious pressures.

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