Adolphus John Mignot

Adolphus John Mignot

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 1 Jun 1911 (aged 75)
Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial Eindhoven, Eindhoven Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Memorial ID 68233247 · View Source
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Adolphus John Mignot was the first of four children born to Rémy Mignot (1801-1848) and his second wife Théonie Marie Louise Alexandrine (de la) Rivière (1819-1875), daughter of Jean-Pierre (John Peter)(de la) Rivière, a French aristocrat who had escaped the Revolution to the United States, eventually settling in Charleston, South Carolina. His father Rémy Mignot was also born in France and emigrated to Charleston in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. He owned a fashionable coffee shop and confectionary in the port city. After Rémy Mignot's death, his widow married Adolphus Johannes (Adolph John) Rutjes, a close family friend for whom Adolphus John Mignot was named. As an adolescent Adolphus John Mignot was sent to boarding school at the Flushing Institute outside of New York City. Later, together with his siblings, he was sent to Eindhoven in the Netherlands and enrolled in the Institut des Jeunes Gens where his stepfather Rutjes's brother was headmaster.

On August 1, 1858, Adolphus J. Mignot with his brother-in-law Anthonius Alexander Martinus (Anton) de Block (1830-1906) founded the Mignot & De Block cigar manufacturing firm, which in time became the largest industrial complex in Eindhoven. The company, which later produced cigarettes, prospered for more than a century when it acquired by Phillip Morris in 1969.

Adolphus J. Mignot married in Amsterdam on April 12, 1868 Johanna (Jeanette) Christina Hubertina Maria Smelt (1843-1914), daughter of Gerrit Smelt and Maria Catherina (Mimi) Schillemans of Amsterdam. The couple had twelve children:
1.) Maria Catharina Gerardina Johanna (1867-1938)
2.) Théonie Maria Johanna (1868-1895)
3.) Jeanette Hubertine Bernardine Marie (1870-1919)
4.) Adolphe Antoine Louis Marie (1871-1964)
5.) Josephine Jeannette Marie (1875-1959)
6.) Remi Pierre Paul Adolf Marie (1876-1877)
7.) Remi Pierre Paul Antoine Marie (1878-1953)
8.) Cornelia Alida Jeannette Marie (1879-1958)
9.) Eugene Adolf Jeanette Marie (1882-1962)
10.)Alida Alexandrine Théonie Jeanette Marie (1885-1970)
(In addition, two children were stillborn.)


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 68233247
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Adolphus John Mignot (15 Dec 1835–1 Jun 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 68233247, citing Eindhoven Sint-Catharina Cemetery, Eindhoven, Eindhoven Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands ; Maintained by John W. Coffey (contributor 47365586) .