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Antoine Dumesnil
(1772-1833)

 

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Mary Cunningham

Antoine Dumesnil

  • Born: 2 Mar 1772, France
  • Marriage: Mary Cunningham on 26 Apr 1798 in Boston MA
  • Died: 11 Jun 1833, Louisville KY

  General notes:

Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked from circa 1800 to 1810 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston MA
    Sent to French Mauritus to escape the revolution in France, he was captured by pirates, escaped, and landed eventually in New York City. He remained only a short time, then went to Boston where he worked as a jewelry manufacturer and merchant from a shop at 24 Union Street. After a ship he had invested in sank, he was forced to sell up and take his family south to Louisville. 5

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  • Handbill, c 1805
    Private Collection
  • He worked after 1810 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Louisville KY
    He was listed in the 1818 city directory as a jeweler and watchmaker with a shop on Mill Street. 5
  • The inventory of his estate was carried out by August Hawkins, John Norton, and James McKinney, who recorded in part
    Shop Merchandise:
    1 sett silver smith's tools 20.00
    1 sett watch tools 30.00
    1 brass clock 40.00
    1 silver mantle clock 5.00
    4 wood mantle clocks 5.00
    213 wooden clocks @ 20 460.00
    20 silver watches 60.00
    12 gilt watches 36.00
    1 silver teapot 25.00
    1 silver sugar pot 2.00
    2 silver cream pitchers 8.00
    1 silver tumbler 5.00
    1 Brittania cream pitcher .25
    5 Brittania teapots 2.50
    3 pair silver sugar tongs 3.75
    5 pair silver salt spoon 1.87
    2 pair gilt salt spoons 1.00
    3 silver cream spoons 3.00
    1 silver soup ladle 6.00
    41 sets silver teaspoons 55.00
    3 1/2 setts silver tablespoon 36.75
    1 silver mounted dirk 2.00
    1 pair silver spurs 4.00
    9 pair silver spectacles 11.25
    1 pair gilt spectacles 1.25
    29 silver thimbles 3.63
    5 silver pencil cases 2.50
    1 silver knitting sheath .37
    1 silver blade fruit knife .38
    1 silver liquor trier or hydrometer 1.00
    4 silver pens .50
    2 silver combs 1.50
    1 silver watch key .25

Antoine married Mary Cunningham on 26 Apr 1798 in Boston MA. (Mary Cunningham was born in Boston MA and died on 11 Jun 1833 in Louisville KY.)




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