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William Adancourt

Male Abt 1733 - 1815  (~ 82 years)


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  • Name William Adancourt 
    Born Abt 1733  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1790  Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 
    • William Adancourt: 1-2-0-4
      One adult male, two under age 16; four females
    Census 1800  Troy, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 
    • William Adancourt: 1-1-1-0-1/1-0-0-1-1/0-1
      One male under 10; one 10-15; one 16-25; one 45 and up; 1 female under 10; one 16-44; one 45 and up; one slave.
    Census 1810  Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 
    • William Adancourt: 0-0-0-0-1/0-0-0-0-1
      One male over age 45; one female over age 45.
    Died 22 Feb 1815  Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lansingburgh Village Cemetery, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Wiliam was born in France about 1733 and came to America in the French Army with General Rochambeau during the American Revolution - Rochambeau was given command in 1780 so that is probably when William arrived. The French troops were headquartered in Newport RI, William was Rochambeau's commissary and was barracks-master of the troops there. His wife Maria/Mary and two of their children (at least) came from France in either 1780 or 1784 (year unclear) on a ship also carrying General LaFayette, whom Maria got to know somewhat - on a return visit to the U.S. in 1825 LaFayette visited Maria in Lansingburgh NY and gave her portraits of himself and his wife (these portraits now in the collection of the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy NY).

      After the War the family stayed in America. It appears they moved from Newport to Freetown in Bristol Co MA for a time, as a probable daughter Anne Louisa married in Freetown in 1788, and son Francis was apprenticed to a printer Isaiah Thomas of Worchester MA for a time. They moved back to Newport before 1790 - appeared in the 1790 census at Newport. In Newport William taught French in his home and at Rogers's Academy, he ran a coffee house and worked as doorkeeper at the Newport Theatre. In 1794 the family moved to Lansingburgh, Rensselaer NY where, according to town historican Frances Broderick, William was a successful merchant, ran an Inn and purchased and sold land - some ventures in conjuntion with his son-in-law Immanuel Joseph DeSouza. He also owned a grocery store in the village. This grocery store was burgled in 1805 and newspapers from upstate NY to Portland ME ran articles on how William AND Maria, then in their 60s, confronted and fought with one of the burglers until neighbors, hearing the fight, came to their aid (the burglers were arrested and one was sentenced to life at hard labor).

      William died in 1815 leaving a will and naming his wife Maria (known as Mary) and two of his children: Francis and Maria. Though her name doesn't appear in records in Rensselaer Co it is probable they had one other daughter - Anne Louisa who married Peter Charles Aubrey in Freetown MA in 1788 (nothing more known of this yet). The 1790 census of Newport shows the family with 2 males under age 16, one over, and 4 females. Because this census lacks detail it is impossible to know if the two young males or three of the females may have all been their children - beginning in 1791 at least William boarded some students who were studying French with him.

      Nothing is known of William's French ancestry. An obituary of his son Francis states that William was a "school-fellow" of Voltaire - by which it must be meant that William attended the Collčge Louis-le-Grand in Paris, the same public school Voltaire attended, not that they attended at the same time (Voltaire was 40 years William's senior).
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      'Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966' (at Ancestry.com) lists William Adancourt came to U.S. in 1780 and was naturalized on 29 Jan 1795 - Superior Court at Newport RI (Vol. F, page 385, pt.4).
    Person ID I2443  Ives-Leedom
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 

    Family Mary Foulon,   b. Abt 1740, prob France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1834, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married Bef 1774  prob France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Francis Adancourt,   b. Abt 1774, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1859, Troy, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     3. Maria Geneovesa Adancourt,   b. Abt 1776, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1863, Troy/Batestown, Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F1601  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lansingburgh Village Cemetery, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Adancourt - William & Mary
    Adancourt - William & Mary
    French Army officer in the American Revolution

    Wills
    Adancourt, William: 1733-1815
    Adancourt, William: 1733-1815
    b. France, 1733; d. Lansingburgh, Rensselaer NY, 1815