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DuFour Family Papers
L46, OB 6 folder 13
1762 – 1917
1 mss box, 1 os box

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Unknown, 1992
Revised by: Brent Abercrombie, April 2010

Biographical Note:

The DuFour family, from Canton de Vaud, Switzerland, settled in Kentucky and Switzerland County, Indiana. The principal members of the family were John James DuFour (1763 – 1827), who established a colony and vineyard near Lexington, Kentucky (1798), sponsored a second colony and vineyard in Switzerland County (1802), and wrote The American Vine Dresser’s Guide (1826); and his brother, John Francis DuFour (1783 – 1850) who settle in Kentucky (1801) and Vevay, Switzerland County clerk and recorder (1814), probate judge (1839), and member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1828 – 1829).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection include John James DuFour’s daybook of expenses and travel notes (1796 – 1826), and his instructions and reports for his work in America (1796 – 1804); maps of the Swiss colony and Vevay (1802 – 1836); and 1810 description of New Switzerland; John Francis DuFour’s correspondence and appointments to public office; a 1917 transcript of David DuFour’s account of his 1801 voyage from Switzerland to America; and articles by Perret DuFour (1807 – 1884) on the early history of Switzerland County and the DuFour Family (1869, 1876). A number of the documents were published in Perret DuFour The Swiss Settlement of Switzerland County (Indiana Historical Commission, 1925).

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1, Folder 1: 1762 – 1813

1762, Jun. 24 Reconnaissance de Communage de Noville and Kennaz (French)
1801, Jan. 13 Pattente pour Jean Jacques DuFour Fils (French)
1802, Jun. 12 Cession de la flachere de derriere les murs de Villeneuve (French)
1810, Mar. 10 Post Master’s appointment – Gideon Granger to John Francis DuFour
1813, Oct. 7 Appointment as County Surveyor – Thomas Posey to John Francis DuFour

Box 1, Folder 2: 1814 – 1815

1814, July 25 Justice of the Peace appointment – Thomas Posey to John Francis DuFour
1814, Sept. 15 Authorization to administer oaths – Thomas Posey to John Francis DuFour
1814, Oct. 17 Copy of proposal for establishing county seat of Switzerland County at Vevay
1814, Oct. 28 Copy of report of Commissioners establishing the county seat of Switzerland County
1815, Sept. 11 Comparution and acte de non Conciliation (French)

Box 1, Folder 3: 1816 – 1826

1817, Jun. 13 Land patent – for land sold to John James DuFour and associates; completion of payments recorded on reverse
1819, Apr. 26 Letter – J. Bigelow to John Francis DuFour
1819, July 17 Land Patent – James Monroe to Abner Clarkson
1819, Aug. 9 Associate Judges appointment – Jonathon Jennings to Abner Clarkson
1821, Jan. 26 Document with seat of Chapelle St. Denis (French)
1821 Attestation or certification for Elisabet, married to Rodolph Ruetochi, member of council of commune for Shafiasheim (German and French)
1822, Feb. 26 Jean Baptiste Noel (French)
1822 Document to Mr. Georgel fils a Remiremont (French)
1826, Feb. 18 Land Patent – John Q. Adams to Abner Clarkson

Box 1, Folder 4: 1827 – 1850

1832, Oct. 17 Passport
1832, Oct. 17 Letter – From office of Minister of War, Paris, regarding military record of Georgel Ventur
1832, Dec. Extract des Registres des ortes de l’etat civil
1836, Sept.  Plat of addition to Vevay
1839, Jan. 3 Transcript of Court record concerning ferry at Vevay
1839, May 1 Paper – Henry Matthey
1839, Jun. 10 Probate judges commission – David Wallace to John F. DuFour
1850, Mar. 18 Associate judges commission – Joseph Wright to John F. Dufour

Box 1, Folder 5:

1869 Early history of Switzerland County by Perret DuFour

Box 1, Folder 6:

1876 History of DuFour family by Perret DuFour

Box 1, Folder 7:

1893 Pamphlet The Red River Colony by Augustus L. Chetlain

Box 1, Folder 8:

n.d. Description of New Switzerland
n.d. Fragment of Map
n.d. Instructions pour Mr. Jean Francois DuFour
n.d. Map – Divisional survey of vineyard
n.d. Poem – Empire of Bacchus
n.d. Report of J.F. DuFour to DuFour family
n.d. Two pages of notes

OB6 folder 13:

n.d. “Toasts and Sentiments”

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 8 mss folders, 1 os folder
Collection Dates: 1762 – 1917
Provenance: Bettie DuFour Smith, Nov. 25 1935
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are in English, French, and German
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: 
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