I am pleased to tell you some of the few things I know about my great grandparents Helene d’Aquin and Frederic Breton Allain.
Helene Marie Joseph d’Aquin was born in Kingston, Jamaïca in 1832. Her family fled from Saint-Domingue in 1791 and settled first in Jamaïca. Then they moved to New Orleans in 1836. Helene was the daughter of Louis Charles d’Aquin (1801 – 1836), eldest son of Count Pierre Charles d’Aquin (1771-1834), and Marie Anne Elisabeth Daron des Mortiers. The couple had 3 other children: Paul Joseph George (1830-1911), Henri (1834-1909) and Elisabeth.
The genealogy of the d’Aquin’s family of Saint-Domingue (Antoine Benoist > Antoine Pierre) is well known on the web. If you like I can give you further details. The ancestors of Marie Anne Elisabeth Daron are the Daron’s (La Rochelle, France > Saint-Domingue) and some of the oldest french families of Louisiana (Des Mortiers, De Fazende, Maraffret-Layssard, De Morière). Helene also claimed possible ancestors from Ireland.
Helene d’Aquin married Frederic Constant François Joseph Allain (known as Frederic Breton) on February 2, 1858 in New Orleans. I don’t know the exact origin of the given name “Breton”. Frederic was born on august 31, 1831 in Bourseul, Brittany, France. He was the son of Pierre Allain and Félicité Caroline Pépé. Frederic studied in Paris and was employed as doctor at the “Société Française de Bienfaisance et d’Assistance Mutuelle de la Nouvelle Orleans” in 1856.
The story of Frederic and Helene is rather tragic. Few months after their marriage Frederic died of yellow fever on September 4, 1858 in New Orleans. He was 27 years old. Their son Frederic Marie François Joseph was born in Orleans Parish on May 2, 1859 after the death of his father. To my knowledge Helene never married twice and moved to Toulouse, France with her son about 1870. She tells some childhood memories in “Souvenirs d’Amérique et de France par une créole” – Paris 1883, including an interesting contribution to the Bizoton family of Saint-Domingue (cf marriage of Antoine Pierre d’Aquin and Marguerite Charlotte Bizoton de la Motte) . Helene died on January 25, 1925 in Saint-Germain en Laye, France.
My grandfather Frederic Marie François Joseph Allain studied in Toulouse, Paris and New-York and made a carrier as an international business lawyer. During the first world war he was sent to New-York by the French Minister of War as head of the bureau in charge of civil affairs with United States. Following that mission he received the distinction of “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” for exceptional services to France.
Frederic married twice. First with his cousin Marie Estelle d’Aquin then with Marie Françoise Petit. He had five children and died in Cannes, France on September 17, 1937.
I don’t know if these simple facts could interest you. I’have more information on the d’Aquin’s genealogy since the origins (family sources).
My personal interest is focused on the Jamaïcan period (D’aquin, Daron) on which I have no accurate details and on the Allain’s family. Particularly I don’t know the exact reason of the presence of my ancestor Frederic Breton in New Orleans: coming alone from France ?, joining family group already settled in Louisiana ? My grandfather Frederic Marie François Joseph Allain was christened in Orleans Parish on May 12, 1859. The god father was a certain Albert Louis Allain which may be the sign of the previous presence of my ancestors in Louisiana among numerous Allain’s (Lafayette batallions, Acadians, Cajuns, Dominicans, etc..)