Luanne, Just saw your message of september 2001 on the Quitman Family Forum. John A Quitman was born in Rhinebeck, New York, I believe in 1799, shortly after his father became the minister for the local Lutheran Church. A house was built (1798) for the family just north of the church. Through the years the building housed various ministers untilit eventually became a rental property and ultimately abandoned. In 1973 a group of people interested in restoring the house formed The Quitman Resource Center for Preservation and commenced to rehabilitate the house. This past year, the last of the ten rooms was finished. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a Local Landmark.
A Mr. Dieter Quitman from Germany, a descendant of Rev. Quitman, has been to visit the house and has become a life member of the QRC. He is also involved in a movement to bring the Quitman Family together through various means, including a web page on the internet. I think it is just getting underway.
John A. Quitman's house in Natchez is called Monmouth. It is a presently a bed and breakfast owned by people by the name of Riches. They are not related to the Quitmans, but there are a few JAQ family items on display.
I am a member of the Board running the Quitman House in Rhinebeck. We have no items of JAQ, but do have a catachism and two pieces of furniture belonging to the Rev Frederick and a print of Gen. Quitman on his horse. I am sure by now that you have found a home for your piece of jewelry, but if not, and you would like to donate it to the Quitman House, we would be happy to put it on display with acknowledgement.
If you would like more information about the Quitman family, here and from Curacao (where Mrs. Frederick Q was from), the QRC director, Marilyn Hatch, has done extensive research on the family, both in Chapel Hill, NC, Curacao, Philadelphia and elsewhere.
Let me know if this has been of interest to you, and if there is more I can do, let me know that, too.