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Dimmick family correspondence (microfilm)

1873-1887
 Collection
Identifier: 0418

Abstract

The Dimmick family were descendants of the founders of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical research and manufacturing company. The collection contains a microfilm copy of correspondence between Joanna (Smith) du Pont (1815-1876) and her daughter, Joanna (du Pont) Dimmick (1854-1901), and letters from Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888) to her niece, Dimmick, and the latter's step-daughter, Lavinia Elizabeth Dimmick (1874-1946). The letters are personal in nature, including du Pont family news.

Dates

  • 1873-1887

Creator

Extent

347 item(s)

Biographical Note

The Dimmick family were descendants of the founders of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical research, and manufacturing company.

Joanna (Smith) du Pont (1815-1876) was the daughter of Francis Gurney Smith (1784-1873), of Philadelphia, and a sister of Dr. Thomas MacKie Smith (1810-1852), who had married Eleutheura du Pont (1806–1876). In 1836, she married Alexis Irénée du Pont (1816-1857), and they had eight children.

Joanna (du Pont) Dimmick (1854-1901), known as Minnie, was the youngest child of Joanna (Smith) du Pont and Alexis Irénée du Pont. In 1876, she traveled to Europe with her mother, sister Frances du Pont Coleman (1838-1902), brother-in-law Leighton Coleman (1837-1907), and nephew Alexis Coleman. While in England, her mother died. In 1880, du Pont married Edward Clarence Dimmick (1843-1895), and the couple had four children, three of whom survived to adulthood. Dimmick had previously been married to Minnie's sister Irene Sophie du Pont (1845-1877).

Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888) he youngest daughter of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828), was born at the family home, Eleutherian Mills. Her father was the founder of E.I du Pont de Nemours & Company. She was educated at home by her sister, Victorine du Pont Bauduy (1792-1861), and then attended Mrs. Grimshaw's school in Philadelphia for several months in 1825. In 1833, du Pont married her first cousin, Samuel Francis du Pont (1803-1865), a son of Victor du Pont and Gabrielle Josephine de La Fite de Pelleport du Pont. There were no children by this marriage. Du Pont resided along the Brandywine her entire life, first in her parents' home and then in her husband's home, Louviers, located across the river. Her interests included family history, drawing, literature, religion, politics, and missionary work.

Lavinia Elizabeth Dimmick (1874-1946) was the daughter of Irene Sophie du Pont and Edward Clarence Dimmick and a great-niece of Sophie M. du Pont. Dimmick was born on February 13, 1874. Her mother died in 1877, and her father married his late wife's sister Joanna "Minnie" du Pont in 1880. In 1897 Lavinia Dimmick traveled to England; there, through friends, she met Dr. Alfred Rée (1864-1933) of Manchester and Maclesfield, a manufacturing chemist who was ten years her senior. Dimmick's father died in the following year, and her stepmother took the entire family to England for an extended stay, during which she renewed her acquaintance with Dr. Rée. After a two-year courtship, he came to the United States, where they were married on June 14, 1900. The couple returned to England and had eight children.

Scope and Contents

Microfilmed copy of correspondence primarily of Joanna (Smith) du Pont (1815-1876) to her daughter, Joanna (du Pont) Dimmick (1854-1901), and letters from Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888) to her niece, Dimmick, and the latter's step-daughter, Lavinia Elizabeth Dimmick (1874-1946). Also included are other miscellaneous personal items, such as a cartoon depicting Uncle Sam chasing a pirate from Cuba and memoirs of "Mrs. Sarah Demick, amiable consort of Deacon Oliver Demick of Mansfield." The content of these letters is entirely personal, with much relating to du Pont family news.

Location of Originals

Originals privately owned.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Not to be reproduced.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Dimmick family correspondence (microfilm)
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400