I have a Jean Baptist Agerony DeCorce that married Marie Antoinette Maige. He was born in Lyon, Department of the Rhone, France on October 17, 1785.
Arrived in United States in August 1827. On July 28 he made his declaration of intention in Leon County Circuit Court Minute Book 1, 240. and became a naturalized citizen on 19 December 1842. Prior to arriving in Tallahassee, Mon. DeCorce lived in St. Augustine and Fernandina* In 1845 he was an agent or representative of other French immigrants, including Mrs. Sanguinette, Mrs Gerardin and Mrs. Beckstein.**
*Elizabeth Smith, "Tallahassee's First French Colony," THE MAGNOLIA MONTHLY.
**Leon County Tax Rolls 1845.
BIOGRAPHY: According to the newspaper article by O.A. Myers April 3. 1903, Captain Jean B.A. DeCorce was an officer in Bonaparte's wars. He was a veteran and bore wounds, one of which was lasting. He was a man of good form and military gait had it not been for the impairment of his constitution and one limb by the vicissitudes of war, being a good French scholar, he maintained himshelf by teaching French. In his intercourse he was a thorough gentleman and highly esteemed. He married Marie Antoinette Maige, but she had no children.
He was about 48 yoa when he married her. She was 18 yoa. He died in 1859 in Tallahassee, Florida.
In researching the Maige family, we have also found several Decourseys that bought property during this time. They may or may not be related. (Andrew Decoursey, Philip Decoursey, Benjamin Decoursey and a Nannie R. Decoursey) Does anyone have the ancestry of Jean Baptiste De Corce and whether or not the other DeCourseys are related?