Joseph  Bonaparte

Joseph Bonaparte

Male 1768 - 1844  (76 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Joseph Bonaparte 
    • Until dec 1796 Ghjuseppu Maria Buonaparte
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 7 Jan 1768  Corte, Corse Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 8 Jan 1768 
    • Godparents: Giovan Tommaseo Arrighi and his wife
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jul 1844  Firenze, Toscana, Italia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2525  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Joseph Bonaparte at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2001 

    Father Carlu Maria Buonaparte,   b. 27 Mar 1746, Aiacciu, Corse-du-Sud, Corse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1785, Montpellier, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Maria Laetizia Ramolino,   b. 24 Aug 1750, Aiacciu, Corse-du-Sud, Corse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1836, Rome Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1764  Aiacciu, Corse-du-Sud, Corse Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 12 siblings 
    Family ID F1027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marie-Julie Clary,   b. 26 Dec 1771, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1845, Firenze, Toscana, Italia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1 Aug 1794  Cuges-les-Pins, Bouches-du-Rhône, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Julie Joséphine Bonaparte,   b. Mar 1796, Genoa, Liguria, Italia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1796, Genoa, Liguria, Italia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. Princess Zenaide Bonaparte,   b. 8 Jul 1801, Paris, Île-de-France, Fr Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1854, Napoli, Campania, Italia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     3. Princess Charlotte Bonaparte,   b. 31 Oct 1802, Mortefontaine, Oise Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1839, Sarzane, Gênes, Ligurie, Italie Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F1028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Annette Savage,   b. 24 Sep 1800, Philadelphia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Pauline Bonaparte,   b. 1821,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Caroline Bonaparte,   b. 1822, Philadelphia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1890  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F32183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Eugenie Bernhardine Désirée Clary,   b. 9 Nov 1777,   d. 17 Dec 1860, Stockholm Castle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Type: Engagement  
    Last Modified 5 May 2016 
    Family ID F150551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to display
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jan 1768 - Corte, Corse Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jul 1844 - Firenze, Toscana, Italia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    Le document de 13 Sept 1771 admettant les titres de noblesse des Bonaparte
    Le document de 13 Sept 1771 admettant les titres de noblesse des Bonaparte

  • Notes 
    • Prince français (Imperial Highness) 1804, King of Naples and Sicily 30 Mar 1806-6 Jun 1808, King of Spain and the Indies 6 Jun 1808-11 Dec 1813, assumed the title Cte de Survilliers 1815 (Corte 7 Jan 1768-Florence 28 Jul 1844) Lived from 1815-1841 in the USA (new Jersey)

      Joseph arrived in New York on 29 July 1815, or 27 August 1815 ( some difference in the sources) on the ship Commerce under the pseudonym of the Comte de Survilliers and stayed at the City Hotel. From here he went to Philadelphia where he rented a house in the city centre (260 South Ninth Street). I believe it is still standing. He also rented a house in Fairmount Park called Lansdowne House, built by John Penn.
      On 16 June 1816 he found a property at Bordentown, situated between the Delaware River and Crosswick Creek, called Point Breeze. The state of New Jersey passed a special law to enable Joseph to purchase the estate. It consisted of 211 acres with the house and cost $17,500. He enlarged the estate to 1,800 acres. The park was laid out with 12 miles of bridal paths and drives, and a lake a half mile long was made. The main house was in the federal style, and another house was also built for his daughter Zenaide and her husband Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The two houses were connected by a tunnel with a branch which led through the bluff to a landing stage. Both his daughters Charlotte and Zenaide stayed there at sometime during his sojourn in America. All told Joseph spent some $300,000 on the estate. The house burnt down on Sunday 4th January 1820.
      Whilst in America he was offered the Mexican throne but turned it down. He also bought some 24,000 acres on the Black River between Lake Ontario and the Adoirondacks. He rebuilt Point Breeze in the colonial style on a site a little lower down than the original house. One of his grandchildren was born there on 13 February 1824 and christened somewhat unoriginally, Lucien Charles Napoleon. He had a mistress called Annette Savage from a Quaker family. She bore him two daughters in 1821 and 1822. One daughter died young, the other married a Colonel Zebulon Howell Benton. Shortly after this, Annette left America with a handsome pay-off from Joseph not to publish her memoirs.
      Joseph left America in June 1832. He returned on 23 August 1837 and for two years he fought the railways who wished to run the track through his estate. He won the case. He returned to Europe in 1839 and died on 19 July 1844. In 1847, Joseph's'grandson sold the American property to a Mr Thomas Richards of Philadelphia who in turn sold it to an Englishman Henry Beckett, who razed it to the ground and rebuilt the house in a less grand style. The house changed hands many times over the years finally being bought in 1970 by the Divine World Seminary. Only 242 acres of the estate remain, the only original structure is the gardener's lodge at the entrance to Park Street. Joseph's final resting place is in the Hotel des Invalides in Paris where his body was laid on 14 June 1862 at Napoleon III's request ( Joseph's nephew).

  • Sources 
    1. [S170] Orders from France, Roger G. Kennedy, (Knopf, 1989, (footnote): "), page 356 (Reliability: 3).


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