There were numerous Duponts in the
local area, but I have just concentrated on the family line with
John and Charles
Philip Dupont, being a Huguenot
priest in fear of his life, fled to England in 1685 along with
thousands of his compatriots. After arriving in England, he was
ordinated into the Anglican priesthood in 1686 and the following
year was granted naturalisation. In 1691 he was given the parish
of Assington, a little village in Suffolk, where he lived
until his death in 1728.
One of his grandsons, Philip Dupont, a house carpenter, married
Sarah Gainsborough - the sister of the famous painter Thomas
Gainsborough - and their son Gainsborough Dupont was apprenticed
to his uncle, and became an artist in his own right.
Another Grandson, John Dupont
was apprenticed as a barber. He settled in Bures St Mary and married
a local girl, Susan Causton and bought a shop from his father-in-law,
John Causton, in 1754 for 28 pounds. As time went on, the generations
split into two parts. One part moved to the growing Suffolk town
of Sudbury, and established themselves as important citizens therein.
They were yeomen, who owned property, farms and taverns and were
prospering. The other part had remained in Bures, on the borders
of Essex, and were maintaining the family shop, first as a barber
shop, then a bakery and finally as a provisions shop. They too
were prospering as in their wills they were able to leave money
to the poor in the district.
In Sudbury, however the family
line was about to die out, due to a lack of male heirs, and Richard
Gainsborough Dupont, became the last of the Gainsborough/Dupont
line. His daughter Louise married Dr. Richard Waring and her blood
line carried on through their children.
In Bures however, the family prospered
further, and it is from this line that the rest of the Dupont
descendants emerged. Soon, however, with the coming of the railways
in the 1820s, the family would begin to migrate southwards, first
to Essex and finally to the East End of London, which is probably
where their ancestor (the Reverend Philip) originally arrived
United States of America:
The DuPont family is one of the richest American families. Roughly
3,500 family members share a $14.3 billion fortune stemming from
the chemicals empire founded by one of their ancestors in 1802.
Since then the company has evolved into everything from plastics
The company also invented nylon and Teflon.