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James DeLaunay

ca. 1761 - Apr 15, 1831

Cemetery: Memory Hill
West Side, Section E, Lot 62, Grave 2
-- See section's Lot Layout map on Memory Hill website. (Map will open in a new window.)

Inscription and Notes:

Dates from other sources. See Rev War link.
Marker on outside of wall. Actually buried on inside of wall.
Military Service: American Revolution
Ga. Troops

James Anthony DeLaunay came from France and married fifteen year old Emilie (Emily) LeBourdais in Norfolk, Virginia (year unknown) before coming to Baldwin County, Georgia. Their son Francis Vincent DeLaunay was the first Mayor of Milledgeville.

DeLaunay's obituary in Milledgeville's Federal Union  says:

"Died on the 15th instant, at his residence in Jones county, James A. DeLaunay, Sen. in the seventieth year of his age. He was a native of France, but emigrated to this country in early life. He has left a numerous circle of relatives and friends to mourn their irreparable loss."[1]


The government gravestone marking James Anthony DeLaunay's grave in Memory Hill Cemetery, placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1931, states his service as "Georgia Troops."  "'Minute Man' Certificate of Col. Samuel Jack."[2]


The abstract of  the will of James A. DeLaunay dated March 20 1831, probated May 1832, Baldwin County Will Book A 1806-1830 reads in part:

Item: 2; I bequest all my property both real and personal to my beloved wife Emily DeLaunay during her natural life. 

Item: 3; If my wife should remarry, that all my property both real and personal be divided as follows: Viz: My wife have one third part and the other two thirds be equally divided amongst my children or their legal representatives.

Item: 4; At the death of my wife my property be equally divided amongst my children.

I appoint my wife Emily DeLaunay and my son Francis V. DeLaunay, Executrix and executor.

Witnesses: Benj. A. White, William Stanton; William Ellis.[3]


It is believed that within the brick enclosure in Memory Hill Cemetery are buried:[4]

  • Mr. and Mrs. (d. 1843) LaBoudais (parents of James A. DeLaunay's wife, Emily)
  • James DeLaunay and his wife, Emily (died October 24, 1845)
  • Andrew DuBourg and his wife Mary Virginia DuBourg (daughter of  Emily & James DeLaunay)
  • Francis Vincent DeLaunay (lawyer, first mayor of Milledgeville, died April 16, 1844)
  • Pauline - child of Emily & James DeLaunay
  • Emily - child of Emily & James DeLaunay
  • Eugene - child of Emily & James DeLaunay
  • Camilla - child of Emily & James DeLaunay


[1]. Federal Union (Milledgeville newspaper) April 28, 1831.

[2]. This certificate is mentioned in the papers accompanying "My French Ancestors" narrative.

[3]. Will Book "A" 1806-1830 Baldwin county Georgia. page 325-324 (sic).  This abstract taken from four typed pages entitled "My French Ancestors" which is a narrative explaining the relationship of various DeLaunay family members, Bible records and burial information.  It was probably written by Mrs. S.D. Nisbet prior to 1930.

[4]. Mrs. S.D. Nisbet letter of November 30, 1930 and "My French Ancestors."

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