Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810

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Étienne Dutilh was born to Pierre and Marie Dutilh in Marsac (also known as Clairac), France in 1732. During the 1770s, Dutilh established himself as a merchant in London and Rotterdam before immigrating to Philadelphia in 1783. Several Dutilh family members remained in Europe to continue their mercantile business in places like Amsterdam and England. As a result, Étienne Dutilh had strong trading ties to Europe for the next decades. When he came to Philadelphia, Dutilh established the mercantile house Étienne Dutilh and Company in the 1780s, trading primarily with the West Indies. In 1790, he forged a partnership with John Gotlieb Wachsmuth under the name Dutilh and Wachsmuth. During their partnership, Dutilh traveled frequently, leaving the management of the business to Wachsmuth. Dutilh and Wachsmuth owned about seven vessels, which traveled mainly between the West Indies and North America, as well as northern Europe; Theodosia, Lydia, Commerce, and Isabella were names of some of the vessels. Some of the goods traded by Dutilh and Wachsmuth were: sugar, cigars, coffee, indigo, flour, gunpowder, cotton, and wine. Around 1797, Wachsmuth and Dutilh dissolved their partnership and Wachsmuth partnered with John Soullier, who was an associate of Dutilh. This business lasted until 1814. Étienne Dutilh anglicized his first name to Stephen around 1804 and passed away six years later, leaving a wife and several children. Wachsmuth married Dutilh's widow and lived with his combined family in Germantown until his death in 1826.

From the description of Dutilh and Wachsmuth papers , 1704-1859. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 419489407

Étienne Dutilh ( - ) was a merchant in Philadelphia, Pa.

From the description of Papers, 1784-1805. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 207131665

Etienne Dutilh was a merchant. He came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1783 after having been a merchant in Rotterdam and London. By 1784, the firm E. Dutilh & Co. was established and active in trade with the West Indies and ports throughout Europe. In 1790, the firm became Dutilh & Wachsmith, with John Godfried Wachsmuth as the partner. Dutilh seems also to have been in business with a Mr. Soulrer. Near the end of the century, Dutilh anglicized his name to Stephen, perhaps when he became an American citizen. Dutilh remained active as a merchant until his death in 1810. His widow married Wachsmuth and raised three sons in Germantown, Pa.

From the description of Papers, 1785-1803. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 123478256

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creatorOf Dutilh, Étienne. Papers, 1784-1805. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn United States. District Court (Pennsylvania : Eastern District). Equity dockets and case files, 1790-1847 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Victor, 1767-1827. Papers, 1778-1827. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth collection, 1769-1833, 1781-1810 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. 18th-century documents concerning Pennsylvania, 1749-1796. Houghton Library
referencedIn Dutilh, Wachsmuth, & Co. Records 85-311., 1765-[1890?] (bulk 1790-1850) Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
creatorOf Arthur, T. S. (Timothy Shay), 1809-1885,. Washington Family papers, 1770-1883. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. Transfer of power of attorney : Philadelphia, 1785 Dec. 16. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Dutilh, Wachsmuth, & Co. records, 1765-[1890?] (bulk 1790-1850). University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth receipt book, 1790-1792 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dutilh family business records, 1770–1861, 1780–1810 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Dutilh & Wachsmuth receipt book, 1790-1792. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Nottnagel, Leopold, 1757?-1813. Etienne Dutilh Estate and receipt book, 1809-1831. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn E. Dutilh and Co. receipt book, 1786-1789 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1772-1875. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn marine insurance policy, 1792-1806. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Land, Aubrey C. Aubrey Land papers, 1755-1985. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Dutilh family. Dutilh family business records, 1770-1861, bulk 1780-1810. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). E. Dutilh and Co. receipt book, 1786-1789. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. Papers, 1785-1803. Winterthur Library
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. Dutilh and Wachsmuth papers , 1704-1859. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Unger, Claude. Collection, 1706-1937. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn United States. District Court (Pennsylvania : Eastern District). Admiralty dockets and case files, 1790-1847 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Geoffroy, A. Letters, 1787, 1789. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Dutilh, Etienne, 1748-1810. Dutilh Family papers, 1755-1875. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Dutilh & Wachsmuth (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1783-1809 Independence Seaport Museum
referencedIn Etienne Dutilh Estate and receipt book, 1809-1831 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn 18th-century documents concerning Pennsylvania, 1749-1796. Houghton Library
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West Indies
Netherlands
Cap-Français (Haiti)
United States
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Jamaica
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Europe
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
France
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Banks and banking
Commission merchants
Merchants--18th century
Business records
Finance, Personal
Ships--Cargo
Insurance
Floor coverings--Prices--19th century
Textile fabrics--Prices--18th century
Shipping--Accounting
Merchants--19th century
Privateering
Groceries--Commerce
Marine insurance
Paperhanging--Prices
Ship decoration
Wine--commerce
Shipping
Education--Finance--19th century
Merchants
Sugar trade
Beverages--Commerce
Stationery
Silverware--Prices
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Birth 1748

Death 1810

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