Jean-Baptiste Germain Musson

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Jean-Baptiste Germain Musson

Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Ouest Department, Haiti
Death: 1853 (65-66)
Immediate Family:

Son of Etienne Germain Musson and Anne Madeleine Le Canu
Husband of Marie Desiree Rillieux
Father of Marie-Celestine Musson; Michel Musson; Anne Eugenie Musson; Louis Eugene Musson and Henry Germain Musson

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About Jean-Baptiste Germain Musson

J.B. Germain Musson; was born in Port-au-Prince in 1787. Germain was a French Huguenot (a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of France) who fled to New Orleans in 1810. He married Marie Céleste Désirée Rillieux from a prominent French-Creole family. Through his maternal grandmother, Marie Céleste Rillieux, Edgar Degas was related to the black inventor and engineer, Norbet Rillieux, Edgar’s mother’s first cousin. Norbet became a professor of engineering at the Ecole Centrale in Paris and invented the double evaporation process of sugar refining.

In 1812, the city of New Orleans expanded rapidly by exporting cotton and surgercane up the Mississippi River. Germain Musson, a cotton merchant, had his ships carry cotton to Boston and returned with granite as ballast for his ships. With this granite material, he erected a building in 1833 at the corner of Canal and Royal Streets, known as “Musson’s Fort.”

In 1819, at the age of twenty-five, Marie Céleste died and Germain returned to Paris with his five children: Michael, Eugene, Henri, Anne and Marie-Célestine. He later returned to the States shortly after his daughter, Marie-Célestine Musson, married Auguste De Gas in New Orleans, while daughter Anne remained in Paris with her brothers, Henri and Eugene. During his travels from the States to France, Germain was in Paris for the birth and baptism of his grandson, Edgar Degas in 1834.

Not only dealing cotton in New Orleans, Germain Musson also mined silver in Mexico, where he was killed when his coach overturned in 1853.

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Jean-Baptiste Germain Musson's Timeline

Port-au-Prince, Ouest Department, Haiti
January 12, 1812
August 20, 1813
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
June 19, 1817
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
May 10, 1819
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Age 66