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comte de François Joseph Paul Grasse

comte de François Joseph Paul Grasse

Grasse, François Joseph Paul, comte de, 1722-88, French admiral. In 1781, in command of a French fleet sent to cooperate with the Continental forces in the American Revolution, he defeated a British naval force under Admiral Hood and captured Tobago. Then he came N to Virginia at the request of generals Washington and Rochambeau. There he used his fleet to blockade the York and James rivers, thus bottling up General Cornwallis at Yorktown. He outmaneuvered and defeated a British force under Admiral Graves, and men from his ships also took part in the land fight. His efforts led to the great victory of the Yorktown campaign. After the Revolution was won, Admiral de Grasse was severely defeated (1782) by the British under Admiral Rodney in the West Indies.
François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet (September 21, 1771 - March 2, 1843), comte de Caraman was the 16th Prince de Chimay from July 24, 1804 to 1843.

Born in Paris, he emigrated during the French Revolution, came back during the First French Empire, and received the title of chef de cohorte from Napoleon.

On August 22, 1805, he married Thérésa de Cabarrus, aka. Madame Tallien, former wife of Jean Lambert Tallien. Their children were:

  1. Joseph Philippe (1808-1886), 17th Prince de Chimay, Prince de Caraman
  2. Michel Gabriel Alphonse Ferdinand (1810-1865) - father of Marie-Clotilde-Elisabeth Louise de Riquet, comtesse de Mercy-Argenteau
  3. Marie Auguste Louise Thérèse Valentine (1815-1876)

François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet died in Toulouse on March 2 1843. He and Thérésa were interred under the sacristy of the church of Chimay.

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