||Obit., North American, 7 May 1857:|
On the 6th inst., Mr. Daniel Maupay, Sr., in the 74th year of his age. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, Rising Sun village, on Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, without further notice. Funeral to proceed to Laurel Hill Cemetery.
- Here is a short description of him, from a biography of his grand-daughter Cecile Maupay Pitard:
"Mrs Pitard was born in New Orleans, daughter of Daniel Maupay. Her grandfather was a native of France, but in early life came to America and at Philadelphia established a nursery, located midway between that city and Germantown where he engaged in the propagation of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, doing an extensive and profitable business. He lived there until his death. He reared eleven children, nine of whom married."
His daughter Caroline's 1900 census record as well as her death certificate, however, both say that he was from Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva is also given as his place of birth on his naturalization record, and that he embarked from Marseilles to Philadelphia in 1807.
He started a gardening business that may have been a family business back in Europe. The following description of his gardening business is from Jellet’s essay “Germantown Gardens and Gardeners”:
"Planted in the year 1822, about one mile above McMahon's, and upon Germantown Road at the village of 'Rising Sun,' was the noted nursery and flower garden of Daniel Maupay. It covered seven acres which were given to the growing of roses, annual, herbaceous, decorative garden, lawn, and hot-house plants. It also contained a miniature flower garden of suflicient merit to attract and receive the attention and commendation of Robert Buist. Samuel Maupay succeeded to the business created by his father, and his successor in the year 1859 removed the nurseries to Wise's Mill Lane, near Wissahickon Creek, and occupied the Gorgas Mansion upon Allen's Lane, west of Township Line Road,—at which place he also grew 'stock.'" Daniel also apparently had several varietals of vegetables and other plants named after him.
In 1827 he joined with colleagues to found of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, as the History of Philadelphia describes:
"On the 24th of November 1827, pursuant to a call in the newspapers signed by [ . . . ], a meeting was held at the Franklin Institute to form a Horticultural Society. Mr. Carny was chairman and Dr. Mease was secretary. It was resolved "that it is expedient to establish a Horticultural Society in the City of Philadelphia for the promotion of that interesting and highly important branch of science and that a constitution be framed for that purpose. A committee, consisting of D. Maupay, D. Landreth, Jr., T. Hibberd, T. Landreth, John McArran, and A. D'Arras, all practical gardeners and florists, was appointed to obtain members, and a resolution was passed that the society should be organized as soon as fifty members could be secured. This work did not take much time.”
His name appears as a member of the Society’s council over the next several decades in news stories and other reports about the Society.
He appears in an 1837 lawsuit in Philadelphia District Court, in an appeal after a suit about a bond payment.
Daniel Maupay and his son Samuel, who took over the gardening business after his father, both appear in the Index to the Germantown Crier; see http://www.germantownhistory.org/publicat.html
Samuel's family stayed north as he took over his father’s business. At least two of his sons, Daniel Jr. and Edward, moved to New Orleans, where Daniel opened another branch of the family’s “seed business.” William also appears in some southern records, though he seems to have settled in Pennsylvania, and descendants named “Maupay” living in in the Philadelphia area later in the century all appear to descend from him (via his son Daniel, though children of William Augustus Jr. live nearby in Atlantic City). William appeared on a passenger manifest from Panama to New Orleans in 1850. In 1880, when William was recorded in Philadelphia, his children were living in Mobile, and his son Alfred was born in New Orleans. Two of Daniel’s daughters, Caroline and Emma, moved to San Francisco, and were living together there in the 1880 census. [6, 7, 8, 9]