Mme. Ysabel Pichol Dauphin
Francisco Dauphin was born in France about 1734 and came to the Pensacola area by the late 1760s or early 1770s when the civilian population was less than three or four hundred. In 1778 he was living on 434 Zaragoza Street which was a residence and a bakery. In the 1820 census, when he was ninety-one, he was a widower and his occupation was “sailor” – which he may have been at one time.1
Francisco married Ysabel Pichol, probably about 1768. Ysabel, who was older than Francisco, was a widow. She had been married before to a man by the name of Lafon, La Fonde or La Forte and had two daughters by him, Maria and Antonia. Maria, born about 1758 in Louisiana, married Thomas Commyns and Antonia, born about 1768, married someone named Hernandez.2
Francisco and Ysabel had four children: Maria, born about 1769; Santiago, born about 1770; Francisco, born about 1774; and Francesca, born about 1777. Ysabel died before 1820 when the census was taken and Francisco died sometime after that. Their places of burial are unknown. There is no more information about their children Maria and Francisco, but Santiago lived a long time. In the 1820 census he is fifty years old and single and he is a guide. Santiago and his father were living at the time with Francesca and her husband, Dr. Eugenio Antonio Sierra. Santiago died in 1845 in Pensacola and was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery. His notice of death says he was about eighty years old, but his age in the 1820 census was recorded at fifty and is probably more accurate.3
Family group sheet for Francisco Dauphin and Ysabel Pichol
Mme. Dauphin's prayer book
Francesca Dauphin's relinquishment of dower rights
Eugenio Antonio Sierra
Gravestones: Eugenio A. Sierra and Francesca Dauphin
Coker, William S. and G. Douglas Inglis. Spanish Censuses of Pensacola, 1784-1820: a Genealogical Guide to Spanish Pensacola. Pensacola: Perdido Bay Press, 1980. Both the 1784 and 1820 censuses are detailed in the book.
Holmes, Jack D.L. Pensacola Settlers, 1781-1821. Pensacola, Florida, Pensacola Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission, 1970, p.88. This source gives the information about Francisco in 1778.
According to researcher Cynthia Brosnaham Richardson, Ysabel Pichol (or Nichol), who was several years older than Francisco, was first married to someone whose surname was Lafon, LaFort, La Fonda or La Fonde. They had two daughters: Maria, born 1758 in Louisiana, and Antonia, born in 1768 in Louisiana. If these dates are correct, Mr. Lafon must have died about the time Antonia was born, 1768, because Ysabel had her first child with Francisco Dauphin about 1769. Nothing is known about Mr. Lafon, but Maria married Thomas Commyns and Antonia married someone whose last name was Hernandez.
In the 1784 census of Pensacola, Da. Maria LaFort, 26, is listed with her husband Tomas Comins. They are listed in the census just after Maria’s mother, Ysabel Pichol Dauphin, and her family.
According to David Dobson in his book Scots in Georgia and the Deep South, 1735-1845, Thomas Comyn was a merchant granted 10,000 acres of land in West Florida in 1769; he was born in 1786 and settled with his family in Michael Street, Pensacola, West Florida, in 1786. Michael Street's name was changed when the Spanish took over Pensacola, so it would now be known as something else.
There are other researchers that give more information, with no sources, on Thomas Commyns, giving his place of birth as London, and his parents names. Whether English or Scottish, he and Maria had a number of children, including Rosa, Maria, Ramon, Jorge, Thomas, Florencia and Francisco.
Coker, William S. and G. Douglas Inglis. Spanish Censuses of Pensacola, 1784-1820: a Genealogical Guide to Spanish Pensacola. Pensacola: Perdido Bay Press, 1980. The children, all but Santiago, are listed in the 1784 census and Santiago in the 1820 census.
Coker, William S. and G. Douglas Inglis. Spanish Censuses of Pensacola, 1784-1820: a Genealogical Guide to Spanish Pensacola. Pensacola: Perdido Bay Press, 1980, p.102. All six children are listed in the 1820 census.
St. Michael's Cemetery Records, [Pensacola, Escambia Co., Florida], Lola Lee Daniell (Bruington), comp., D.A.R., 1938, 1939.
Cemetery visit by author, May 2007 – tombstone inscription – “died on the 6th of Sept. 1833, aged 56 years.”