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Saqui de Sannes family
Saqui de Sannes Family Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-000700 to B-000701


Consists of professional and personal correspondence of an aristocratic family from Provence. Most of the letters date from 1756 to 1848 and illustrate how the family negotiated its place during France's Revolutionary era.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of the professional and personal correspondence, the majority of which dates from 1756 to 1848, of various members of the Saqui family that illustrates the way the aristocratic family struggled to negotiate its position during and after the French Revolution. The Saqui de Sannes family of Provence is significantly represented though other branches of the family, including des Tourrès, Le Bretton des Chapelles, de Villeneuve d'Ansouis, and others are also documented. Earlier letters document conflicts between the Provincial Assembly and the King's Steward and also relate to a legal affair regarding inheritance. The family's situation during the Revolution is also documented as are various issues the family grappled with throughout the 19th century, including financial problems, inheritances, and marriages.

Those family members who are significantly represented include Antoine Pons Elzéar de Saqui, baron de Sannes (1740-1806), and his family, including his father, Charles-François de Saqui, baron de Sannes (1713-1773); and his son, Charles-Antoine de Saqui (1767-1858). Charles-Antoine de Saqui's family is also represented as well as the family of his wife, Zoé Sophie Geneviève Camille de Saqui des Tourrès (1785-1846), including Zoé's sisters, Sabine de Saqui and Rose Marie de Saqui (b. 1789), who married Admiral Louis Charles Hilarion de Saqui (1749-1826). Charles-Antoine and Camille de Saqui's son, Charles Emile Hippolyte de Saqui de Sannes (1811-1878), and his wife, Elzéarine Eudoxie de Villeneuve d'Ansouis (1818-1885), are also significantly documented as are Eudoxie's parents, Sylvain Henri Sébastian Théodore de Villeneuve d'Ansouis (1771-1818?) and Marie Francoise Joséphine Thérèse de Ribère d'Entremont (b. 1777). Another line of the family represented is Jean Joseph de Saqui, marquis des Thourets (1746-1801)--the brother of Louis Charles Hilarion de Saqui (1749-1826)-- his wife, Louise Marie Claudine Le Bretton des Chapelles de Saqui (b. 1825?) from Haiti, and their only son, Marie Alexandre Ernest de Saqui, marquis des Thourets (1798-1862). Some letters relate to members of the Le Bretton des Chapelles family who fled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Haitian Revolution.


Materials are primarily arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Saqui family, originally from Nice, settled in Provence in the beginning of the 16th century. The older branch of the family, which included several naval officers and admirals, took the name of Saqui des Tourrès (or des Thourets) when François de Saqui (1615-1647) acquired the title of lordship of Tourrès through marriage. The younger branch of the family of Sannes barons and lords of Collabières were descendants of Charles de Saqui (1617-1647). Several members of this line of the family from Aix-en-Provence served as members of the parliament of Provence and the Court of Auditors, including Charles-François de Saqui, baron de Sannes (1713-1777), who served as Counselor of the Chamber of Accounts (1735), and his son, Antoine Pons Elzéar de Saqui, baron de Sannes (1740-1806), who served as Counselor and later Attorney General of the Court of Auditors (1772; 1781).

Collection History


Purchase, 2016 (AM 2016-70).


No materials were separated during 2016 processing.

Processing Information

Some items in the collection were treated for mold during 2016 processing.

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in May 2016 with assistance from Kristine Gift (GS). Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in May 2016.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Credit this material:

Saqui de Sannes Family Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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