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Below are the titles of available works about the Fontaine and Maury families that are available for sale from the Society.


To order, please send a check or money order made payable to “The Fontaine Maury Society” to:


Brian H. Nilsson, Librarian
969-B South Rolfe Street; Arlington, VA 22204-4538
BHNilsson [then the “at” symbol] aol.com


Please note that all prices including shipping. Unfortunately we are unable to process credit or debit cards.


Most items are available as bound photocopies or in PDF on CD or via e-mail. Please specify what format you would like; provide your e-mail address if you would like an item via e-mail, if it is available via e-mail.


Items for Purchase: Books/Booklets

The Allied Families of the Missouri Fountains (Fontaines): Joseph Fontaine 1748-1813 m. 1773 Mary (Polly) Good 1754-1812; The Ancestors of Mary Goode and Especially the History of the Goode Family, by Vida Leola Vance

History of descendants of Joseph Fontaine (1748-1813) who married Mary Goode.

Published in 1988.

116 pages, not indexed.

Price for bound copy: $22

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Ancestors and Descendants of the Reverend Peter Fontaine (1691-1759) of Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia, by Charles J. Ragland

Part I consists of 315 pages containing 213 biographical sketches of ancestors and descendants bearing the Fontaine name. Sketches vary in content and depth. Factual data is enhanced with material to reflect aspects of subjects’ character, accomplishments, and/or failures.

Part II contains 188 pages of genealogical charts listing presently known descendants and includes basic data such as birth, marriage, death, places of residents, occupations, etc. Well-organized, documented, and indexed.

Self-published by the author in Winston-Salem, NC.

Indexed.

Part I for bound copy: $ 33

Part I for PDF on CD: $ 8


Part II for bound copy: $ 22

Part II for PDF on CD: $ 8


Both for bound copies: $ 50

Both for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


New!! Biographies of the Fontaine Family in Beaverdam Cemetery in Hanover County, Virginia, by Brian H. Nilsson

The booklet includes a brief biography for each person buried in Beaverdam Cemetery, a photograph of each gravestone, photographs of persons or of portraits if available, and some documents pertaining to these people. It includes biographies on 28 people, five of whom served in or provided leadership in the Civil War. Self-published by the author in 2016 in Arlington Virginia. 41 pages, footnotes, and an appendix with a family tree of the people in the cemetery.

Price for bound copy: $ 10

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


Description of Honors Awarded to Matthew Fontaine Maury, L.L.D.-U.S.N.-C.S.W., and Corresponding Relating Thereto, by Sallie Anne Werth Hicks


Based on a description and correspondence compiled by Richard L. Maury in 1897 and Mary Maury Werth in December 1909.

Published in 1991.

82 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 13

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


First Lessons in Geography, by Matthew Fontaine Maury

Includes comments by Sallie Anne Werth Hicks. Originally published in 1889 by University Publishing Co. in New York.

66 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 12

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


The Fontaine Trail, by John May

10 page booklet with detailed directions for self-guided tours of sites in France, England, and Ireland where Jaques Fontaine lived, worked, and traveled during his perilous times. 1999.

Price for bound copy: $ 5

Price for PDF on CD: $ 5

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


Francis Fontaine the Builder 1721-1785: His Ancestors and Descendants and Their Connections, by Hubert McAlexander, Richard Douglas McCrum, and Dan Morse Woodliff

A definitive history of Francis Fontaine, Jr., and his descendants, correcting mistakes in this line of the Fontaine family that originated with Ann Maury’s misreading of a letter from the Fontaine family of Columbus, Georgia and added incorrectly to her 1853 Fontaine/Maury chart. Published for the authors by Otter Bay Books in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2009. Sources woven into the text, fully indexed. Reproductions available with the permission of the authors. 278 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 30

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


From Riches to Rags to Respectability: A History of a Fontaine Family and Kinfolks: Boursiquot, Maury, Glannison, Jasper, Bruton, Beall, Cox, Penick, Vickers, from 1099 to 1987, by Winston Fontaine.

Summarizes memoirs of Jaques Fontaine. Includes history of allied families Maury, Glanisson, Jasper, Bruton, Beall, Cox, Penick, and Vickers. Traces the family of Rev. Francis Fontaine (1697-1749).

Published in 1987 by Alabama Ancestors in Mobile; reprinted with corrections and additions in 1999.

273 pages, indexed.

Price for bound copy: $ 30

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Genealogies of Fontaines, by Mercedes Brown Cattle

Documents the descendants of Rev. Peter Fontaine through his son Aaron (1753-1823) and Aaron’s son James Terrell Fontaine (1776-1840). Thoroughly researched and documented.

Published by Edwards Brothers, Inc., of Ann Arbor, MI, in 1967.

228 pages, no index.

Price for Bound Photocopy: $ 30

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Here’s Lamar Fontaine and Clarksdale, by Miriam Dobbs. A brief 13 page summary of Lamar Fontaine’s book, My Life and My Lectures. Note that Lamar Fontaine was colorful in his writing so his books may not be completely historically accurate.

Self-published by the author in 1974.

7 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 8

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


Huguenot Cemetery Memorial Dedication Program/Presentations in Dublin, Ireland, on May 15, 1999, by Dianne W. Ressinger, Compiler

Includes photograph of the Fontaine plaque in Dublin’s Huguenot Cemetery on Merrion Row; address by Professor Ruth Whelan of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, at the dedication ceremony; and lecture by Dianne Ressinger on the life of Jaques Fontaine. Courtesy of Dianne Ressinger.

16 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 10

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


The Huguenot Martyrs of Meaux, Commonly Called The Fourteen at Meaux - A Speech to the Huguenot Society, by Colonel Richard L. Maury


A paper written and delivered on this October 7, 1546, event by Richard Maury, son of Matthew Fontaine Maury, in 1899 to the Huguenot Society.

16 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 8

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


A Life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, U.S.N. and C.S.N., Author of ‘Physical Geography of the Sea and Its Meteorology, by Diana Fontaine Maury Corbin, Compiler

A biography by Matthew Fontaine Maury’s daughter.

Published in 1888 by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ltd., in London.

320 pages.

Price for Bound Photocopy: $ 25

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Lineage of George Peter Cosby Fontaine, by Elizabeth Fontaine Waite Jackson


Genealogy of the son of William Maury Fontaine and grandson of Aaron Fontaine.

Self-published in March 1991 by the author in Grove Hill, AL.

11 pages, not indexed.

Price for bound copy: $ 8

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


The Maury Family Tree: Descendants of Mary Anne Fontaine (1690-1755) and Matthew Maury (1686-1752), by Sue Crabtree West-Teague

This book is an update of Sue Teague’s 1979 and 1983 book on the Maury family. Mrs. Teague kindly offered her book for sale through our Society.

Self-published in 2004 in Birmingham, Alabama, by the author. Hardback book, 569 pages, indexed.

Price for Bound Photocopy: $ 53

Not available on CD or via e-mail


Memories of the British Fontaines: The Album of Kathleen Nancy Fontaine Busfield, by Kathleen Fontaine Busfield.

Compilation of facts and memories of the Fontaine family by Kathleen Busfield of London covering the early family history of James Fontaine and his family in England, Ireland, Wales, and colonial America, as well as her more recent British family members. Available on-line for reading, courtesy of Alec Fontaine.

Completed in April 2000, it includes handwritten notes, pictures, and copies of various family documents, including excerpts from Memoirs of a Huguenot Family.

19 pages

Price for Bound Photocopy: $ 10

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


The Missouri Fountains and their Descendants: A Study of the Ancestry and Posterity of Reverend Peter Fontaine of Westover Parish, a Virginia Huguenot Colonist of the Eighteen Century, with Pertinent Data on the Related Families from ca 1480 to 1967, by Vida Leola Vance

Chronicles the ancestors and descendants of Joseph Fontaine (1748-1813), son of Rev. Peter Fontaine. Joseph migrated to Kentucky and Missouri.

Self-published in 1967 in Missouri by the author.

236 pages, indexed.

Price for bound copy: $ 30

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


My Life and My Lectures, by Lamar Fontaine, C.E., Ph.D.

Fact and fiction on the Civil War, China, India, the Russian Army, and his last years in Mississippi.

Published in 1908 by The Neale Publishing Co. in New York and Washington.

186 pages.

Price for bound copy: $ 27

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Prison Life of One of The Immortal Six Hundred, by Lamar Fontaine, C.E., Ph.D.

A lively 60-page account of Fontaine’s captivity from August 1864 to June 1865, among 600 Confederate Army and Navy officers held on the prison ship, Crescent City, on Morris Island, Ft. Pulaski, and Hilton Head. Note that Lamar Fontaine is known to be colorful in his writing and it may not be historically accurate.

Published in 1910 by Daily Register Print in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

60 pages. Free for download courtesy of F. J. (“Rocky”) Stewart. The hand-written inscription by Lamar Fontaine on the title page is to Rocky’s great-grandfather.


Recollections of a Virginian in the Mexican, Indian and Civil Wars, by General Dabney Herndon Maury, USA, CSA


Autobiography describing his war adventures. He also served as U.S. Minister to Colombia. Courtesy of Sallie Anne Werth Hicks.

Published in 1894 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York.

279 pages, not indexed.

Price for bound copy: $ 25

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


A Structure of the Fontaine Family from 1658 as Reflected Through the Lineage of Active Members of the Fontaine/Maury Society, by Charles James Ragland, Compiler

Lineages of active members of the Fontaine/Maury Society. Ancestor charts supplied by members of the Society. Essential for continuing research.

Self-published in 1993 by the author in Winston-Salem, NC.

92 pages, indexed. Sample pages from “A Structure.”

Price for bound copy: $ 17

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


A Tale of the Huguenots, or Memoirs of a French Refugee Family, by James (Jaques) Fontaine

Photocopy of the first edition in English of the memoirs of Jaques Fontaine. This version does not include the family letters that are included as an appendix to the Ann Maury edition.

Published in 1838 by John S. Taylor, Theological & Sunday School Bookseller, in New York.

266 pages

Price for bound copy: $ 23

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail



Items for Purchase: Cards, Videos, etc.


Fontaine 8½ x11 Family Crest.

In bright colors (gold, silver, red, and purple), suitable for framing. Courtesy of the late James Hicks, Jr.

Price for paper copy: $ 5

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


Fontaine Maury Grand Reunion at La Rochelle, France, September 2003

A 24 page album recording the visit of Society members to Fontaine family sites in France. This album contains a two page summary of the trip, followed by photographs.

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8


The Fontaine Maury Society Newsletters

Price for single paper copy: $ 1

Price for single PDF issue via e-mail: $ 1

Early issues from 1972, consecutive since August 1984) through the present

Complete set price for bound copy: $ 30

Complete set price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Genealogical Chart of the Fontaine and Maury Families, by Ann Maury

Excellent circular family tree, 30x36, suitable for framing. Jean de la Fontaine, died 1563 in France, is in the center of the chart. Eight generations are identified in the concentric circles. As in most genealogical items, there are missing lines and some errors, most notably the children of Francis Fontaine (1721-1785).

Click to see a picture of the framed chart

Price for paper copy: $ 15

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Genealogical Chart of the Winston Family, by Marie Rauschenberg Rice

Excellent circular family tree, 25x25, suitable for framing. Isaac Winston, born 1620 in England, is in the center of the chart, 12 generations of descendants are identified in concentric circles. The chart includes the family of Mary Anne Fontaine (1718-1780s), daughter of the Reverend Peter Fontaine (1691-1759), who married Isaac Winston (1715-1766), and other allied families to the Fontaines and Maurys, including the Armistead and Dabney families. Courtesy of Marie Rauschenberg Rice.

Price for paper copy: $ 15

Price for PDF on CD: $ 8

Not available via e-mail


Huguenot Cemetery Memorial Dedication Video, Dublin, Ireland, May 15, 1999

Includes cemetery ceremony, lecture by Dianne W. Ressinger, and after-dinner remarks.

Videotape courtesy of Ray Kessler

Price for videotape: $ 12

Not available on CD or email


Jacques de la Fontaine 8½ x 11 Portrait (1549-1633).

Grandfather of Jaques, the refugee. May not be historically accurate. Courtesy of the late James Hicks, Jr.

Price for paper copy: $ 5

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5


Postcard Drawing of Jean de la Fontaine’s Home at Sévilly

Postcard drawing of the house of Jean de la Fontaine (ca. 1500-1563) and his family, where they were murdered there by Catholic troops in 1563. The fortified château at Sévilly, just outside the small town of Ste.-Sabine-sur-LongPve in the Department of La Sarthe, France, is still standing. The house was identified through meticulous research by Paul Mason of West Sussex, England. Postcard courtesy of Joe Fontaine.

Price for hard copy: $ 1

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 1

Not available via CD


Reverend Peter Fontaine 8½ x 11 Portrait / One Page Biography; or as Notecard.

Color portrait of the Reverend at age 24 upon his graduation from Trinity College and his ordination into the ministry. Reproduced from a miniature painting which, according to family tradition, Peter gave to his parents prior to departing to America, fearing that he would never see them again. The miniature was eventually sent to Peter Fontaine, Jr., at “Rock Castle” in Hanover County, VA, and was last seen in 1840. It was probably destroyed either during the Civil War or when the family home at “Beaverdam” burned in 1869. Courtesy of Charles Ragland.

Price for paper copy: $ 5

Price for PDF via e-mail: $ 5



Items for Look-Up Service

These are items available in our small library holdings

that are NOT available for sale. Please contact the librarian

for look-up service


3000 Years in the Life of an American Family (1240 B.C. to 2002 A.D.), by Walter Evans and John Humphrey Evans, IV


History of Evans, Fontaine, Vernon, Hutchinson, Marbury, Pierce, and Terrell families, as well as others.

Published in 2002 by Gateway Press in Baltimore, MD. 560 pages.

Copy in Society collection courtesy of Walter Evans.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


The Anderson-Fountain Descendents [sic] of Edward Power & Abigail Coker of Edgecombe County, North Carolina Containing the Diary of J. H. Parker of Cross County, Arkansas, July 1, 1874 - February 25, 1877, and the Ancestry of Francis Cassie (Catt) Anderson of Cherry Valley, Arkansas, by W. Cary Anderson.

This history focuses primarily on the Andersons of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, but contains 22 pages on the Fountains of Edgecombe County, including Fountain census records from 1790 to 1850, Fountain marriages 1733 to 1868, Cary Fountain Bible records, and brief histories on Solomon Fountain, Loderick Fountain, Cary Fountain and Sarah McComb Power, Spencer Fountain, and William M. “Buck” Fountain. The book lists that the earliest family member, Solomon Fountain, was a son of John Fontaine/Fountain and grandson of the Reverend Francis Fontaine, but from the Fountain DNA study, this has been disproved – Solomon Fountain is not a member of the extended Jaques Fontaine family. This book remains helpful to Solomon Fountain family researchers.

Other parts of the book include Coker history, the J. H. Parker diary, a brief history of the Spiers of Edgecombe County, and ancestors of Charlotte Temple Shaver and Francis Cassie Catt. The book includes end-notes and an index. Self-published by the author in Holyoke, Colorado, in 1970. 186 pages.


The Confederate Diary of Betty Herndon Maury.”

There are two published versions of this diary by the daughter of Matthew Fontaine Maury, first is by Alice Maury Parmalee, Author. Self-published in 1938 in Washington, D.C., by the author. 56 pages. The second is a new version annotated by Carolyn Carpenter and accompanied by a Who’s Who identifying people mentioned by Betty in her diary was published in 2010 in Volume 9 of Fredericksburg History and Biography, pp. 9-121, and available from the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.


The Descendants of James Heap 1740-2001, by Roland G. Heap, Editor.

History of the descendants of James Heap (born about 1740) of Keighley Yorkshire, England, and his wife Ann Ellis, with whom he married in 1769. This booklet has a particular focus on the descendants of Fred Heap, fifth generation from James Heap, and his wife Anne Elizabeth Fontaine, the youngest daughter of John Fontaine (1809-1889) and descendants of Jaques Fontaine. James and Anne Elizabeth Heap immigrated to Australia in 1911.

Self-published by the editor and his family in March 2002 in Toowoon Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Copy in Society collection courtesy of Roland Heap.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea, by Anne Fontaine Maury, Editor. One of the best accounts of the early Maury family. Published in 1941 in Richmond, VA, by the Dietz Press, Publishers. 336 pages. Includes bibliographic notes, no index.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


New!! James Maury Esq., First American Consul to the Port of Liverpool 1790-1829: A Social History of an American Consul in Liverpool, by Derek Lunt.

Self-published in 2014 based on an interest in Maury, this wonderful 236-page book is full of details of Maury’s life in Liverpool from his arrival in 1790 as the first consul of the new United States Government, appointed by George Washington, until his return in 1829. The book includes many color photos and details of Maury’s work as consul, as Virginia tobacco merchant, and as founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Liverpool. Copies of the book are available for purchase directly from the author for the price of £ 34 (this includes international shipping). Contact the Society’s librarian at BHNilsson [then the “at” symbol] aol.com for contact information.

The Journal of John Fontaine, An Irish Huguenot Son in Spain and Virginia 1710-1719.

Edward Porter Alexander, Editor. John Fontaine was a son of Jaques Fontaine. He was the first to go to Virginia, where some of his siblings followed. He did not stay in Virginia, eventually settling in Wales. Published in 1972 in Williamsburg, VA, by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 99 pages.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


New!! Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography: A Biography 1806-1873.

John Grady. This new book includes details of Maury’s life growing up in Tennessee. Published in 2015 in Jefferson, North Carolina, by McFarland & Co. 354 pages, includes a biography and index.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


Matthew Fontaine Maury, Pathfinder of the Seas, by Charles Lee Lewis.

This biography was written by an associate professor at the United States Naval Academy and was endorsed by the Maury Association when it was first published. Published in 1927 by the United States Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. 264 pages, indexed.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


Matthew Fontaine Maury: Trail Maker of the Seas, by Hildegarde Hawthorne.

Biography of Matthew F. Maury. Published in 1943 by Longmans, Green and Co., Inc., of New York. 226 pages, no index.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


One American Family: Some Maury Memories, Legends and Records, by Lydia Lowndes Maury Skeels. A history of the Maurys from the original emigrants, Matthew Maury and Mary Anne Fontaine, through a number of their descendants, including Matthew Fontaine Maury the oceanographer, his brother John Minor Maury, and nephew Dabney Herndon Maury, the impact of the Civil War, and twentieth century family members including Ellen Maury Slayden, Elizabeth Maury Coombs, Maury Maverick, and Henry Lowndes Maury. Self-published by the author by Parousia Press in Storrs, Connecticut, in 1981, as a limited edition with 200 copies. 299 pages, references, and a pull-out genealogical chart. No index. This signed copy was donated to the Society by Andrée Elmary Pelletier in memory of her friend Lydia Lowndes Maury Skeels.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


New!!Our Fontaines: A Line of Aaron Fontaine, by Diane Thys and Horry Frost Prioleau

A history of Diane Thys Prioleau’s direct line from the early Fontaine Jean de la Fontaine through the Reverend Peter Fontaine’s son, Aaron Fontaine (b. 1753) who settled in Louisville, Kentucky. Self-published in September 2016 via Lulu.com which is an on-demand publisher in Piedmont, California. Paperback, 93 pages, with photos and an index. Courtesy of Diane Thys and Horry Frost Prioleau

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


Seeker of the Seaways: A Life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Pioneer Oceanographer, by Janice F. Beaty.

This biography was published in 1966 and draws on Frances Leigh Williams’ extensive bibliography and Diana Maury Corbin’s work. The book includes a short bibliography but has no footnotes, end-notes, or index. Published by Pantheon Books of New York in 1966. 163 pages.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only.


Second Family of Rev. Peter Fontaine, compiled by Randolph Newell Currie.

This 15 page booklet provides details on the family of the Reverend Peter Fontaine with his second wife, Sarah Wade, providing details of each of their six children: Moses; Sarah; Elizabeth; Joseph; Aaron; and Abraham. It also itemizes the books mentioned in the will of the Reverend Peter Fontaine. This short booklet has been incorporated into the Charles Ragland publications listed above. Self-published by the author in Sylvania, Ohio, date not listed. Copy donated to the Society by the author in 1990.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only.


Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans, by Chester G. Hearn.

The most recent comprehensive history of Maury. Published in 2002 by International Marine/McGraw-Hill in Camden, Maine. 278 pages, with photographs and fully indexed.

Not available for purchase, available for look-up service only


Ordering Information:


To order, please send a check or money order made payable to “The Fontaine Maury Society” to:


Brian H. Nilsson, Librarian
969-B South Rolfe Street; Arlington, VA 22204-4538
BHNilsson [then the “at” symbol] aol.com


Please note that all prices including shipping. Unfortunately we are unable to process credit or debit cards.


Most items are available as bound photocopies or in PDF on CD or via e-mail. Please specify what format you would like; provide your e-mail address if you would like an item via e-mail, if it is available via e-mail.



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