Martin Felix Demaret
BirthNov 22 1850
ResidenceWestern District, Grimes, Texas, United States 1860
DeathApr 3 1903
Fazenda Sta Rosa, Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Martin Felix Demaret and his family never officially joined the McMullen colony even though made Mrs. Demaret and the children had sailed to Brazil on the same ship as the colonists all the way from Galveston. Demaret, a former resident of Louisiana, lived in Grimes County, Texas, for eleven years prior to his first trip to Brazil in 1866. He traveled all over the empire from the Amazon river to São Paulo province and finally selected land near Santa Barbara, northwest of the city of São Paulo. Convinced that he had made the correct decision in going to Brazil, Demaret proclaimed that he was now engaged in "selecting the best from the best". Demaret, his wife, and his children remained in Rio de Janeiro when the time came for their Texas friends to board the ship for Iguape. George Barnsley had high praise for Demaret, describing him as a "fine gentleman, of the old, courteous, gallant type, and his family well educated and thoroughly refined in manner, which later merits were very much at discount among most of our American immigrants of that epoch."
SOURCE:The Elusive Eden, Page 88
American Civil War veteran, fought for the Confederacy. Private, Co. C, 5th Texas Infantry. He fought in the battles of Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Petersburg. He moved to Brazil and was alive in 1913, aged 73.