J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur
(1735 - 1813)
Born in Normandy in 1735, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur served in the French and Indian War and went around some of the British colonies as a trader and surveyor before marrying an American-born woman and becoming a New York farmer in 1769. Crèvecoeur went back to France in 1780, and his Letters from an American Farmer were published to wide acclaim in 1782. He returned a year later to his New York estate, Pine Hill, to find his house incinerated and his wife dead.