In 1961 Haiti issued a set
of 3 regular postage stamps and 3 airmail stamps to celebrate the
connection between Haiti and Alexandre Dumas. One of the stamps has a
map which shows the location of the home of Dumas' grandfather,
General Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie.
Alexander Dumas' great-grandfather was
Antoine-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie (1710-1786). He married a
black slave, Marie Céssette Dumas. Their son, Thomas Alexandre Davy de
la Pailleterie (1762-1806) was born in Jeremie, Haiti. He assumed his
mother's name, Dumas, to avoid embarrassing his family by his black
ancestry. He became a General in the French army.
General Dumas married Marie-Louise Elizabeth Labouret,
and their son, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was in France. He created
the "historical" novel, and published many articles, plays, and
novels, including The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron
Mask, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
His son, Alexandre Dumas (known as fils-son
to distinguish him from pere-father), was born before his
marriage to Ida Ferrier in 1840. Following his marriage he continued
numerous liasons with other women. Alexandre Dumas fils was
also an author. His most famous novel is La Dame aux Camélias,
The Lady of the Camellias.