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Louis Anathe Muller and the Muller Hill collection, M2044

Identifier: M2044


  • 1809 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1809 - 1907

Biographical / Historical

Louis Anathe Muller was a wealthy French émigré who in 1808 purchased 2,700 acres of land in what is now known as Muller Hill in Georgetown, New York. He lived on Payne Street in Hamilton, New York for a year with his wife and son while 300 acres of densely forested land was cleared by 150 men for a lavishly furnished fortress of a house measuring 70 feet by 30 with thick walls made of black cherry wood. Also on the property were a saw mill, several out buildings, fish pond and a game reserve enclosed by a stout palisade.

Louis Muller lived on this estate from 1809 through 1814. In the wake of Napoleon’s defeat, he left his property in the hands of a caretaker and temporarily packed the family off to New York City while he returned to France. Returning in 1816, he found the house picked clean and the caretaker long gone. Shortly thereafter he sold the property and left for parts unknown. In 1905 the house burned to the ground.

Many articles have been written on the mysterious identity of Louis A. Muller. There were rumors he was French royalty fleeing from the wrath of Napoleon but there is no evidence to support that claim. Samuel Buell Sisson (1883-1947), Colgate Class of 1905 and Colgate University trustee (1938-1945) extensively researched Muller’s identity in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Sisson’s father, Eugene Pardon Sisson, was born in the Muller house in January 1845. Eugene Sisson was principal of the Colgate Academy from 1888 to 1889 and 1895 to 1896 and taught Mathematics at Colgate from 1912 to 1921.

Samuel Sisson research led him to believe that Muller was a General in the King Louis XVI of France’s Life Guards. After the royal family were captured, Muller and Angel De Ferriere, another officer in the same unit fled and eventually came to New York and purchased land in Madison county.

Historical marker for Muller house on Muller Hill Road in Georgetown one mile or so west of the intersection with Chapin Rd.


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Victor B. Goodrich Genealogical Research Services records M2050, box 62 contains much correspondence and other material regarding the identity of Louis Anathe Muller. F. Reed Alvord's 1929 (self-published?) monograph "A short history of Muller Hill" is contained in this box.

Guide to the Louis Anathe Muller and the Muller Hill collection
Emily Hutton-Hughes and Michelle Smith
May 2017
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