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Ambroise Sicard, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Mornac-sur-Seudre, , Poitou-Charentes, France
Death: Died in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ambroise Sicard I and Marie Sicard (Perron)
Husband of Jeanne Marie Sicard
Father of Jacques "James" Secord; Ambroise Sicard/Secord, Jr.; Jacques SICARD; Daniel Sicard, Sr.; Marie Landrine and 3 others

Occupation: Saunier (worker in the salt marsh)
Managed by: Jim Shuffleton
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About Ambroise Sicard, Sr.

Ambrose Sicard was born in Mornac sur Seudre, Farnce. Mornac is quite close to the major city of La Rochelle.Ambrose and his family were huguenots. The area around La Rochelle was indeed under huguenot rule in the late 1500s. The huguenots were followers of the protestant reformer Calvin and they were very badly persecuted in France. Many of them (like Ambrose) felt forced to flee the country and settle abroad. Ambrose was one of the founders of New Rochelle in New York state.

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1. Ambroise (de Sicar) SECORD* Sr was born in 1631 in Mormac, France. He died about 1712 in New Rochelle. He was Huguenot. Most of the following information about him comes from "Biographical Sketches and Index of Huguenot Settlers of New Rochelle 1687-1776" by Morgan H. Secord.

Amboise de Sicar was a native of La Rochelle, France. He owned a small vineyard which supplimented his income as a "saunier or salt maker. La Rochelle was a city where France's Protestants could practice their religion under the protection of the King and the Edict of Nantes. The revocation of the Edict made La Rochelle a target for anti-Protestant forces. How and when Ambroise and his 5 children left France is not known.

The de Sicars eventually arrived in New York. The eldest son, Amboise de Sicar Jr., was in New York by the fall of 1688 and in New Rochelle by 1692. So many settled in the area immediately north of New York that the settlement took the name of their old home, New Rochelle. A church was built and for the next 50 years records and supposedly services were performed in French. The first entry in the church records is for the marriage of Amboise de Sicar to Jeanne Perron.

Ambroise Secord Sr. died about 1712. He left behind his 5 children. His son Daniel married a Dutch woman by the name of Catherine Woertman and they had several children including Daniel Jr. Daniel Jr. married a woman of Huguenot extraction by the name of Catherine Mabie. They had 12 children including a girl name Marie or Mary.

Mary's great-grandfather was Ambroise Sicard, a salt farmer near La Rochelle, a port on France's Bay of Biscay. A Huguenot, he enjoyed the religious freedom guaranteed to Protestants by the 1598 Edict of Nantes, which ended religious persecution at the time of the Reformation. In 1685, during a period of political instability, Louis XIV revoked the edict in an attempt to unify the country under one religion. Refusing to sign an allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church, some 400,000 Huguenots fled France, Ambroise Sicard among them. He first sought sanctuary, in England; then, under the sponsorship of a London church that considered his family "persons of middle quality," sailed to the New World. By 1689, Ambroise and other Huguenots founded New Rochelle, New York. He appeared on the census that year at age sixty-seven, and pledged allegiance to England. That year, too, England and France went to war.


Briefly lived at the French Church on Threadneedle Street in London before coming to America.

Honored on the Huguenot Memorial at Hudson Park on the shore in New Rochelle, NY.

His will was written in 1701 and is found in the New Rochelle Public Library. -------------------- AMBROISE WAS BORN IN MORNAC, SAINTES,SANTONGE,FRANCE. HE MARRIED JEANNE MARIE PERRON C.1656 C. AT La ROCHELL,AUNIS,FRANCE. IN 1681 AMBROISE AND HIS FAMILY FLED FRANCE TO ENGLAND BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUSTION. IN 1686 HE IMMEGRATED TO N.Y.C. WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN. IN 1690 HE WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. IN 1692 HE BOUGHT 95 ACRES OF LAND. THE NATIONAL HUGUENOT SOCIETY LISTS AMBROISE AS A QUALIFIED HUGUENOT ANCESTER. HE IS ALSO NAMED IN DAR. (DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION) HIS FEMALE DECENDENTS ARE MEMBERS. AMBROISE'S FAMILY HAS BEEN IN FRANCE SINCE THE 14TH CENTURY.

http://www.dcnyhistory.org/bf4s.html Seacord (Sicard), Ambroise

A French Protestant refugee of LaRochelle, France. Fled to England in
1682, and from there to America in 1684. Landed at New Rochelle, NY and
on the 9th day of Feb. 1692 bought land of William LaConnte. His will
was dated Mar. 28, 1701, and was written in French. He died in May 1701,
and left three sons and two daughters, Ambroise, Daniel, James, Mary and
Silvia.
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Ambroise Sicard, Sr.'s Timeline

1631
1631
Mornac-sur-Seudre, , Poitou-Charentes, France
1656
1656
Age 25
LaRochelle, Charanti, France
1666
1666
Age 35
Mornac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1672
1672
Age 41
Mornac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1672
Age 41
Mornac, France
1675
1675
Age 44
Mornac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1677
1677
Age 46
Mornac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1680
1680
Age 49
Mornac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1710
1710
Age 79
New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States
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