Daniel Huger, I (1651 - 1711) MP

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Birthplace: Loudun, Poitou, France
Death: Died in Wambaw Plantation, Santee, South Carolina
Occupation: Merchant (in France), planter (in South Carolina)
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About Daniel Huger, I

Daniel Huger was the son of Jean Huger, a royal notary in Loudun, France, and his wife Anne Rufin. He was born April 1, 1651 into this Huguenot family and was baptized at the Reformed Church of Loudun, Poitou, France. His mother died when he was only ten. His father and two sisters died when he was sixteen.

Daniel married Margueritte (Margaret) Perdriau, the daughter of a silk and drapery merchant, in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France, in May, 1677. The marriage was performed by the minister Monsieur Lesegulles. La Rochelle was in a neighboring province (perhaps 20 minutes away with modern transportation). Both provinces had large Huguenot populations.

After the birth of his first child, Margaret, in 1678, Daniel moved his family to Isle de Ré, an island off the coast of La Rochelle. The island had an important role in Huguenot history.

In 1682, Daniel and his family sailed from Isle de Ré to London, where they stayed for four years. In 1686, they boarded the ship Margaret in London, bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Because Daniel left France before revocation of the Edict of Nantes he had not forfeited all his goods. He and his family did not suffer in poverty in London as many of his fellow refugees suffered. When he sailed for the Carolinas, his party consisted of himself, wife Marguerite, two daughters and two servants. When he arrived in Charlestown, those two servants earned Daniel an extra 100 acres of land.

Daniel purchased 30 acres of land soon after his arrival in Carolina. No deed has been found for the first 30 acres but we know he owned the land because he left it by will to his son Daniel II. Then, in 1694, he exercised his claim for 300 acres for headrights. Two years later he received this land, in Craven County, along Wambaw Creek, and named it Wambaw Plantation. Daniel continued to acquire land, purchasing, in three installments, an additional 360 acres adjoining his plantation. He bought other land in Craven County, but it appears he sold it, as no mention is made of it in his will.

Daniel also began purchasing slaves to work on his 660 acre Wambaw Plantation. No actual purchase receipts have been found but other records show that he was a slave owner.

In 1697, Daniel was the eighth signer of 150 immigrants who signed the “Liste des Français et Suisses,” requesting to become naturalized British citizens. For as long as English settlers saw the French Protestant refugees as aliens in their land, the Huguenots could not fully exercise political benefits in Carolina. Without Daniel Huger’s naturalization, the powerful political station many of his descendants achieved would never have been possible.

At his death in 1711, Daniel left two surviving children. Ten others had died without reaching maturity, often as small children. Those who survived were his French-born daughter Marguerite and his Carolina-born son Daniel.

Children of Daniel Huger and wife Margueritte Pedriau:

  • Margaret Huger, born 2/21/1678 in France, married Elias Horry in 1704 in South Carolina.
  • Madeleine Huger, born in France, died as a child in South Carolina
  • Daniel Huger II, born in March 16, 1688 in South Carolina.

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1651
April 1, 1651
Loudun, Poitou, France
April, 1651
Loudun, Poitou, France
1676
1676
Age 24
La Rochelle, Poitou, France
1677
May, 1677
Age 26
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France
1678
1678
Age 26
La Rochelle, France
1678
Age 26
Isle de Re, France
1680
1680
Age 28
Isle de Re, France
1682
1682
Age 30
1686
1686
Age 34

Daniel, wife Marguerite, two small daughters and two servants sail aboard the "Margaret," bound for Charleston, South Carolina and the Huguenot colony there.

1687
March 16, 1687
Age 35
St. James Santee, Craven, South Carolina