Gershom's Top Matches
About Gershom Lascelle
"Huguenots who came to England in 1560"
About 1565 Meriba, daughter of Gershom and Meriba Lascelle, early French Huguenots, married in England, William Wardwell, son of Richard and Mary (Ithell) Wardwell, and their daughter, Rosanna Wardwell, married a Waite. Mehitable Waite, of the next generation, married Richard Hill, and their son, John Hill, was head of the family from which the Rhode Island Hills are descended. They lived at Great Tor- rington, Devonshire, England.
Encyclopedia of Massachussetts, Biographical-Genealogical
By William Richard
- 'The Greene family and its branches from A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904 (1904)
- About A. D. 1480, one ___ Ithell, of North Wales, married a Miss Pierce. They had a son, Pierce Ithell, whose daughter Mary was m. about 1540, to Richard Woodall, Udall, Woddall, Worrell, or Wardwell, of Warwick, England. One of their sons. Dr. John Wardell, and a grandson, who crossed the ocean in 1594, had much to do with early Virginia settlements. An older son, William, was married by 1565 to Meribe Lascelle, the daughter of a French couple, 'Gershom and Meribe Lascelle'.
- ' Reading between the lines of the records, it is evident that the Frenchman came to England with his wife and family of grown children about 1560 at the first muttering of the storm that finally broke into bloody wrath against the Huguenots, or French Protestants. Gershom had many namesakes for more than a century, and Meribe, her name anglicized into Meriba or Meribah and Meribeth, still has her namesakes scattered over New England. The next two generations of the family intermarried with the Slocums, Kings, Waites and Hills. Their names were so peculiarly odd and Frenchy, that they can almost be traced by that alone. Anteres, another daughter of these Huguenot refugees, married a Pierce. There is more about her line in Chapter XXIV.
- There was a good deal of restlessness in the blood of these allied families. Before the New England settlement some of the Pierces and Wardwells went to Virginia, where the older generation of the Wardwell's had investments. Some of these then drifted to the Barbadoes, where later we read of one of the Pierces owning many acres of land and 80 slaves. All of the Lascelle-Wardwell line seem to have been Independents in religious matters, and under religious oppression quite ready to cross the sea for conscience's sake. Some of the Pierces were in Plymouth in 1623. And rebelling against Laud's tyranny about a score of the allied families of this line came to Mass. in 1633-5.
- There were three great-grandsons of 'Gershom Lascelle' and Richard Wardwell among these.
- 'Gershom Lascelles
- 'M, b. circa 1535
- ' Gershom Lascelles was born circa 1535 at France. He married Meribe circa 1560.
- 'Family Meribe b. c 1538
- ◦Meribe Lascelles+ b. c 1562