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Henri Merchand (Marchand), I

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Birthplace: Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
Death: Died in Lawerenceville, Mercer, New Jersey, USA
Cause of death: Lost at sea
Place of Burial: Lawrenceville, Mercer, New Jersey, United States
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Husband of Mary Mershon
Father of Henry Mershon, II

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About Henri Merchand (Marchand), I

Henri La Marchand (translated into English Henry Mershon) was a French nobleman who moved his family from Normandy, France in 1685 to Maidenhead, Hunterdon County, NJ (USA) to escape the Huguenot uprising against the King of France. He returned to France to bring back more belongings he had left there, but the ship was lost at sea on his way back, with no survivors. There is a monument erected in his memory at Lawrenceville, NJ. The association of descendants of Henry Mershon is incorporated in Princeton, NJ.

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  • source: material in Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, mostly supplied by Mrs. (Grace L. O.) Irving Mershon.

It seems Henri came to America with the one son; returned to France for the rest of the family, but never made it. It is also believed that the family left behind in France may have been victims of the persecution of Huguenots. The 13-yr-old son grew up with Huguenot relatives in the NY area. source: "Flight from Normandy," p70 ch: "Other Fugitives from Caen": "Several other Protestants of Caen fled to America. Tho Bayeux became a leading merchant of NY ... Dan'l Du Chenin had escaped some yrs before the Revocation to the W Indies. Isaac le Grand, e'cuyer, son of Jean le Grand, sieur d'Anvuille; Jacques le Bas ... Daniel Marchand, a member of the French Church in NY, died there in 1693." "Daniel Marchand of Caen was in NY in 1692. His dau Marianne was b Sep 5. His widow Catharine Lavandier m Francois le Comte 31 May 1693." Perhaps Daniel was a child of the family Henri was left with at age 13? Chronology in Caen:

  • 1563 petition to the king to appt a governor who was of the reformed church
  • 1612 reformed church erected
  • 1685 destruction of the Huguenot Church in Caen
  • Assoc of the Descendants of Henri Mershon Inc organized at Trenton, NJ 1923. The Assoc reports that the family, of French origin, is known variously as: Marchand (French); Marchant (Middle English); Merchant (Modern English); Marschan (Dutch spelling); and Mershon (phonetic reports).

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Henri Mershon or Marchand27, born 1648 in Caen, Normandy, France; died 1685 in Drowned at sea..

Notes for Henri Mershon or Marchand: Henri La Marchand (Translated into English Henry Mershon) was a French nobleman who moved his family from Normandy,France in 1665 to Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey (USA) to escape the Huguenot uprising against the King of France. He returned to France to bring back more belongings he had left there, but the ship was lost at sea on his way back, with no survivors. There is a monument erected in his memory at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The association of descendants of Henry Mershon is incorporated in Princeton, New Jersey.

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 	452 	i. 	  	Henry Mershon II, born 1672 in Caen, Normandy, France; died September 20, 1738 in Maidenhead (Lawrenceville) Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Ann Houghton Abt. 1695 in Stony Brook, Middlesex Co., NJ.

-------------------- Notes for Henri Mershon: Henri La Marchand (Translated int o English Henry Mershon) was a French nobleman who moved his family from Normandy, France in 1665 to Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey (USA) to escape the Huguenot uprising against the King of France. He returned to France to bring back more belongings he had left there, but the ship was lost at sea on his way back, with no survivors. There is a monument erected in his memory at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The association of descendants of Henry Mershon is incorporated in Princeton, New Jersey.

However, in Carol Boyer's "Ship Passenger Lists, New York & New Jersey (1600-1825)" [Newhall, California, 1978] is the following entry on p.227: Henri Marchand, born in the vicinity of Caen, France, with his wife and oldest son Henri, and other children, came to America about 1685f, settling first in Newtown, L.I. Henri, Jr., growing up in Newtown learned the art of weaving. Before 1698 he had married Ann----...." This indicates the Henry came over with his entire family in 1685. [This info taken from research of William H. Trott] Henry's home was west of Princeton along the old Maidenhead Road (Lawrenceville Road), near what is called Cox's Corner.

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Henri La Marchand (Mershon)'s Timeline

1648
October 10, 1648
Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
1672
1672
Age 23
Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
1685
1685
Age 36
1685
Age 36
Lawerenceville, Mercer, New Jersey, USA
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Lawrenceville, Mercer, New Jersey, United States