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About Jean Lea Valle
The LaVelle Family History
It is believed that four Huguenot Leavell brothers fled France in the late 1600's, lived for a time in England, and that at least two of them, John (Jean) and Edward, reached the United States sometime around 1700. Although my genealogical research has yet to prove this conclusively, it is consistent with the oral traditions of our family related to me as a child. The timing makes sense, too, in that the persecution of Huguenots in France resumed in 1685 when King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had given the Huguenots religious freedom in 1598.
Accounts of the brothers' arrival in the American colonies are contradictory, but they do support the general storyline. I found an interesting submission that discusses this subject, apparently written in 1923, so this oral family tradition is not a recent development. This source suggests that Jean LeaValle arrived on 20 Sep 1700 on the ship Peter and Anthony, under the command of a Captain Daniel Perreau with a group of French refugees. Other sources suggest that he was accompanied by his brother Edward and that they traveled with a group of English colonists who were resettling to the American colonies and arrived in Virginia about 1715. It's probably impossible to know the absolute truth, but it seems likely that the first Leavells in the United States were these two men, that they may have been Huguenots, and that they arrived in Virginia in the early 1700's.