About Jean Salé
The name "Salle" comes from the word for "salt", and the Isle De Rhe has been known for centuries as a place where salt is harvested from the salt flats.
Jean Salle and his family were Protestant, members of the Reformed Church established in France by John Calvin in 1555.
Wendell E. Wilson, The Huguenot Ancestry of Jane “Jinny” Sally of Kentucky, http://www.minrec.org/wilson/pdfs/16A.%20%20Sally.pdf
Jean Sallé (b. ca. 1595)
Jean Sallé, a shoemaker by trade, was born, probably around 1595-1600, in Courteil, Mougon parish, Poitou, France. He married Susan Mestay around 1620. It is likely that his ancestors originated from the Isle of Ré (Île de Ré), off the coast of Aunis province near La Rochelle. The name “Sallé” comes from the word for “salt,” and the Île de Ré has been known for centuries as a place where salt is harvested from the salt flats. In fact, in gourmet food stores today you can buy hand-harvested sea salt from Île de Ré. Jean Sallé and his family were Protestant, members of the Reformed Church established in France by John Calvin in 1555. The Protestant Reformation, begun by Martin Luther in 1517, had spread rapidly through France, gradually moving away from the Lutheran form to take on the principles of Calvinism. The new religion, practiced by many members of the French nobility and middle class, taught a belief in salvation through faith without the need for intercession by a church hierarchy; they believed that individuals had the right to interpret ■ Wilson Family History HOME PAGE: http://mineralogicalrecord.com/wilson/family.asp ■ ■ ■ by Wendell E. Wilson 364 scripture for themselves rather than to blindly accept established Catholic dogma. Naturally this put them in theological conflict with both the Catholic church and the King of France, who governed together in a theocratic system. Protestants were soon accused of heresy, and a general edict urging their extermination was issued by the King of France in 1536, but it had little effect. The first Huguenot* church was founded in Paris (in a private home), in 1555. Tensions continued to increase until violence finally broke out in 1562, when 1200 Protestants in the town of Vassey were slaughtered, thus beginning the 35-year French Wars of Religion. Finally, in 1598, the conflict came to a halt when Henry IV signed the Edict of Nantes, allowing Huguenots to practice their religion free of persecution in 20 specified French areas including the Isle of Ré. It was into this environment that Jean Sallé was born, and moved to the Isle of Re. Several Huguenot churches were built on the Isle of Ré following the Edict of Nantes, including a temple in the town of St. Martin constructed in 1610. A siege by the English Navy in 1627, strongly resisted by the French Army which had dug in at the St. Martin citadel, failed after months of fighting. But the militarization of the island brought with it a return of French Catholic domination until 1648 when religious freedom was reestablished once again. ____________
- The term Huguenot was common in early France as a synonym for protesters.
Protesters in the city of Tours commonly assembled near the Gate of King Hugo, whom the people regarded as a guardian saint. A local monk declared in a sermon that French Lutherans should be called Hugueonots, kinsmen of St. Hugo.
Jean Salé's Timeline
March 23, 1624
probably Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré, Aunis Province (now Charente-Maritime department, Poitou-Charentes), France
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré, Aunis Province (now Charente-Maritime department, Poitou-Charentes), France
Huguenot master shoemaker