I found a nice page listing out early Hugenot arrivals (ca. 1690) to Carolina province, if someone wanted to make a Project of it.
Ah, Freeehold... I think my New York Huguenots drifted through neighboring Middlesex County - first Perth Amboy, fleeing the Brits, then Piscataway Township. Somehow they get joined by my second Huguenot group and end up near Hagerstown, Maryland for awhile... then despite a mishap with British-backed Indians on the Ohio, ended up drifting west, where almost all my ancestral roads led to Indiana.... it's amazing what you can recite after doing enough merges...
My 7th Great Grandfather, Pierre Robert was the first Huguenot minister in America. He arrived in South Carolinis in 1686 with Captain Philip Gendron and settled in St. James Parish, on the Santee. He was the first French minister to preach in Carolinia and served there until his death. I have fairly thorough documentation on this line. His son Jean added an 's' to his name and that is how I came to be Roberts.
I would be happy to support and participate in this project.
This is exactly the sort of Event I was looking for work a Project around. Perfect!
Do you have a list of profiles you could post or put in a Project, or is the Ricehope page good enough? I can get it going or you can, your choice!
If the profiles we want to work with are noted in this discussion, then everyone ranging through geni will be on the alert, can share the URL. That makes it much easier to populate the project accordingly.
Let me know next steps. I have wanted to learn more about the Hugenots, I have some in my ancestry, but haven't had the chance to study. Do you have any general resource websites we can start learning from?
I have a book published about their history:
Title: Three Pioneer Rapides Families, A Genealogy
Author: Stafford, G. M. G
Is this the sort of information that will help?
I didn't realize Hugenots were big in Charleston, SC. I have a friend there who might be persuaded to go to the libraries, courthouses and historical buildings, cemeteries, churches and historical sites in Charleston to collect info and take photos. Would that be useful?
I heard there were some major donations from surrounding plantations / families to a brand new archives room, with incredible amounts of primary source material (logbooks, bibles, business records, family letters, etc.) to the Charleston County Library. Not sure if they cover the Hugenot families or not, but the Hugenot Society there would know.
Here are some on line resources from Charleston:
The church is still in use in Charleston:
This is the only remaining independent Huguenot Church in America.
Memorial tablets honoring Reverend Pierre Robert and several other members of the Robert family can be seen in the Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
I was just looking at the photo here:
It is spectacular. Designed by the great architect E.B. White -- we need to find his profile and make sure it's in the Project as well.
Is the list I posted at the top the right group of profiles to add, in your opinion?
Projects is "live" here:
Anyone who wants to join as a collaborator -- mention it in this thread.
And we welcome postings of the URL of profiles that should be collected in the project. It's a huge help.
James, I've permitted you as a "collaborator" to the Hugenot Project. That means you have "mini curator" edit rights on the Profiles in the Project, whether you manage it or not, or whether you collaborate with the managers or not. Makes it much easier to merge the dupes together. :)
I generally populate Projects with complete family groupings: parents, spouses, children. That is because errors in relationships need to be corrected in that grouping.
Hi Erica, my 8th great grandfather was Gideon macon, who is listed as a Hugenot, although he settleed in SE virginia. His descendants moved to Bute Co. NC in the mid 1700s. His profile is Gideon Macon, I
and also in wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideon_Macon.
He was a member of St. Peter's Parish and there is a plack in his honor on one of the pews.
Since I'm sorta new to actively using Geni, I'm interested in collaborating on this project but I'm not sure exactly what that entails.
Welcome aboard! You are now a collaborator on the "Huguenots of the Carolinas" project.
Your next steps are to add your ancestors to the Project. To do that, you go to their profile, more actions menu, Project options, add to Project.
I will follow and make them into Master Profiles and merge in any dups. By that point you should be working on documenting in as detailed a fashion as you can. Together we're going to be awesome.
At some point us collaborators should get a list of questions together to send my friend to the Charleston Library in person to answer, and maybe also to the Huguenot Church there.
Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton and Private User
I found several profiles already in Geni for Benjamin Marion, Sr. Benjamin Marion, Sr. "The Immigrant" who is one of the original settlers in the community of the Huguenots who settled on the Santee in the early days as stated in your reference: http://www.ricehope.com/history/CarolinaHuguenots.htm
Benjamin is the grandfather of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox".
Should we add these directly into the project and then work on merging the various profiles, if the profile managers agree?
What is the best way to proceed?
Get them added to the project. If you have trouble adding to the Project because you don't have management rights to it, post it here and I will add it. Then I will make Master Profiles of the Project profiles and help merge in the duplicates.
The Swamp Fox is sooooo cool. I expect great things from that profile.
The two early Carolina Huguenot families that I have in my tree are the DuPre's and the DuRant's. The furthest I have gone back with them are to Josias Dupre, Sr. (1640-1712) and John Durant (1660-1730). I would be interested in any good information tracing their roots back further.
You can add me to the project, although I doubt that I will be able to contribute much.
Thanks Gary, you've been added to the Huguenots of the Carolinas Project.
I'm adding the two URLs you referenced.
One way you can help is to see if there are other ship passenger lists on line - I just found one, 1635, England to VA - and will post the names of those passengers shortly.
I wonder if ancestry.com or familysearch.com has a category for this.
I think I found another Cunningham - Weatherspoon marriage but I'm bewildered by all the Cunninghams so have to organize that better. I found one who was a John Knox disciple and another who was an early Mormon leader, for example.