Carolina Hugenots

Started by Erica Howton on Friday, October 22, 2010


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10/22/2010 at 11:40 AM

I found a nice page listing out early Hugenot arrivals (ca. 1690) to Carolina province, if someone wanted to make a Project of it.

Private User
10/22/2010 at 1:32 PM

My Huguenots were more northern (New York and New Jersey/Maryland). Oh well...

10/22/2010 at 1:34 PM

There should be a similar list for them. I am interested in "original settlers" of Monmouth County NJ and will look there sooner or later. Quakers and Hugenots I think.

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10/22/2010 at 1:48 PM

Is that the West Jersey group? They were Quakers (c1670s, methinks). Huguenots just sort of drifted in behind them...

10/22/2010 at 1:50 PM

No, Monmouth County is South Jersey on the shore, not far from Philadelphia. A big place.

I think you're right that the Hugenots just sort of drifted in behind them. Sounds like you (ducks).

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10/22/2010 at 1:54 PM

Birds of a feather... :) Now I have to go open Google Earth and figure out where this place is at...

Private User
10/22/2010 at 2:00 PM

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...

10/22/2010 at 2:04 PM

My Hugenots , Age/Agees came to Manikintowne, Virginia

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10/22/2010 at 7:25 PM

My Huguenots were the Remy-Haldatt family, who became the Ramey family in the New World. They settled in VA in 1670's.

10/23/2010 at 8:36 AM

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.

10/23/2010 at 8:45 AM

James D Roberts

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?

10/23/2010 at 9:59 AM

Here is a start:

In Geni profiles, we have
Pierre Robert II
and his son:
Pierre Peter Robert III

I have a book published about their history:
Type: Book
Title: Three Pioneer Rapides Families, A Genealogy
Author: Stafford, G. M. G

Is this the sort of information that will help?

10/23/2010 at 10:01 AM

Yup! Keep it coming.

Should the list I posted at the top of this discussion be our "master profile" list for the Project? If not, is there another good source? We want a collection of 50 or so I think ....

10/23/2010 at 10:12 AM

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:

10/23/2010 at 10:16 AM


I made the Roberts, pater et fils, into Master Profiles, and will "add them to Project" as soon as I get it opened. Also doing some merging.

10/23/2010 at 10:33 AM

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.

10/23/2010 at 11:13 AM

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?

10/23/2010 at 2:49 PM

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.

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10/26/2010 at 7:28 AM

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
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.

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10/26/2010 at 7:31 AM

Oops! I meant plaque! Butter fingers today....

10/26/2010 at 3:15 PM

Hi Cathy,

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.

10/26/2010 at 3:26 PM

Cathy again

Very impressive fellow, your ancestor. We need him in the project. :)

10/26/2010 at 6:03 PM

Erica 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:

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?
James Roberts

10/26/2010 at 6:06 PM

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.

10/26/2010 at 6:12 PM

OK be careful with that particular Swamp Fox profile: it is in a private tree currently. I will find out what we can do about that, but in the meantime, see if there's a public, connected family tree for the Marion's to add to the project and work with.

10/31/2010 at 8:08 PM

I have a small ten page brochure from the Huguenot Church in Charleston. It has some very good information, and is copyright by the church. I have sent a note via email requesting permission to quote portions of the booklet in our project.

10/31/2010 at 8:25 PM

I'm very glad you're reaching out to the church. Give them the link to the Project -- I bet they'll be tickled and want to help. Excellent thought!

Private User
11/1/2010 at 7:22 AM

Hi Erica,

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., Rev. (1640-1712) and John Durant (1660-1730). I would be interested in any good information tracing their roots back further.

You may be amused at a Witherspoon-DuRant connection. Matilda Witherspoon married David DuRant.

You can add me to the project, although I doubt that I will be able to contribute much.

Private User
11/1/2010 at 7:34 AM

Hi Erica,

By the way, your fellow curator Daniel Walton's middle name is Dupree and he lives in North Carolina. We were not able to make a connection, however.

11/1/2010 at 6:07 PM

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 or 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.

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