Antoine Gevaudan

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Antoine Gevaudan (Gevodan)

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Death: 1726 (61)
Manakintowne, Henrico, Virginia, USA
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Husband of unknown Gevaudan
Father of Thomas Jeffodan Gevaudan and Elisabet (Elizabeth) Sallee

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About Antoine Gevaudan


Wendell E. Wilson, The Huguenot Ancestry of Jane “Jinny” Sally of Kentucky,

Antoine Gevaudan (1675-1726)

Antoine Gevaudan was born in Pro province, France, in 1675. He was among the French Protestant refugees that landed at the James River colony of Virginia on September 20, 1700, aboard the ship Peter and Anthony, galley of London, Daniel Perreau, commander. The name was (as transcribed) Anthony Giovdan, presumably, a single man, as listed on the ship list. He, like many other Frenchmen who settled at Manakintown, Virginia, had fled France to avoid persecution by the Roman Catholic Church. They had fled to England and there helped William of Orange overthrow King James II. For their help, they were given free passage to the New World and 10,000 acres of new land that had been surveyed for them. On March 23, 1715, Anthony Gevodan was granted 128 acres in King William Parish. Thus Gevaudan acquired his share of the lands distributed to the French refugees. The patient of the same date to John Lavillian was bounded by the land of “Anthony Gevodan” while a patent of the same date to Abraham Salle´ was bounded by the land of “Anthony Geavodan.” On March 4, 1725, Anthony Jevodan patented 200 acres on Jones Creek, bounding the land of Matthew Oge (Agee).

On August 25, 1718, Antoine Givaudan was among those newly elected to the vestry of King William Parish. His presence at vestry meetings is regularly noted thereafter, as Givaudan, Givaudant, Givaudant and Givodan. On April 26, 1723, “By a plurality of votes the Sieur Antoine Givadan and Jean Chastain were elected church wardens of the parish of King William. The Sieur Givodan took the oath of church warden.” At the end of their standard year as church wardens. Gevaudan and Chastain were replaced April 7, 1724, by “the Sieur Pierre Dutoy and the Sieur Pierre David, Senior.” On May 14, 1726, “Jean Chastain and Anthonine Givodan rendered account of their administration for the year 1721 in the presence of the church wardens and vestrymen.” This is the last reference to Gevaudan as alive.

The King William Parish tithable lists from 1710 through 1725 contain the name of Authoine Givandan, Giauandant, Givaudan or Givodan. Occasional lists include extraneous adults residing with him: in 1715, John Robisson, in 1724, Jean Bernard. The “Liste Generalle de Tous les Francois Protestants Refugies Establys dans la Paroisse du Roy Guillaume” of about 1714 contains Anthoine Giraudan as head of a household, with a wife, one sone and one daughter. He drops from the tithable lists in the year 1726. In consequence, it would seem that his death may be placed sometime between his church warden's accounting of May 14, 1726 and the date of the drawing up of the tithable list for 1726.

Antoine Gevaudan had at least two children by an unknown wife: Thomas, born 1702, died ca. 1731; and Elizabeth, born 1705 in King William Parish and died 27 July 1739.

Elizabeth married Guillaume Salle in 1727 in Manakintown; he was the son of Abraham Sallee and Olive Olympia Perrault.

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Antoine Gevaudan's Timeline

Normandy, France
Age 38
Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 42
Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Age 61
Manakintowne, Henrico, Virginia, USA