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Jean Papineau IV, The Huguenot

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Death: circa 1708 (25-33)
New York City, NY
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Papineau, III and Suzanne Papineau
Husband of Unknown and Charlotte Seeley
Father of Major John Poppino and Peter Pierre Popino
Brother of Francoise Papineau; Suzanne Papineau; Pierre Papineau; Elizabeth Guiet; Jacob Papineau and 4 others

Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Jean Papineau, IV "The Huguenot"

The immigrant was Jean Papineau, a Huguenot from Niort, near La Rochelle, who came to New Oxford, Massachusetts around 1686, where he was junior partner (with René Grignon and Gabriel Bernon) in a chamoiserie, or wash leather factory. He is believed to have married Charlotte Bouniot, daughter of Pierre Bouniot, a leader of the church in another Huguenot settlement at Narragansett, Rhode Island. After these settlements broke up, the Papineaus moved to New York City about 1704. They had two sons, John, birth date unknown, and Peter, who was baptised in the French Church of New York in 1706. Jean died soon after, and in 1709 Charlotte Popino married Samuel Seely whose family had lived in Stamford, CT, since the early 1640s. In 1714 they moved with several other Stamford families to the new settlement at Goshen in Orange County, NY. There the Popino boys grew up in an English colonial/Presbyterian environment. John, whose name was spelled Poppino, stayed in Orange County where his descendants continued into the 20th Century. Peter, whose name was usually spelled Popino or Popeno, moved to Salem County, New Jersey, probably in the early 1730s. At this time I have no evidence why or with whom.

Poppino Family History per 1972


This is the story of a young religious refugee from France who arrived in Massachusetts at the end of the 17th Century and of the lives of some of his descendants who followed the expanding frontier throughout the next 150 years in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky and the Northwest Territory. In tracing their passage through time, I have tried to learn not just who they were but what it was like to be where they were and do what they did. My most exciting breakthroughs have come from visiting the places where they lived, looking at the original records as well as manuscripts in historical societies and local libraries; studying their neighbors and their neighborhoods; and trying to do right brain as well as left brain thinking about them. Two examples:

When I began, all that was known about our immigrant ancestor, Jean Papineau, was that he had been partner in a chamoiserie (a wash leather factory) in New Oxford, Massachusetts (reported in several 19th century books but with no sources given); and that his son, Pierre, was baptized at the French Church of New York in 1706.  Believing that Gabriel Bernon, founder of New Oxford, might be the key, I went to the Rhode Island Historic Society to examine Bernon's collected papers. Sifting through boxes in their vault I discovered not only the original source for the chamoiserie information but also a never-before-published record of Papineau’s place of origin, Niort, in France.  More recently others have been able to research the records in Niort and have found Jean Papineau's parentage and baptism.

Papineau’s wife was a greater enigma because her family name in that baptismal record (Bounos) was a name that existed nowhere else in North America at that time.  But by reading everything I could find about the Huguenots in America I eventually came across the records of a 17th century church in Rhode Island which provided the clues that enabled me to establish her probable parentage.

The search continues and perhaps will never end. As new facts (or fictions) are discovered, this essay will continue to evolve. Meanwhile, read on.  If you want to cut to the chase, you can go directly to The Papineaus.

five1fan2001added this on 18 Jun 2012

JaneJHonseoriginally submitted this to An Extended Wagner

Family Tree on 29 May 2008 from website:


An Essay in Historical Genealogy

by Oliver Popenoe


This is a study of the settlement of the area along the Monongahela River in western Virginia that later became Morgantown, with emphasis on the genealogy of a group of early families. The three most important families--Evans, Martin, and Morgan--are discussed first, followed in alphabetical order by Bowman, Burris, Davis, Dent, Gallatin, Haymond, Judy, Popeno, Prickett, Scott, Snider and Swearingen.

In 1703 my immigrant paternal ancestor, Jean Papineau, a Huguenot refugee, was first recorded managing a leather factory in the Huguenot village of New Oxford, Massachusetts. He died in New York City where his second son, Peter, was baptized in 1706. In 1709 his widow Charlotte Bouniot Popino married Samuel Seeley, a fourth-generation colonist in Stamford, Connecticut. She bore him eight more children. In 1715, the family moved to the frontier at Goshen, in Orange County, NY Around 1735, Peter moved to Salem County, New Jersey, where he died in 1755. His son Peter was probably born around 1737. In 1772 he settled in northwestern Virginia in what is now Monongalia County. He married Elizabeth Martin and their first child together, Nancy Popino, was born in 1775. She was followed by James in 1777 and Peter Jr. after that, probably 1778-9. Leaving his family behind, Peter went to Kentucky in 1782 or 1783, later to Vincennes, Indiana, and was reportedly killed by Indians in 1790. Elizabeth's son by an earlier marriage, Harry Martin, also went to Kentucky where, in 1789, he married Sarah Morgan, daughter of John and Martha Constant Morgan from Hampshire County, Va. (These Morgans are not known to be related to the Morgans of Monongalia County.) In 1792 in Kentucky, Nancy Popino married Sarah's brother, Evan Morgan. By this time the rest of the Popino family was in Kentucky and, in 1799, they moved to Ohio.

Joanne Waterman Riosadded this on 8 Jun 2012
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Jean Papineau, IV "The Huguenot"'s Timeline

April 1, 1678
Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
April 2, 1678
Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Age 25
Orange County, New York, United States
July 28, 1706
Age 28
New York City, NY
Age 29
New York City, NY