Jean (John) Calvin Salle, II

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Jean (John) Calvin Salle (Sallee), II

Also Known As: "Jean"
Birthplace: probably Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré, Aunis Province (now Charente-Maritime department, Poitou-Charentes), France
Death: Died in London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Sallé and Suzanne Mestay
Husband of Mary Ann Janvier; Claudia "Claude" Martin and Marie-Anne Martin
Father of Abraham Marcus Sallé, Sr.

Managed by: Susie Brady
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About Jean (John) Calvin Salle, II


Bailey, "The Family History of the French Huguenot Abraham Salle'...," pg. v:

"Jean Salle' and Marie were probably poor people. They lived on the island of Re' where the dominant occupation is fishing and the manufacture of salt. Some experts believe Salle' means "sale". Living just off of the [western] coast of France, I certainly don't believe they would have gone to Switzerland to get to England! They may have taken a boat up the coast to Holland then to England."

Bailey, Ibid., pg. 1: "...Jean Salle', a shoemaker, the father of Abraham. A document dated 1677, and found at the French National Archives, gives the parentage of Jean...the son of Jean Salle' and Suzanne Mestay, and having been born to them near the beginning of the 17th. century in Courteil, Parish of Mougon, Poitou, France, was baptized on March 23, 1625. Jean is the first Salle' family member of whom we have record.

Jean Salle' and his family were Protestants, known as French Huguenots. These French Protestants were persecuted by the Catholic Church. Jean Salle' left the village of Mougon for the security of the Protestant stronghold, La Rochelle, and settled in St. Martin on the Isle of Re'. We know that Jean (II) was in St. Martin in 1654. La Rochelle did, however, fall to Catholic forces in 1628, led by Cardinal Richelieu, after a long seige.

Jean Salle' (II) became, like his father, a master shoemaker. He married Claude Martin, daughter of Jacques martin, master hatmaker, of St. Martin, and his deceased wife, Judith Fortier, November 24, 1654. We also know that Claude Martin had a brother, Jacques, and sisters, Judith and Marie. Jean and Claude's daughter was named Marie, most likely for Claude's sister [whom Jean later married]. Claude martin Salle' died sometime after 1654. Jean Salle', age 44 secondly married Marie Martin, age 33, Claude's sister on April 11, 1668. Jean and Marie had six children forn on the Isle of Re'."

Allen Letter from Library/Archives of the City of La Rochelle: [translation]

1668, 11 April, Marriage of Jean Salle, son of Jean Salle, and deceased Suzanne Mestay, residing at Courteil Parish of Mougon, Poitou, age 44 years, and Marie Martin, daughter of Jacques Martin, Master hatmaker, and deceased Judith Fortier, age 33 years. "1669, 20 February, Baptism of Theophile [Salle], son of Jean Salle and Marie Martin. Godfather, M. Theophile taking the place of the minister or minister taking the place of the godfather [uncertain]; Godmother, Dame Sarra Dupuy.

  • "1670, 3 August, Marriage of Francois Blanchard and Judith Martin

(sister of Marie).

  • "1671, 13 March, Baptism of Francoise, daughter of Jean Salle' and

Marie Martin.

  • "1672, 8 December, Baptism of Judith, daughter of Jean Salle' and

Marie Martin.

  • "1673, 22 January, Death of Judith Salle' age seven weeks.
  • "1674, 25 February, Baptism of Abraham, son of Jean Salle' and Marie


  • "1676, 12 January, Baptism of Judith, daughter of Jean Salle' and

Marie Martin.

  • "1677, 5 June, Death of youngest of the children of Jean Salle' (no

doubt, Judith?)

  • "1679, 23 July, Marriage of Jean Bonhomme and Marie Salle', daughter

of Jean Salle' and the deceased Claude Martin. [NOTE-NFJ: From mention of a wife Claude, it would seem that Jean, father of Abraham was married first to Claude (Claudine?) Martin and then to her sister Marie.]

  • "1680, 10 January, Baptism of Jean, son of Jean Salle' and Marie


  • "1681, 14 September, Baptism of Marie, daughter of Jean Bonhomme and

Marie Salle'; Godfather, Jean Salle'; Godmother, Marie Martin."

"Registre Protestant de St. Martin de Re' - 1674: [translation] 25 February, Statement of Action of the Baptism of Abraham, son of Jean Salle, master shoemaker and Marie Martin; his father and mother living in St. Martin from which the Godfather, Abraham Ribier, exquire, a Lieutenant in the company of the regiment of the Dauphin [of France] and Godmother Miss Suzanne Michaud, residents of the city of St. Martin, who state that the infant was born on the 22nd. of the present month [February] and Salle' declares this by his sworn word. Signed: S. Micheau, Rocour, E. Barbauld, minister"

  • Christening: 23 MAR 1625 Poitou FR
  • Birth: 1 JUL 1625 in Courteil, Poitou FR
  • Immigration: BEF 1654
  • Death 31 DEC 1653 St. Martin, Ile de Re FR

Occupation: Master Shoemaker

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

Jean Sallé (1624-1691)

Jean Sallé and Susan Mestay, having relocated from Poitou province to the Isle of Re, gave birth to their first and only known son, Jean Jr., on 23 March 1624. Thus he was only 3 years old at the time of the Seige of St. Martin.

It is possible that Jean Jr., also a shoemaker married in his youth, but there is no record of an early wife or children. On November 24, 1654, at the age of 30, he married Claudia Martin, the daughter of Jacques Martin (b. ca. 1590), a master hatmaker, and Judith Fortier. Apparently the marriage was childless; Claudia died around 1668, and Jean Sallé then married her sister, Marie, on 11 April 1668. With Marie he had six children, all born on the Isle of Re, between 1669 and 1680, including Abraham Salle´ our ancestor.

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Jean (John) Calvin Salle, II's Timeline

March 23, 1624
probably Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré, Aunis Province (now Charente-Maritime department, Poitou-Charentes), France
February 22, 1673
Age 48
Charente-Maritime department, Poitou-Charentes, France
March 1690
Age 65
London, England