News and Notes
September 25, 2015
After a summer off, Cheves and I will be speakers at several events this fall that are open to the general public. The first is to be held on Friday, October 16 at 7 pm at the McClellanville Arts Council. This evening program will kick off a weekend of events by the Arts Council exploring the French Santee area within the Francis Marion National Forest. These will include walks and tours at Hampton Plantation and a paddle on Wambaw Creek. Additional information can be found at the McClellanville Arts Council website.
For those of you unable to attend our local book signings, it is not too early to pick up your copies of this beautiful, limited edition book for Christmas gifts! French Santee, A Huguenot Settlement in Colonial South Carolina is sold at the following local book stores: Litchfield Books in Litchfield, Waterfront Books in Georgetown, The McClellanville Arts Council and The Village Museum in McClellanville, Royal Hardware in Mt. Pleasant, The Preservation Society and The Huguenot Society of South Carolina in Charleston.
French Santee is also available by mail order from the Village Museum and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Check their websites for details.
September 25, 2015
October 17 is the beginning of a big weekend in Georgetown, SC when they host their annual Wooden Boat Show. There are many beautiful boats to see and competitions and races. Cheves and I will be there as well, at Waterfront Books on Saturday, October 17 from 11 AM ’til 1 PM to sign copies of our new book French Santee. It is not too early to think about buying extra copies for Christmas gifts, so we hope to see many of you there.
September 4, 2015
is in local bookstores and the response from our readers to all those years of research is gratifying! We thank you for your kind calls, emails and notes. We are pleased that we have provided so many of you with “a vivid image of our ancestors’ lives in colonial South Carolina” and that we have given you new links to pursue in your own genealogical lines.
As many of you have commented, it is a book rich in details – a book that can be dipped into and savoured over time. And the reader is not limited to reading just their own family’s history. The French settlement on the Santee River was a community of families dependent on each other for survival. There is much to be learned from all their stories – from that of Pierre Robert, who came from Switzerland and was the first known minister of French Santee, and Claude Philippe de Richebourg, the minister whose house became a fortress during the Yemassee Indian War. It tells how Pierre Royer, a tanner who lived on Echaw Creek, and Pierre Couillandeau, a blacksmith on the Santee River, contributed to the settlement. It is the account of the elderly nobleman Sieur Arnaud Bruneau who fled France at the age of 77 to bring his son and grandson to a land of religious freedom. And of young Andre Rembert, a shoemaker, who with his wife Anne Bressan crossed the Alps on foot and settled at French Santee where they raised at least nine children. It is the story of the strong women like Rembert’s daughter Marguerite who raised a large family and buried three husbands in the wilds of Carolina. It is the story of how all of these men and women struggled together to build a new future far from their beloved homelands.
April 29, 2015
Our new book French Santee has proven to be very popular with family genealogists. Accessing the little used land records and Proprietary Period records of South Carolina, in addition to research in France, we have provided new genealogical information and links between families. For those wondering if their family is in the book, I am adding the list of the 104 biographical sketches in the book. Of course, these families all had dealings with others in the colony, as well as in other colonies and in Europe, so many other names are mentioned in the book. Be sure and check the index attached to the write up for French Santee on this page under the heading Books.
Biographical sketches in French Santee, A Huguenot Settlement in Colonial South Carolina:
Andrivet, Jean and Antoinette [Buvier?]
Barnet, Jean (John) and Hannah
Benoit, Jacques and Sara Mounier
Bochet, Nicholas and Susanne Dehays
Boisseau, Jean and Marie Potell
Boyd, Jean and Jeanne Berchaud
Brugnet, Marye, widow of Nicholas Potell
Bugnion, Joseph and Elizabeth
Caillabeuf, Isaac (II) and Mary
Carion, Moïse and Anne Ribouleau
Carrière, Jean and Elizabeth
Chastaigner, Alexandre Thésée and Elizabeth Buretel
Chastaigner, Henri Auguste
Colladon, Mr. and Sarah
Courège, François and Madeleine [Joubert?]
De Rousserie, François
DuBosc, Isaac and Susanne Couillandeau
DuCros de la Bastie, Charles and Hélène
Dumay, Etienne and Jeanne Elizabeth Guerri
DuPlessis, Peter and Marguerite Rembert
Dutarque, Louis and Christian Marie
Dutartre, Daniel and Mary
Faucheraud, Gideon and Mary Villepontoux
Gaillard, Joachim and Ester Paparel
Gaillard, Barthélémy and Elizabeth
Gaillard, Jean, Susanne Le Serrurier and Mary Esther Page
Garnier, Daniel and Elizabeth Fanton and Magdalen
Gendron, Philippe and Madeleine Chardon
Gignilliat, Jacques François Benedict and Marie Potell
Gignilliat, Jean François, Louisa Pineau and Susanne Le Serrurier
Guérin, François and Anne Arriné
Guérin, Mathurin and Marie Nicolas and Susanne Desserex
Guerri, Pierre and Jeanne Broussard
Guibal, Jean and Ester Le Cert
Hartman, John and Mary
Horry, Elie and Margueritte Huger
Huger, Daniel and Margueritte Perdriau
Jaudon, Daniel and Elizabeth
Jeanneret, Abraham and Susannah Favre
Jeanneret, Jacob and Elizabeth Gourdin
Juin, Georges and Suzanne Le Riche
LaPierre, John and Susanne
Lapôtre, Jacob David and Catherine Allaire
Laurens, Charles and Marianne Gourdin
Laurens, Jean and Ester Grasset
Laurens, Jeanne and John Perdriau and Jacques Savineau
Le Bas, Jacques and Catherine Varing
Le Gendre, Daniel
Leger, Pierre and Marie
Le Grand, Isaac and Madeleine Dieu
Le Grand, Jacques and Anne Françoise
Le Nud, Nicholas and Mary
Le Roux, Estienne
Le Roux, Louis
Longuemare, Nicholas de and Marie Bonneau
Manigault, Pierre and Judith Giton
Marion, Benjamin and Judith Baluet and Marie
May, Jean Rodolph and Marie Elizabeth Gignilliat
Mayrant, James Nicholas and Susanna Gaillard
Michaud, Pierre and Sara Bertomeau
Michaud, Abraham and Esther Jaudon
Mounier, Pierre and Louise Robinet
Pasquereau, Louis and Madeleine Chardon
Pelé, Jean Pierre and Gabrielle
Perdriau, Marguerite and Daniel Huger
Peyre, David and Judith Boisseau
Philippes, Pierre and Jeanne
Poitevin, Anthoine (II) and Marguerite De Bourdeaux
Porcher, Isaac and Claude de Cherigny
Potell, Jean and Madeleine Pepin
Ravenel, René and Charlotte de St. Julien de Malacare
Rembert, André and Anne Bressan and Madeleine [Joubert?]
Richebourg, Claude Philippe de and Anne Chastain
Robert, Pierre and Jeanne Bayer
Royer, Pierre and Anne [Rembert?]
St. Julien, Louis de
St. Julien de Malacare (II), Pierre de and Damaris Elizabeth Le Serrurier
Satur, Abraham and Jane
Savineau, Jacques and Mary Bremar and Jeanne Laurens
Sénéschaud, Daniel and Magdeleine Ardouin
Seron, Jacques and Frances
Serré, Noë (II) and Esther [Michaud?]
Spencer, Joseph and Elizabeth
Tamplé, Etienne (II) and Marie Du Bosc
Tauvron, Etienne and Catherine [Le Chevalier?]
Videau, Pierre and Jeanne Elizabeth Mauzé
March 6, 2015
At the end of the 17th century, driven by the terrible persecution in France, thousands of Huguenots fled their country in search of religious freedom. A large number found what they sought in the fledgling colony of (South) Carolina in the new world. Here these noblemen, craftsmen and artisans took up axes and guns and struggled to build their homes and survive in the wilderness with their wives and children.
Nowhere was this more evident than on the banks of the Santee River where a group of French and Swiss Protestant refugees arrived in 1687 and where “a sail from a boat was our first house and the earth our bed. A cabin like that of savages …was our second house.” Through their letters and the tantalizing bits and pieces of recorded history they left behind, their struggles and triumphs to forge a new settlement are revealed. At French Santee they established a wealthy plantation society, until time and fate returned the land they had conquered to wilderness once more.
French Santee A Huguenot Settlement in Colonial South Carolina by noted authors Cheves Leland and Susan Bates is an in-depth study of the 17th century Huguenot settlement on the Santee River in South Carolina with biographical sketches of the more than 100 French Protestant families who lived there. Detailed maps, photographs and copies of old plats show the changes in the area as the settlement grew and evolved into the eighteenth century. The book also includes translations of two letters written from Carolina prior to 1700, explanatory notes and footnotes. You may begin by reading about your own family, but you will soon find yourself checking out their neighbors and friends, tracing land sales and untangling relationships.
The cost of this 428 page (8.5″x 11″) hardcover book is $50.00 (plus shipping). It can be ordered from two organizations we are proud to support: The Village Museum, PO Box 595, McClellanville, SC 29458; telephone 843-887-3030; (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (website: http://villagemuseum.com/).
and The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 138 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401; telephone 843-723-3235; (email: email@example.com) (website: www.huguenotsociety.org).
We will be giving two talks and signing books for these two organizations. We will be at the McClellanville Town Hall on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7 pm and at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston, SC on Thursday, April 16, 2015 for the 130th Annual Meeting of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Non-members are welcome at the April event, but need to contact the Society (843 723-3235) in advance and there is a small guest fee.
October 10, 2014
This past spring, we spent two weeks in France searching for Huguenot ancestors and the places they lived. We began in Paris at the Societe de l’Histoire du Protestantisme Francais where the staff was very helpful – they have collected many records from the small villages and towns in France and are well worth a visit.
From Paris, we traveled to the Dordogne to see the Cave of Lascaux and we drove through the river valley lined with castles on almost every hilltop. We stopped in several small towns on our way to the coast looking for the villages our ancestors had left more than 300 years ago, stopping in Montigne, Mauze, Pons, Sepvret, La Granerie, La Mothe-Saint-Heray to name a few.
The most surprising thing we found was the architecture which remains from the 12th to 17th centuries – we have photographs of all the seventeenth century walls in all the towns we visited and we will share them with you in future blogs.
We spent a wonderful long weekend on Ile-de-Re, more time in La Rochelle at the departmental archives and then south to La Tremblade where we spent Easter and then to Bordeaux and home.
Visit the website of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina to see a more detailed account of our trip in the Huguenot Herald. There will be an even more in-depth article in Transactions #118 which will be out later this year.
May 5, 2010
For those of you who do not know, there is a wonderful website called British History Online which contains a wealth of information about colonial South Carolina, as well as the other colonies and islands which were part of the British Empire. We have really enjoyed working our way through it – part of the site is open to the public and part is by subscription only. The numerous American and West Indies volumes are all part of the public site and are fascinating. Have fun on it!
May 5, 2010
Every now and then a little nugget of gold turns up in the genealogical searches that we all do. This one is for all of the William Pope of Hilton Head and Port Royal, the Smith family of Port Royal, South Carolina and the Samuel Green of Hilton Head, South Carolina descendants. I stumbled across the entry in an old New England Historic Genealogical Society volume (vol. 16, April 1863 pp. 172-3.) I have quoted the entry exactly as it appears in that volume:
“Genealogy from the Camp at Port Royal, S.C. Communicated by John L. Sibley, Esq.
The following Family Record is copied from vol. 1 of Macknight’s Harmony, 4to, Lond. 1746, found in irresponsible hands at Beaufort, S.C. on the 12th of November, 1861, and deposited 20th November, 1861 [sic], in the Library of Harvard University, subject to the call of the owner at any time, by Capt. Charles Henry Davis (H.U.,1825) the second in command of the U.S. naval forces at the capture of Port Royal, 7th November, 1861. The record is somewhat imperfect, from the wear of the leaf:
….Smith, b. April 28, 1691; …Smith, b. May 10, 1699, d. Dec….; they were married May 27, 1714. Roger Moore, b. Aug 24, 1694, d.__; Catharine Rhett, b. Dec. 14, 1705, d. June 11, 1745; they were married Oct. 10, 1721. Thomas Smith, b. Nov. 7, 1719; Sarah Moore, b. Sept 7, 1728; they were married Aug 2, 1744: Roger Smith, b. Aug.4, 1745; Tho. Smith, b. July 5, 1748, d. Jan. 17, 1748/9; Benj. Smith, b. Nov. 23, 1749, d. April 19, 1750; William Smith, b. March 26, 1751, d. June 1__, 175__; Sarah Smith, b. Aug. 22, 1752, O.S., 2nd Sept, N.S.; Peter Smith, b. Nov. 14, 1754, N. S.; Benj. Smith, b. Jan. 10, 1757; Rhett Smith, b. Aug. 13, 1759, d. June 21, 176__; James Smith, b. Nov. 2, 1761; Polly Smith, b. Feb. 7, 1764; Ann Smith, b. Sept. 26, 1765; Rhett, b. Aug. 23 1767; d. Sept 7, 17__.
At the same time with the above volume, Stephen Minot Weld. Jr. (H. U., 1860), of Jamaica Plain, Mass., 2d. Lieutenant, who witnessed the storming of Port Royal, among other printed matter, placed in the library a portion of a 4to Bible, London 1761, which on the day after the landing was taken from the house of William Pope, Senior, the house which was occupied by Gen. Drayton and his staff, and used as a hospital. It was the first house on which the US flag was raised and became the headquarters for Gen. Sherman and his staff. The fragment contained the following family record:
Samuel Green, b. Sept. 7, 1727, m. 27th Jan., 1752 Sarah Norton, d. 27 July 1770, and his wife 5th May, 1765; Mary Ann, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Green, b. 28th Oct 1752; James, b. 2d Nov., 1754; Samuel, b. 13th June, 1756, d. 25th Dec.,1776; Sarah b. 6th Feb., 1759; Mary Ann, b. 14th Aug., 1761; Susanna, b. 8th Nov., 1763; Samuel Green and Catharine Campbell, m. 1765, Sept 20th; their daughter Catharine, b. 10th Feb., 1768, d. 8th Sept. __.”
January 8, 2010
We have received several requests for information as to where our books can be purchased. Thank you for your interest. Please buy a lot of our books.
The Proprietary Records of South Carolina can be bought from:
The History Press, www.history.press.net
The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, www.huguenotsociety.org
Barnes and Noble in Mount Pleasant, SC
The Preservation Society of South Carolina Bookshop in Charleston, SC
On-line at Amazon.com
Volume One, Secretary of the Province is $24.99
Volume Two, Register of the Province is $24.99
Volume Three, Surveyor General of the Province (Charles Towne) is $26.99
June 1, 2009
The recent Boyd Symposium, held at Danson House in Bexleyheath near London, England, was a wonderful success. Danson House was built in the late 18th century by John Boyd, grandson of Jean Boyd whose 1686 letter from Charles Towne, with a map and botanical drawings, was published in 2006. Sponsored by the Bexley Heritage Trust, the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland and The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the Boyd Symposium brought together seven scholars and professors who spoke on different aspects of the Boyd family and the merchant network with which they were connected.
The elegant Palladian house, completely restored a few years ago, proved to be the perfect setting for the symposium which included papers presented to a gathering of about 70 people, a wine-tasting offered by Chateau Boyd-Cantenac of wines from the Boyd estate near Bordeaux, France, and a candlelight dinner in the library with the magnificent built-in organ as a backdrop.
The setting for the symposium itself was the Dining Room with the restored cycle of allegorical wall paintings in gilded frames painted by Charles Pavillon in 1766 for Danson House as backdrops and the rolling terraces of the property visible through the windows. The talks were moderated by Professor John Miller of the University of London who noted the diversity of interests and subjects of the presenters. Dee Ressinger, independent scholar and Board member of the Huguenot Society of SouthCarolina, began the 1st Session with a discussion of the Boyds and their relatives and associates in 17th century Bordeaux. She was followed by Cheves Leland, independent scholar and Researcher/Archivist for the Huguenot Society of SouthCarolina, who presented a paper with Susan Bates (in absentia) on “The Most Beautiful Country of Carolina” as seen through 17th century letters. Bertrand Van Ruymbeke, professor at the University of Paris VIII, then presented his paper on “The Boyd letters and the politics of naturalization in 1690 South Carolina.” Each paper was followed by lively discussion and the session itself was followed by a buffet lunch in the Breakfast Room.
Following lunch Vivien Costello from the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, presented a paper on the Irish Ramifications of the Boyd family, followed by Professor Louis Cullen, Professor Emeritus of Trinity College, Dublin, who spoke on the Boyds of Bordeaux in the 18thcentury. The 3rd Session began with a talk by Professor David Hancokc, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on Augustus Boyd. Daniel McGill, Ballycastle Historical Research Group, Ireland, then introduced the Boyd of Ballycastle archive which he and his wife Jayne McGill have catalogued and part of which was on display in Danson House. The BallycastleArchive includes miniatures of both John and Augustus Boyd, so “faces were put to names,” as the Boyd family returned to Danson House for a short visit.
After a guided tour of the house, with comments offered by the master archaeologist and restorer of the property, there was a wine tasting of wines from Chateau Boyd-Cantenac near Bordeaux, vineyards begun by an 18th century Boyd. Each speaker was presented with a bottle of Jacques Boyd Margaux. The symposium ended after a festive candlelight dinner in the library of Danson House.
After almost five years of research on the Boyd family, it was wonderful to see everything come together in such a dramatic way. An apt description offered by one of the presenters was that the symposium was similar to the poem “Six Blind Men and an Elephant” in that each presenter had been working on various aspects of the same family, but from different angles which all came together and formed a more complete picture of the family and its milieu than would have happened had everyone continued working separately. The Boyd Symposium was a fitting culmination for the work of all the presenters, although everyone present realized that there is yet more to discover, not only about the Boyd family, but about other Huguenot families. The Internet makes it so much easier and quicker for scholars to confer and share ideas and information. The papers upon which the talks presented at the Symposium were based will be published. Details will be provided as soon as they are available.
As a postscript: In addition to the Boyd Symposium, Dee Ressinger, Cheves Leland and Vivien Costello also presented papers to the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland at its Annual Meeting, held in London in the Dutch Church near Threadneedle Street. The papers were well-received and will published by the Society. Although time did not permit much sight-seeing, there was time for some research at The Royal Society, The British Archives and the National Archives. Look for more information about that in footnotes to our up-coming book on French Santee.