French Huguenots Settle in America


Y/M/D Description Place
1562/02/00 After sailing from France, Jean Ribaut establishes a settlement on Parris Island with his fellow French Protestants (Huguenots) who are being persecuted in the French Wars of Religion. Charlesfort-Santa Elena Site, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC
1678/00/00 The town of New Paltz is established by French Huguenots by both patent from the governor and purchase from the local Esopus tribe of the Lenape people. New Paltz, NY, New York
1686/00/00 Margueritte and Daniel Huger immigrate to Province of Carolina and soon establish a plantation called Wambaw (lost) in the Santee region of Craven County. Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, South Carolina
1690/00/00 Escaping the persecution of Huguenots in France, Elias Horry flees to Holland then to England, before he arrives in South Carolina c 1690, and settles near the Santee River in the parish of Prince George-Winyaw. Prince George Winyah Church (Episcopal) and Cemetery, Georgetown, SC
1698/05/02 Marquis de la Muce and Charles de Sailly promise Dr Daniel Coxe that they will within a period of 2 years settle a group of 100 families or 200 persons in return for a grant of a 500,000 acres of land near Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico.
1698/06/00 Believing a colony on the Gulf of Mexico would be difficult to defend, Dr Coxe and de la Muce agreed to establish the colony on the Coxe's Norfolk County lands which lay betwixt Virginia and North Carolina.
1700/04/00 Led by Marquis de la Muce and Charles de Sailly, THE MARY AND ANN, with 207 French Huguenots seeking homes in Virginia (King William III had requested the Virginia government to grant them all possible aid) depart Gravesend, England.
1700/07/23 THE MARY AND ANN drops anchor at Hampton, Virginia. The Lt Governor of Virginia, Francis Nicholson, welcomes the refugees and tells them that they will be taken to the old Monacan Indian area where land will be provided for them. Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park, Hampton
1700/07/31 Huguenot refugees on board THE MARY AND ANN arrive at Jamestown and are met by William Byrd and Benjamin Harrison. After a conference with de la Muce and de Sailly, Byrd agrees to depart immediately for the Falls of the James (Richmond). Jamestown National Historic Site, Jamestown JCC
1700/08/00 William Byrd leads 120 men, women, children (the remainder were too ill to travel) and de Sailly (de la Muce remained at the Falls) on the 25 mile walk from the Falls to the old Indian village of half ruined huts and a red rough ritual stone. Fine Creek Mills Historic District, Powhatan, VA
1700/08/12 Governor Nicholson writes the Board of Trade to explain why he had changed the destination and sent the Huguenots to settle on the Virginia frontier, 20 miles west of Richmond.
1700/10/06 The second Huguenot ship, THE PETER AND ANTHONY, arrives in Jamestown. The Huguneut refugees will walk to Manakin Town. Jamestown National Historic Site, Jamestown JCC
1701/01/18 The ship, NASSAU, receives a permit to depart Kensington, England, for Virginia.
1701/02/00 Charles de Sailly unsparingly used every resource at his command to obtain supplies until illness struck him down in February of 1701.
1701/03/05 Capt Tregian and the NASSAU arrive in Virginia and sail up the York River (more likely the Rappahannock) with 191 French, Swiss, Genevese, German and Flemish Protestants under the leadership of Louis Latanehe.
1701/05/00 William Byrd, with 3 neighbors from the Falls, visits the town, reporting that "thought these people are very poor, yet they seem very cheerful and are (so far as we could learn) very healthy, all they seem to desire is that they might have bread enough." Fine Creek Mills Historic District, Powhatan, VA
1702/05/05 On March 5 and 6, 1702, Governor Nicholson visits Manakin Town. Fine Creek Mills Historic District, Powhatan, VA
1702/06/00 The Virginia Council orders Henrico County military officers to visit the French Settlement once every week to charge them not to leave their habitation nor to straggle into the woods any distance from their settlements. Fine Creek Mills Historic District, Powhatan, VA
1743/00/00 Dunn House is built as a farmhouse for French Huguenot, Zaccheus Dunn. Zaccheus Dunn House, Woodstown
1750/00/00 Fewer and fewer inhabitants continue to live in Manakintown until by 1750 or thereabouts it is completely deserted. Fine Creek Mills Historic District, Powhatan, VA

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Cultural Affiliation: Huguenot

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