New Netherland and Beyond
Home
New Netherland
Delaware River
Colonial New York
New York State

Immigrants, First Settlers


The Walloon and French Petitioners 1621-23
by Charles W. Baird1

Some families of Walloons, inhabitants of the frontier between Belgium and France, having been desirous to emigrate to the New World, petitioned in the early part of 1622 to Sir Dudley Carleton, for permission to settle in Virginia. This application was referred to the Virginia Company, but the conditions attached to the permission which they granted, seem not to have been satisfactory.
Jesse de Forest, the leader of the proposed movement, submitted his plan of emigration to the States-General, who referred it to The West Indies Company. The Company reported it very advantageous, granted the request, and families having the required qualifications, serviceable to the country, would be transported to New Netherland to settle and advance.


"With the valued help of the Librarian of the Walloon Library in Leyden, I have ascertained that the greater number of these petitioners were members of the Walloon Church in that city. The investigation made has also enabled me to present the names, many of which are written very indistinctly, with greater correctness. Several of them were not to be found in the Walloon records of Leyden; and it is likely that the signers belonged to other cities. Many names reappear in those records after an interval of three or four years. The persons thus named may have emigrated to New Netherland and returned to "Fatherland," as dominie Michaelius wrote, August 11, 1628,2 that "a portion of them" were about to do."


~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Jesse De Forest
weaver with wife and 6 children
The children of Jesse de Forest and Marie du Cloux were, Jean, Henri (born in 1606), Rachel, Jesse (born in Leyden, March 1, 1615), Isaac (born in Leyden, July 7, 1616), Israel (born in Leyden and baptized Oct 7, 1617), and Philippe, born in Leyden and baptized September 13, 1620.
From the records of the Walloon Church and Archives of the City of Leyden. Two of these doubtless died young.

Adrien Barbe
dyer with wife and 4 children

Jan. Billet
farmer with wife and 4 children

Gillam Broque
farmer, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Louis Broque
farmer with wife and 2 children

Robert Broque
farmer, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Flipe Campion
clothier with wife and child

Jean Campion
baker with wife and 4 children

Ernou Catoir
(paigneur) with wife and 5 children

Michelle Censier
weaver with wife and child

Marq de Challe Channy
farmer with wife and 2 children

Marq de Francoi Clitden
farmer with wife and 5 children

Jacque Conne
farmer with wife and 2 children

Piere Cornille
wine maker, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Jan. Damont
farmer with wife

Martin De Carpentier
miller, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Jan. De Crenne
factor with wife and child

Abel De Crepy
(ouvrier de la navette), with wife and 4 children

Marque de Jan De Croy
sawyer with wife and 5 children

Nycolas De La Marlier
dyer with wife and 2 children

Mousnier De la Montagne
student of medicine-young married man, (with young wife crossed out)

Mousnier De la Montagne
doctor-young married man, (with young wife crossed out)

Jan. De la Mot
farmer, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Phillippe De Le Ouvrier
carpenter, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Jacques De Lechielles
brewer-young married man

Polle De Pasar
weaver with wife and 2 children

Jan. De Trou
(paigneur en laine), with wife and 5 children

Anthoyne De Violate
wine maker with wife and 4 children

Anthoin Desendre
farmer with wife and child

Jan. Du Carpentrij
farmer with wife and 2 children

Theodor Du Four
clothier with wife and 2 children

Michel Du Pon
millner with wife and 2 children

Thomas Farnarcque
blacksmith with wife and 7 children

Mari Flip and son Mari Munier
with wife and 2 children

Franchois Fourdrin
tanner young man

P. Gantois
student of theology, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Pierre Gaspar


Claude Ghiselin
tailor, Jeune fils (with young wife)

Jan. Gille
farmer with wife and 3 children

Jean Gourdeman
farmer with wife and 5 children

Antoine Gremier
guard, soldier with wife

Henry Lambert
clothier with wife

Jan Le Ca
farmer with wife and 5 children

Jorge Le Ca
(charger), with wife and 4 children

Gregoire Le Jeune
shoemaker with wife and 4 children

Jan. Le Rou
(imprimeur), with wife and 6 children

Jerome Le Roy
weaver with wife and child

Antoinne Martin
with wife and child

Jenne Martin
Jeune fils (with young wife)

Phlipe Maton
dyer with wife, 5 children and 2 servants

Jan. Sage
(sairger) with wife and 6 children

Gouerge Woutre
with wife and 4 children







1 History of the Huguenot Emigration to America, Charles W. Baird, 1885, pg 351-2.
2Documents Relative to the Colonial History of New York, E. B. O'Callaghan, 1858, Holland Documents, II pg 762-770.








Copyright ©1999-2012
URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nycoloni