The Huguenot Settlements
Orange Quarter
Information and Article from
"Historic Ramblin's Through Berkeley"
 written by and used with permission of
Mr. J. Russell Cross
     There is nothing to tell us which Huguenot settlement or church in present day Berkeley County was the oldest, but it appears to be generally conceded that Orange Quarter, Santee, and Goose Creek were settled by French before St. John's, Berkeley.
     There is no record that I have found of warrant or grant to Pierre Foure, but he appears to have been in possession of Pompion Hill plantation at some time before 1687, for he had transferred the property to Pierre de St. Julien who was then living there when Mr. Troullard married Rene Ravenel and St. Julien's daughter. Both of the witnesses, Nicholas de Longuemare and Josias DuPre, are on the list of persons naturalized by the Act of Assembly of 1696/7.
     This Ravenel or St. Julien List is considered to date from about 1696 and was among the papers of Henry de St. Julien, the youngest son of Pierre de St. Julien, immigrant. Henry died in 1768/9. This List has been published several times since coming into the possession of Mr. Daniel Ravenel of Wantoot Plantation. It was first published in 1882 and is available in Transactions No. 5 and No. 68 of The Huguenot Society of South Caroiina. Judge H. A. M. Smith tells us that only 36 of these names appear in the 56 French names in the list of 63 aliens named in the Act of Assembly of March 16, 1696/7, "An Act for making Aliens free of the Part of the Province and for Granting Liberty of Conscience to all Protestants." The Abstracts of Records of Secretary of The Province, 1692-1721 by  Moore show several other recorded naturalizations of individuals and small groups. I assume other French names never got on any list.
     These lists along with land warrants and grants, wills and land transactions give us most of the information available about the community and individual settlers. As people appear to have been told by some government official where the immigrant might settle before any warrants were issued, and as grants were often not made until years had passed, we are left without a definite date of arrival. But . . .
     John (Jean ) Aunant had a warrant in 1696/? and a grant in 1700 for 300 acres, is in the Act of 1696/7 and in the Ravenel list for Orange Quarter.
     James Belin had a grant for 210 acres in 1704 and Alard Belain is on the Ravenel list.
     The will of  Nicholas Bochet, proved in 1733, mentions land purchased of James Bilbeau and John Pineaux and John June (Juin). Capt. Anthony Bonneau. was named to serve with widow as executor. The will also adds the names of his brothers, Peter and Henry, and Isaac Guerin and Peter Drouillard. The will of James Bilbeau, proved in 1736, mentions his wife's Normand children and Francis Deschamps and was witnessed by John James Tissot, Guillaume Gallatin and Anthony Bonneau. The will of Anthony Bonneau, Sr. (son of the immigrant) dated 1742, mentions land bought of Mr. Paul Torquet. The Bonneau will is winessed by Isaac Guerin, Louis Mouson, Jr., Henry Mouson, and Anthony Bonneau, who was probably the son of Jacob Bonneau and nephew of the maker of the will. Anthony Bonneau had a warrant in 1708 and grant in l709 for 500 acres. He is in the Act of 1696/7 and the Ravenel List. Bonneau descendants are many, but the surname has disappeared from this section.
     James de Bordeaux had warrant and grant in 1697 for 400 acres, is not listed in the 1696/7 Act but is in the Ravenel List as Jacques De Bourdeau as desiring naturalization. In a land transaction, he is called "blacksmith," and was dead by 20 Dec. 1699.
     Solomon Bremar (Bremere) had a warrant and grant for 365 acres in 1705. He is in the Act of 1696/7 and in the Ravenel List of Orange Quarter. He had a daughter Vlary who married James Saveneau. In a deed of gift on 22 May 1721, he names a son and daughter Jacque Bremar and Marte Bremar.
    John Carteau had a warrant in 1701/2 and grant in 1704 for 200 acres. The will of Philip Combe, proved 1736/7 was witnessed by John James Tissot. Guillaume Gallatin and Anthony Bonneau.
     In 1758, Francis Dallas, of the Bonneau-Videau-DuBois connection, made a will which exhibits the continuing loyalty to the French Church by leaving 50 pounds to the Rev. Mr. John James Tissotte (Tissot) and 50 pounds to the poor of the French Church of St. Denis' Parish. The will of Susanna DuBois, dated 1757, shows the relation to the Quash, Bochet and Bonneau families and names Mary Malliette. In the same year the will of Isaac Guerrin (Guerin) names his family and gives the name of
Damaris Combe.
     Peter (Pierre) duTarte (Dutarte) had a warrant and grant in 1696, was in the 1696/7 Act and the Ravenel List of members of Orange Quarter. Louis du Tarque (Dutarque) had a warrant in 1708 and a grant in 1709 for 600 acres. He is listed in the Act of 1696/7 and the Ravenel List.
     Daniel Gobel had a grant for 260 acres in 1707. George Juin had a warrant for 100 acres in 1697 and a grant in 1700 and is in the 1696/7 Act, but in the Ravenel List as of Santee. Louis Juin had a warrant and grant for 200 acres in 1696 and is listed in the 1696/7 Act. The Juin family is found there in later land transactions and appears to have been connected with the group clinging to French traditions. Josias June's will was made and proved in 1725. It was witnessed by John Lapierre and Henry Bossard and mentioned his sisters Susan Fousherole (Faucheraud?) who married a DuBois and his sister Judith Padget. Francis Pagett, June's stepfather, left a bequest to the French Church and the will, proved in 1731, mentions Mr. Norman, Anthony Portvin, Susanna Dubois, Mr. Videau, Louis Mouzon, and was witnessed by Daniel Jaudon, Theodore Trezvant and Daniel Jaudon, Jr.
     The will of Isaac Lesesne, proved 1736/7, mentions Mr. DeHay, Sr. and his wife. The will of James Lesesne, proved in 1752, names his brothers Isaac and Daniel Lesesne, with his family. The will of Daniel Huger, dated 1754, mentions Limrick, Rice Hope, Hagan, and various Huguenot names.
     Nicholas De Longuemare, Sr. and Jr. are on the Ravenel List tor naturalization as being of Santee. One Nicholas de Longuemare had a warrant for 100 acres in Orange Quarter in 1685 and a grant in 1688/9. They had other grants there and were connected with the Bonneau and other Orange Quarter families. Jacob Lapotre had a grant for 1000 acres in 1709 and Daniel Brabant had a grant for 500 acres in 1709. Joseph Marboeuf had a warrant for 490 acres in 1 708/9 and grant in 1709 and is in the Act of 1696/7. Caesar Mose is not in any list, but his presence in Orange Quarter is verified by his will dated and proved in 1687 in which he mentions his plantation there and leaves a bequest to the congregation for the erection of a "temple" near his plantation. He states that he is living w ith a Mr. Nicholas yleran. Alexander de la Motte had a warrant in 1702 and grant in 1704 for 800 acres.
     The will of Estienne Mounier (Stephen Miller) merchant, dated in 1747, mentions Isaac and Vincent Guerin, nephew Moise Mounier, niece Madeleine Mounier, leaves 50 silver pieces at interest for the poor, and mentions the French Church. It is witnessed by Rev. John James Tissott  and his relatives, Anthony Bonneau and Walter Dallas. Louis Mouzon had a warrant for 500 acres in 1708.
     Philip Normand had a warrant in 1697 and grant in 1704 for 150 acres, is in the Act of 1696/7 and the Rav enel List. In 1756, both Philip Normand and John Guerin made wills naming their families and French connections.
     Peter (Pierre) Poitevin had a warrant in 1702 and grant in 1704 for 400 acres, was in the Act of 1696/7 and the Ravenel List for Orange Quarter.
     Benjamin Simons had a warrant for 100 acres in 1697 and a grant of 350 acres in 1704. Judge H. A. M. Smith considered this a part of Middleburg Plantation.
     John Petineau had a warrant and grant for 100 acres in 1704. In his will, proved in 1722, he calls himself "weaver" and names wife Susanne. This will was witnessed by June, Bergain and Bonneau.
     Humphrey Torquet had a warrant in 1696/7 and a grant in 1700 for 320 acres and is in the Act of 1696/7. Paul Torquet had a grant for 450 acres in I704 and is also in the Act.
     The will of Mrs. Frances Padgett, dated 1743, names her son John Padgett, daughter Susannah Dubois; grandchildren: Walter and Francis Dallas, Elizabeth Quash, Mary Bonneau, Frances Dubois; and leaves 50 pounds to Rev. Vr. John Tissott, and shows the intermarriage taking place among the French families. The will of John Pagett indicates the growing prosperity of these families and names many of the persons named in his mother's will. The undestroyed part of this will shows the growing prosperity of the French. He leaves 100 pounds to the vestry of St. Denis' Parish for the poor and 100 pounds to Rev. John James Tissot.
     Daniel Trezevant had a warrant for 330 acres in 1698 and a grant in 1703 and is on the Ravenel List. His will was proved in 1726 and witnessed by James Saunicay, Francis Des Champs and Jean Louis Palmerin. Matthew Tullada had a warrant in 1704 and grant in 1705 for 300 acres. Jeremiah Varine had a warrant and grant for 360 acres in 1711.
     The following is taken from the Ravenel List as it was written in French. This shows that Peter Videau was born in La Rochelle, the son of Peter Videau and Madelaine Burgaud. It gives the name of his wife, their daughter born in London and the son and daughters born in Carolina and is an example of the kind of information you may find about your
Huguenot ancestors.
     Pierre Videaul, ne a la Rochelle fils de Pierre Videaul, et de Madelaine Burgaud.
     Janne Elizabeth, sa femme.
     Janne Elizabeth, leur fille, nee a Londre.
     Pierre Nicholas, leur fils, Marianne Videaul, Marthe Ester Videaul, Judith Videaul, Janne Videaul, et Madelaine Videaul, nes en Caroline.
     Most of the above appear to have been related in France or by marriage of their children in Carolina and are witnesses and executors to the wills of each other. An example is found in the Bonneau and Videau families with two of the Bonneau children marrying two of the Videaus. Huguenot Society Transactions No. 80 carries under the "Peyre Records" the story of the intermarriage of the Juin, Padget, Dubois, Bonneau, Poinset, Dallas, Mouzon and other Huguenot families.
     In general terms Orange Quarter extended from the Eastern Branch of the Cooper River on the northeast and Craven County on the east down to the Wando River. As seen from grants, the earliest settlements were probably small plantations settled thickly along Wisbooe Creek, which eventually became known as French Quarter Creek. There was probably
no clear separation between the outlying French of Orange Quarter and Jamestown. This strong tendency of the French to marry each other helped to bind together the French of the four settlements within the bounds of present day Berkeley County and Charleston, for there are many instances of persons moving to and from Charles Town and the other French settlements and operating businesses in Charles Town.
 
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