Olive Tree Genealogy is continuing a new Alphabet Genealogy series of blog posts. I'm not following the usual way of going A-Z surnames. Instead I will create a one word "tag". Then I will share an ancestor (mine, my husband's, an inlaw's or one of my children's) who fits the tag
Today's letter is F. Do you have a French ancestor in your lineage? I do. In fact I have several.
Sophia De Roche was born in France 21 May 1748. Jacob Burkholder (a Mennonnite born in Switzerland) and Sophia (a French Huguenot) fled religious persecution in Switzerland to come to Pennsylvania in 1765 on the ship Myrtilla.
Jacob and Sophia Burkholder were the first settlers in Hamilton Ontario Canada on land called the Burkholder Settlement. A monument to them was erected in 1949. Jacob filed a petition for land where he states arrived July 1794, applied for land 7 August 1794.
A few of my other French ancestors were:
David de Maire, [Demarest] from Picardy, and Wife and four children 18, 12, 6, 1 yr od were recorded on the ship Bonte Koe arriving in New Netherland (New York) in 1663
Philippe Casier (my 10th great-grandfather) of Calais France, is first mentioned in the
Huguenot settlement of Martinique in the French West Indies. In 1635 a party
of old and experienced settlers had gone to Martinique from the neighbouring
island of St. Christopher, which had been settled by French Huguenots in
1627. In 1645, Philippe Casier and others left the island
and returned to Europe. Casier went first to Calais, then to Sluis, Flanders
where his daughter Hester was born. Some time after 1652, Philippe and his family moved to Mannheim
in the Lower Palatinate of Germany, along with other Huguenots and Walloon
David Uzille was from Calais but his family came originally from near La
Moussaye (south of St. Malo) in lower Brittany. He was a farmer, born about
1635. He married Marie Magdalina, the eldest daughter of Philippe Casier from
Calais, before 1659. David Usilie, as he was recorded, emigrated from Calais on the ship the
Gilded Otter in 1660
Simeon LeRoy dit Audy
Simeon LeRoy dit Audy was born in 1640 in Creance, Normandy, France.
About 1681 or 1682
Simeon and his wife took some of their family to Kingston,New York. Nine of
their eleven children were recorded in Canada. Several of the sons began using the surname Larroway. My branch were Loyalists arriving in Upper Canada during the American Revolution
Jacques was the father of Ots-Toch, the Mohawk woman who married Cornelis Van Slyke in New Netherland (present day New York)