Today's letter is H for Huguenot. What is a Huguenot ancestor?
|Philippe Casier from Calais to New Netherland 1660|
In 1635, Martinique was occupied by a hundred old and experienced settlers from St. Christopher, including Phillippe Casier and his wife Maria Taine. But D'Enambue died. In 1640 Jesuit missionaries arrived at Martinique where there were almost a thousand French, "without mass, without priest,". Having been reluctantly admitted by the governor and the people, the Jesuits heightened the public dissensions which broke out in the islands and which grew so violent five years later, especially in Martinique, that many of the Huguenots were glad to get back to Europe.
Many of them went to the Netherlands, some of them, as the Casier family of Calais, eventually finding safe haven at Harlem, New York. Philippe Casier and David Uziele sailed on the Gilded Otter in 1662. They were listed on the manifest as:
- Philip Cassier, farmer from Calais, wife and 4 children, 23, 16, 12 and 3 yrs
- David Usilie, farmer from Calais wife and nursing child