@N2752@ NOTEGiven Name: Jean"Johannes" Mousnier de
Surname: la Montagne
Birth: 1595 in Saintes, Saintogne, France
Death: 1670 in Claverack, New York
Custom Field:<_FA#> he was a Physician
He was a Native of Saintonge, on the west coast of France. He accompanied Jesse De Forest,the leader of the Huguenot community in Leyden, to the Amazon River and the coast of Guiana in 1623, one of a party of eleven Huguenot men looking for a site to establish a Huguenot colony.
He returned to Leyden on the "BLACK EAGLE" late in 1625, bringing with him the journal and maps of the exploration party with the sad news that Jesse De Forest had died on October 22, 1624 in Guiana.
In 1628, Jean De La Montagne left with his young bride on the "FORTUYN" for the island of Tobago,a Dutch possession in the Windward Islands, northwest of Guiana. His wife returned to Leyden in 1631, supposedly enfeebled by the climate of the Caribbean Isle. Her husband probably returned to Leyden in 1633 and appears on the register of the University of Leyden for the third time in 1636.
On September 25, 1636, he sailed for America for the third time, this time with his wife and three children, on the ship "RENSSELAERWYCK", owned by the patroon Kiliaen Van Resselaer and by the De Forest family, whose leader was now Rachel's uncle Gerard De Forest. The De Forest group on the ship consisted of Rachel's brothers Henry and Isaac, as well as the De La Montagne family. Another child, Maria, was born to Rachel at sea, before the ship reached New Amsterdam on March 5,1637.
In the New Netherlands, Jean De La Montagne was generally referred to as Doctor Johannes De La Montagne. His excellent education and high natural abilities enabled him to take and important place in the community. On Manhattan, he set up business as a physician and as a chandler. Henry De Forest died soon after arrival, and Dr. Montagne was forced to take charge of the De Forest tobacco plantation in mid-Manhattan. Eventually, Dr. Montagne assumed the proprietorship of the property, living on it with his family and producing a profitable crop of tobacco. The farm, called "Vrendendahl", included much of the upper half of what is now Central Park in New York City. He was driven off the land by Indians and lived thereafter near the fort at New Amsterdam. He was the offical surgeon of New Amsterdam, Frist Councillor (continuously from: 1638-1656) for both Director Kieft and Director Stuyvesant, military commander of the troops on Manhattan Island 1640-1656, and a member of several peace commissions with the Indians.
Dr. Montagne was appointed Vice-Director of the colony from 1656-1664, with special responsibility for Fort Orange (Albany) and the Dutch settlement at Beverwyck. This made Dr. Montagne the chief administrator for a large area, including all the Dutch and Huguenot settlements in the Hudson valley.
With the English take-over of the colony in 1664, Dr. Montagne dropped out of offical records, as an official of the Dutch West Indies Company, he had to resign as Vice-Director. He did sign a loyalty oath to the new British government and it is believed that he accompanied Peter Stuyvesant back to Holland in 1665 to defend the surrender of the colony. It is assumed that he returned to New York in 1668 like Peter Stuyesant. It also assumed that he died in Claverack, New York in 1670 because his son, Jean dropped the use of Junior that year.
The WikiTree profile Montagne-1 was created through the import of Rodney Timbrook Ancestors and Relatives_2010-09-10.ged on 10 September 2010. The information given in the biography is from that profile as of April 9, 2014.
The WikiTree profile DeLaMontagne-12 was created through the import of Mulkerin Family History Site.ged on Dec 15, 2011 by Samantha Mulkerin.
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