Join the Huguenot Migration Project

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Hello! Are you interested in helping with the Huguenot Migration Project?  If so, please answer this post and ask to join the project.


  1. Add huguenot to your followed tags.
  2.  Add the category [[Category:Huguenot_Migration_Project]] including the double brackets, to your own profile, above your biography section

The WikiTree Huguenot Migration Project defines "Huguenot” as French-speaking Protestant Christians (whatever branch or denomination) that left their homeland (France or borderlands such as Provence, Navarre, Franche Comté or the Spanish Netherlands - today's Belgium) due to religious persecution or intolerance.  Occitan-speaking or Provencal-speaking French Protestants and French-speaking families from today’s Belgium (Walloons, Liegeois) are included.  Note that in this Project we only include the actual Emigrants and their emigrating families, not their Descendants.  We do include "Double Hops," where a family fled France or a borderland for Germany, the Netherlands  or England and then they or their children moved on to America or South Africa or elsewhere, usually beyond Europe. 

This Project is limited in time & space: only Protestant Christians who left their French or borderland home due to religious intolerance between about 1540 and 1790 (when France declared all religions legal) and whose proper language or culture was French (Walloons / Occitans / Provençals included) are part of this Project.  

Non-French-culture Protestants or descendants beyond “Double Hop” children are not placed in this Project, even though they continued to self-identify as Huguenots.  There will be a “Huguenot Descendant Sticker” to identify them, down to the Present.  A “Huguenot Family Sticker” will identify foreign-born wives, husbands or grand-children of Huguenot emigrants.  A “Huguenot Non-Emigrant Sticker” will identify those French-speaking Protestants who remained in France or a borderland. 

If you are interested in this world-wide diaspora between 1540-1790, please join this Project:  introduce yourself and tell us your Huguenot surnames of interest.

Bienvenue!  / Welcome!



WikiTree profile: Pierre Chastain
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Chet Snow G2G6 Mach 4 (48.9k points)
Good day,

I am Olaf Ludolf Terblanche and the surname I am interrested in is Terblanche.

Many Thanks
Hi, if this project is still running I'd like to join in. I have recently identified a heritage link to emigrants variously recorded as Fene/Fere/Phene from the village of Camblighneul in the former Artois area of France. Fortunately after emigration they attended the Strangers Church inside Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, UK for many generations.  Their birth ,death, marriage, records were rediscovered and collated by a Huguenot Society into a register published in 1894. This register was put online by the Internet Archive in 2015 . Pete
Please add me to this project. Thank you.
Interested in these Huguenot ancestors:

Chevalier, Purviance, (La) Bunnell, Lux, Champion, Brownlee, Gaillard
My direct ancestor Leleu family were Huguenots who left Normandy and escaped to London.The earliest direct Leleu line I can find is Estienne and Marguerite (nee Chevalier). He was born in London in 1690 and she was born London in 1700. I can't seem to find their parents anywhere.I would love to join this project. The Leleus inter married with the English and lived in East London for 400 years.
Hi, I have several ancestors on both sides who were Huguenots.  One that comes to mind immediately that was descended from Huguenots is Daniel Dugger- forefather to the Dugger family of Virginia.
I would be very interested in joining  the Huguenot Project. I am a descendent of Pierre Chastain Sr.
I have many Dugger’s from Virginia and Tennessee for which I match close DNA as cousins. I have several relatives already in the Huguenot Society because of my Shasteen / Chastain /GGrandparents.

My maternal GGrandma was Elizabeth Josephine Shasteen from Winchester Franklin County, Tennessee US. My moms 5th Great Grandpa was John Ten Shillings Bell Chastain.

My parents are both from Tennessee. I really would like to be included in the Huguenot Project to meet other relatives, I have hopes of helping my 85 year old mom get into The Huguenot Society, as well as myself. Mom has achieved so much as a wonderful, leading business woman in her life time, through several different careers. I really just want to help her get this last cherry on top of the Sunday to add to her list of accolades. Any help is much appreciated.


Terri Solomon McGhee


Weaver-12554 my mom- ( I have her permission)
Hello! I'm interested in joining and confirming my Delishaw ancestors were French Huguenots - so far I haven't been able to find documents that confirm it, only family trees.
I’ve been working on the Duggers.  If you tell me what’s the furthest back Dugger person on your line, I’m sure I could find where it connects to the main tree.  A pretty much all Duggers in America are descended from the same two people: Daniel Dugger and Mary Scarborough.  Although, there was supposedly another Daniel Dugger living in Virginia in the 1690s who wasn’t related, but not much is known about him.
Please add me to your project. I am looking for Farver/Favre in the Alsace Lorraine area. Last identifiable relative was Adam Farver, born in 1715*, died in Maryland, USA in 1783.

Thank you,

Patti (Ferver-7)

99 Answers

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The Tuley family arrived in America around 1675 through England. Currently 1680 is the the point at which that documentation ends and legend begins. I would like to join this group to find more documentation or at least clues to where I might find more documentation.

I love how WikiTree insists on documentation!
by Glenn Tuley G2G2 (2.4k points)
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I'd like t o join the Huguenot project. My 7th great grandfather is listed as a proven ancestor for membership into the Huguenot Society. Thank you.
by Sylvia Benton G2G6 Mach 1 (11.3k points)
+6 votes

I am interested in participating in your project.  I am unsure of where to put [[Category:Huguenot_Migration_Project]] profile?  I understand above my biography, but not sure how to post.  

by Claudia Chastain G2G Crew (380 points)
+6 votes
Hello, My French Huguenot ancestor is Abraham Rutan.  I'm new to WikiTree but would enjoy helping and learning!

Tina Cole
by Tina Cole G2G1 (1.0k points)
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Working on a Huguenot branch right now - so it is the right time!

Jean (de la Montagne) Mousnier was and early settler in New Netherland and quite a promenent citizen there among the Dutch and others in that community - I am pretty sure I have a few more too
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
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My Huguenot family interest is with the Laffon family who seem to be associated with Castres en Tarn and Bordeaux, and one of whom, Susan Laffon married my gggg-gpa, Wm Magrath, in Dublin in 1758.

She appears in the will of John Nairac (1724- d1792 Dublin, and whose father Jean Nairac, 1675-1757, was a noted Bordeaux sugar merchant), where it states that her father Philip Laffon was his cousin.  This would make Philip a brother of Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, who appears in Wikipedia.

I don't know whether Philip Laffon or his daughter Susanne were actually born in France or Ireland or elsewhere, or where they died for that matter.    There is a potential sister to Susanne - Marianne b1739 Dublin - but not proven.  My research has produced lots on the Nairac family and their relationship to the Laffons - but of Philip and family...nul.

Alexandre Laffon (b1719 Bordeaux, likely brother of Philip) studied in Holland and it is quite possible that bits of the Laffon & Nairac families went to Holland before appearing in Dublin.

I found a ref to Jean Nairac senior suggesting that he became resident in Dublin before 1721 ([148 REVUE DUE DEPARTEMENT DU TARN]  )

I don't know what Philip Laffon's occupation was.  My gggg-gpa was a government solicitor and the male children I know of were a solicitor and 2 lieutenants in the Dragoons, one of whom died in France in 1795.

Any help/guidance on where to investigate further would be much appreciated - esp for France and Holland where I have little experience.
by Irene Magrath G2G1 (1.3k points)
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Bonjour. Je suis desceded de Huguenots. [[LeMar-48|Jojn LeMar]] was part of the diaspora.

by Peter Rohman G2G1 (1.4k points)
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I would like to join the Huguenot project. My ancestor, Frederick DeSanno has been mentioned in at least two books about the Huguenots in America. He settled first in Bucks County, PA and married into the  Reiter family of Upper Hanover. See De_Sannois-1.

While his surname is in question (De Sannois), his existence in America is not and his children are well-documented. I have added the category to my profile!

Thank you!

by Alexandra Florimonte G2G6 Mach 2 (20.9k points)
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I would like to join this project. I am a descendant on my paternal side of François Rétif (Retief), my 6th great-grandfather, from Mer de Blois (I believe)  and also of Pierre Rousseau from Aquitaine, who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1688. 

Heidi, you weren't logged in, so they can't identify you.  They need to see your WikiTree ID.  Perhaps you could log in and comment here, so they could see it.
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Hi, I would like to join this project. I have several ancestors who were French Huguenots. Some left France and some were expelled. I am interested in the migrations of the Huguenots.
by Susan O'Carroll G2G2 (2.9k points)
+5 votes
Hello!  Please add me to the Huguenot Project.  I'm interested in tracking the Mauzy family and various others thought to be in my family tree, as well as make any meager contributions that I can and may. Thank you.
by Gregory Morris G2G6 (9.8k points)
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Hi - I would like to join this project. I believe I have Huguenot ancestors called Rose or De Ros. They arrived in England first and then went to Ireland and settled in Limerick. I have traced back to the first settler in Limerick who was Thomas Rose born around 1650.

by Vivien Kent G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Hello, I have Dr. David Machand in my linage. His profile is in the Biographical and historical cyclopedia of Westmoreland county Pa. " A French huguenot driven from France by the " Recocation of the edict of Nantes."

I look forward to being involved in this project.
by Jerry Vietor G2G Crew (320 points)
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Hello, I am descended from Hugo Freer, one of the founders of New Paltz, NY. I am also discovering that I am descended from Moses de Graaf. I would like to join this group.
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Sicard is the only name I have right now, there might be others in my tree. Abroise is credited as one of the first Huguenots to live in New York.
by Melissa Greenwood G2G4 (4.4k points)
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I would like to join both the Huguenot project and the Huguenot Descendant, as I believe I am a descendant of Huguenots.

To get started in contributing, the following file turned up on a Bing internet search. Has anyone in the Huguenot group seen it?

Au Revoir,

Marion Ceruti

by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 8 (87.8k points)
+3 votes
Hello, I'd like to join your group. Y DNA testing indicates solidly that I'm descended paternally from George Brewer (d.1744) and his first wife Sarah Lanier of Brunswick County Virginia. Sarah was d/o John Lanier the Immigrant of Prince Georges County Virginia. Thanks.
by Terrence White G2G Rookie (290 points)
+4 votes

Hello, I am a decendant of Bartholomew DuPuy, Born in 1632 in Palace Guard France, and forced to flee with his wife to Virginia.  A book was written about him and his decendants, 

The Huguenot Bartholomew Dupuy and his descendants
It has been very valuable in my research.  I would love to join this project.  He was my 9th great-grandfather.  

by Emili Leniton-Moore G2G Crew (720 points)
+4 votes
I'd like to join! I am descended from Daniel Mesnard, who emigrated with the Jacques Dubois family from Marennes France in the late 1600's to, eventually, New Rochelle, NY. I'm new to Wikitree, and I haven't yet filled out my tree to include Daniel.

by Robert Mesnard G2G Crew (320 points)
+6 votes
hello All,

The rumor of my Canada family (Lowry and Degraff) escaping from France (as Huguenot's = Protestants) is rampant in my family's verbal history.  Whether true or not, it is of interest to me to figure it out.  I would love to help this project where I can and of course sort out brick walls in my research too.

by Tanya Lowry G2G6 Mach 1 (12.7k points)

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