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Robert DePriest (1660 - 1710)

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Robert DePriest aka Dupress, Depress
Born in Francemap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Goochland County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Name: Robert /Depriest/[1] [2]


notes from this DePriest website: Spelled variously as DuPresse, DePress and DePrest. Robert may have originally come from the area in France between Nimes and the Mediterranean coast, which was an active Huguenot area with several villages designated as "free cities" for Protestant worship by the Edict of Nantes. Robert most likely left France for England in 1685 when the Edict of Nantes was revoked and violence broke out against the Huguenots. He may have been among the group of Huguenots sent to the New World about 1689 by the British government to quiet unrest in England over the Huguenots who had arrived from France taking prime English jobs. Another source says he arrived in America in April 1697. [Quit Rents of Virginia 1704, page 25.]

In the vestry book of St Peters Parish of New Kent Co, Va. there is Robert married to Elizabeth and christening William in 1689 then Elizabeth dies very shortly and then Robert and Mary baptize daughters Mary in 1690, Sarah in 1698 and Elizabeth in 1702. Not sure if John and Robert (Robin) were his sons. There is no record to prove it.

Register of St. Peter's Parish P.7 NEW KENT COUNTY, VIRGINIA. [4] Mary daug. to Robt Depress bapt, ye 9 of November, 1690. Sarah daugh. to Robt Deprest & Mary his wife bap. 4 Sept., 1698. Elizabeth Daugh. of Robt Deprest baptized the 19 July, 1702.[5]

In 1704 Robert had 354 acres in Kent Co, Va. He was not a part of the gentry but he seemed to be considerably better off than most of the common farmers. Early records of this family are in the St. Peter's Parish records. When St. James' Parish was formed from St. Peter's, Robert's family were in the new parish on land that eventually would become Hanover County. At the time of Robert's death, the family lived on or near the Pamunkey River.

[descendant Robert Michel says he heard that the Depriest family came from DePrees, France. They were Masons in a Catholic town and were asked to leave.]

[from Leta Woolard ]: Supposedly, Robert went to England and worked as a servant. He was a Hugenot from France who migrated to VA from Eng. He was married before Eliz. but nothing is known of her.

Robert had arrived in America by 1689, but this is a record of another group probably just like the one he came with. from The Huguenot Society of Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia at: In 1700, four ships arrived at the mouth of the James River and the Rappahannock, east of present-day Richmond, Virginia. French Huguenots, having fled religious persecution, had lived in England and done services for the king. They were granted lands in the New World for a permanent home where they had the freedom to worship as they pleased. West of Richmond, they founded a colony on the site of a village deserted by the Monacan Indians. This group included a William DePriest.


Date: 1660
Place: France[6]


Date: 1710
Place: Goochland County, Virginia, USA[7]
  • Robert Depriest was born after 1660, probably in France. A number of Depriests came to America as French Huguenots during the late 1600s. Robert died in Goochland County, Virginia, in 1710. A Robert Depriest was taxed on 350 acres as evidenced by the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls of New Kent County, Virginia, page 488. On May 17, 1785, Robert Richardson convened to Jon Richardson 300 acres in Hanover County, Virginia that were received from Robert's grandfather, Robert Depriest.


Husband: Robert Depriest
Wife: @I810@
Child: William Depriest
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Marriage: [8]


  • WikiTree profile DePriest-25 created through the import of Dankowski Family Tree.ged on May 28, 2012 by Laura Mercado. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Laura and others.
  • Source: S-2134466396 Repository: #R-2146861572 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
  • Source: S98 Title: Nuckolls, Charles R., The Roses Repository: #R6 Call Number: 929.107207 NUC NOTENuckolls, Charles R.. The Roses: The Nuckolls Family, the Lyman Family, and One Hundred Fifty Immigrants Who Helped Shape America. Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, Inc, 2010.
  • Repository: R6 Name: King County Library System Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:


  1. Source: #S98 Page: Robert Depriest Pages 408-409
  6. Source: #S98 Page: Robert Depriest Pages 408-409
  7. Source: #S98 Page: Robert Depriest Pages 408-409
  8. Source: #S98 Page: Robert Depriest Pages 408-409

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On 19 Sep 2014 at 07:01 GMT Bill Brooks wrote:

Depriest-79 and DePriest-82 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same relatives.

Robert is 21 degrees from Amy Gilpin, 17 degrees from Joshua Slocum and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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