notes from this DePriest website: http://ourworld-top.cs.com/JourneysThruTime/depriest.htm 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 Robert most likely left France for England in 1685 when the Edict of Nantes was revoked and violence broke out against the Huguenots.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.  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.
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 letacwool@@hotmail.com ]: 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: http://huguenot-manakin.org/index.htm 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.
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On 19 Sep 2014 at 07:01 GMT Bill Brooks wrote: