||Etienne Gayneau Jr was a New Netherland settler.|
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As they were French Calvinist Protestants, aka Huguenots, they were increasingly persecuted for their religion under the Roman Catholic French King Louis XIV. The family fled France and first migrated to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a Calvinist Protestant country, where Marie Magdelinne was born and baptized. They later to left Holland for New Netherland (now New York) in America.
Etienne Gayneau and Lydia Mestereau arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York in 1664) on the ship De Bever (The Beaver) on 09 May 1661, with three of the four children who had been born in La Rochelle, France.
Apparently, starting a new life in a new country, Etienne changed the family name from Gayneau to "Gano" before his last two children were born in New York, re-named by the English who took over the colony from the Netherlands in 1664. He died about 1706 in Staten Island, Richmond County, English Colony of New York.
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