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Pierre-René (Julien) de St. Julien (1669 - 1745)

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Pierre-René (René) de St. Julien formerly Julien aka St. Julien
Born in Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1700 in Isle, Bermudamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginiamap
Profile last modified 22 May 2020 | Created 23 Jan 2016 | Last significant change: 22 May 2020
01:02: C Handy proposed a merge of De St Julian-2 and Julien-147. [Thank C for this | 1 thank-you received]
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René (Julien) de St. Julien was a Huguenot.


According to the Jannette R. Trotter Papers in the McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville,Tennessee and the book "Leaves From the Family Tree" by Elizabeth Cate Manley, we can learn the following about the Immigrant Julian ancestor in America...[1]

"COUNT RENE de SAINT JULIEN was born July 04, 1669 in Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France, and died After 1744 in Winchester, Fredrick County, Virginia. He married Mary Margaret Scotlay Bullock (daughter of Stephen Bullock and Patience Paynter, aka Painter). She was born Abt. 1672 in Bermuda or Scotland, and died Aft. 1757 in Winchester, Fredrick County, Virginia."

René is said to have been a giant in stature with red hair, a quick temper and an indomitable will, a Presbyterian of the strictest form who particularly disliked the Quaker Testimony against war and slavery. René, who was born in France in 1669, was a Huguenot who fought at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland in 1690 and came to America about 1700. Family tradition has him stopping at the Island of Bermuda where he married Mary Bullock.

He was a soldier in his youth and was in the army of King James II in the English Revolution of 1688. For reasons of religious preference, he is said to have deserted to the standard of King William (a Protestant) along with many others. For his services to King William, he was given a grant of land on the Mississippi River (another source says the it was in the James River District in what is now Maryland). He went first to the shores of South Carolina, and, losing two sons there, he moved to the more healthy region of the Eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. (There was a colony of French families on the Santee River in South Carolina who began to migrate away from there around 1712, due to the unhealthy climate. René's family may well have been among them.)

René Julien and his family were living in Cecil County, Maryland, in 1712. The earliest record of René in Bohemia Manor is in 1720 as shown by land leases. The rest of the period from 1712 until 1720 is blank so far as he is concerned, except for the record of the birth of his son, Isaac, in 1716, which appears in the Register of St. Ann's Parish at Annapolis, which is now in the Hall of Records there.

René and Mary had seven sons and three daughters who grew up in Bohemia Manor, Cecil County, Maryland. Whether or not they were born there is uncertain. It is known that two of his daughters were married there, and it is probable that some of the other children were also. By 1737, When René assigned his lease in Bohemia Manor to Henry McCoy, he was 68 years old. It is assumed that this is the date of his leaving for Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. René was still living in 1744, the last documentary date for him that is known to exist. It is thought that he and his wife are buried among the stones of old Opequon Cemetery near Winchester. The land for this cemetery was given by William Hodge into whose family their son Isaac Julien (aka "Julian") married.

The Julien family (Julian) is one of the most noteworthy of the old American lines. Today over 80% of Julian descendants trace their ancestry to René Julien. Numerous descendants of René Julien fought during the American Revolution, including Isaac Julien who received a Revolutionary War Pension. As our line of the family descended to the fourth generation in America the Julian family made its way to Tennessee. The family homesteaded East Tennessee in the early 1800's. Numerous Julian descendants from East Tennessee fought for the South during the War Between the States (US Civil War: 1861-1865) such as, Lt. John Julian of the 36th Tennessee Infantry, Sgt. Marcena L. Julian also of the 36th and William I. Julian of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry. The Julians became large landowners in McMinn and Bradley Counties in Tennessee and across the state line into northern Georgia. Volumes have been written about the family and extensive histories exist about the Julian families in America, however the following descendants of Count René de Saint Julien directly relate to the East Tennessee line and the descendants of James A. P. Guthrie and Mary Adeline Julian.[2]

He is listed as "St. Julien, René" on the Huguenot Society of America's list of Ancestors. Past and current members have joined the Huguenot Society of America by right of descent from the following Huguenot ancestors who qualify under the constitution of the Society. [3]

Death Date: 1745 at: Winchester, Frederick, Virginia[4]
Burial Place: Kernstown, Frederick County, Virginia[5]


  1. [Pierre Rene de St. Julien] Includes quote from "Leaves from the Family Tree," cited in biography text.
  2. "A History of the Albert Taylor and Frances McCamy Rymer Families from 1680 to the present day,"
  3. Huguenot Society of America: Ancestor pages
  4. Source: #S-1259098864 APID: 1,70635::1251212
  5. Source: #S-1259098864 APID: 1,70635::1251212
  • Find A Grave memorial no longer on Find A Grave as of Dec 2019. When it was there it included a quote from "Leaves from the Family Tree," cited in biography text.


  • WikiTree profile Julian-129 was created through the import of Donnell_FosterTREE gedFILE.ged on Oct 2, 2011 by Ann Fuller.

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De St Julian-2 and Julien-147 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates & spouse, etc
posted by C Handy
This person had no name Pierre, and he was not born 4 July 1669 at Vitre, France. He NEVER used the surname "de. St. Julien". That is an entirely different family which is no known relation.

There was a person named Pierre de. St. Julien born at Vitre on 4 July 1669. Pierre (de) Saint-Julien, sieur de Malacare (NOT Pierre Rene) and his wife Jeanne Lefebvre had 3 sons (Pierre, Jr., Louis, and Paul) and 9 children total baptized at Vitre. ("Eglise Protestante de Vitre" by L'Abbe Paul Paris-Jallobert (Rennes, (France): Plihon et Hevre, 1890): 143-144.)

See also Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 10: 26-29, 11: 25-44 and 105:70-87 (particularly the latter) for more information on this "de St. JULIEN" family.

posted by Rick Saunders
St. Julian-1 and Julien-147 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate. Julian is an anglicized version of the name, used after his time.
posted by A. (Garcia) Banks

René is 15 degrees from Donald Howard, 14 degrees from Julia Howe and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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