"Liste Des Frânçois Et Suisses.": From an Old Manuscript List of French and Swiss Protestants, Settled in Charleston, on the Santee, and at Orange Quarter, in Carolina, who Desired Naturalization, Prepared Probably about 1695-6. With Introductory Remarks

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Daniel Ravenel
Genealogical Publishing Company, 1868 - French - 40 pages
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The records contained in this small volume are priceless not only for research into the early history of South Carolina low country families, but also for genealogists in search of a tie to their roots. The book contains several interesting articles contributed by descendants of the early colonists about the life and times of the French and Swiss immigrants who helped establish Charleston, Jamestown in French Santee, the Orange area and other settlements along the Santee River. The collection also includes an excellent list of the settler families including the progenitors of both husbands and wives in Switzerland and France. This compilation of residents seeking naturalization about 1695-96 allowed me to trace my Robert grandfathers back to the small town of St. Imier, Switzerland. Although the date of Ravenel's edit is1868, the list was published first in 1822 from the original documents discovered among miscellaneous papers of one of the distinguished families present when the request for naturalization was prepared. 

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Page 13 - Province to be made into a parish and to have some public allowance for a minister, episcopally ordained, who should use the liturgy of the Church of England and preach to them in French. Accordingly they were incorporated by the name of the Parish of St.
Page 16 - ... clean and decent in their apparel; their houses and plantations suitable in neatness and contrivance. They are all of the same opinion with the church of Geneva,* there being no difference...
Page 15 - Bermuda sails, which makes them very handy and fit for their Purpose; for although their River fetches its first Rise from the Mountains and continues a Current some hundreds of Miles ere it disgorges itself, having no sound, bay, or Sand-Banks betwixt the Mouth thereof and the Ocean...
Page 16 - Countryman, preserving his Estate and Reputation with the same Exactness and Concern as he does his own; all seeming to share in the Misfortunes, and rejoice at the Advance and Rise, of their Brethren.
Page 15 - Island on our starboard; the first place we designed for was Santee river, on which there is a colony of French protestants, allowed and encouraged by the lords proprietors.
Page 16 - There is about seventy Families seated on this River, who live as decently and happily as any Planters in these Southward Parts of America. The French being a temperate, industrious People, some of them bringing very little of Effects, yet by their Endeavors and mutual Assistance amongst themselves ( which is highly to be commended ) , have outstripped our English, who brought with them larger Fortunes, though as it seems less endeavor to manage their Talent to the best Advantage.
Page 16 - Church ) , being all of them clean and decent in their Apparel; their Houses and Plantations suitable in Neatness and Contrivance. They are all of the same Opinion with the Church of Geneva, there being no difference amongst them concerning the Punctilios of their Christian Faith; which Union hath propagated a happy and delightful Concord in all other Matters throughout the whole Neighborhood; living amongst themselves as one Tribe or Kindred, every one making it his Business to be Assistant to the...
Page 9 - Farther south again they were welcomed, and found restingplaces in Virginia and South Carolina. I now return to the Huguenots in England. Even during James the Second's reign collections were made for the refugees ; and, in the reign of his successor, fifteen thousand pounds were voted by Parliament "to be distributed among persons of quality, and all such as, by age or infirmity, were unable to support themselves.
Page 15 - Ciprus-Trees, of which the French make Canoes that will carry fifty or sixty Barrels. After the Tree is moulded and dug they saw them in two pieces and so put a Plank between, and a small Keel, to preserve them from the Oyster-Banks, which are innumerable in the Creeks and Bays betwixt the French Settlement and Charles-Town.
Page 16 - Eugee's, and the next morning set out farther, to go the remainder of our voyage by land" — '"At noon we came up with several French plantations, meeting with several creeks by the way, the French were very officious in assisting with...

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