I heard (don't remember where) that our surname was originally French Huguenot. After further research, I found that there was a landing of French Huguenot refugees that landed in Beoufort North Carolina around 1708. Unlike the well educated and upper society Huguenots that travelled under Royal Charter from England to Virginia, South Carolina, and New Paltz, New York, these Huguenots were unannounced, working class, and many were illiterate. Early documents had ancesters signing with an 'X' and spelling phonetically in the various forms (Buffaloe, Beffelow, etc.). Further research shows that a common Huguenot surname was Bouvelot (Bouvelots emigrated to Australia). I was wondering if anyone had other information to support the Huguenot-Bouvelot hypothesis?
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