In 1824 my ancestor, Thomas Fouch, wrote in the bible that his grandfather, Hugh, [1696-1780] was born in America AFTER the family fled France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Since he was 25 when his grandfather died, and lived in the same town all those years, I tend to believe that. Mark believes we descend from the Hugh that you mention, who arrived in 1635. THAT Hugh had a son, Hugh, Jr. who died in 1702. In his will he leaves his estate to people who were not named Fouch - probably children of his sisters. Since my ancestor, Hugh, was only six years old at the time, I cannot imagine why he was not included in the will, if he were a son. Dan Hopping, of Raleigh, N.C. has gone through many documents in the N.C. Archives, and concludes that Mark is right. I do not know what his information is. I believe the family owned a shipping business and went from France to America many times. Maybe they were cousins.