I have been researching my husband's family and have seemingly come to a dead end in his mother's family. Her maiden name is Line, which goes back to a Philip Line who came from the Piedmont area near the border of France and Italy. The following is an excerpt from research a cousin of her's did in England.
French or Italian Huguenot by religion, he left France/Italy to avoid Catholic persecution and settled in Flanders. His occupation there was a Flemish weaver. He was also a poet, musician and hymn composer. He later emigrated to England and settled in the Somersetshire district of Rhodes, Wiltshire. There he became known as "Philip the singer." He was said to have been a silk artist and to have a hand in starting the silk mills there. He married twice and had nine children.
Were there Italian Hguenots? Also Line was possibly not his real last name, but I can't figure out what other name it could have been. I believe he was actually from France. Not too far from where the cousin in England says he was from is the town of Lyons. I wonder if his last name could have been Lyon, which could have been changed to Line to make it more English sounding when he immigrated.
One of his children was George Line (I don't know when he was born), who's son, John (b. 30 Sept 1826) started 'John Line and Sons', a major paint, wallpaper and upholstery manufacturer in the south of England.
With this information, Philip must have come to England as an adult around 1770's to 1790's, but I have no dates for any of his events. If you know of anything about this man and his family I would really appreciate hearing from you.
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