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Jacques Pineau, whose name was soon transformed into Pinneo, came to Bristol about the year 1700,in company with Jean Soulard. Tradition relates that they fled from persecution in France, and landed in Plymouth,Massachusetts; and that being unable to pay their passage across the ocean,they were sold into servitude by the captain for a term of four years. Their conduct was so excellent, however,that they were released after a few months. About the year 1725, they removed from Bristol to Lebanon, Connecticut, where Pineau left descendants* Soulard became a resident of the same locality.
* James Pinneo had two sons and three daughters. James, the eldest son , born 1708, married Priscilla Newcomb, whos son, James was the father of the Reverend Bezaleel Pinneo, for fifty-three years pastor of the First Church in Milford, Connecticut, from 1796 till his death in September 1849.
The Pinneo family is an extensive one, and is represented chiefly in New England and the Middle States,and in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. (History of the Huguenot Emigration to America, by Charles W. Baird. D.D., Volume II, New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, Publishers, Copyright 1885. -- Joliet Public Libary Reference Department, Joliet Illinois.)
Lawrence B. Peet
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