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Re: Priday Hugeunots in England
Posted by: Joseph Edward Priday Date: March 06, 2001 at 19:14:11
In Reply to: Priday Hugeunots in England by Carey Jolliffe of 66

I can see by this posting that we must be second cousins, your grandfather and mine being brothers. I heard the same story about the Hugeunots from Aunt Agnes many years ago when I was about 12 years old. As I remember it, she or your grandfather hired a genealogical expert to research the family history. Our ancestors were Hugeunots (Protestants) in France. There was a religious civil war which was ended by the Edict of Nantes granting them religious freedom. This was later revoked and the Hugeunots were persecuted again. The Priday clan were military men in the cavalry, and emigrated to England, which was Protestant under Henry VIII. They hired out as mercenaries in the English conquest of Ireland, and were paid off in land. I remember there were three brothers named Richard, William and George, the same as my father's brothers. After the death of Hen VIII, his daughter Bloody Mary tried to restore Catholicism and persecuted the Protestants. One of the brothers was executed for heresy, the other converted. I guess the family remained Catholic ever since. I remember being shown a coat of arms and some documentation. I don't know who in the family has them now. My grandfather had a family of 7, all of whom married and had children, who all now have families of their own, many in the NY-NJ metro area. My father has passed away, but his brother Richard and sister Helen are alive and well. Please feel free to contact me about this, I would enjoy exchanging more family history with you.


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