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Re: Richard & Matthias St. John (Sension)
Posted by: Jerome Lafayette Saint John (ID *****2034) Date: February 13, 2009 at 06:43:52
In Reply to: Re: Richard & Matthias St. John (Sension) by ROBERT ST. JOHN of 1821

Hello Robert,

The Huguenot question is not obsolete for two reasons:

1) The Huguenot migration began around 1572 during the St. Bart's Day Massacre. It subsided a bit with the Edict of Nantes about 20 years later-but the writing was on the wall (no pun intended Martin Luther!) And remember, the Huguenots were not the only French migrants to England lest we forget 1066 and the Norman invasion. But for the Huguenot argument there is evidence that predates 1572. The heavy influx was c. 1685 but not the only influx.

2)The Huguenots were in America when Minuit bought Manhattan. New Amsterdam was established around 1626. Matthias does not appear on any ship rolls but was listed as a freeman in Mass Bay Colony in 1632. So this appears to be a stretch, but not impossible.

I am in the same line of thinking as you but cannot discount any possibility. As my father says-"what will it matter any way? How will this affect your life?" To this I cannot answer only that it is indeed very interesting....

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