Jean de la Chaumette-His Travel


The Huguenot Memorial-
Situated near the St. James River in Virginia where some
of the first Huguenots settled and lived..

The following article was submitted by Beverly Brunelle, who obtained a translated copy of a document showing the travel of Jean de la Chaumette to America. The information was obtained from the Huguenot Library in London, England. Below is her statement:

Jean de la Chaumette-The Huguenot

On 1/31/06, Beverly Brunelle <>

L ooking for a copy of the original document that I thought I had. I was unable to locate it - but may yet have a xerox that I never got scanned into the computer.

I tripped over it a number of years ago on a Tackett Family site - a Tacket in England had gotten a copy from the Huguenot archives in England. That site is no longer on the internet.

This is what the site said - but it did not have a snail mail address:

"Our member Anthony Garland Tackett, a resident of Lancashire, England, secured our earliest record showing "Louis Taquet." This was in a 1686-87 list in the Huguenot Library in London, England, of Huguenots for whom passage was paid to Virginia by Englishman Nicholas Hayward. Included on this list were the family of Louis Reynaud (Reno), Jean de la Chaumette (Shumate), Michel Mauri, Marquis Calmes, Pierre Disboteau & Jean Mairac. We could not fully decipher the other names. A copy of this original document, with translation and comments, is available to anyone requesting. Just send us your request via regular mail, with a SASE, and we'll mail it to you."

This is from another site:

LOUIS REYNAUD - Born about 1630 and died in England:

A bounty award from the English crown dated September 8, 1687 reads

"To severall ye intended for ye West Indies" ... "To Lewis Reynaud of Angoumois, his wife and eight children for tools and others necessaries things to go to Virginia" granted 8 pounds; and "To Nichlos Hayward notary for ye passage to Virginia of Lewis Reynaud, Anne his wife, Francis, Lewis, Mary and Sara Reynaud their children, and Benjamin Reynaud, Mary his wife, Marianne and Mary their children, and John de la Chaumette" granted 33 pounds. And "To Lewis Reynaud and his family for supply" granted 2 pounds.

"On March 25, 1688, effective March 31, 1688, denization was granted to Lewis Reynaud, Ann his wife, and Lewis and Sara their children, and also to Benjamin Reynaud and Mary his wife. The omission from this Letter of Denization of six children of Lewis Reynaud and two children of Benjamin Reynaud who were mentioned in the Bounty Papers might be explained by the possibility that these children were over 21 years of age when the denization was granted (The Reno Family, by William L. Reno, Jr.; Huguenot Society of London Publ., Quarto Series, Vol. XVIII - Letters of Denization and Acts of Naturalization for Aliens in England and Ireland, 1603-1700, pp. 204-209).

"The following confirmation of Louis' letter of Denization by Nicholas Hayward is found in Stafford County records for October 2-3, 1688 (Stafford County Court Records 1686-1693/4, p.95, Virginia State Library, microfilm 7a)

"A similar letter was found for his brother Benjamin: "I Nicholas Hayward Notary and Tabellion Publick dwelling in London Admitted and Sworne doe hereby Certifie and attest unto all whom it may concern that I have seen and perused certain Letters Patent of Denization Granted by our Soveraigne Lord King James ye second under ye broad seal of England Dated ye 31 day of March in ye fourth year of his said Majestys Reign wherein amongst others is inserted ye name of Lewis Reynaud, Anne his wife, Lewis and Sarah their children who though born beyond seas are made his Majestys Leige Subjects and to be held reputed and taken as born in this Kingdom of England and may as such purchase buy sell and dispose of lands tenements and hereditaments in this Kingdom or any other of his Majestys dominions as freely peaceably and Entirely as any Subject born in this Kingdom and if ye said Lewis Reynaud Anne his wife and Lewis and Sarah their children by virtue of ye said Letters Patent are to pay Customs and Duties for their goods only as natives doe or ought to doe and to Enjoy all Liberties Privileges and Franchises of Subjects born in this Kingdom without any disturbance Impediment or molestation as by said Patent relacon being thereunto had may more at large appear of all which act being required of me ye said Notary I have Granted these presents to serve and avail ye said Lewis Reynaud Anne his wife Lewis and Sarah their children in tyme and place convenient. London ye 5th of April 1688. In testimonium Veritatis Signo meo Manual Solito signavi et tabellionatus mei Sigillum apposui Rogatus. [signed]

"Nicholas Hayward, Notary Public." Recorded in ye County Court Records of Stafford this 2nd day of October 1688 per me, James Hearse Dept. Cl. Curr Staffd.

"On the same page of Stafford County records Lewis and Benjamin record the brands that they will use for their livestock.

"The greatest influx of Huguenots to Virginia occurred later, in 1700, when four ships brought French Huguenots to Manakin Town in Virginia. Among the names arriving at that colony was Lewis and Benjamin's other brother, Pierre: "Pierre Reynaud, landed at the James River on September 20, 1700, from the ship 'Peter & Anthony', Danial Pearrey, Capt.". This was the second of three ships carrying Huguenots to Manakin Town in 1700. The Peter & Anthony carried 170 passengers and took 13 weeks to cross the Atlantic. It is known that Pierre Reynaud returned to Europe where he eventually died, and he probably made more than one trip to Virginia.

"Louis and and his wife, Anne de la Croix, are known to have attended the baptism of Anne Flauhaut at Canterbury on September 22, 1695 (The Reno Family, William L. Reno; Hug. Society Publ. Vol. 5). They may have remained in England after this time, as no further record of them in the colonies can be found. However, their son Lewis remained in Virginia and is the direct ancestor of thousands of Renos and Reneaus.".


Casper, WY

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