The mass exodus of Huguenot immigrants from France to Geneva, Amsterdam, London, and other places started in 1572 after the "St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre" on 24 August.
The Huguenots began arriving in South Carolina in 1669.
The revocation of the "Edict of Nantes" was in 1685.
In 1699/1700 there were five embarkations from England to Virginia and Carolina. The names of 3 of the 5 ships which trasported Huguenots were 'Peter and Anthony,' 'Nassau' and 'Mary Ann.' The 'Mary Ann' was the first ship to arrive in Virginia (at the mouth of the James River).
About five hundred Huguenots settled in Carolina by 1700. Many of these were artisans, following trades in the New World that they had learned in the Old: blacksmiths, coopers, gunsmiths, and clockmakers. And many were young and newly married, a younger population being more willing to undertake the long and dangerous ocean voyage. These French-speaking settlers quickly moved into the political life of the young colony, also quickly organized their own church in Charlestown. Source "A Religious History of America", Gaustad, Edwin Scott. p. 100. HarperSanFrancisco, 1990
In 1700-1701 over three hundred French Huguenot refugees were settled by the colonial authorities on the south bank of the James River in King William Parish (ten thousand acres donated by King William III), Manakin, Goochland County, Virginia.
Manakin is about 15 miles west of Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia on Rt 6 (Patterson Ave.) & River Road. A bridge across the James River on River Road in the West-End of Richmond is called the Huguenot Bridge.
Some Huguenots later moved to Colonial Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia (east of Richmond along I-64); Essex County, Virginia; and Hanover County, Virginia.
I saw your posting concerning the Huguenot settlement of Manakin Towne and would like to add something that, I believe, would be of value to those who are actually coming to Virginia to view the area.
You do mention that the original land grant for the Huguenots was on the South of the James River but, also, mention that the town of Manakin is just off Rt. #6 in Goochland County, Va. People who travel this route will only find a Va. State Historical Marker, little else. But, if they travel on Rt. #711, on the South of the James River, they will be able to see Manakin Episcopal Church (brick structure), as well as a reconstructed frame church which includes in part of its framework some of the original structure dating from the late 1700s. The Huguenot Society (by appointment only) is also located in a building adjacent to the church property.
"As a matter of defining geographical boundaries, the area South of the James River where the Huguenots settled in 1700 was Henrico Co., Va. Later the area south of the James River became part of Goochland Co., Va. upon that county's formation in 1728. Then, in 1749, Cumberland Co., Va. was formed and the land area south of the James River that was the Huguenot Settlement was included. Finally, in 1777, Southam Parish of Cumberland Co., Va. was formed into a separate county and given the name of "Powhatan" which, today, includes the historical Huguenot Settlement."
I think this will help those who might be interested in seeing the actual area and viewing the beautiful monument erected in memory of the Huguenot Settlers which is on Rt. #711 adjacent to the road and in front of the original (reconstructed) church.
18-Sep-2000 Family Group Sheet Husband: Abraham DES MOULINS died at age: 78 Born: 1665 in: FRA 1 Died: 1740/1743 in: AlbemarleCo, VA 1 Father: Abraham DES MOULINS Mother: Madelaine CHUPRET Abraham DES MOULINS Oct 1685 - Abraham DES MOULINS came to England from France to escape persecution of non-Catholics after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV. 23 July 1700 -- "Abraham Moulin et sa femme" (Abraham Mullins and his wife) were among the passengers aboard the 'Mary and Ann.' 31 July 1700 -- Account prepared by George Hawes in James Town of the French refugees who have arrived in Virginia with the Marquis de la Muse: Abraham Moulin and wife. (CSPC) Ref. "The Complete Book of Emigrants 1700-1750." Goldham, Peter Wilson. (p.14) Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1992 May 1705 -- Abraham Moulin was naturalized by the Virginia Legislature. Wife: Rachel BRORET died at age: 42 Married: 27-Dec-1699 in: London, ENG his age: 34 her age: 19 Born: ABT 1680 in: FRA Died: AFT 1722 in: Albemarle Father: Mother: M Child 1 Jacob MULLINS died at age: 49 Born: 1706/1708 in: VA Died: 5-Nov-1757 in: Perquimans, North Carolina Spouse: Sarah NICHOLSON Married: in: M Child 2 Abraham MULLINS died at age: 50 Born: 1704/1710 in: VA Died: ABT 1760 in: Perquimans, North Carolina Spouse: Eleanor MING Married: in: M Child 3 Henry MULLINS died at age: 86 Born: 1708/1712 in: VA Died: BEF 1798 in: GoochlandCo,VA Spouse: Unknown MAUPIN Married: in: M Child 4 Matthew MULLINS died at age: 90 Born: 1720 in: Died: 1810 in: M Child 5 Isaac MULLINS died at age: 21 Born: 1712/1722 in: VA Died: 1743 in: Perquimans, North Carolina Spouse: Elizabeth SUTTON Married: in: 1 The WFT CD has Abraham's lifespan as 1665 - 1743.
My Internet search turned up your page about the Huguenot Colony at Manakin, and I would like to update the information there about the society of the descendants. Current address: Huguenot Society at Manakin 981 Huguenot Trail Midlothian, VA 23113 Phone: 804-794-5702 The current librarian is Priscilla Condyles. The library is at the headquarters building listed above. We are celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Founding of the Colony on Oct. 21, 2000. If you would like to receive an invitation, please contact Presidentva@huguenot-manakin.org. Please visit our home page at http://huguenot-manakin.org/ Thanks so much for all the help over the past year, Carol Cason firstname.lastname@example.org President, Virginia Branch The Huguenot Sockiety of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia