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Descendants of Jacques DE LA FONTAINE II

Generation No. 1

1. JACQES3 DE LA FONTAINE II (J (JEAN2, J, JACQUES1) was born 1549, and died 1633. He married FEMALE unknown 1603.

Notes for JACQUES DE LA FONTAINE, II:

Compiled from "Memoirs of a Huguenot Family", Chart of the Fontaine and Maury Families," and other sources. A partial list of the Descendants of John De La Fontaine. Historical Memoranda Of The Family In France, England and Ireland from "The Missouri Fountains And Their Descendants" written by Vida Leola Vance 1967. (Pages 6-7)

A shoemaker took them in and taught Jacques II how to mend and to make shoes. He not only supported himself and his brothers on his meager wages, but soon was able to establish his own business, in which he prosperred. He married in the early part of 1603 and his first son Jacques III was born the same year.

After his wife's untimely death, Jacques remarried. His wife, apparently in order to inherit his fortune, tried to poison him. Prompt medical attention saved his life. In spite of Jacques' efforts to hush up the poison attempt, his wife was tried and condemned to death. Upon learning that King Henry IV was visiting at la Rochelle, Jacques applied to him for a pardon for his wife.

King Henry IV "wanting to judge from the man's appearance whether there was an excuse for the wife's act", de-manded that Jacques appear before him. When he saw him, he shouted, "Let her be hanged, let her be hanged. He is the handsomest man in my Kingdom".

When Jacques II died in 1633, he left his family 9,000 livres, which was then considered a sizeable fortune.

Children of JACQES DE LA FONTAINE and FEMALE DE LA FONTAINE] are:

2. i. JACQUES III4 DE LA FOUNTAINE, b. 1603; d. 1666.

ii. CHILD 2 DE LA FONTAINE, m. MALE BOUQUET.

iii. CHILD 3 DE LA FONTAINE, m. FEMALE REAUD.

Generation No. 2

 

2. JACQUES III4 DE LA FOUNTAINE (J (JACQES3 DE DE LA FONTAINE II, JEAN2, J, JACQUES1) was born 1603, and died 1666. He married (1) MISS THOMPSON 1628. He married (2) MARIE CHAILLON 1641.

Notes for JACQUES III DE LA FOUNTAINE:

Source: The Missouri Fountains and Their Descendants - A Study of Ancestry and Posterity of Reverend Peter Fontaine Of Westover Parish - A Virginia Huguenot Colonist Of the Eighteen Century by Vida Leola Vance - published 1967.

Since Jacques III was as ardent a Huguenot as his father and grandfather had been, he decided in the practice of humility to drop the aristocractic prefix "de la" from their name. He served as pastor to the Protestant Churches ar Royan and Vaux, preaching in one church in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Even when the church at Royan was torn down in the continued persecution of the Huguenots, he preached in the ruins. Although offered a position by a larger church, he remained with his congregations and prepared them for the trials ahead. His death occurred in 1666 at his home of Apoplexy.

 Notes for MARIE CHAILLON:

Marie being wealthy, persuaded Jacgque III to buy a small estate called "Jenouille" anf the nearby manor of Jaffe, near the town of Royan, whiches the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Gironde.

Children of JACQUES DE LA FOUNTAINE and MISS THOMPSON are:

i. JANE5 DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1628; m. MR. L'HOMMEAU.

ii. JUDTH DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1630; m. MR. GUIENNOT.

Notes for JUDITH DE LA FONTAINE:
Escaped from France with her four daughters following her husband's death.

Notes for STEPHEN GACHOT:

Grandson of Rev. _______ Merlin, of Rochelle; Pastor of St. Saurin, in Saintonge, and then of the church at Salles, in Aunix; remained in France with his wife and two daughters.

iii. JAMES DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1633; d. 1685; m. FEM BOURGESS.

More About JAMES DE LA FONTAINE: Occupation: Rev. minister in Germany

iv. ELIZABETH DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1636; m. MALE SAUTREAU.

Notes for ELIZABETH DE LA FONTAINE:

Elizabeth her husband and five children were all ship-wrecked within sight of the Harbor of Boston. It would be many generations later before a relative - Matthew Fontaine Maury would chart paths through the seas and provide needed information regarding coastlines that would make ocean travel safer.

Notes for ? SAUTREAU:

Minister at Saujon, in Saintonge. He escaped with his wife and children to Dublin, where he entered the Presbyterian church; embarked for America, and with his wife and five children were shipwrecked opposite the habor of Boston, Mass.

v. PETER DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1638.

Notes for PETER DE LA FONTAINE:

Assistant to his father in the pastorate of Vaux and Royan, and, succeeding him, remained until the demolition of his church, when he was banished. Ended his days as Chaplin of the PestHouse, in London.

vi. FRANCIS DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1640.

Children of JACQUES DE LA FOUNTAINE and MARIE CHAILLON are:

vii. SUSAN5 FONTAINE, b. 1643; m. STEPHEN GACHOT.

Notes for STEPHEN GACHOT:

Grandson of Rev. _______ Merlin, of Rochelle; Pastor of St. Saurin, in Saintonge, and then of the church at Salles, in Aunix; remained in France with his wife and two daughters.

viii. PETER FOUNTAINE, b. 1646; m. MADAME OISSARD.

Notes for PETER FOUNTAINE:

Notes for PETER FORESTIER: Pastor of the church of St. Mesume, in Augnomois. They escaped to England with their two children.

More About PETER FOUNTAINE: Occupation: Rev. minister

ix. MARY FOUNTAINE, b. 1648; m. REV. PETER FORESTIER.

Notes for REV. PETER FORESTIER: Pastor of the church of St. Mesume, in Augnomois. They escaped to England with their two children.

x. JACQUES IV [JAMES] FOUNTAINE, b. April 7, 1658, Jenouille France; d. Dublin, Ireland; m. ANNE ELIZABETH BOURSIQUOT, February 8, 1684/85, Parish Church in Barnestaple England.

Notes for JACQUES IV [JAMES] FOUNTAINE:

Notes for JACQUES FONTAINE IV:

The Following Is From: The Missouri Fountains and Their Descendants - A Study of Ancestry and Posterity of Rever-end Peter Fontaine Of Westover Parish - A Virginia Huguenot Colonist Of the Eighteen Century by Vida Leola Vance - published 1967.

Jacques IV had been dropped by his nurse's daughter when he was a baby. Verses telling his parents about the accident, the nurse took him to an doctor who failed to notice that his right leg was broken. The bone did not heal cor-rectly, causing him to be lame for life.

Born April 7, at Jenouille, of which estate, and that of Jaffe', he became possessed; received degree of M.A. from College of Guienne; imprisoned, 1658; m. Feb 8, 1686, Anne Elizabeth Boursiquot; escaped, after the Revocation of the Edict of Natz, to England, with his sister Elizabeth, and niece, Janette Fountaine; landed December 6, 1685; admitted to Holy Orders by the Protestant Synod, at Taunton, June 10, 1688. His life, as further set forth in his Memoir, which has quite the intrest of a romance, was one exhibiting marked mental fertility, courage, and determination of charactor.

Jacques IV adopting the anglification of his name, became known as James Fontaine. On the 8th of February 1686, Anne Elizabeth Boursiquot, daugther of Aaron and Jeann (Guillet) Boursiquot of Taillesbourg, Saintonge near Bor-deau, became his bride in the parish church in Barnstaple, England. They moved to Taunton, the trade center of Som-ersethire. Disliking the Church of England's persecution of the Presbyterians and their unfriendly attitude toward the Huguenots, he ceased to worship in the Church and asked to be examined for the ministry by the Presbyterian Synod meeting at Taunton in 1688. On June 10th of that year his holy orders were received from them. He began his minis-try by serving his fellow Huguenots. Needing other financial means, Jean or James established a small cloth-weaving business for himself and fellow Huguenots. Just by devising a method of weaving a superior cloth, known as Cali-manco, he became a competitor to the English weavers who soon forced him to close up shop and leave Tauton in 1694. He moved his family to Bear Haven on the Irish coast of Cork. (additional data in the addenda which I do not have).

Never lacking in ingenuity, James established a fishing business that soon became a profitable enterprise. Alas, mis-fortune struck again, French privateers, who considered Huguenots fair prey, decided to destroy the business. The Fountaines were ready for them as one of their members had been warned in a dream. Even Ann Elizabeth aided in warding off the attack; at the same time acting as surgeon and nurse for the wounded. The privateers, an envious and presistent group, returned with a larger and well-armed crew; quickly drove away the Fountaines and thoroughly de-stroyed all the fishing gear, ships, nets and shacks.

Realizing that further efforts there would be useless James moved his family to Dublin. He rented a house on St. Stephen Green and started a preparatory school. Here he was able to give his children an excellent preparatory education. Besides, he earned enough extra money with which he sent his sons to Trinty College north of Dublin. Peter received a BA degree in 1715, Francis a BA in 1716 and a MA in 1719 and Moses a MA in 1717.

Jame's death is unknown. He most likely was buried beside Anne near St. Stephen Green.

Notes for ANNE ELIZABETH BOURSIQUOT:

James Fontaine described his wife: "She was very beautiful, her skin was delicately fair. She had a brilliant color in her cheeks, a high forehead, a remarkably intellectual expressive countenance....and she had a very dignified carriage which some persons condemmed as haughty, but I always thought it peculiarly becoming to one of her beauty. The charms of her mind and disposition were in no way inferior to those of her person, so that altogether she seemed formed to captivate the most indifferent".

More About JACQUES IV [JAMES] FOUNTAINE:
Fact 1: Jacques IV adopting the anglification of his name, became known as James Fontain

Notes for ANNE ELIZABETH BOURSIQUOT:

James Fontaine described his wife: "She was very beautiful, her skin was delicately fair. She had a brilliant color in her cheeks, a high forehead, a remarkably intellectual expressive countenance....and she had a very dignified carriage which some persons condemned as haughty, but I always thought it peculiarly becoming to one of her beauty. The charms of her mind and disposition were in no way inferior to those of her person, so that altogether she seemed formed to captivate the most indifferent".

More About ANNE ELIZABETH BOURSIQUOT:
Fact 1: 1721, Buried in the Cemetery located next to St. Stephen Green

xi. ANNE FOUNTAINE, b. 1651; m. LEON TESTARD SIEUR DES MESLARS.

 

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