This was originally posted as a Facebook note.
If I tagged you in this and you don't care about all the history and stuff, I'm sorry! I was reading through one of my seminary textbooks, "The Religious History of America", and I came across a paragraph about the French Huguenots who settled in and around Charleston, South Carolina in the late seventeenth century. I just wanted to share it with my fellow DuBose's who are around in the twenty-first century! "The Edict of Nantes, which had granted a measure of toleration to Protestants in France, was revoked in 1685. Finding it both prudent and necessary to flee their homeland, French Protestants, or Huguenots, sought safer shores. Carolina, at that time still in its earliest years of settlement, presented itself as one welcome possibility, with the result that about 500 Huguenots had settled there by 1700. Many of these were artisans, following trades in the New World that they had learned in the Old: blacksmiths, coopers, gunsmiths, and clock makers. And many were young and newly married, ayounger 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 and also quickly organized their own church in Charleston." I'll include a few more things that may be interesting to you, but you've no need to keep reading if you don't want to. The second one is pretty boring, just about land, but the third one, about the church, I find very interesting. This first one is a general paragraph about Isaac and his wife Suzanne. "The family of Isaac DuBosc is found among the earliest families in the Province of Carolina. Isaac Dubosc came to Charles Towne ca. 1685/87 and settled along the Santee River. The "List of French and Swiss Refugees in the Province of Carolina who wished to be Naturalized English" was prepared 1695/96 and included Isaac DuBosc, son of Louis DuBosc, and Anne DuBosc, of Dieppe in Normandy, France; Suzanne DuBosc, his wife, daughter of Pierre and Susane Couillandeau, native of "La Tramblade" in Xaintonge. The mother of Suzanne DuBosc was Marie (not Susane) Fougeraut Coullandeau, who married 2nd Moise Brigaud and who sold Lot #90 in Charles Towne that she had purchased in 1688 from Henry Hughes. This was in the Plat and Draught of the said Charles Towne. Henry Hughes was granted the lot in 1680. This would have been the original Draught of Charles Towne. In the deed she refers to her daughter Suzanne Dubose and her son-in-law Isaac Dubose. On this document, Isaac Dubose signed his name as "-- Dubos"." Here is an excerpt from Isaac's will that describes some of his property. There's a ton more, but this is the main piece of land. (The boring one!) "Secondly I give devise and Bequeath to my Son Isaac Dubose and to his Heirs and Afisngs forever One Tract or parcel of Land whereon my Dwelling House now stands it being the Land I bought from Peter Couturier containing Two hundred and Eighty two Acres (more or lefs) situate in St* Stephens Parish Craven County and Province aforesaid, I also Give bequeath and devise to my said Son Isaac and to his heirs and afsigns forever, One other Tract or parcel of Lands adjoining the above it being the Lands I bought of Jonathan Dubose containing one Hundred and Sixty Nine acres be the same more or lefs, I Give devise and bequeath to my said Son Issac and to Philip Williams of Saint Stephens Parish and to their Heirs and afsigns forever as Tenants in Common One Tract of Land containing four hundred Acres it being all Pine Lands situate in Saint Stephens parish to be equally divided between them." This part is the coolest to me. Also from Isaac's will, it talks about his church. I've got some pictures below. "I Give devise and Bequeath to my said Son Isaac and to his heirs and Afsigns forever, One pew in Saint Stephens Church distinguished and known by the Number Twenty one, situate near the South Door of said Church." I was going to put some pictures of the church (built in 1706, and still the original building, amazingly) on here, but they're just too gigantic. I was able to get one picture on here, which you can see below. I found a website with pictures of the church if you want to look at them. Here's the address: http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=39044 Isaac, along with the other early French Huguenot settlers founded the town of "Jamestown, South Carolina". I put a picture of the historical marker on here for you. I'm hoping to take a trip out there soon and just sort of visit everything. Jamestown Marker St. James Santee Parish Church
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