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Gabriel Bernon

Gabriel Bernon

Male 1644 - 1736  (91 years)

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  • Name Gabriel Bernon  [1
    Born 04 Jun 1644  La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Feb 1736  Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
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    Person ID I2761  drabold
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 

    Father Andre Bernon,   b. 1614, La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1685  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Suzanna Gullemard,   b. 1618, La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1673, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1631  [4
    Family ID F1418  Group Sheet

    Family Esther Leroy,   b. 09 Sep 1652, La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1710, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Children 
     1. Marie Bernon,   b. 18 Jul 1674, La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1737, Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F974  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Jun 1644 - La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 01 Feb 1736 - Providence, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
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    An historical discourse delivered in St. John's Church, Providence, R.I.
    An historical discourse delivered in St. John's Church, Providence, R.I.
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    courtesy Mr R Bjork, St John's Church, Providence
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    Gabriel Bernon 1644-1736
    Gabriel Bernon 1644-1736
    Gabriel was a rich merchant in France, whose zeal for the Protestant cause, resulted in his imprisonment for about two years. In 1685 the Edict of Nantes was revoked, which prompted his release from prison in 1686. Gabriel quickly collected many other Huguenots in and around La Rochelle, with the plan of getting they and their money out of France. He took temporary refuge in England, and arranged his emmigration to the new world, purchasing a 750-acre tract in Oxford, MA as a haven for Huguenot refugees. In July of 1688, accompanied by about forty other refugees, Gabriel and Esther left England aboard the"Dolphin"and arrived in Boston. Most of them settled in Oxford, where Gabriel built a house/fortress for the townspeople's protection. He spent much of his time in Boston, where he became a successful merchant. The settlement of Oxford was abandoned after the Indians became too much of a threat, and in 1697 the family moved to Newport, RI. Gabriel started a mercantile business in Newport and was the first person to sign a petition for an Episcopal church in 1699. After Esther's death, Gabriel moved across the Narragansett Bay to North Kingstown. He purchased several tracts of land there and was elected one of the vestrymen of St. Paul's in 1718. In 1720 he moved to Providence, RI where he founded the original chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~Son of: Andre Bernon&Suzanne Guillemand. ~Son-in-law of: Thomas Harris&Elnathan Tew ~Husband of: [1] Esther LeRoy Bernon: m. 23 Aug 1673 [2] Mary Harris. ~Children with Esther: Sarah Bernon Whipple ~Children with Mary: Gabriel Bernon Jr. Susannah Bernon Crawford Mary Bernon Crawford. Eve Bernon
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    Gabriel Bernon (1644-1736)
    Gabriel Bernon (1644-1736)

  • Notes 
    • "Of noble descent"... The family claimed afiliation with the Dukes of Burgundy... but by documentary evidence ther were descendants of Raoul deBernon who fought in the Crusades. The Burgundian claim sounds ancient and vague, something to do with links to the 9th century Dukes and somethingto do with the Arms displayed by the families. Work needed.

      Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the ..., Volume 1
      edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams p 79

      More in History of the Huguenot emigration to America, Volume 1
      By Charles Washington Baird p278

      His existing papers: http://www.rihs.org/mssinv/Mss294.htm

      I have attached a descent which I doubt in particulars, though I suspect that it is close to enough to bear further investigation. See for examplethe refs above and http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/698835/family?fpid=-1942867777#pedigree=-875857119

      Bernon, Gabriel, Newport, a Huguenot, s. of André, b. at Rochelle, in France, 6 Apr. 1644, escap. soon after, or, as one rep. has it, shortly bef.the revocat. of the Ediet of Nantes, tho. for his relig. he suffer. two yrs. imprisonm. if tradit. e correct, and came to Boston, resid. some yrs.here, and after 1691; but in 1718 was one of the chief support. of the Ch. of Eng. at Kingstown; and in his 92d yr. at Providence d. 1 Feb. 1736. Byfirst w. Esther, d. of Francois Leroy of Rochelle, had ten h. (of wh. he brot. eight), and by sec. w. wh. was Mary Harris, four more. See Knowles,431. His only s. d. in early life; but the progeny of sev. ds. are kn. in our day; and one of them, Mary, m. Gabriel Tourtellot, a fellow-passeng.from France.

  • Sources 
    1. [S248] An historical discourse delivered in St. John's Church, Providence, R.I, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - Clark, Thomas M.. An historical discourse delivered in St. John's Church, Providence, R.I. : on St. Barnabas's Day, June, 11, 1872, in commemoration of the one hundred and;).
      Residence date: 1722-1872
      Residence place: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

    2. [S212] Web: Rhode Island, Find A Grave Index, 1663-2011, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi: accessed 15 March 2012.Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-b;).
      Birth date: 6 Apr 1644
      Birth place:
      Death date: 1 Feb 1736
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    3. [S99] Empty Source from Gedcom File.

    4. [S297] Millennium File, Heritage Consulting, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003;).