Pierre Monnet (?-1712), Huguenot Emigrant

14 Oct

Pierre Monnet is the 9th great-grandfather of Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt, Sandy, and the 10th great-grandfather of Asher, Owen, Caitlyn, Becky, Emily, Jack, Jill, Jordan, Mike, Brian.

Our Monnet/Manee roots are in Poitou, France

Our Monnet/Manee roots are in Poitou, France

Pierre Monnet was born in Poitou, France, c1670s, and naturalized in London in 1688. An English civil record, the Letters of Denization, cataloging French émigrés, shows Peter [sic] Monnet and his wife Catherina [sic] and their son Peter [sic] living in London in 1685/1686. Pierre’s father, Pierre Monnet, was a French Huguenot who fled his native Poitou to escape religious persecution. His mother, Catherine Pillot, had been born in London of parents, Israel Pillot and Jeanne Goudry Pillot, who were also Huguenot émigrés from Poitou.

The younger Pierre left England for the New World, exact year unknown, and settled on land for which he received a patent on Staten Island. He married Marie LeFebvre and had four sons, Abraham (our ancestor; born in 1707), Peter, John and Isaac. In contemporary records, Pierre is listed as a master weaver.

Pierre made a will, dated June 19, 1707, naming his wife and children. He died only a few years later, as evidenced by the probate of his will on April 8, 1712. Pierre was likely no older than age 50 at the time of his death.

Pierre’s name appears in his will as “Pierre Manett,” a stepping stone on the way to the family surname’s soon mutation to the phonetically equivalent “Manee.”


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