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July 14, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: The French Connection

Huguenots fleeing by Luykens

Huguenots Fleeing by Jan Luykens

It is Bastille Day, France’s version of the 4th of July, which brings to mind the influence of Huguenots, French Protestants, on Buckingham County.

Several of the original Huguenot families who settled at Manakin Towne (Goochland County, Virginia) in the early 1700s, made their way west along the south side of the James River.  Apparently, they liked the area that would become Buckingham County and made it their home.

My French families include Agee, Bondurant, Ford (Faure), and Guerrant.  I suspect they added a significant dash of refinement to Buckingham’s English stock, creating intermarriages such as Woodson-Agee, Moseley-Bondurant, Moseley-Guerrant, and Harris-Ford.

Do you have Huguenot ancestors who lived in Buckingham County?  If so, please comment with your surname.


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  1. Trey Harris / Aug 6 2021 8:07 am

    I suspect I do? My 4th Great Grandfather Samuel Harris was married to Tryphena Harris 30 Sept. 1790 in Buckingham Co. VA by The Rev. Rene Chastain Jr. Tryphena was the daughter of Thomas Harris and Sally Lacy not sure if she and Samuel were from the same line of Harris or not? My DNA which I’ve has tested through several companies shows some French DNA and a lot of matches with the Chastain family of Buckingham County. Anyone else related to this Harris family? Would love to share information.

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 6 2021 8:11 am


      This is not my Harris family. Hopefully, someone will recognize your line and contact you.


      • Trey Harris / Aug 6 2021 10:06 am

        Thanks Joanne!

  2. Sue Whiles Chaffee / Aug 5 2021 3:18 pm

    I am Susan Whiles and come from Matthieu Agee’s son Anthony

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 6 2021 6:59 am


      Thanks for dropping in at Slate River Ramblings.


  3. ken tford / Aug 13 2020 12:17 pm

    This is Boaz Ford I think?

  4. kent ford / Aug 13 2020 12:12 pm

    I am William Kent Ford, III, Great grandson of AC Ford. What fun to stumble on this. We’ve got lots of family archives here from our line. I live in Durango Colorado.

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 13 2020 3:20 pm


      Thanks for your comments and for joining us here at Slate River Ramblings.

      Enjoy exploring the archives!


  5. Robert Herron / May 22 2020 11:34 am

    Hi Joanne. My grandfather, Delta Foster Ford, was a direct descendant of the Widow Faure and her son Pierre who arrived in Virginia in 1700 on the ship The Mary and Anne. My great-grandfather, Tirey Ford, wrote a short book titled, The History of the Ford Family (1900). We have that book somewhere. My sister keeps extensive records, etc. If interested contacting her, let me know. You can find my first book in pdf form at the United States Holocaust Museum’s website: Nazis & Reds: A Chronology of the Prewar Years. Cheers, Bob (title listed under: Robert Sterling Herron). My mother was Jeanne Ford.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 22 2020 1:34 pm

      Hello Robert,

      Many thanks for your comment. Try searching Slate River Ramblings for more about Huguenots in Buckingham County. Enjoy the results!


  6. Katherine Williamson Arth / Feb 21 2018 9:37 am

    My French families who settled at Manakin Towne (Goochland Co, VA) in the early 1700s include Agee, Bondurant, Ford, McAshan, Hall and…all the way back to our Gateway Ancestor Walter Aston.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 21 2018 10:51 am

      Katherine, Thanks for your comment. Fords, Agee, and Bondurant are part of my Buckingham County family. Joanne

  7. Janis Shelton / Jul 19 2017 3:34 pm

    My 5th great Grandmother was Rebecca Lucado. I am a Jamerson…My great grandmother was Virginia (Jennie) Sharp.

  8. Debbie / May 19 2017 2:08 pm

    I am a direct descendant of Mathieu Isaac Ageé (his great-granddaughter, Susannah Ageé Jones, was my great-great-great-great grandmother on my mother’s branch) as well as the Chastain Family (linked by marriage to the Ageé Family), Francis Marion Triplett, and Jean Harris, all who resided in Manakintowne, VA. Through my Tracey ancestry, I am also a descendant of the Henley Family through the Abbott Family of Culpeper, VA, and subsequently of Wolf Creek, Giles, VA/Mercer, WV. I am developing a Huguenot project and would like to know any information you might have on these families. Thank you.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 19 2017 3:13 pm

      Debbie, Thank you for your comment. While I don’t personally know anything these Agee families, I highly recommend TWIGG & TURF, The French Lands, by Priscilla Harriss Cabell, if you have not already discovered it. Cabell’s book is a great introduction to the French families who settled in Goochland, County.

    • Shirley Seaborn / Jul 14 2017 10:25 pm

      Debbie, do you know about the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin? Their national headquarters is in Powhatan County and has a library with information that might be helpful to you. They have copies of Twigg and Turf and Priscilla Cabell has been a guest at meetings in the past. Last year I joined as a descendant of Jean Pierre Bondurant, but Mathew Agee is also my 6th great grandfather. The Bondurant Family Association publishes a newsletter for members and they have published several books about the family (also at Manakin headquarters). They have additional information about various Huguenot families that are related to the Bondurants. I would love to know more about the Agee family and I have been wondering if they have a family organization similar to the Bondurants.

      • Joanne Yeck / Jul 15 2017 7:41 am

        Shirley, As both an Agee and a Bondurant, thanks for adding this useful information to the conversation. Joanne

  9. Bill / Apr 24 2017 7:15 am

    Bill Guerrant here. I’m glad to have discovered your blog and especially glad to learn of the Cabell book, of which I had been unaware!

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 24 2017 7:47 am

      Welcome, Biil! Please use to search box to look for Guerrants and other Buckingham kin. Joanne

  10. Ian T. Shearn / Feb 23 2017 5:58 pm

    Yes, I am a direct descendent of Mathieu Isaac Agee, the first Agee in America. He is my 8th great grandfather. I am just now exploring that part of my family tree. Any reading recommendations for the Huguenot refugees in Virginia? And the Huguenot persecution in France, for that matter.

    Ian Shearn

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 24 2017 8:10 am

      Ian, thanks for your comment. TWIGG & TURF, The French Lands, by Priscilla Harriss Cabell, is a great introduction to the French families who settled in Goochland, County. Also, if you have not already, look into the Huguenot Society. Have fun, fellow Agee! Joanne

    • Dawn / Feb 25 2017 12:14 am

      Welcome cousin! Mathieu Agee is also my 8th great grandfather.

  11. Joanne Yeck / Jan 12 2017 11:33 am

    It is wonderful to see so many of my Buckingham County Huguenot cousins connecting here at Slate River Ramblings. Keep the comments flowing! Joanne

    • Judy Kiilehua / Jan 12 2017 7:08 pm

      It’s so great to have this creative and unique way of finding Buckingham cousins, all thanks to you, Joanne!

  12. Carole Jensen / Jan 10 2017 11:31 am

    Hi Joanne,

    For years I suspected that my gg-grandfather, Jacob Agee Baber, was connected to the Agees, although it was reported otherwise. I finally found a source that suggested his mother was Elizabeth Agee and cautiously added her to my tree. Well, the DNA/tree matches were phenomenal–Agees dominate the matches. I also have Bondurant, Chastain, Faure/Ford, Gandovin, Garrett, Guerrant, Perreau/Perrow, and Trabue. Nice to see so many cousins.

    Carole Jensen

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 10 2017 11:39 am

      Carol, Thanks for adding this new information. You and I share Agee, Bondurant, Ford, Guerrant and Trabue lines. Joanne

    • Judy Kiilehua / Jan 10 2017 10:53 pm

      Carole, I spent a while today sorting out which Elizabeth Agee was married to George Baber, parents to your Jacob Agee Baber. It appears to me that it must have been Elizabeth, daughter to Jacob Agee and Elizabeth Garrett. The Agee Register says she married “Baber” without a first name, but it sure would appear this is right. The age and location are right. If so, she is my first cousin, 4x removed. I didn’t have info previously, so this has been interesting research.

      I also notice that George Baber’s brother, Costello Hill Baber, married Martha Catherine Brooks, who was the daughter to Maria Suzanna Agee and Vincent Reid Brooks. Maria Suzanna Agee was sister to Elizabeth Agee Baber! One big happy (we hope) family, eh?

      Costello Hill Baber was photographed with an H. Agee and the caption says they founded the Baber Agee Methodist Church. I can’t find a history on that church. Would love to know who this “H. Agee” is!

      Always fun to find a new cousin!

      • Carole Jensen / Jan 11 2017 9:17 am


        It is so nice to connect with another cousin. My findings and DNA/tree matches coincide with what you have. George Baber’s wife Elizabeth is believed to be the daughter of Jacob Agee and Elizabeth Garrett. I have the Agee family reference that Elizabeth “married a Baber.”

        George Baber is among the witnesses to Jacob Agee’s service in the American Revolution. Mary “Polly” Agee (Snoddy), another daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Agee, also appeared as a witness. One of George and Elizabeth’s sons lived with Polly for a while, suggesting a close family connection.

        George and Elizabeth Baber’s son, Jacob Agee Baber, is my gg-grandfather, another soldier in Company D. To me, his middle name had no connection unless his mother was an Agee.

        In a cemetery transcript for the Works Progress Administration, by Rosa G. Williams, July 15, 1936, my grandfather, Clinton T. Baber, is identified as the owner of the Agee Cemetery, “which is 1.6 miles west of Penlan, Buckingham, Virginia, on Route 671, thence 1 mile south on the private road.” Clint is identified as a “great grandson.” During that time, only one stone was visible. (Volunteers are searching for this site.) Clint died suddenly a few months later.

        Jacob Agee and Elizabeth “Betsy” Garrett lived nearby on “Greenfield” on the Slate River and Rocky Creek. Rosa G. Williams, WPA, completed an Historical Inventory on this home on October 29, 1937. By that time the home was referred to as the “Old Snoddy House” but was owned by Robert W. Perrow. Mrs. Williams states that “there is a family graveyard on the place, but only one marker . . .”

        Thank you for responding, Judy. I will look into H. Agee. Thank you also to Joanne for helping all of us make the French Connection.


      • Renee Penland / May 31 2019 9:34 pm

        I am looking for information on a Judith Baber. She married William McFadden of Buckingham County. They are first seen on the census in 1810. I am trying to confirm whose Judith’s parents are. I do know they lived in New Canton, VA in the early 1800s.

      • Joanne Yeck / Jun 1 2019 8:12 am


        I don’t recognize Judith Baber, however, there are Slate River Ramblings followers working on the Baber family. Perhaps, one will see your comment. If you haven’t already, search the archive for the Baber surname. You might find a clue.


  13. Blythe / Aug 7 2016 9:43 am

    I am of Agee descent but can’t find much information on the Buckingham County Agees/Murrays. My grandmother was Sallie Murray whose parents are listed as Samuel Murray and Mary Agee. Mary appears to be Almira/Almena/Almina Agee. Samuel Murray is listed as witness on Thomas Agee’s 1812 pension paperwork. Thomas Agree is probably the son of John Agee and Sicily Hall. If anyone has any information on these branch of the Agee tree, let me know.

    • Judy Kiilehua / Aug 8 2016 6:14 pm

      Blythe, I have a fair amount on this line. John Agee (m. Sicily Hall) was the fourth son of James Agee, and older brother to my 3rd gr grandfather, Hercules Agee. If you have access to Ancestry, you can find my tree (Robertson/McFarren family tree) Be sure to check sources in the “gallery” on each person’s page.

      If you do not have access to then feel free to contact me so we can work something out for sharing information. I don’t have info on the Murrays until after the marriage Almira (Agee) and Samuel Murray, but can help you with the Agees.


      • Joanne Yeck / Aug 20 2016 10:52 am

        Judy, Many thanks for sharing the link to your extensive family tree at You have so many wonderful photos! What a great resource. Joanne

  14. Mary Elizabeth Ruehlen Lindig / Jun 29 2016 12:40 am

    After filtering through decades of Taylors, I made the connection to Pierre Chastain, our immigrant ancester.The tie in is with The Rev Rene’s daughter, Rhoda Chastain Hudnall. I still have to prove details, but the line extended to me through my father, Cecil T. Ruehlen whose mother was Addie Mae Taylor, who married Thomas Jefferson Ruehlen of Kansas. Now there was a bunch of Anglo/ Saxon relatives who were shocked to know we had French in our line.

    I’ve known for some time that there was Huguenot ancestry on my mother’s side from the Isle de France in Paris and ended up in Quebec and Montreal. I’m looking at passenger lists, but it may well be that they were among the King’s daughters.

    Thank you for all the work you have done.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 29 2016 7:57 am

      What good news. Perhaps another Slate River Ramblings reader will recognize your line and get in touch. Joanne

  15. Deborah Prideaux / Jun 8 2016 9:24 am

    Hello to all my Agee cousins I never knew existed!

    I am directly descended from Mathieu Isaac Agee — One of his great-granddaughters was Susanna Agee, who married Jeremiah Jones and resided in Giles County, VA:

    1) Mathieu Isaac Agee (1670-1735), who married Cecelia Ann Gaudwin/Godwin in 1719, and had a son named
    2) Antoine/Anthony (1719-1799), who married twice but by Christiana Worley (#2) had a son named
    3) Mathieu/Matthew (1747-1823) who married Mary Ligon and had a daughter named
    4) Susanna (1779-1850), who married Jeremiah Jones and had a daughter named
    5) Juda Jones (1812-1894), who married Kinzie Tiller and had a daughter named
    6) Minerva Elizabeth Tiller (1844-1896), who married Harvey Stewart Tracey/Tracy (the ‘e’ dropped out somewhere…I’m putting it back!), who had a daughter named
    7) Docia (‘Dicey’) Victoria Tracey Butler (1867-1894), who was one of my maternal great-grandmothers.

    I just started researching my family, and I’m going to join The Huguenot Society of America. Has anyone else joined??

    I’m related to the Batte Family, the Chastain Family, the Lanier Family, the Sevier Family, and the Henley’s and the Tracey’s who are among the First Families of Virginia. My grandmother was an orphan who knew her grandfather, Harvey Stewart Tracey, quite well. Had I not heard about HIM, I would have never known this French Connection! And speaking of that, I’m also related to the French Family of Giles County, VA – and the Euliss Family of Orange County, NC.

    I welcome any information anyone has! So happy to have found this blog!

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 8 2016 9:41 am

      Deborah, I delighted you found your way to Slate River Ramblings. As you may have guessed, I’m an Agee. My g.g.g.g.grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Agee (died about 1880). Two of her sons moved to Richmond, Virginia and one remained in Buckingham County for most of his life, finally, moving to Richmond as well. Enjoy exploring Slate River Ramblings. Posts concerning the many Huguenot families who settled in Buckingham are scattered throughout. Joanne

  16. Mary Agee Walker / Dec 17 2015 8:41 am

    Hello My name is Mary Agee Walker. I am a direct descendant of Mathieu-James-Noah-Phillip Agee. Philip was born in Ouachita County Arkansas in 1802, He lived near Camden in that county. He was married four times (widower).One of his son is Stephen A. Agee who is the father of my grandfather. Harvey Agee. My father Jerrel Lee is the youngest son of Harvey Anderson Agee. After Phillip, the remaining Agees were also born in Ouachita County. I had always been told that the Agees were some of original settlers there before it was a state.. Phillip Agee is buried in Harmony Grove which is near Camden, His grave is in an unmarked cemetery on the Broughton place. My dad was very into Agee family history so every summer I would take to all the old Agee cemeteries. I still visit those cemeteries whenever I go to Camden. I do it in remembrance of my father. He kept Phillip Agee’s cemetery clean and cut. Unfortunately it has overgrown since the death of all Harvey’s children. In old Camden one of the major streets is Agee Street. My parents lived in an apartment one block from it. The limousine drove Agee Street to the funeral home. I live in Texas.

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 17 2015 8:49 am

      Mary, Many thanks for adding your Agee line to Slate River Ramblings. My gggg-grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Agee (b. 1825), living in Buckingham County. She married my ancestor, Talton B. Woodson, and later, her cousin, Thomas Meredith Agee. Joanne

  17. gloria Harris / Jun 27 2015 11:32 pm

    I just love this site, and want to say hello and good work to all my cousins . I am a Harris family from Buckingham Va. with connections to all the names that were mentioned here, plus I lived in Cumberland co. Va. for 20 years and since I owned a business there, and belonged to several organizations, came to know many families, When looking for loved ones, be sure to check surrounding counties as the borders changed several times for Cumberland, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Appomattox, Campbell , and I’m still looking in that vicinity for our heritage, there is just so much history up there.
    thanks to all cousins

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 28 2015 7:06 am

      Gloria, Thanks for your kind comments. Please let us know which is your Buckingham Harris line (there is more than one). Please post names and dates, since names are often repeated! If you haven’t already, put Harris in the search box. You’ll get results concerning my John M. Harris (1795-1874) who lived near Sharps Creek. You are correct, looking for family and history in adjacent counties can be very fruitful. Those doing research in Buckingham County are fortunate that some of the neighboring counties have many surviving records. Joanne

    • Fran Harris-Hill / Jun 28 2015 10:31 am

      Gloria, I would like to share Harris information as well. You could contact me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Trey Harris / May 14 2020 4:01 pm

      Hi Gloria, I’m a Harris from South Carolina. My Harris’s came from Buckingham Co. Va to Union Co. SC in 1792. Curious if you’ve done any DNA testing? Would love share notes? My email address is Sincerely, Trey Harris

  18. Lee / Feb 1 2015 10:56 am

    Hi Joanne – my surname is Jones (Abraham Jones married Nancy Garret). I share the surnames Bondurant, Agee, Ayres, Faure, Guerrant, & Bryant. Enjoying your blog.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 1 2015 2:24 pm

      Thank, Lee, for posting your surnames. We are cousins several ways. Joanne

  19. Judy Kiilehua / Jan 4 2015 2:01 pm

    I commented a year and a half ago regarding my Agee ancestry. I’ve learned so much since then, perhaps most significantly that my 3rd gr grandfather, Hercules Agee, son of James Agee and Marie Faure (Ford), did not have surviving children with his first wife, Sallie Fuqua, while in Buckingham. This valuable information was found in the fabulous Univ. of VA archives (Chancery records). I was also able to untangle long held misinformation about my line through a meticulous study of the Personal Property Tax records and land records of Buckingham County. A lot of work but worth it!

    The fascinating revelation to me was how close the Huguenot families remained, even when moving on to other areas, as in the case of Hercules Agee. He remarried twice after the death of Marie Faure, but only after a move to Richmond county, NC. Names that crop up in that area are Dumas, Moseley, Bondurant, Guerrant, etc. My sense is that the “French connection” ran deep. Thanks for keeping the comments coming. I read them with great interest!

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 4 2015 2:12 pm

      What good news! Your hard work paid off. Chancery case records often yield wills and lists of family members. Even though court records for Buckingham County are mostly destroyed pre-1869, Buckingham families can be found in court in other counties. Personal Property Tax records are very useful, too. I have found that Virginians often migrated in clusters. Now I know I have multiple cousins who moved to Richmond County, NC.

  20. Dawn Reinas / Jan 3 2015 9:38 pm

    I am working on my family tree and I have Bondurant, Agee, and Ayres in my family tree. Mary Elizabeth Agee is my 6th great grandmother. I was always curious as to the Huguenot and French connection.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 4 2015 8:44 am

      Dawn, Is your Mary Elizabeth Agee the one who married Talton B. Woodson and Thomas Agee? She died Bet. 15 Jul 1880–08 May 1882. Thanks. Joanne

      • Dawn Reinas / Jan 8 2015 5:38 pm

        My Mary Elizabeth Agee was born in 1762 in Buckingham County, died 1803 Buckingham. I have her marrying Isaac Garrett in 1780 (he was from Buckingham Cty as well). Isaac was the son of Charles Garrett and Mary (molly) Ayers.
        I have not explored Mary Agee’s ancestors as of yet, I do not know who her parents are. Mary and Isaac had quite a few children, and their son Jacob Garrett is my connection to them.

    • Judy Kiilehua / Jan 8 2015 8:07 pm

      Dawn, your Mary Elizabeth Agee, married to Isaac Ayers Garrett, was sister to my 3rd gr grandfather, Hercules Agee. In other words, she was daughter to James Agee (son of the progenitor in America, Matthieu Agee) and Mary Elizabeth Ford/ Marie Faure. Yes, all are Huguenots. James and Mary (Ford) Agee had 12 children. I believe your Mary was the 6th of these. All this is documented in several published family histories, i.e. The Agee Register, A Genealogical Record of the Descendants Of Mathieu Agee A Huguenot Refugee To Virginia, by Louis N. Agee, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore. Also see A Record of the Agee Family by PM Agee. There’s more in other family’s histories as well, like the Faure’s and other allied families.

      So! I guess we are cousins! Happy researching!

      • Dawn Reinas / Jan 8 2015 8:52 pm

        Oh my goodness thank you so much! That information opened another door wide open for me!! Isaac Garrett and Mary Agee are my 6th great grandparents, their son Jacob and his wife Mildred are my 5th great grandparents. Nice to meet you cousin!! 🙂

  21. Beyond My Garden / Jan 2 2015 11:28 pm

    I am a direct descendant of Daniel Guerrant, “the immigrant” My mother was born and raised at Algoma, 1922 her father was Samuel Saunders Guerrant (b. 1860s) who named Algoma. He rebuilt it and started an apple orchard there. His father & Mother’s home burned when he was a child. E. O Guerrant who was the missionary in Kentucky was his father’s brother, my mother’s great uncle. My mother visited his wife in Florida (I think) when she was little. Samuel S. Guerrant’s 1st cousin in Danville pronounced his name “Guerin”. He has descendants who live in NC.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 3 2015 7:56 am

      Thanks for adding your family line. Do you know if Algoma, Kentucky remembered Algoma in Buckingham County? Joanne

  22. James Alfred Figg III / Apr 2 2014 11:55 am

    All right, here goes……….. In researching my grandmother’s MOTHER’s Guerrant family, I am interested in the connection to Buckingham…. there appears to be a Guerrant house in Arvonia, Peter Guerrant, c. 1805?). My grandmother, Constance Guerrant Rigby (Figg) was born and raised in Christiansburg, the daughter of James Rigby Jr. and Constance Lacy Guerrant, who was daughter and grand daughter respectively of Maj William Gibson Guerrant C.S.A., and John Reveley Guerrant.
    My grandparents are buried at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff, as my grandfather, Rev. James Alfred Figg, was Rector there in the 1960’s until his death in 1968. As a young boy, we would visit them in Fork Union in the summer, and spend time at Lower Bremo, with Grandmother’s friend, Mrs. Cocke, and swim in the “swimmin’ hole”. we are direct line to Daniel Guerrant the Immigrant, on the ship “Nassau” in 1700, settled at Manakin. My question is WHO HOW and WHEN the Guerrants went to Southwestern Va, to settle at Pilot, near Christiansburg. There is also a Guerrant plantation, “Algoma” near Calloway, Va…that having belonged to Samuel S. Guerrant.

    I don’t know about Sally Austin Guerrant (Norvell)…….. James Alfred Figg III New York City

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 2 2014 2:33 pm

      James, I can’t tell you who, how, or when the Guerrant branch got to Pilot, Virginia. I descend from a Moseley-Guerrant marriage in Buckingham County. You are correct, there is a Guerrant house at Arvonia. It has been documented. Perhaps you’ve found reference to it on the Internet. I’ll make it the subject of an upcoming post. Hopefully, another Slate River Ramblings reader will see your comment and know more about your branch than I do. Thanks for joining the conversation. Joanne

      • Jamie Figg / Jan 14 2019 2:03 pm

        I took a road trip from NY to Buckingham Co last Spring and found the remains of Daniel Guerrant’s tavern. A chimney and smoke house, practically adjacent to where Lee camped with his troops at the time of his surrender at Appomattox.. it would be interesting to find the location of Peter Guerrant’s property adjacent to that described in Wm Allen’s Will

      • Joanne Yeck / Jan 15 2019 2:25 pm

        I think we do know the location of Peter Guerrant’s house. Search the Slate River Ramblings archive for the surname and don’t miss this post:


  23. Fran Harris-Hill / Jul 30 2013 1:14 pm

    I also have a French Connection through my Harris line. Mary Lavinia Fore, Born October 3, 1807, married Monroe Anderson Harris on September 13, 1838 and she died near Salisbury, Missouri on July 11, 1875.

    Mary Fore was the daughter of Charles Fore and Mary Anderson and the granddaughter of Peter and Lucy Fore.

    Monroe Anderson Harris was born December 15, 1817 in Buckingham County and died February 26, 1899 on a farm near Salisbury, Missouri. Monroe Anderson Harris was the son of William C. Harris, Jr and Judith Grizzle and he was the brother of my gg-grandfather, Levi Harris. Their grandparents were William C. Harris and Lurita Harris (her maiden name) of Cumberland, VA.

    I have been unable to find the parents of my William C. Harris but believe Lurita Harris’ parents were John Harris and Elizabeth (Unknown) of Cumberland, VA. This John Harris made a Will dated August 21, 1794, Will Book 3, page 49, Cumberland, Va. He died before March 1795. He names his children in this Will – Richard, Samuel, Thomas, John, Rebecca, Betsy and then names three daughters together with married names – Lurita Harris, Betty Lasure, Mary Bryant. In twenty-three years of research, this is the only time I have seen the name Lurita and Monroe Anderson Harris said in an interview before he died that his grandmother was named Lurita and her maiden name was also Harris. He said her Harris line was from England.

    If anyone knows this Betty Harris Lasure, would love to hear from you.


    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 31 2013 6:28 am

      Fran, My Fore/Foure line became Ford. Thanks for posting your Harris query here. Let’s hope a Slate River Ramblings follower has a clue for you.

    • gloria Harris / Jun 27 2015 11:12 pm

      Hi Fran
      I to am a Harris from Va. family direct from Buckingham area, with kin to Fore families in Appomattox Va. Also kin to, and am guessing this Lasure is, ” LeSueur” and they are from same areas.
      Cousins we are 🙂

  24. Fran Harris-Hill / Jul 26 2013 6:25 pm

    My French connection is through my grandmother, Frances Moseley Chernault, born 1896 in Buckingham County, Virginia, and married Russell Levi Harris. Estienne De Cheneau is our ancestor who arrived in Yorktown on the Nassau in January 1701, when about twenty-five years old. There were 191 Huguenot passengers aboard the Nassau which was the fourth ship funded by the Protestant Relief Fund in England to relocate Huguenots to America.

    The entry indicates the immigrant arrived with his wife, but with no children. Researchers believe he lived in Manakin for the first seven years after arriving in the Colonies. It is thought that he departed Manakin a short time after October 30, 1707 following the rejection of his petition by the Executive Council of Virginia. On April 19, 1707, he was one of six residents of Manakin protesting the intolerable conditions of many of the refugees in Manakin. The next record found is in Essex County in 1714 where his name had been anglicized to Stephen Chenault. His signature on the first petition in Manakin alongside those of other leaders of the Huguenot colony at the time suggests that Estienne was probably one of their more respected leaders there.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 26 2013 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Fran. Perhaps, you will hear from other Chernaults.

  25. Joanne Yeck / Jul 19 2013 5:48 pm

    Carole, We are Guerrant cousins!

  26. Frank murray / Jul 15 2013 10:43 am

    It is believed that the first American Godsey’s arrived in Charlestown S.C. in 1688 and around 1700 made the trip to Manakin Towne. They were French Huguenots. The Godseys were in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War and were with Daniel Morgan’s raiders and with George Washington as he crossed the Delaware. They spread from Henrico to Goochland, Buckingham and later Appomattox. They also went to SW Virginia very early, and continued westward.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 15 2013 1:40 pm

      Thanks, Frank!

  27. Mary Carolyn Steger Mitton / Jul 15 2013 7:18 am

    My French connection is through my father Herbert Dancy Steger, 1913-1984, a Curdsville boy. Through him I have grandparents Agee, Bondurant, Chastain, Eyre, Faure, Fouquet, Fuqua, Regnault. The remainder of those born in the US are English with one of Germanic extract, perhaps Swiss.

    For balance of genetics, my mother is all English, other one “French” Ayres born in the late 1600s in Virginia, and one “Scottish” McKenney ancestor born in the late 1700s in Virginia.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 15 2013 7:31 am

      Chastain and Fuqua are important additions to our French surname list! Coming soon, Rev. Chastain and his marvelous records.

    • Mary Carolyn Steger Mitton / Jul 15 2013 6:15 pm

      Well, never listen to me before I’ve had several cups of coffee! Of course, my mother was a 4th ggd of Robert Moseley and Mag. Guerrant, thence back to Trabue, Vermeil, Prodhomme….. pardonez moi.

      • Joanne Yeck / Jul 15 2013 6:59 pm

        And, we are delighted to have Robert Moseley and Mag. Guerrant in common!

  28. Harry Stuart Holman / Jul 14 2013 7:15 pm

    Dear Reader:

    Probably half the people who are following this blog have Ayres blood. The descendants of Mary Leake, “Polly,” Ayres have French blood through her mother. Her mother was French. She was Judith Faure/Ford. Her father was the young boy immigrant Pierre Faure of Manakin. Judith’s brother Jacques/James lived in Buckingham and appears to have built the oldest part of the house of “Humanity Hall,” where the Holmans lived from 1807 to 1848. In old age he moved to a house across from Old Buckingham Church. His daughter Anna married the well-known Rev. Rene Chanstain who was the first minister of Old Buckingham Church and who died in the 1820’s with an obituary published in the Richmond paper. Anna Ford Chastain and her husband are buried in the front of the church. Anna had a number of sisters (one was the ancestor of Dr. Yeck) and had three brothers, including Capt. Baoz Ford. He commanded a troop of soldiers from Buckingham County who were raised largely by him after the destruction of Washington D.C. by the British (1814). Capt. Boaz Ford (b. 1749) was the father of four children: Samuel (1790-1816)–a person of substantial wealth, Mrs. Magdalen Maupin of Missouri, Mariah, the first wife of Col. John B. Ayres (he later married Mary Marshall Moseley), and Ambrose Ford. Mrs. Mariah Ford Ayres died young and left small children including a daughter Elizabeth Hannah,Ayres, who became the wife of Dr. Robert Holman Ayres of Hillsboro, Ohio (the descendants are the offspring of Lula Van Pelt Holman of Hopewell, Virginia). Lula lived as a child with Dr. Ayres at Eldridge Mills, Buckingham County, Virginia. Mariah Ford Ayres’ brother Ambrose Ford died young leaving two children: Addison and Ambrose. Addison died young. Ambrose Ford, Jr. was styled as Ambrose Ford, Esq. and reported by his brother-in-law to have been “a most excellent man–and wealthy.” He married Elizabeth Hales Holman, daughter of William and Jane Ayres Holman (her grandmother was Judith Ford). Elizabeth Hales Holman Ford died at “Humanity Hall,” at twenty-seven, leaving two children: George Burette who died at the University of Virginia–while a student there and Jane Elizabeth–called Bettie. She was the wife of Dr. Thomas Pride Shields of “Mt. Elba,” Cumberland County (they removed to Marysville, Ohio after The War and left descendants including Miss Mary Longbrake–a noted banking personage of Chicago–who just recently died at an advanced age). Ambrose Ford married as a second wife the sister of Mary Marshall Moseley Ayres–Frances Moseley. They lived at “Humanity Hall” about four years and then moved to an old Carrington place, “Newstead,” on James River at Cartersville. He also had a son Ambrose who married Julia Harrison, daughter of Dr. Edward Jacquelin Harrison, son of Carter Henry Harrison–all of Cumberland. Dr. Charles Sydnor of Raleigh is a descendant of Ambrose Ford, II and his wife Frances, Fannie, Marshall Moseley.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 7:34 pm

      French blood can be lurking behind many a Buckingham surname — including Ayres!

    • Fran Harris-Hill / Jul 30 2013 1:34 pm

      I have read the Holman papers at the LVA and still believe there is a connection between our families. My gg-grandfather’s sister Ridley Moseley Harris, born in 1812 in Buckingham Co, VA, married James Monroe Flood in 1853. In 1835, Ridley made a cross stitch with her initials and underneath were the initials WBM. It made me think the plan was for her to marry this WBM. She was 23 at that time. She did not marry James Monroe Flood until she was 41 years old.

      Early in my research, I found a women who was a descendant and a Moseley researcher. She lived in Farmville, VA and when I made contact, she was on the way out for vacation. We lost touch. I believe my Harris family in Buckingham was associated with the Moseley’s somehow as Ridley seemed to have been named for this Ridley Moseley.


      • Joanne Yeck / Jul 31 2013 6:32 am

        Fran, Thanks for commenting. Several Moseley family members follow Slate River Ramblings.

  29. Judy Kiilehua / Jul 14 2013 1:58 pm

    Oh yes! We have all the names you mention in our tree, primarily connected through Hercules Agee, son of James Sr., grandson of the immigrant Mathieu Agee. We are in the process of thoroughly researching Hercules, who left his lands on the Slate River in Buckingham County in 1816-17 to move on to Richmond, North Carolina, where his adventuresome brother, Noah Agee, had gone some decades before. Little about Hercules Agee has been investigated and written prior to now, so we are working diligently on his narrative. He married Sally Fuqua in Buckingham. She died before he left.
    Since it appears that it was all, or mostly Mary Ford/Faure & James Agee Sr.’s children who lived in Buckingham County, you must descend from one of his children, Joanne. I am currently perusing the Personal Property Tax Lists and Land Tax Lists for the early 1800s, so am becoming more aware of the names and locations of the Buckingham Agees, and some other families with whom we are closely allied. I’ve been enjoying reading the blog, savoring the flavor of the area. Together with the original sources I mentioned, I’m learning about the importance of the waterways like the Slate River and its many Creeks.
    I find it fascinating that there are still Agees (and others) in the area who descend from the Huguenot families. My tail end of the family arrived in California about 100 years ago. It was just a few years short of 200 years ago that Hercules Agee left Buckingham. I truly enjoy learning as much as I can about where we came from!
    Thanks for all your efforts in creating an excellent informative blog.
    Judy (nee Robertson) Kiilehua

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 2:09 pm

      Coz. Judy, thanks for your thoughtful comment. There will more about the Agee family in posts to come. Stay tuned and continue to enjoy your research!

  30. Justsum Stiuff / Jul 14 2013 1:37 pm

    My grandmother was a LeSueur.
    Ruby Talley-Smith is the author of a book and a very knowledgeable researcher. If you do an internet search of her name, you can find the book and very much info that she has freely shared with others on the forum boards.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 2:06 pm

      Thanks for mentioning Ruby Talley Smith’s excellent work. She has helped countless Buckingham researchers, myself included! I’m delighted that so much of what she has learned and collected over the years is available on forum boards.

      • Justsum Stiuff / Jul 14 2013 2:40 pm

        You wrote: “I am particularly interested in the so-called “Bondurant Tract” that became the property of the Samuel Allen–James Harris family”

        I believe that the book that Ruby Talley-Smith authored is the Bondurant Family.

  31. Louise Davis Hume / Jul 14 2013 12:21 pm

    My Huguenot ancesters were Isaac Bryant (son of Jacques Briand) and Isaac LeFevre. Families: Bryant-Anderson; Bryant-Oliver. Also related by marriage to LeSueurs of Buckingham

    Louise Davis Hume

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 1:15 pm

      I didn’t realize that the Bryants were French. The LeSueurs are certainly one of the largest French families in Buckingham. Thanks!

  32. Patrick Murray / Jul 14 2013 10:07 am



    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 10:18 am

      Thank you, Patrick.

      I am particularly interested in the so-called “Bondurant Tract” that became the property of the Samuel Allen–James Harris family. Sometime before 1869, Samuel Robertson became the owner of this tract, possibly as a result of a court case.

      It was described as: “a certain tract or parcel of land . . . situated on the main road leading from The Virginia Mills to Goodwin’s Church and near the Stanton Shop precinct containing five hundred acres . . . . adjoining the lands of Richard Moseley and Barksdale Sergeant, with all the rights privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging. . . . .”

      If you see Samuel Robertson linked to a Bondurant, please let me know. Joanne

  33. Kathy Clark / Jul 14 2013 9:54 am

    Mathieu Agee was my ancestor

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2013 10:04 am

      Thanks, Coz. Kathy!

      • Carole Jensen / Jul 19 2013 5:43 pm

        Hi Joanne,

        Three weeks ago I discovered my French Connection in Sally Austin Guerrant, my ggg-grandmother and the wife of Wm. B. Norvell. Lovely to see so many cousins responded. To all of you who provided information, merci beaucoup.


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