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From: Vicki Perry <>
Subject: Re: [ENG-FENS] LePla, Walloons and/or Huguenots
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 08:12:27 +0000
I missed the first part of this dicsussion.
I have a family from the church in Thorney, who I believe ended up in Leicestershire, although I haven't proved it yet because, as Liane says below, it is easy to 'lose' the families after the French church ended.
I have an Abraham Vendyback (Bendyback/Bendy/Vendy/Vandy/many other variants) who 'appeared' in Medbourne, Leics in 1778, when he married Ann Ashby. So he would have been born around 1750. There are Van de Becks in the Thorney registers (including many Abrahams), but the last one is, I think, in 1716. So Abraham is likely to be a son or a grandson of the last generation of the French church (as long as they are the same family). I've never found a baptism record for Abraham, or any later Van de Becks, so I have a gap of 30 or 40 years that I cannot bridge.
If anyone spots any Van de Becks in the areas surrounding Thorney then please let me know!
The Irish Perrys, Vendyback and related families website: www.vendyback.com
> Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 15:13:13 -0700
> Subject: Re: [ENG-FENS] LePla, Walloons and/or Huguenots
> Hi Liane:
> Well said.
> I've also found Walloons in York - the congregation at Sandtoft (before Thorney) applied for settlement in the Forest of Qualtres, Yorkshire but at the time the King. Charles I, was very near, gathering his forces and about to attack the city of Lincoln, so I'm not sure what happened to the
> Walloons - maybe they settled and maybe they dispursed. So far, I haven't found any more on this.
> There were also a number of Walloons (I was told) who went to Lancashire when jobs were hard to get
> around Thorney and the fens. Usually when I come upon a new name i check only the surname in the LDS
> IGI with no location except England and find where a number of that surname have settled, then start
> from there - as you know, everything in the LDS IGI should be checked but the Thorney congregation
> seems to be pretty correct.
> Liane, if you and Bob think DeBoo and Du Bois are the same surname, I'm befuddled as I've always seen
> Du Bois or DUBOIS as a separate and different surname than DeBOO. May I keep my DU BOIS as DU BOIS and not get into the De BOO people?
> Western Washington State USA
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Liane Fenimore <>
> >Sent: May 16, 2009 6:08 AM
> >Subject: Re: [ENG-FENS] LePla, Walloons and/or Huguenots
> >I can only confirm what Carol said about these Walloon families from the French Church at Thorney. Once they started to assimilate, they began to move away from Thorney and thus disappear from the church records there [some of which have disappeared themselves, making the task more difficult].
> >My particular family is Deboo which can be Dubois, Du Bo or Deboo in the French register but changes to mostly Deboo once the family members moved into other parishes. In our case, a group went to Holme in Hunts.
> >The French Church register starts to thin out after 1700 and by 1720 many are gone. Sometimes the name changed slightly, so you have to be creative. The good news is that the register is on the IGI but it really helps to look at the actual register because there are baptismal sponsors listed and they are often family members. The registers are in print form and on film at the LDS.
> >Carol and I have spent many hours searching parish registers in the villages surrounding Thorney - and if she spots a Deboo she lets me know & vice-versa. There is not much of an alternative if you want to be really thorough. With the help of other Deboo researchers, just about everywhere has been done but I still cannot account for all the Deboos who were in the French Church register prior to 1700.
> >Cambridgshire, Northants, Hunts and Lincs all have to be considered - at least, those parishes that are within a certain radius of Thorney. And I believe Carol has spotted people in Norfolk.
> >Wills have also been a valuable resource as the Walloons, in general, were industrious and had either land or assets to leave. Not rich people, but something to pass along. The LDS also have the will indexes and wills for these counties.
> >Liane Fenimore
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