Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wild Wednesday in Genealogy ~ The French Protestant Huguenot Church

It was an exciting day for me when I went to see the only still operating French Huguenot Church in America in Charleston, South Carolina.  I went to tour it just because it was French and I am a descendant of French Huguenot, Maureen Duvall.  Maureen came to Maryland about 1650 with 150 immigrants under Colonel William Burgess.  One of his children was Susanna, who married Robert Tyler.
While touring the church and taking photos, a church member was telling us about the church that was built in 1681.  It was beautiful.  Then my Mom noticed Maureen's name on the wall!  The church member explained that when the church needed to be updated, they asked for donations from other French Huguenots in the US, so if a name is on the wall, a descendant of them donated money to help the church.  It was a very wild surprise.
So if you ever get to Charleston, you should check out this historical church.


French Church

Duvall Society

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