Ancestors Jean Bossard and wife Margarethe Mullerin von Westhoffen

by Mary Doran
(Amsterdam Holland)

I believe they left France about 1702 for America as persecuted Hugenots. They had a son Simon, born about 1692. Can I find records of them and possibly go back further?

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Hard to say...
by: Suzele

Hi Mary,

The likelihood of finding records from the late 1600s or early 1700s is much lower than records from the late 1700s when it became mandatory to document births, marriage and deaths amongst other things.

Before this, it was a church matter. And in your case the Huguenots were illegal in the French kingdom.

Even Alsace which was more tolerant of different protestant groups was mostly Lutheran or Reformed. The odds that Huguenot records still exist is lower than for the more common protestant groups.

Another issue is where in Alsace? Records would be organized according to village most likely.

Hope it helps,

Jean Bossard
by: Donna Thompson

Information regarding my 7th great grandfather, year of birth of Huguenot Jean Bossard,who left Alsace under persecution for England, then left in 1700 for America. Did he leave surviving family behind in Alsace, brothers, sisters? He was a linen weaver in Cloth Guild ?

Jean/Gean Johann/ John Bossard, or now Bozarth
by: J Young

Names confused on spelling, Jean or Gean Johann or John Bossard.

I thought it was his wife Margaretha Muellerin VonWesthoffen that was the weaver. The 3 children were Simon, Caleb and Henry Bossard, Sr. even though there is some dispute about Henry Sr. being one of the children.

From a note on my tree:

He came with his wife and 3 children as refugee's aboard ship Peter and Anthony/Catherine Capt. by David Perreau to colony of Manakin, Viriginia Sept 20 1700. From Register of the Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of the National Huguenot Society. 4th edition 1995. Jean Bossard m. 24 March 1691 at Strasburg, France to Margaretha Mullerin Von Westhoffen, Came to the James River in Virginia as a French Refugee on the ship Peter and Anthony, 1700 with his wife and three children. Naturalized in Virginia 1705.
List of passengers from London to James River in Virginia, being French Refugees imbarqued in the ship ye Peter and Anthony, Galley of London. Daniel Perrueau Commander (viz't) 20th of Sept. 1700.
Monsieur Je Joux, minister Jean Bossard, sa femme and 3 enfants Jean Morroe (possibly Moreau) Plus many more.
Bozarth Beacon Vol x, #4 printed article. "The entry in the 1995 edition of the Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors is in error and without documentation.."While Johann Bossart, burgher of Stasbourg (husband of Margaretha Muller) Maybe the Jean Bossard who arrived in VA via England 9 yrs. later this is still conjecture on the part of serious researchers.. The date and birth and marriage of Simon Bossard is undocumented as are the names of his parents. As for Henry Bossard a paper written by Ted W. Bozarth (longttime Bozarth Researcher and Associate Editor for Bozarth Beacon) states Henry Bossard, Sr. was identified as son of Jean Bossard by the Huguenot Soc. of America. Other ref. Henry Bozart Berkley Co. VA. Henry Bussard. Hampshire Co. PA. Henry Bossard taxed Berks Co. Pa. 1780 Rudoph Bossart also taxed same place. Henry Bossard (c1740-1791) died Westmoreland Co. Pa. The name seems to have taken on many spellings and it is hard to say how Bossard came to be pronounced or spelled Bozorth/Bozarth. The Pines of NJ it is pronounced Beaushure.

Would very much love to know who his father was, and others such as siblings, etc.

by: John T. Bozarth

They landed in Manakin Town , Virginia on 20 September 1700.


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