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A French Huguenot Legacy

Slowly the Royal guard sailed the perimeter of the bay; the women kept watch as the men kept repositioning the dorey around the skip out of sight from any long-glass (telescope), and then darkness settled in.  The four embarked in the dorey.  Charles positioned himself at the oars and the small boat pushed against the tide rolling into the bay from the sea.  God must have been looking out for them as all remained silent as the fugitives perservered. 

The Huguenots edged out of the harbor, keeping close to the shoreline, they followed the route that the frigate would have taken setting sail for England.  It was impossible to distinguish one ship from another by light of the moon.  They dared not venture into the open waters too far, having no lantern to make their presence known by bigger ships which could collide with them, nor did they want their presence known by anyone but the English frigate.  There they drifted, resorting to the only thing that could possibly save them -- prayer. 

One by one the large ships sailed further out to sea until at last the fugitives realized they had been left behind.  And then they noticed -- a single lantern light blinking from afar.  It couldn't possibly be the English frigate as there were no signs of additional lights or sails.  Louis and Charles knew the graveness of the danger of attempting to approach the light, yet the danger was no less to stay there adrift where they would surely be spotted come daybreak.  

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - Knights & Nobles                                             

Chapter 2 - Huguenots

Chapter 3 - Rent Asunder

Chapter 4 - Flight to Freedom

Chapter 5 - America, Home of the Brave

Chapter 6 - Establishing our Identity

Chapter 7 - Migration

Chapter 8 - Legacy

Noble House of Guion (genealogy - updated below)

Noble House of Le Fourestier (genealogy)                                                   

Guyon Descendants (genealogy - updated below)

Guion(u) Descendants (genealogy - updated below)


Please feel free to send any corrections or additions to . Your help in contributing to these genealogy surveys is appreciated.

NOBLE HOUSE OF GUION - Last Updated 1/2017


[Includes Guion, Guiou and Gue] 

Just an FYI when dealing with Canadian information :

From 1604 (Samuel de Champlain) to 1755 (the Expulsion of the Acadians from Canada's Eastcoast), the provinces, currently known as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and the French-speaking parts of the state of Maine were known as Acadie (Acadia) in Nouvelle France (New France).

From 1755 to 1783, with English-speaking Plantar settlers from New England, claiming the properties formerly owned by the Acadians, New Brunswick is part of the province of Nova Scotia.

From 1783, onward, with the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists , New Brunswick becomes its own province.


(Includes Guin, Guyon)


(Research has either been determined to not belong to this family's lineage or is undetermined where some of these families may fit in the above genealogy surveys.)

 For Instance - Page 32 of the book refers to Daniel Guion a cousin of William Guion in the unfolding story.  A descendant of Daniel Guion has provided the following information from the Huguenot Society of London but more research needs to be done on the father in order to determine from whom he descends and then  this lineage can be added to the Noble House of Guion genealogy.

Huguenot society - list of Huguenot pensioners vol 51 in the Quarto series
Daniel Guion of St Savinien in Charente-Inferieux 
He was son of Daniel Guion and Louse Le Gendre. 
He had served for 7 years in Piedmont on the Rhine and was naturalised in 1698/9 in Ireland. He became a wine merchant in Dublin.
He became an elder of the church of St Patrick and Married Elizabeth Roy in 1700 by whom they had 3 children, Daniel 1713, George 1716 and Madeleine 1722. This Daniel was an elder of the church and secretaire in 1728 in Portarlington.

[Note: If you get a black screen, click on the side scroll bar of the pdf download, pages should appear. Select landscape orientation (rather than portrait) for printing your pages. Since the documents are large, use the search box on the pdf to hunt for your descendant. It is often best to use the first letter of the middle name without a period since if the full middle name is used in the document, the period can keep it from showing up in the results.  For an example: John Daniel Guion should be searched for as "John D" (nothing more) because using John D. Guion will not bring up the desired result. Sometimes searches are quicker if you know the surname of the spouse since the number of Guion's could take a while.]

In 2014, I researched, compiled and published through a 250-page book covering the time period from the time our family reached America's shores to coming to the Midwest.  The book is leather bound with gold embossed title: American Heritage, Guiou - Bishop Ancestry.  It is a pricey album but is a family heirloom that hopefully will be passed on from one generation to the next.  I am not selling the book, just as I have put on-line genealogy pages on my website, I have likewise given permission in the "preview project" area of this American Heritage book for people to print pages that are applicable to them, or even use to create their own books.  This is my gift to extended family and cousins.   You can access this area HERE. It will take a couple of minutes to load.