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Goodman Muzzy. He left a will dated May 31, 1653, to which was attached a codicil, dated Jany. 4, 1660, proved May 10, 1666. An extract from the will can be seen in the "Fuller-King" Appendix ante. The will mentions his daughter Elizabeth Fuller and her daughter (his grandchild) Elizabeth, afterward wife of James King of Suffield. Thomas acquired a very considerable property which he disposed of by his will, his wife surviving him and being executrix thereof. Their children, as recorded in the parish register of Baptisms of St. Michael's Church at Bishop's Stortford, County Herts, England, were as follows: Issue:
i. Robert,5 baptized May 24, 1612; died at Haverhill,
Mass., June 25, 1694. ii. Benjamin, b. and d. Oct., 1614. iii. Ralfe, baptized October 19, 1615; buried June 8, 1626. iv. James, baptized Feb. 16, 1617; a lieutenant colonel; d.
at Tangier, 1664; never came to America, v. Joseph, b. June 25, 1620; a minister; died at Concord, Mass., Jany. 3, 1680. 5 vi. Elizabeth, baptized June 14, 1623; married at Ips
wich. Mass., John Fuller, vii. John, baptized Feb. 26, 1625; died at Gloucester,
Mass., Dec. 2, 1700; left large property, viii. Thomas, died 1653. ix. Nathaniel, baptized July 18, 1630; died at Ipswich,
Mass., Dec. 29, 1712. x. Susan, baptized March 17, 1632. May have died on voyage to America.
Elizabeth" Emerson. (Thomas, Robert,3 Thomas,1 Ralf1),
baptized at Bishop's Stortford, England, June 14, 1623; d.;
married John Fuller.
6 i. Elizabeth9 Fuller, born Ipswich, Mass., May 31,
1652; died Suffield, Conn., June 30, 1715; married Ipswich. Mass., March 23, 1674, James King. Note.—There were nine other children of whom I need make no mention here. See Fuller-King, page 509 ante.
Elizabeth* Fuller, (Elizabeth11 Emerson, Thomas* Robert," Thomas,2 Rolf1), born in Ipswich, Mass., May 31, 1652; died in Suffield, Conn. (then Mass.), June 30, 1715; married in Ipswich, Mass., March 23, 1674, James King. They removed to Suffield, Conn., in 1678 and were the ancestors of our King family of Suffield. Their descendants are given in the King Genealogy preceeding. (See pages 68-81 ante).
DEVOTION - de VAUTION - KING
Hannah Devotion, born in Suffield, Conn., April 24, 1716; died in Suffield, March 4, 1805; married in Suffield, June 2, 1740, Captain Joseph3 King (James,2 William1) and from this union sprang many descendants, now forming an extensive branch of the King family. She descended from an ancient and noble family in France, La Barre de Vaution, de la Guessonniere, which is now said to be extinct in France. The last male of the Devotion family in the United States died recently, and with him the name here also has ceased.
Harvey J. King, Esq., of Troy, N. Y., in his Genealogy of the New York Branch of the King Family of Suffield, Conn., has published some very interesting data concerning the de Vaution and Devotion family, which I take the liberty of reproducing here.
"edward Devotion, born (of French Huguenot parentage) about 1621, joined the church at Brookline, Mass., March 16, 1645. Mary, his wife, and his son Edward, were baptized Feb. 25, 1649. He settled at Roxbury, Mass., where he died in 1685. When Mr. Harvey J. King compiled his Genealogy of the King Family of Suffield he had, as he says, "long been endeavoring to discover the genesis, in its present form, of the name of the Devotion family, but without success. As Edward Devotion, its first representative in America, was of French descent, it was evident that his name, so distinctively English in its orthography, must have undergone some transformation after he came to New England either in the spelling or by a modification of some kind. Such transformations were of frequent occurrence, not only among the early Dutch settlers in America but also among the French Huguenot refugees as shown by the early histories of New England.
Governor Edward Winslow, himself a passenger on the Mayflower, afterward Governor of Plymouth Colony, and its earliest historian, tells us of the Dutch, French and Walloon members of the church, how "their non-Anglican names were corrupted into English forms such as Cuthbertson for Godbertson, Delano for De la Noye," (Truax for Du Trieux, Bovie for Beaufils), etc.
Many familiar names might be added, including Bowdoin, changed from Baudoin and Sigourney from Sigournais. "The Sigourney family bore the name of a locality in the province of Poitou, where not improbably they may have originated." (See Baird's "The Huguenot Emigration to America," Vol. i, p. 282) Pertinent in this connection is the fact that Edward Devotion was of French Huguenot origin and came from the vicinity of La Rochelle.
Miss Emma C. King, of Xenia, Ohio, who in 1895 travelled from Paris to La Rochelle for the sole purpose of obtaining information relative to the ancestors of the Devotion family, kindly furnished to Mr. Harvey J. King as the result of her investigation, transcripts from the official records which seem to leave no room for doubt that the name of Edward Devotion, prior to his coming to New England, was written "de Vaution," and was then changed only by Anglicizing the spelling, the pronunciation remaining unchanged. The fact is worthy of mention that the transcripts in question were obtained through Louis M. M ;schinet de Richemond, who is accredited in recent literature as "The learned Rochellese historian." They are supplemented by numerous references to historical data relative to the family contained in "Archives Nationale" and "La France Protestante."
From the transcripts, which include several branches of the family, we copy only the following as sufficient for our present purpose:
De La Barre, De La Guessonniere, De Vaution.
This family is a native of La Beauce. It produced several branches, one of which was located in Poitou at the end of the fifteenth century; from this latter sprang several small branches, all of which seem now to be extinct in France. We take the verified filiation in volume 15 of Cherin, in the National Library at Paris, Department of Manuscripts. This family belong to the Reformed church before 1585.
"Coat of Arms: La Barre de Vaution, de la Guessonniere l'argent a une bande (alias barre) d'azure, charge de (3) trois coquilles d'or, accompagnee de 2 merlettes de sable, 1'une en chef 1' autre en point."
"first Branch De Vaution, De La Guessonniere"
1. Jean De La Barre, Esquire, Lord of Vaubernard (native of Dourdan, diocese of Chartres). was the younger son of Jean, lord de Rinville, and of Marie de Mazis. He was an Archer of the Guard of the King. He married at the Venerie de Couhe, on Oct. 12, 1492, Jeanne Poispaille (or Poupaille), daughter of Peter, Esquire and of Roberta d'Amaury. (She received for her marriage portion the fief of Balut, Champagne St. Hilaire). From that marriage were born: ist Jacques .(who follows) 2d Louis, etc. (Several others are named and their marriages stated in detail).
2. Jacques De La Barre, Esquire, lord de Valenfray, (above named). He married April 12, 1527, Nicole, daughter of Magdelon Mallevault, Esquire, from which marriage were born: ist Francois (who follows); 2d Louis, etc. (Several others are named and their marriages stated in detail).
3. Francois De La Barre, Esquire, lord de La Barre et De Vaution (above named). He obtained a judicial confirmation of his nobility in 1584, and again in 1598, upon exhibiting his titles tracing back as far as 1492. He had married on Oct. 24, 1578, Marie Landry, daughter of late Esquire, lord de Sault, and of Junienne de Puyvert. By this marriage he had: ist Pierre, etc. (several others are named).
4. Pierre De La Barre, Esquire, lord De Vaution. Bois de Luche. (named Monsieur De VAUTION.) He was twice married. First on July 4, 1607, with Louise Blanchard, daughter of Rene, lord de Bonout, and of Anne de Beaumont, and second on July 30, 1617, with Judith de Pellard, daughter of Nachor, Esquire, lord de Montigny, La Guessonniere, and of Judith du Petit Croix.
"It does not appear that any children were born of the first marriage. By the second marriage he had 1st, Jean; 2d, Anne; 3d, Catharine; 4th, Pierre, Esquire, lord de Vaution, etc."
Further transcripts exhibit the pedigree of branches of the family, located at Poitou, Anjou and La Touraine, and state that "All were of the Reformed Religion."
History informs us that more than 500,000 adherents of the "Reformed Religion" became refugees from France to escape the persecutions, or worse, to which all such were subjected during the greater part of the seventeenth century. Most of them settled in England, Holland and other European states, but we are told that many "departed for North America, and as early as 1625 several Huguenot families settled in New York City, then New Amsterdam. Others founded New Rochelle. Those who fled to Massachusetts were settled in Oxford, Worcester County, but soon after removed to Boston." (See American Cyclopedia, title "Huguenots." Also Baird's "The Huguenot Emigration to America.")