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Protestant countries of Europe, especially Germany, Holland and England, received large numbers of these refugees. Their emigration to America commenced early (before the Revocation), and the descendants of the first settlers, and of those who came after them, are to be found particularly in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. Gradually, since then, the churches they established have been merged into the other Evangelical bodies around them, so that the Calvanistic Liturgy and worship of the Huguenot is, today, in America, represented by only one church, the Huguenot church of Charleston, South Carolina. These early churches have been absorbed chiefly by the Protestant Episcopal, Reformed Dutch and Presbyterian bodies. An instance of the merging into another religious body will be found in the conforming, in 1710, of the Huguenot church at New Rochelle, N. Y., to the Church of England, then by law established in America; among the promoters of this change being Isaiah Valleau and his son Peter.
Much could be said regarding the difficulty of searching for Huguenot family history and ancestry, but the dearth of satisfactory accounts of their emigration and dispersion will explain much of it; and, further, the subject is such an extensive one, that the gathering of material relating to it is necessarily a slow, laborious and expensive undertaking. There still remains much to be accomplished in this direction, although a very admirable beginning has been made by the late Rev. C. W. Baird in his "Huguenot Emigration to America," which very valuable work is quoted in the ensuing pages.
After a number of years' search in all directions, and finding it becoming difficult to further fill up deficiencies, it was thought best to print the book in its present state, believing it to be as correct as it can be made at this time, and leaving it to the future to supply any omissions or corrections. A number of blank pages have been inserted in the back of the book, so that those who so desire may place thereon additional records.
Acknowledgments must be made here to all those who have contributed portraits or material for the text. Also, many thanks for the great interest shown in the compilation of the work, and, where required, due mention is made of contributors and sources of information. Concerning the photographs, special thanks are due to Mrs. S. B. Livingston for the ones of Pierre Fauconnier and his Cabinet, and to Mr. Arthur Sands for the Fauconnier Arms. The Valleau Arms has long been in the author's branch of the family, whose copy of it was from one obtained by William Blanchard Valleau, son of Ming, son of William, son of Fauconnier Valleau, during a visit he made to France about sixty years ago. The portrait of Dr. Samuel Bard was copied from the one appearing in the work on his Life by the Rev. Dr. John McVickar. The Valleau House and the Huguenot church at New Rochelle, N. Y., were taken for the book. The photograph of the Paramus church was contributed by Mr. William Rathbone Valleau, and the remaining portraits by the members, where they belong, in the different branches.—A. E. H.
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