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Fontaine, Peter

Male 1691 - 1757  (65 years)


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  • Name Fontaine, Peter 
    Born 1 Dec 1691  Taunton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1757  Westover, Charles City, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Westover Church, Westover Parish, Charles City Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56711  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 

    Father Fontaine, James,   b. 7 Apr 1658, Jenouille-Jaffe Estate, Veaux, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1728, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Boursiquot, Anne Elizabeth,   b. 8 Feb 1666, Taillebourg, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1721, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 8 Feb 1686  Par. Church, Barnstable, North Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11851  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Fourreau, Elizabeth Ward,   b. 1700, Portarlington, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1724, Westover, Charles City, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1714  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Fontaine, Mary Anne,   b. 1718, Charles City Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1786  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     2. Fontaine, Peter Jr,   b. 15 Sep 1724,   d. 1772  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F18983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Wade, Sarah,   b. 1715, Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1784, Louisa, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1740  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Fontaine, Abraham,   b. 9 Apr 1756, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1831, Goochland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
     2. Fontaine, Moses,   b. Jan 1741/42, Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1796, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)  [natural]
     3. Fontaine, Elizabeth,   b. 1747, Westover, Charles City, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1804, Henry County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)  [natural]
     4. Fontaine, Sarah,   b. 1744, Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1802, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
     5. Fontaine, Joseph,   b. 1748, Westover Par., Charles City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1813, Christian, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     6. Fontaine, Aaron,   b. 30 Nov 1753, Westover, Charles City, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1823, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F18984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Dec 1691 - Taunton, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Mar 1714 - Dublin, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1740 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jul 1757 - Westover, Charles City, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Entered Trinity College, Dublin, in June 1711 at the age of twenty and received his degree in 1715. Ordained by the Bishop of London and licensed as a minister to Virginia on March 12, 1715. Arrived in Virginia on December 11, 1716 and, in 1720, became Rector of Westover Parish. Established himself on a plantation in Charles City County, Virginia, on the James River, and served as Rector of King William Parish until his death in July 1757. Peter was born in 1691 in England and was ordained by the Bishop of London. He married Elizabeth "Lizzy" Fourreau on March 29, 1714 in Dublin, Ireland. On December 11, 1716, he arrived in Hampton, Virginia from Ireland and was a chaplain to the Virginia commission in 1728 and 1729. After Lizzy died, Peter married Joseph's mother Elizabeth Sarah Wade. In "Old Church Ministers and Families of Virginia" by Bishop William Meade, Meade records that Peter was the minister for Colonel William Byrd. Colonel Byrd often spoke of the reverend preaching to the heathen in North Carolina and baptizing their children. Reverend Fontaine's main mission in life was to preach the gospel. Peter was the son of two pious and valiant Huguenots who fled from France to England. Peter, in his annual Thanksgiving sermon, commemorated the Fontaines' religious persecution in France and the remarkable preservation when attacked by French privateers in Northern Ireland. From that sermon, I will repeat his words. "Several months was our parent obliged to shift among forests and deserts for his safety, because he had preached the Word of God to a congregation of innocent and sincere persons, who desired to be instructed in their duty and confirmed their faith. The woods afforded him a shelter and the rocks a resting place; but his enemies gave him no quiet until, of his own accord, he delivered himself up to their custody. They loaded his hands with chains, his feet stuck fast in the mire, a dungeon was his abode, and murderers and thieves were his companions, until God by means of a pious gentlewoman, whose kindness ought to be remembered by us even to latent posterity, withdrew him from thence, and was the occasion that his confinement was more tolerable." He exhorted to his congregation at the close of his sermon never to forsake their annual meetings which were to remember their parent's virtues and sufferings and the wonderful deliverance of God. He said, "Would to God, that you would make it your business to teach them to your children, that they may be qualified to perpetuate them to infinite generations to come, and thereby engage the protection and draw the blessing of the Almighty above them. He hath millions of millions to bestow on those who love and fear Him."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1222] International Genealogical Index (TM), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996;), Film #: 1903952, Page #: , Ordinance #:.

    2. [S1222] International Genealogical Index (TM), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996;), Film #: 1903794, Page #: , Ordinance #:.