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John/Jean de la Fontaine Fo12, born about 1500, in the province of Maine, near the borders of Normandy, was murdered at his home in the city of Le Maus, 1563. Held a commission in the household of Francis I, in what was called "Les Ordonnances du Roi." Name of wife and date of marriage unknown. His wife was also murdered in 1563 on account of their religion.
There is no apparent relationship to Fountayne of Melton, Fountaine of Narford, Fountaine of Salle although a direct descent from this progenitor is conceivable, since many an English squire or baron's son would hire on for military service for a lord on the continent and vice versa in those times. There is no known connection with Cecily de la Fontaine (b c1195, dau of Aleaume Fontaine, m Hugh de Baliol of Barnard Castle b c1189, but it seems likely that there is.
Fo11-1 name unknown; born about 1545.
Fo11 James; born about 1548.
Fo11-3 Abraham; born about 1551.
Fo11-4 name unknown; born about 1554.
Except for the English spelling of essentially the same name this corresponds to the French poet, Jean de La Fontaine (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695), author of many fables and great quotations like: "Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. and "Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life".
Jean DE LA FONTAINE [Parents] was born about 1500. He died about 1563.
Employed with "Les Ordonnances du Roi" of Francis I. John de la Fontaine
was born in the Province of Maine, France. He received a commission in
the household of Francis I in the King's Royal Ordinance. He served the
court in this office through the reigns of Henry II and Francis II, and
until the second year of Charles IX. He embraced Protestantism about the
year 1535 and he held his commission until the religious controversy quieted.
Soon after his resignation he was attacked by ruffians who cut his throat.
His wife and eldest son met the same fate - Robert E. Juch and his Webpage
& Winston F. Fontaine in his book "From Riches to Rags to Respectability
- a Fontaine Family, 1987.
He had the following children:
M i Jaques DE LA FONTAINE
The following is quoted from Paulind Drury at: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lpproots/Fountaine/jean_de_la_fontaine.htm
and Maury Photos
This drawing is of the house of Jean de la Fontaine (ca. 1500-1563) and his family, where they were murdered by Catholic troops in 1563. The fortified château at Sévilly, just outside the small town of Ste.-Sabine-sur-Longève in the Department of La Sarthe, France, is still standing. The house was identified through meticulous research by Paul Mason of West Sussex, England. Copy of the postcard is courtesy of Joe Fontaine.
Postcard Drawing of Jean de la Fontaine�s Home at Sévilly
Jean was the great-grandfather of James (Jaques) Fontaine who fled to
England and Ireland and who left behind his memoirs that provide such rich
details on the early Fontaine family history. James and his wife Anne Elizabeth
Boursiquot Fontaine died in Dublin, Ireland, in the early 1720s and are
buried in the Huguenot Cemetery on Merrion Row on St. Stephen�s Green in
Dublin. Their graves are not marked, so the exact location of their graves
is not known.
Gated entrance to the Huguenot Cemetery on Merrion Row, St. Stephen�s Green, Dublin
|A view inside the cemetery. The large plaque lists the family names of the Huguenots buried in the cemetery. The smaller plaque is a memorial to James Fontaine and Anne Boursiquot Fontaine.|
Photographs of the Huguenot Cemetery by Brian H. Nilsson
On May 15, 1999, our Society dedicated the Fontaine plaque to honor
the memory of our Fontaine ancestors who were buried in the Huguenot Cemetery.
At the dedication observance a large triptych shown above was also unveiled.
It honors all those families who had members buried in this cemetery. Vivien
Costello, the chairman of The French Huguenot Fund, Dublin�s oldest registered
charity, which administers the cemetery, hosted the cemetery. The efforts
of the French Huguenot Fund along with those of the Fontaine Maury Society
made possible the achievement of our goal of placing a memorial in the
The dedication ceremony included a prayer by Pasteur Dr. Hugh Boudin
of the French Protestant Church, Canterbury, and an address by Professor
Ruth Whelan of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Photos by Brian H. Nilsson
Grace Church in Yorktown, Virginia. The Reverend Francis Fontaine was the rector here for York-Hampton Parish from 1722 to 1749, when he died. He is believed to be buried in the churchyard.
James and Anne Fontaine�s 7th of eight children, the Reverend
Francis Fontaine (1697-1749), joined most of his siblings in settling in
the Virginia colony. When he first came to Virginia, he was minister of
the French settlement at Manakintown, Virginia, from 1720 to 1722. In 1722
Francis was installed as rector of York-Hampton Parish. In 1724 ministers
in Virginia and Maryland filed reports with the Bishop of London on the
status of colonial Anglican churches. Francis provided answers to 17 queries
about the state of his parish and ministry. It is apparent from the report
that Francis was licensed by the Bishop to serve as �a missionary in the
government of Virginia.� This means that he had no permanent contract with
the church. Francis remained in service at York-Hampton Parish until his
death there in early 1749. He is believed to be buried in the churchyard
but there is no marker or indication that he is buried there.
It was Francis� older brother, John Fontaine (1693-1767), who first
came to Virginia and obtained property where his siblings could settle.
He led an adventurous life, accompanying Virginia governor Alexander Spottswood
in August and September 1716 on an expedition across the Blue Ridge mountains
to the Shenandoah Valley. That expedition is famous because of the journal
kept by John Fontaine.
By the summer of 1719 John Fontaine had finished his mission as an advance
man for his siblings. His siblings the Reverend Peter Fontaine and James
Fontaine had arrived by this time, as had his brother-in-law Matthew Maury.
Another brother, the Reverend Francis Fontaine, was soon to arrive. John
returned to Europe, first to London and then to his parents� home in Dublin.
By 1748 he was living with his own family at Llanllwch, in Carmathen, Wales,
where he later purchased a farm.
Cwm Castle, in Carmathen, Wales,
home of John Fontaine (1693-1767)
In November 1752 he expanded his holdings by purchasing Cwm Castle,
the house in these pictures. He had been angered when Parliament in 1750
had forced the Bank of England to cut the interest rate on government annuities
from 4 to 3 percent, so he decided to invest his money in Welsh farms.
He and his family lived at Cwm Castle, as well as his brother Moses Fontaine and sister Elizabeth Torin.
John was the last child of James and Anne Fontaine to die. He died at
the age of 74 in 1767 and was buried on November 26, 1767, in the Newchurch,
Carmathen, churchyard. His wife, Mary Sabatier Fontaine, died in 1781 and
is buried with her husband.
Church in Newchurch, Carmathen, Wales
Welsh photographs were taken and made available courtesy of Daniel Jones of Carmathen, Wales.
(click on photo to enlarge)
In June 2003 the Society held its annual meeting in Ashland, Virginia,
near where the Fontaine family settled in the early 1700s. We visited Beaverdam
Plantation in Hanover County, Virginia, the farm where the early Fontaines
lived, and participated in a Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) ceremony
in the Fontaine family cemetery. The SAR placed a marker on the grave of
Lieutenant Colonel William Fontaine (1753-1810), a Revolutionary War veteran
who was with George Washington at the British surrender in Yorktown. William
Fontaine was a son of Peter Fontaine Jr. and Elizabeth Winston Fontaine,
and grandson of the Reverend Peter Fontaine (1691-1757), who joined his
siblings who came to Virginia.
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Graves of William Fontaine and his mother, Elizabeth Winston Fontaine
The Reverend Peter Fontaine�s son, Aaron Fontaine (1753-1823), moved
west to Louisville, Kentucky. His first wife Barbara Overton Terrell (1756-1798)
died in route. Aaron and his family settled in Louisville, where he became
a planter and merchant. He married a second time in 1805 with Elizabeth
|Home of Aaron Benjamin Fontaine (1811-1880)
in Louisville. This Aaron was the 16th and
youngest child of Aaron Fontaine.
|Aaron Fontaine�s second oldest son,
James Terrell Fontaine (1776-1840),
settled west of Louisville in Brandenburg,
Kentucky. The home of his son,
Peter Fontaine (1814-1883), and his
wife, Martha Jane Foushee (1824-1878),
still stands in Brandenburg on a bluff
overlooking the Ohio River.
|Peter and Martha Fontaine and a
number of their descendants are
buried in the Cap Anderson
Cemetery in Brandenburg.
|Graves of Peter Fontaine
(1814-1883), and his wife,
Martha Jane Foushee
(Fo12) Generation No. 1
1. JEAN1 DE LA FONTAINE was born Abt. 1550 in Province of Maine, France,
and died 1563
in Martyred, along with his wife and oldest son..
More About JEAN DE LA FONTAINE:
Fact 1: 1535, With his father, embraced Protestantism.
Child of JEAN DE LA FONTAINE is: 2.
i. JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, b. 1550; d. 1633, Prob. Rochelle, France..
(Fo11) Generation No. 2
2. JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE (JEAN1) was born 1550, and died 1633 in Prob. Rochelle, France..
Child of JACQUES DE LA FONTAINE is: 3.
i. JAMES3 FONTAINE, b. 1603; d. 1666.
(Fo10) Generation No. 3
3. JAMES3 FONTAINE (JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) was born 1603, and
He married MARIE CHAILLON 1641.
More About JAMES FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Pastor of Vaux and Royan
Child of JAMES FONTAINE and MARIE CHAILLON is: 4.
i. JAMES4 FONTAINE, b. , Jenouille, France; .
(Fo9) Generation No. 4
4. JAMES 4 FONTAINE (JAMES 3, JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) was born in Jenouille, France, and died He married ANNE ELIZABETH BOURSIQUOT February 08, 1685/861.
Children of JAMES FONTAINE and ANNE BOURSIQUOT are: 5.
i. PETER5 FONTAINE,
ii. JOHN FONTAINE,
iii. MARY ANNE FONTAINE, b. 1690, Taunton, England1; d. 1755;
m. MATTHEW MAURY, 1716, Dublin, Ireland.
More About MARY ANNE FONTAINE:
Fact 1: 1718, Settled in Virginia.
(Fo8) Generation No. 5
5. PETER5 FONTAINE (JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1)
was born WFT Est. 1699-1728, and died WFT Est. 1753-1813.
Child of PETER FONTAINE is: 6. i. JOHN6 FONTAINE, b. 1750, Hanover Co., Va.; d. 1792, Henry Co., Va..
(Fo7) Generation No. 6
6. JOHN6 FONTAINE (PETER5, JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES 2 DE LA FONTAINE,
was born 1750 in Hanover Co., Va., and died 1792 in Henry Co., Va..
He married MARTHA CATHERINE HENRY 1773 in Hanover Co., Va.,
daughter of PATRICK HENRY and SARAH SHELTON.
More About JOHN FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Joined father-in-law in Leatherwood District, Henry Co.
Children of JOHN FONTAINE and MARTHA HENRY are: 7.
i. PATRICK HENRY7 FONTAINE, b. d. Aft. September 1852.
ii. CHARLES FONTAINE,
8. iii. WILLIAM WINSTON FONTAINE,
iv. JOHN I. FONTAINE, b.
More About JOHN I. FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Capt in American Revolution
9. v. MARTHA H(ENRY?) FONTAINE, b. July 04, 1781, Henry Co., Va.; d. September 12, 1845, Pontotoc, Miss..
(Fo6-) Generation No. 7
7. PATRICK HENRY7 FONTAINE (JOHN6, PETER5, JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES2
DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) died Aft. September 1852.
He married NANCY DABNEY MILLER
More About PATRICK HENRY FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Owned "Ridgeway", Pontotoc, Miss. Fact 2: September 18, 1852, Date of Will.
Fact 10: Buried in Pontotoc town cemetery.
Children of PATRICK FONTAINE and NANCY MILLER are:
i. LOUISA8 FONTAINE,
m. EDMOND WINSTON,
More About LOUISA FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Inherited "Ridgeway" from her Father.
ii. NANCY FONTAINE, m. UKN BROOKS, WFT Est. 1806-1860.
iii. CHARLES D. FONTAINE,
iv. MARTHA FONTAINE,
m. WILLIAM PERKINS,
v. MARY B. FONTAINE,
m. JESSE PERKINS,
More About JESSE PERKINS:
Fact 1: September 1852, of Madison Co., Miss.
vi. EDWARD FONTAINE, b. August 05, 1800, "on Leatherwood", Henry Co., Va.;
8. WILLIAM WINSTON7 FONTAINE (JOHN6, PETER5, JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) He married MARTHA HALE DANDRIDGE in Goochland Co., Va., daughter of NATHANIEL DANDRIDGE and SARAH WATSON.
Children of WILLIAM FONTAINE and MARTHA DANDRIDGE are: 10.
i. WILLIAM SPOTSWOOD8 FONTAINE,
ii. PATRICK HENRY FONTAINE,
iii. ANNE FONTAINE,
9. MARTHA H(ENRY?)7 FONTAINE (JOHN 6, PETER 5, JAMES 4, JAMES 3, JACQUES2
DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) was born July 04, 1781 in Henry Co., Va.2, and died
September 12, 1845 in Pontotoc, Miss.3.
She married NATHANIEL WEST DANDRIDGE III July 13, 1797 in Henry Co., Va.4,
son of WILLIAM DANDRIDGE and ANNE BOLLING.
More About MARTHA H(ENRY?) FONTAINE:
Fact 1: Grandaughter of Patrick Henry.
Fact 10: Buried Ridgeway, her bro. P.H. Fontaine's Seat, Pontotoc, Miss.
Fact 11: West/Buckingham Co. pub. P.29: Correct NWD was b:1771
Fact 12: CK CHILDREN - MOTHERS CORRECT? SEE WEST CHART!
Fact 13: Another ref. lists her as niece, vs. grandaughter, of Patrick Henry.
Notes for NATHANIEL WEST DANDRIDGE III: "Dandridge's of Virginia" by Wilson Miles Cary (p 91) lists NWD,Jr. as the husband of Martha Fontaine (m. 13 Jul 1797). Same ref. has him dying in 1810. Cary's source is George N. Mackenzi's Colonial Families of the US, vol. 1, p. 117-118.
Mark Wilborne's paper "From Virginia with Love" lists (p. 19) NWD,Jr.'s only wife as Sally Watson.
"Colonial Families in Virginia" p.118, lists NWD[Jr.], b. 26 Oct 1762;
d. 26 Jul 1847; m. 13 Jul 1797,
Martha Fontaine, b. 4 Jul 1781; d. 12 Sep 1845.
More About NATHANIEL WEST DANDRIDGE III: Fact 2: Moved family [from
Henry Co., Va.]
to Pontotoc, Miss.
Fact 10: Buried beside his wife at Ridgeway, Pontotoc, Miss.
Children of MARTHA FONTAINE and NATHANIEL DANDRIDGE are:
i. CHARLES FONTAINE8 DANDRIDGE, m. UNK (MCGHEE?) MCGEE, WFT Est. 1815-1860.
More About CHARLES FONTAINE DANDRIDGE:
Fact 1: 1870, Prob. living in Henry Co.5
ii. ELIZABETH ANN DANDRIDGE, m. WILLIAM HERFORD, April 23, 1817,
Henry Co., Va..
iii. MARTHA LIGHTFOOT DANDRIDGE, m. R. BOLTON, .
iv. NATHANIEL WEST DANDRIDGE IV, m. H. WYLIE,
v. ROSALIE SPOTSWOOD DANDRIDGE, m. W. D. BRADFORD,
vi. WILLIAM FONTAINE DANDRIDGE, m. SUSAN C. STITH, November 20, 1825, Brunswick Co., Va..
More About WILLIAM FONTAINE DANDRIDGE:
Fact 1: 1826, Purchased land in Henry Co. from Wm. L. Sanders.5
11. vii. HENRY (HARRY?) BOLLING DANDRIDGE, b. 1823, Martinsville, Va.; d. Aft. 1885.
Generation No. 8
10. WILLIAM SPOTSWOOD8 FONTAINE (WILLIAM WINSTON7, JOHN6, PETER5, JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) He married SARAH AYLETT
Child of WILLIAM FONTAINE and SARAH AYLETT is:
i. PATRICK HENRY9 FONTAINE, b. 1841; d. 1915; m. ANN ELIZABETH REDD,
11. HENRY (HARRY?) BOLLING8 DANDRIDGE (MARTHA H(ENRY?)7 FONTAINE, JOHN6, PETER5, JAMES4, JAMES3, JACQUES2 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN1) was born 1823 in Martinsville, Va., and died Aft. 1885. He married ADELINE KENON WILBOURN May 1860, daughter of SANFORD WILBOURN.
Notes for HENRY (HARRY?) BOLLING DANDRIDGE: After he died sometime around 1885-86, Adeline and Lightie returned to Sardis, Miss. to live with her sister Kate Jenkins. Nannie was placed in a Catholic orpahage and Henry Jr. lived with different relatives.
More About HENRY (HARRY?) BOLLING DANDRIDGE:
Fact 1: Finished Medical School and practiced in Carroll Co., Miss.
Fact 2: Abt. 1850, Left Miss. for California "Gold Rush".
Fact 3: Abt. 1854, Returned to Sardis, Miss. Fact 4: Abt. 1880, Moved to Looahoma, Miss.
Children of HENRY DANDRIDGE and ADELINE WILBOURN are:
i. LIGHTFOOT9 DANDRIDGE,
ii. NANNIE DANDRIDGE,
iii. HENRY BOLLING DANDRIDGE, JR.,
1. Old King William Homes & Families; p. 54, Peyton Neale Clarke;
1964 2. William & Mary Quarterly, 1896, p.82; "The Dandridge's of Virginia"
by Wilson Miles Cary 3. Pocahontas' Descendants, p.79; Stuart E. Brown,
Jnr.; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1994 4. William & Mary Quarterly,
1896, p.82; "The Dandridge's of Virginia" by Wilson Miles Cary 5. General
Index to Deeds, Trust Deeds, & Misc.Liens, from Jan. 1777; Henry Co.,