Name: Jacques Flandreau
Birth: AFT FEB 1668 in La Chataigneraie, Vendée, France
Death: 19 Feb 1726/7 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
Change Date: 23 FEB 2002
FHL 974.7277/N1 P29d
Biographical sketch in "Biographical Sketches of the Huguenot Settlers of New Rochelle 1687-1776."
"Jacques Flandreau, according to his marriage record in London, was a native of La Rochelle. He fled to England and was married in the French Church, Glasshouse Street, London, on December 15, 1692 (CHW says 1695), to Madeline Mesnard, of the village of Saintes in Saintonge. He was in New Rochelle in 1698, his name appearing in the census of that year as aged thirty years. His wife does not appear in the census list, apparently having died before that date. On November 13, 1703, in the New Rochelle Church, he was married to Elizabeth Boderit of Rye, England, and his native place is here given as La Chataegnevaj in Poitou. He was elected Collector of New Rochelle, April 1, 1710. He bought land of Jacob Leisler, Jr. on the Boston Post Road in 1707, to which he added an additional purchase in 1716. He made his will May 18, 1720, and it was proved December 20, 1727. He died February 19, 1726, aged sixty-nine years, according to the headstone in the town graveyard. This stone has been stolen."
Marriage record for Jacques and first wife, Madeline in Publications of the Huguenot Society of London, Registers of Tabernacle, Glasshouse Street French Church. FHL 942.1/L1 B4h Vol. 29
Awkwardly translated record on http://racinesrochelaises.free.fr/chron_4t01.html:
"Thursday December 15 1695, Marriage of Jacques Flandreau. Originating in the Small rock [La Rochelle], Jacques Flandreau marries in London, Thursday December 15 1695, Madeleine Mesnard, of the town of Holy [Saintes], according to the register of the church of Glass House Street and Leicesterfields, Somerset House."
Rev. Robert Bolton, History of the County of Westchester, vol 1 (New York: Chas. F. Roper, 1881) p.690:
"James Fflanders (Flandreau), a native of France, in 1664, appears as a resident of this town (New Rochelle) in 1710, together with Catherine, his wife, and their children, James Jr., Peter, and Betty."
Tombstone stated, "Here lies the body of James Flandreau, aged 69 years. Died Feb. 19, 1726." Jacques aka James. "History of Westchester, New York." FHL 974.7277 H2b vol.3 page 668.
New York City Wills, 1706-90
(Written in the French Language.) Au Nom De Dieu, et Du Fils, et Du St. Esprit. I, JACQUES FLANDREAU, living at New Rochelle, in Westchester County, by the will of God being under some sickness, but of sound mind, and willing to put my estate in order, which it has pleased God to give me. My body to be buried as a true Christian at the discretion of my executors. My will is that after all just debts are paid my wife Elizabeth shall possess all my goods, during the time she remains my widow, but if she remarries, they are to be divided among my sons, Jacques, Peter, John, Daniel, Benjamin, and Elias. Giving 5 shillings more to my son Jacques, than to the others. I leave to my eldest son, Jacques, a horse and saddle, such as he shall choose. I leave to my daughter Elizabeth Magdalene, £15, and a cow, when she is married, or when her mother shall judge it proper. I leave to my daughter Jeane, £15 and a cow when she is married. For executors of this my will, which I wish to have executed in all its points, I appoint my good friend, Jean Martin, and my wife.
Done at New Rochelle, the 18 of May, 1720. Witnesses, Isaac Mercier, Alexander Allaire, Jeremie Mebee. Proved before Gilbert Willett, appointed by his Excellency, William Burnet, Governor, December 20, 1727.
A sheet in the Hill Collection file on the Flandreau family tries to deal with the discrepencies in his birth and death dates:
"Based on the census records, Jacques was born 1668 and Elizabeth was born 1683 (1710 census of Westchester County, NGSQ, v62, p276). In the Revised History of Westchester County by Bolton, Vol.1, p.668, there is a copy of Jacques Flandreau's tombstone reading as follows: 'Here lies the body of James Flandreau, Aged 69 years. Died Feb 19, 1726.' Based on other information, this should read 'died February 19, 1727, aged 59 years.'
Seems plausible, especially given that in many calendars of that era, January and February were at the end of the year, so the inscription could have meant February 19, 1726/7.
Guy Flandreau of California, part of a more-recently arrived branch of French Flandreaus, remarks of Jacques Flandreau to Mrs. Hill:
"I see you had some doubt about the right spelling of the place where he was born...I am sure that the place was in fact 'La Chataigneraie' in the Department of Vendée, close by the border of the Department of Deux Sevres. The spelling in the 17th century must have been in fact 'La Chataigneray' (meaning of which is 'Chestnut trees grove') which would help to explain the 'j' in your spelling."
On the website for the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, it mentions when describing the reception room: "The marble-topped table to the right is said to have belonged to Jacques Flandreau, an early Huguenot settler of New Rochelle." Elsewhere on the web it is mentioned that Flandreau brought the table from France.
Elizabeth Boderit b: ABT 1683 in of Rye, England
13 NOV 1703
in Trinity Church (Old French Church), New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- Elizabeth Magdelene Flandreau b: 26 Feb 1704/5 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- James Flandreau b: 1706 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- Peter Flandreau b: 1710 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- John Flandreau b: 1712 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- Daniel Flandreau b: 1714
- Jane Flandreau b: 1717 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- Benjamin Flandreau b: 4 SEP 1718 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
- Elias Flandreau b: ABT 1720 in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York
Madelaine Mesnard b: in Saintes, Saintonge, France
15 DEC 1695
in London, England