Jacques fled from Part des Barques France in 1681 to England. In the summer of 1700 he came to the colonies of America. Port des Barques was in the Province of Saintonge which no longer exists. Old maps indicates the location as the southwest coast of France, opposite the Ile d Oleron, on the Bay of Biscay, and the Charente river. The following is a copy of his pass to England, found in the bible of a great great grandson, James Bilbo, 1779/1849 Chatham Co, Ga. " By the Honorable Thomas Collier" " Lt. Governor and commander and chief of his majesties castles, forts, forces and island of Jersey, sugger the bearer hereof, Jacques Bilbo, quietly to pass from hence into England, without let trouble, molestation or hindrance, he behaving himself as becometh. Given under my hand at his majesty castle England the 28th day of March 1699. Thomas Collier-to all whom these it may concern". In England, King Wm. III was sympathetic with the plight of the Huguenots in his country, so he and the protestant relief fund financed the settling in America of a great number of them then in England. Ten thousand acres of land was reserved for them in Virginia, in an area abandoned by the Monean Indians. This land was located on the James River, twenty miles west of the present city of Richmond. It was called Manakin Town for the Indian tribe. Located in 1700 in Henrico Co, it was in 1727 cut off into Goochland, then Cumberland in 1749 and finally Powhatan in 1777. Over 500 french refugees landed at James City, Va. in four ships, about July 1700. Jacques Billiebo was in "Ye first Shippe" which was the "Mary and Ann". Some 700 emigrants led by Marquis de la Muce landed in Va and started Manakintown settlement. first ship to land was the "Mary Ann," which cleared from London on April 19, 1700, and arrived at Hampton, Va. on July 23. From James city it was necessary for them to make their way up the James River to Manakin. From the records it was a perilous trip which many perished. James (Jacques) Bilbo was given two land grants, the first on March 23, 1715 containing 119 acres, the 2nd one was on Oct 1, 1716 for 43 acres. both were located on the south side of the James River. In 1723, his son Jean Pierre Billiebeau was living in the house with Pierre Dutoi, which indicates that his parents were probably deceased. The fact that he was taken in by the Dutoi family, and later they left a tract of land to Isaac Dutoi in his will, might surmise that his mother was a Dutoi. The only other record found of another Bilbo In Manakin Va. at this time was: "The 28th May 1728 was born to Jacques Billiebo a black named Jacque". I believe this was a slave and not a son, but it could be either one? The vestry book of King Williams parish Va., 1707/1750 listed a Jean Pierre Billbo, and Sara a negress.
Marriage 1 Susannah (DUTOIT , Dutoy) Dutoi b: 8 OCT 1672