Verrueil #1434

Moise Verrueil (1651-1701)

Born in France.  Arrived in Virginia in 1700 and

Magdalene Prodhomme (1658-1729)

Born in Netherlands.  Arrived in Virginia in 1700.

Verrueil #1434

The following information is mostly obtained from The Trabue Family in America: 1700-1983 by Julie Trabue Yates and Charles C. Trabue IV (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc.) 1983.

Moise Verrueil was born about 1651 in France and died about 1701 at Manakintown, Virginia.  He was the tenth child of Jean Verrueil (about 1606/7-1691) and Madeleine Du Fay of Rouen (1612-1688).  He was a Huguenot[1] and a merchant at Rouen before fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.  He married Magdalene Prodhomme, who was born at The Hague, Netherlands in about 1663.  She was the daughter of Nicolas Louis Prud Homme (1620-before 1662) and Magdalene Tevening (about 1633-1721).  Nicolas Louis was from the canton of Berne, Switzerland, and his father (grandfather of Magdalene) was a minister of Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1700, Moise Verrueil and Magdalene Prodhomme, along with their five children, were among the party of 700-800 French Huguenots who arrived aboard four ships at Jamestown, Virginia from London, where many Huguenots had settled as refugees.  They arrived in Virginia on the Peter and Anthony and settled at Huguenot colony of Manakintown, Virginia, which was a frontier outpost on the James River about 15 miles west of present-day Richmond, Virginia.  Moise died shortly after their arrival in Virginia (probably 1701), and Magdalene Prodhomme subsequently married Jacob Flournoy (1663-1721/2) in 1703.

My 7th g-grandmother, Magdalene Verrueil, is the daughter of Moise Verrueil and Magdalene Prodhomme.  Some sources report that Magdalene was the child of Jacob Flournoy and that she married Antoine Trabue before coming to Virginia (1699?), and that is why she was not listed with Flournoy’s wife and children when they emigrated.  However, it is more likely that after the death of Moise Verrueil in about 1701 and marriage of Magdalene Prodhomme and Jacob Flournoy in 1703, Magdalene Verrueil (now the step-daughter of Jacob) adopted the Flournoy name prior to her marriage to Antoine Trabue.  The supposition that Antoine’s wife was the daughter of Jacob Flournoy is now unacceptable to the Huguenot Society[2].  The most probable scenario is that Antoine was married in Holland prior to his arrival in Virginia, but not to Magdalene.  Many researchers suppose that Antoine’s first wife was Katherine [surname unknown], and that she died shortly after their arrival in Virginia.  This theory is supported by the land records in Virginia, which include a grant to Antoine dated 18 Mar 1717 of 522 acres on Swift Creek under the headrights of 11 persons, including Katherine Trabue, who is presumed to be his first wife.  After Katherine died, Antoine and Magdalene Verrueil were likely married in Virginia in about 1703.

The lineage of Magdalene Verrueil and Antoine Trabue is continued under the heading of  Antoine Trabue (Trabuc) (1667-1724).


[1] For the historical background of French Huguenots, refer to separate Article.

[2] The Huguenot Society. The Huguenot, Publication #24 (1969-1971).


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