Notes Contributed by Anne Bartlett


Isaac[1] and Isaac[2]



Many thanks for a prompt reply and the URL for your website..

Have just spent my daily quota of time on the internet looking around your site or at least the Tevelein section of it. A very enjoyable hour. Congratulations on the work that you have done in constructing it. While I already had found out much of what you had, I did pick up  few new pieces of info. Up until now I have steered clear of using the net to do research - I could become addicted to it and  I don't really have the time.

A comment on a couple of things mentioned in the profile of Isaac [1]. You state "Interestingly, and confounding this deduction based on the Guines record of Elizabeth's baptism, the name TEVELYN appears on List B in the record of the Register of the Walloon Church of Cadzant. This is a list of French Refugees who have settled in the District of Cadzand.
       "TEVÉLYN, Isaack, his wife and three children."
The list is dated 28 December 1683."

Volume 36, "Register of the Walloon church of Cadzand in Holland" of the Huguenot society of London Quarto series gives the date as 28 December 1685 (have just checked my copy of this volume to make sure) so your assumption that they move in 1885 is correct.

>The questions to ask when reviewing the history are:
>Why did Isaac[1] opt for the Netherlands when so many others were fleeing
> to England at the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes?

Possibly Isaac's move Holland was as a result of a group decision. and not an individual choice. Somewhere in my reading on the Huguenots I read that the people tended to move as a congregation and many of the families mentioned in the Guines Protestant Church records moved to Cadzand. They were more likely to survive in a group and prosper in "foreign" countries than they would as individuals. Also as a group they tended to take care their poor and needy.

As you surmised Abraham and Marie Dosselart were the siblings of Elizabeth as also was Ester Doselart. In fact Ester Dosselart, widow of David Fremau, married Isaac Carpentier on 14 June 1882, the same day as Isaac Tevelein and Elizabeth Dosselart were married. Her brother Abraham is mentioned in the record of the marriage. The records of the Guines protestant church show that Ester Dosselart, daughter of Jacob and late Ester Bernard, married David Fremau on 10 September 1673. Marie Dosselart, daughter of Jacob and Esther Bernard, married Matthieu Morillon on 20 April 1681.

Again I have read that they tended to move to where relatives or other members of their community had moved earlier in earlier emigrations. And again if you check the names in the early Canterbury records there is some correlation between them and the Guines. Certainly there is a strong correlation between the later Huguenot records of Canterbury and Guines protestant church records. Possibly they again moved as a group.

There were certainly Tevelin's in Canterbury much earlier and although we have not established a direct connection between them and those in Guines it is possible/probable they were in some way related.

Francis Cross wrote in his "History of the Walloon & Huguenot Church in Canterbury" that "Many had relations and friends at Canterbury who had crossed the Channel during the first half of the century and it was natural that they should direct their flight to the same place of refuge when they became victims of a new persecution"

Why did they chose to move to Cadzand and then Canterbury and not directly to Canterbury? One of the things we need to know more about is what was happening in Canterbury at this time. although relations between the "strangers" and the local community for the most part was harmonious there were times when there were mutterings about attempting to stem the flow of
"strangers" into Canterbury. This may have some bearing on decisions made.

One other thing. You have Judith being baptised in 1582 and Albin baptised in 1607, both  at Guines but the records for Guines don't begin until 1668. I have Albin being baptised at the Walloon Church in Canterbury. I don't have a record of the other one. This will affect some of your comments on the occurrence of the spelling Tevelein in France.

A point I have found interesting in my research is the split within the Huguenots at Canterbury resulting in the two congregations.  And  we have the two brothers, Jacob[4] and Isaac [2] choosing different congregations. I often wonder what effect this had on the relationship between the two families?

Must stop my wanderings