I am seeking information concerning my earliest American ancestor
Pierre MORRISET, who left London in 1700 for America, arriving in
James City, Va. later that year. He became a member of an early
Huguenot settlement near Richmond, Va. called Manakintowne.
He married Elizabeth Faure. He may have come directly from France to
embark, or he may have been a member of a Huguenot family which
left France earlier and resided in London or another country. I have not
been able to locate him in the Huguenot records of England.
I am told that there may have been two Morriset brothers who left France because of the religious persecution prevalent then. I am also told that
the Morriset surname has been and may still be present in the LaRochelle area, that its earliest existence stems from followers of St. Maurice (little Maurice or Morris-et), who was a military leader of Theban soldiers
and a Christian martyr, and that this surname in its earliest form may have been spelled MORRISSET/ MAURICETT. There is also an indication
from etymological books of French surnames that this surname is
originally from the Dauphine, Lyonnasi, Jura, or Savoie areas of France.
I would like to make contact with anyone in France who may have
information on the MORRISET/MORRISSETT surname and who might
possibly give me direction for further research.
Helen Morrissette Flagg
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