The star of La Rochelle being the true story of the life of Esther Leroy wife of Gabriel Bernon 1652-1710. Elizabeth Nicholson White.
The star of La Rochelle being the true story of the life of Esther Leroy wife of Gabriel Bernon 1652-1710
The star of La Rochelle being the true story of the life of Esther Leroy wife of Gabriel Bernon 1652-1710

The star of La Rochelle being the true story of the life of Esther Leroy wife of Gabriel Bernon 1652-1710

Providence: [privately printed], 1930. Edition limited to 300 copies signed by the author (this, no. 182), 8vo, pp. [iii]-ix, [1], 130, [2]; colored frontispiece, illustrations in the text throughout; original blue cloth stamped in gilt and silver on upper cover and spine; near fine. Esther Leroy was the wife of Gabriel Bernon, a wealthy French merchant who with other Huguenots came to America in 1688 and established themselves on a 750-acre tract in Oxford, Massachusetts as a haven for Huguenot refugees. Bernon spent much of his time in Boston, where he became a successful merchant. The settlement of Oxford was ultimately abandoned after the Indians became too much of a threat, and in 1697 the family moved to Newport, R.I. Gabriel started a mercantile business in Newport and was the first person to sign a petition for an Episcopal church in 1699. After Esther's death in 1710, Gabriel moved across the Narragansett Bay to North Kingstown. He purchased several tracts of land there and was elected one of the vestrymen of St. Paul's in 1718. In 1720 he moved to Providence, RI where he founded the original chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John. ( See findagrave.com for details.). Item #56716

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