The Josias Dupre' Family

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The first wife of Captain Jacob Milligan, Margaret Bennett, was the great great granddaughter of Josias Dupre`.

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Scott, I just ran across some information on Benjamin Simons in the Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of the National Huguenot Society, 1995 Compiled by Arthur Louis Finnell Registrar General. On page 227 he says that Benjamin Simon b. 1672 LaRochelle, France d. 1717, m. 1692 to Mary Esther DuPre, dau of Josias DuPre, Jr. (she d. 1737) "Orphaned early was adopted by his aunt Martha DuPre, wife of Josiah DuPre, a Huguenot Minister. Fled France to Middleburg, Netherlands in 1685 with the DuPre family. Later went to England and soon after to Carolina. By 1686 were living in the Orange Quarter on the South Branch of the Cooper River" Children: Peter; b. 1693; d. 1724; m. 1716 to widow Magdalen Cordes Harris.

Hope this helps you.

Linda Cox McNish

Arrived in Carolina in 1686 from England. "The DuPre' family, respectable in France, had to fly from thence to England at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. While in England they found Benjamin Simons, a French child, whom they took into their family. [He later married one of Josias' daughters, Mary Esther DuPre'.]" from McIver, pg. 122.


Du Pre (DeuPree, Depre, DuPree), Josias, Huguenot from France, 1686, settled near Charleston, SC; granted 750 acres on eastern branch of Cooper River, 1703. married Martha ___." page 771 the Compendium*


Vol. 54 (1949). Exports From Charles Town, 1690,
by St. Julien Ravenel Childs.

p. 30. In 1690, when this consignment was shipped out of Charles town, the fortunes of South Carolina were at low ebb. Twenty years had elapsed since the beginning of settlement, but agriculture had made little progress, no staple had been found, and immigration from other parts of the British dominions had all but ceased. The colony depended largely on imports for such bare necessities as clothing, tools, weapons, drugs, and even many articles of diet, yet had little to export except products of the forest and the Indian trade.
Under such conditions, Du Pre's consignment appears almost incredible. The conclusion that these goods had been produced in Europe seems irresistible, but what merchant in his senses would have brought them into Carolina?

Josias Du Pre came to South Carolina in 1686, bringing at least one manservant and probably a numerous family. That was the year following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Almost the only immigrants to the Province were Huguenots, but they arrived in large numbers. It seems beyond doubt that Du Pre' was of this group. In 1687, he was groomsman at a Huguenot wedding in the district later known as the French or Orange Quarter, and there he eventually took up the land to which his headrights entitled him. In 1697, "Josias Dupree sen, mercht, Josias Dupree jr. shipwright, Cornelius Dupre planter", were among the foreign Protestants naturalized by the South Carolina Assembly. However, as no Du Pre is on the St. Julien List of Huguenot congregations in South Carolina about 1696, it is probable that the family affiliated early with the: Anglican Church or one of the English dissenting sects.

Unfortunately nothing is known of Du Pre prior to his arrival here. Presumably, he brought sufficient stock to set up trade or, more probably, to continue from a new base part of the trading in which he had previously engaged.

p. 154


(Exports from Charles Town, Cont'd) -

Merchants were in a better position than most Huguenots to get their property out of France. Du Pre could have brought the goods in the consignment with him, but it would seem a curious selection if he had any opportunity to choose.

Another possibility is that he may have acquired sane of the items from buccaneers, then common visitors to Charles Town. Only two years later, a "privateer" came in with a rich haul from a Turkish ship taken in the Red Sea. Many of the crew settled in South Carolina, laying the foundations of several family fortunes. One, Francis Blanchard, promptly married Martha Du Pre, who was probably the daughter to Josias.

Taken as a whole, however, the consignment lacks the flavor of pirate loot, and a third explanation seems the most probable. If Du Pre reached this country with a sufficiency of worldly goods, few of his fellow exiles were so fortunate. Many arrived with little but their lives, but they still possessed skills that had made them famous in Europe. There can be no doubt that among them were craftsman capable of producing just such commodities as appear in this consignment. There is nothing unreasonable in supposing; that they did so, particularly in the first grim years while they were seeking ways of earning their bread among strangers in a half savage land. Charles Town would have offered little market for their wares, but a shrewd merchant among their own people, especially one who had associated himself with the English, might have found ways to send their products to sane older and richer colony where luxuries were more in demand. Such a supposition fits well with what is already known of these people, and with the aid of this hypothesis, the consignment seems to afford a clearer picture of the exiles and the qualities that enabled them to survive.

The following document is copied from a MS volume in the office of the Judge of Probate in the Charleston County Court House, entitled; Will Book I, 1692-1693, pp. 14-15 (NOTE;: Totals will not be given).

Accounte of the goods mentioned in the invise. numbret and sealed with asign in Margine delivered by me Josias Du Pre unto John Martimore of antiguato be sold for my accounte and risco according the prise following and more if possible is (Seal)

8 yard Lords Scarlat Serges att 10 Schilling the Yeard
4 yeard (Scarce) Stripaed Sylk att 10 Sch a yrd
5-5/8 yrd white Sasnat. att 5 Sch a yrd
12 yrd broad blak alamode Silke att S Sch the yrd
3/4 yrd fine Musselaine att 6 Sch de 3/4
12 1/2 yrd Musselaine att 5 Sch a yrd
16 yrd fine browne holland at 7 1/2 Sch the yrd
13 yrd browne holland att 6. Sch the yrd
11 yrd browne holland att 5 Sch ye yrd
4 1/2 yrd Straeped (making) 6 neck cloths) att 2 1/2 Sch or
5 yrd Straeped (making 6 neck cloths ) half @ crowne peece
yrd gympthreed lawse att 15 Sch ye yrd
6 pair white threed mans Stokins att 6 Sch a pair
6 pair white threed womans Stokins att 5 Sch a pair
one pair browne threed womans Stokins for 6 Sch
one pair browne threed womans Stokins for 5 Sch
8 1/2 yard blak Silke laese att 5 Sch a yrd
3 1/4 yrd blak Silke laese att 7 1/2 Sch a yrd
7 1/4 yrd white threed frange 2 1/2 Sch a yrd
3 pair perfumd mans gloves att 5 Sch a pair
2 pair colord mans gloves att 3 Sch a pair
3 pair white womans gloves att 5 Sch a pair
2 blak velvet masq att 10 Sch a peece
4 fanns No 1 perple with goold for 10 Sch
2 white painted att 5
3 red painted Sch
4 Sad color painted) peece
2 ombrello att 20 Sch peece
2 great box Games att S Sch pce
24 littel box Comes att one Reale pce
2 great horn Canes att 2 1/2 Sch a pce
4 middel Seis horn Comes att 3 Rll pce
1 1/2 Pound sented Powder att 10 Sch Ib
12 Sweet Sented was bole
No 1-3 bigg sort att 4 Realls a pce
2-9 small @ 2 Reall a pce
Transported anthother Part
Par Transport of thother Part Soma in Carolina Money
2 bevers hatts att 60 Schelling a peece
one Castor hatt for 25 Schelling
2 felte hatts att 15 Schell a pce
6 Children hatts at 5 Schell a pce
4 hatts bands 2 goold ) att 2 1/2 Sch a pce
2 silver)
5 hatts bands 4 goold
1/silver ) att 2 Schell a pce
3 silver twisted hatts bands att 18 pens poe
10 snell twisted hatts bands 4 goold ) at 15 pens poe
6 silver)
4 1/2 yeard open silver lase att 4 Sch a yrd
4 1/4 yrd. do. Narrow att 2 1/2 Sch a yrd
4 1/4 yrd. dos Silver Lase att 5 Sch a yrd
4 1/2 yrd. goold and silver parlde laese att 4 Sch a yrd
4 1/2 yrd. goold dos parlde lase att Ir Sch a yrd
10 greate Colord Stonn Rings att 1 Rll a pce
10 small white Stonn Ring at 1/2 H11. a pce
24 Red horne Ring att 2 1/2 pens a pce
6 Bayonnette 4 brase) (att 5 Sch a pce
garde (att 7 1/2 Sh a pce
2 yron )
8 pair schoes 6 pair manns att 5 Sch a Pr
1 pair guerlle schoes for 3 Sch
1 pair litle chide schoes for -
12 pair of Bokels 6 Sallow) att 2 Rll. pce
6 white
one watch wth a carfde silver kaese, a blake Sele
skinn kaese-silver chaine, brass key for Pound
one watch wth a plaine silver kaese. blake Sele
Skinn kaese. Silver chaine. No key nor Snaape Six P
one Snoff Cabos box with a brass panpe fyve schellin
300 needls att 3 sch the 100
36 womans) Timbals att 1/2 Rll. a poe
12 mans )
one cutlas for 30 Sch
12 Douzne. skaine severall colord threed att 2 Rll. a Douzne skaine
4 shamois skinn weight 30 onces att 5 schellin pce
3 lamps white lattine att 4 Rll. a pce
one Litle kaske with 15 pound excelent butter att 2 Rll a pound

(NOTE: The total for the lot was 85 Lbs. 7s.6p.)

Know all mans by these Prsnt that I John Martimor Marchand & Planter att antigos Aknowledge to have received ye goods here in menconed all numbred & Sealed al in ya margaine from Josias Du Pre Marchand in Carolina wich goods I promise to doe all my Endevor to sele them according ye prise in these invise & moor to his best advantage & greats profit & to returne unto him ye money goods & neegros Proceeding of ye sold goods wth ye onsold goods in suffisant Condition Provided hee shall allowed for my Commission & all Charges Tyn par Cente of the Sold goods & notingh far ye onsold; By this said Du Pre is to runn ye Risco of ye Sae going B returneing From Carolina to & from Antigos back.

Sind Seld and John Martimor (SeaLe)
Delivered in ye present of
John Meader
John Lovell
Jacques Du Pre

Carolina ss. By ye Rt honoble ye Governor
These are to Certifye all whome it may Concerne yt on ya 27th day of November 1692 psonally appeared before me in Charles towne in ye Province of Carolina John Lovell & Jacques Du Pre two of ye witnesses above written & affirmed yt they saw ye above named John Martimore signe & seale as above In testimony whereof I have here unto sett my hand & caused ye seale of ye Collonie to be affixed ye day & yeare abovesd.
Phill: Ludwell
Recorded 3d December 1692
J. Hobson


NC1PE: The foregoing is included herein, not for its genealogical value, but for its interest and insight into one facet of the times in which were involved two members of the DuPre family, Josias and Jacques (James) DuPre, who were among the first by that name in this country.


The following quotes are from South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 18, which quotes "The Baronies of S. C.", by Henry A. M. Smith, as referenced in The DuPre Trail, Vol. 1, p. 145)
p. 113. Josias DuPre received a Grant adjacent to Longuemare [a friend who was with him at the wedding of Rene Ravenel]. Josias DuPre had Grant of 730 A., 18 Sept 1703. Benjamin Simons had Grant of 350 A., 5 May 1704. . . Many of these (others mentioned in a list given) were in the Province and were residents in the Orange Quarter before the apparent dates of their warrants. They seem to have gone into possession under some Authority, leave, or agreement, prior to receiving warrants and grants. They all seem to have settled there after 1685 and before 1711 and if the date of settlement was the date of arrival they they could none have been the immigrants brought over by the "Richmond". (The Richmond vessel arrived in 1680.)
p. 105 . . . . . Charles II bore the expense of the transportation of forty-five French Refugees in the Richmond. Another vessel came later at government expense . . . . The French were skilled in silks, oils, wines, etc. 17 Oct. 1679 Rene Petit petitioned the King's agent at Rouen and Jacob Guerard, Gentleman, of Normandy - that a certain number of the French Protestant families already arrived in England may be shipped to Carolina on the Frigate Richmond, then about to go to Barbados. Request was granted Oct. 19. Each free person, male or female, was to receive 70 A. of land with 70 A. more for each manservant and 50 A. for each woman servant or manservant aged 12 to 16. At the expiration of their service, each servant to receive 60 A.
p. 107. Only one ship, the Richmond, came in 1680. There were in all but forty-five. They were the first French to arrive in the Colony.
p. 108. There is no known list of the forty-five in existence; none among the State papers in London and in the books of entry in which their names were registered when they came into the Colony; they apparently have been destroyed.
p. 110. The great bulk of French Immigration was apparently after 1685 - after the Edict of Nantes was rescinded.
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"Josias and his sons Cornelius and Josias, Jr., became citizens in 1697. ... Josias was granted land in Orange Quarter [Berkeley County] on Jan. 20, 1702 -- "Bounding North West on the eastern branch of the Cooper River". In 1703 he was granted an additional 730 acres, and in 1711 he and his wife conveyed to Rev. Thomas Hasell 140 acres on the east bank of the river, and to Thomas Hartley 80 acres. Isaac Varry, servant to Josias, was granted 50 acres, 1694."
"Josias was active in the life of his parish. He was a groomsman at the marriage of Rene' Ravenel, Orange Quarter, 1687 and signed the espousal contract of Anthony Bonneau and Jane Elizabeth Videau, 1702. In 1704 he was on the vestry of St. Thomas and St. Denis Church and signed a warrant "to pay the Psallary of Mr. Saville Scriven, schoolmaster ... Tenne pounds." In 1710 he bought from John Hales 500 acres on the seashore and Tibwain Creek; his only neighbor, shown on a plat, was Lewis Mouzon. His will was proved in 1747."
Quoted from Josias and Martha DuPre' and Some of Their Descendants, by Petrona Royall McIver, as published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine, Volume 71, p. 47, 1970.

Josias Dupre, James Blackmon, and John McClary were appointed Commissioners to re-establish the road from Kingstree to Cooperts Ferry on the north side of Black River.

Fact 1: 20 Jan 1701/02, Granted land in Orange Quarter, Cooper River
Fact 2: 1703, granted additional 730 acres
Fact 3: 1711, conveyed 140 acres on east bank to Rev. T. Hasell
Fact 4: 1711, conveyed 80 acres to Thomas Hartley
Fact 5: 1694, granted 50 acres to Isaac Varry, his servant
Fact 6: 1687, Is groomsman at marriage of Rene Ravenal
Fact 7: 1702, signed espousal contract of Anthony Bonneau and Jane Eliz. Videau
Fact 8: 1704, on vestry of St. Thomas & St. Denis church
Fact 9: 1704, signed warrant "to pay the Psallery of Mr. Saville Scriven, schoolmaster"
Fact 10: 1710, bought 500 acres on seashore & Tibwain Creek from John Hales
Fact 11: 1747, will proved (probated)





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