|The Huguenot Cross|
In my short time of conducting our family tree(s), I've come across some interesting branching that not only links our heritage to Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland but go to other shores. The Oklahoma Howard lineage also has some connections to German (Trout) and French ancestry. The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia is the standard bearer in America for helping us understand the history of the people of France who had escaped the worst kinds of religious persecution.
The family ties to the Huguenots includes five generations of Allegre's:
HOWARD - Monroe Howard - David Charles Howard - Helen WARHURST - Rufina VINCENT - Elizabeth ALLEGRE - Giles Allegre - Matthew Andrew Allegre - James Giles Allegre - GILES ALLEGRE.
Who were the Huguenots? The Society provides details and resources to help learn more about them.
Giles Allegree is listed as a 'qualified Huguenot ancestor' for purposes of tracing a connection to the Virginia colony and is important for seeking membership into the society. I have yet to pursue the question of membership qualifications for members from our family, but this will be a matter for consideration once I can provide confirmations of my research to date. Membership is not my goal but I am looking to learn more of a bit of history of America that I have never explored. I also wish to learn more about Giles and his parentage, and the region of France (Lyons) from which he originated.
Before this is over, I may wish I would have learned French.