Attention: Was older than 65 years (69) when child (Isaac Jeanerette) was born (July 27, 1828).
Jacob Perret 'jean Pierre' Jeanerette
± 1702-± 1720
± 1721-> 1762
Elias G. Jeanerette
(1) < 1819
He had a relationship with Nancy
The first Jeanerette's had arrived in the new world over two centuries earlier. They were Protestant's, also known as Huguenots, who left Europe to begin a new life in America. There is a growing body of information that indicates the early Jeanerette's may have come to America from or via the French area of Switzerland. It appears that most of the Jenerette families that are living in the United States today may have origins from the Neuchatel area of Switzerland from either of two villages, Le Locle or Travers. There are many families named Jeanneret still living in those regions - but more research of this connection is needed.The migrations of Huguenots to the American colonies began in the late 17th-century and continued up unto just before the American revolution.There were three great migrations of Huguenot refugees to South Carolina; the first in 1687 numbering six hundred; the next in 1732, the Purrisburg settlers; and a final migration landed in 1764, when 371 French Protestants arrived. On the 22nd and 23rd of December, 1732, among a group to arrive was listed, "...Anne Vallo, veuvre de Pierre Jeannerrett, 49; Henry, son fils, 19; Jacques Abram, son fils, 17; Jean Pierre, son fils, 14; Marie, sa fille, age de 21; Rose Marie, sa fille, 9...." She joined the growing list of Jeanerette colonists in South Carolina. In short time, the name began to show up in greater frequency in historical documents; militia listings; land bounties; petitions to England; jury lists; wills and marriages.There has been a great deal of speculation on the parents of Elias Jeanerette. According to a statement written by Samuel Thomas Jenerette in March 1903, he said "...my father, Elias Jeanerette, and my grandfather... whose name I cannot state ...were French Huguenots...my father, Elias, was a boy when he come (sic) from France to America." Elias was born around 1755 and the possibility has been rasied that he was the son of Daniel Louis Jeanerette; a cousin to Captain John Jeanerette of Charlestown, who arrived with a group of Protestants in 1764, and the nephew of Elias Jeanerette of New Hannover County, North Carolina. Naming conventions of Elias' children would follow that there were definite links between these families, but the actual relationships are still not documented.
PARENTAGE NOT PROVEN.
Unless we find death and marriage dates for the wives of Elias we cannot be sure which children belong to which mother. There could have been a wife between Nancy and Margaret.
There is a break between children from 1816 - 1820. There is a note under Margaret " married bef 11 Jun 1819". It could very well be that the children born 1820 and later are hers. Two children are born about 1795. The group of children born 1795 - 1816 could belong to an unknown wife #2. Margaret is definitely the last wife as she is mentioned in the will of her husband.
In the will are mentioned grand-daughters Elizabeth, Lydia and Mary, daughters of John William Jeanerette.
ELIAS JEANERETTE came to America with his father around 1765. He served in the
American Revolutionary War as a Sergeant - 4th South Carolina Regiment of Artillery,
commanded by Col Beekman, in the Company of Capt James Mitchell. He fought in many
engagements, was wounded in the battle of Stono and is listed on the roster of American
troops who served during the war at Fort Sullivan, later named Fort Moultrie, in Charleston
After the war he settled in what is now Columbus County, North Carolina and fathered
-according to family legend - 26 children. His last wife was Margaret Poitevint, the
daughter of Lieutenant Peter Poitevint and his wife Amelia. The Poitevint lineage was French
Huguenot and Peter's grandmother was Margaret Condé, the niece of the Bourbon
Protestant leader, Louis de Condé, who was one of the leaders of Huguenot forces in the
French Wars of Religion during the sixteenth century.
Elias Jeanerette was said to have been married three times. His last wife was Margaret Portervine
(Poitevint), daughter of Peter (Pettor) Poitevint & Amelia
While it has been written that he fathered 26 children, I have so far come across 18-20 listed children and most of these names are from his will of 11 October 1824
Some notes from Jenerette Family History attributed to Vandon Jenerette III. (Minor verbal
revision) From Roy Edward Brown Jr D.C. <(e-mail adres niet gepubliceerd)
Samuel Thomas Jenerette, Elias and Margaret's youngest son, served in the
Confederate Army during the War of Southern Independence in Company "B" Manigault's
Battalion of South Carolina Artillery and Samuel's oldest son, Wilson, who served with the
14th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry was captured by the Federals in battle and died in a
prisoner of war camp in Frederick, Maryland on September 8, 1862.
One of Samuel Thomas' great-grandsons carried Wilson's name to the US Congress -
11 OcT 1824, Columbus Co., NC
The first 9 children listed with his wife Margaret Poitevin were named in his will meaning they were all alive at that time. The will was proved during the February court term of 1834, four months after Elias' death.
War Claim 1832
He declared on it that he'd lived in Brunswick Co., NC prior to joining the army
He received a 200 Acre land bounty located in the District of Georgetown. Little Pee River. Signed by Elias Jinnerette and signed by Charles Pinckney for the State of South Carolina 5 Mar 1792.
Photocopy of document on file. Very difficult to read.
According to Don Inman: Elias G. Jeannerett appeared to have lived in Brunswick Co., NC, although his will was written in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. Wilmington was the largest town in the area at that time. Elias probably went there to have his will made out. The Poitevin family had moved to Bath Co. (now New Hanover Co.), NC in 1728. It is believed Elias was a friend of this family. Elias had a mill in Columbus Co., NC.
Elias Jeanerette gave his sister, Margaret Smith, and her children two slaves, two horses and 15 head of cattle on 29 April 1792. On 26 Dec 1794, he sold some land to James Smith (Margaret's husband?) for 20
Columbus County, North Carolina
Abstracts of Deeds, Vol II, 1816 -1829
23 Mar 1821
ELIAS JEANNERETT & wife MARGARET JEANNERITE, JOSEPH D. GRISSETT & wife SUSANNAH GRISSETT, WILLIAM BROOKS & wife ELIZABETH BROOKS, and MILDRED POITEVENT to JOHN W. JEANNERETT (Georgetown District, S.C.), 23 Mar 1821; Negroes Bristor, Sam, Dempsey, & Ben. Wit: Isaac Etheridge & Willie Fields(?). Pr. May Term 1824. (D-188)
26 Feb 1823
ELIAS JENERETT, JOSEPH D.GRISSETT ,*AMELIA PORTEVENT & WILLIAMS BROOKS*to SAMUEL P. RUSS, 26 Feb 1823; BoS, two Negroes Sam & Ben. Wit: John Gore & James Gore. Pr. August Term 1828. (D-445)
* Joseph D. Grissett m. Susannah Poitevin, sister of Amelia, d/o Peter and William Brooks m. Elizabeth Poitevin, sister of Margaret, d/o Peter .(Proven by will of Peter Poitevin)
ELIAS JEANERETT - dtd 11 October 1824; DP February Term 1834.
Son: JOHN W. JEANERETT & daughters: ELIZABETH, LYDID(?), & MARY, Negro man Jack, a bon of $500 & cattle. Daughter: SARAH GRISSETT, Negro boy James, & feather bed. Daughter: NANCY GORE, Negro boy Anthony. Son: JOSEPH JEANERETT, Negro boy John & cattle. Son: WILLIAM JEANERETT, 250 acres land on Es of Waccamaw, & cow & calf. Daughter: MARTHY, Negro boy Sippe & cattle. Daughter: MARGARET, Negro girl Nancy, cow & calf & feather bed. Daughter: KITTY, Negro boy Ellick, cattle & feather bed. Wife: MARGARET JEANERETT, Negroes: Lear, Peter, Mariar, Easter, Brister, & Dempsey, the plantation & land "where I now live", tools, household & kitchen furniture, cattle & hogs, bees & Mill during her widowhood. Executors: friend JOHN GORE & DANIEL STANDLY. Wit: JAMES THOMAS, WILLIAM GORE & WILLIAM FRINK. CHS. BALDWIN, C.S.C. /s/ ELIAS JEANNERETT. (pp. 25-26)
Source: Abstracts of Wills, Columbus County, North Carolina (1808-1919)