He came from Port-des-Barques across from l'ile d'Oleron (Baird, p. ?, v. ?). This is near the mouth of the Charente in Saintonge, France. He, his wife, and two children left there in 1681 leaving behind a fortune valued at 800 pounds. He, his wife Susanna, their son Francis Jr., and their servant, Elias Vallet, were naturalized in England on March 21, 1682 (Baird's History of the Hugunots). His son, Francis, returned to Port des Barques for property in 1684. He was a church elder in the French church of Boston 1696-1705 (Baird, p. 233, v ?). His will of November 7, 1703 lists his wife Hester Bridon, son Francis, and daughter Susanna Russhea (Wills, Surrogate's Office, NY VI, 88; VII, 127).