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The Guerrant Family

The Huguenot Cross
The Huguenots were French Protestants and members of the Reformed Church established in France by John Calvin in about 1555. Religious strife and persection of Protestants began to occur during the following years, much of it at the hands of the Catholic government. The Edict of Nantes, signed by Henry IV in April 1598, ended the Wars of Religion, and allowed the Huguenots some religious freedoms, including free exercise of their religion in 20 specified towns of France. But, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in October 1685 began anew persecution of the Huguenots. Through this time of persecution by the Catholics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, hundreds of thousands of Huguenots were forced to flee France to other countries.

In the year 1700, more than five hundred emigrants were landed in Virginia by four successive debarkations. It was with this group of immigrants that Daniel Guerin fled France and immigrated to the Huguenot settlement of Manakin in Goochland County of the Virginia Colony. He arrived on the ship Nassau with his wife and children.

Several other Huguenot surnames are associated with the Guerin/Guerrant name by marriage. These include Trabue and Verrueil.

Daniel's grandson Peter Guerrant, Jr. (through his son Peter Guerrant, Sr.) lent material support to the American Revolution. As such, he is a patriot of the American Revolution.

For the Thompson family, Daniel Guerin is an ancestor through the Baldwin family line: from Daniel follow son Peter Guerrant, Sr. to son Peter Guerrant, Jr. to son Charles Guerrant to daughter Magdellen Moseley Guerrant who married Benjamin Franklin Baldwin, Sr.