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Subject: RE: SURNAME DOUTHIT
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 10:49:56 -0800
Probably a good chance of finding a Huguenot. Here's why:
-- they tended to be of the middle class and artisan classes, so
they went to church, bought land, and did things that generate
records, unlike the very poor, who didn't have the clothes to
go to church and may not have been welcome.
-- We got records of Huguenots. When they came into England,
it was noted. When they tried to get English or Irish citizenship,
denization and citizenship records were generated. I beleive
they were granted (some group of th em) group citizenship by an
act of Parliament at one point.
-- the ones who went to Ireland are well documented -- we know what
landlords gave them refuge on their estates. Many were small
businessmen who settled in towns -- like Lisburn!! They tend to
show up in business directories, freemen lists, etc, unlike
-- Lots of books have been written on them, and I think there are
CD's at www.familytree.maker.com
Falley has a long chapter on them, and if you cruise through LDS's
catelog, you can find info on them, esp. the Lisburn crowd.
Usually they -- the gurus -- tell you in trying to find a guy with
a rare surname in Ireland in the early 1700's you don't try to find
"him". You try to find any trace of the name at all. We're short
on records and that impacts our methodology. If you toss out all the
documentary evidence of a Douthit in L'Derry, you are tossing out
the only evidence you may ever find to reconstruct the family line.
So you see first if you can find any evidence in the indexes of a
Douthit. Then you try to localize it to an estate or town, and
use it as an entry point into unindexed, hard to find records.
You check the church records, if you can find any. Templemore
is L'Derry City parish -- and the cathedral records do go way back
into the 1600's. They are published.
The way Britain handled these refugee groups, according to
Falley, is they were handed the Book of Common Prayer, translated
into their own tongue, and more or less expected to conform. THey
were permitted to operate their own churches in their own
tongue (so probagbly they could avoid conforming to some degree--
these were Calvinists who probably didn't make the best High
Church Anglicans <grin>) as long as they used their tongue.
As the children and grandchildren assimulated, they were assimulated
into the established church. However in IReland, especially in
Ulster where you had other Calvinists, called Presbyterians,
I suspect some of them joined the Presbyterians. Donno -- but
Falley may have more info that I've forgotten on the subject.
There's also a Huguenot Society that I can get the address for
Sucha planet -- read one book -- Falley -- and everyone thinks
you know something <grin>.....nope!! But I do recall that
there is lots on them.