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From: "Charles.Clark" <>
Subject: [Sc-Ir] O'Hara and de la Hunte/Haunte/Dillahunty
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 18:22:11 +1300
can I assume, Sarah, that you have found the web page at
http://www.lpickard.com/dillahist.htm on The Dillahuntys' History?
"This was when David de La Haunte and his family came to Ireland from
the Netherlands, where they had escaped from Nancy, Loraine, France. The
De La Hauntes were all well educated, industrious people who had a habit
of recording everything of importance. (It would be nice to have some of
their records) They claimed to have a family history back in France for
five generations. They were noted for gray eyes, auburn hair and a love
of army life. During the twenty years the De La Hauntes were in County
Sligo, the seat for the O'Hara clan. Daniel de la Haunte son of David,
married Mary O'Hara. Some of the descendants of Daniel still live in
this part of Ireland."
Several things: one is that you spell the name "De La Hunte", whereas
this page uses "de la Haunte", which suggests you are working from a
different source. Correct me if this is not so
Secondly, however, we have what is obviously the same marriage: "Daniel
de la Haunte son of David, married Mary O'Hara"
The "De La Hauntes were in County Sligo, the seat for the O'Hara clan"
whereas you have it in Northern Ireland
This base in County Sligo fits well with the O'Haras of Annaghmore that
I posted about a while ago (though of course not necessarily with that
actual family of O'Haras)
I agree with Linda that the name De La Hunte was likely to have been
mongrelised in Ireland or America. But Dillahunty is a variation that I
couldn't have guessed in a million years!
I note the comment that "Some of the descendants of Daniel still live in
this part of Ireland." Perhaps you should start looking for Huguenots in
Co Sligo, and the following is found in Grace Lawless Lee, p211-12:
"At one period of its history Sligo was governed by a French refugee.
This was René De La Fausille of Anjou, who before the Revocation had
been Captain of the Royal Regiment of La Ferté. He emigrated to
Switzerland and thence to Holland, where he entered the service of
William of Orange. He was made Captain of Grenadiers in Caillemotte's
Regiment and was so severely wounded at the Boyne that he was rendered
unfit for further military service. In reward for his conspicuous
bravery Smiles states that William appointed him Governor of Sligo Port,
Town and County, with a pension of ten shillings a day.' He could not,
however, have obtained this post immediately, for he does not appear in
the list of Governors and Deputy Governors compiled by Crossly in 1699
from a commission of William III, and he was, in fact, kept on full pay
till this date as is evinced in the Return of French Pensioners on the
Irish Civil List in 1702. He is there described as Deputy Governor of "
Slegoe " with a pension of six shillings a day, and it is stated that he
had served in Holland and Ireland for twelve years and was disbanded as
"lamed " in 1699. He is given as possessing £700 and a farm of £15 a
year, and as having " a numerous family." He had married outside the
Huguenot circle, his wife being a Miss Jane Feltman, and the " numerous
family " consisted of four daughters and two sons. The elder, John, was
a Brigade-Major and fought at Fontenoy and Dettingen. He later became
Major-General and Colonel of the 66th Regiment and died on board H.M.S.
MarIborough Cuba in 1762. He left only one child, a daughter, and as
his only brother died unmarried the family became extinct in the male
There are some references that I have not yet given you in this extract,
though they will help more with De La Haunte than with O'Hara
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