Gereyt Michael de Forest

Gereyt Michael de Forest

Male 1637 - 1690  (52 years)    Has 65 ancestors and 19 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Gereyt Michael de Forest 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 18 Jun 1637  Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1690  Port Royal, Acadia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I161029  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2000 

    Father Crispin de Forest,   b. 9 Dec 1612, Avesnes, Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1636, Amsterdam, NH, NL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Mother Margaret Gertrude Bornstra,   b. 1616, Amsterdam, NH, NL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Jul 1636  Amsterdam, NH, NL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F64530  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marie Hebert,   b. 1651, Port Royal, Acadia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1681  (Age 30 years) 
    Married 1665  Port Royal, Acadia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Rene Forest,   b. 11 Jan 1670, Port Royal, Acadia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1751, Port Royal, Acadia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F64827  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Arrivée en Acadie vers 1659. Plusieurs membres de sa famille en France
      possédaient des titres de noblesse pour avoir participé aux croisades.
      "Arrival in Acadie towards 1659. Several members of its family in France had titles of nobility to have taken part in the crusades."
      1671, Census of Port Royal, Michel de Forest, laborer, age 33. His wife Marie Hébert, age 20. Their three children: Michel age 4, Pierre age 2 and a half, and René age 1. His land under labor is two arpents, and he has 12 horned beasts (cattle) and 2 sheep (L. Forest 1977, 38; P. Gaudet 1905, 58; Hebert 1980, 461). His first wife, Marie Hébert, was the daughter of longtime Acadian colonists Etienne Hébert and Marie Gaudet. She was born around 1650 and married Michel around 1666 (L. Forest 1977, 38).

      1678, Census of Port Royal, Michel Forest, a widower, no age given, is recorded as owning four acres, three cows, two calves, and one gun (Entremont 1971, 230; 1979, 56). He has six children: Michel age 12, Pierre age 10, René age 8, an unnamed male (probably Jean-Baptiste) age 3, Gabrielle age 6, and Marie age 4. From this report we gather that his first wife was dead sometime between 1675 and 1678.

      1686, Census of Acadia, Michel Deforest age 47. His wife Jacqueline Benoist (or Benoît), age 13. His six children: Michel age 19, Pierre age 18, René age 16, Gabriel age 13, Marie age 11, and Jean-Baptiste age 9 (Hebert 1980, 503). He is reported as owning one gun, 8 cows, 4 pigs and 5 acres. His second wife, Jacqueline Benoist, was the daughter of Martin Benoist and Marie Chaussegros. She was born around 1671/1672 according to the 1678 census (Entremont 1979, 56, n. 29) and died at the reported age of 82 in October 1755 while in exile in Virginia (L. Forest 1977, 38). Given her reported age on the 1678 census, should would be about 14 or 15 in 1686, therefore, she probably married Michel around 1686.

      1693, Michel does not appear on the census. His three eldest sons, Michel, Pierre, and René, are on the census (Entremont 1979, 56, n. 29). His second wife appears as the spouse of Guillaume Trahan on this census.
      ***
      . Gereyt is found on a list of colonist brought to Nova Scotia by Sir Thomas Temple. This document clearly names him, his parents, and his birthplace. According to Abbé Forest (1977, 29) a friend from England provided the following information (my translation):

      We have found in the archives of the Minister of Colonies, at London, in the papers of Thomas Temple, a list not dated--but probably from 1658--giving the names of a certain number of recruits for Acadia, at that time in the hands of the English, since 1654.

      At the top of this one reads the name of "Gereyt de Foreest, son of Chrispyn de Foreest and Margrita Bornstra from Leiden.
      "**
      Gereyt's grandfather Gérard is referred to as Gereyt in the Walloon registers (Bibliothèque Wallonne de Leiden, 1518-1811,
      ***
      In 1654- to New Amsterdam 1659 to Acadie Tupperville father was Walloon; mother Dutch, he converted to Catholicism at marriage, and probably at that time changed his given name from Gereyt to Michel.

      Note from Marshall Woolner: the link between Michael de Forest and Crispin de Forest is not adequately proven. I include it in this extract simply because it is included in many other sources. Several scholarly studies have been done that show that there is no reliable link between the two.
      http://genweb.net/~hebert/db9/g0000008.htm#I158



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