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THE HUGUENOT CASIER FAMILY

Lorine McGinnis Schulze 1996
Philippe Casier

Philippe Casier (my 10th great-grandfather) of Calais France, is first mentioned in the Huguenot settlement of Martinique in the French West Indies. In 1635 a party of old and experienced settlers had gone to Martinique from the neighbouring island of St. Christopher, which had been settled by French Huguenots in 1627. Philippe and Marie (Taine) Casier's first two children, Jean and Marie, were born on Martinique. In 1645, Philippe Casier and others left the island and returned to Europe. Casier went first to Calais, then to Sluis, Flanders where his daughter Hester was born. Many French and Walloon exiles from England and from the Dutch seaboard were fleeing to Mannheim, drawn there by assurances of freedom and protection under the government of the Protestant Elector, Charles Lewis who held out strong inducements to the refugees to settle there. Some time after 1652, Philippe and his family moved to Mannheim in the Lower Palatinate of Germany, along with other Huguenots and Walloon Protestants.

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By 1652, David Demarest and others of the Huguenot refugees were found here and joined in forming a French church. Philippe Casier and his family came here, as did Simeon Cornier, Meynard Journee from Mardyck, Flanders, Joost Van Oblinus with his son Joost from Walloon Flanders and Pierre Parmentier also from Walslant, i.e. - Walloon country. All of these men eventually settled at Harlem, New York.

Philippe's daughter Marie Casier married David Uzille David Uzille (my 9th great-grandparents) about this time and in 1660 their son Peter Uzille (my 8th great-grandfather) was born in Mannheim. David Uzille was also mentioned as from Calais, but no doubt was of the Brittany family. Casier was not content at Mannheim. His wife's brother, Isaac Tayne, called also Le Pere, the Father, had gone to the New World earlier and had been made a burgher of New Amsterdam. The Casier family, Uzilles included, followed. Returning to the Netherlands, they sailed directly for the Manhattans in the Dutch ship Vergulde Otter or the Gilded Otter , which left the Texel 27 April 1660. This ship also carryied Mattheus Blanchan and others from Mannheim including a band of soldiers, among whom were Jacob Leisler and Joost Kockuyt.

Philippe Casier and David Uzille and their families settled in Harlem on Manhattan Island in 1660. By the end of 1661, there were over 30 adult males resident in Harlem. These were: Michael Zypergus; Jan Sneden; Jan La Montagne, Jr.; Michael Janse Mayden; Daniel Tourneur; Jean Le Roy; Pierre Cresson; Jaques Cresson; Philippe Casier; David Uzille; Jacques Cousseau; Philippe Presto; Francois Le Sueur; Simon De Ruine; David Du Four; Jean Gervoe; Jan De Pre; Dirck Claessen; Lubbert Gerritsen; Meynden Coerten; Aert Pietersen Buys; Sigismundus Lucas; Jan Pietersen Slot; Nicolaes De Meyer; Jan Laurens Duyts; Jacob Elderts Brouwer; Nelis Matthysen; Monis Peterson Staeck; Jan Cogu; Adolph Meyer; Adam Dericksen; Hendrick Karsens

Van Keulen's Hook was a large plain, directly south of the village of Harlem, lying mostly in the woods. In 1662, it was laid out in long narrow lots, butting on the main street and running south to the Harlem River and Mill Creek. Each was 12 Dutch rods in width and contained 3 morgens or 6 acres. Twenty-two lots were laid out and numbered from the river westward. At the beginning of 1662, the Van Keulen's Hook lots were drawn. Philippe Casier is listed as the original owner of Lot #10 of the Van Keulen's Hook. His neighbour at #11 was Jean Gervoe. Gervoe later sold lot #11 to Philippe Casier, who exchanged it with David Uzile for lot #16. David, Casier's son-in-law, was the original owner of lot #16. Lot #11 was conveyed with Lot #10 to Joost Oblinus by David Uzille and Philippe's widow after Philippe's death. Jean Le Roy, who married Philippe Casier's widow, Marie Taine, owned lot #22.

On 20 April 1662, Philippe signed with others, an agreement to employ a common herder to collect the cows after milking in the morning, drive them out to pasture, and watch over them until evening. Because there were no fences, many cows strayed off and became lost in the swamps and woods.


Agreement with the Cow Herder:

I David Du Four do acknowledge to have taken the cows to herd, belonging to the Town of New Harlem, at my own expense, and also from each house one pair of oxen; for the sum of three hundred guilders in sewant, and one-half pound of butter for every cow; provided I pay for the cattle that may be lost through my neglect. The time shall commence on the 23rd of April and end a fortnight after All-Saints' Day, at the option of the Inhabitants. It is also stipulated that the butter shall be paid in May and the further payment as the Herder shall perform his work. Also the Herder grants power of parate excutie. The above obligation we on both sides engage to hold to and fulfil. In N. Haerlem, 20th. April, Anno 1662.

Daniel Tourneur and Lubbert Gerritsen * promise to collect and pay the Herder money at the appointed time. Dated as above.


D. Tourneur                     * mark of Lubbert Gerrits

Davit Du Four        		   Meyndert Coerten

I P [mark of Jan P. Slot]       Philippe Casier

D. Tourneurs         	 	   H. H. Karstens

M. J. Muyden                    Simon De Ruine

J. La Montagne, Junior          JE [mark of Jacob Elderts]

Moy Pier Cresson


On 28 April 1662, Philippe Casier and Lubbert Gerritsen were appointed guardians of the orphans Carsten and Griete, children of Jan Sneden who with his wife, had died earlier that year. Only 42 guilders were left to the orphaned children and Philippe and Lubbert were ordered to "act according to the law" in their welfare. Philippe Casier is listed as a Schepen [magistrate] of Harlem as of 16 November 1662. New magistrates were appointed by the Director and Council and the new board was Jan La Montagne, Philippe Casier and Derick Claessen. One of their first acts was to provide for the more careful placing of houses and fences. In order to check on this and prevent houses from being put up outside the proper limits, the magistrates passed an act on 25 November 1662 which authorized Jan Pietersen Slot as Rooy-meester or supervisor of buildings.

Philippe Casier and wife Marie Taine, united with the church Oct. 2 of that year. On 16 November, he was made a magistrate, but near the close of the ensuing winter, he died. He had just sold, 11 January 1663, lot # 11 on Van Keulen's Hook to Jacob Eldertsen, also called Brouwer, from his former occupation of brewer. By 23 April 1663, Philippe's position as magistrate was filled so we can assume he died between 11 January and 23 April of that year. On 8 November 1663, Peter Uzille and his mother-in-law Marie Casier, widow of Philippe, sold lot # 10 Van Keulen's Hook to Joost Oblinus. The widow bought a house in the Markvelt-steegie in New York and lived there for some years with her sons Jean and Jacques who were bakers. In 1671, she married Jean Le Roy of Harlem.

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