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THE HUGUENOT WALLOON UZILLE FAMILY© Lorine McGinnis Schulze 1996
David UzilleDavid Uzille was from Calais but his family came originally from near La Moussaye (south of St. Malo) in lower Brittany. He was a farmer, born about 1635. He married Marie Magdalina, the eldest daughter of Philippe Casier from Calais, before 1659.
North of La Rochelle lies Bretagne or Brittany. Its peninsulas jut into the Atlantic Ocean with forests, heaths, valleys, Druid ruins and ancient castles. In Lower Brittany are those people speaking a variant of the old Celtic language. Brittany was conquered by the Norman dukes and later became an affluent Duchy. Here, Charles of Blois fought with the house of Montfort but it was finally taken by the Crown. One Breton name found here is Glaude Le Maistre [Delameter] whose ancestors were lords of Garlaye in the diocese of Nantes. Near La Moussaye, was the original seat of the family of David Uzille. The Reformed Church at Nantes and La Moussaye was supported by the Le Maistres and Uzilles.
In Henry G. Bayer's The Belgians, First Settlers in New York and in the Middle States (New York: Devlin-Adair, 1925):
"A little colony of Walloons, flying before the troops of the Duke of Alva, had come to settle within the territory of the Palatinate, at Frankenthal, near Mannheim, its capital, where we find many families that later moved to New Netherland: David de Marest, Frederic de Vaux, Abraham Hasbroucq, Chretien Duyou, Methese or Matthew Blanchan, Thonnet Terrin, Pierre Parmentier, Antoine Crispel, David Usilie, Philippe Casier, Bourgeon Broucard, Simon Le Febre, Juste Durie, and others."
At least some of them seem to have been the followers of Louis du Bois who came to America in 1660 on the Dutch ship, the Gilded Otter. Blanchan and Crispel had arrived a few months earlier and a few of the others came later, settling at Esopus. Du Bois was married in Mannheim, 10 Oct. 1655, to Catherine, daughter of Mathese Blanchan, who was also from Flanders. Du Bois was the son of Chretien du Bois, an inhabitant of Wieres, a hamlet in the district of La Barree near Lille, (then in Flanders), where he was born, 27 Oct. 1627.
The French name Uzille was corrupted into Gille. One version of the name was Ziele - which may be a step toward Gille. (The name was also spelled Seely in later years.)
It is interesting to note the striking similarity between Uzille (and its alternate spelling, Usile) on the one hand, and the place name Ousille-la-Riviere on the other. The Norman Le Roux were lords of Ousille-la-Riviere. Brittany, the home of the Uzilles, is beside Normandy. Perhaps therefore, the name Uzille comes from the place name Ousille. The latter would be pronounced in French in the same way as Uzille except that the "ou" would not be given the rounded-lips pronunciation which is accorded the letter "u" in French. It is not known whether Uzille is the original French spelling or not; it too, may have been the result of Dutch influence. David Uzille is found as d'Usile and Usilie in the records of the day.
You may view a list on a plaque in a church at Dives-Sur-Mer, Normandy, which gives the names of Knights from the surrounding areas who sailed with William the Conqueror in 1066 to invade England. These Knights said mass at the church before sailing and the plaque commemorates them.
Alain le Roux is found here. Included is the name of Robert d'Ouilli, a striking similarity to Ouiselle. Also found are the names of Robert de Toeni, Ilbert de Toeni, Jumel de Toeni, Raoal de Toeni, Auvrai de Tanie, Berenger de Toeni, and Guillaume de Toeni. De Toeni is considered by some to be the original name of the Taine family, and in some records, the Taine name is recorded as d'Taine.
David Usilie, as he was recorded, emigrated from Calais on the ship the Gilded Otter in 1660 with a nursing child, presumably Pieter Uziele from Mannheim who married in 1686 in the Dutch Reformed Church of NYC. The family lived in Dutch neighbourhoods and attended Dutch churches of Brooklyn, Albany, Kingston, Schoharie, etc. Pieter signed with what he considered the Dutch form of his name: Uzielle. Wills of the Schoharie group show the further change in name from Useely [1746/47], Uziellie , Zielie and Seeley in 1862. Thus, the Seeley family of upstate New York has a misleading English connotation as they actually descend from the French immigrant David Usilie.
David and Marie Uzille's son, Pierre aka Peter, was born in Mannheim in 1660. At about that time, the Protestants in Mannheim became afraid that the Catholic Duke of Lorraine was preparing to invade their land. This may be why the Uzilles and the Casiers went to the Netherlands and took ship on the Gilded Otter, reaching Manhattan in April 1660. Isaac Tayne (Marie Casier's brother) had moved to New Amsterdam before them. Also on board the Gilded Otter was a man named Jacob Leisler - later to become famous as the leader of Leisler's Rebellion.
The Uzilles and the Casiers were in New Harlem in 1661. This means that David and Marie's daughter, Magdalen, was almost certainly born there, since she was baptized in 1662. Magdalen was the first wife of Abraham La Roux the Immigrant. David Uzille eventually moved to Esopus, New York, which is probably where Abraham married Magdalen. The Casiers remained in New Harlem, i.e. - Harlem, New York City. Magdalen's brother Peter Uzille, married Cornelia Damen (my 8th great-grandparents) in 1685 while he was living on Staten Island; later he too, appears to have moved to Esopus. Cornelia was a sister to Lysbeth Damen, who married, Jan/Jean Casier, first-born son of Philippe and Marie (Taine) Casier. Peter and Cornelia had a daughter Sophia baptized in 1691, who married Storm Bradt (my 7th great-grandparents). Another daughter, born circa 1686, Marie Usile, was recorded phonetically in her marriage record as Marie Oeycke and she married Leonard-Tremi aka Jonar Le Roy (also my 7th great-grandparents) in 1703. He was also known as Jonas Larroway and was the originator of the Larroway Loyalist line in Ontario.
By 1686, David Uzille had left Harlem for Staten Island. The Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of the National Huguenot Society Fourth Edition, 1995 states that David Usilie/Seeley [sic] settled at Staten Island on 26 April 1660. Riker tells us:
"David Uzille, the Huguenot, married to Maria, daughter of Philip Casier, had now left the town, and, as did the Casiers afterward, probably went to Staten Island, because his son, Peter Uzille, was living there 6 April 1686 when he married Cornelia Damen of the Wallabout, a sister of Mrs. Jean Casier."
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Pieter Uziele was listed as a "nursing child" when his parents, David Usilie and Marie Casier emigrated to the New World on the Gilded Otter in 1660. Pieter had been born 1659 in Mannheim, Germany. Pieter was listed as "Pieter Uzie from Manheym" when he married Cornelia Damen in 1686, in the Dutch Reformed Church of New York City. Peter then moved to Bushwick near his brother-in-law Michael Parmentier, but both eventually left for Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, where Pieter is found living in 1714.
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