Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Dupre Family

My maternal grandfather William Fink was the son of Homer Dupre Fink. Homer was the son of Minerva Jane Dupre, who was the daughter of Abraham Francis Dupre and Minerva Alice Clark.
Abraham Francis Dupre was born Sept 1834 in Huntington Ohio and married Minerva on the 20th of Sept 1855 in Gallia Co Ohio. He died in 1912 and was buried at Mount Tabor Cemetery in Huntington Twp Gallia Co. OH. He was the son of Abraham Dupre and Polly Deckard.
Abraham Dupre was born around 1810/11 on the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands. He married Polly on December 5, 1833 in Vinton, Gallia Co. OH and died on September 25, 1894 in Sciotoville, Gallia Co. OH. He's also buried at Mount Tabor Cemetery. The son of Abraham Dupre and Marie DuMaresq, he was seven years old when his family immigrated to America.
Abraham Dupre was born May 5 1774, married in 1808 and died March 14, 1869. He was the son of Abraham Dupre and Jane Lacouter. Marie DuMaresq was born June 5 1787 and died July 12 1852. They had eleven children: Abraham, Mary, Jane, Mancy, Eliza, Philip, Susan, Elizabeth, Ellen, Rufus, and one that died young. When Jane, their third child, was just four days old, they left Jersey for America. The crossing took nine weeks.
Abraham Dupre was the son of Philip Dupre, who was the son of Charles Dupre. Around 1720, Charles and his family left France for the Isle of Jersey. He owned a farm in France, but the only property his family could take with them was what they could carry because of the persecution of Protestants in France. They traveled through the countryside by night and hid in the woods during the day until they reached the Channel, where they found a boat. The boat was chained to a rock, but they broke the chain and rowed to the Isle of Jersey.
My assumption is that the Dupres were French Huguenots. My great aunt Esther Josephine always said that they were the only family line with naturalization papers because everyone else was already here when the United States became a country.

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