My husband and daughter are descended from Alice3 Alden and her husband Judah Paddock. The line is Alden-Paddock (MA), Paddock-Spooner (MA-CT-VT), Spooner-Dunn (VA).I hope some of you can help with my questions.
1. The Padocs are said to have fled to Ireland because French Protestants were being killed in 1572. That was the year of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, but apparently Jean/John was still in France eight years later in 1580 when he married Jeannette Jennin ("Jane Jennings"). How long was it before Huguenots were truly endangered in Le Cateau in northern France, where the Padocs lived?
2. When did the Padoc family leave France for Ireland? And why County Louth? Were other Huguenots already there?
3. Did Jean/John's parents, Paul and Francoise Padoc, go to Ireland, too? I can't find when or where they died.
4. Is there any record of the occupations of Jean/John Paddock and his father, Paul Padoc? Because John's son Robert Paddock, who came to Plymouth from Ireland, was a blacksmith, I wondered if it had been a family trade.
5. Supposedly Robert emigrated to America ca 1643 because the Plymouth Colony was advertising in England and Ireland for blacksmiths.Can anyone corroborate this? In what kinds of media were such ads placed?
Many thanks to anyone who can shed light on these mysteries! Regards, Mignon Cameron