I’m researching French Huguenot refugees who settled after 1691 in North of Brandenburg in an area called Uckermark. Now in the book: Richard Beringuier: Die Colonieliste von 1699 (colonielist of 1699, naming all French settlers in Brandenburg and Berlin at that time) I found the following in the additions to the list from the county of Loecknitz. (There are a lot of further information to the pure family names in that area due to the “kindness of pastor William from Bergholz” as the Beringuier quotes.) For the village Zerrenthin (also Zarrentine) « Nr. 2136 Jean WILLAN, Laboureur, de Calais, sa femme et six enfans » Jean WILLAN (VILLAN, VILIAN, today WILLIAM) living in Mannheim, Palatinate, moved in 1687 to Zerrenthin with his wife and his daughter Franziska, which became “Stammmutter” (progenitor, first mother) of the Duvinage family. His belongings were on a waggon with four white horses. The farm is still (in 1880) in the hands of a descendant, the farmer William in Zerrenthin. Jean WILLAN had 4 sons: Jean, Daniel Pierre, Jacques Antoine 1. Nothing known about Jean 2. Daniel, from him are the lines in Zerrenthin, a line in Schmoelln, and a line in Rossow 3. Pierre, farmer in Bergholz, first father of the line in Bergholz. In the year 1844 three farmers, descendants of Pierre emmigrate to North-America, mostly became farmers and aquire partly there a great property 4. Jacques Antoine, a son of him is, as it appears, the first father of the line in Prenzlau. Another son, Jacques Antoine (farmer in Battin) is the first father of a second line in Rossow. Of this line is the preacher / pastor WILLIAM in Bergholz (who wrote this additions), the “Gutspaechter” (tenant of a large farm) WILLIAM in Armenheide, and many Families WILLIAM in America, namely the big store “WILLIAM BROTHERS” in Lochport. Another son Daniel is the first father of a third line in Rossow. Of this line are the farmers Johan and Abraham WILLIAM in Rossow and the ship captain WILLIAM in Swinemuende.
I liked the story with the four white horses, so I wanted to share it with you. BUT, if you are one of the rich descendants of the WILLIAMs, which came from the Uckermark, Brandenburg to America around 1850, please share with me! Ina