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Nicholas Postel (b. 1630, d. 1680)Nicholas Postel was born 1630 in Dieppe, France, and died 1680.He married Marie Brugnet on Abt. 1655 in Dieppe, France.
Notes for Nicholas Postel:
I had Nicholas Postell and Marie Brugnet in my mothers research, and Jean (The Emigrant) and on down to Me.Then I found this FTM file: http://www.familytreemaker.com/ftm/f/a/h/Cynthia-A-Fahey-hill/GENE9-001.htmlthat was so well matched, overwhelmingly, yet contained much more details, that I had to enter them as I am positive they match.
It is the differences that are convincing, such as Marie Brugnet in my mothers research, whereas the Fahey tree has her as Marye Brugnet, which shows that the research sources were independantly performed.I didn't have a place of birth nor date for Nicholas, so I added the info from Fahey's info, and so forth.
Stuart McCombs, 5.23.99.
From the Postell Genforum:
Most of what I know about the early Postell's was from the "Notes" article in the SC Gen book (R 975.7 S726 V.3 in the Dallas Library) pages 311-316. I scanned it in and attached it.
There was a note in some papers a cousin sent me on Nicholas and Marye Postell:
Son of Ell Post (Magistrate in Normandy, France).
Nicholas Postell and his family were Huguenots, and left France because of religious persecution. They first went to St. Christophers Island in the West Indies, then on to Charleston, SC. It is presumed Nicholas died before reaching SC because there is no record of him reaching the United States.
NOTES ON THE POSTELL FAMILY
By WILLIAM DOSITE POSTELL*
The Postell family is descended from the French Huguenot Jean Postell and his wife Madeleine Pepin who arrived in South Carolina during the latter part of the seventeenth century. The Reverend Dr. Robert Wilson was of the opinion that their arrival was as early as 1679; Frederick Dalcho gave the date as 1693, while A. S. Salley placed it prior to 1697. Whatever the date, among the French and Swiss refugees who applied for naturalization in 1697 were Jean Postell, his wife Madeleine Pepin, his mother, Marye Brugnet, widow of Nicholas Postell [Potell] of Dieppe, France, and his four children, Jean, Pierre, Jacques and Jean, Jr. The St. Julien list refers to the Postells as residents of Santee.(1) A. H. Hirsch states that the family of Jean Postell was one of the prominent French families of Goose Creek.(2) Wherever they first settled, on May 15, 1694, Postell received a warrant for lots number 177 and 178 on Broad Street within the walls of Charleston.(3) Also on January 17, 1710/11 Jean Postell [Pottell] received a warrant for 600 acres in Berkeley County.(4) This apparently met the concession of 50 acres for each member of the family. Postell was a man of means when he died in 1729, as attested by the records of the Probate Court, Charleston.(5) St. Philip's Parish Register, 1720-1758 (p. 235) entered October 16, 1729, "Then was buried John Postel."
To identify the sons of Jean Postell, the immigrant, Dr. Wilson refers to them as John (Jean) of Berkeley, James (Jacques) of Berkeley, and John (Jean), Jr. Pierre, the second son, died without issue. John of Berkeley (c. 1686-1744 or 1745), wife unknown, had four sons, John of Georgetown, James of Dorchester, Elijah and Benjamin (the first), and two daughters, Jane and a daughter who married a Rousham(6) John of Georgetown (1717-1782), oldest son of John of Berkeley, settled along the lower Pee Dee River in Prince George's Parish just north of Georgetown. He is the John Postell who was a major in the Cherokee War of 1766. He married Mary Moore, daughter of Governor James Moore and Elizabeth Neufville.(7) Their sons were Colonel James (1745-1824), a resident of Prince Frederick's Parish, Major John, a resident of St. Mark's Parish who later moved to Prince George's Parish, and Captain Jehu (Hugh) (1749-1797).(8) These officers were all famous for their exploits under Francis Marion. James of Dorchester (d. 1775), second son of John of Berkeley, was married five times.(9) His children were Ensign James, Jr. (1756-1785), Benjamin, 2nd (1759-1801), lieutenant and later colonel of militia); Elizabeth, John (a private?), Girardeau, and Peter.(10) Elijah Postell (d. c1774), the third son, married Susannah Smith. Their children were Captain William, Elizabeth and Margaret.(11) Benjamin, the first, died without issue.
James (Jacques) Postell of Berkeley, third son of Jean the immigrant, died just prior to 1757. He owned large holdings along the upper Ashley, then for some reason disposed of his property and moved into St. Bartholomew's Parish, where in 1752 he is listed as a vestryman. His wife Judith, last name unknown, in her will refers to herself as of St. George's Parish [Dorchester], Berkeley County. Their children were Francis, Samuel, Jane, Captain John of St. Bartholomew's (d. 1788), and Magdalen.(12)
John Postell, Jr., fourth son of Jean Postell married Margeret DeVeaux, and their children were Captain Andrew, Madgelen and Mary. John, Jr., like his brother James, at one time owned several hundred acres along the upper Ashley but also disposed of his holdings and moved into Prince William's Parish.(13)
At the beginning of the Revolution the Postells had plantations in the Parishes of St. Mark, Prince Frederick, Prince George, St. James (Goose Creek), St. George (Dorchester), St. Bartholomew, Prince William, and perhaps others. There was a Postell's Company of volunteers, a Captain Postell's Company, and a Colonel Postell's Regiment.(14) Reference has been found to at least ten Postells who supported the American cause. These ten constituted the entire family of Postells of service age. The list includes Colonel James, Major John, and Captain Jehu. Postell, sons of John of Georgetown, who served under Francis Marion. The three sons of James of Dorchester were Ensign James, Jr.; Lieutenant Benjamin, 2nd; and John, a private or non-commissioned officer under Marion. James of Berkeley had two sons enrolled, Captain John (of St. Bartholomew's), and his brother Francis.(15) The remaining two were Captain William, son of Elijah Postell,(16) and Captain Andrew, the son of John, Jr.(17)
Captain William Postell is referred to as a captain in the announcement of the marriage of his daughter Joanna to Henry Ingraham. An additional reference to Captain William is found in the Lineage Book of the Daughters of the American Revolution.(18) In 1775 a troop of horse numbering thirty men was raised in Prince William's Parish, and Andrew Postell was elected captain. On September 20th of that year he petitioned the Provincial Congress for his commission, which was signed September 26, 1775. Dr. R. Wilson refers to him as a captain of cavalry.(19) Little is known of the record of Francis, son of James of Berkeley, but he received a bounty for his services.(20)
James Postell of Dorchester, had three sons enrolled in the American forces. Lieutenant Benjamin, 2nd, enlisted in the first regiment, South Carolina Continental line, as early as 1775, receiving his commission in 1778. In 1777 and 1778 an order book of the regiment shows him assigned on guard detail and as a member of the court martial. He was with the army under General Lincoln when Cornwallis captured Charleston in 1780. Lieutenant Benjamin was not paroled but was sent with others as a prisoner to St. Augustine where he remained eleven months, suffering many hardships. He also is credited with having served under Marion.(21) James Jr., is referred to as an ensign in James Skirving's company.(22) A John Postell is listed by W. W. Boddie as a private or a non-commissioned officer under Marion." Since John, son of James of Dorchester, could have been only about seven-teen or eighteen at this time, it is assumed that he was this John.
Colonel James Postell's services are mentioned by several authorities.(24) He and his brother John organized Postell's company of volunteers, recruited from the Georgetown area, as attested by the names of members, as early as 1775.(25)
On the promotion of James to a colonelcy, John no doubt assumed command, since he is referred to as captain. John received his commission as major probably in 1781, when he was serving as Marion's adjutant.(26) Captain Jehu (Hugh) Postell is listed by Boddie and also by Lineage Book.(27) His descendant James A. Postell. has noted receipts signed by him for pay for his services as lieutenant and later as captain.(28) Identifying two John Postells was difficult. Captain John Postell of St. Bartholomew's served under Colonel Peter Horry, and his cousin Major John Postell, son of John of Georgetown, served as Marion's adjutant.(29)
Colonel James Postell. of Prince Frederick's Parish married Susannah Perry, and his son James moved to Savannah, marrying Jane Eliza Porcher. Colonel Postell was a member of the Jacksonborough Assembly, the first legislative assembly of the State of South Carolina, which met in 1782. His descendants still live in Georgia.(29)
Major John Postell, an extensive landowner of St. Mark's Parish, later moved to Prince George's Parish where the United States Census for 1790 credits him with owning thirty-five slaves.(30) He married first Jane Clifford, who died April 15, 1786; secondly, Harriet Yon or Yonge, and thirdly, Ann, who died July 18, 1810. His second wife died at his home on the Pee Dee, and his third in St. Bartholomew's Parish, so apparently he owned plantations in a number of parishes. The record of only one child of Major Postell has been found. In the South Carolina Gazette is the announcement of the marriage on December 1, 1801, of Richard Singleton to Jane Eliza, daughter of Major John Postell, deceased, of the Round O.(31)
Captain Jehu Postell, the third son of John of Georgetown, was born in 1749, married Hannah Coachman, and died December 30, 1797. They had four sons, James, William, Charles and Jehu. He later became commander of the Georgetown regiment of militia.(32) His descendants are living throughout the South, among them are James A. Postell of Charlotte, North Carolina, and his brother Charles of Birmingham, Alabama.
Lieutenant Benjamin Postell, 2nd (1759-1801), son of James of Dorchester, inherited a plantation of 1000 acres from his father. In 1785 he married Maria Skirving. Later in life he became colonel of the Colleton County Regiment. The record of only one child of Benjamin, 2nd, can be found, Martha Eliza, who married Henry Fishburne.(33)
James Postell, Jr., brother of Lieutenant Benjamin, 2nd, was born August 17, 1754. His will, proved December 23, 1785, mentions that he is a resident of St. Bartholomew's Parish, and refers to his wife Sarah. He apparently died without issue. His plantation inherited from his father on the Horseshoe, contained about 1145 acres. He was a representative from this parish in 1782.(34) John, the other son of James of Dorchester, apparently died as a young man.
Captain William Postell, son of Elijah Postell, married Mary Dawson, February 2, 1782. William was a commissioner for the Dorchester school in 1789, and was also a member of the St. George's Jockey Club in 1788, 1791 and 1794. A map of the Great Cypress Swamp along the Ashley River showed him owning 1,190 acres on the south side of the river. He had one daughter, Joanna, who married Henry Ingraham, September 18, 1808.(35)
Captain Andrew Postell, a resident of Prince William's Parish, died April 11, 1806. He was a member of the House of Representatives from this Parish in 1782. Captain Andrew had several children. One of his daughters, Mary, married James Jervey of Charleston.(36)
This narrative closes with a brief account of the sons of James Postell. of Berkeley. Francis left South Carolina about 1800 and moved to Georgia. He left a large family and their descendants now live in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Oklahoma. John of St. Bartholomew's, captain in Marion's command, married Mary Snipes, widow of Philip Smith, February 8, 1776. John Postell by his will, proved February 5, 1788,(37) left his plantation on the Horse Shoe to his wife during her lifetime, and after her death to his son Philip Smith Postell, who held the rank of colonel in the fourth brigade, second division of militia. Philip's grandson, Doctor Philip Smith Postell, moved to Louisiana in 1858, rearing a large family from whom the writer is descended. Descendants of this family now live in Oregon, California, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee.
* Librarian, School of Medicine LSU, New Orleans.
(1) Wilson, Postell Manuscript, in S. C. Historical Society; Dalcho, An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina (Charleston, 1820); A. S. Salley to W. D. Postell, Feb. 5, 1950; "List of French and Swiss ... who applied for English Naturalization" (here cited as St. Julien List), Transactions of the Huguenot Society of S. C., No. 5 (1897), p. 33.
(2) The Huguenots of Colonial South Carolina (Durham, 1928), p. 22.
(3) H. A. M. Smith, "Charleston . . . ", S. C. Historical and Genealogical Magazine (here cited as SCHGM), IX (1908), 21, and map, 13.
(4) Salley to Postell, Feb. 5, 1950.
(5) Hirsch, Huguenots, pp. 177, 182.
(6) James A. Postell to W. D. Postell, May 20,1940; Wilson, Postell MS; Emma Bull, MS Notes on Postell Family; will of John Postell (copy typed by WPA), V, 479, Charleston courthouse.
(7) D. Ramsay, History of the Revolution in S. C. (Trenton, 1785), 1, 409; An Index of Ancestors ... Society of Colonial Wars (N. Y., 1922), p. 381; Wilson, Postell MS.
(8) M. L. Webber, "The First Governor Moore . . . ", SCHGM, XXXVII (1936), 11-12; First Census of U. S., 1790 South Carolina (Washington, 1908), p. 55; Wilson, Postell MS.
(9) SCHGM, XL (1939), 112; S. C. Gazette, Apr. 12, 1773, in Bull Notes.
(10) SCHGM, X (1909), 148; will of James Postell(WPA copy), XV (1771-1774), 549; Appleton's Encyclopedia of American Biography, 10 vols., (N.Y., 1887-1924), V, 85.
(11) Bull, Notes; Wilson, Postell MS; SCHGM, XXVI (1925), 164; will of Elijah Postell (WPA copy), XVI (1774-1779), 232.
(12) SCHGM, XX (1919), 178; Dalcho, op. cit., p. 369; will of Judith Postell (WPA copy), IX (1760-1767-A), 388.
(13) Will of Margaret Postell (WPA copy), VII (1752-1756), 27; will of John Postell, Jr., IV (1736-1740), 32.
(14) Charleston Year Book 1893, 224, 229-230, 232.
(15) Will of Judith Postell, loc. cit. There were two John Postells. Major John, son of John of Georgetown, organized Postell's Company of Volunteers and later served as Marion's adjutant, Captain John (of St. Bartholomew's), served under Col. Peter Horry, one of Marion's officers. Capt. John's portrait until recent years hung in the home of Dr. Laurens Postell of Plaquemine, La.; it was defaced during an absence of the family.
(16) Will of Elijah Postell, loc. cit.
(17) Will of Margaret Postell, loc. cit.
(18) A. S. Salley, Marriage Notices in Charleston Courier, 1803-1808, (Columbia, 1919) p. 61; Lineage Book, XIX (1905), 243. Lineage Book refers to the father of Capt. William as the brother of Col. James Postell, which makes him son of John of Georgetown; but it refers to Benjamin as brother of Col. James Postell (XV11, 235), which is not true. J. A. Postell believes that Capt. William is son of John of Georgetown (to W. D. Postell, Dec. 29, 1949). Bull Notes do not credit John of Georgetown with a fourth son, nor does Wilson MS. The writer is of the opinion that Capt. William is the same as William of Dorchester, son of Elijah Postell, who names a son William in his will.
(19) SCHGM, 1 (1900), 307; Wilson, Postell MS.
(20) SCHGM, V11 (1906), 178.
(21) Appleton, op. cit.; SCHGM, XIII (1912),152, VII, 75; W. W. Boddie, Marion's Men (Charleston, 1938), p. 4.
(22) SCHGM, 111 (1902), 128.
(23) Boddie, op. cit., p. 19.
(24) Boddie, op. cit., p. 1; Lineage Book, VI (1898), 216; XVIII (1904) 235; W. G. Simms, Life of Francis Marion (N. Y., 1846), 173; W. D. James, A Sketch of ... Francis Marion (Marietta, 1948), 91; E. McCrady, S. C. in the Revolution, 1780-1783 (N. Y., 1902).
(25) Charleston Year Book 1893, pp. 208, 229-30.
(26) James, Marion, appendix, p. 13 ff.
(27) Boddie, op. cit., p. 4; Lineage Book, XXXVIII (1914), 78; XLI (1915), 83.
(28) To W. D. Postell, Jan. 23, 1951.
(29) Wilson, Postell MS.
(30) James, Marion, p. 113; Census 1790, p. 55.
(31) SCHGM, XXXV111, 11-12; XX, 55; XXXV, 75; XXVI, 164; A. S. Salley, Mar-riage Notices in the S. C. Gazette (Albany, 1902), p. 126.
(32) Wilson, Postell MS; SCHGM, XXV, 36.
(33) Ibid., X, 149; XXXIII, 89; will of James Postell, loc. cit.; Salley, Marriage Notices in Charleston Courier, p. 54.
(34) SCHGM, X, 148; XXXIV, 204; will of James Postell, Jr. (WPA copy), XV (1783-1786), 771.
(35) SCHGM, XX, 53; XX, 151; Salley, Marriage Notices in Charleston Courier, p. 61
(36) SCHGM, XXXIV, 204; V11, 38.
(37) Ibid., X, 149; will of John Postell (WPA copy), XXII-A (1786-1793, 244).
The Postell families roots can be traced back to the early days of the province of Normandy, in France. Records of Postells who were Frenchmen can also be found at a very early date in England.
In 1273, records for the presence of Geoffrey Postel are found in London, England, and William Postel is also found in 1273 records in county Sussex, which is in England.
Sir James Potell, a Priest, was naturalized at Arundel in Sussex, England after having resided in that country for thirty-three years.
There is a marriage record in London, England for marriage between William Yonge and Elizabeth Postle, dated 1560.
Baptista Postel, a subject of the kingdom of the King of France was naturalized in 1562. It is also noteworthy that there are baptismal records recorded for Postells in the French Churches in 1605 and 1613.
William Postel is listed as arriving at the ports of Virginia, United States of America, in 1635. Whether he is related to our branch of the Postells is unknown. He boarded ship in London, England and was listed as being age 22. There were no other Postells listed on that ships passenger list.
Years of searching for descendants of that same William Postell have yielded nothing to lend a clue as to what became of him after he arrived in Virginia.
John Postle is recorded as having a residence on Lodmore Lane in England in 1679. The same John Postle has a will recorded at Chester, England in 1680.
There are baptismal records for families of a Jean Potel and Pierre Potel for 1685. The given names of some of these family members are common among the members of the Postell family, which settled in South Carolina in the late 1680s. They are also from the same part of Normandy as our South Carolina Postells.
Today, there are still Postell family descendants living in France, England, and Germany. Some of them had ancestors who never left France, while others had ancestors who did flee from religious persecution but who settled in countries that put them just out of reach of the King Louis' rule.
The Postells who are covered in this book are a portion of the descendants of the Postells of Dieppe, Normandy, in France, and later of South Carolina.
This book will not cover the full ancestry of W.D. Postell or any of his descendants, because there is already literature in print authored by his son, Phillip Smith Postell.
Instead, this volume will explore the full family up to the generation of Francis Postell II. After that only the descendants of Francis 11 will be highlighted.
The book is written in this manner because there is more family interest in the earlier Postells, and because the family is so large that one book will not hold all the information included in a full treatment of the family.
Postell Family Crest
The crest for the Postell family of upper Normandy consists of a field of silver, three green trefoils, and a slanted post (baton) of red. This is a very simple crest, which indicates that the family coat of arms is a very old one. According to Phillip Smith Postell's dissertation presented to the faculty of the graduate school of Saint Louis University in 1972, the use of a baton on a family coat of arms signifies that he family has been nobled at some time.
The members of the Postell family whose lives are covered in this writing are descendants of the Postells of Dieppe, a section of Upper Normandy, in France.
We know from various data discovered by members of the Postell family who have been researching the family for years, that the family has roots that reach deeply into the history of old France.
The French born Postells were members of the Huguenot (Hu-ga-no) religious sect, who were followers of the teachings of John Calvin. As Huguenots, the Postells believed that the Bible should be the basis for Christian life, and that faith was more powerful and important than good works.
They also believed that the Christian ideas as laid out in the Bible were intended to reform people in all levels of society.
The beliefs of the Huguenots, and of their brethren (the Puritans) in England, are most similar to that of present day Presbyterians.
Until the time of John Calvin, France was a country of people who generally practiced the teachings of the Catholic Church.
In 1598, the sifting ruler (a former Huguenot, and a consistent sympathizer with the sect) King Henry IV, signed one of the most memorable royal decrees in history, which was known as The Edict of Nantes.
It gave the Huguenots the right to religious freedom and also gave them equal rights as citizens among the Catholics.
The Huguenots retained their freedom for a period of approximately eighty-seven years. Then King Louis XIV, an evil and greedy man, became ruler of France. He resented the power of the Huguenots and abolished the edict in 1685, returning full power to the Catholics.
The Huguenots were treated savagely, many of them being slaughtered in the streets like animals. They refused to yield to King Louis, instead they held steadfastly to their beliefs.
As their persecution continued to escalate, they realized that remaining in France meant certain death for them. They were forced to choose between their homeland and their religion.
Nearly two hundred thousand Huguenots chose to flee from their homes in France to seek refuge in England, America, Prussia, and The Netherlands. It is believed to be at this time that the Postells left France for their journey to America.
Nicholas Postell, the father of the progenitor (Jean Postell) of the American born Postells, never made it to America. One can only assume that he died at the hand of the dragoons of Louvois, whom King Louis XIV ordered to attack the Huguenots in such a way as to make an example of them to the rest of the people in the province.
There are only two other possibilities that could account for Nicholas not making it to America. (1) He died before the exodus of the Huguenots from France. (2) He died at some point along the journey to America.
The Huguenots of the small coastal town of Dieppe, in the province of Normandy in the upper part of France, of which the Postells were a part, were known to be more steadfast and obstinate in defense of their religious beliefs than all others in the kingdom.
It is said that their fight with the dragoons was longer, harder, and bloodier than any other because the king was determined that the Huguenots of Dieppe would be conquered. It seems that that particular sect of Huguenots were especially successful and prosperous, and they were able to remain in good spirits and were still high in number, ever after many years of suppression and pain at the hand of the king.
The dragoons vowed to create whatever mayhem necessary to break the Huguenots. After the bitter battle that followed, many of the faithful Huguenots lay dead or dying. Those who lived through the atrocities inflicted on them were a defeated and desperate people.
In our line of Postells, Nicholas and his wife, Marye Brugnet Postell, and their two known children, Jean and Mary-Marie, were all natives of the town of Dieppe.
Jean PostellMary-Marie Postell
Marye Brugnet Postell, and her children Jean and Mary-Marie, reached the seaport town of Charlestown (later modified to Charleston), South Carolina sometime after 1685.
Their journey via ship to this country appears to have included stops at other port towns and villages in the West Indies such as the isle of St. Christopher, Guadeloupe, Barbados, and the Antilles.
Many Huguenots tried to make new homes on these islands, but religious persecution followed them, and they were eventually forced to continue on their journey to the safety of the new lands of America.
It is not known whether the Postell family made any effort to live on the islands of the West Indies, but it would not be surprising since they were accustomed to the lifestyle of a small seaport.
Upon reaching South Carolina, the Huguenots quickly made a place for themselves. They settled in sects, creating their own communities and establishing their own churches.
One of their largest settlements was along the Santee River, located just north of the main part of Charlestown. This is where Jean Postell and his wife, Madeline Pepin Postell, chose to make their first home.
Madeline was the daughter of Alexandre Pepin and his wife, Madeleine Garillon, all of whom were natives of Grenoble, France.
Madeline Pepin Postell had a brother, Paul Pepin, who also came to South Carolina from Grenoble.
Jean Postell and Madeline Pepin were probably married on the journey to America, or shortly after they reached the shores of South Carolina. A probable time period would be 1685-1689.
Jean and Madeline were the parents of four sons: Jean, Pierre, Jacques, and Jean Jr., thus the beginning of the Postell family in this country, the United States of America.
I I II
Jean Pierre Jacques Jean Jr.
Jean Postell must have been a very intelligent man, for he was a very successful South Carolina planter. While he was never a wealthy man, he did amass an estate that was quite above the average for that time.
We do know that Jean Postell continued to speak in his native French after reaching America, because his will was written in French.
We do not know whether he mastered the English language during his lifetime, but it is quite likely that he did have some accomplishments in that area, for there were many people settled in the same area of South Carolina who were natives of England and Ireland.
As a landowner, Jean Postell's performance was that of a very competent man. Records in the South Carolina Archives in Columbia show that Jean Postell was issued a warrant for a land lot in town on June 12,199-3.
On May 15, 1694, records show that he held warrants for land lots 177 and 178 on Broad Street, in Charleston.
He also owned a plantation in the country that was situated west of Slann's Bridge, near the Cypress Swamp.
At some point, Jean moved his family to an area known as Goose Creek, which is situated on the upper section of the Ashley River.
Jean Postell was a member of the Goose Creek Huguenot Church, well respected within the community, and apparently quite active in Goose Creek affairs.
On January 17, 1710, Jean Postell was issued a warrant for six hundred acres of land located in Berkeley County. This also according to records found in the South Carolina Archives, in Columbia.
After this time, Jean Postell seemed to concentrate his energies on working his land, rather than adding to his holdings, as record of land warrants taken in his name seemed to dwindle after 1710.
Written accounts of the register of St. Phillips Parish list Jean Postell as buried on October 16, 1729, It is estimated that Jean Postell was in his late fifties or early sixties when he died.
Little factual information is available regarding Nicholas Postell, but we do know that he was born in Dieppe, France and that he lived there with his wife, Marye Brugnet, and that their two known children, Jean and Mary-Marie, were also born in Dieppe.
It is almost certain that Nicholas Postell took an active part in the defense of the people of Dieppe during the battles between the French Huguenots and the dragoons of King Louis XIV.
There are three schools of thought as to the demise of Nicholas Postell. The first is that he was killed in one of the many brutal battles of Dieppe, and buried by his family there, before they fled to America.
The second is that he died from unknown causes on board ship, and may be buried on one of the small islands where the ships made regular stops during the journey to America.
The third thought is that he did make it to America, but died shortly after reaching the shores of Caroline, and therefore was not listed by his family as having traveled with them from France.
Whatever the cause of his death, we definitely know that Nicholas Postell is our ancestor, because his wife was listed on the ship's passenger list as Marye Brugnet, the widow of Nicholas Postell.
Keep in mind that the passenger lists were drawn and recorded several years after the Postells came to America, so Marye being listed as a widow does not necessarily mean that she was a widow when she first arrived in America.
A personal study of the battles of the Huguenot people in France, and particularly those of Dieppe, will enlighten you more about the trials and tribulations suffered by many of our Postell ancestors.
Persons wishing to study these dates and occurrences more closely, should read the book "HUGUENOT EMIGRATION TO AMERICA" by Charles W. Baird, original copyright 1885, reissued 1973 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland.
There is also a vast amount of information on the Postell family at the South Carolina Archives in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the historical society in Charleston, South Carolina.
More About Nicholas Postel and Marie Brugnet:
Marriage: Abt. 1655, Dieppe, France.
Children of Nicholas Postel and Marie Brugnet are:
- +Jean Postell, b. 1660, Dieppe, France, d. 1729, Charleston, SC.
- Mary Postell, b. 1665, Dieppe, France, d. 1725.