Jean Perlier II

Jean PERLIER II (1669 – 1723) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miller line.

Jean Perlier II was born 3 Nov 1669 in La Treamblade, Charante, France.  He was a Huguenot and immgrated with his parents Jean PERLIER I and Marie ARNAUD and brother Andre.  He married Anne REZAEU on 25 Oct 1696 in New York at l’Eglise Francoise a la Nouvelle York, by the minister Monsieur Payret (Peiret). 

Jean Perlier Marriage

Jean died in Fresh Kill,  Staten Island, New York,  14 Sep 1723.

Anne Rezeau was born 2 Oct 1678 in Ste. Marie De RE, Charente, France. Her parents were Rene REZEAU and Ann COUSIER.  Rezeau is a Huguenot family from a region known as Isle de Re in France. Anne died after 1723 in New York

Children of Jean and Anne:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Marie (Mary) Perlier 2 Feb 1698/99
New York City
bapitized in the Hugenot Church
James Perrine
12 Jun 1739 New York, NY
2. Anne Perlier 11 Sep 1701
New York City
bapitized in the Hugenot Church
Charles Petit
c. 1722
New York
3. Jean PERLIER III 5 Sep 1703
New York City
bapitized in the Hugenot Church
Abagail JONES
13 Jun 1734 in Edison, Bergen, New Jersey
1771 Davidson’s Creek/ Abbott’s Creek North Carolina
4. Esther Perlier c. 1707 Staten Island, NY
5. Elizabeth PERLIER c. 1712 Jonah PARKE
c. 1737
6. Susannah Perlier c. 1707 Staten Island, NY Henry La Tourette before 1764
7. Pierre (Peter) Perlee 1713
Staten Island, NY
Martha Dubois
Staten Island, NY
Staten Island, NY
8. Abraham Perlier 10 Jan 1715/16
Staten Island
Mary Sleght
14 Feb 1742/43
2 Nov 1760
Staten Island, Richmond County, NY
9. Martha Perlier 1717
Staten Island
Joseph Perrine
14 Feb 1743 Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey

Jean made a freeman of New York City on December 16, 1695. He was a ship carpenter by trade.

12 Jan 1701 – Jean Perlier and Marie Naudin were godparents to Pierre Galeau and Susanne Boisons’ daughter  Marie.

The Huguenot congregation was formally established in 1628 as L’Église française à la Nouvelle-Amsterdam. This parish continues today as L’Eglise du Saint-Esprit, part of the Episcopal (Anglican) communion still welcoming Francophone New Yorkers from all over the world. Services are still conducted in French for a Francophone parish community, and members of the Huguenot Society of America.

Huguenot Church New York City – “Saint-Esprit”, the French Reformed Church on Pine Street, New York,

There was Huguenot settlement on the south shore of Staten Island, New York in 1692. The present-day neighborhood of Huguenot was named for those early settlers.  By 1695 the population on the Island was divided evenly amongst the French-speaking people, the English and the Dutch. . By 1698 the population of the entire Island was 727, including about 70 slaves, growing steadily to 1,279 (1712), then 2,073 (1746) to reach 3,000 at the time of the American Revolution.

Fresh Kills Staten Island

Fresh Kills Staten Island

However, I think the Perliers lived in the Fresh Kills section of Staten Island on the west side of the island.

Fresh Kills (from the Middle Dutch word kille, meaning “riverbed” or “water channel”) is a stream and freshwater estuary in the western portion of the of Staten Island. It is the site of the Fresh Kills Landfill, formerly New York City’s principal landfill.

The watershed of the Fresh Kills drains much of the wet lowlands of the western portion of the island and flows into the Arthur Kill around the Isle of Meadows. The channel around the north end of the Isle of Meadows is sometimes called Little Fresh Kill and the southern channel is called Great Fresh Kill.

The stream has two major branches. The north branch is Main Creek. The south branch is Richmond Creek, which drains much of the central part of the island, with its headwaters near Historic Richmond Town  Currently, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is in the process of planning a new park on the former landfill site..

An unrecorded will, dated Oct. 28, 1723, stated I, John Perle, of Staten Island, being very sick, etc. I leave to my sons, Joh, Peter and Abraham, all my lands and plantation. I leave all my movable estate to my six daughters, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Esther and Martha.

Charlotte Megill Hix’s 1993 book of abstracts of wills from Staten Island. On page 130 is
the unrecorded, never probated will of one John Perle of Staten Island who wrote his will on 28 Oct 1723 because he was “very sick”. He leaves his estate to his wife (whom he doesn’t give by name). Then he names 3 sons — John, Peter, and Abraham. He then names his six daughters — Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Esther, and Martha. He made his wife and his beloved friend — John Le Counte — executors. Witnesses were Margaret LeCounte, Catherine Jandine, and William Tillyer

Occupation was that of a carpenter. It has been told that he once owned the land that the Woolworth building now stands on in New York City.

Jean served in the French and Indian War in 1711 and in the South Company of the local militia in 1715.

His will was probated October 28 1723.

“In the name of God, Amen. I, Jean Perlier, of Staten Island, being very sick. I leave to my wife all my estate, real and personal, during her widowhood. I leave to my son John all my carpenter tools. If it is necessary to pay debts, my wife shall sell the salt meado that I bought of Jerome Deslin. I leave to my sons, John, Peter, and Abraham, all my lands and Plantation. I leave all my movable estate to my six daughters, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Esther, and Martha. My sons shall pay to their sisters, 100 pounds sterling. I make my wife and my beloved friend, John LeCounte executors. ” Jean Perlier 11 Witnesses: Margaret LeCounte Catherine Jandine William Hillyer


1. Marie Perlier

Marie was baptized 25 Feb 1700; Witnessed by her grandparents Rene Rezeau and Anne Coursier.  This was a year later than the date traditionally given for her birth, 2 Feb 1698/99, so maybe there was a problem with interpreting the double dates.

Marie’s husband James Perrine was baptized 25 Aug 1705 in Staten Island, New York. His parents were Peter V. Perrine (1706 – 1783) and Margaret (Mary) Dey (1712 – 1797) James died bef. 1780 – Perrineville, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Children of Marie and James:

i. Nancy Perrine b. 1741; d. 19 Aug 1806; m. 1761 to Joseph Holman (1741 – 11 Jun 1808)

2. Anne Perlier

 Anne was baptized 21 Sep 1701 witnessed by Jacob Ratier and Marie Arneau

Anne’s husband Charles Petit was born in 1697 in New York.

3. Jean PERLIER III (See his page)

5. Elizabeth Perlier (See Jonah PARKE‘s page)

6. Susannah Perlier

Susannah’s husband Henry La Tourette was born 1708 Fresh Kills, Staten Island, Richmond, New York. His parents were Jean La Tourette (1651 Osse, France, – 1725) and Marie Mercereau (Mersereau) (1670 – 1733). After Susannah died, Henry married 28 Sep 1764 Staten Island to Sarah Lane (b. ~ 1729 – d. 1806 in Bound Brook, Middlesex, New Jersey). Sarah first married Stephen Wood. Henry died 30 Dec 1794 Fresh Kills, Staten Island, Richmond, New York.

Henry’s parents lived in a castle in France in the Pyrenees in Osse (Oise-en-Bearn). The castle was located at the top of a mountain overlooking the town. Only a portion of the building remains.  The LaTourettes were people of wealth and position which made them that much more vulnerable.  When the Edict of Nantes was revoked by King Louis XV, Jean and Marie knew their days were numbered. They gave a large party and, while the guests were having a good time, they slipped away with only the clothes they were wearing; the family bible and jewels. Preparations had been made ahead of time to engage passage on a ship sailing to the New World.  Perhaps they shipped some of their personal belongings to the seaport some time in advance of sailing.    Members of Marie’s family, the Mercereaus were also on board.

Not long after their arrival, there is an entry in the records of the French Church in New York City that Jean and Marie were married (July 16, 1693) and, shortly after, their daughter Mary (Marie) was baptized (Dec. 6, 1693). It is believed Jean and Marie were married in France but the Edict of Nantes expressly declared that all marriages and baptisms of Huguenot preachers were null and void. Authorities also destroyed all the records in the Huguenot churches. Therefore, Jean and Marie married under English law when they arrived and also, thereby, gained citizenship in this nation. They bought property on Staten Island and very soon became involved in local affairs. The original house became a part of the LaTourette golf course, which is still in existence. There is also a LaTourette Museum on Staten Island.

Henry LaTourette was a weaver by profession, a coroner for Staten Island Warden for St. Andrews, loaned on mortgages in Staten Island, and New Jersy, and accumulated considerable property which he left his children. He was twice married. The mother of his children was Susanne Parlier, the names of his children compared to those of the Parlier Family; In 1760, Henry LaTourette records a satisfaction of a mortgage on Peter Parlier land dated 1745 about the date of Henry’s first marriage; he records all of his land on Fresh Kills; since no consideration is given in the Parlier mortgage, it is possible this property came to Henry LaTourette as a dowery with his first wife Susanne Parlier. Henry was probably buried at St. Andrews were he was warden and custodian of the records through the period of the War of the Revolution.

Henry the Weaver appears frequently as executor of wills and as witness; as mortgages, grantee. A series of deeds recorded in 1760 indicated that he acquired from his brothers all the original estates left by their father on Fresh Kills; he purchased from neighbors plots adjoining his farm. On Jan. 24, 1737, there is a joint will signed by Henry and his brother James; it is probated in 1738 after the death of James and provides that his property should go to the survivor of the two brothers. Evidently James was not in good health and the will was made to protect their joint weaver business, their mills and lands. Henry LaTourette adds to these lands in 1739 adjoining land of James Egbert, miller; he buys another plot from James Egbert in 1744; he adds the Parker lot in 1743; his brothers-in-law Samuel Broom and Jan Van Pelt deed their portions to him. He made a violin now in the hands of the LaTourette in Covington, Indiana (1935). It has the date carved 1770. In 1771, Henry LaTourette writes to the governor asking to be relieved of the post of coroner; the records show many fees paid him as coroner from 1763 till 1784.

Children of Susannah and Henry:

i. Susannah La Tourette b. 23 Mar 1743 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York; d. 1811 in Bergen Point, Bergen, New Jersey, m. 1764 to Peter Cole and named her oldest child Susanne Parlier Cole.

ii. Henry LaTourette b. 8 Sep 1745 in Freshkills, Steuben, New York; d. Lebanon, Burlington, New Jersey; m. Rebecca Demott (b. 1747) Henry and Rebecca had one child Susanna (b. 1777)

iii. John G La Tourette b. 3 May 1749 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York; d. 22 Feb 1813 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York; m1. 1777 to Elizabeth Bond (b. 1755 in Manchester, England – d. 8 Jul 1798 Staten Island, Richmond, New York) Elizabeth’s parents were William Bond and [__?__]. John and Elizabeth had ten children born between 1775 and 1795.

m2. 1800 to Ruth Blackford (b. 1753 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey – d. 10 Feb 1820 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey)

iv. Ann LaTourette bapt. 28 Jan 1751 Fresh Kills, Staten Island, Richmond, New York; d. 25 May 1843 Monmouth, New Jersey; m1. 05 Oct 1777 at Trinity Church, New York City to Abraham Canon (b. 1751); Ann and Abraham did not have children.

m2. 30 Dec 1780 to William De Groot (b. Jul 1751 at Raritan, Somerset, New Jersey – d. 29 Aug 1840 at Bound Brook, Somerset, New Jersey)  William’s parents were Johannes De Groot (1724 – ) and Aeltje Olden (1721 – ). Ann and William had three children.

v. Peter LaTourette b. 17 Jul 1754 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York; d. 23 Jan 1831 in Vestal, Broome, New York; m. 1782 Wayne, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth Androvette (b. 14 Mar 1760 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York – d. 25 May 1838 in Vestal, Broome, New York) Elizabeth’s parents were Peter Androvette (1731 – 1802) and Catharine Nichols (1735 – 1797) Peter and Elizabeth had ten children born between 1783 and 1799.

Called Pete La Tourette, “Terrett” and an infernal fiend

Aided General George Washington

Spy with cousin Jean Mercereau

1776 – fled to NJ when the Biritish occupied Staten Island NY

23 Jun 1779 Age: 24 – Captured Colonel Christopher Billop and put him in jail. Christopher Billopp (1738 – 1827) was a British loyalist who commanded a Tory detachment during the war, earning him the sobriquet, “Tory Colonel”. After the American Revolution he emigrated to New Brunswick, Canada along with other United Empire Loyalists and represented Saint John in the 1st New Brunswick Legislative Assembly.

LaTourette captured Billopp when he rowed across the Arthur Kill from Perth AmboyNew Jersey.   Billopp was held as a P.O.W. in the Burlington County, New Jersey jail, where he was chained down to the floor and fed a diet of bread and water by order of Elias Boudinot, appointed by Congress as Commissary General of Prisoners. He was informed that his harsh treatment was in retaliation for the suffering of John Leshler and Captain Nathaniel Fitz Randolph of Woodbridge, New Jersey, being held by the British. Fitz Randolph would later be killed in the Battle of Springfield.

To the Keeper of the Common Jail for the county of Burlington. Greeting.

“You are hereby commanded to receive into your custody, the body of Col. Christopher Billop, prisoner of war, herewith delivered to you, and having put irons on his hands and feet, you are to chain him down to the floor in a close room, in the said jail; and there so detain him, giving him bread and water only for his food, until you receive further orders from me, or the commissary of Prisoners for the State of New Jersey, for the time being. Given under my hand at Elizabeth Town, this 6th day of Nov. 1779.

“ELIAS BOUDINOT, Com. Pris. New Jersey.”

“Sir, Sorry I am that I have been put under the disagreeable necessity of a treatment towards your person that will prove so irksome to you; but retaliation is directed, and it will, I most sincerely hope, be in your power to relieve yourself from the situation by writing to New York, to procure the relaxation of the sufferings of John Leshler, and Capt. Nathaniel Randolph. It seems, nothing short of retaliation will teach Britons to act like men of humanity.

“I am, sir, your most humble servant, “ELIAS BOUDINOT, Com. S. Pris.

“Elizabeth Town, Nov. 6, 1779.

Another prisoner being held in the Burlington jail at the same time was John Graves Simcoe of the Queen’s Rangers, who led the massacre of patriots in the Wiliam Hancock house in Salem, New Jersey, and embarked on a raid into New Jersey, dubbed “Simcoes Raid”, from “Billop’s point”, as Christopher Billop’s land was known. It was upon this raid he was captured and imprisoned with Billop.

Portion of letter to George Washington from John Simcoe;

I was allowed my parole, was taken from it the 9th, and have ever since been confined a close prisoner in Burlington gaol, with Col. Billop, who is in irons and chained to the floor, to retaliate for F. Randolph and Leshier, the latter of whom is (said to be) confined in the same manner in New-York: my mittimus hath not expressed what I am imprisoned for; but, by the tenor of Governor Livingston’s letters, I suppose it is to retaliate for the former of those citizens, whom he allows to be a private soldier, and who is simply confined as such.

It was not until after Christmas that Billopp was released in a prisoner exchange

After his last release from patriot imprisonment Billop went back to his manor house and confronted his servants. He was convinced that a 15-year-old servant girl had signalled his presence on the day of his kidnapping by holding a candle by a window on the second floor. This could be seen by the patriots perched in the steeple of St. Peter’s Church in rebel controlled Perth Amboy.

According to legend he threw her down a flight of stairs and killed her. His ghost and that of the girl are said to haunt the Conference House, reenacting their deadly struggle.

Conference House Staten Island

Conference House Staten Island

Colonel Christopher Billop‘s home the Conference House is situated on the southernmost point of New York State, this point of land, jutting out into Raritan Bay was known as “Billop’s Point” during the 18th century  On Sep 11, 1776, Lord Howe, commander in chief of British forces in America, brokered a meeting with representatives of the Continental Congress in a peace conference aimed at halting the American Revolution. Benjamin FranklinJohn Adams, and Edward Rutledge rowed over from patriot-held Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The meeting lasted for three hours and ended with the Americans politely declining Howe’s offer, leading to another seven years of conflict.

7. Pierre Perlier

Pierre’s wife Martha DuBois was born in 1717 in Staten Island. Her parents were Lewis DuBois and Martha [__?__]. Martha died 8 Nov 1789 – Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey.

They moved to New Jersey under the name Perlee.

Child of Pierre and Martha:

i. Peter Parlier bapt. 20 Jan  1740 Staten Island;d. 18 Apr 1781 – Harlingen, Somerset, New Jersey;  m. Rebecca Ilsley (b.  1740 Elizabethtown, New Jersey – d.  May 1820) Rebecca’s parents were Benjamin Ilslee (1718 – 1756) and Jannetje Halenbek (1721 – 1756) Peter and Rebecca had eight children born between 1762 and 1780.

Peter became a Revolutionary hero.  Private in Captain Peter D. Vroom’s Company Col. Abram Quick’s Second Battalion Somerset  County New Jersey Militia

8. Abraham Perlier

Abraham’s wife Mary Sleght was born in 1722. Her parents were Hendrick Barentsen Sleight and Catryntje Winans (Winnen).

-In the name of God, Amen, November 2, 1760. I, ABRAHAM PARLIER, of Richmond County, being very sick. All debts to be paid. I leave to my wife Mary the use of all my estate during her widowhood. If she marry, she is to have the use of one-third, and she is to bring up my children and give them schooling suitable for them, and when of suitable age they are to be put to trades. The rest of my estate I leave to all my children, Abraham, John, Catharine, Jacob, Henry, Barent and Peter, my executors to sell land at discretion. I make my son Abraham and my friend John Bedell executors.

Children of Abraham and Mary:

i. Abraham Perlier

ii. John Perlier

iii. Catharine Perlier

iv. Jacob Perlier

v. Henry Perlier

vi. Barent Perlier b. 3 Dec 1754

vii. Peter Perlier b.  30 Nov 1757

9. Martha Perlier

Martha’s husband  Joseph Perrine was baptized 25 Aug 1705 in Staten Island, Richmond Co, NY. His parents were Daniel Perrine (1672 – 1745) and Mary Martin (1678 – 1765). Joseph died after 1743.


History of Richmond County (Staten Island), New York from its discovery to the present time. Richard Mather Bayles.  1883

Registers of the Births, Marriages, and Deaths of the Eglise Francoise a LA Nouvelle York: French Church of New York, from 1688 to 1804

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