Edward White V Family - Person Sheet
Edward White V Family - Person Sheet
NameGhislain VIGNE
Birth1586, St Vaast, La Haute, France
Deathbef 30 Apr 1632, New Amsterdam Now New York City
MotherJeanne Les PERONES (1560-1594)
FatherJean CUVELIER (~1565-~1599)
MotherJeanne (~1568-~1592)
Marriage1608, St Vaast, La Haute, Valenciennes, France
ChildrenChristina (~1610-1663)
 Maria (1610-1671)
 Abraham (Twin) (1619-)
 Sara (Twin) (1619-)
 Rachel (1618-)
Web Notes notes for Ghislain VIGNE
Guillaume (Ghislain) Vigne was born in 1586 in Valenciennes, Province de Hainaut, France (73 km south of Brussels). His father, Jean De La Vigne was born in 1550 in Valenciennes, France, and died in 1622 in Amsterdam, Holland.
The Vigne family were Walloons, French-speaking Protestants, living in a disputed border area and subject to protracted wars involving the Netherlands, France and Spain. Valenciennes today is in the French Republic and the de la Vigne / Vigne family were French Huguenots.
In 1608, Guillame married Adrienne Cuvellier near Valenciennes in today's region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, just before "the 12-year truce" between Spain & Holland began in 1609. The truce provided some respite for the area but the Roman Catholic French monarchy had a plan to convert or kill the Protestant population living within and along its borders. After King Henri IV, who was sympathetic to the Protestant minority, was assassinated in 1610, many non-Roman Catholics fled that country after having their property confiscated.
This is most-likely why Guillaume and Adrienne Vigne emigrated to Holland in 1618 to the city of Leyden, which was a protective and tolerant haven from war and prejudice. The weaving and publishing industry were flourishing in Leyden which was the second largest city in Holland at that time. The boom in the Leyden textile industry owed a lot to the arrival of French and Flemish weavers.
Living among the Dutch, the Vigne name was changed to Vienje. Guillaume became known as Willem Vienje and Adrienne as Ariantje Vienje. [The "-je" ending in the Dutch version of their name was pronounced as "-yeh."]
In 1618, they were attending the Walloon Church, in Leyden, South Holland, Netherland. The Register of Baptisms in the Walloon Church in Leyden contains the following entries:
• 2 September 1618 Rachel, daughter of Ghilain Vignier and his wife. Witnesses: Antoine Hardewin and his wife, Ghilain Hardewin and Gertrude Quinze.
• 26 September 1619 Abraham and Sara, children of Gileyn Vinoist and Adrienne Cuvelier.
• 26 December 1621 Abraham, son of Guillain Vivier and Adrienne Cuvelier. Witnesses: Charlie Bailieu and Jean Collas and the wife of Jean Adam.
• 19 March 1623 Rachel, daughter of Guillain Vigne. Witnesses: Henri Lambert, Pierre de Fache and Marguerite Vigne. 
Guillame, Adrienne and three daughters including Christina emigrated from Amsterdam on 25 Jan 1624 to New Amsterdam on the De Eendracht. The Vignes were one of 30 Walloon families selected by the Dutch West India Company to establish a permanent settlement in New Netherlands [New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut]. We don't know whether the Vignes spent their first year at the Albany, Connecticut River or Delaware River settlements.
By 1625, Guillame was a farmer on land north of what is now Wall Street in Manhattan along the East River. They had five more children before Guillame died. Their son, Jan Vigne, was born shortly after their arrival in New Netherland. Only four adult children of Ghislain Vigne and Adrienne Cuvelier are mentioned in New Netherland records.
Guillame died prior to 30 Apr 1632 (although Van Laer is of the opinion that the year 1632 is probably wrong and should be 1635 or later) in New York, USA. On that date, his widow, Adrienne, made a deposition, as she was about to marry Jan Jansen Damen, a wealthy citizen of New Amsterdam. In that deposition, she describes her daughter Christina as a married person.
He owned the land that the New York stock exchange now sits on.
In the late 16th century, Valenciennes was part of the medieval County of Hainault; in 1678 it became a part of France. Once called Ghileyn Vignier. Became members of the Wallon Church in Leyden on October 1618. He again in 1622 was received by confession. He must have moved from Leyden for a short period. May have had a relative named Merguerite Vigne. Guillain or Ghislain was named for a Frankish saint, Gislanus, who in about the year 680 A.D. founded a monastery in Hainault six miles west of Mons, where the town of Saint-Ghislain, Belgium, is today and only 15 miles northwest of Valenciennces. He was the patron saint of Valenciennes; his feast is celebrated on October 9th.
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