William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.

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Eglise Françoise à la Nouvelle York
The French Church of New York, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1688-1804

The French church

The Second French Protestant Church, Du St. Esprit,
in New York

The French Church, erected on King, now Pine Street, in 1704, was plastered on the outside. It was 70 feet long and 50 wide, and was used till 1831. The view above is from Queens, now Cedar, Street, showing the tower and church-yard, which were in the rear of the ediface; and is enlarged from a wood-cut by Anderson, after a drawing by Davis, in the New York Mirror of July 27, 1830.

Eglise Françoise à la Nouvelle York: Births, Marriages, and Deaths from 1688 to 1804 is, indeed, a rare book. We own one of only 500 printed. Our copy was once the property of the New Jersey Historical Society's library.

Help for Interpretation
of the Records in the French

Only the birth, marriage, and death records in this book are in the original French language The vocabulary is very limited. With the little list of frequently used words provided here, the meaning can be quickly determined. The problem area is mainly interpreting the dates. Unfortunately, the editor of the book did not include an aid to interpretation. Use the link above for help.