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Descendants of Rene LaFon

Generation No. 1
1. RENE1 LAFON
Notes for RENE LAFON:

Huguenots Origins

Prior to Calvin's publication in 1536 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion, a reform movement already existed in France. Despite persecution, the movement grew. Under King Henry II reprisals became more severe. Nevertheless, in 1559, the first French national synod was held, and a Presbyterian church modeled on Calvin's reform in Geneva was founded. The adherence of a large number of the nobility to the movement gave it political meaning and added fuel to persecution.
Huguenots

Wars of Religion and the Edict of Nantes

The conspiracy of Amboise (1560; see Amboise, conspiracy of) during the reign of King Francis II inflamed both Roman Catholic and Protestant sentiment. This, along with political rivalry, particularly among the Bourbons and the Guises, precipitated the Wars of Religion (1562-98; see Religion, Wars of). Despite such heavy blows to the Huguenots as the massacre of Saint Bartholomew's Day (1572), the formation of the Catholic League (see League), and the intervention of Spain (1589-98) against the Protestant heir to the throne, the Bourbon Henry IV, the Protestants were ultimately victorious. Their success was due largely to their unity under such admirable leaders as Louis I de Condé (see under Condé, family), Gaspard de Coligny, Jeanne d'Albret, and her son, Henry IV.
In 1598, Henry IV, by issuing the Edict of Nantes (see Nantes, Edict of), established Protestantism in 200 towns, proclaimed freedom of worship, and allowed substantial political independence. During the next 50 years, more and more skilled artisans and members of the bourgeoisie became Huguenots, who thus constituted one of the most industrious and economically advanced elements in French society.
Huguenots Suppression

In the reign of King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu decided to suppress Protestant political privileges. An uprising (1621-22) against the introduction of Catholicism in Béarn was put down by Richelieu, and the Protestants lost all the strongholds given to them under the Edict of Nantes, except Montauban and La Rochelle. Led by Henri de Rohan and Benjamin de Soubise, the Huguenots revolted again in 1625 and in 1627. La Rochelle was captured (1628) by Richelieu after a 14-month siege, during which King Charles I of England attempted to send some aid to the Protestant defenders. The Peace of Alais (1629) stripped the Huguenots of all political power but assured them of continued religious tolerance.


Cardinal Mazarin continued Richelieu's policy, but King Louis XIV, urged by the French Catholic clergy, moved to suppress the dissident religion. Conversion was encouraged; the Edict of Nantes was interpreted in the strictest way possible; and dragoons were quartered in the homes of Huguenots (see dragonnades). Finally, in 1685, the Edict of Nantes was revoked.
This act had disastrous results. Entire provinces were depopulated as countless Huguenots fled to England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and America. The only important fragment of Huguenots left in France was in the Cévennes, where the war of the Camisards (1702-10) broke out. In 1787, Louis XVI allowed the Huguenots tolerance, and in Dec., 1789, the revolutionary National Assembly restored their civil rights. Full religious freedom was not attained until church and state were separated in 1905.
Huguenots Bibliography

See history by H. M. Baird (6 vol., 1879-95); G. A. Rothrock, The Huguenots (1979); N. M. Sutherland, The Huguenot Struggle for Recognition (1980); R. D. Gwynn, Huguenot Heritage (1985).


Wars of Religion

1562-98, series of civil wars in France, also known as the Huguenot Wars.



The immediate issue was the French Protestants' struggle for freedom of worship and the right of establishment (see Huguenots). Of equal importance, however, was the struggle for power between the crown and the great nobles and the rivalry among the great nobles themselves for the control of the king. The foremost Protestant leaders were, successively, Louis I de Condé, Gaspard de Coligny, and Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV); the Catholic party was dominated by the house of Guise. A third party, called the Politiques and composed of moderate Catholics, sided with the Protestants, while Catherine de' Medici and her sons, Charles IX, Henry III, and Francis, duke of Alençon, vainly sought to maintain a balance of power by siding now with the Catholics, now with the Huguenots.
The Conspiracy of Amboise (1560), by which the Huguenots attempted to end the persecutions suffered at the hands of Francis II, was a prelude to the first three civil wars (1562-63, 1567-68, 1568-70). The Treaty of Saint-Germain (1570), ending the wars, gave the Protestants new liberties and the wardenship of four cities, including La Rochelle. The fourth civil war (1572-73) began with the massacre of Saint Bartholomew's Day, a general slaughter of Protestants throughout France. The fifth civil war (1574-76) ended with the Peace of Monsieur (named for Francis of Alençon, who then sided with the Huguenots), which, ratified by the Edict of Beaulieu, granted freedom of worship throughout France except Paris.
When the Catholics retorted by forming the League (1576) and persuaded Henry III to repeal the edict of toleration (1577), the Huguenots revolted once more and sought the aid of foreign Protestant states. This sixth civil war ended with the Peace of Bergerac (1577), which renewed most of the terms of the Peace of Monsieur; this Henry III never carried out. A seventh war (1580) was inconsequential, but in 1584 the recognition by Henry III of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as his heir presumptive led to the renewal of the League by Henri de Guise and to the War of the Three Henrys (1585-89).
After the assassination of Henri de Guise (1588) and of Henry III (1589), the League, now headed by the duc de Mayenne, invoked the aid of Spain against Henry's successor, Henry IV. Henry, after his victories at Arques (1589) and Ivry (1590) and his conversion to Catholicism (1593), entered Paris in 1594.
With the Edict of Nantes (see Nantes, Edict of), which granted freedom of worship throughout France and established Protestantism in 200 towns, and with the Treaty of Vervins with Spain (both in 1598), Henry IV brought the Wars of Religion to as successful a conclusion as the Protestants could desire. This result, however, was completely reversed in the 17th cent. by Cardinal Richelieu, who broke the political power of the Protestants, and by Louis XIV, who destroyed their religious privileges by his revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes.
Wars of Religion Bibliography

See study by J. W. Thompson (1958).

Child of RENE LAFON is:

2. i. JAMES2 LAFON, b. Abt. 1677, France; d. Abt. 1727, France.



Generation No. 2
2. JAMES2 LAFON (RENE1) was born Abt. 1677 in France, and died Abt. 1727 in France.

Child of JAMES LAFON is:

3. i. FRANCIS3 LAFON I, b. 1697, France; d. Abt. 1740, VA.

Generation No. 3
3. FRANCIS3 LAFON I (JAMES2, RENE1) was born 1697 in France, and died Abt. 1740 in VA. He married UNKNOWN Abt. 1718 in France. She was born Abt. 1700 in France, and died Abt. 1721 in France.
Notes for FRANCIS LAFON I:

Francis immigrated about 1725 to Virginia from La Rochelle, France.

Francis was Huguenot, the French Protestants' struggle for freedom of worship and the right of establishment.

More About FRANCIS LAFON I:

Occupation: Minister

Children of FRANCIS LAFON and UNKNOWN are:

4. i. NICHOLAS4 LAFON, b. Abt. 1720, France; d. 1749, Tappahannok Township, Essex Co. VA.

5. ii. FRANCIS LAFON II, b. 1721, France; d. 1775, St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co. VA.



Generation No. 4
4. NICHOLAS4 LAFON (FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born Abt. 1720 in France, and died 1749 in Tappahannok Township, Essex Co. VA. He married ELIZABETH STHRESHLEY Abt. 1737 in Essex Co. VA Book: D 42, Page: 97, daughter of THOMAS STHRESHLEY and HANNAH. She was born 1719 in Essex Co. VA, and died in Essex Co. VA.
Notes for NICHOLAS LAFON:

November 2, 1803, William Sthreshley, of the first part, Lucy Sthreshley, his wife, of the second part, and Thomas Sthreshley, Daniel Preston and Nicholas Lafon, of the third part. The parties of the third part are herewith appointed and declared Trustees for the party of the first part and second part in order to carry this deed into effect. The following tract of 980 acres in Essex County, Virginia, and the negro slaves, Charles, Ishmael, Tom, Lewis, John, Samuel, George, Ambrose, Charles and Albert, Andrew, Tom. Jr., Edmond, Betty, Caty, Roses, Ursula, Celia, Rachael, Agga, Isham, have been lent to Lucy Sthreshley, party of the second part, by her former husband, for and during her life and to her use, and to enable her to maintain and educate her children by her said former husband, and in order to make full and ample provision for Lucy, now the wife of William Sthreshley, and in consideration of all that part of the profits of the said land and negro slaves heretofore received by William and applied to his own use, viz., the sum of 300 pounds and of which he is acquitted and hereby released forever, and for and in consideration of the right of dower which Lucy may have in any lands of the said William, which Lucy relinquishes and will relinquish when required, he, the said William has granted and confirmed by these presents to the parties of the third part all the right, title, property and interest of the said William, in and to the aforesaid land and negroes, and also two other negro men slaves, William and Elliott, and all the stock of furniture and farming utensils of the said William, as trustees for the sole and separate use and maintenance of Lucy and her children. William reserves to himself the sum of 10 pounds annually, to be paid out of the profits of the estate herein conveyed by the said trustees at the end of each year, with all the residue of the said profits to be paid to Lucy at the end of each year. Thomas G. Sthreshley, William Bohannon and Martha Sthreshley, witnesses. Recorded September 10, 1804.

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Nicholas' estate was probated 1750 in Essex County, VA.

His will was administrated on 17 Aug 1757 Essex County, VA


The Lafon family were French Huguenots. It is family tradition that LaRochelle was their home in France.

The earliest Lafon record found was the inventory of the estate of Nicholas Lafon in 1750 in Essex County, Virginia. (Torrence Wills and Administrators 1632-1800.) He must have died in or before 1750. The land tax records of King and Queen County, which adjoins Essex Co. on the south, show that Thomas Lafon, and Francis Lafon (under age) lived in King and Queen Co. in 1782 and 1783. The records also show that Wm. and Francis Lafon sold 417 acres in King and Queen Co. 1787-1792.

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 197


1765,

RENNOLDS, JOHN

Married Elizabeth, widow of Nicholas Lafon

Book: O 26,

Page: 40

Index to Wills and Administrations: CATALOG CARD


NAME Lafon, Nicholas.

DATE 1750.

SOURCE Wills No. 8, 1744-1750 (Reel 44)

p. 373-374. Gdn. bond for Hannah, Richard, Mary, & Elizabeth Lafon re. 16 Oct. 1750.

NOTE Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)

PLACE Essex County (Va.)

FORM Estate administration records. aat.

COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.


NAME Lafon, Nicholas.

DATE 1750.

SOURCE Wills No. 8, 1747-1750 (Reel 44)

p. 304-305. Adms. bond rec. 20 Mar. 1749.

p. 323-325. Inv. & appr. rec. 15 May 1750.

p. 395. Accounts rec. 18 Dec. 1750.

NOTE Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)

PLACE Essex County (Va.)

FORM Estate inventories. aat.

COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.


Index to Wills and Administrations: CATALOG CARD
NAME Lafon, Nicholas.

DATE 1750.

SOURCE Wills No. 10, 1754-1757 (Reel 45)

p. 154-155. Accounts rec. 21 June 1757.

NOTE Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)

PLACE Essex County (Va.)

FORM Estate inventories. aat.

COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.


Index to Wills and Administrations: CATALOG CARD
NAME Lafon, Nicholas.

DATE 1750.

SOURCE Wills No. 11, 1757-1762 (Reel 46)

p. 56-58. Accounts rec. 21 Feb. 1758.

NOTE Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)

PLACE Essex County (Va.)

FORM Estate inventories. aat.

COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.


Notes for ELIZABETH STHRESHLEY:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 222

1826,


STHRESHLEY, ELIZABETH

Married Nicholas Lafon

Book: D 42,

Page: 98
From King and Queen Co., VA Records concerning 18th century persons, 7th collection, page 382

Deed of gift 21 Nov 1749.

Francis Lafon of St. Anns parish gives, after the death of his wife and himself, all his estate to his sons Major Lafon and Francis Lafon. Signed "Franci Lafon". Wit: W. Rennolds, Elizabeth x Reynnolds, Ann Miller


Children of NICHOLAS LAFON and ELIZABETH STHRESHLEY are:

6. i. RICHARD5 LAFON I, b. 1742, VA; d. VA.

7. ii. HANNAH LAFON, b. Abt. 1738; d. 1771, South Farnham, Essex Co. VA.

8. iii. MARY LAFON, b. 5 July 1744, Essex Co. VA; d. 1807, Woodford Co. KY.

9. iv. ELIZABETH LAFON, b. Abt. 1750, VA; d. 1811, Essex Co. VA.

5. FRANCIS4 LAFON II (FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 1721 in France, and died 1775 in St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co. VA. He married JANE Abt. 1739. She was born Abt. 1721.
Notes for FRANCIS LAFON II:

Will witnessed by W. Rennolds, Elizabeth Rennolds (her mark) and Ann Miller.


From King and Queen Co., VA Records concerning 18th century persons, 7th collection, page 382

Deed of gift 21 Nov 1749.

Francis Lafon of St. Anns parish gives, after the death of his wife and himself, all his estate to his sons Major Lafon and Francis Lafon. Signed "Franci Lafon". Wit: W. Rennolds, Elizabeth x Reynnolds, Ann Miller
Was made guardian of Richard LaFon 16 November 1756.

More About FRANCIS LAFON II:

Will: 21 November 1749, Essex County, VA

Children of FRANCIS LAFON and JANE are:

10. i. FRANCIS5 LAFON III, b. 1740, VA; d. VA.

ii. MARY (MARTIN) LAFON, b. Essex Co. VA; d. 1807.


Notes for MARY (MARTIN) LAFON:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 239

: 1781,


: UPSHAW,

: JOHN


: Married Mary Martin, sister of Major Lafon

Book: D 32,

Page: 12

iii. MAJOR LAFON, b. Abt. 1740, VA; d. Bef. 24 February 1772, Essex Co. VA; m. ANN UNKNOWN, Abt. 1770, Essex Co. VA.


Notes for MAJOR LAFON:

Index to Wills and Administrations: CATALOG CARD


NAME Lafon, Major.

DATE 1773.

SOURCE Wills No. 12, 1762-1775 (Reel 47)

p. 523-525. Accounts rec. 15 Feb. 1773.

NOTE Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)

PLACE Essex County (Va.)

FORM Estate administration records. aat.

COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.


From Virginia Tax payers 1782-1787

Francis Lafon living in King and Queen County

Major Lafon living in King and Queen County
Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly • volume VI • volume VI, number 3 (01-JUL-1968) • List of Freeholders who voted in Essex County 1765

Series VI, Volume 3, Chapter 01-JUL-1968, Section List of Freeholders who voted in Essex County 1765

Major LaFon is shown on line number 246
Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly • volume VI • volume VI, number 4 (01-OCT-1968) • Poll taken for Electing Burgesses in Essex County 1768

Series VI, Volume 4, Chapter 01-OCT-1968, Section Poll taken for Electing Burgesses in Essex County 1768

Page 84

Poll taken on Thursday, 24th of November 1768 by Samuel Peachey, Gent.

Major LaFon voted for candidate Captain William Roane
iv. ELIZABETH LAFON, m. JOSEPH BOHANNON, 1781.
Notes for ELIZABETH LAFON:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 24

: 1781,


: BOHANNON,

: JOSEPH


: Married Elizabeth, sister of Major Lafon

Book: D 32,

Page: 12

Notes for JOSEPH BOHANNON:

The wife of John Bohannon is identified as Elizabeth Lafon in an Essex County, Virginia, deed.


Generation No. 5
6. RICHARD5 LAFON I (NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 1742 in VA, and died in VA. He married UNKNOWN Abt. 1761 in VA. She was born Abt. 1745, and died in VA.
Notes for RICHARD LAFON I:

One record says Richard died before age 21. Nicholas's son Richard b.ca.1740, is included in the Guardianship Record of Nicholas dated 17 Aug 1757 - John Reynnolds, 2nd husband of mother, Elizabeth, was appointed guardian 16 Oct 1750.


In the Revolutionary War Richard was in the French troops under General LaFayette. He listed as non-commissioned officer of the Virginia Line, who received bounty land for their Revolutionary War service. The war began in 1775 so Richard would have been around 35 years old.
http://www.uswars.net/1775-1783/units-american/1775.htm

The New England Army

Most of the American Continental Line Regiments raised in 1775 were by the New Englanders. As there was no real standard for the entire Army, regiment sizes varied from state to state. Most states had regiments of about 600 men in 10 companies, except the Connecticut 1st to 6th Regiments which were to have 1000 men in 10 companies. Only briefly did these regiments stay at their full strength. Regiment sizes in July, 1775 were between 400 and 600 men, except for the Connecticut regiments which did have about 1000 men each. By December, 1775 the regiments averaged between 500 and 600 men. Almost everyone of these regiments' enlistments expired at the end of 1775 and they were disbanded and reformed into the Continental Regiments of 1776.

Lafayette, Marquis de (1754-1834)

The American Declaration of Independence inspired Lafayette to buy a ship and sail to America without official permission from France in 1777. In America, he became an unpaid volunteer on George Washington's staff. He participated in the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 and soon became a major

general. While spending the winter in Valley Forge, he became close friends with Washington. He continued to have military commands in 1778, but in 1779 went back to France to advocate the American cause. He returned in 1780 bearing the news to Washington that the Comte de Rochambeau would bring

French troops to assist him. Lafayette next went to Virginia, where he battled Cornwallis until Cornwallis retreated to Yorktown. After Yorktown, Lafayette was the "diplomatic aide-de-camp" to Benjamin Franklin in Paris and continued to voice American interests to the French government. Lafayette had an illustrious and tumultuous political career in France during the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, Napoleon, and the Restoration Era, throughout which he defended his concept of liberty.

More About RICHARD LAFON I:

Military service: Col. in Revolutionary War

Children of RICHARD LAFON and UNKNOWN are:

11. i. RICHARD6 LAFON II, b. 1771, Powhatan Co. VA; d. August 1826, Jessamine Co. KY.

12. ii. NICHOLAS LAFON, b. 6 April 1762, King & Queen Co. VA; d. 20 January 1831, Spring Garden, Woodford Co. KY.

13. iii. FRANCIS LAFON, b. Abt. 1763, King & Queen Co. VA; d. Abt. 1825, King & Queen Co. VA.

14. iv. THOMAS LAFON, b. 18 March 1765, King & Queen Co. VA; d. 14 September 1816, Chesterfield Co. VA.



7. HANNAH5 LAFON (NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born Abt. 1738, and died 1771 in South Farnham, Essex Co. VA. She married (1) ROBERT SEAYERS in Essex Co. VA Book D29 page 67. He died 1756. She married (2) JAMES MARTIN 6 January 1762 in Chesterfield Co. VA, son of JAMES MARTIN and ELIZABETH GADDEY. He died 1776 in Chesterfield Co. VA.
Notes for HANNAH LAFON:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 211

1762,


SEAYRES, ROBERT

Married Hannah, daughter of Nicholas Lafon

Book: D 29,

Page: 67

Notes for ROBERT SEAYERS:

A will in Essex of Robert Seayres, 1756 (he m. Hannah Lafon), mentions brother Edward Seayres.


Chesterfield County, Virginia Chancery Papers page 199

Number: 1772-01

Style: Seayres v. Martin & wife

Date: 1772

Plaintiffs: Robert Seayres, Edward Seayres, William Hardymen Seayres, Isham Seayres, Eliza Seayres,

infants by father and guardian Edward Seayres

Defendants:

Hannah Martin and John Reynolds/Rennolds, executor of Robert Seayres

Subject: Robert Seayres' Estate Account and Sale, 1756. He was the uncle of the plaintiffs, late a resident of Essex Co. He died testate leaving a will dated 29 Oct. 1756. He gave his wife his estate unless she had a child or remarried, then she was to get 1/2 and the other 1/2 to child or to brother Edward's children, if she had no child. Hannah married second James Martin. She claims some slaves as property of her deceased father Nicholaas LaFon of Essex, inherited after Robert Seayres' death. She was not 19 when her first husband died. Division of slaves. Robert Seayres and others - Judy and children, Will, Frank, Dick; Jeames son of Frank; Rose and children Reuben and Archer; Ben son of Winney.

Children of HANNAH LAFON and JAMES MARTIN are:

15. i. MARY6 MARTIN, b. 1763, Essex Co. VA.

ii. WILLIAM MARTIN, b. Abt. 1765, Essex Co. VA.



8. MARY5 LAFON (NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 5 July 1744 in Essex Co. VA, and died 1807 in Woodford Co. KY. She married JOHN UPSHAW, SR. Bef. 31 December 1765 in Essex Co. VA, son of WILLIAM UPSHAW and HANNAH FORREST. He was born 2 July 1715 in Essex Co. VA, and died 23 July 1801 in Whitehall, Essex Co. VA.
Notes for MARY LAFON:

Mary Martin Lafon born 7 March 1743 King, Queen, CO

died1807 Woodford County, , KY, 1763

married John Horace Upshaw

father: Nicholas Lafon

mother: Elizabeth Streshley


Lois Mundy Todd lmtodd@mediaone.net

Mary Lafon who married John Upshaw was never a Martin, it was her sister Hannah who married 1st Robert Seayers and second James Martin whose daughter Mary, named for her aunt, who married to James Upshaw in 1781 which has caused confusion for some researchers. Index to Marriages Old Rappahanock and Essex list the marriage of Mary MARTIN niece of Major Lafon as marrying John Upshaw in 1781 Book D 32 pg 12 This is an error in transcription and/or recording, Mary Martin the neice of Major LaFon married James Upshaw not John. Mary Lafon and John Upshaw were married 20 years previous to this record.

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Found in Virginia Genealogies #2 1600-1800 Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume V, The Upshaw Family of Essex, Page 265 the following exerpt: ...".He married Mary Lafon, born in Essex, 1744, died 1807. She was a daughter of Nicholas Lafon, said to have been of Huguenot descent, who died in Essex before March 20, 1749. They were married at some time between October 16, 1750, when John Rennolds was appointed guardian to Hannah, Richard, Mary and Elizabeth Lafon, orphans of Nicholas Lafon, and August 21, 1769, when John Upshaw, with the consent of his wife, Mary, sold his share of Nicholas Lafon's estate to John Rennolds, who had intermarried with Elizabeth, widow and relict of Nicholas Lafon."

Notes for JOHN UPSHAW, SR.:

He left a will 23 Jun 1801 Essex County, VA. He died on 23 Jul 1801 in White Hall, Essex County, VA. He was a Burgess.


The following information from: ezspirit@Hillsboro.net
Virginia Genealogies #2 1600-1800 Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume V, The Upshaw Family of Essex, Page 265 the following exerpt: ...".He married Mary Lafon, born in Essex, 1744, died 1807. She was a daughter of Nicholas Lafon, said to have been of Huguenot descent, who died in Essex before March 20, 1749. They were married at some time between October 16, 1750, when John Rennolds was appointed guardian to Hannah, Richard, Mary and Elizabeth Lafon, orphans of Nicholas Lafon, and August 21, 1769, when John Upshaw, with the consent of his wife, Mary, sold his share of Nicholas Lafon's estate to John Rennolds, who had intermarried with Elizabeth, widow and relict of Nicholas Lafon." This is the first written word I have found of a connection with the Hugeunot migration. I have found reference to a William, Fred, Francis, & Major(spelled Lafon in one reference and Lafoon in another), also John. I have found a reference to William Lafon who served in the War of 1812 who was from KY. It seems there is a definite beginning of this one branch that came in through Virginia. I wish I had access to their State Archives in the State Library. I have also found a LaFon who came in through New Orleans and later found the same in a couple of other parish polls in LA. LaFons also served with the LA French Company in the War of the Northern Agression....To date I have not found any in the Revolutionary War. But, if the above is true re Virginia, they may have.

Children of MARY LAFON and JOHN UPSHAW are:

16. i. MARIA6 UPSHAW, b. 1772, Essex Co. VA; d. 1857, Woodford Co. KY.

17. ii. EDWIN UPSHAW, SR., b. 29 April 1777, Whitehall, Essex County, VA; d. 26 February 1849, VA.

iii. JOHN HORACE UPSHAW, b. 1780, Whitehall, Essex County, VA; d. 1835, New Orleans, Louisiana; m. LUCY ELIZA T. BAYLOR, 25 November 1801, VA.
Notes for JOHN HORACE UPSHAW:

John's estate was probated 18 Jan 1836 in Essex County, VA. He left a will on 30 Nov 1835 in Essex County, VA.

18. iv. LUCY UPSHAW, b. 1776, Essex Co. VA; d. 7 February 1816, KY.

19. v. SARAH UPSHAW, b. 1770, Essex Co. VA.

20. vi. HANNAH UPSHAW, b. 1774, Essex Co. VA; d. March 1853, Frankfort, Franklin Co. KY.

21. vii. MARY CORDELIA UPSHAW, b. 17 July 1788, Essex Co. VA; d. 13 August 1836, Jefferson Co. KY.

viii. WILLIAM UPSHAW, b. 1872, Essex Co. VA; d. 31 August 1811, New Orleans, Jackson Parish, LA.
Notes for WILLIAM UPSHAW:

William's estate was probated 18 Sep 1811 in New Orleans, Jackson Parish, LA.

He left a will on 9 Aug 1811 in New Orleans, Jackson Parish, LA. He was a doctor.

More About WILLIAM UPSHAW:

Occupation: Doctor

9. ELIZABETH5 LAFON (NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born Abt. 1750 in VA, and died 1811 in Essex Co. VA. She married JOSEPH BOHANNON, CAPT. 1773 in Essex Co. VA, son of AMBROSE BOHANNON and MARY LAFON. He was born Abt. 1750 in VA, and died 1811 in Essex Co. VA.
Notes for ELIZABETH LAFON:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 154

1773,


LAFON, ELIZABETH

Daughter of Nicholas, married Joseph Bohannon

Book: D 31,

Page: 88

Notes for JOSEPH BOHANNON, CAPT.:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 24

1781,


BOHANNON, JOSEPH

Married Elizabeth, sister of Major Lafon

Book: D 32,

Page: 12

Revolutionary War Service Records, 1775-83

BOHANNON, JOSEPH

Rank - Induction: PRIVATE

Roll Box: 103

Roll Description: VA

More About JOSEPH BOHANNON, CAPT.:

Military service: Revolutionary War

Children of ELIZABETH LAFON and JOSEPH BOHANNON are:

22. i. WILLIAM6 BOHANNON, CAPT., b. 23 January 1772, Essex Co. VA; d. 28 January 1818, Fayette Co. KY.

ii. ALEXANDER STHRESHLEY BOHANNON, d. 17 May 1829.


More About ALEXANDER STHRESHLEY BOHANNON:

Nickname: "Aleander"


23. iii. THOMAS B. BOHANNON, b. Abt. 1794; d. 18 September 1828, Richmond, Henrico Co. VA.

24. iv. RICHARD LAFON BOHANNON, b. 1789; d. 15 July 1855, VA.

25. v. SARAH "SALLIE" BOHANNON, b. Essex Co. VA.

vi. MARY GREGORY BOHANNON, m. JAMES H. ROYSTER, 29 August 1807, Essex Co. VA.


Notes for MARY GREGORY BOHANNON:

Aug 29, 1807 Mary G. Bohannon m. James H. Royster, Book 1, p. 224


vii. ELIZABETH BOHANNON, m. RICHARD LAFON COVINGTON.
Notes for ELIZABETH BOHANNON:

Richard Lafon Covington, who married Elizabeth Bohannon was her cousin. The wife of John Bohannon is identified as Elizabeth Lafon in an Essex County, Virginia, deed.


Notes for RICHARD LAFON COVINGTON:

Richard Lafon Covington, who married Elizabeth Bohannon was her cousin. The wife of John Bohannon is identified as Elizabeth Lafon in an Essex County, Virginia, deed.


viii. JOSEPH BOHANNON, m. ELIZABETH LAFON, 1781.
Notes for JOSEPH BOHANNON:

The wife of John Bohannon is identified as Elizabeth Lafon in an Essex County, Virginia, deed.

Notes for ELIZABETH LAFON:

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 24

: 1781,


: BOHANNON,

: JOSEPH


: Married Elizabeth, sister of Major Lafon

Book: D 32,

Page: 12

10. FRANCIS5 LAFON III (FRANCIS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 1740 in VA, and died in VA. He married MARY WYATT 16 July 1778 in Chowan Co. NC.
Notes for FRANCIS LAFON III:

>From Virginia Tax payers 1782-1787

Francis Lafon living in King and Queen County

Major Lafon living in King and Queen County

Child of FRANCIS LAFON and MARY WYATT is:

26. i. MARTHA6 LAFON, b. 1795; d. 30 January 1833, Giles Co. TN.



Generation No. 6
11. RICHARD6 LAFON II (RICHARD5, NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 1771 in Powhatan Co. VA, and died August 1826 in Jessamine Co. KY. He married ANNA BONDURANT MAXEY 11 November 1794 in Baptist Church, Powhatan Co. VA by Rev George Smith, daughter of EDWARD MAXEY and MARY BONDURANT. She was born 1774 in Cumberland Co. VA, and died 6 August 1862 in Jessamine Co. KY.
Notes for RICHARD LAFON II:

The following information was sent to me by LaVelda Faull at lavelda@hotmail.com


LAFON, RICHARD, Born ca 1760-62. Settled in Jessamine Co., KY ca 1793 and was called "a man of unusual education for that period". His name was sometimes spelled LAFOON on some Jessamine Co, KY records. This perhaps may have been because there was another RICHARD LAFFOON living in Jessamine County, the son of JAMES LAFFOON and grandson of MATTHEW LAFFOON of Brunswick Co., VA. RICHARD LAFON married 13 Nov 1794 in Powhatan Co., VA by Rev. George Smith, Baptist Minister. he married ANNA BONDURANT MAXEY, daughter of Capt. Edward Maxey and Mary Bondurant (who afterwards married Nathaniel Ayres). Richard was "Capt. Richard", Revolutionary War Card #39169249 (artillery), Sergeant. Evidently promoted(?) Received 1000 acres of land in Jessamine Co., KY in 1793.
Richard Lafon died in 1824 in Jessamine Co., KY. An estate settlement for a RICHARD B. LAFOON, Bundle 22, of "Estates Filed Away" was listed in the Index of Estates in Jessamine Co., KY. No date was in the index. John Lafon was the administrator of the estate. In Jessamine Co., KY Will Book 1

p 106 his estate can be found. I do not have an abstract of this.


Madison Co., KY Sale of Land. Oct 1808. Recorded 7 Nov 1808. Heirs of Edward Maxey, Ephraim, Philipe and Nathaniel Maxey, John Mosby, RICHARD LAFOON and Walter Ayres, 1000 acres in Madison Co., KY land patented to George Smith, assignee, of Edward Maxey.

(Note: The signature of RICHARD LAFON is written in the deed book as "RICHARD LAFOON".


Jessamine Co., KY Land Records: (I don't have abstracts of all of these)
1808 Bk B p 367 RICHARD LAFON from David Evans, 164 acres on Clear Creek

1809 Bk H p 27 RICHARD LAFON from James Martin.

1812 Bk C p 14 RICHARD LAFON from Jonathan Hiett, 21+ acres on Clear Creek

1812 Bk C p 147 RICHARD LAFON from Nath'l Dunn, 85 acres.

1813 Bk C p 177 RICHARD LAFON from James Knight, 2 tracts 47 and 31 acres on

Jessamine Creek.

1814 Bk C p 399 RICHARD LAFOM(Sp) from GEORGE S(?). SMITH estate, 154 acres

on Clear Creek.

1815 Bk D p 363 RICHARD LAFON from Lewis Hiatt, 19+ acres on Sinking Creek

and Shawnee Run.

1816 Bk D p 343 RICHARD LAFON from Nelson Turner, 300 acres, Sinking Cr and

Shawnee Run.

1822 Bk G p 390 RICHARD LAFON from Samuel Lewis, 205+ acres on Sinking

Creek.


1823 Bk G p 386 RICHARD LAFON from John Lewis, 205+ acres on Sinking Creek.

1823 Bk G p 519 RICHARD LAFON to Polly Jackson et al, 660 acres on Jessamine

Creek.

1823 Bk G p 496 RICHARD LAFON to Wm. H. Martin et al, 142+ acres on Clear



Creek.

1826 Bk I p 286 To HEIRS OF RICHARD LAFON from Commissioners appointed in

1826.

1828 WB I p 106 RICHARD LAFON, Admrs to JOHN and EDWARD LAFON, 237 acres,



Sinking Creek.
LAFON, RICHARD

State: KY Year: 1800

County: Jessamine County

Record Type: Tax list

Township: No Township

Listed Page:

Database: KY Early Census Index
Will of George Stoval Smith 1809

Jessamine Co. Ky. Will Bk. _ p. 286-291


I, George Stoval Smith of Jessamine County and State of Kentucky do constitute this my last will and testament. My will and desire is that the men that is appointed my Executors to this my last will together with the consent of my wife make sale of any of my property to pay my just debts.- My will and desire further is that after my Executors receives as much out of Mosby's twenty thousand acres claim now in my name by deed from James Brown attorney for Littlebury MOSBY heir at law of John MOSBY deceased and from Wade (or Made) Mosby as will pay me seven hundred and fifty pounds and if there should be any land gained in the lawsuit Smith against Frost, that is, over and above the four hundred acres my original purchae of Toliver CRAIG is to be added to my plantation on said four hundred acres and to reduct (sic) for every acre so gained by said suit to reduct (sic) twenty - shillings out of said seven hundred fifty pounds except fifty acres sold by LEWIS CRAIG Senior of Mason county to SAMUEL WELLS (or MILLS ) of Jessamine County agreeable to an article between said Lewis and Samuel and further if my estate should suffer by any of

my engagements in behalf of LEWIS CRAIG senior of Mason County all such damages also are to be made good to my estate out of Mosby's claim abovementioned and after my estate is made completely clear of all damages by engaging in behalf of Lewis Craig and the seven hundred and fifty pounds paid making the above allowances for any lands gained out of said FROST 's land should any surplus remain it is to be returned to said Lewis Craig but not before provided he the said Lewis complies with his agreement of being at all the expense and trouble of investigating and clearing of all said claims interfering with MOSBY 's claim. My will and desire further is that my executors make all conveyances that I am by agreement to make & convey no other right but my own nor defend them frorm no other person but such as claim under me and I do by these presents authorise (sic)my Executors to compleat (sic) all contracts entered into by me not already fully finished and to settle all business unfinished and to make all divisions of land undivided between David COOK as Location in joint partnership with myself in the different tracts of land in the name of THOMAS SMITH, GEORGE SMITH , and EDWARD FRIEND and do all things necessary in such cases. - My will and desire further is that ll my estate be continued in the possession of my wife if its her wish after paying my just debts and make my younger children equal iwht my first married children provided she can do it without rendering her unable to raise and school the rest which is one twenty pound horse creature, two cows and calves and a good feather bed and furniture and after all are possest (sic) with that proportion an equal division if anything should remain at her death. The above mentioned portions to be at marriage or as they come of age which portions to be given if my wife and Executors think them portions can be spared without reducing her too much and prevent her having an opportunity of raising her younger children well should my wife die before my younger children is raised and schooled, my will and desire is that my executors so divide my estate amongst all my children that their portions be as nearly equal as they can make them including what my five first children have received at marriage in their portions and if any of the rest should have received any thing so add that to their portions also after reserving out of my estate as much as will finish raising and schooling any of the children that may not be grown but if all - grown at her death and equal division among the whole including as above directed after paying themselves for their services in the estate .- My will and desire further is that my son PHILIP SMITH continue with his mother if it is their choice and my Executors make him compensation for this services and lastly I do appoint my Trusty friend WILLIAM HUGHS and JOHN MOSBY and RICHARD LAFON executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of January 1809.

George Stoval Smith


Witnesses

Richard Lafon

Thos. Haydon

Joseph Wharton

Randol Walker

Saml (or Zaml) Wells (his mark)


Jessamine County towit March Court 1810
The within last will and testament of Geo. S. Smith deceased was produced in court proven by the oaths of Richard Lafon, Randol Walker and Samuel Wells subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record.

Test Samuel H. Woodson, Clerk

----------------------------------------------

Jessamine County Will Abstracts and Inventories 1798-1813


Smith, George. January 1809. March 1810. Wife: not named. Son: Philip, other children not named. Ex: William Hughes, John Mosely. Wit: Richard Lafon, Thomas Hayden.
More About RICHARD LAFON II:

Military service: Revolutionary War


Notes for ANNA BONDURANT MAXEY:

On marriage bond, Ephriam Maxey was surety.

Anna left a will in 1854 in Jessamine Co. KY.
I have a copy of this:

Ann (Maxey) Lafon was born ca 1774 (age 83 in 1837). She stated that she was a citizen of Brunswick Co., VA at one time. This was according to her claim for Bounty Land Warant which was filed 19 Oct 1857 at age 83. She appointed John A. Willis of Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., KY to prosecute

the cliam. Her signature was witnessed by Richard Woods and NATHANIEL LAFON both residents of Woodford Co., KY. The 1830 Jessamine Co., KY census records: RICHARD LAFFOON, ANNA LAFFOON, WILLIAM LAFFOON.
1850 Jessamine County, Kentucky Census

Lafon, Anna

State: Kentucky

Year: 1850

County: Jessamine

Roll: M432_208

Township: Dist. 2

Page: 55

Image: 109

Children of RICHARD LAFON and ANNA MAXEY are:

27. i. RICHARD L.7 LAFON III, b. 6 March 1810, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 4 May 1850, Union Township, Marion Co. MO.

28. ii. WILLIAM LYCURGUS LAFON, b. 1797, Jessamine Co. KY; d. Aft. 1850.

iii. EDWARD LAFON, b. 1799, Jessamine Co. KY; d. January 1868; m. ELIZABETH UNKNOWN.
More About EDWARD LAFON:

Nickname: "Ned"

Occupation: Bar keeper
29. iv. JOHN LAFON I, b. 4 December 1800, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 24 May 1848, Fountain Head, Jessamine Co. KY.

v. THOMAS LAFON, b. 1802, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 1829, Woodford Co. KY.

vi. JOSEPH LAFON, b. 1803, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 1826.
Notes for JOSEPH LAFON:

Joseph never married.


vii. HARRISON ATWELL LAFON, b. 1804, Jessamine Co. KY; d. September 1854; m. MARGARET ELLISON STOUT, 15 January 1842, Fayette Co. KY.

30. viii. ELIZABETH LAFON, b. 1806, Jessamine Co. KY; d. Abt. 1838, Jessamine Co. KY.

31. ix. NANCY ANNA LAFON, b. 25 December 1807, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 26 November 1862.

32. x. MARTHA ATWELL LAFON, b. 19 August 1795, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 2 July 1836, Henry Co. KY.

xi. NATHANIEL LAFON, SR., b. 15 May 1814, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 7 December 1891; m. ADELINE BARKLEY, Abt. 1878, Mercer Co. KY.
Notes for NATHANIEL LAFON, SR.:

1850 Mercer County, Kentucky Census

Lafon, Nat

State: Kentucky

Year: 1850

County: Mercer

Roll: M432_213

Township: District 1

Page: 272

Image: 206

More About NATHANIEL LAFON, SR.:

Burial: Springhill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co. KY

Occupation: Merchant
33. xii. JAMES NICHOLAS LAFON, b. 1815, Keene, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 1850.

xiii. ANDREW JACKSON LAFON, b. 1818, Jessamine Co. KY; d. 1838, Jessamine Co. KY.


Notes for ANDREW JACKSON LAFON:

Andrew never married.


More About ANDREW JACKSON LAFON:

Will: Dated on July 11, 1838



12. NICHOLAS6 LAFON (RICHARD5, NICHOLAS4, FRANCIS3, JAMES2, RENE1) was born 6 April 1762 in King & Queen Co. VA, and died 20 January 1831 in Spring Garden, Woodford Co. KY. He married MARIA UPSHAW 12 March 1801 in Essex Co. VA, daughter of JOHN UPSHAW and MARY LAFON. She was born 1772 in Essex Co. VA, and died 1857 in Woodford Co. KY.
Notes for NICHOLAS LAFON:

Captain LaFon went to Kentucky with General James Wilkinson and settled in Fayette County. He was afterwards induced by General Wilkinson to remove to Frankfort in 1787, and he very generously presented him choice of the most valuable lots in the town in the center, comprising the block frontage on St. Clair street, Main, Washington and Broadway.


Captain LaFon's Revolutionary record is found in "Virginia Baptist Ministers" and army records. He was eithteen years old when he enlisted as a private in Green's army; was in the battles of Eutaw Springs and Cowpens.
Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia

page 154


1826,

LAFON, NICHOLAS

Married Maria, daughter of John Upshaw, of Frankfort, Kentucky

Book: D 42,

Page: 97
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