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Jacques DeGorenflo was born Bet. 1646 - 1650 in Gorenflos, Picarde, Somme, France, and died date unknown. He married Jeanne Cailloux.

 Includes NotesNotes for Jacques DeGorenflo:
The short version: The GORENFLO family originated in teh village of Gorenflos, France, about 100 miles north of Paris. In the 1600s, Jacques De Gorenflo led the Gorenflos and other Hugenot regugee families from Gorenflos France to Friedrichstal, Baden Germany. Jacques was the first Mayor of Friedrichstal and a museum is there today in his honor which houses the church records from 1698-1812 showing my line of heritage up to my immigrant, Ludwig.


The Gorenflo family seems to have originated in the village of Gorenflos, France located between Abbeville and Amiens. In the year 1236 and 1239, Godard de Goranflos is mentioned in the register of Dieu Saint Riquier (village northwest of Gorenflos) as a landowner. In 1240, in the vicinity of the the Village of Gorenflos, Gorenflos are described as "Seigneurs du Fond." A Robert de Gorenflo is mentioned in 1308, and described as a "Chevalier Templer" (Christian crusader). In 1336, 1366, and 1436 more Gorenflos appear in Amiens (Picardi) France. In the 16th century, the name can also be found in Lucheaux.

Jacques De Gorenflo was a leader of Huguenot refugee families. He is mentioned in Steinwieler, Palatinate, Germany in 1685/86. He is again mentioned, 30 July 1687 in the community of Prenzlau, now East Germany. In 1699, he led the Gorenflos and other refugee families to Friederichstal, Germany. A map of the proposed settlement was drawn on 14 November 1699, after discussions with the "deputies" of the colony. On February 10, 1700, a letter was sent to Count Margrave of Durlach, (he was either the owner of the land or the governor of it) stating that the French refugees -Gorenflo and "consorts" were assigned certain property in the area of Baden-Durlach and that they were to take possession of it. The names of the settlers of Friederichstal were recorded by the magistrate on September 5, 1701, the village mayor was Jacques Gorenflo. The signature of Jacques Gorenflo, the "First Burgemeister" was the same on that date as was the notarized marriage contract issued in Amiens, France of his marriage to Jeanne Caillox on March 15, 1670/71.


Our ancestors aka "Walloons" are reformed from the French Protestants. Louis XIV resolved to destroy the Protestants in France. He revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685. It would appear at this time Jacques De Gorenflo led the group of Huguenots out of Gorenflos France ending up in Germany.

(Giraud - Peter and Luise - Marie geb. Hornung Genealogische Notizen)
(Gorenflo, 1236-1894 by Constance Gorenflo Fraze, 1982)
(Friederichstal, History of Huguenot Community on Its 250th Anniversary by Oskar Hornung)



Children of Jacques DeGorenflo and Jeanne Cailloux are:
  1. +Pierre Gorenflo, b. 1682, Gorenflos France, d. date unknown.
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