In 1700 Pierre Morriset, a French Huguenot, arrived in JamesCity, Virginia aboard the ship "Mary and Ann." The Huguenots on board had left France to escape religious persecution and
to find new land. The land on which these Huguenots settled
was on the James River near Manakin, a former Indian hunting
ground. Thus was born Manakintowne, today Manakin, Va., a suburb of Richmond, Va. These hearty Frenchmen were the
backbone of France----artisans, merchants, professionals. They
farmed their land, increased their properties, and were gradually
accepted by the Virginia colonists. After worshipping in French
as a separate congregation, they eventually joined the colonial
Virginians in King William Parish and St.James Northam Parish to worship in English.
The family of Charles Jeffrey MORRISSETTE.SR. descends
from Pierre Morriset through ten generations. Charles Jeffrey
Morrissette, Sr.(1892-1948) was born in Coopers, W.Va., now
called Bramwell, and lived most of his adult life in Charlottesville, Va. He was married to the former Lottie Marie Duncan, (1896-1982), who was a daughter of George Clifton Duncan and
India Minerva Williams Duncan, of Waiteville, W.Va., Monroe
County. Other surnames in this line include: FAURE (FORE,FORD), BAKER, KELTON, ROBERTS, GODFREY,
DUNCAN, MATTESON, EARLY, FLAGG, WELCH, MCCOY, AND TOUSLEY.
The MORRISSETTE surname has received only minor attention in the genealogical world. There is much still to be discovered
about its origin in France. It is generally believed that it is
derived from followers of St. Maurice, a French military leader
who became a Christian martyr. The name Morriset/Morrissette may be a feminine form of Maurice.The spelling of the MORRISSETTE surname has undergone many changes. From the Morriset spelling
in colonial Virginia, it has changed to Morrisset, Morrissett, and Morrissette. A line in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky believed unrelated to the Pierre family spells the
name Morrisette. In another unrelated line, the French
Canadians spell the surname Morissette. To date 39 variations in spelling the Morrissette surname have been identified. Descendancy of the Charles Jeffrey Morrissette, Sr.
Family from the original French Huguenot Pierre Morriset:
1Pierre Morriset m. Elizabeth Faure ca. 1702-1705 in Manakintowne,Va., a French Huguenot settlement
2Jean (John) Morriset m. Frances (Fanny) Fore-ca. 1765 in Va.
3David (1) Morriset m. Jane Baker in Va.
4David (2) Morriset m. Mary T. Kelton in Va.
5Richard Morrissette m. Rebecca Roberts in Va.
6John Richard Morrissette(1)m. Sarah Margaret Godfrey 1891
7Charles Jeffrey Morrissette, Sr. m. Lottie Marie Duncan 1921
8Charles Jeffrey Morrissette, Jr. m. Mary Katherine Matteson
9 Michael Kennedy Morrissette m. 1)Karen Richardson(divorced);children:10 Michelle and 10 Christopher
m. 2) Margaret (Peggy) Herre
9 Patrick Duncan Morrissette m. 1) Pamela Roccar (divorced)and
(2)P.Burroughs (3) S. Sita Children:
10 Jonathan Ryan Morrissette
10 Andrew Patrick Morrissette
9 Kevin Charles Morrissette m. Beth Ellen Ewell ; children:
10 Jeffrey Donald Morrissette
10 Richard Charles Morrissette
9 Mary Elizabeth Morrissette m. Ed Kissam 2000 (10)Matteson Leigh Kissam 2002
9 Lisa Marie Morrissette m. Jason Turcotte 2005
8John Richard Morrissette (2) m. Sandra Meredith Early 1959
9 Robyn Michelle Morrissette
9 Rene Melissa Morrissette m. Tucker Crane June 2002
10 Piper McKenzie Crane 2004; Campbell and Tucker (twins)2007
8Helen Marie Morrissette m. Henry Wilkinson Flagg, Jr. 1961
9 Elizabeth Dandridge Flagg m. David Adam Tousley 2006;10 Sarah Grace Tousley 2009
9 Kathryn McKenna Flagg m. Michael William McCoy 1/25/03
10 Elizabeth Anne McCoy 2004; 10 Deborah Lynne McCoy 2005
10 David William McCoy 2008
9 Eric Chandler Flagg m. Carrmen Lessel Welch 2001;
10 Austin Chandler Flagg 2005 10 Travis Aaron Flagg 2008