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In 1732, David Huguenin (b. Le Locle, 1672) emigrated from Switzerland to America with his second wife, Susanne Jacot, and their 4 children: Daniel, David, Jeanne-Marguerite and Abram. They formed part of a large party of Swiss settlers brought to South Carolina between 1732 and 1735 by Jean-Pierre Pury of Neuchâtel to found the now-defunct town of Purrysburgh on the Savannah River. Unfortunately, the site proved both unhealthy and inaccessible, so like many other colonists, David's children moved away from Purrysburgh fairly quickly to more hospitable locations.  His son David and daughter Jeanne Marguerite remained in South Carolina and neighbouring Georgia, while Daniel and Abram moved north to New York. The southern branch of the family preserved the original spelling of the name, but descendants of the northern branches adopted various forms, including Hugunin, Hugunine, Huganir, Hugenar, Hughner and Hogan.  A Huguenin Family Genealogy is a web page devoted to David’s numerous descendants.   David’s father was Moyse Huguenin and his mother Marie Huguenin-Virchaux; both lines go back to the earliest known Huguenin.

 

A legal document dated 30 May 1732 records that Josué Robert (bapt. Le Locle, 5 February 1665) was  "determined to leave this land, to seek his chance wherever divine providence might guide him". Together with 2 of his children, Marie Magdelaine and Josué, he joined the founders of Purrysburgh, arriving in Charleston in December 1732.  Josué’s earliest known ancestor is Nicod Robert, who was born before 1379 and died between 1410 and 1419.

 

 

Auguste Perret (b. La Sagne, 7 Nov 1785), a jeweller, obtained a passport for the US on 13 February 1807, and took up residence in New York.  His wife was Louise-Charlotte Jeanneret-Grosjean, and two of their daughters were christened in Le Locle in 1831 during a visit to Switzerland.  Auguste’s parents were Abram Perret and Marianne Descoeudres; his Perret line goes back to David Perret, whose son Jean was christened in La Sagne in 1685.

 

 

Henri-Louis Huguenin, a resident of La Chaux-de-Fonds, received a passport for the US on 30 August 1817.  We are uncertain at present of his exact link to the main Huguenin tree.  He may be the same person as Henri-Louis Huguenin-Virchaux, whose passport for the US was dated 1 April 1811.

 

 

Jules Huguenin (-Vuillemin) (b. Le Locle 9 October 1807) returned to Switzerland from New York to take his first communion at Christmas 1825.  His brother, Louis (b. Le Locle 6 November 1802) was living in New York when he married in 1827.  Their parents were David-Louis Huguenin-Vuillemin and Emélie Dubois. Jules became a military officer and member of the court of justice of Le Locle, where several of his children were baptised between 1836 and 1845. One of his sons, Jules-David, received a passport for America on 22 August 1873, when his domicile was given as New York.

 

 

Jean-Jaques-Henri Landry (b. Les Verrières, 24 June 1789) learned the trade of a wheelwright in Switzerland before travelling to Amsterdam, where he received a passport for Philadelphia in 1817.  He married Susanne-Célestine Sandoz (b. Dombresson, 30 December 1803), who emigrated to America in 1829 with her parents and brothers, and the couple settled in Louisiana.  Jean Jaques Henri’s parents were Jean-Jaques Landry and Susanne-Catherine Frasse, and his Landry line has been traced back to Jean-Pierre Landry, who was born about 1700.  LandryStuff.com is the website of the Landry Families Association, and has information about all the Landry lines in North America.

 

 

Michael Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 2 July 1792) was one of the first Mennonites to emigrate from Neuchâtel to the US, travelling to Ohio in 1822 with his wife, Barbe Conrad and their 3 oldest children: Anna, Johannes and Barbara.  A fourth child, Michael, was born during the journey.  The Schlunegger family were leading members of the Ohio Mennonite community, and the name developed several variations over the years, including Schloneger, Sloneker, Schlonaker and Slonaker.

 

Michael's brother Jean married Verena Liechti (also known as Fanny), but he died young, as did her second husband, Hans Ramseyer.  Verena therefore travelled to Ohio to join her brother-in-law in 1824, accompanied by her seven children: Barbara, Peter, Maria, Johannes, Christian and Jacob Schlunegger, and Verena (Fanny) Ramseyer.

 

Michael's sister Anna Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 24 June 1796) married Andreas Jaggi, and after his death followed her brother to Ohio in 1834 along with her seven children: Barbeli, Catherine, Jean, Anna, Marie, Marguerite and Fanny.  Jean and Anna Jaggi married their cousins, Anna and Johannes Schlunegger in Ohio.

 

 

Abram-Louis Matthey (-Junod) (b. Le Locle, 18 November 1790) was a resident of New York in 1826 when the bans were published in Le Locle for his marriage to Sophie Grosjean.  Abram-Louis was the son of Abram-Louis Matthey-Junod and Susanne-Marie Clerc; he was a descendant of Moïse Matthey-Junod, a parish counsellor who lived in Le Locle in the second half of the 17th century.

 

 

Jean-Henri Sandoz (b. Dombresson, 24 October 1779) received a passport for America on 9 April 1829.  He travelled to Louisiana with his wife, Susanne Amez-Droz (b. Dombresson, 21 September 1778)  and their five children: Susanne-Célestine, Frédéric-Guillaume, Joël-Henri, Ami-Henri and Fritz-Louis.  Susanne-Célestine married another Neuchâtel emigrant, Jean-Jaques-Henri Landry, in Louisiana.  Jean-Henri was the son of Jean-Jaques Sandoz and Sara-Marguerite Diacon, while Susanne was the daughter of Abram-Henri Amez-Droz and Susanne-Marguerite Maumary. 

 

 

Emile-Ulysse Huguenin (-Jean) emigrated to the US in about 1830, and married Suzanne Fern, an emigrant from Germany.  Emile-Ulysse was born in Le Locle on 18 June 1810, and was the son of Pierre-Frédéric Huguenin-Jean and Augustine Sandoz-Otheneret. 

 

 

Aimé-Amant Vuille (b. La Sagne, 10 November 1797) emigrated to the US with his wife Mélanie Perrenoud (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 31 March 1796) and their daughters Eugénie and Augustine in 1837.  They settled in St Francois, Missouri, where both daughters married other Neuchâtel emigrants.  Aimé and Mélanie have numerous known ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel dating back to the end of the 14th century.

 

Augustine married Emile Perrenoud (b. Switzerland, abt 1813), who may have been distantly related to her mother: descendants of this line adopted the spelling Pernoud.

 

 

Ami-Louis Huguenin (b. Le Locle, 22 August 1811) received a passport for the US on 16 February 1844.  His wife, Albertine Veuve, apparently joined him there at a later date, because she received a passport for New York in her own name on 12 May 1846.  Ami-Louis subsequently married Johannette M Gross in Illinois in 1864.  Ami-Louis’ earliest known ancestor was Abram Huguenin, who died before 1698.

 

 

Louis Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 18 October 1816) emigrated from Switzerland to America with his second wife, Henriette-Aimée Pellaton (b. Travers, 26 May 1820), and their infant son, Georges-Alfred. They received a passport “for France and elsewhere” on 10 May 1848, together with Louis-Adolphe, Louis’ son by his first marriage with Marie Hartman.  It is unclear whether Louis-Adolphe accompanied the rest of the family to the US, or whether perhaps he died on the voyage, because he is not mentioned in the record of their arrival in Pennsylvania in 1849.  Louis’ parents were Félix Huguenin-Virchaux and Rose-Marianne Simon.  This Huguenin-Virchaux line can be traced back to the earliest known Huguenin in the early 1400’s, and some of Henriette Pellaton’s ancestors are also known.

 

 

Emile Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Le Locle, 05 March 1826) was a watchmaker, who initially received a passport ”for France and elsewhere” on 14 March 1848.  A second passport was issued on 29 October 1850, and this time the destination was given as New York, where he arrived on 31 December 1850 on board the “New York’.  Emile’s sister, Françoise (b. Le Locle, 16 03 1828), also received a passport for New York on 23 August 1849. Their parents were Abram-Louis Huguenin-Virchaux and Augustine Vuille; not only can their Huguenin-Virchaux line be traced back to the origins of the family, but many of their ancestors belonging to the Vuille and Matile families are also known.

 

 

Henri-Guillaume Calame (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 21 September 1829) and his brother Edouard (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 11 November 1831) arrived in New Orleans from Switzerland on 23 December 1848.  They settled in Illinois, where they were joined the following year by their widowed mother, Emélie Brandt, as well as their younger siblings Eugène, Julie, Emélie and Jules.  Their father was Frédéric-Guilaume Calame.

 

 

Eugène Humbert-Droz (b. Lignières, 27 June 1828) and his brother Emile (b. Lignières, 9 May 1830) received passports for the US on 8 March 1849.  During the immigration process, the young brothers' surname was shortened - voluntarily or otherwise! - to Droz.  Although they were described as shoemakers on their passports, bith brothers farmed in the US: Eugène in Indiana and Missouri, and Emile in Ohio.  Eugene married Louise Bonjour, and had five children, then after her death in the 1860s, he married Mary Ann Harl and had two more daughters.  Emile married Adelaide Brown and raised a family of nine children.  Their parents were Théophile Humbert-Droz and Rose-Marianne Junod; they were the descendants of Daniel Humbert-Droz, a miller at Lignières born in the second half of the 17th century.

 

A younger brother, Théophile-Alphonse Humbert-Droz (b. Lignières, 10 July 1840) emigrated to the US at a later date and lived in Oklahoma.

 

 

Georges-Auguste Matile (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 30 May 1807) emigrated to the US in 1849 with his wife, Marie-Eugénie Schaffter and their 7 children: Henriette-Pauline, Charlotte-Hélène, Rose, Georges-Félix, Gustave-Eugène, Laure-Emilie, Sophie-Augustine and Léon-Albert.  After the early death of Marie-Eugénie, Georges-Auguste married Marie-Louise Fivaz, and 6 children were born to the couple in New York.  Georges-Auguste was the son of Joël Matile and Augustine Sandoz, and his Matile line goes back to Petit Blaise Matile of La Sagne in the 15th century.

 

 

Ulysse-Bélissaire Huguenin (-Dumittan) (b. Le Locle, 16 July 1820) emigrated to the US with his wife, Lise Peytieu, and their 4 children: Lise, Louise-Emma, Bélissaire and Marie-Julie.  Their passport for New York was dated 25 January 1851, and they crossed the Atlantic with a 2 month-old baby.  Ulysse-Bélissaire was the son of Aimé-Huguenin Huguenin-Dumittan and Marie-Elisabeth Beerstecher, and his earliest known paternal ancestor is Jacob Huguenin du Mittan, who was born in the late 1600’s.  Ulysse’s brother Jules-Aimé received a passport for Africa in 1848.

 

Another of Ulysse-Bélissaire’s brothers, Numa-Bolivar Huguenin (-Dumittan) ( b. Le Locle, 05 September 1821), a watchmaker, received a passport “for France and elsewhere” on 6 June 1848.  We have no information concerning his descendants, but France was the usual starting-point for emigration to the US. 

 

 

Louis-Albert Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. La Brévine, 7 January 1827) received a passport for New York on 5 March 1850. His parents were Charles-Philippe Huguenin-Virchaux and Charlotte Courvoisier-Piot, and his Huguenin-Virchaux line goes back to the earliest known Huguenin in the early 1400’s.

 

 

Lucien Huguenin (-Elie) (b. La Brévine, 10 October 1828) received a passport for New York on 29 March 1852.  His parents were Philippe Henri Huguenin-Elie and Catherine Anderegg, and his line goes back via Elie Huguenin (founder of the Huguenin-Elie branch) to the earliest-known Huguenin, Vuillemin, who lived in the early 1400’s.

 

 

Alfred Roulet (b.Peseux, 4 September 1818) emigrated to the US in 1851 with his wife, Julie Matile (b. La Sagne, 12 July 1819) and their young sons, Félix and Paul.  Alfred’s parents were Daniel Henri Roulet and Toinette Paris; his Roulet line in Switzerland goes back to Bastian Jehan Rollet of Peseux in the 15th century.  Julie’s parents were Abram-Louis Matile and Uranie Jeanrichard-dit-Bressel, and her Matile line has also been traced back to the 15th century, to Petit-Blaise Matile of La Sagne.  One of Paul's sons, Alfred, started using the surname De Roulet in the early 1900s, and his descendants are now known as DeRoulet, although this family is not directly connected to the de Roulet line in Switzerland.

 

 

Franz Tüller (b. Biglen c1710) and his wife Anna Tschantz (b. Nieder Wichtrach, June 1713) were members of the Mennonite church who left the canton of Bern in about 1743 with their young son Franz, probably as a result of religious persecution.  They initially found refuge in the more tolerant canton of Neuchâtel, where 5 more children were born: Elisabeth, Abram, Madelaine, Pierre and Samuel.  Franz received a passport from his adoptive town of La Chaux-de-Fonds on 10 April 1754, where his name is given as François Louis Esaïe Tueller.  The family settled in Pennsylvania, where Franz’s name was anglicised to Francis Diller.

 

 

Tell-Henri Huguenin was another resident of Le Locle who chose to cross the Atlantic.  His passport was dated 12 August 1855, but his link to the main Huguenin tree is unknown at present.

 

 

Frédéric-Alexis Huguenin (-Dumittan) (b. St-Blaise, 14 April 1839), brother of Australian emigrant Samuel-Louis, received a passport for California on 12 March 1858. His parents were Samuel-Henri Huguenin and Susanne Madelaine Petitpierre, and his Huguenin-Dumittan line can be traced back to the earliest known Huguenin in the early 1400’s.  His second cousin, Sophie-Lina Huguenin (-Dumittan) (b. Le Locle, 28 October 1828), also received a passport for America on 24 April 1861.  Her parents were Justin Huguenin-Dumittan and Julie Zélima Droz-dit-Busset.

 

 

Auguste Jeanneret (-Grosjean) (b. Le Locle, 15 April 1812) and his Polish-born wife Amalie-Marianne Walther emigrated to the US in 1859 with their children Edouard-Auguste, Fanny-Charlotte, Paul-Alfred, Louise-Rose, Albert-Emile and Marie.  The family settled in New Jersey.  Auguste was the son of Félix Jeanneret-Grosjean and Lydie Perret, with numerous known ancestors on his father's side dating back to the late 14th century.

 

 

Pierre Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 11 December 1836) arrived in the US on the ship "William Tell" on 8 December 1860, and settled in Indiana where he married a Swiss woman named Eliza.   They farmed in Fayette County, and raised a family of six children.  Pierre's brother Jean Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 30 April 1839) joined them shortly afterwards, but he never married.

 

A third brother, Daniel Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 11 December 1847) emigrated to the US in 1868, and settled initially in Indiana, marrying another Swiss emigrant Louise Maurer.  They had four children in Indiana, then two in Illinois and three more in Minnesota.  The Schlunegger brothers belonged to the Mennonite church, and their descendants spell their surname Sloneker.

 

 

Frédéric-Auguste Jacot (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 5 February 1812) travelled to the US on the "Mercury", arriving on 29 July 1861 with his wife Rose-Adèle Graa and their six children: Georges-Edouard, Henri-Albert, Lucie, Auguste, César and Numa.  The family settled in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where most of the children married and raised families of their own.  Frédéric-Auguste's parents were Pierre-Frédéric Jacot and Lydie Robert; he was a descendant of Abraham and Elisabeth Jacot who married in 1731.

 

 

James Robert (-Nicoud) (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 27 March 1823) emigrated to the US in 1862 with his wife Marie Zbinden and their four young daughters: Marie-Clara, Carola Elise, Frédérique and Léa.  They settled as farmers in Illinois, where six more children were born.  James was the son of Henri Robert-Nicoud and Rosette Borle; he ws a descendant of Josué Robert-Nicoud, who was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the late 1600s.



Charles-Albert Grandjean (-Perrenoud-Comtesse) (b. Neuchâtel, 19 April 1852) crossed the Atlantic in 1863 with his widowed mother, sister Marie-Berthe (b. Neuchâtel, 29 November 1853) and brother Vital-Ernest (b. Neuchâtel, 22 February 1857). He married Marie-Louise Champagne in New York on 1 May 1874.  Charles’ parents were Charles Grandjean-Perrenoud-Comtesse and Sylvia Faigaux, and his paternal line goes back to Jehan Perrenodz (also known as Jean Perrenod alias Comtesse), founder of the family, who lived in La Sagne in the early 1400’s.

 

 

Lucien Roulet (b. Tramelan, 8 February 1824) emigrated to the US with his wife Julie Dormay and their three children, Louis-Constant, Eugénie and Charles, arriving on the "Saxonia" on 27 March 1863.  The family settled in Minnesota, where both sons became farmers and founded families of their own.  Lucien was the son of Aimé Roulet and Henriette Ruedolf; his branch of the Roulet family had spent some years in the region of Tramelan and Courtelary (canton of Bern) before returning to the canton of Neuchâtel.

 

 

Hélène Ramseyer (b. 24 April 1804), widow of Christian Stähli (b. Travers, 9 March 1799) was one of many Mennonites who emigrated from Neuchâtel to the US.  Accompanied by her 10 children: Lydie, Christian, Rose-Marie, Rosine, Hélène, Joseph, Etienne, Susette, Jean and Elise Stähli, she made the journey in 1864, and all the family settled in Illinois.  Rose-Marie (b. Travers, 31 July 1833) had married her father’s cousin Jean Stähli (b. 27 April 1827) in Switzerland, and they travelled with their children Martin, Elise, Marie-Hélène, Jean and Emma, all born in Les Ponts-de-Martel.  Seven more children were born in Illinois.

 

Hélène’s daughter Hélène Stähli (b. Travers, 28 November 1837) married Albert-Auguste Barbezat (b. Les Verrières, 9 September 1845) in Illinois in 1868, while her brother Jean (b. Travers, 16 May 1846) married his second cousin Marie Stähli in Illinois in 1872.  Joseph (b. Travers, 29 September 1840) married Anna Ducommun (b. Noiraigue, 2 March 1843) in 1866, and their children were all born in Illinois.  After his first wife died, Albert-Auguste married Marie Stähli, who was now a widow.  Hélène Ramseyer’s niece, Henriette Huguenin-Vuillemin followed her aunt and cousins to Illinois in the late 1870’s.

 

Helène was a great-granddaughter of Abram Ramseyer (b. La Sagne, 15 May 1745), one of the first generation of Ramseyers born in the canton of Neuchâtel, and a founder of the first organised Mennonite community there.  Her  husband Christian was a grandson of Jacob Stähli (b. 16 March 1738), the first member of his family to settle in the canton, and husband of Abram Ramseyer’s sister Christina.

 

Jean Stähli’s brother, Isaac Stähli (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 16 June 1829) and his wife Anna Dällenbach (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 16 March 1831) travelled to the US with their children Lina, Marie, Alexandre, Isaac, Herman, Joseph, Rose and Lilliane in about 1868.  They also made their home in Illinois, where 3 more children were born.  Their daughter Marie (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 18 August 1853) married her second cousin Jean Stähli, while Rose (b. 31 03 1865) married another emigrant from Neuchâtel, Louis-Henri Ducommun.

 

 

Jules-César Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Le Locle, 20 December 1840) received a passport for America on 17 May 1864 and arrived at Ellis Island, NY, on 3 October 1864 on the ship "Bellona" from the port of Gibralta.  He married Pauline Montandon in San Francisco in 1877, and is listed as a jeweller in the San Francisco City Directory for 1889/90. His parents were Daniel-Henri Huguenin-Virchaux and Emilie Racine, and his Huguenin-Virchaux line can be traced back to the early 1400’s and the first known Huguenin.

 

Jules-César’s brother, Bernadotte-Iwan Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Le Locle, 26 January 1843), a watchmaker, received a passport for the US on 06 May 1872, together with his sister, Louise-Amélie  (b. Le Locle, 8 September 1839).  They travelled via Le Havre and London on the ship "The Queen", arriving at Ellis Island on 6 June 1872.

 

Adolphe-Aloïse-Reding Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Le Locle, 30 May 1845), another of Jules-César’s brothers,  received an initial passport for America via France on 2 July 1866, and 7 years later, on 7 April 1873, he received a second passport  for himself and his (unnamed) wife for Pennsylvania.

 

 

Ulysse Jeanneret (b. La Brévine, 2 April 1840) left his pregnant wife Louise-Emma Robert in Corcelles when he crossed the Atlantic in 1865: their son Ulysse-Zélim was born on 1 May 1866, and the baptismal register notes that the father has been absent in America for about seven months.  It is unclear whether Louise ever joined her husband across the Atlantic, but Ulysse married his second wife Annie in about 1883, and had two more children with her in Maryland.

 

 

Philibert Huguenin of La Chaux-de-Fonds received a passport for America on 4 May 1866.  His exact link to the main Huguenin tree is unknown at present.

 

 

Jules-Aimé Jacot (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 21 March 1841) probably travelled to the US in the early part of 1866.  His wife, Sophie Reichenbach, came to join him a few months later, arriving on the ship "Cella" on 6 August 1866 with their four young children: Fanny, Fritz-Aimé, Jean-Louis and baby Marie-Alice, who was just 2 months old.  They settled as farmers in Wayne County, Ohio, and had 16 children in all, although four died young.  After Sophie's death in 1899, Jules returned to Switzerland, but his children all remained in the US.  Jules was the son of Louis-Aimé Jacot and Fanny Vuille, and was a descendant of David Jacot, born in the late 1600s.

 

 

Jules-César Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 16 April 1846) received a passport for the US on 16 January 1867, and arrived at Ellis Island on board the “Cella on 6 March 1867.  He subsequently married Eugénie Niefrecker from Alsace.  Jules’ parents were Gustave Huguenin-Virchaux and Ilody-Evelina Perrenoud; his Huguenin-Virchaux line can be traced back to the early 1400’s and the first known Huguenin, while his maternal Perrenoud line goes back to Jehan Perrenodz, who swore fealty for his land in 1525.

 

 

Philippe Roulet (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 16 April 1828) emigrated to the US in 1867 with his wife Marianne Schindler (b. 13 April 1828) and their first five children: Marie, Elise, Anna, Fritz and Louis.  They settled initially in Ohio, before moving to Iowa in about 1869, and had three more children before Marianne's early death in 1870.  Philippe's father had converted to his wife's Mennonite faith, and Philippe was pastor of the Pulaski Mennonite church for many years.  He married his second wife, Fanny Honderich in 1872, and had nine children with her.  Philippe's parents were Auguste Roulet and Marie Stähli; his Roulet ancestors can be traced back to Blaise Roulet, who died before 1615. 

 

 

Albert Pellaton (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 8 January 1847) emigrated to the US in 1867, where he married Henriette Morel in New York.  He worked as a bookkeeper in New Jersey, and later as a steward in Missouri.  Albert's parents were Frédéric-Aldin Pellaton and Eusébie Perrenoud; his ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel can be traced back to the 16th century.

 

 

Théophile-Emile Ducommun (-dit-Boudry) (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 4 September 1822) arrived in New York on the "Arago" on 24 July 1867 with his wife Augusta Planitz and their six children: Paul-Emile, Gottlieb-Edouard, Charles, Emma-Louise, Alexandre-Albert and Gustave-Adolphe.  They settled in Illinois where they farmed, and some of the family worked as watchmakers.  Théophile was the son of Julien Ducommun-dit-Boudry and Elisabeth Meyrat; his great-grandfather Jacob lived in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the early 1700s.

 

 

Robert L Huguenin (b. Ireland, July 1836) emigrated to the US with his wife Annie in 1869.  We know nothing about this Huguenin line at present.

 

 

Emile-François Perret (-Gentil) (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 19 July 1854) emigrated to the US as a teenager in 1869.  On the 1880 census, he is recorded in Portland, Oregon, but by the end of that year he had moved to California, and married Gertrude, founding a family in Los Angeles, where he worked as a sign painter.  Emile was the son of Louis Perret-Gentil and Catharina-Emma Müller; his paternal ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel go back to to the early 1700s.

 

 

Ulysse Calame (b. Le Locle, 17 November 1831) emigrated to the US in the late 1860s with his wife Eugénie Châtelain and at least seven children: Armand-Julien, Marie, Bertha, Caroline, Tell-Auguste, Olga and Marcel.  They settled as farmers in Illinois, where their youngest daughter Lea was born, and after Eugénie's death in 1889, Ulysse married another Neuchâtel emigrant, Louise-Marie Vuagneux.  Ulysse was the son of Abram-Frédéric Calame and Zélie Farel; he was a descendant of David Calame, who lived in the canton of Neuchâtel in the late 1600s.

 

 

Emile-Augustin Montandon (b. La Brévine, 29 December 1845) left Neuchâtel for the US in 1870, and settled in Oregon, where he married Maria Stoller from the canton of Bern in 1882.  Emile's parents were Louis-Frédéric Montandon and Henriette-Fanny Borel; his Montandon line goes back to Jean-Jaques Montandon in the late 17th century.

 

 

Elie Ummel (b. La Sagne, 25 April 1854) left the canton of Neuchâtel at the beginning of the second wave of Mennonite emigration, arriving in New York on the "City of Manchester" on 19 April 1870.  He settled initially in Illinois, where he married Caroline Baker, before moving to Nebraska, where most of his children were born.  Elie (known also as Eli) was the son of Christian Ummel and Rosine Schindler; his aunt Marianne Schindler emigrated with her husband Philippe Roulet in 1867.

 

Eli's brother Abraham Ummel (b. December 1859) joined him in Illinois in 1881, and married another Mennonite emigrant, Anna Ramseyer, in 1887.  Anna was the daughter of Christian Ramseyer and Marianne Ummel, and came to the US as a small child in 1870.

 

A third brother, Christian Ummel (b. Le Locle, 25 October 1851) emigrated to the US in 1889 with his wife Marie Aeschlimann (b. Les Brenets, 14 October 1855) and their six children: Marie Rose, Lina, David, Sophia, Martha and baby Ernest, who was just six weeks old.  They arrived in New York on the ship "La Gasgogne" on 18 November 1889, and settled in Illinois, where five more children were born.  Marie was the daughter of Christian Peter Aeschlimann and Julie Roulet (sister of Philippe Roulet).

 

 

Christian Schlunegger (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 19 December 1811) and his wife Marianne Roulet (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 28 November 1814) emigrated to the US in 1874 with their 4 children, Anna, Christian, Frédéric and Louis, as well as Anna’s husband Jacob Amstutz and 2 grandchildren.  The family were Mennonites, and their emigration was arranged by a man named Schindler, who also arranged for others of their faith to travel to the US.  The Schlunegger family settled in Iowa, where Marianne's brother Philippe Roulet had had moved a few years earlier 

 

The younger Christian and his brother Louis subsequently married sisters Verena and Marie Ummel, who emigrated from La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1881.  After Verena’s early death, Christian married his cousin Marie Aeschlimann (b. 26 September 1867), daughter of Marianne’s sister Julie Roulet and her husband Christian Peter Aeschlimann.  Marianne’s parents were Auguste Roulet and Marie Stähli; her Roulet line goes back to Blaise Roulet of Noiraigue, who died before 1615.  In the US, the name Schlunegger was anglicised to Slonaker or Slonecker.

 

 

Jean Ramseyer (b. La Sagne, 26 June 1838), his wife Annette Ummel (b. St-Imier, 21 January 1869) and their six oldest children, Michel Louis, Anna, Susanne, Johannes, Rosina and Maria Léa were another Mennonite family who left the canton of Neuchâtel, arriving in the US on the "Ernst Moritz Arndt" on 18 April 1874.  They settled initially in Ohio, where two more children were born, but by 1880 they had joined several other Neuchâtel families who shared their faith in McLean county, Illinois, where their youngest son was born.  Jean (also known as Johann or John) was the son of Christian Ramseyer and Susanne Ummel; his wife Annette was the daughter of Johannes Ummel and Marianne Schlatter.  

 

 

Charles Grandjean (-Perrenoud-Comtesse) left Switzerland for the US in 1875.  His brother Pierre and sisters Sophie and Cécile also crossed the Atlantic either with him or separately.  Their parents were Charles-Auguste Grandjean-Perrenoud-Contesse and Marie Horn, and their paternal line has been traced back to Jehan Perrenodz (also known as Jean Perrenod alias Comtesse), founder of the family, who lived in La Sagne in the early 1400’s.

 

Charles’ cousin Henri Grandjean (-Perrenoud-Comtesse) (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 3 January 1857) also left Switzerland for San Francisco in 1875.  He married Marie-Eugénie Amstutz in Oakland, California in 1878.  Several of his brothers and sisters joined him in Oakland: Elise (b. 12 June 1848) came out in 1883 before returning to Europe to work in Belgium.  Georges-Henri (b. 12 January 1849) was in Oakland by 1879 when he married Francine Josephine Fremaux there.  Pauline-Mélina (b. 22 August 1855), an artist, came to Oakland in 1882 and married Hermann Hofer there.  Louis (b. 12 June 1860), a pharmacist, joined them in 1883, but died of consumption just 4 years later.  Finally their father, Henri (b. Le Locle, 28 April 1821) joined his children in Oakland in 1884, and died there in 1887.  It is unclear whether their mother Reine-Mélina Perrenoud was ever in America, but at the time of her death in 1896 she was living with daughter Elise in Belgium.

 

 

Arthur Jeanneret (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 9 June 1852) emigrated to the US in 1876, and after a short time in Kansas, moved to Dallas, Texas for his health.  His childhood sweetheart, Adrienne Lisa Sterkey made the long journey to join him, and they were married there.  The couple returned to Kansas, farming in the settlement of Neuchatel in Nemaha County, where their five children were born.  Arthur was the son of Jules-François Jeanneret and Julie-Henriette Thiébaud, with ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel going back to the 16th century.

 

Arthur's brother Paul Jeanneret (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 11 March 1850) emigrated to Kansas in 1878 with his wife Rosalie Jacot and daughter Martha.  A second daughter, Flora, was born in Kansas.  Martha married another Neuchâtel expatriate, Jules Oscar Jacot, in Kansas in 1896.

 

A third brother, Georges Jeanneret (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 22 December 1853) joined them in Kansas in 1891, and also founded a family there. 

 

 

Alcide-Louis Stähli (b. Le Locle, 13 July 1856) arrived in the US onthe ship "La France" on 7 December 1876.  He worked for a while repairing watches in New York, before joining the Swiss community in Danvers, Illinois, where he became a farm hand.  His employer was Mennonite minister Jean Stähli, and Alcide married Jean's daughter Elise Stähli (his second cousin) in 1877.  Alcide's widowed father Jacob Stähli joined him in Illinois in 1883; his mother, Augustine-Adolphine Jeanneret had died when he was still a child.

 

 

Louis C Huguenin (b. December 1849) emigrated to the US in 1877 with his wife Marie and their first 2 children, Louise  and Louis.  They lived first in Iowa and then in Nebraska, and had 4 more children.  Louis’ link to the main Huguenin tree is not known at present.

 

 

Philémon Huguenin (-Vuillemin) (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 4 November 1849) received a passport for America on 7 April 1879.  His parents were Gustave-Adolphe Huguenin-Vuillemin and Henriette-Aspasie Petitpierre; his Huguenin-Vuillemin line goes back to Abram Huguenin-Vuillemin who died before 1728.



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