Friday, November 17, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 504: #1006 David La Tourette (1699-1764) of Richmond County, New York

David La Tourette (1699-1764) is  #1006 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #1007 Catherine Poillon (1712-????) in about 1730, probably in Richmond County, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #503 Marie LaTourette (1734-1791) who married #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786)  in 1756.
*  their daughter, #251 Catherine Lewis (1759-1846) who married  #250 William Hutchinson (1745-1826) in 1784.
*  their daughter, #125 Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868), who married #124 Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) in 1810.
*  their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907) who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), married  #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                           David La Tourette[1–4] 

*  Sex:                              Male

*  Father:                         Jean La Tourette (1651-1725)
*  Mother:                       Marie Mercereau (1670-1733)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                           28 December 1699, Fresh Kills, Richmond, New York, United States[1-2]
*  Baptism:                      7 January 1699/1700, French Church, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States[1–3]

*  Will:                            23 February 1764 (age 64), will written; Richmond, New York, United States[4]
*  Death:                         before 23 March 1764 (before age 64), will presented; Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States[4]
*  Probate:                      25 April 1764 (age 64), will proved ; Richmond, New York, United States[4]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                    Catherine Poillon (1712-????)    
*  Marriage 1:                 before 1730 (before about age 31), probably Richmond, New York, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:                       Jacques La Tourette 1731-1785
*  Child 2:                       Marie "Mary" La Tourette 1734-1791
*  Child 3:                       Catherine La Tourette 1737-1788
*  Child 4:                       David La Tourette 1738-1808


David La Tourette was born 28 December 1699 in Fresh Kills, Staten Island, New York, the son of Jean and Marie (Mercereau) La Tourette[1-3].  He was baptized in the French Church in Manhattan on 7 January 1699/1700[1-2]

David married Catherine Poillon (1712-????) before about 1730, probably in the French Church on Staten Island[1-2].  She was the daughter of Jacques and Francoise (Billiou) Poillion.  They had four children, all born in Richmond County, New York:

*  Jacques La Tourette (1731-b1785), married Elizabeth Lewis (c1716-1785).
*  Marie "Mary" La Tourette (1734-1791), married c1756 Jonathan Lewis (c1715-1786).
*  Catherine La Tourette (1737-c1788), married 1766 Stephen Bedell (c1745-1837). 
*  David LaTourette (1738-1808), married (1) 1761 Elizabeth Morgan (c1743-????); (2) 1783 Marie Simonson (c1742-????).

The book LaTourette Annals in America describes David La Tourette as[1]:
"He was born at Fresh Kills, Staten Island.  His wife was a daughter of Jacque Poillon and Catherine Le Conte.  Catherine, through her parents, inherited considerable wealth, including lands along Price's Bay, Staten Island.  David was a planter by occupation.  He and Catherine reared their children on the farm here mentioned.  Their children were baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church."
The book Staten Island and Its People: A History, 1609-1929 has the following information about David La Tourette and the La Tourette family[2]:
"Among the early settlers on Staten Island perhaps none attract more interest because of the colonial record than the ancient LaTourettes, who were of the old village of Richmond.  Even to this day there are a number residing here and in tracing their ancestry we find that they have been associated in their activities and in marriage with other leading pioneer families of the Island.  The story of the LaTourettes here relates principally to the family which has resided at Richmond.

"Jean LaTourette, native of Osse in Bearn, came to America and some time later married Marie Mercereau on July 16, 1693, in the French Church in Manhattan.  The record of the marriage is to be found in the "Collections of the Huguenot Society of America," Vol. I, p.29.

"In the same volume the births and baptisms of four children were recorded, viz. 1. Marie, born September 23, 1694, baptized December 6, 1694; 2. Jean, born October 6, 1694, baptized October 20, 1695;  3. Pierre, born November 22, 1697, baptized November 28, 1697; 4.  David, born December 22, 1699, baptized January 7, 1700.  The census of 1706 indicates the subsequent birth of two daughters, Susana, who married Jan Van Pelt, and Hester.  Jean La Tourette appears as a witness and as a freeholder on Staten Island in 1702, and in 1706, according to record, was fifty five years old.  The date of his death is unknown.

"Of his sons: 1. Jean or John la Tourette, born October 6, 1695, in Manhattan, married Marie Mercereau.  He appears as an assessor and a member of the militia in 1715, as a freeholder in 1720, a justice of the peace in 1738 and a vestryman of St. Andrews, Staten Island, in 1732.  His children were : David, born in 1726; Marie, born in 1728; and Henricus, born in 1731. 2.  Pierre Latourette married Marianne Mersereau.  Their children were: David and Jacques (twins), born in 1730; Marie Susanne, born in 1734; and Elizabeth, born in 1736.  The latter married a Nicholas Backer.  3.  David Latourette  married Catharine Poillon, whose children were: Jacques, born in 1732; Marie, born in 1734; and others (including, perhaps, David).

"The Latourettes seem to have been among those French Church people who joined to the call to the Rev. Cornelius Van Sandfordt to preside over the united French and Dutch churches in Richmond County.  The baptisms of David's first children are therefore to be found in the old Dutch church records.  Later, as we know from a letter found in Hawk's 'Transcripts,' most of the French congregation joined the Church of St. Andrews, the records of which prior to 1852 are missing.

"We are thus unable to give the baptismal record of David, son of David and Catharine (Poillon) Latourette, but his gravestone in St. Andrew's churchyard shows that he died November 19, 1808, aged sixty-nine years and ten months, and was therefore born about 1738. He appears as a communicant of the church in 1770, and as a subscriber to the salary of Rev. John H. Rowland in 1787.  In 1852 Charles E. Anthon in 'Anthon's Notes,' which are now the property of the Public Museum of St. George, states that he was the grandfather (probably) of the David Latourette then at Richmond, whose brother John made a family tree and later 'died in the South  The family vault is in St. Andrew's churchyard, dated 1855.  The census of 1790 indicates eight families of the Latourette name then on Staten Island, of which David's, as indicated by the possession of nine slaves, was evidently the most important."
David LaTourette died before 23 March 1764 in Richmond County when his will was presented to the Surrogates Court[4].  The will of David La Tourette of Richmond County was written 23 February 1764 and proved 25 April 1764 in Richmond County Surrogates Court[4].  The transcribed will is:
In the name of God Amen, the twenty third day of February one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty-four, I David La Tourrette of the County of Richmond in the Province of New York, yeoman, being weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed to all men once to Die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner and form, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection at the last day I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I do order and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. 

Secondly my Will and desire is that after my Decease as much of my moveable Estate be sold as will be sufficient to satisfie pay and discharge all my just Debts and funeral Charges. Item I give unto my Son, James La Tourrette my Gun and Sword; Item I give and bequeath unto my two Sons James and David LaTourrette all and singular my Lands and Messuages and Tenements to be divided betwixt them in the following manner and form Viz: James to have the one half of the Clear Land the Westermost part and David to have the other half the Eastermost part and woodland to be divided equally betwixt them according to Quantity Quality by them freely to be Possessed and enjoyed by them their heirs and assigns for ever, they paying to their sisters Mary and Catharine as follows that is to say James to pay to his sister Mary three Hundred pounds of good and current money of the Province aforesaid and to be paid her one year after my Wife's Decease and David to pay to his sister Catharine the sum of three hundred Pounds of like good and Current money as aforesaid and to be paid to her one year after my Wifes Decease and my Will is that if my Daughter Catharine should die before my Wife and without Issue that her part or portion shall be at my Wifes proper disposal to do with it as she shall ^think^ most meet. 

Item I give unto my well beloved Wife Catherine La Tourrette the use of all my Estate Real and Personal as long as she shall remain my Widow but if shall come to marry or Die my Will is that all the movable Estate that then shall be, shall be equally divided betwixt my two Sons James and David La Tourrette share and share alike for all that shall be over and above one hundred Pounds, for my Will is that my Daughter Catherine shall have the value of one hundred pounds worth first out of my moveable Estate before a division be made. 

Lastly I nominate Constitute and appoint my Wife above named to be Executrix and my two Sons James and David La Tourrette, my Son in Law Jonathan Lewis and my Brother Henry LaTourrette Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Testaments Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this time named Willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.                                                                                            David La Tourrette 

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said David La Tourrette as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us the Subscribers Viz. 
Henry Perine
Edward Perine 
John Stilwell.

Richmond County } SS  Be it remembered that on the twenty third day of March one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four Personally came and appeared before me Benjamin Seaman Surrogate of the said County, Henry Perine and John Stilwell both of the said county Yeomen and being duely sworn on their Oaths declared that they and each of them did see David La Tourrette sign & Seal the within written Instrument purporting to be the Will of the said David La Tourrette bearing date the twenty third day of February one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four and heard him publish and Declare the same as his last Will and Testament that at the time thereof he the said David La Tourrette was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of them the Deponents and that their names subscribed to the said Will are of their respective proper handwriting which they Subscribed as Witnesses to the said Will in the Testators presence and that they the Deponents likewise saw Edward Perine the other Witness to the said Will Subscribe his name as Witness thereto in the Testators Presence.               Benja. Seaman Surrogate

Cadwallader Colden Esquire his Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America  To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern Greeting Know ye that at Richmond County on the twenty third day of March last before Benjamin Seaman Esquire thereunto Delegated and appointed the last Will and Testament of David La Tourrette Deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by me the said Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his Death goods Chattels and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving and Registering the said Will and the granting Administration of all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto me and that Administration of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and any way Concerning his Will is granted unto Catharine La Tourrette James La Tourette and David La Tourrette the three Executors in the said Will named being first duely sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits and also to render a Just and true account thereof when thereunto required. In Testimony whereof I have caused the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto affixed at the City of New York the twenty fifth day of April one thousand seven hundred and sixty four.                                     
                                                                         G.W. Banyar Dep. Sec'y.

1. Lyman E. LaTourette, LaTourette Annals in America (Portland, Ore.: s.p., 1954), page 28, David LaTourette family sketch.

2. Charles W. Leng and William T. Davis, Staten Island and Its People: A History, 1609-1929, 5 Volumes (New York : Lewis Historical Pub. Co.,1930-1933), Volume II, page 918, LaTourette family sktch.

3. Tobias Alexander Wright, editor, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Volume IV, Staten Island Church Records (New York: NYGBS, 1909), "Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S.I., baptisms from 1696 to 1772," page 45, baptism entry for Marie, daughter of David La Tourette and Catherine Poillon; digitized images, FamilySearch International, FamilySearch Books ( : accessed 15 August 2019).

4. New York  Surrogates Court, Probate files, Volume 024 1762-1763, pages 416-418 (stamped, images 252-253 of 362), David La Tourette will written 23 February 1764, submitted 23 March 1764, proved 25 April 1764; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County, District and Probate Courts..


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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