The French Protestant Church at Threadneedle Street

All traces of the building and the families that once worshipped in the Huguenot church of Threadneedle Street have disappeared.

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To learn more about the Threadneedle Huguenot church and other London churches, follow the links: The Delaforce Family History and untoldlondon.org.uk

 

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Andrea Vogel writes:

Threadneedle Street was the largest and most important  of the Huguenot churches in London. The records of baptism, marriage and burial for this church have been published by the Huguenot Society of London, in their Quarto series (volumes 9, 13, 16 & 23), with other records related to Threadneedle in volumes 38, 48, 54 & 58.

In addition to the volumes mentioned above, there is also volume 21 of the Quarto series which is Le Livre des Tésmoignages de l'Église de Threadneedle Street, 1669-1789. I first posted info about this source on 16 March 2000. You can find it in the threaded archives for that month. The subject line as it appeared on the list at the time was "Livre des Tésmoignages: Threadneedle St. Church, London".

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Threadneedle Street - Tevelein Records

Name Native of Event Date Location Parents Supporting 1     (P) Supporting 2    (M)
Estiene TIVELIN Amsterdam Wit 24 Jun 1705 Threadneedle      
Anne TIVELIN   Wit. 28 Apr 1745 Threadneedle      
Pierre DUBOC
Ester TEVELIN
de Canterbury
 de Cassau de Zeland
marriage 12 Dec 1722 Ttreadneedle Daniel DUBOC & Marie COLT
Isaac TEVELEIN & Elizabeth DOCHELER
   
Pierre DUBOC London bapt 20 Oct 1723
Born 2 Oct
Threadneedle Pierre DUBOC & Ester TEVELIN Jean HUPE Marie DUBOC
Elie DUBOC London bapt 8 May 1730
born 28 April
Threadneedle f de Pierre DUBOC & Ester Elie AVARE Elizabeth TEVELIN
Daniel DUBOC London bapt 1 Jan 1728
born 31 Dec
Threadneedle f de Pierre DUBOC & Ester TEVELAIN Le pere Esther DUBOC

 

Extracts from Notes Contributed by Andrea Vogel

Tésmoignages

These extracts are taken from Andrea's HWE mails on
TEVELIN FAMILY GENEALOGY

 

ON Threadneedle Street and tésmoignages

The records of baptism, marriage and burial for this church have been published by the Huguenot Society of London, in their Quarto series (volumes 9, 13, 16 & 23), with other records related to Threadneedle in volumes 38, 48, 54 & 58.    If you are unfamiliar with the Quarto series, there is a section on our list website which explains it all at http://www.island.net/~andreav/quarto.htm. It also explains where/how to get a look at this series of volumes -- either the books themselves or the LDS-filmed copies.

 In addition to the volumes mentioned above, there is also volume 21 of the Quarto series which is Le Livre des Tésmoignages de l'Église de Threadneedle Street, 1669-1789. I first posted info about this source on 16 March 2000. You can find it in the threaded archives for that month, with the following unreadable subject line: [H-W-E]  =?iso-88591?Q?Livre_des_T=E9smoignages:_Threadneedle_St._Church=2C_London?=.    The subject line as it appeared on the list at the time was Livre des Tésmoignages: Threadneedle St. Church, London. However, all that extra coding got put into it at some point when it was archived by Rootsweb because I had put in the accent mark in tésmoignages. So I never put accent marks in subject lines anymore -- I've learned my lesson, although it took me a while to figure it out <smile>.

 Anyway, back to the topic. Here's what that 16 March post said about the tésmoignages (the same info was also re-posted to the list on 28 Jan 2001) --     "Some of you may be asking, at this point, what are 'tésmoignages'? Here is a quote from the Foreword of the publication --     'Protection was one of the chief needs of the Reformed Churches, and protection in a double sense. They had to see that none were admitted to membership who did not bring with them some guarantee that they were of the faith: for in the early days in France, the danger from spies and informers was great; and secondly, the maintenance of the true faith demanded an assurance that every candidate for admission held that faith in all its purity. To ensure these ends, no candidate was admitted a member of any congregation unless they brought with them a Témoignage. In its simplest form, the Témoignage was a certificate from the church from which the postulant came; but under the stress of emigration, such a Témoignage was often impossible, and the necessary assurance that the candidate was worthy of acceptance took many different forms....'

In the case of a person or family having no Témoignage, the Foreword then goes on to explain that some were admitted because they were vouched for by someone else who was already a member of the congregation. Others who knew no one who could vouch for them were admitted on compassionate grounds, after their stories were heard. And the children of members were admitted when they reached a certain age."

 The first post of the surnames from the tésmoignages was posted on 11 Oct 2000. It's also in the archives with an unreadable subject line which is -- =?iso-8859-1?Q?SURNAMES_=28A=29:_Threadneedle_Street_ Church_t=E9smoignages?= [Meaning: SURNAMES (A): Threadneedle Street Church tésmoignages.]

 All the other surnames -- with the exception of the few I noted above -- were posted at irregular intervals between 11 Oct 2000 and the last one a couple of days ago, 24 Nov 2001.

OK, those who have stuck with me so far through this lengthy post may now be wondering exactly what kind of information is to be had in the tésmoignages. Well, there are valuable details listed with each surname such as -- 1) first name of the individual presenting a témoignage 2) names of children and spouse, if any  3) often the maiden surnames of wives or widows 4) which individual or congregation gave the témoignage and 5) date the témoignage was presented. In the case of teenage children, their age is usually mentioned as well as the name of a parent.

For example, here are some posts which include details from the tésmoignages, listed by subject line and date --

1) OLIVE, OLIVIE, OLIVIER > Threadneedle St. Tesmoignages, posted on 1 Aug 2001
2) Details of BLANCHARD, BLANCHET, etc.:Threadneedle St. tesmoignages, posted on 29 Jan 2001

You can access those posts in the appropriate month of the threaded archives at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/huguenots-walloons-europe.

And I think that's everything I can think of about the threaded
archives. If you have any questions, please ask away!
Andrea