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Neau, Eliaslocked

(1662–07 September 1722)
  • Paula Wheeler Carlo


Neau, Elias (1662–07 September 1722), religious educator, was born Élie Neau in Moëze, a small town in the French maritime province of Saintonge. He worked as a cabin boy and sailor before going to the West Indies in 1679 as persecution of French Reformed Protestants (Huguenots) like Neau increased in France. The 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which had provided limited toleration for Huguenots in some French-controlled areas, prompted Neau to relocate to Boston. The following year he married Suzanne Paré (also a Huguenot refugee), and around 1690 they moved to New York, where Neau became a naturalized English citizen. They had at least two children who apparently died young since they were not mentioned in Neau’s 1722 will....

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