My Ancestors – (19, 20 and 21) – Louis, Isaac and Isaac II Guion – New Rochelle, New York

(1) Louis Guion); (2) Isaac Guion; (3)Isaac Guion (II); (4) John Guion; (5) Elijah Guion, Sr.; (6) Elijah Guion, Jr.;  (7) Alfred Beck Guion; (8) Alfred Duryee Guion; (9) Alfred Peabody Guion; (10) Judith Anne Guion

This may or may not be the first house Louis and Thomasse built in New Rochelle. 

Louis Guion built the first house in New Rochelle, New York, on Bonnefoy’s Point (Hudson Park). Louis and Thomasse used the residence as a communal house while early inhabitants built their own homes. It was a cabin built upon a 6 foot stone cellar, sleeping dormer and thatch roof. Smaller homes were built along Boston Post Road, now Huguenot Street that runs through the middle of town, dividing east and west by North Avenue. Louis Guion was an early officer of New Rochelle, serving as a Collector.

The French language continued to be spoken, although by 1739 official documents were also recorded in English. The first New Rochelle marriage was performed by Pastor David de Bonrepos who married Jean Coutant and Suzanne Bonnefoy at the Guion communal house around 1690.

Bible reading and singing of hymns were the primary means of weekly worship among those French families who gathered at the Guion communal home. For many years Pastor David de Bonrepos offered the sacrament, presiding at marriages and conducted funerals at the Guion communal home as the citizens of new Rochelle didn’t have enough money to build their own church AND pay a minister a living wage.

Most of Louis Guion’s descendants became Episcopalians and attended the Trinity St. Paul Episcopal Church in New Rochelle. Louis’s grandson, Aman Jr., however, married a Dutch girl from Staten Island, Sara Cranclheyt and they became members of the legendary Dutch Reformed Church of Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown, NY.

A look at the older part of the genealogies of Louis Guion shows spouses with French names of: Malherne; Bonnet; Secord; Angevine; Chadeagne; Suire; and Soulice. Yet by 1720, the English families of Morgan and Drake began being represented.

Isaac Guion, first son (and twin of Suzanne ) of Louis and Thomasse Guion, was born in England about 1686. He traveled with his parents and sister from England and arrived in New York, settling in New Rochelle, New York, in 1687. Since Isaac was a yoeman, it’s logical that he would be the son to inherit the Rye land at Guion’s neck. His son John, grandson Abraham, and great grandson William Henry, for at least four generations, lived on the Rye property. Isaac operated warehouses along the shore, harvested oysters, and fished in the waters along the nutrient rich salt marsh. For almost 25 years, Isaac was the town clerk at New Rochelle (1738 – 1763). He served as the Justice of the Peace in 1737, an office that became the responsibility of his son, Abraham.

Isaac married Marie Malherne on August 25, 1710. She was the daughter of Nicholas Malherne, one of several Huguenots who came to America from Louden, Poitou, France. He died in New Rochelle in 1776. His Will dated February 9, 1769 was proved May 7, 1783, just nine days after the proving of the Will of his son Isaac (II). The Will of the senior Guion mention various parcels of land as well as in English Bible, a French Bible and a silver watch.

Of the union between Isaac and Marie were eight children, one of whom was Isaac Guion (II). Isaac (II) was born in New Rochelle in March 1720, he was a doctor by profession and served in the American Revolution as a surgeon. Quoting from “Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War”, Vol. 6, page 946; “ Capt.-Lt. Isaac Guion of Capt. John Doughty’s Company, Colonel John Lamb’s (Second Artillery) Regiment; Muster Roles for February – April 1781, dated at West Point, reported on command with light artillery at the southward.”

After surveying Staten Island and Long Island, Gen. Washington and his men entrenched themselves at Gravesend Bay, what is today called Coney Island. Among his men were: Capt. Lt. Isaac Guion Jr, surgeon, and Lt. David Guion of Westchester County, sons of Isaac Guion.

Isaac died before April 28, 1783, the date his Will was probated. This Will was made May 27, 1776.


COLONIAL ORIGINS of the CALIFORNIA GUIONS, An Informal Genealogical Study by Ernest Jerome Hopkins, finished in 1952.

Descendants of Louis Guion,  Huguenot, of La Rochelle, France and New Rochelle, West Chester County, Provice of New York, A Guion Family Album, 1654 – 1976,Compiled by J. Marshall Guion IV, Edited by Violet H Guion, Olean, New York, 14760

A French Huguenot Legacy by Debra Guiou(n) Stufflebean, Expanded and Revised 2nd Edition, LuLu Enterprises, Inc, Morrisville, NC

Next Sunday I will continue the story of Louis Guion’s descendants and my ancestors.

Tomorrow, I’ll begin posting letters written in 1943 as Lad ad Marian move towards a life-time commitment.

Judy Guion

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