Abt 1650 - 1720
||Andrew (Andre) Forshee |
||, , France
||, , New Jersey
- About 1680, Andre Fourchee and his family fled the persecution after the revocation of the 'Edict of Nantz". He was of the Landed Gentry of France but seeing the inevitable took his wife Marie and children to Mannheim, at that time the headquarters of the Hugenot (French Protestant) refugees. He was associated with Count Antoine Pintard, David de Mareat, Mathese Blanchan, Fredrick de Vaux, Abraham Hasbroucq, Cretien Duyon, Maynard Journeay, Brougeon Broucard and others linked with the movement. Most of them emigrated to America seeking a place to enjoy religious freedom. In 1688, Andre sailed for America with many of the French Families and coreligionists. He settled in New York and later in New Jersey.
During the reign of Louis XIII the Protestants had multiplied in FRANCE to such an extent, that, at the period of his death, A.D. 1643, they were computed to exceed two millions. Their religious privileges had been guaranteed to them by the well-known edict of Nantz. Louis XIV was only five years of age when his father died, and of course, the queen mother was appointed sole regent during his minority. When the young king came of age, in 1652, the edict of Nantz was again confirmed. But his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarine, with his confessors and clergy, were continually impressing his mind with the expediency of revoking that edict: and when the management of affairs devolved upon his own hands, in 1661, he resolved to effect the destruction of the Protestants. In prosecution of this design he began by excluding the Calvinists from his household, and from all places of profit and trust. He next caused several laws to be passed in favor of the Catholic religion. Then rigorous methods were adopted to compel the Calvinists to change their religion--their places of worship were shut up--and at length, October 22, 1685, he revoked the edict of Nantz, and banished them from the kingdom. The cruelties that were inflicted upon them at that time, if possible, surpass in atrocity any thing that is to be found in the persecutions of the first Christians by the Heathens. "They cast some," says Monsieur Claude, "into large fires, and took them out when they were half roasted. They hanged others with ropes under their arms, and plunged them several times into wells, till they promised to renounce their religion. They tied them like criminals on the rack, and by means of a funnel, poured wine into their mouths, till, being intoxicated, they declared, that they consented to turn Catholics. Some they cut and slashed with pen-knives, others they took up by the nose with red hot tongs, and led them up and down the rooms till they promised to turn Catholics." These cruel proceedings caused eight hundred thousand persons to quit the kingdom.
Also spelled: Fourche Forshay 
In 1688 Andre Fourche (Forchee or Forshey) brought his family to New York and later New Jersey. (From the Ancestry.com - Fourche message board).
||25 Nov 2013 |
||Marie Defoix, b. 1650, , , France , d. , , New Jersey |
||, , France
| ||1. Antoine Forshee, b. Abt 1670, , , France , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||2. Andrew (Andre) Forshee, b. Abt 1673, Connoquenessing, Butler, Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||3. Jean Forshee, b. Abt 1677, Connoquenessing, Butler, Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Jeanne Marie Forshee, b. Abt 1681, Connoquenessing, Butler, Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown|
|>||5. Obediah Forshee, b. 1698, , , New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||6. John Foushee, b. Abt 1690, , , France , d. 4 Nov 1733, Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia |
| ||7. Jean Forshee, d. Yes, date unknown|
||16 Sep 2006 |
- [S234] Forshay Family, Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 2 (Reliability: 3).