Philip Gendron - Steven J. Coker
Subject: Philip Gendron
From: Steven J. Coker
Date: September 24, 1998

The Huguenots of Colonial South Carolina 
By Arthur Henry Hirsch, Ph.D.
1928, Duke University Press
reprinted 1962 by Archon Books

   Philip Gendron, though he went to South Carolina an unnaturalized alien, was
popular enough there to be listed, together with two other Huguenots,[48] John
A. Motte and René Ravenel, among the commissioners of the Church Act of 1706.
Philip Gendron came to his new home from Marans near Rochelle, in France, about
1690, but must have been naturalized soon after reaching America. His wealth lay
in fine stock, profits from which he reinvested in local commercial
ventures.[49] Like many of his nationality, he was an inveterate money
lender.[50] His will disposes of no land, but in it he bequeaths £10,700 to his
near relatives. He left £10 to the poor of the French Church of Santee and the
same amount to the poor of the French Church of Charles Town. The latter bequest
was made on condition that the church remain true to the Reformed faith.[51]

48 Cooper, Statutes, II. 282 f.

49 MS Pr. Ct. Rcd., 1722-24, 301.

50 T. H. S. S. C., XVI. 20.

51 Ibid.

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