Post by Antoine Desrochers on Jun 30, 2014 19:42:17 GMT -5
Name: Antoin Jacques-Christian Desrochers District: New York Date of Birth: December 3, 1761 Residence: New Paltz, New York Alma Mater: King's College Religion: Huguenot Party: Federalist Profession: Shipbuilder, Privateer Biography:
Antoine was born in New Paltz, New York to two French-Huguenot immigrants from Toulouse, fleeing increasing persecution among the Huguenot population his parents: Jacques-Christian and Marie settled in New Paltz, a French Huguenot community North of New York City in 1770. Antoine was the oldest of twelve children 8 boys and four girls. Before the start of the Revolution, Antoine had been working in a New York City Shipyard. During the Revolution Antoine joined a group of Huguenot Privateers working in the sane shipyard: given a Marquee by the state of New York to board and raid British vessels. Antoine served on the Gloire à Dieu, (Glory to God) a middle sized frigate built by the men. Antoine served as Captain Bellerose’s first mate and eventually because Captain after the Captain death during a commerce raid. Antoine devoted himself towards working with the Continental Navy as opposed to independently like most Privateers and helped participate in many naval campaigns in the Northern Atlantic. After the end of the war Antoine left his life of Piracy to help build his community with the loot he collected. Establishing a school, funding the renovation of a New Church, and helping the needy and poor. Antoine eventually became the elected leader of the small town before running for Congress.