The History of The Huguenot Society of Florida
The Huguenot Society of Florida was formed in 1952. In 1954 the State Society and the State Chapters that subsequently formed are tax-exempt under the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Huguenot Society of Florida is a Member Society of the National Huguenot Society.
The objects of this Florida Society are patriotic, religious, historical, and educational. Its design is to perpetuate the memory, the spirit, and the deeds of the men and women in France called Huguenots who, because of persecution there on account of the basic tenets of their faith and their devotion to liberty, emigrated either directly or through other countries to North America and contributed by their character and ability to the development of the United States of America.
To achieve this object, the Huguenot Society of Florida aims specifically –
To perpetuate the memory and to promote the principles and virtues of the Huguenots;
To commemorate the great events in their history;
To collect and preserve historical data and relics illustrative of Huguenot life, manners, and customs;
To encourage the social fellowship of Americans of Huguenot descent;
To encourage the research and preparation of papers and manuscripts relating to the settlement of the Huguenots in the United States of America, their biographies, public acts and influence upon society, and to present these papers and manuscripts at meetings.
In conformity with ARTICLE III, Section C, 1, of the Bylaws of the National Huguenot Society, "Persons wishing to become Regular Members shall be of the Protestant faith, sixteen (16) years of age or older, who adhere to the Huguenot principles of faith and of liberty and who are lineally descended in the male or female line from –
A Huguenot without regard to ethnic origin or adherence to any particular sect of Protestantism, who, subsequent to 10 December 1520 and prior to the promulgation on 28 November 1787 of the Edict of Toleration, emigrated to North America or some other country; or
A Huguenot who, in spite of religious persecution, remained in France. (The word "France" in this section shall mean any territory lying within the Kingdom of France on the date of the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration, 28 November 1787.)"
Each State Society has its own customs and traditions. In Florida, starting in 2009, officially tagged by our then President Linda Smith, we became "The Cousins".
Come join us. We have a past, but it is not nearly as much fun as the future we are always creating. Come join us. We are waiting for you for our present & future!
The Admiral Coligny Chapter was organized 12 May 1973
The Ernst D'Erlach Chapter was organized originally 1973 disbanded 2001-2003 and re-organized 24 May 2003
The Fleur De Lis Chapter was organized 22 Sept 1973 and is currently in a disbanded state. Its members joined the Louis DuBois Chapter.
The Fort Caroline Chapter was organized in June 1981.
The Jean Calvin Chapter was organized in October 1979. In 2004 the Henry of Navarre Chapter disbanded and joined this Chapter. In 2008 the Henry of Navarre Chapter reopened and in 2011 disbanded again and rejoined this chapter.
The Louis DuBois Chapter was organized in 1983. In 2020 the Fleur De Lis Chapter moved into a "dark state". Fleur De Lis, if they chose may stay with Louis DuBois or reform within 5 years.
Bourbon Princess de Conde
Organized: 23 January 1982
Henry of Navarre
Organized: 11 January 1977
My ancestor was a member in the State of Florida, may I obtain a copy of their records? Yes
What if the chapter is inactive or disbanded? Yes
If you are a direct relative: child, grandchild, great-grandchild ... you may access the records without issue.
If you are not a direct relative:
a. then the member must have passed and it must be 75 years after their passing
b. you must have permission from a direct descendant
c. we will not release the three most recent generations
The registrar has a copy of their membership paperwork, the State Registrar has a copy of any past or present member, and the National Registrar General has a secondary copy. Copy and postage fees will apply.
Huguenot Society of Florida, INC - Past Presidents
* Freda Walz 1952-1957
* Bertha W. Colestock 1957-1959
* Eliza McDole 1959-1961
* Martha R. Tinsley 1961-1963
* Martha S. Ford 1963-1965
* Louise P. Moe 1966-1966
* Eliza McDole 1967-1967
* Olive M. Holland 1967-1969
* Dorothy V. Boggs 1969-1971
* Muriel W. Pierce 1971-1973
* Cdr. George E. Morris, Jr. 1973-1975
* Eleanor H. Balfe 1975-1977
Robert B. Reed 1977-1979
* Jane H. Davis 1979-1981
* Sidney S. King, Jr. 1981-1983
* J. Alan Cross 1983-1985
* Karlene W. Darling 1985-1987
* Willard I. Staples 1987-1989
* John Waring 1989-1991
Lillian H. Swingle 1991-1993
* Margaret Grundman 1995-1997
* Olin S. Wright, Jr. 1997-1999
* Dr. Donald A. Randolph 1999-2000
Roberta Somach 2001-2003
* Alvin Abbott 2003-2004
Keith R. Haygood 2004-2005
* Robert E. Burt 2005-2009
Linda L. Smith 2009-2013
Edward J. Neugaard 2013-2014
* David J. Bahn 2014-2019