- he and his brother Gerard were master artisans and Jesse was one of the limited number having license from the magistrates "to dye serges and camlets in colors." It was a tribute to his skill; for only the most expert and approved dyers were thus preferred, as on teh beauty and permanence of the colors solargely depended the reputation and success of teh cloth trade of Leyden. His home was near the Walloon church. Jesse de Forest wrote to Sir Dudley Carleton, about the first of August 1621 to get permission for about 50-60 Walloon and French families to go to Virginia- it was denied. Early March 1622 a group of Walloons sailed for New Amsterdam but de Forest's and the Montagnes didn't go with them. It didn't have as inviting a plan as the Virginia plan had. Jesse decided to to to Brazil on a grand naval expedition in about 1623. He was occupying a house with his brother Gerard on the Mare, a canal running north from the Rhine to the city gate called the Mare Port. Gerard was going to continue the business but could only dye in black. He appeared on January 4, 1624 before the burgomasters, stating that his brother, Jesse had "lately departed with the vessels for the West Indies," he requested to be appointed in his stead to dye serges and camlets in colors, as the number of dyers engaged in this specialty would not thereby be increased. His request was granted. Sometime either during the voyage or at the siege of St. Salvador, Jesse de Forest died.
his newsletter says the de Forest family was from Henegouwen; he and his brother established themselves in Leiden, wehre they set up a verwerif (a place where cloth dyers work). Jesse des Forest had contacted the States General in 1623-24 to ‘enroll people, being of the Christian reformed religion and willing to make the journey to the West Indies for improvement and service in the W.I. Company.' After obtaining permission, he shortly after that sailed out. However, he died during that voyage, leaving behind a son Hendrik.
Question: Is there any evidence to support the statement that Jesse De Forest and his wife Marie Du Cloux had five living children in 1622?
Answer: the Register of Population in Leiden in the year 1622 lists the household of Geche de Fore in the Gasthuis Vierendeel, one of the quarters of Leiden around the hospital. In old Dutch Geche sounds like the French pronunciation of Jesse.
"Geche de Fore, veruwer
Maria de Cloe his wive
Ysaack her children
Margriete dij Gan her (maid) servant"
Question: When did Jesse de Forest die?
Answer: The Penningboek, page 141, of the Orphanmasters of Leiden gives the amounts invested and earned for the underage and "out of the country" children of Raguel de Forest as of 17 February 1646. This investment derived from the division of the property of Jan de Forest and Maeycken de Fijne, deceased uncle and aunt of the children. Clearly both Jean/Jan De Forest and his wife had died some time before February 1646 for the inheritance to have accrued interest by that date. Note: "I" (Wim van Duijin) can't translate the Penningboek- Penny=penny, boek=book. The orphanage kept the money, belonging to the orphans, invested, and asked 7% interest. These 2 pages are filled with receipts. I'm giving some interesting details. At the right top of folio 141":
"Jean Monij de la Montaignes
minor and "out of the country" children
raised by Raguell de Forest
On the 17th February anno 1646 has here
been raised from page 135 the sum of
fourhundred one and seventy guilders
12 shilling 10th penny about that which
these children from the (penny=%) there mentioned
has been assigned by division of (the) property
of Jan de Forest and Maeycken de Fijne
the childrens uncle and aunt. At the orphanage
executed on the
16th February 1646 like"
There is no baptismal record for Rachel DeForest, but her parents were living at Moncornet in Thierache, in the French province of Picardy, between 1607 and 1615. They returned to Sedan to baptize Elizabeth in 1607 and David in 1608, but there is a break in the records of teh Huguenot Church of Sedan between 1609 and 1617. For that reason, it is assumed that Rachel was also born at Moncornet and baptized at Sedan, probably in 1609, but the record has since been lost. [2, 4]