Immigrant Stephen Larrabee
Stephen Larrabee (my nine times great-grandfather), most likely was born in France—the first ancestor I have discovered from that nation. The Larrabee name was originally spelled L’Arabie. Stephen was born around the year 1630.
Stephen was a Huguenot (a French protestant). He immigrated to America as a result of religious persecution by Roman Catholics after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (a 1598 law granting religious liberty to French citizens).
Stephen first settled in Malden, Massachusetts with his brother William. William died without children. Stephen married Margaret Mains and they had nine children.
Stephen purchased land in North Yarmouth, Maine, from Chief Worumbo, an Abenaki Indian, but he and his family had to retreat from that area due to Indian hostilities.
Stephen and several of his sons served as soldiers in King Philip’s War (1675-1676).
Stephen’s son, Thomas (my eight times great-grandfather), and one of Thomas’s sons, Anthony, were killed by Indians in 1723, while they worked their six-acre home lot in Scarborough, Maine. Thomas was 63 and Anthony was 31 at the time of their deaths. A town record states:
“The deth of Thomas Lereby and his son Anthony Lereby who was killed by the Ingons April 19, 1723. Mr. Lereby was a worthy man who experienced during the trying times many vicissitudes, and his loss was deeply lamented by the towns-people.”
The irony of Stephen Larrabee, who left his home in France due to religious persecution, only to immigrate to America and fight against native people, people who were also striving to sustain their culture, does not escape me.
Here is yet another example of a person who could only see life from his own, personal perspective. On average, in terms of DNA sequence, each human is 99.5% similar to any other human. With all we have in common, it astounds me as to how much we focus on the .5% difference, and are often so willing to harm and even kill each other, when we would do so much better to work together.
Has your family benefited from immigration to America? Do you believe our diverse population makes us stronger? Do you want to be part of the solution?
In Climbing My Family Tree, Parts 8-18, I highlight eleven different charities that support immigrants and children. Every charity listed boasts the highest rating possible as designated by Charity Navigator. Please consider pledging your support to these important organizations who are working so hard to make a positive change in our world.
Please go out of your way to be kind to immigrants and refugees.
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My Family Tree
- Stephen Larrabee
- Thomas Larrabee I
- Thomas Larrabee II
- Thomas Larrabee III
- William Larrabee
- James Larrabee
- Ann Mary Larrabee
- Caroline Marden
- Flora Luella Hoffses
- Charles Ausburn King
- Patricia Louise King
- Me (Alan deMeurers)
Running count of family immigrants = 62