Laurens DESBOUVERIES 2
Laurens was the younger son of a strict Catholic, and left his home in Flanders to avoid persecution due to his Protestant sympathies. He first went to Frankfurt, where he found work with another refugee who had started a silk factory there. He married his benefactor's niece, Barbara Van Wynone, who was probably also from Flanders. He then emigrated with his two brothers to Sandwich in Kent in 1567, and then on to Canterbury in 1576, where he re-married in 1594. He was a master silk weaver, and at some stage moved to London, where he died at the age of 68. He was described as 'Frenchman' in the burial register of St Benet Fink.
Laurens married Barbe VAN WYNONE. (Barbe VAN WYNONE died on 21 Oct 1591 in Canterbury, Kent 5.)
Laurens next married Catherine PIPELART on 26 Nov 1594 in Walloon or Strangers Church, Canterbury, Kent.1 (Catherine PIPELART was born Of in Peronne-en-Melantois, Flanders, Low Countries 6 and died after 1618 7.)
1 Church Register, Transcript of Walloon Church Canterbury Parts 1-3 p447. London: Huguenot Society.
2 Marriage contract, Transcript of Walloon Church Canterbury Parts 1-3 p640. London: Huguenot Society (daughter Elizabeth).
3 Visitation, Visitation of London of 1687 quoted in Lists of Foreign Protestants, p xxi.
4 Church Register, St Benet Fink, Guildhall Library ref Mf 4097.
5 Church Register, Transcript of Walloon Church Canterbury Parts 1-3 p563. London: Huguenot Society.
6 Church Register, Transcript of Walloon Church Canterbury Parts 1-3 p447. London: Huguenot Society (marriage).
Inference, Transcript of French Church Threadneedle St Vol 1 p131. London: Huguenot Society (temoinage).