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Volunteer Sought for Position of Society Librarian

The Fontaine Maury Society is seeking a new volunteer to serve as librarian for the Society. This involves maintaining a stock of 35 items (mostly photocopies of books, CD versions, Society T-shirts, and a few other items) that the Society sells.

Most sales are via mail; others are via email. On average we have about 54 individual orders a year, about half at our annual meeting weekends. The librarian also receives periodic genealogical questions via email which prompts consulting the library materials to answer them.

The new librarian will have no out-of-pocket expenses as all expenses are paid using a provided debit card. The position is not term-limited; the new librarian would remain in the position as long as they wish.

Ideal candidates should be able to regularly attend the annual meeting each year, because the materials enrich the weekend gathering and promotes sales that help underwrite Society activities, to make donations to historical places that host us during our annual meeting weekends and to keep annual meeting costs for attendees as low as possible.

Our outgoing librarian has held the position for 22 years, will remain an active member of the Society, and will be able to assist the new librarian in the transition.

If you are interested, please contact our Society president at the contact information in the attached recruitment notice combined with librarian job description.

Registration is Now Open for the Annual Meeting!

Registration is now open for our annual meeting weekend, Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 16, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Please download and complete the attached form and then either mail it, with your check or money order, or email it after paying via our new PayPal account. The full instructions are on the form.

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations by September 16, 2022, to ensure you receive our special rate. See the separate June 16, 2022, announcement with the details.

See you in Louisville!

New Article! “This Side the Water: A Huguenot Family in Virginia”

Exciting news that there is a newly published detailed article by the late long-time Society newsletter editor, Dianne Ressinger, that provides an excellent rendition of the life of Jaques Fontaine.

Entitled “This Side the Water: A Huguenot Family in Virginia,” the article then provides brief biographies of all of Jaques’ children, with an emphasis on the four children who permanently settled in Virginia.

The article concludes with brief biographies of two of Jaques’ grandchildren, the Rev. James Maury and Aaron Fontaine, who is the primary focus of our annual meeting in October 2022 in Louisville!

Dianne was a wonderful writer and researcher, the author of what is frequently considered the best and most complete version of Jaques’ memoirs, and was the long-time editor of our Society’s newsletter. She passed away in April 2018 but her family found this draft article among her papers which the South Carolina Huguenot Society (with which she was active) has now published.

The South Carolina Huguenot Society publication No. 123 contains Dianne’s article and is available on that Society’s webpage at:

Attend Our Annual Meeting in Kentucky Oct. 14-16, 2022, Help Celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

After two years of postponements, we are pleased to announce our in-person 2022 annual business meeting and gathering in Louisville, Kentucky, for the weekend of October 14-16, 2022. We will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport. Our planning team is well on its way to organizing an interesting, informative and fun weekend for all.

The primary ancestor who settled in the Louisville area was Aaron Fontaine (1753-1823), eldest child of the Rev. Peter Fontaine. Aaron sold his plantation in Virginia and migrated to Kentucky, first settling at Harrod’s Creek in 1798. He married twice, first with Barbara Overton Terrell and then Elizabeth Whiting Thruston, and was the father of 26 children and stepchildren.

During the weekend, we will take a day trip across the beautiful Ohio River and tour family-related sites in the town of Brandenburg, which is west of Louisville.

Three hundred years ago this year, on June 21, 1722, Jaques Fontaine wrote that he hoped his memoirs would encourage his descendants “to continue a strict union in true reciprocal love, one to the others and all to God.” It is amazing to reflect that, on this 300th anniversary of Jaques’ writing, that we are gathering in Louisville to celebrate our 50th anniversary – since 1972 – of honoring his wish.

More detailed information about our weekend will follow in subsequent announcements on our webpage, our Facebook page, and in upcoming newsletters. Mark your calendars now for a Fontaine-Maury gathering in beautiful Kentucky, a prime destination for those who joined the westward movement on the Wilderness Trail or the flat barges that came up the Ohio River, and join our 50th anniversary gathering.

Renew Your Membership for 2022!

With the new year comes time for our members, old and new, to send in their membership dues. The benefits of membership include receiving our electronic newsletter, typically three times a year, meeting extended family members and other interested individuals to collaborate on research, and attending our annual meeting weekends.

Dues are a modest $15.00 per year. Our Society is a non-profit pubilc charity which means your membership and any expenses to travel to and attend the annual meeting may be tax deductible, as advised by your tax advisor.

Dues help us to do preservation work, keep costs down for our annual meetings, and contribute to places and organizations that host us for gatherings.

Won’t you renew or join today? The membership form is on our webpage at:

Scam Fundraiser Alert

It has come to our attention that the Fontaine Maury Society is being targeted in an online fundraising scam. Some of you may have noticed a box on the page adjacent to our Facebook page. THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE FUND RAISING EFFORT BY THE FONTAINE MAURY SOCIETY. We do not solicit donations. Please do not donate to this website. The money will not come to the Fontaine Maury Society. We have reported this to various authorities.

If you click on the screen, it takes you to a payment page and asks for credit card information. Their disclaimer clearly states that the money will not go to FMS, rather it will go to a similar organization. Below is a copy of the image:

Provide Your Input on Proposed Updated Society By-Laws by Sept. 10, 2021

At our October 16, 2021, virtual annual meeting, members will discuss and vote on updates to our Society’s by-laws, which were last amended in 2008.

Our by-laws require that proposed amendments be made available to the membership 90 days in advance of our voting at the annual business meeting. Approval of these amendments requires a majority vote of those in attendance at the meeting.

To obtain a copy of the existing and proposed by-laws, please visit our Facebook page (link at top on toolbar) or contact Society President Mary Borjon at

Comments are requested by September 10, 2021, to Mary Borjon. Comments received will be considered by the Executive Committee.

Join Us Aug. 29, 2021, for Third Virtual Social Gathering of Cousins

Thus far this year we have met virtually twice on Zoom to socialize and get to know one another better.  The groups enjoyed the gatherings and agreed to convene about every four months, bringing us to our next planned virtual gathering on Sunday, August 29, beginning at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

You need not have a Zoom account to join the session. We hope you will join us!  Participants can join or leave any time during the social gathering.

To participate, please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at, to obtain log-in information for our gathering!

Virtual Annual Meeting on Oct. 16, 2021 + Guest Lecture on the American Revolution & the Role of Huguenots

Please join us for our virtual annual business meeting and then hear our guest speaker on the topic, We Were There! The American Revolution. Both will be via the same Zoom meeting, please attend either/or, or ideally, both! For log-in information, please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at

We will begin the annual business meeting on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10:00 am West Coast time (noon Central time; 1 pm East Coast time). At the conclusion of the business meeting there will be a short break. Our speaker will begin at 11:00 am West Coast time.

Part 1: Annual Meeting

Our annual business meeting is your opportunity to briefly hear from your officers on the state of the Society. We have added past business meeting minutes and current officers’ reports, including our fiscal report, under the “Files” tab on our Facebook page, so please review in advance of the meeting.

We will vote during our meeting on an updated version of our Society’s by-laws. Please see the separate announcement with the current and proposed by-laws.

The current by-laws were last amended in 2008. They require that proposed amendments be made available to the membership 90 days in advance of our voting at the annual business meeting. Approval of these amendments requires a majority vote of those in attendance at the meeting.

Part 2: Guest Speaker Steven D. Griffin:
“We Were There! The American Revolution”

This year’s annual meeting theme will explore and celebrate the contributions the Huguenots, as an identified network, made to the American Revolution.

So, locate your tricorn hats, brush up on your American history and prepare to greet your American Fontaine-Maury Patriots!

– Do you know how many of our Fontaine-Maury family members are confirmed as DAR Patriots?
– Do you know who among our family members participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain?
– Do you know which family members were at the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia?
– Do you know who is the sole female family member confirmed as a DAR Patriot?

Our guest speaker, Steven D. Griffin, is the author of “The Huguenot Diaspora and the American Revolution,” written for his 2016 Master’s Degree in Military Science with a focus in Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at, for log-in information to this Zoom meeting.

Maury Book Newly Available from Amazon!

Derek Lunt’s wonderful book, “James Maury Esq. First American Consul to the Port of Liverpool 1790-1829: A Social History of an American Consul in Liverpool” [England], is newly available for purchase from Amazon.

This 234 page paperback book, 8.5×11, with many photographs, is a tremendous resource on James Maury, the 1st American Consul of the new United States appointed by President George Washington. The book is $11.99 or $4.99 for an e-copy.

Please visit and search for “James Maury Esq” to get your copy!