A Few New Leads

Museum of Dauphiné Protestantism in the town of Le Poët-Laval.

Museum of Dauphiné Protestantism in the town of Le Poët-Laval.

There isn’t too much information available online regarding Vesc. However, I have been able to scrounge up enough to justify a post covering what I’ve found so far. This post on Vesc is currently simmering on the back burner so let me get to what’s boiling away on the front of the stove.

During my search for all things Vesc, I found a tourism site for the Dieulefit area, which includes the nearby town of Vesc. On this page are a few brief sentences on the history of the town. By the late 17th century, it states, 78 Protestant families had converted back to Catholicism while 13 families chose to flee. (This, of course, was all mostly due to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.) Apparently, one of those 13 families that fled was mine.

Wanting as much information as possible, as I am hoping to dig back further into the Chastain past, I emailed the Dieulefit Tourism Office the other day asking for the sources for their historical claims. I heard back from them this morning. They forwarded my message on to the Dauphiné Protestant Museum in the nearby town of Le Poët-Laval pictured above. They believe the information came from them. Now I’m waiting to hear from the museum. Here’s hoping they have some information on the Chastains.

I’ve also emailed the French Protestantism Historical Society in Paris. I’ve read that they collect and house an impressive library of Huguenot documents. They may be able to help in my search as well.

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