52 Ancestors: #45 John Lougee – Huguenot and Indian Captive

John Lougee was my sixth great-grandfather and the first of his name to live in the colonies.  His descendants founded many towns in New England, including Sanborton, New Hampshire.

In “A History of the First Century of the Town of Parsonsfield, Maine” the following:

“John Lougee, from the Isle of Jersey; born about 1700; settled at Exeter, N.H. His grandsons, Gilman, Samuel and John, settled in Parsonsfield early as 1779. They were sons of John and Mary Lougee, born in Gilmanton.”

It is family ‘legend’ that John was a Huguenot that escaped the Channel Islands with a pension grant from Queen Anne.

John Lougee’s father was Louis Fremont Lougee from the Channel Islands.

He married Anne Gillman in 1718 in Exeter, New Hampshire and she gave him nine children: John (1719-1794), Joseph (1723-1794), Anne (1725), Moses (1727-1785), my fifth great-grandfather Gilman (1729-1811), Edmund (1731-1807), Shuah (1734), Joanne (1735-1810) and Elizabeth (1737)

It is said that John arrived sometime around 1702 or 1710, and that he was born 1682 on the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, England.

From “History of Northfield, New Hampshire, 1780-1905” “The Lougees are of an old New Hampshire family of colonial origin. John Lougee, the emigrant, was from the Isle of Jersey. In the reign of Queen Anne they came to this country and settled in New Hampshire. In the early wars he saw service and was once captured and carried away by the Indians. He escaped and finally settled at Exeter, where he spent his remaining life. His wife was Mary Gilman. Two of their descendants settled in Northfield.”

From “History of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire” – The Death of Colonel Hilton “Scarcely two weeks after the return of this scout, the enemy, who had long been on the watch for an opportunity to take their daring and dreaded enemy, Colonel Winthrop Hilton, at a disadvantage, succeeded in their purpose. He went out on the twenty-second of July with a party of seventeen men, to peel some large hemlock logs which he had cut for masts the previous season, and which were liable to be injured by worms unless stripped of their bark. They were lying at the distance of about fourteen miles to the westward of his house. The day had been stormy. While the party were employed in doing the work, a body of Indians fired upon them from an ambush and killed three, Colonel Hilton and two others. The remainder of the whites, intimidated by their loss, and finding their guns unserviceable by the wet, fled except two who were taken captive. These were Dudley Hilton, a brother of the colonel, and John Lougee, both of Exeter. The next day one hundred men marched in pursuit of the Indians, but discovered only the bodies of the fallen. The enemy in their triumph had struck their hatchets into the brain of Colonel Hilton, and left a lance sticking in his heart. His body was brought to his home, and buried with every mark of respect and honor.

Dudley Hilton was never more heard from, and probably perished in captivity. Lougee was taken to Canada and thens to England. He returned to Exeter as early as 1716, and was married and left descendants there.”

There is also a note in the History of Exeter that lists John Lougee as owning 30 acres.

He died February 1, 1771 at age 89 in Exeter, New Hampshire.





John Lougee (1682 – 1771) is your 6th great grandfather
Gilman Lougee (1729 – 1811) son of John Lougee
John Lougee (1758 – 1832) son of Gilman Lougee
Gilman Lougee (1796 – 1871) son of John Lougee
Olive May Lougee (1883 – 1956) daughter of Louis Fremont Lougee
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

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