One Huguenot’s Flight from Religious Persecution Creates the Bondurant Family in America

Escape to Switzerland


Jean Pierre was born on 18 September, 1677 to parents, Jean Pierre Bondurant & Gabrielle Barjon.  He was baptized as a Huguenot in the Genolhac temple and later baptized as a Catholic following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.  His parents died in 1694 and 1695.  He inherited extensive land holdings including the house in Genolhac and two mills.  In 1697, he sold the two mills and fled the kingdom of France to join his uncle, Pastor Guillaume Barjon in Aarau, Switzerland where he recanted his Catholic faith.

Early Bondurant History summarized from “The Bondurants of Genolhac, France” by Mary Bondurant Warren