Henri-Ulysse Huguenin (-Dumittan) (b. La Brévine, 13 February 1844) arrived in the United States on board the “Labrador” on 28 February 1878, together with his wife, Louise-Eugénie Perret (b. La Brévine, 30 June 1848), and their first 4 children, Paul, Robert, Elise and Emma, as well as their niece Julie-Elise Landry (b. 1876), daughter of Henri-Ulysse’s sister Louise-Eugénie Huguenin-Dumittan and her husband Albert Landry. Although Henri-Ulysse returned to pass the final years of his life in Switzerland, his family remained in America.
Henri-Ulysse’s brother, Louis-Frédéric (b. La Brévine, 24 Auguste 1845) and sister Marie (b. 12 February 1857) travelled on the same ship, and like their brother, settled in Kansas. Their Huguenin-Dumittan ancestors can be traced back to the early 1400’s and the first known Huguenin, while Louise Eugénie’s Perret ancestors include Daniel Perret, a local magistrate in the village of La Sagne in 1712. Julie-Elise’s Landry line goes back to Moise Landry of Les Verrières, who was born in the mid-1600’s.
Another sister, Alvina Huguenin-Dumittan (b. 22 March 1859) also emigrated: she married Henry Adolf, and raised a family in Nebraska before moving to California.
Paul-Edouard Humbert (-Droz) (b. Le Locle, 23 April 1851), emigrated to the US in 1878, where his wife Léa Vincent joined him the following year with their young children Emma-Louise, Paul and Edouard. They settled in Pennsylvania, where two more children were born, but later moved to New York, where Paul worked as a watch case engraver. Paul's parents were Jules-Henri Humbert-Droz and Adèle Brandt; he was a descendant of Moyse Humbert-Droz, born in the early 1700s.
Paul-Emile Vuille (-dit-Bille) (b. Le Locle, 3 July 1842) emigrated to the US in the late 1870s with his wife, Louise-Emma Othenin-Girard and their 4 children, Louise-Emma, Paul-Emile, Amélie-Rose and Charles-Auguste. The family settled in New Jersey, but Louise died in 1881, and Paul-Emile married another Neuchâtel exile, Lise Perret-Gentil in 1883. Paul-Emile’s parents were Onésime Vuille-dit-Bille and Louise Emma Rosine Perrenoud: he was a descendant of Claude Vuille dit la Bille, who lived at La Sagne in the 16th century, while his Perrenoud ancestors go back to the mid 1400s.
Paul's sister Elise-Françoise Vuille-dit-Bille (b. Le Locle, 5 November 1847) followed him to the US in 1888 with her husband Auguste-Herman Vuille-dit-Bille (b. Le Locle, 22 May 1844) and their four children: Herman, Marie-Elise, Fritz-Albert and Laure-Alice. Auguste-Herman was Elise's cousin, son of Célestin Vuille-dit-Bille and Adélaïde Brandt.
Ulysse-Henri Châtelain (b. Tramelan BE, 9 June 1830) and his wife Henriette Huguenin-Vuillemin (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 20 March 1831) emigrated to the US in the late 1870s with their 6 children: Esther, Jules-César, Tell-Albert, Ali-Numa, Marie-Marguerite and Henri-Edouard. Several members of the related Châtelain, Stähli, Barbezat and Ramseyer families all crossed the Atlantic around this time in the second wave of Mennonite emigration from the canton of Neuchâtel, and many of them settled in Illinois. We do not have much information at present on Ulysse-Henri’s ancestors, but his wife’s parents were Louis-Auguste Huguenin-Vuillemin and Marie Ramseyer; her Huguenin-Vuillemin line goes back to Abram Huguenin-Vuillemin, who died before 1728.
Alexis Ducommun (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 19 February 1845) emigrated around this time, and married Ulysse-Henri Châtelain's daughter Esther (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 24 July 1858) in Illinois in 1880. Alexis was the son of Henri-Frédéric Ducommun and Rosine-Eugénie Stauffer, with Ducommon and other ancestors from Neuchâtel dating back to the 15th century. Alexis apparently died young, and in 1887 Esther married his nephew, Frédéric-Henri Ducommun (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 21 September 1863), who had emigrated to the US in 1880. They later moved to Canada with their children.
Frédéric-Henri's brother Louis-Henri Ducommun (b. Travers, 8 April 1861) also emigrated in 1880, and married Rose Stähli in Illinois in 1890.
Their sister Marie-Adèle Ducommun (b. Travers, 22 March 1856) emigrated to the US in 1887 with her husband Louis-Alfred Montandon.
Two more brothers travelled to Iowa before the end of the century: Henri-Emile Ducommun (b. Neuchâtel, 12 December 1873) and Henri-Albert Ducommun (b. Brot-Dessus, 2 February 1876). They were joined there by their parents Henri-Ernest Ducommun (b. Brot-Dessus, 28 December 1832) and Marie Bähler (b. Boveresse, 31 August 1834), who emigrated in 1886.
Frédéric-Louis Ramseyer (b. Les Maix-Rochat, 3 February 1847) belonged to the Mennonite community in the canton of Neuchâtel, and arrived in the US on the "Saint Germain" on 13 April 1882 with his wife Rosalie Ummel (b. Les Eplatures, 9 July 1856) and their two oldest children, Lina Rosalie and Marie Léa. They settled in Ohio, where six more children were born. Frédéric-Louis was the son of Jean Ramseyer and Barbara Amstutz, while Rosalie was the daughter of Christian Ummel and Rosine Schindler. Three of her brothers, Elie, Christian and Abraham also emigrated to the US.
Louis-Arthur Roulet (b. Noiraigue, 28 March 1864) travelled to the US as a young man of 19 in 1883, and worked as a farm hand in Illinois for three years. He then rented land of his own, and in 1886 married another Neuchâtel expatriate, Adèle Jeanneret (b. Travers, 15 October 1857). They later moved to Iowa, and bought a farm there. Adèle and Louis (whose name was anglicised to Rowlet) had seven children, three of whom died in infancy. Louis was the son of Frédéric-Auguste Roulet and Julie Henriod; he was a descendant of Blaise Roulet, who died before 1615. Adèle was the daughter of Julien Jeanneret and his second wife Marie Baer; her Jeanneret acestors go back to Claude Jeanneret, "lieutenant de justice" at Travers in 1611.
(b. Besançon, France) came to the US in 1883, and married Lucie Lefebvre in Providence, Rhode Island in 1887. Louis’ parents were Fritz Huguenin and Louise, but his link to the main Huguenin tree is not known at present.
(b. Les Planchettes, 21 May 1842) emigrated to the US in 1883 with his second wife Zélie Esther Mayandon, a Frenchwoman, and their three young children, Blanche Rose, Henri and Jennie, who were all born in France. They settled in Illinois, where Constant became superintendent for the Federal Watch Company in Chicago, but moved to Florida in the early 1900s. Constant was the son of Frédéric-Henri Vuille and Elisabeth Augsburger; this branch of the Vuille family previously lived in the Tramelan area (canton of Bern).
David-Louis Jacot (-Descombes) and his wife Marie-Elisabeth Schutz emigrated to the US with their six young children: Bertha, Louis-Gustave, Louise, Bernard-Albert, Lucie and Charles. They arrived on the ship "La Normandie" on 8 April 1884, and settled in Indiana, where they farmed in Tippecanoe County. David-Louis was the son of David-Louis Jacot-Descombes and Lucie Huguenin-Virchaux, with ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel who can be traced back to the early 1400’s.
David-Louis' sister, Fanny-Anaïse Jacot-Descombes
(b. Le Locle, 04 May 1863) and her husband Louis-Auguste Hentzi
(b. Renan, 09 April 1858) arrived at New York on board the “EMS” on 23 April 1885 with their 2 oldest children, Auguste and Bertha-Lucie. 3 more children were born after they settled in Illinois: Martha, Jeanne and Edward.
Another sister Elise-Emma Jacot-Descombes (b. Le Locle, 7 December 1847) also emigrated at about the same time together with her husband, Christian Müller (b. 14 March 1848), their children Jenny, Laura, Christian, Lucie and Louise, as well as Elise’s son from a previous marriage, Arthur Jacot (b. 11 January 1868). Like the Hentzi family, they also settled initially in Illinois, but later moved on to Washington.
(b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 30 March 1843) emigrated to the US in 1884 with his wife Sophie Meystre and their six oldest children, James, Elie-Ulysse, Charles-Armand, Clara-Marie, Emile-Frédéric and Elsie. Like several other Neuchâtel families, they settled in the St Maries area of Idaho, where two more children were born. Charles made at least two trips back to Switzerland, although the rest of the family remained in Idaho. Charles was the son of Alexandre-Eugène Montandon and Marie-Elise Jornod, with Montandon and Perrenoud ancestors on his father's side going back to the 15th century.
(b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 10 December 1864) arrived in New York on the "Hammonia" on 7 August 1885 with his wife Marie von Gunten and their young son Henri-Reynold. They settled in Wisconsin, raising a family of twelve children. Reynold's parents were Louis-Renold Ducommun and Eugénie Duvanel; he was a descendant of Moyse Ducommun-dit-Lienhard who lived in Les Ponts-de-Martel in the second half of the 17th century.
Emile-Alphonse Huguenin (-Vuillemenet) (b. Neuchâtel, 13 April 1869), a farmer, emigrated to the US via New York in 1885. He married Lucinda Maude Wald there, settling first in Indiana and later in Ohio. Although most of his siblings remained in Switzerland, some of his brother Charles-Auguste's descendants can be found in France. The Huguenin-Vuillemenet branch seems to have originated at La Brévine, and their earliest known ancestor at present is David Huguenin-Vuillemenet, who died before 1745.
Emile’s cousin, Charles Matthey (-Jaquet) (b. 2 Feb 1868), son of Henri-Albert Matthey-Jaquet and Julie-Victorine Huguenin-Vuillemenet also emigrated to the US. He made an initial visit to his future homeland with Emile in 1885-86 before moving there permanently in about 1892. He met his future wife Berthe Nicolet and her brothers on the boat travelling out, and went into partnership with her brothers farming in Illinois.
( b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 2 September 1857) and his wife, Laure-Adèle Huguenin (b. Les Verrières, 6 March 1861) emigrated to the US with their 4 children, Charles, Arthur, Adalbert and Herbert in about 1885. They settled first in Utah, and later in Idaho, and had another 9 children. Fritz’s parents were Verther Perrenoud and Emilie Félicie Reuge: his Perrenoud line has been traced back to Jehan Pernodz, who lived in La Sagne in the early 1400’s, and many of his other ancestors are also known, including Benoit, Huguenin and Matile lines which go back to the 1600’s or earlier. Laure Adèle was the daughter of Delphin-Adolphe Huguenin and Louise Henriette Landry. Her father’s line goes back to Benjamin Huguenin, ancestor of the Huguenin-Benjamin family, born around 1650, while the Landry line can be traced back to Moise Landry, born about the same time.
Fritz-Emile’s aunt, Adélaïde-Eliza Perrenoud (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 8 June 1815) also emigrated to the US with her French husband, Joseph Aimé Auguste Bunot (b. Musinens, 4 February 1828) and their daughter, Sidonie.
Louis-Auguste Perret (b. La Sagne, 10 April 1830), a watchmaker, died in Hazel Run, Missouri in 1897. His date of emigration is not known, and it is unclear whether his wife Fanny Maire accompanied him to the US. His son, Louis-Paul, and other members of the family are buried in the same cemetery. Louis-Auguste’s parents were Charles-Aimé Perret and Julie Vuille; his Perret line goes back to Jaques Perret of La Sagne who was born around 1700, while the Vuille line descends from Jean-Frédéric Vuille of La Sagne, also born around 1700. In addition, Louis-Auguste has Roulet ancestors going back to the 1400’s.
(b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 18 December 1853) and his wife Rachel Humbert emigrated to the US in 1886 with their two oldest sons, Etienne and Henri. They settled in Idaho, where three more sons were born. Emile was the son of Félix Ducommun and Eugénie Thiébaud, with ancestors in the canton of Neuchâtel going back to the 14th century.
Louis-Alfred Montandon (b. Travers, 8 Sep 1855) and his wife Marie-Adèle Ducommun (b. Travers, 22 Mar 1856) emigrated to the US in 1887 with their 5 oldest children: Louis-Henri, Charles-Henri, Paul-Emile, Leon and Marie-Ida, and settled in Illinois where another 3 children were born. Louis-Alfred's parents were Charles Montandon and Julie-Emélie Ducommun; both sides of his family can be traced back to the early 1600s, while his wife Marie-Adèle was a very distant cousin.
Tell-Ami Grandjean (-Perrenoud-Contesse) (b. Le Locle, 28 September 1851) left Le Locle for the US in late 1887, and his wife, Marie-Emma Dubois, and their six children, Louise-Alice, Tell-Ami, Charles, Fritz-Alfred, Paul-William and Eva, followed 6 months later, in April 1888. The family settled in New Jersey. Tell-Ami’s parents were Henri-Louis Grandjean-Perrenoud-Contesse and Catherine Hostettler; his Grandjean-Perrenoud-Contesse line goes back to Jehan Perrenodz (also known as Jean Perrenod alias Comtesse), founder of the family, who lived in La Sagne in the early 1400’s.
(b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 1 November 1842) arrived in the US on "La Champagne" on 19 February 1889 with his wife Anna-Héloïse Robert-Charrue (b. Brot-Plamboz, 9 May 1840) and their children Jules-Alfred, Léa and Lucille. Fritz-Ali was the son of Frédéric Jacot and Elise Huguenin-Virchaux, whose ancestors go back to the early 15th century, while Anna-Héloïse was the daughter of Louis-François Robert-Charrue and Zéline Perrin, whose families can also be traced back for many generations.
Jules returned to Switzerland to marry Marie-Lina Ducommun in 1891, before returning permanently to the US with his bride on 16 March 1891. Marie-Lina was born in Brot-Dessus on 1 July 1868, abd was the daughter of Alexandre Ducommun and Marie-Marguerite Stauffer.
Another of Fritz and Anna's sons, Paul (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, November 1868) emigrated in 1888, and married another Neuchâtel emigrant, Louise-Elise Sandoz (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 25 April 1864), daughter of Charles-Paul Sandoz and Augustine Jacot.
The extended family all settled in Idaho, in the same region as other intermarried Neuchâtel families.
(b. Travers, 2 March 1830) emigrated to the US in 1889 with his wife Jennie and their four children: Anna, Henri-Nicolas, Hélène and Clémentine. They arrived in New York on the ship "La Bretagne" on 25 November 1889, and settled in California. Auguste's brother Louis-Onésime travelled with them, but later returned to Switzerland. Auguste was the son of Charles-Frédéric Perrenoud and Clémentine Corlet; he was a descendant of David Perrenoud who lived in La Sagne in the middle of the 17th century.
Two of Louis-Onésime's daughters emigrated to the US: Lina-Emilie (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 28 March 1869) married John Jacob Moeri in Maryland in 1890, and raised a family of six children in New Jersey. Her older sister Lucie (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 1861) crossed the Atlantic a few years later with her husband Léopold Stähli and their six young children: Rose, Marguerite, Marie, Ruth, Jean and Georges, arriving in New York on the ship "La Touraine" on 11 May 1896.
Alcide Perrenoud (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 10 August 1861, his brother Charles (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 2 February 1859) and their sister, Mélina (b. 13 February 1863) emigrated to the US in about 1890 and settled in Michigan. Their parents were Louis-Théophile Perrenod and Charlotte Virginie Aellen; their father’s line goes back to Guillaume Perrenoud who lived in the 14th century. Many of Alcide's descendants in the US are also known.
Tell-Raould Huguenin (b. Neuchâtel, 9 January 1857) and his wife, Elise Jeanneret (b. Neuchâtel, 4 March 1857) emigrated to the US in about 1890 together with their first seven children: Thérèse, Herman, Edith, Alice, Edouard, Emma and Alfred. They settled in Idaho, and had four more children: François (or Francis), William, Mark and Martha. Tell-Raould’s parents were Sylvain Huguenin du Mittan and Sophie-Hortense Barbezat; his Huguenin-Dumittan line goes back to the earliest known Huguenin, but in addition he has Huguenin-Vuillemin, Huguenin des Bois and other Huguenin ancestors.
Tell-Raould's youngest brother, William-Nestor (b. 22 March 1866), also emigrated to the US.
Elise’s brother, Numa Jeanneret (b. 31 July 1856) travelled to the US in 1890, along with his wife, Emma Stähli (b. 4 February 1860), and their 3 oldest children: Neva, Marie-Madelaine and Herman. They settled in Washington, and had 2 more children: Philip Augustus and Reuben. Emma’s brother Ulysse Stähli (b. Les Verrières, 26 December 1853) later joined them in the US with his wife and family. Emma’s parents were François Jeanneret and Félicie Aellen.
Charles Henri Paul Gaston de Roulet (b. Haut-Vully, Vaud, 23 October 1871) arrived in the US on the ship "La Bretagne" on 1 May 1893. He married Marie-Louise Pélissier in Los Angeles in 1899, and descendants of this couple use the surname DeRoulet. Charles was the son of Henri François Maurice de Roulet and Eugénie Barbey; his great-grandfather François Roulet was ennobled by Friedrich-Wilhelm III of Prussia.
(b. Cornaux, 28 May 1843), a farmer and watchmaker, emigrated to the US in 1892 with his wife, Marie Mattenberger, their daughter, Cécile, and Marie’s daughters by a previous marriage: Clémence (also known as Clementine), who used the name Huguenin, and Emma Chaumard. They travelled via Le Havre on the ship ”La Champagne”, arriving at Ellis Island on 18 July 1892. Frédéric-Louis’ line goes back to Jean Huguenin, born around 1730.
(b. 3 November 1860) emigrated to the US with his 11 year-old son George-Victor on board the ”Berlin”, arriving at Ellis Island on 3 July 1893. Rosine Huguenin, a married woman who travelled on the same ship, was probably his wife. Paul-César settled in New York, and subsequently married Myrtle Burdick in 1904: he had 4 children with his second wife. Paul’s link to the main Huguenin tree is unknown at present.
Paul-Alfred (Jean-) Mairet (b. La Chaux-du-Milieu, 14 March 1876) and his brother Louis (b. 18 July 1869) emigrated to the US some time before 1899, when Paul returned to Switzerland to marry Rose-Emma Maret. Paul and Emma travelled back to the US, arriving at Ellis Island on 16 October 1899 on the ship ”La Gascogne” with Rose’s sister Lina Maret. Lina subsequently married Louis, and both couples settled in Iowa, where they were joined in 1920 by their nephew, Charles-Alfred Mairet (b. Les Ponts-de-Martel, 15 September 1899). Paul and Louis’ parents were Louis Constant Jean-Mairet and Marie Eugénie Maire, and their Jean-Mairet ancestors have been traced back to David Jean-Mairet who lived in La Sagne at the end of the 17th century.
Rose and Lina’s sister Elise Maret arrived in the US on 11 September 1893, having also travelled on the ship ”La Gascogne”. She married Numa Sandoz (-Othenin) (b. La Brévine, 20 April 1876) on 30 September 1893 in Idaho. Numa’s parents were Louis Ulysse Sandoz-Othenin and Julie Henriette Vaucher.
Arthur Huguenin (b. 18 September 1869) and his wife Bertha Anna Senften (b. 4 May 1871) emigrated to the US prior to 1900 and settled in Torrington, Connecticut, where their three children were born. His link to the main Huguenin tree is not known at present.
Jean-Henri Richard (b. February 1874) and his wife Jeanne Huguenin-Dumittan (b. Le Locle, 18 October 1873) emigrated at about the same time as Arthur, and also settled in Torrington, where they had three children: they were probably friends of Arthur's, rather than close relations.
Jeanne's parents Louis-Williams Huguenin-Dumittan (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 24 May 1845) and Lucie Salzman (b. Les Brenets, 17 January 1845) arrived in the US on the ship "La Savoie" in November 1901 to join their daughter and son in Torrington. With them were several of Jeanne's brothers and sisters: Charlotte, Martha, Charles-Frédéric, Nellie, Marguerite-Emma and Jean-Théodore, who all later married and had families of their own in Torrington.
Another of Jeanne's brothers, George-Frédéric Huguenin-Dumittan (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 12 June 1882) travelled to the US in 1904, stating that he was going to his friend Arthur Huguenin in Torrington. However, he did not remain there for long, because he married Aline E Pécaut from Sonvillier (canton of Bern) in Manhattan in 1905, and they raised a family of three children in New York.
The last of the family to arrive in Torrington was Jeanne's oldest brother, Paul-William Huguenin-Dumittan (b. La Chaux-de-Fonds 21 December 1870), who emigrated with his wife Marie and their three sons, André, René and Georges, in 1919.
(b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 18 December 1850) travelled over the French border to Besançon, where he married a local girl, Hortense Céline Buchle in 1876. Their son, Charles-Eugène Huguenin (b. Besançon, 26 February 1882) emigrated to the US in late 1903, settling in Washington, where in 1906 he married a Swiss woman, Laure-Adèle Stähli (b. Le Locle, 26 October 1883), who had emigrated with her parents and sisters in 1904. Louis-Albert’s parents were Henri-Alexandre Huguenin and Rosette Lesqueyreux; his ancestors can be traced back to Abram Huguenin, born about 1650.
Ulysse Stähli (b. Les Verrières, 26 December 1853) emigrated to the US with his wife Zélie-Adèle Piaget (b. Le Grand Bayard, 10 September 1847) and their daughters, Laure-Adèle, Nadine and Eva. The family arrived at Ellis Island on 19 March 1904 on the ship ”La Savoie”. Laure-Adèle subsequently married Charles-Eugène Huguenin in Washington. Ulysse’s sister, Emma Stähli, had already settled in the US with her husband Numa Jeanneret and family.
George-Hermann Huguenin (-Elie) (b. Le Locle, 28 August 1883) travelled from Switzerland to America on the ship ”La Savoie” from Le Havre. He arrived at Ellis Island on 29 October 1904. George married a French woman from Besançon, Marie-France Berard, who had emigrated with her parents in 1882. He was a descendant of Elie Huguenin, who gave this branch of the family its name. Elie himself was a great-great-great-grandson of Vuillemin, the earliest known Huguenin.
(b. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 25 December 1881) emigrated to the US with her husband Oscar Louis Cavin and their three young children, Marcel, Edith and Madeleine, arriving at Ellis Island on the ship "La Touraine" on 25 July 1908. They went to Missouri to join Oscar's widowed mother Hortense, who had emigrated two years earlier. Another child was born in Missouri, but sadly both baby Madelaine and her father Oscar died before the family had been in the US for a year. Marie-Cécile then married another Swiss emigrant, Gustave Isaac Bonzon, and had three more children in Missouri. She was the daughter of Charles-Alcide Droz-dit-Busset and Marie Prollius; her earliest-known ancestor was Abraham Droz-dit-Busset of Le Locle, who was born around 1650.
Emile Huguenin (-Virchaux) (b. Le Locle, 1 December 1873) and his 3 older children, Emile, Edouard and Charlotte arrived at Ellis Island on the ship ”La Touraine” on 1 August 1910. Three younger children, Marguerite, Albert and André remained in Switzerland with their mother, Louise-Elvina Dessoulavy. Emile’s parents were Albert Huguenin-Virchaux and Adèle Schild; his Huguenin-Virchaux line has been traced back to the origin of the family in the early 15th century.
(b. 1897) and her younger sister Berthe (b. Boudevilliers, 10 April 1892) emigrated to the US shortly after Berthe’s marriage to Edouard Marti (b. La Sagne, 17 Jan 1887). They arrived at Ellis Island on board the ”Inkula” on 5 November 1911. Marthe and Berthe’s parents were Michel Arnold Mojon and Anna von Allmen.
(b. Le Locle, 19 May 1896) was another who arrived in the US through Ellis Island, landing there on 2 March 1915 on the ship ”Chicago”. He married Martha Jaenicke, a woman born in America, and settled in Nebraska. His parents were George-Emile-Albin Huguenin and Léa-Bertha Dubois; his ancestors can be traced back to Jacob Huguenin, a counsellor and lieutenant of militia, who died before 1724. The early members of this branch of the Huguenin family lived in La Brévine, and some were also known as Huguenin-Dezot.