Elias Legarde


Elias Legarde (a/k/a Legardo) b. abt 1593 in Languedoc, France, d. abt 1670 in Elizabeth City, Virginia, was a Sephardic Jew who arrived at James City, Virginia, on HMS ''Abigail'' in 1621. Legarde arrived in the muster, the equivalent of an indentured servant, of Anthonie Bonall. According to Leon Huhner, Elias was from Languedoc, France, and was hired to go to the colony to teach people how to grow grapes for wine. Elias Legarde was living in Buckroe in Elizabeth City (Virginia Company), Elizabeth City, Virginia, in February 1624. Elias was employed by Anthonie Bonall, age 46, who arrived on the same ship as Elias. Anthonie Bonall was a French silk maker and vigneron (someone who cultivates vineyards for winemaking), one of the men from Languedoc sent to the colony by John Bonall, keeper of the silkworms of King James I. In 1628 Elias leased 100 acres on the west side of Harris Creek, Virginia, Harris Creek in Elizabeth City."Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary", by Martha W. McCartney, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2007, page 460-461, , 9780806317748

See also

* Colonial history of the United States * History of the Jews in the United States * History of the Jews in Colonial America

Notes and references

{{DEFAULTSORT:Legarde, Elias Jewish-American history 1590s births 1620s deaths People from Languedoc-Roussillon French emigrants to the Thirteen Colonies 17th-century French Sephardi Jews 17th-century American Sephardic Jews