Blouet Pasteur, son of the huguenot settler Jean Pasteur

Blouet Pasteur was the son of Jean Pasteur and Mary Blouet. His father came […] to Virginia with the Huguenots in 1700 and settled first at Manakin, then came to Williamsburg, where, it is assumed, his son Blouet was born. Blouet was the eighth child.

The name of Blouet’s wife was Mary _____. According to Valentine’s account of the Pasteur family (Vol. IV, p. 2285) Blouet had two children, William Pasteur, born 1768, (he settled in Fluvanna County) and Ann who married Granville Smith of Hanover, Chesterfield and Goochland Counties.

Blouet Pasteur was a jeweller. In the 1750’s he boarded with Alexander Craig, Williamsburg sadler. He paid £14 for himself per year, with £13 for board and lodging of his negro servant. He paid part of this board to Craig with buckles, silver pint can, pair of gold sleeve buttons and six teaspoons.

In 1752 Mark Cosby, brother-in-law of Pasteur by will left “Blouet Pasteur the shop where he now occupies to keep and hold the shop only making repairs.” This shop, no doubt, stood on part of Lot 55 near the Raleigh Tavern.

In 1759 Pasteur purchased most of two lots on Nicholson Street now known as Lots 272-273. He, evidently, continued to operate his shop on Lot 55 judging from this notice of 1767: “A CHOICE ASSORTMENT OF JEWELLERY, SILVER WORK, to be sold at my shop, next door below the Raleigh tavern …”.

He continued to live in Williamsburg according to the Williamsburg Land Tax Lists and personal property tax lists for the period, 1782-85 as indicated. By 1790 the Land Tax List refers to lots owned by his estate – which must indicated that he had died.

Sources used in compiling these notes:

  • The Valentine Papers, Vols. II & IV, Pasteur Family.
  • York County Records: Wills and Inventories #20, pp. 270-271; 376-379.
  • The Account Book of Alexander Craig, Research Department, CWI.
  • Huguenot Migration to Virginia (Richmond, 1886) p. 15.
  • Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. II, pp 85-89.
  • Trois américains d’origine genevoise (1935) p. 5.


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