Peter Fontaine

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The Reverend Peter (born Pierre) Fontaine (Taunton, Somerset, England, 1691 – Williamsburg, Virginia,[1] 1757/1759)[2] was a Clergyman at Westover Church (listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Virginia), Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia, best known for his endorsement of African American slavery.


His parents, of Noble French Huguenot extraction, were forced to leave for England, later Great Britain, and then Ireland after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes with the Edict of Fontainebleau in October 1685. His father Jacques de la Fontaine (later James Fontaine) was also a Reverend, while his mother was Anne Elizabeth Boursiquot. He had three older siblings.

His daughter, Magdalen (10 y.o.) was raped and murder by Roman Catholic soldiers, by orders of the clergy to not suffer anyone of the Protestant faith alone in all of the Piedmontese valleys.


"...for many base wretches amongst us take up with negro women, by which means the country swarms with mulatto bastards, and these mulattoes, if but three generations removed from the black father or mother, may, by the indulgence of the laws of the country, intermarry with the white people, and actually do every day so marry. Now, if instead of this abominable practice which hath polluted the blood of many amongst us, we had taken Indian wives in the first place, it would have made them some compensation for their lands.... We should become rightful heirs to their lands and should not have smutted our blood...." (The Reverend Peter Fontaine of Virginia, 1757 – quoted in Tilton, 1995)[3]


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