Register of the French Church of New York, 1688-1804

The De Lanceys in New York.

The Priaulx Library has acquired a copy of these Registers, edited by the Rev. Alfred V. Wittmeyer. The volume is a 2003 reprint from the Collections of the Huguenot Society of America, Volume 1, New York, 1886, and is of local interest to Guernsey because it records the Births, Marriages and Deaths of members of the De Lancey family. This noble French Huguenot family, originally from Caen, is highly significant in the history of the development of New York.  The family, though of some importance here, were from America and spent a relatively short time in Guernsey. The name died out in the island in the middle of the 19th century, but remains alive in Delancey Park, a popular amenity in St Sampson's Parish and site of the former Delancey Barracks (these took their name from Oliver Delancey, an Army officer born in America and resident for a time in the island, who was responsible for the erection of barracks all over the UK, several of which bear his name) as well as in the family home, Delancey House, which is still standing.