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The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 brought about the persecution of protestants in France. By 1725 the persecution of the Hugenots became intolerable and so a thirty five year old watchmaker named David John Mongin (grandfather of John David Mongin) and his brother Francis left France. Their departure was not a moment to soon as can be shown by the following account from the family bible.
Hackett, Cheryl L., "John David Mongin (1763-1833)" (1983). Savannah Biographies. 190.