Name: Jacques Renet 1
Residence: Aubenas, France
Occupation: Apothecary. ?Discoverer? of mineral water at Vals-des-Bains.
Change Date: 13 JAN 2013
Agnew in his Protestant Exiles from France states:
Dr James Reynette, of Waterford, was a son of Henri de Renet, a Huguenot landed proprietor in Vivarais in Languedoc. Five sons became refugees of whom the youngest, Gabriel, turned Roman Catholic, and got back the estate, two went to the Cape of Good Hope, and from their vineyards came a wine called Graf de Renet, and two remained in Ireland, one of whom was Jacqes.His fame as a physician reached Dublin, and he received an offer from that capital of
E200 a year for life if he would accept the charge of their greatest hospital. His refusal was regarded as a great compliment at Waterford, and he received the freedom of that city for himself and his heirs for ever and also (tradition says) more substantial rewards.
Agnew adds that Gabriel's descendants fled from France during the Revolution but returned at the invitation of Napoleon.
Jacques Renet. Agnew's account of the origins of the Waterford family was
presumably obtained from the traditional history of the family and is, no doubt, basically correct, but it clearly is inacurate in respect of the parentage of Dr Jacques, as the register of the French Church of St Patrick's, Dublin, indicates. Here is recorded the maniage on 21 May 1693 of Jacques Renet, doctor of medicine, a native of Aubenas in Vivarais, son of Jacques Renet, apothecary, and Catherine Charbonnier. Jacques's bride was Charlotte, a native of Counaumer in Normandy, daughter of Abel Barbier, minister of St Evangile, and his wife, Renee Pousset.
There is also in the register of Nouvelle Eglise de Ste Marie an entry for the baptism of Pascal, son of Nathaniel Renet, on 10 February 17 1 3.5 It will be recalled that Agnew writes of two brothers remaining in Ireland and it would seem probable that this Nathaniel w& Jacques's brother.
Jacques first appears in the records of the Waterford Corporation in March 1696
when one Phil Bellew, who had petitioned to be received into the leper house, was to get a certificate from Jacques to the effect that he was a leper? In October 1697 Jacques received the freedom of the city? In 1703 at the sale of forfeited estates at Chichester House Jacques bought 425 acres in Ullard, on which were a farm house, a barn and ten cabins, for f694.8 Jacques was buried on 23 February 1721 in the French Ch~rch.~ His will was proved at Armagh and Canterbury in 1721L0. By it he left f 10 to the poor, the interest on £500 in the Bank of England to his wife Charlotte; ten shillings to his daughter Charlotte 'besides what she has had from me by her marriage, desiring that she be satisfied'; f 300 and his library 'with f 100 sterling of the annuities' to his eldest son; and similar sums to each of his three younger sons.
Jacques and Charlotte's children were;
1. James, of whom presently.
2. John James.
4. Henry. He was left £500 by his brother Dr James, and so presumably was alive when the latter signed his will in 1730." He was probably the grandfather of General Sir James Henry Reynett
(1786- 1864) whose ancestry is discussed below.
1. Charlotte, who married 23 July 1719 Captain John Ramsey, both being of St Michael's parish, Waterford.12 Their son gave his name to the well known Waterford newspaper, published thrice weekly ,-Ramsey 's Waterford Chronicle.
Father: Jacques Reynet
Mother: Anne Valeton
- Jacques or James Renet b: in Aubenas
- Text: ?The Reynett family of Waterford?
by H. F. Morris
in DECIES no 48 Autumn 1933