The Bondurant Family Association

One Hugenot’s Flight From Religious Persecution Creates The Bondurant Family In America


Mark your calendars now!


The host hotel for this year’s meeting is the

Hampton Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport 1511 USAA Drive, Norfolk, VA 233502 (757) 605-9999 - call for reservations

The “Bondurant Association” block of 10 rooms (5 with 2 queen beds and 5 with 1 king bed) has the rate of $99 per night (plus $15 per night room tax). Call the hotel at (757) 605-9999 to request this special rate - it is not available for online reservations. The hotel has also extended this rate for three nights before and three night after the meeting, for those who want to stay longer. The deadline for making your reservation at this reduced rate is Sept. 21, 2016.

Free hot breakfast for registered guests, in-room internet access, a Fitness Center / Indoor Pool, a Business Center, elevator access, handicap accessible rooms and a complimentary bus to and from the hotel from the Norfolk International Airport are available from this hotel.

Friday evening, Oct., 21, 7:00 - 9:00 – Meet & Greet in the meeting room designated by the hotel.

Bring displays, memorabilia, and any other items you wish to share so we may learn more about

your family.
Saturday morning, Oct. 22, 9:30 - noon – Annual business meeting, followed by special

programs prepared by members or invited guests.

  1. David Bondurant will talk about the impact of the Norfolk Naval Base during WWII.

  2. Amy Warren Sanders and/or Eve Mayes will give an update on the BFA DNA project. • TBA

  3. Saturday afternoon is free for your own choice of activities.

  4. Saturday evening, Oct. 22, 6:30 pm – BFA Dinner at Max & Erma’s in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel nearby, a la carte

From Our President

Hello, Bondurants,

April 2016

We are so excited to announce that Norfolk, Virginia is the site for our annual meeting. Norfolk is one of our most important cities for United States military use. It has a history that spans from the 17th century all the way through present.

After researching the city, I found that an indentured servant Adam Thoroughgood (from King's Lynn, Norfolk, England) settled in the area of South Hampton Roads. He developed the area along with Thomas Willoughby. Thoroughgood is given the recognition of having suggested the name Norfolk from his English home town.

The colonists of the Virginia company immediately recognized that this area was important to them for a defense. They established Old Point Comfort, then built Fort Algernourne, Fort Henry and Fort Charles. Present day Fortress Monroe was built in the place of Old Point Comfort at the southern tip of Virginia peninsula. As an addendum: For those who may be interested, an English couple named William and Susannah Moseley lived in the area and built a house called Rolleston Hall (1649). Some of the Bondurant lineage married into the Moseley family.

By the time Jean Pierre Bondurant arrived in 1700, there was a thriving city in Norfolk. The ship Peter and Anthony had to pass Norfolk going up the James River before arriving in the Richmond area. This water way was very important to the commerce of early America. It was a deep water river at that juncture with the Atlantic. Along the James River were Jamestown, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton and Richmond. Not only were there places to land and settle, the river provided food, transportation, export, import, and local trade opportunities.

Over the years the area grew extensively because of the port. By the middle of the 1700s, it was a city of 4,000. During the Revolutionary War as a defensive move the British burned down the town. Because the warehouses & town was so badly destroyed, Norfolk took time to recover.

By the mid-1800s, it became the location of the Norfolk/Western Railway & Norfolk Southern Railway. It was already a busy port area exporting tobacco, coal, and other crops from the central and southern areas of the country.

Norfolk was also an important area for slavery. The American Colonization Society was established there for many slaves who wanted to sail back to a colony in Liberia. Joseph Jenkins Roberts who was born in Norfolk actually became the first President of Liberia.

The late 1800s to early 1900s the port played a large part in the growth of Norfolk. The railway and Naval base grew into an important contributor to WWI and WWII.

Presently Norfolk Naval Base is the largest Naval Base in the world. The military has had an important presence in the area. There is the US Naval Base and Langley Air Force Base. It has also merged into a big metropolitan area with Virginia Beach/Newport News on the north side of the Elizabeth River and on the south, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

The BFA Annual Meeting Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016

We hope you will join us this year October 21-22, 2016. Below in this newsletter is a list of all the opportunities of sightseeing in the area.

Our meeting will start with Meet & Greet on Friday night, October 21 at 7:00pm at the hotel. Please bring your genealogy, books, posters, photos etc. and we can display them in our meeting room. We can't wait to meet and re-meet all of you.

Saturday morning, October 22, 9:30 am, will be the start of the BFA Annual Meeting and David Bondurant has offered to speak on the importance of the Norfolk port to the United States. I have seen some of his photos and they are fascinating. If anyone else would like to present any history on their ancestors, or places of settlement, have any questions, or even introduce themselves and tell stories, we always have time for that during our meetings. The Bondurant DNA project is always discussed.

We will also be voting on our next meeting place for the year 2017, which will be outside of Virginia. The afternoon will be saved for “on your own” touring for those who want to explore any places around the area. We will have a Dinner as a group Saturday night, 6:30 pm, at Max and Erma’s at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel at the Norfolk Airport.

Please join us for both days of this meeting – you do not need to be a paid member of the Bondurant Family Association to attend, but we wish you would join while you’re here! Dues are only $20 per calendar year – your dues help to fund maintenance for the burial site of Jean Pierre Bondurant near Powhatan, research on other Bondurant families (of all variations of spelling) for the BFA genealogy database, and quarterly newsletters with current news as well as research findings.

Looking forward to see you there,


© Bondurant Family Association, 2016

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