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The Ship "FORTUNE"

The Ship "FORTUNE" (image used with permission.)

French by ancestry, Dutch by birth, and English by association, Philippe de Lanoy, just nineteen years old, embarked for America on the ship "Fortune" landing in Plymouth in 1621. He lived with his uncle, Francis Cooke, who had arrived a year earlier on the "Mayflower."

In America, the "de Lanoy" surname was anglicized to DELANO. Philippe married twice and had nine children which the DELANO KINDRED refers to as the American lines. His first marriage to Hester Dewsbury in 1634 produced six children: Mary, Esther, Philip Jr., Doctor Thomas, John, and Lieutenant Jonathan. After his first wife's death, he married Mary Pontus in 1657 and produced three more children: Jane, Rebecca, and Samuel.

You may have noticed that Philippe's last name, "de Lanoy", is also often spelled "de Lannoy" or "de la Noye". The correct spelling was a puzzle for many years until Dr. Jeremy Bangs, on behalf of our European Research Project, discovered Philippe's baptismal record. On that record was the the name of Philippe's grandfather, Guilbert (Gysbert) de Lanoy, which confirmed the correct spelling as "de Lanoy." In addition, Philippe's signature on the first recorded private land sale in Plymouth Colony shows that he spelled his name with one "N".

An extraordinary tome documenting the DELANO family in America entitled "The Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621-1899" was published in 1899. It is arranged in two "books" and is commonly known as the "GHAAHD".

Book the First, containing the "History and Heraldry of the Maison de Franchimont & de Lannoy to Delano, 1076 to 1621", was edited by Mortimer Delano de Lannoy, then the family pursuivant-of-arms and a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Societe Suisse D'Heraldique and the Herold Society Zu Berlin. His contribution covers some of the European history, heraldry, and the royal ancestry of Lannoy from Guelph, Prince of Scyrri, from 476 A.D. to 1621 and attempts to connect it to Philippe de Lanoy. Other royal lines are included as well as a list of chevaliers de la Toison d'or (Golden Fleece). Unfortunately, documentary proof of this royal lineage remains quite elusive... see the note below.

The larger Book the Second, entitled "The Delano Genealogy From 1621 - 1899," was compiled by Major Joel Andrew Delano and arranged by Mortimer Delano de Lannoy. Although arranged in an awkward manner, it is an amazing book and a tribute to the interest of our DELANO ancestors living in an era following the U.S. Civil War who contributed information to assist in this massive genealogical effort. Besides the genealogical information of each family entity, biographical and historical information is given when known. This gives the reader an insight to that family's history during the Great Migration to the West and to Canada, Chile, Austrailia and other parts of the world. Updating this book is a major part of the DELANO KINDRED Genealogical Program as noted below.

The combined efforts of Major Joel Andrew Delano and Mortimer Delano de Lannoy record over eight hundred years and encompass lineage from Charlemagne, through thirty-three generations, to Philippe de Lanoy, the progenitor of the American Delano line, and his descendants to 1899.

Please note: Much of Mortimer's compilation in Book the First is being reexamined by our European Research Group in an effort to provide substantiating documentation as far back as possible. Some errors have been found and substantiating documentation continues to be a work-in-progress. Consult our newsletter "Bonnes Nouvelles" numbers 58, 59, and 60 (available on this site to members only) for the latest findings. Book the Second is in the process of being corrected and arranged in an acceptable genealogical format by Muriel C. Cushing, the DELANO KINDRED Genealogist.

Thus far, incontrovertible documentation substantiates that Philippe de Lanoy was the son of Jan de Lanoy (from Tourcoing) and Marie le Mahieu (from Lille) who moved from Flanders, in the Spanish Netherlands, to England and then to Leyden, Holland. By 1585 thousands of Huguenots had fled from the southern provinces of what is now Belgium, collectively known as Wallonia, land of the Walloons, to escape religious persecution. (Tourcoing and Lille were formerly a part of Walloon Flanders, now located in northern France.) Jan and Marie married in Leiden and their son, Philippe, was baptized in the Walloon Church called the Vrouwekerk on November 6, 1603. He subsequently became a member of the Leiden Pilgrim Separatist congregation led by Pastor John Robinson. Thus, he became affiliated with the Pilgrims who came to America on the "Mayflower." Philippe passed away some time between August 22, 1681 (the date on a memorandum serving as his will) and March 4, 1682 (the date on an inventory of his estate).