Daniel Perrin

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Daniel Perrin (1642–1719) was one of the first permanent European inhabitants of Staten Island, New York. Known as "The Huguenot", he arrived in New York Harbor from Jersey on 29 July 1665 aboard the ship Philip, under the command of Philip Carteret. He lived in Elizabethtown, part of the Elizabethtown Tract (now Elizabeth, New Jersey), for a while before moving across the Arthur Kill and settling on Staten Island.

In 1692 he was granted 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land by Governor Benjamin Fletcher in an area along the south shore of Staten Island then known as Smoking Point. During the American Revolutionary War this area was known as Blazing Star, and is now known as Rossville.

Daniel Perrin was married to Maria Thorel, of Rouen, France, on 18 February 1666. They had five sons and one daughter; Peter (1667- ), Henry (1669- ), James (1670- ), Daniel (1672- ), William (1673- ), and Francyntje (1675- ). He also had three daughters from a second marriage to a woman named Elizabeth. The daughters names are Sara, Elizabet, and Mary. Perrin died on Staten Island after 6 September 1719.

The Staten Island neighborhood of Huguenot is named after him and the other Huguenots who settled in the area during the late 17th century and early 18th centuries. It is likely that in common with many Huguenot refugees who left France for Jersey, he did not stay in the island very long before moving further afield.

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