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The Money Family Tree

                                 /-- Money Family Tree History
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                            /-- Jacob Money Sr. (b. c. 1748-Person County, N. Carolina)
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                       /-- William Money Sr. (b. c. 1774-Person County, N. Carolina)
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                       |    \-- Susannah (Money)
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                  /-- Allen Money (b. c. 1802-Surry County, N. Carolina)
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                 |     \-- Eady Cooper (b. c. 1776)
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            /-- Mary (Polly) Elizabeth Money (b. c. 1830-Surry County, N. Carolina)
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            |    \-- Elizabeth (Money) (b. c. 1807)
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      /-- Lewis William Money (b. c. 1866)
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 /-- William Clifford Money (b. 14 Jul 1893-Yadkin County, N. Carolina)
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 |    \-- Salena Holcomb
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Naomi Ruth (Money) Powers (b. 24 May 1913-Cripple Creek, Wythe County, Va.)
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 \-- Lena Myrtle Graham (b. 24 Jul 1894-Pulaski, Va.)

Editor's Note: The text in this section of the Money Family Tree has been adapted from an informal research paper entitled "The Money Family of Yadkin County North Carolina and Tazewell County Virginia as Descended From Jacob Money of the French House of Monnett." This research paper was concluded in June 2000, and was written by Michael Money, Nyoka Money and Kenneth Money. My thanks to the authors.


The Origins of the Money Family Name

House of Monnett Coat of Arms

House of Monnett Coat of Arms

"Money" is a rather unusual surname to find in any telephone book. Through the years we have received numerous comments on our name such as "I like that name" or "Do you have any?" In some states the name "Money" is almost non-existent. However, in some states such as North Carolina and Alabama, it is a bit more obvious.

From all easily accessible accounts our line of the Money family originated in North Carolina in the colonial days. The name "Money" originated in Savoie, France from the House of Monnette. The variant spelling "Monnett" was a French Huguenot name. The families that settled in and around Person County and Surry County North Carolina appear to be of this origin. The Money name has records in France, Ireland, and England all dating before 1100 A.D. (Jack Money). Our lineage begins with Jacob Monnett (Money) of Person County who by the record was born in 1748. Our research has found no connection before Jacob. We are not sure who his parents were, and if they emigrated to America, or if his grandparents were the original emigrants. Some "Money" researchers feel that Jacob Money is descended from Isaac "Monnett" of Calvert County, Maryland. At this stage of research, little is known pre-dating Jacob.

Lore has it that Jacob Money was a French Huguenot. Chances are that at least his parents or grandparents were of the Huguenot persuasion. "Huguenots," simply defined, were French Protestants (non-Catholics) who followed the French Reformer John Calvin. Huguenots had an up and down history for about 160 years from the 1520s to the 1680s. King Henry IV ascended France's throne in 1589 who was Protestant. Catholics had a bitter struggle with Henry and finally in 1593 he converted to Catholicism. However, being sympathetic to the Huguenots, he issued the Edict of Nantes.

King Louis XIV led a bitter campaign against the Huguenots beginning in 1661. Finally, in the year 1685 he revoked the Edict of Nantes. The French Huguenots were stripped of religious freedom and equal rights under the law (Vol.8, New Standard).

This is the likely opening our story with Jacob Monnette (Money). Upon Louis XIV revoking their freedoms, Huguenots began to flee France by the thousands. Remaining in the country was hopeless. It was a matter of life and death. The number of Huguenots who would flee would reach into the hundreds of thousands. They fled to Switzerland, Holland, Germany, England, and the New World thirteen colonies that would become the United States.

It is likely that Jacob Monnette's grandparents or great-grandparents around 1690-1700 fled France. Lore is that the family fled to Holland for several years then traveled to the colonies in the New World. Whether true or not, it is very possible given the number of Huguenots that fled to Holland and other countries.

Early in the 1700s persecution again faltered in France and Huguenots were again protected by law. However, hundreds of thousands had already fled never to return. The early records record the family name as Monnette, Monnett, Mony, Munny, Monet, Mooney, and finally Money. In records postdating Jacob's era "Money" was the common spelling except in the cases of a copy error which occurred on occasion.

We believe our ancestors from our first documented source (1748) may have been farmers, some may have owned a small home-based business (barrel maker). Due to various land deeds, it is apparent our ancestors were early settlers looking for land upon which to build their homes and raise their families. The Moneys were also active in the early community churches. Early road records speak of the community duties of the Money family. We are proud of our ancestors and their resourcefulness in paving the way for future Money generations.


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