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GENEALOGY OF THE de CROISETTES FAMILY

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Taken from genealogical manuscripts of the County of Clermont established up to the 18th century (before 1756) by Monsieur Bosquillon, lieutenant-general of the bailiwick of Clermont and contained in volume 7 of the Collection Bucquet aux Cousteaux. This formerly belonged to the town of Beauvais but was later deposited among the archives of the department of L'Oise due to the destruction of the Town Hall of Beauvais in bombing by the Royal Air Force in June 1940. These genealogies have been established on authentic titles, presumably checked by M. Bosquillon.


Arms: Blue background, divided horizontally by a single silver band, with three black legless birds [merlettes]. The shield scattered with small gold crosses [number unspecified].

I

Colard de Croisettes, Seigneur of Granville near Hermes, Friancourt and Nainval, was still alive in 1429. Wife:- Marguerite Mauchevalier. Son:-

1. Jean de Croisettes, Seigneur of Granville, see below.

II

Jean de Croisettes, the first to bear this name, Seigneur of Granville, Nainval, Cousnicourt and Carville, acquired the inheritance of Philippes Mauchevalier, squire, on 4th January 1454. Further, in 1464, Isabelle d'Arion his kinswoman, wife of Jean d'Auviller, squire, gave him the land of St-Rimault, which was seized from him by the officers of the Count of Clermont the same year. He rendered homage of his land at Granville to Philippes de Trie, baron of Monchy-le-Chatel in 1470, and gave it in 1497 to his elder son.

Wife:- Collete Sanguin. Sons:

1. Jean de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, 2nd of this name, see below.

2. Jacques de Croisettes, seigneur of Marueil-la-Motte, ['twig' or top] of the Merlemont, St-Mesme, and other branches given below.

III

Jean de Croisettes, the second to bear this name, was seigneur of Granville, Nainval, Friancourt, Carville etc., King's Advocate to the government of Peronne, Montdidier and Roye. In 1497 he paid Jean de Maricourt, baron of Monchy-le-Chatel, for the relief of his land at Granville. In 1513 he was called before the nobles, barons and retainers at the bailiwick of Montdidier, and exempted from this payment because of his service to the King, as charged by decree on the 20th April of the same year. He died in 1528.

Wife: Jeanne Malet, was married to him by covenant on 17th October1497. Sons:

1. Antoine de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, see below.

2. Claude de Croisettes. The division he made with his father, concerning the rights of succession of his father and his mother, was ratified on 1st March 1539.

IV

Antoine de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, Nainval and Friancourt, King's Advocate to the bailiwick of Montdidier, attended the convocation held on 15th May 1534 at the government of Mondidier. He did so in his status as a noble, responding to a call by the King for the raising of forces for battle. He lived in Paris until 11th March 1538, when he made acknowledgment of his land of Granville to the barony of Monchy [Monchy-le-Chatel]. He died in 1554.

Wife: Isabeau Charlot, daughter of Simon Charlot, squire, seigneur of St-Agnan, and sister of Claude, with whom she and her husband made an agreement on 5th August 1548. She secured noble guardianship of her children by decree of the “Chatelet de Paris” on 2nd January 1554. Her children:

1. Francois de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, see below.

2. Marie de Croisettes, wife of Jean Labbé, elected at Clermont. The couple were compelled by decree of the Election of Clermont of 12th October 1580 to acquit Francois de Croisettes from the security which he had given them.

V

François de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, Friancourt, Nainval, etc., man-of-arms by prescription of the King, made a contract on 16th May 1582 with Simon Chabert squire to supply a census of his land at Granville on the 1st June the same year. He made his will and testament on 4th January 1587 and died the same year.

Wife: Marie Collesson (surname de Beronne), daughter of Florent Collesson, seigneur of Beronne and of St-Marc, Lieutenant-General of the bailiwick of Roye and of Marguerite Desfrichen. Noble guardianship of her son was given to her by decree of the provostship of Corbeil on 18th March 1587. She lived until 26th September 1596. Her children:

1. Florent de Croisettes, see below.

2. Gabriel de Croisettes.

VI

Florent de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, Nainval, etc., man-of-arms by statute of the King. On 13th February 1614 he was nominated by decree of the bailiwick of Clermont to act as tutor to Pierre de Piennes, his brother-in-law. He died in 1616.

Wife:- Nicole de Piennes, daughter of Charles de Piennes, knight, seigneur of Rousseloy, Cambronne and Vaux, and of Susanne D’Oinville. Nicole and Florent were married by contract on the 6th November 1603. She had noble guardianship of her son. Her second marriage was to Charles de Paste, squire, seigneur of Taillis, by whom she was widowed in May 1636. Her children:

1. René de Croisettes, Seigneur of Granville, see below.

2. Louise de Croisettes. On 26th May 1636, her mother made a gift to her and to her sister of a house at Hermes.

3. Charlote de Croisettes, married by contract (17th July 1640) Charles de Carpentier, squire, seigneur of Mesnil and des Balets.

VII

René de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, Nainval, etc., man-of-arms of the Company of Cardinal de Richelieu. On 28th July 1639, he reversed, by virtue of his status as bailiff of Beauvais, the seizure of his land at Granville by the barons and retainers. At the bailiwick of Beauvais on 28th April 1651 he was decreed noble. This was for the election of deputies at the States Assembly held at Tours. He made homage of his land of Granville 9th May 1658, and was maintained in his nobility by decree of the Council on 3rd August 1668. He was able to prove his rights to this by referring back as far as Colard de Croisettes and Marguerite his wife.

Wife: Madeline de la Motte, daughter of Philippes de la Motte, squire, seigneur of Boissausset, and of Anne de Sericourt. The couple were married by contract of 11th January. 1634. Their son:

1. Pierre de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, see below.

VIII

Pierre de Croisettes, seigneur of Granville, Nainval, etc., was baptized on 30th October 1645. He died 20th April 1733.

Wife: Genevieve de Maurin de Pardaillan, died childless.

2nd Wife: Francoise de Vuitasse, daughter of René de Vuitasse squire, seigneur of Lihus-en-Sangters, and of N... de Hincourt? Children:

1. Claude Hubert de Croisettes, a canon of the regular church.

2. Marie de Croisettes, Dame of Granville, see below*.

3. Madelaine Francoise de Croisettes, wife of Charles de la Maziliere, squire, Standard-bearer of the body guard, Knight of the Military Order of St-Louis.

3rd Wife: Marie Anne Duchesne, married before the month of October 1690, died 4th September 1726, aged 80 years, childless.

*Marie de Croisettes, Dame of Granville, married Louis Ladvocat, squire, seigneur of Sauveterre, adviser to the Grand Council, widower of Marguerite Risancourt on 29th Aug. 1709 She remained a widow and had an only son, [Louis François] Ladvocat, seigneur of Sauveterre, adviser to the Grand Council.

Seigneurs of Mareuil-la-Motte and Merlemont

IV

Jacques de Croisettes, seigneur of Mareuil-la-Motte, special lieutenant to the bailiwick of Senlis, second son of Jean de Croisettes {the first Jean de Croisettes), seigneur of Granville and of Colette Sanguin, shared the inheritance of his father and mother with his brother on 9th January 1512. Engilbert Clausse, seigneur of Monchy-le-Chatel, spouse of Marie le Fuzelier, gave him a receipt for the account for the tutelage yielded to his wife.

Wife: Marguerite le Fuzelier, daughter of Jean le Fuzelier, chancellor of the Duke of Valois, died 3rd September 1529. Children:

1. Laurent de Croisettes, seigneur of Marueil-la-Motte and of Merlemont, see below.

2. Nicole de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, who founded a branch shown below.

Laurent de Croisettes, seigneur of Marueil-la-Motte, Merlemont, St-Mesme and Charny, advocate to Parliament, adviser to the King in his Councils, agent general of his business and substitute for Monsieur the Procureur General, acquired by decree of 25th February 1542, and by subsequent charter, the lands of St-Mesme and of Charny. He negotiated for these rights on 22nd August 1545 with Jeanne le Viste, Dame de Fresnes, and was mentioned in a later contract dated 29th November 1550.

Wife: Catherine le Comte. Children:

1. Pierre de Croisettes, seigneur of St-Mesme and Chennevières, was received as adviser to Parliament on 15th June 1583 and died without children. On 13th June 1630, his inheritance was divided between his nephews. His wife was Genevieve Aubery, daughter of Claude Aubery, squire, seigneur of Tremblay, and of Marie Palluan, Claude Aubery's first wife.

2. Francois de Croisettes, seigneur of Merlemont, see below.

V

François de Croisettes, seigneur of Merlemont, was a man-of-arms of the company of the Baron of St-Pierre in July 1590. He was one of the hundred gentlemen of the King's house in 1599 and was confirmed on 13th May of the same year in his nobility by decree of the commissioners deputed for the reformation of abuses among the people of Soissons, Rendered homage of his land of Merlemont to Queen Marguerite, Duchess of Valois on 28th November 1602, and was discharged on 21st July 1607 from the seizure made of this land at the request of the public prosecutor of the bailiwick of Crespy. He died in May 1608.

Wife: Jeanne Davost, daughter of Guy Davost, squire, seigneur of Chennevières, married by contract of 5th November 1600.

1. Pierre de Croisettes, seigneur of St-Mesme, Charny etc., President lieut general of the bailiwick. In 1629, he was charged as chairman of Soissons and called a sitting of the Council at the end of his life. He was born on 11th September 1601 and died in January 1655.

Wife: Elizabeth Aubery, daughter of Claude Aubery, squire, seigneur of d'Auviller and Lierval, Master of the Exchequer, and of Genevieve Dreux. The marriage took place before 1632. Their only daughter Marie de Croisettes married Antoine Foucault, seigneur of Eve, lieutenant general of the King's armies.

2. Laurent de Croisettes, 2nd of this name, seigneur of Merlemont, see below.

3. François.

4. Jeanne.

5. Marguerite.

VI

Laurent de Croisettes, the second to bear this name, seigneur of Merlemont, Captain of the Plessis-Praslin regiment and lieutenant of Roy de la Pere. Born 10th January 1607, he rendered homage for the land of Merlemont to the province of Valois 5th November 1646. He shared the estate of his father-in-law on 6th September 1652, justified his nobility in the Court of Aydes in 1662, and was maintained by decree of the council of 3rd August 1668.

Wife: Barbe Lefebvre, daughter of Christophe Lefebvre, squire, seigneur of Septvaux and of Mesnil, and of Marguerite Vuallon. They were married by contract 4th July 1649.

2

Seigneurs of Russon [Baron]

IV

Nicole de Croisettes; seigneur of Baron, advocate at Senlis, second son of Jaques de Croisettes, seigneur of Mareuil-la-Motte, special lieutenant to the bailiwick of Senlis, and of Marguerite le Fuzelier. On 29th November 1550, he completed a deal over land with Laurent de Croisettes, his elder brother. He made his will on 13th June 1554.

Wife: Blanche de Bonviller, still living in 1570.

1. Jean de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, see below.

2. Nicholas de Croisettes, father of Adam de Croisettes, elected at the Election of Senlis and declared noble by decree of the Court of Aydes on 23rd March 1656. This was invalidated by decree of the council of 3rd August 1668. He forfeited his nobility, and that of his father, because they worked as notaries and attorneys.

3. Marie de Croisettes, wife of Jean Le Canon, Attorney to Parliament.

4. N...., de Croisettes, wife of Jean Laurens, attorney at Senlis.

V

Jean de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, advocate at Senlis, shared his father's inheritance with his brother and sisters on 7th October 1574.

Wife: Yvonne Duquesnel, daughter of Alexandre Duquesnel and of Jeanne Vacquier, was married by contract 24th August 1570.

1. Louis de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, see below.

2. Jacques de Croisettes.

VI

Louis de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, advocate at Clermont and senior sheriff. In 1648 he requested the seigneur de Bezons, governor of Soissons, that he should be maintained in his nobility. To justify this he had to appear before the Sub-delegate of Clermont.

Wife:- Marie Guerin, daughter of Jean Guerin, seigneur of Fay, Controller of the domaine of Clermont, and of Francoise Prevost. The couple were married by contract 20th October 1613.

1. Louis de Croisettes, seigneur of Baron, Canon of the Collegiate Church of Clermont, born 16th September 1614, died 23rd September 1691.

2. Madelaine de Croisettes, born 13th June 1617.

3. Marie de Croisettes, born 5th March 1621, was married to Georges de la Motte, squire, seigneur of Boissausset [Boissa__ssas] and of Sericourt, and was still living in 1701.

4. Jean de Croisettes, born 26th January 1625, died on military service.

5. Francois de Croisettes, born 4th October 1626.


The original of this genealogical document is no longer open to public view in Beauvais. A microfiche version (pdf format) is available in the reading room of the Bibliothèque Médiathèque Centrale, 3 cour Lettres, 60000 BEAUVAIS, France. Phone and fax numbers: 03 44 06 36 10/03 44 06 36 15. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 13h – 18h30, Wednesday 9h30-18h30, Saturday 9h30-18h. Copies of this genealogy in the original French may be made, but the quality is poor. The computer screen may be photographed..

Translation provided by Priscilla. Padfield June 1950 from French translation received from Monsieur Leon Parfontaine, Archives Departmentales de l'Oise le Prefecture Beauvais in April 1950 after a visit to Beauvais by Priscilla and Daphne Padfield in April 1950.

Typed up initially by Valerie Le Croissette on the 27th April, 1953. Checked by Trevor Le Croissette February 2006. Edited for 'reader friendliness' by the website owner, a descendant of Elizabeth Armour Descroissette.