INTRODUCTION TO THE GIBLOT DUCRAY HISTORY AND FAMILY TREE BOOK
Sue Luzy (born du Cray)
The book is out of print.There were only fifteen copies bound copies produced.
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Introduction by Marc:-
interest in the family tree stems back to 1954, when I visited my Uncle Volcy
in Cape Town and was shown the family
tree scroll, which he was busy with.
Some time after my uncle Emilien Volcy
Giblot Ducray’s death in 1967, I received, from his widow the original family
tree scroll and documents, some of them are depicted in this publication. These
documents were kept by me, in boxes, for almost a quarter of a century, only
being taken out on occasions to show family members. It was only in 1994, after
I retired, that I endeavored to sort
out the papers. I was looking for ideas on how to display, in some presentable form, the wealth of
information which I had inherited, when I saw a book on the de Froberville
family, which had been produced by Richard Yardley.
I was inspired by this computer, desk top
publication, and obtained his permission to produce a book along similar lines,
resulting in this book, which I dedicate to my brother Tony Ducray, (A. V.
Giblot Ducray) who unfortunately
did not live long enough to see me carry out my intentions.
and family history only come to a stop if the family dies out. It is unlikely
that this could happen to the Giblot Ducray family, at present. Therefore, if
you would like to contribute family details and stories please use the visitors page or e-mail dlmd@Mweb.co.za You are also invited to advise the authors of any errors or
EXTRACT FROM THE CHAPTER ON
In September 1750,
Charles François having acquired with the castle and the honorary title of "Seigneur de Lorcy, squire, etc.",
went to pay homage to the local high ranking and powerful seigneur, Mr. Jacques
de Bernier, seigneur, Marquis de Champigny sur Yonne, Châlette and Monthenon, from whom he held "en plein
fief" according to ancient feudal law, the fief de Chevenelle, " on
which clod of earth there had formerly
stood a dovecote and a drawbridge". He was now owner of "les Bréaux, le Fournil de Chevenelle,
de la Champagne, de la Vergne, etc." as well as the Chateau des Fourneaux. See the last paragraph below as to what happened to the castle
and Anne remained in Lorcy for the rest of their lives. In March 1751, Charles
François acquired the "Office of secretary to the King in the Chancelry
established near the Parlement of Toulouse". This would most likely have engaged him in
drafting official and administrative documents, rather like a present day
"secrétaire de préfecture". As he lived far from Toulouse he probably
didn't go there often or indeed at all, but travelled instead to the nearby
towns of Nemours or Orléans for this purpose. The Office earned him a stipend
of some £3,200 per annum.
In Lorcy, from
1752 to 1765, Charles François and Anne had six more surviving children, five
girls and a boy: Charlotte Marie Anne, Geneviève Elisabeth, Anne Julie, Joseph
Benoît, Elisabeth Thérèse and Marie Anne Gabrielle Rosalie. A son died at birth
in December 1752 and was taken to the church for burial on 10th December by
Louis Gile and Louis Guichard, "servants of the Seigneur who said they did
not know how to sign".
died at 5 am on 11th February 1780. He was buried the following day at the
of the altar of the Holy Virgin in the Church of Lorcy. The Curé Jolly
officiated, as he had done at all the children's baptisms, and was accompanied
by the priests of eight neighbouring villages.Three of Charles François' sons
were present: Charles Jean Louis, Paul
Benoît and Joseph Benoît, as well as numerous other notables. According to the Abbé Boibien, who wrote
several notes on the history of Lorcy, the burial tablet was still in a perfect
state of preservation at the time of his incumbency, from 1928 to 1957. The
epitaph, translated from French, states
"Here lies the body of Mr Charles
François Giblot, squire, knight, high, middle and low dispenser of justice of
the parish of Lorcy and founder of this Church, former first councillor of the
Upper Council of the Isle de France, Second Governor of the same Isle, deceased
the 11th February 1780. He was a tender husband and respected father, pious,
sincere friend, gentle, generous, affable, helping the poor, sensitive to their
misfortunes. If time effaces his history from this marble, his name, from
father to son, and his memory, will remain forever engraved in all hearts. Pray
God his soul may rest in peace."
our family history the Abbé Boibien and several of the parishioners of Lorcy,
did a lot of research on the Giblot family, and it is thanks to them that we
have transcriptions of notarial documents relating to their land and property
transactions in Lorcy. One of the most interesting documents is an inventory
of the contents of the chateau, made
just after the death of Charles François in March 1780. The Chateau des
Fourneaux was apparently demolished long ago, and two houses now stand on its