Jehan LeMessier I
Second generation known:
LaHaye, located about 25 km east of Rouen, has a population of roughly 300 people. At the end of the 15th century, we find a Jehan, Philippot and Guillemin LeMessier. All three are seniors who die between 1500 and 1510 The age of these LeMessier corresponds fairly well to the children of Colin. In light of this, it's pretty easy to conclude that these three men are the children of Colin and Simone. At that time, France was not nearly as crowded as today. LeMessier families were rare. For all these reasons, I have come to the conclusion that we are likely to find the children Colin and Simone.
Jehan LeMessier is the second generation in the tradition of our ancestors. I have three contracts from him in addition to those mentioned in the notarial acts of his children. As stated above, Jehan was born around 1424 and married in 1452. On March 4, 1497, he was named Jehan LeMessier said Blondelet. This nickname to identify him easier to the other Jehan LeMessier from LaHaye. He will follow his descendants until David LeMessier up to the mid-17th century. With a nickname, it becomes easier to track him and his descendants. I explained in the previous generation how I fixed the date of his baptism and his marriage. On February 2, 1497, Jehan was about seventy-three years old. He decided to share his property among his children because he is probably unable to take care of business. After March 4, 1497, the Jehan LeMessier found do not carry the nickname Blondelet. For this reason, I set the year of his death at 1500.
In 1519, his son David made a statement to the Lords, religious convent of Saint-Ouen. The document provides a lot of information. It is mentioned that his father Jehan LeMessier died. There is nothing in the act that his brother Robinet is dead. The son of Robinet, Guillaume, challenges a decision of his uncle David when he decides to sell land that belonged to his grandfather.
So, there is a period of twenty-two years between the divestiture of Jehan LeMessier to his son and the challenge of Guillaume. It was probably decided following the desire of his uncle to sell part of the legacy of his grandfather. The death of Robinet has not necessarily occurred before the attack on his son.
On 17 March 1519, his son David declared his possessions to the lords, religious convent of St Ouen. The document allows us to imagine the number of pieces of land that belonged to Jehan. David has four pieces of lands inherited from his father. If each son have received the same portion, it is possible to have an idea of the number of sites he possessed. However, a clarification is necessary: they are small pieces of land. Some have not more than half an acre. In addition to Robinet and David named above, two other children are known to us: Guillaume and Jehan.
Text comes from the volume of Gilles Messier : Les Messier et leurs ancêtres, 700 ans d'histoire.
Last update :
November 1st, 2014