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From page 1, Vol. 1 of “Jules & Paul de Launay” (publish 1983) by Jules Richard de Launay.  The photos which I have added are from my mother, Rosemarie’s collection.

Mes excuses. Je vais imprimer les Français de cet article bientôt.

“On the ninth of December 1813 in Paris, at the church of St. Denis du St. Denis du St. Sacrament, was baptized a two day old baby, Jules.  He was the son of Jacques Launay and his wife Marie Valpinçon, living at No. 8 rue Neuve St. Catherine (now Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris III).  The godmother was Anne Valpinçon, wife of Boissière, residing at no. 30 Rue de la Barillerie (now Bvd. du Palais Paris I & IV).  The godfather was Jules Valpinçon of No. 11 Rue des Deux Boules (Paris I).

I first obtained a copy of the certificate of baptisms of the above Jules in 1933.  I knew something about my grandfather Jules, but I knew nothing of the family except for the little bit of confused information which my father Paul could remember from his conversations with his father Jules.

Paul de Launay (about 1887)

Since Jules died when his son Paul was only 13 & 1/2 years old, the latter’s knowledge was rather vague.  The information which Paul got from his mother Anna was unreliable as she was a social-climber and gave herself and her husband Jules grand (but false) ancestral backgrounds.

Who were these people mentioned in the certificate?  Why was the father named Launay instead of de Launay?  Who were these three Valpinçons?  It was 30 years later in 1963 that knowledge about these people began to unfold.

In January 1962, I arrived in London, England, to spend three years as liaison scientist for the U.S. Office of naval Research, London Branch.  My son Hugh wrote me suggesting that while I was in Europe, perhaps I should investigate our de Launay ancestry.  The idea pleased me, for I had 5 weeks of leave per year and I wished to be doing something active during those times.  But I did not know how to start the research.  Launay, Delaunay, de Launay are very common names in France, so I would need firm clues in order to identify my own de Launays.  Valpinçon, on the other hand, seemed to be a rare name, and form PINSON de VALPINÇON to be contrived (which it proved to be).  Thus, I decided to begin with the Valpinçon Family and leave the de Launay for later.

In the summer of 1962, while in Paris for a week on Navy business [editor’s note: the writer, Jules Richard de Launay, a former Rhodes scholar, and a Navy physicist], I spent an hour each evening looking through the set of telephone books in the Metro station for the name Valpinçon.  Before I began the search, I had reasoned that between Mont Pinson in Calvados and the nearby village Aunay-sur-Odon, there could be a dale called Valpinçon.  Thus, the first place I looked at in the phone books was Aunay-sur-Odon, and there it was:  Pierre de Valpinçon, agrie!  After that happy event, I searched the whole set of volumes, but never found another Valpinçon.

Back in London, I wrote a letter to Monsieur Pierre de Valpinçon, giving him the details from the baptismal certificate of 1813.  I asked if he knew anything about the Valpinçons on the certificate, and if so, would be kindly give me what information he could.  Several months passed by without a reply.  I began to assume that he was not interested and had thrown my letter in the waste paper basket.  In time, however, I was delighted to receive a letter from him.  He said that he had passed my letter on to his cousin l’Abbé Yves Champion of Laval, who was the family genealogist.  The Abbé was injured in an automobile accident just after receiving my letter and was incapacitated for some time, hence the long delay.  The Abbé tol Monsieur de Valpinçon that he was certain that I was their cousin and that he knew the connection.  I was then invited to spend a day in April (1963) in the week after Easter at the farm.

This photo from a later reunion, not 1962.

What happened to the family in Paris after the birth in 1813 of Jules, I had no idea.  In 1982, I engaged the Paris genealogist Madame Margaret Audin of 37 Rue Quintinie, Paris-XV, to find out what happened to them.”

So began Volume 1 of “Jules and Paul de Launay” printed for my uncle Jules Richard de Launay in 1983 by Frank Webster, bookbinder in Canterbury, England.

I will be re-publishing my uncle’s work here, as I transcribe it for republication with my own work, and that of my mother’s, for the descendants of their father, my grandfather Paul de Launay.

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I hesitate to use “Newly Found Ancestors” as a title for today’s article, since just about every day it would likely seem appropriate, but since I found a mother lode of information today, it seems especially so.

I started out looking for more info on Paul, Jules, and Gaston de Launay on Ancestry.com.  Then I switched to just looking for anything with the Valpinçon name.  That’s when I found a lot of information in the French National Archives of Paris, online through Ancestry.com.

One of the first things I found was the birth record of August Boissière, who was the son of Anne (Valpinçon) Boissière.  Anne (born 4 Sep 1771) was the daughter of Gabriel Hippolyte Pinson de Valpinçon (died 1830) and his wife Anne Julie Féron (1745-1831).

9 Dec 1813 baptism record of Jules de Launay

Anne (Valpinçon) Boissière was the godmother of Jules de Launay, according to the baptismal record of 9 Dec 1813, at the Saint-Denis du Saint Sacrement Catholic Church located at Number 68, Rue de Turenne, in Paris.  Jules de Launay’s first cousin, Jules Valpinçon, was listed as his godfather, as well as being his namesake.  Pastor Paul Quinson was kind enough to stay open long enough for me to get a photo of the baptism record.  A low resolution photo of it appears to the right.

I also found evidence of the date of birth of Paul Valpinçon and his son, Henri.  Both were born in Paris.  I found the marriage date of Paul Valpinçon and Marguerite – in Paris.  I found the date of marriage of Hortense Valpinçon and Antoine Jacques Fourchy – in Paris.  In this marriage record between Hortense and Jacques, I also found the names of Antoine Jacques Fourchy’s parents:  Paul Fourchy and Marie Mathilde Chapellier married 25 August 1858.  That first led me to the names of Paul’s maternal grandparents, Louis Edmond Chapellier and Marie Trudon, and finally his paternal grandparents, Antoine Jules Fourchy and his wife Anne Céline Pincon de Valpincon.

Wait a minute, Anne Céline Pinçon de Valpinçon?  Yes, more Valpinçon family as we go up the Family Tree.  This makes the tree a bit more vertical.  However, when I got to Anne, I also found the Family Tree of the Marguerite Family on Ancestry.com.  It is an extensive tree, but with very few records attached to it online.  Much of it appears accurate at first look.  It appears that they know about Paul de Launay and Olive, but not Mabel.  They don’t seem know about the Carr Family, but do have three “Living de Launay” under Paul & Olive, and so it’s difficult to tell what they know for sure.  They also do not seem to know about the Caillebotte descendants, but know about the Clouet side.  They do not have the Valpinçon descendants of Jean-Baptist, which leads to cousins Philippe, Michel, Elizabeth, & Monique, but does know about the ones of Augustin Renè de Valpinçon (which leads to Paul and Hortense Valpinçon).

I have sent a message to our “Marguerite” Family cousins in the hopes of a response.  Updates to come when they are available.

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En français:

J’hésite à utiliser “Nouveaux ancêtres ont trouvé” un titre pour l’article d’aujourd’hui, depuis à peu près chaque jour, il serait probablement semblent appropriées, mais depuis que j’ai découvert un filon de l’information aujourd’hui, il semble particulièrement.

J’ai commencé à la recherche de plus d’infos sur Paul, Jules et Gaston de Launay sur Ancestry.com. Puis je suis passé à un peu à la recherche de quelque chose avec le nom de Valpinçon. C’est alors que j’ai trouvé beaucoup d’informations dans les Archives françaises du National de Paris, en ligne grâce à Ancestry.com.

Une des premières choses que j’ai trouvé était l’acte de naissance d’Auguste Boissière, qui était le fils d’Anne (Valpinçon) Boissière. Anne (née le 4 septembre 1771) était la fille de Gabriel Hippolyte Pinson de Valpinçon (mort en 1830) et son épouse Anne Julie Féron (1745-1831).

Anne (Valpinçon) Boissière a été la marraine de Jules de Launay, selon l’acte de baptême du 9 décembre 1813, à la Saint-Denis du Saint Sacrement Église catholique située au numéro 68, rue de Turenne, à Paris. cousin germain de Jules de Launay, Jules Valpinçon, a été répertorié comme son parrain, en plus d’être son homonyme. Pasteur Paul Quinson de Sainte-Denis a eu la gentillesse de rester ouvert assez longtemps pour moi d’obtenir une photo de l’acte de baptême. Une photo en basse résolution de celui-ci apparaît à droite.

J’ai aussi trouvé des preuves de la date de naissance de Paul Valpinçon et son fils, Henri. Tous deux sont nés à Paris. J’ai trouvé la date du mariage de Paul Valpinçon et Marguerite – à Paris. J’ai trouvé la date du mariage d’Hortense Valpinçon et Antoine Jacques Fourchy – à Paris. Dans ce dossier mariage entre Hortense et Jacques, j’ai également trouvé les noms des parents Antoine Jacques Fourchy: Paul et Marie Mathilde Fourchy Chapellier mariés le 25 août 1858. Cela m’a d’abord conduit à les noms des grands-parents maternels de Paul, Louis Edmond Chapellier et Marie Trudon, et enfin ses grands-parents paternels, Jules Antoine Fourchy et son épouse Anne Céline Pincon de Valpinçon.

Attendez une minute, Anne Céline Pinçon de Valpinçon? Oui, plus de famille Valpinçon que l’on monte l’arbre généalogique. Cela rend l’arbre un peu plus vertical.Cependant, quand je suis arrivé à Anne, j’ai aussi trouvé l’arbre généalogique de la famille Marguerite sur Ancestry.com. Il s’agit d’un massif d’arbres, mais avec très peu d’enregistrements qui s’y rattachent en ligne. Une grande partie de celui-ci semble exacte au premier coup d’oeil. Il semble qu’ils savent à propos de Paul de Launay et Olive, mais pas Mabel. Ils ne semblent pas connaître la famille Carr, mais avons trois «Vivre de Launay» en vertu de Paul & Olive, et il est donc difficile de dire ce qu’ils savent à coup sûr. Ils ne semblent pas connaître les descendants Caillebotte, mais savoir sur le côté Clouet. Ils n’ont pas les descendants de Valpinçon Jean-Baptiste, qui conduit à des cousins Philippe, Michel, Elizabeth, et Monique, mais ne savent sur ceux d’Augustin René Valpinçon de (ce qui conduit à Paul et Hortense Valpinçon).

J’ai envoyé un message à nos “Marguerite” cousins de la famille dans l’espoir d’une réponse. Mises à jour à venir, quand elles sont disponibles.

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6 Feb 2011 – on my break during my flight to Athens.

Fourchy Cousin.

On Appendix page A64 in Volume 3 of my uncle Julot’s “Jules and Paul de Launay” (pub.  1985), he reprinted page 268 of The Christian Standard dated 18 September 1880 in which Jules Delaunay (born 1813) wrote “Among these, my honored cousin, Monsieur de Fourchy, Advocat General of Paris, who, on the 2nd of July last, and followed by 123 other magistrates, tendered their resignations so that they could not be forced to enforce the decree against their consciences.”

What I find important in this passage entitled “Notes from Paris” is Jules mention of his cousin “Fourchy”.  In 1849, there is also an “Antoine Jules Fourchy” listed as a witness attending the marriage of “Benoit Jacques Polinice Pinçon de Valpinçon” on Appendix A76 in Vol. 1 of the same series.  His occupation was listed as “notary”, and may be the same “cousin” Fourchy whom Jules refers to in September 1880.  The only other Fourchy I have found in our tree thus far is Jacques Fourchy (no dates), the husband of Hortense Valpinçon (died 1946).  She is the same Hortense painted by Edgar Degas in 1869-1870 as a young girl.  I cannot determine who the Fourchy cousin is for certain, or how he might be related.  I suspect he is the husband of a Valpinçon daughter, and hope that my cousin Philippe Valpinçon in Normandy may lead me in the right direction, if I am unable to find a historical record of the names of the Advocats General of Paris.

{footnote: Benoit Jacques Polinice Valpinçon is the son of Jacques Valpinçon, grandson of Ann Julie Féron, and great-grandson of Thomas Féron, and so would have been the 2nd cousin to Jules Delaunay, who would have been in the U.S. by this time.}

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En français.

6 février 2011 – sur ma pause lors de mon vol pour Athènes.

Fourchy Cousin.

Sur la page Annexe A64 dans le volume 3 de mon oncle Julot de “Jules et Paul de Launay» (éd. 1985), il reproduit la page 268 du Christian Standard daté du 18 Septembre  1880 dans laquelle Jules Delaunay (né en 1813) écrit: «Parmi ces choses, mon cousin honneur, M. de Fourchy, Advocat général de Paris, qui, le 2 Juillet dernier, et suivie par 123 autres magistrats, ont présenté leur démission afin qu’ils ne pouvaient pas être contraints d’appliquer le décret contre leur conscience.

Ce que je trouve important dans ce passage intitulé «Notes de Paris” est Jules mention de son cousin “Fourchy”. En 1849, il ya aussi une “Antoine Jules Fourchy” répertorié comme un témoin comparaissant le mariage de “Benoit Jacques Polinice Pinçon Valpinçon de” l’Annexe A76 dans le vol. 1 de la même série. Son occupation a été répertorié comme «notaire», et peut être le même “cousin” Fourchy qui se réfère à Jules en Septembre 1880. Le seul autre Fourchy J’ai trouvé dans notre arbre est à ce jour Jacques Fourchy (aucune date), le mari d’Hortense Valpinçon (mort en 1946). Elle est la même Hortense peint par Edgar Degas en 1869-1870 comme une jeune fille. Je ne peux pas déterminer qui est le cousin Fourchy est pour certains, ou comment il pourrait être lié. Je pense qu’il est le mari d’une fille Valpinçon, et j’espère que mon cousin Philippe Valpinçon en Normandie peut me conduire dans la bonne direction, si je suis incapable de trouver un historique des noms de l’Assemblée générale Advocats de Paris.

{Note: Benoit Jacques Polinice Valpinçon est le fils de Jacques Valpinçon, petit-fils de Ann Julie Féron, et petit-fils de Thomas Féron, et aurait donc été le cousin du 2 au Jules Delaunay, qui aurait été aux États-Unis à cette époque .}

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Caillebotte Descendants

I have been corresponding with someone named “Mio” from Japan who is apparently a fan of my cousin Gustave Caillebotte and operates the web site:  http://www.Caillebotte.net.  I found an unusually accurate genealogy there.  I say unusually, because from my own research, I have not found anyone other that this to have such information that generally only families are privy too.  After some back-and-forth emails over the past several months, I finally got the source of the information:  Jean Pierre Toussaint.

Mio wrote, “He is not a cousin though he has a passion for Caillebotte.  He lives in Yerres and works for the Caillebotte Park there.”  Mio said that he may have gotten the tree information from someone else who works there or from a French book called “Dessins et Pastels” which Jean Pierre said he had.  I wrote Jean Pierre today and hope to hear back from him soon.

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En français.

Descendants Caillebotte

J’ai correspondu avec quelqu’un du nom de «Mio» en provenance du Japon qui est apparemment un fan de Gustave Caillebotte et exploite le site Web: Caillebotte.net. J’ai trouvé une généalogie inhabituellement précises là-bas. Je dis exceptionnellement, parce que de mes propres recherches, je n’ai pas trouvé quelqu’un d’autre que ce à disposer de ces informations que les familles en général seulement sont au courant aussi. Après quelques emails de va-et-vient au cours des derniers mois, j’ai finalement obtenu la source de l’information: Jean Pierre Toussaint.

Mio a écrit, “Il n’est pas un cousin mais il a une passion pour Caillebotte. Il vit et travaille à Yerres pour le parc Caillebotte là-bas. “Mio dit qu’il peut avoir obtenu l’information sur les arbres d’une autre personne qui y travaille ou d’un livre français intitulé « Dessins et Pastels “que Jean Pierre a dit qu’il avait. J’ai écrit Jean Pierre aujourd’hui et j’espère avoir des nouvelles de lui bientôt.

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