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Cassini III Map On-line

November 25th, 2011 Comments off

In 1744, César-François Cassini de Thury (also known as Cassini III), began the construction of a great topographical map of France, one of the landmarks in the history of cartography. The map that eventually took 70 years to complete has been digitized and is available for viewing on at least two sites that I have found – the first site being the better of the two: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection and Des Villages de Cassini. I was able to find the sections of the map that shows the region of eastern France where my Franc-Comtois ancestors lived. The first image below is centered on the town of Montecheroux from where my ggg-grandfather,  Jean Baptiste Francois Xavier Jeanin-Gaume, emigrated in the 1830’s.

The second image shows the larger area that my Franc-Comtois ancestors hailed from. Click the image to view the detail. In the lower left is Montecheroux which was then in the principality of Montebeliard and is now in France. In the upper right is Chevenez and Porrentruy which was then in the Bishopric of Basel and is now in Switzerland.

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The Chronicles of Montécheroux

September 15th, 2009 Comments off

The following history of the village of Montécheroux in eastern France
is based on a translation of the information found at a French language website called
Accueil Montecheroux.

The first appearance of the name of the village of Montécheroux is in a Charter dated November 1040 which transfers the village’s Romanesque church constructed likely in the 11th century and partly remodeled towards the end of the Gothic era to the Abbess of Baumes-les-Dames. The old name of Montécheroux was Monte Escherolo. In 1136 it became part of the seigneury of Clémont which included seven villages (Clémont, Montécheroux, Liebvillers, Poset, Dampjoux, Villars–sous-Dampjoux and Noirefontaine). In 1241 the Abbey of Lucelle sold the seigneury of Clémont to Thiebaut II of  Neufchâtel-Bourgogne (Switzerland).

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