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Notes for Pierre MACABREY

Pierre Macabrey is titled in at least one source as le Voëble de Franquemont. Voëble, from the German Weibel, signifies a civil servant or minor seigniorial officer with various duties, such as summoning litigants, collecting fines and carrying the baron's official letters.

Franquemont is an ancient barony on the banks of the river Doubs, dominated by the castle of Franquemont. It comprised the river banks from le Theusseret to Le Moulin du Plain, the valley, hamlets, mills and villages of Gourgouton, Montbaron, Vautenaivre, Beaujour and Goumois. After the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the Swiss part of the ancient Baronie d´Franquemont formed the community of Goumois in Switzerland (Canton Jura), the French part, on the other side of the river, formed the community of Goumois, Doubs in France (Département du Doubs).

Pierre had a brother or first cousin, Germain Macabrey, who appeared in a donation record on 1 Aug 1673. This was probably the same Germain Macabrey who was recorded as living in Damvant, Jura, Switzerland about that same time.

Hon. Pierre Macabrey and Germain Macabrey were listed among 41 persons who contributed money to the Wages Department of the Parish of Goumois in 1673. The amounts contributed were 37 sols and 9 sols, 6 deniers, respectively.


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