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52 Ancestors Week 32: A Sketch of Jean Mazeres

Map of Ogeu les Bains, France
The Mazeres house built in the early 1800s
The Mazeres house built in the early 1800s … Source: Jean Mausonabe

 

This weeks theme is to pick one of our 32 3rd great grandparents.  I am fortunate in that I know all but four.  Unfortunately, those four belong to the genealogy black hole known as the Jackson line.  At the rate it is going, they may be empty spot on my pedigree forever.

One of my 3rd great grandparents is Jean Pierre Mazeres.  Jean was born 9 Dec 1794 in the village of Ogeu les Bains which is situated in the southern part of France.  He was the son of Jean Mazeres and Jeanne Penen, both natives of the same village.

Old bakery in Ogeu les bains, France
Restored bakery, Ogeu
Source: Source: By Jean Michel Etchecolonea (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Jean’s occupation was first listed as a cultivateur (farmer).  But at the age of 30 the listings changed and he was noted as a forgeron (blacksmith).

Jean married Catherine Roquebert ditte Sallenave on the 28th of April 1821 in Ogeu.  She was a native of Ogeu and the daughter of Jean dit Casteig Roquebert and Catherine Sallanave.  Her father was also from Ogeu, but I’m not sure where her mother was from.

Church in Ogeu, France Source: By Jean Michel Etchecolonea (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Church in Ogeu, France
Source: By Jean Michel Etchecolonea (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The couple had at least 6 children:  Marie, Jean I, Jean II, Antoine, Marie Anne, and Catherine.  Jean I is my ancestor.

The Mazeres surname began to transform after Jean and Catherine married.  Jean is noted in records with the addition of his wife’s surname:  Mazeres dit Sallanave.  This is the surname that my ancestor’s family used.

Jean died at Maison Mazeres on 1 Jan 1836.  He was only 41 years old.  There is no mention of what he died of, but I believe this is a period where several family members passed away.  Perhaps some sort of illness swept through the village.

Catherine outlived him and died in 1854.

I feel I should know more about this man.  France has been great about getting records online.  Maybe there will be probates or land records that will become available in the future.  I can only hope!

 

 

 

 

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