Jean de Noblet
Aged: 54 years
Jean de Noblet is the first of the Noblet / Noblitt line that can be linked directly, generation by generation, to the present family starting with his birth in 1394.
However, there is a record of an earlier line, but the direct link is as yet undiscovered. A Jacques de Noblette, who died in 1092, is the oldest identified forebear of the Noblet / Noblitt family.
Jacques established the family estate at Chaisneys de Tersillac near Falaise, Normandy on lands granted by William, Duke of Normandy (who became King William the Conqueror,) becoming Lord of the Manor. This grant and title were a reward for heroism and leadership in The Battle of Hastings, during the conquering of England in 1066. His brother, also heroic, received vast holdings in England.
Jacques de Noblette married Catherine Framberge in 1068. Jacques and Catherine had one son, Pierre de Noblette. Pierre, born 1074, died 1156, married Robine Mirebel in 1115. Pierre and Robine had one son Alexander de Noblette. Alexander de Noblette born 1128, married Marie Velippiere in 1151. Jean de Noblet is a direct descendant of Jacques de Noblette and was still living at the original Chateau some 300 years after the royal grant of 1068.
In 1420 the British army overran Normandy and entered the village of Falais. They surrounded Noblet Castle, which was confiscated and occupied. In 1432 the English were defeated, and the castle was returned to the Jean and Anne Noblet family.