Hélye Latrobe

Hélye Latrobe

Male Abt 1576 - Aft 1634  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Hélye Latrobe  [1
    Born Abt 1576 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Abt 1602  [2
    Royal Notary, Campsas, France (4 miles east of Monbéqui) 
    Died Aft 1634  [3
    Person ID I6661  mytree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2021 

    Father Mathieu Latrobe,   b. Abt 1533,   d. Between 1599 and 1602, Finhan, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Géraude Calsier 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 16 May 1575 
    • Her marriage was celebrated a short time before May 16th, 1575, the day when her father, a farmer living in Montech, signed the acknowledgement of a dowry for her. On that same day her father made his will, and he died the day after. In her dowry from her father, she received two dresses, a bed, duvet, cushion and sheets ... as well as the sum of one hundred livres tournois, but her father was not able to pay this sum because of "wars". Instead of the silver money he gave six 'razes' three 'coups' and half of land located in the jurisdiction of Montech. Mathieu Latrobe was said to be happy about the land located in the soil called Garonne Morte.
    Family ID F976  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Guilhalmette Maurel 
    Married Bef 1597 
    +1. Ramonde Latrobe,   b. Abt 1598  [natural]
    +2. Mathieu Latrobe,   b. Abt 1600  [natural]
     3. Anthoine Latrobe,   b. Bef 1605  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F2341  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From 1592 he was a Royal Notary in Bessens, then Monbéqui and then Campsas, all within 4 miles of each other. He died after 1634. Hélye Latrobe was the oldest child of Mathieu Latrobe and his second wife, Géraude Calsier. There are many citations about him in the archives so that we may imagine he was a very active man and presumably a key figure in Campsas where he practiced as a royal notary.

      He might be characterized through the following three facts.

      Hélye Latrobe was already married to Guilhalmette Maurel when about 1597 (see #93) her father, Ramond Maurel, a farmer of Campsas, died intestate so that, according to the current rules of that time, she was totally deprived, since her father had divorced, then married a second time and had other children. Moreover, Hélye had bought a piece of land (specified as uncultivated) from his father-in-law, but the official record was not yet signed when Ramond Maurel died. In 1597, in the above mentioned notarial deed signed by his cousin, J. Delatrobe, royal notary of Montbartier, Hélye is said to be "royal notary of Monbéqui". Presumably at that time he and his wife lived in Monbéqui, where his father, Mathieu Latrobe, was born and had died, and we may imagine that he worked at his cousin's notarial office. We think that he went on working the same way later on, with the title of royal notary of Campsas, either at the notarial office of Montbartier or at the one of Campsas, since we have found no archive document produced under his own stamp as royal notary of Campsas. At any rate, Hélye was then in a rather delicate situation indeed. Then from #115 through #120 (1602) we learn that four and a half years later, Hélye received confirmation of the sale of this piece of land by his father-in-law's heirs, and that henceforth he was living in Campsas as royal notary (presumably he had built his home on the piece of land he had bought in "terroir de Labarthe dans la juridiction de Campsas"). Therefore we may conclude that he certainly had great talents as a manager and as a negotiator.

      Furthermore at the end of 1605 and early 1606 (see #144 and #146), Hélye Latrobe, then about 45, provided his young brother, Anthoine, about 20, with his help in marrying Suzanne Garrigues, who certainly was still very young. In addition her father, Jehan Garrigues, had died, after having divorced from her mother, Marguerite Prévensier, who did not consent to the marriage. Moreover Suzanne's paternal uncles, who were her legal guardians, did not consent either. Apparently the marriage had been blessed furtively by a catholic priest, convoked by Anthoine and Hélye Latrobe with the support of Suzanne's cousins and of her late father's second wife, Françoise Lugane. In that matter, indeed Hélye Latrobe, who was 25 years older than his brother, Anthoine (he could be his father!), had surprisingly modernistic behavior, which even today would make many heads of families very concerned. He did not hesitate to take some risks, even though #161 (1609) shows that he was very concerned for his young brother's interests. By the way, the patronymic Garrigues, derived from the Occitan word used to name a kind of small oak tree very common within the area, is well known today in Montauban, since it is the name of its Mayor who welcomed the LIS attendees in his city hall on Friday May 9th, 1997. He may be a descendant of a Suzanne's brother or cousin!

      Lastly, through #192 and #194 (1615) and #196 and #197 (1616), we learn that Hélye and Guilhalmette are the owners of a farm located at "terroir de Lalande dans la juridiction de Corbarieu" ("Lalmede" in #196 is surely a wrong spelling for Lalande), a farm that they had rented for two years to a member of the nobility, Damoiselle Debora Gouin, and which they intended to recover for their own use. Note that in the above four sources his wife is named, although the husband clearly appears as the person mainly concerned. If that means that Hélye treated his wife as an equal, he really was a very modernistic man!

      We also note that at the same time Hélye and Guilhalmette are said to be inhabitants of the jurisdiction of Corbarieu (not inhabitants of Corbarieu). Then looking at today's 1/25,000 map we see a very small place (just a few houses) called La Lande located 1.3 miles N-W of Campsas in the direction of Corbarieu, but nevertheless outside the boundary of Campsas territory. Furthermore 0.2 miles farther to the north we see another small place called "Latrobe". Furthermore again, looking at the old 1/86,000 map established by Cassini in the late 1700's, again 0.2 miles farther to the north-west, we see another small place called "Maurel" (presumably the place where Guilhalmette's father lived): therefore we are now quite sure that the small place with five or six buildings still called "Latrobe", which today belongs to the town jurisdiction of Labastide-St-Pierre, is the place where Hélye Latrobe and Guilhalmette Maurel lived four centuries ago, a place which at that time belonged to the jurisdiction of Corbarieu, although it is near Campsas.

      We understand that, when Hélye was about 55, he and his wife decided to "retire" as a farmer at the same place where they had already lived for years, and where they were to live for many more years (according to #264 Hélye was still alive in 1634), in a place which is still named after him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S95] Michel de Lafon-Boutary, #93 (1597), #102 (1599), #115, #117 & #125 (1602), #144 (1605), #146(1606), #161 (1609), #192 & #194 (1615), #196 (1616), #197 (1616).

    2. [S95] Michel de Lafon-Boutary, #116 (1602), #120 (1602).

    3. [S95] Michel de Lafon-Boutary, #264 (1634).

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