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Nicknames: "Jean De Cisney", "Jean De Cesne", "Jean Le Sesne"
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Birthplace: Normandy, France
Death: Died in Newberry Township, York Co, PA
Occupation: Skin Dresser (tanner), soldier
Managed by: Elzie Sisney
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About Jean (John) de Cessna

Note: Many Cessna family researchers believe that Jean (1) came to America in 1718 and some believe he never left Ireland. Early Pennsylvania and Huguenot histories and biographies all say Jean (1) came to America about 1718. The only real supporting document is in Cessna's volume 2 from Gwen Cessna Price, which she copied from an old Bible. "John Cessna was born in the year 1692 and died about 1798. This John was born in Ireland and the first that came to America. His father was a Frenchman. John Cessna Bible bought 1791."

These dates and information fit Jean (John) (2), indicating Jean (1) never left Ireland. Until we find other evidence, I plan to rely on this information.

After fleeing France, Jean (1) joined the army of William, Prince of Orange, the head of the Dutch Federated States which were almost constantly at war with Louis XIV of France. There he served under the Huguenot General, the Duke of Schomberg. When William was invited to the throne of England in 1689 to become William III, Schomberg's troops (Jean among them) sailed with him.

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John Cessna, son of Huguenot Jean de Cessna, born 1692 in Ireland By Patti Byers Winget (Ozark, Missouri, 2002) - FHB from page http://irishamericana2c.blogspot.com/ Free Irish Genealogy e-books

From: MEMORIALS OF THE HUGUENOTS IN AMERICA, By Rev. A. Stapleton De Cessna.--Among the heroes of the Duke De Schomburg at the battle of the Boyne, (1690) was a young Huguenot soldier, Jean De Cessna, who remained in Ireland after the forces of William, Prince of Orange, were withdrawn. In 1718 he came to Pennsylvania and located in Lancaster county. (1) Later he removed to York county where he died in 1751. (2) Several of his sons located in Shippensburg as early as 1751, and the later removed to Bedford county, where the family became prominent. John De Cessna, (1718-1800) of Bedford county, was one of the leading men of the Province. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly and Constitutional Convention of 1775, and a Colonel in the Revolution war. His brother, Charles De Cessna, was likewise a Colonel in the war of Independence. The late Hon. John De Cessna, State Senator and member of congress, was a great grandson of Col. John De Cessna. Another son of the immigrant was Stephen De Cessna, who prior to 1750 was a resident of Cumberland county. ______________________________________________________________ John De Cessna was a French Huguenot (protestant.) He most likely came to the English colonies to escape the persecutions and denial of religious freedom enforced by King Louis XIV. Religous wars occurred in France between 1628-1787.

Information on Jean de Cessna (John Cessna I) from "The House of Cessna" by O. Howard Cessna, from theCompendium of American Genealogy, Vol.5, and from "Memorials of the Huguenots in America", pg. 129. Surname also sp. Cissna, Cisna, Cisne, Cesena,Cisney, & Sisney.

According to notes of Scott Cessna, available at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1896683&id=I310: The Cessnas are of Huguenot ancestry and are descended from John Cessna, who came from Southern France. He came to America in 1718 and settled in Pennsylvania after the Battle of the Boyne (1690), in which he participated. John Cessna (Maj. John) who settled in Friends's Cove in 1765, was his grandson. The latter was prominent in the affairs of the county at the beginning of its existence and served three terms as Sheriff. In Rev. Stapleton's "Memorials of the Huguenots" appears as follows: De Cessna - Among the heroes of the Duke Schomburg at the battle of Boyne (1690) was a young Huguenot soldier, Jean De Cessna, who remained in Ireland after the forces of William, Prince of Orange, were withdrawn. In 1718 he came to Pennsylvania and located in Lancaster County. He later moved to York County, where in died in 1751. Several of his sons located in Shippensburg as early as 1751 and then later removed to Bedford county where the family became prominent. John De Cessna (1718-1800) of Bedford County, was one of the leading men of the Province. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly and Constitutional Convention of 1775 and a colonel in the Revolutionary War. His brother Charles De Cessna, was likewise a colonel in the War of Independence. The late Hon. John Cessna, State Senator and member of Congress was a great grandson of Col. De Cessna. Another son of the immigrant was Stephen De Cessna, who prior to 1750 was a resident of Cumberland County.

1. see Pa. Mag. of History Vol.III 2. Will at York, Pa. Will of John Cessna 1., Probated September 30, 1751 Whereas, I, John Cessna, of Newberry, in the County of York, and province of Pensilvenia, being very sick and weak inbody, but in perfect mind and memory, praise be given to God, this sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and fifty-one,Calling to mind ye faility of ye body and desirous to settle my affairs in this world, first of all I recommend my Soul to God that gave it , and my Body to ye Earth to be buried in a Decent Christian manner, and as touching such Worldy goods as it hath pleased God to Bless me with and I bestow in ye manner following first that my just Debts and funeral Charges be payd and next I give and bequeth to my true and loving wife Priscilla one fether bed with furniture belonging thereto one Chest of drawers and all and singular my household goods as also one-third part of the Remainder of my Estate and ye other two-thirdsto be divided Equaly between my Children allowing my s'd wife to use ye s'd Childrens parts for her and their supports as Necesesety Requires during her widowhood, But in case of her second marage to render to ye Children their full shares as before mentioned bearing Interest from the day of her mariage to be payd to them as soon as they come of age. And I make and ordain my true and loving Wife Priscilla and my trusty and well beloved friend Peter Stout to be my Executrix and Executor of this my last Will and Testament and declare this to be my last Will and Testament as Witness my Hand and Seal ye day and year above written. Signed and Sealed in ye presents of us, Stephen Foulk JOHN CESSNA (Seal.) Esther Foulk Susannah Ward Source: Will at York County, Pennsylvania Court Records

Will of John Cessna 1., Probated September 30, 1751

Whereas, I, John Cessna, of Newbery, in the COunty of York, and province of Pensilvenia being very sick and weak in body, but in perfect mind and memmory, of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty-one, Calling to mind ye faility of ye body and desirous to settle my affiars in this world, first of all I recommend my Sould to God that gave it, and my Body to ye Earth to be buried in Devent Christian maner, and as touching such Worldy goods as it hath pleased God to Bless me with I bestow in ye manner following first tha my just Debts and funeral Charges be payd and next I give and bequeath to my true and loving wie Priscilla one fether bed with furniture belonging thereto one Chest of Drawers and all and singular my household goods as also one-third part of the Remainder of my Estate and ye other two-thirds to be divided Equaly between my Children allowing my s'd wife to use ye s'd Childrens part for he r and their supports as Necesesety Requires during her widdowhood, But in case of her second marage to render to ye Children their full shares as before mentioned bearing Intrest from the day of her mariage to be payd to them as soon as they come to age. And I make and ordain and my true and loving and loving Wife Priscilla and my trusty and well be

Sources: 1.Abbrev: General List of Huguenot Immigrants to Pennsylvani Title: Stapleton, Ammon, General List of Huguenot Immigrants to Pennsylvania-In Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with Special Reference to Their Emigration.DeCesna, Jean (Carlisle, PA: Huguenot Publishing, 1901, pp. 147-157; Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1969. Page 151)n Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with Special Reference to Their Emigration.DeCesna, Jeann Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with Special Reference to Their Emigration.DeCesna, Jean. Carlisle, PA: Huguenot Publishing, 1901, pp. 147-157; Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1969. Page 151. Note: Call number: 8935

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s www.ancestry.com 2.Abbrev: Memorials of the Huguenots In America Title: Rev. A. Stapleton, Memorials of the Huguenots In America (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: A. M., M. S., 1901)nnsylvania: A. M., M. S., 1901. 3.Abbrev: York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819 Title: Lineages, Inc., comp, York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819 (database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: York County Wills. Originals housed at the York County Archives)ase online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: York County Wills. Originals housed at the York County Archives. Note: Call number:

www.ancestry.com 4.Abbrev: The House of Cessna Title: Howard Cessna, The House of Cessna (Bedford, Pennsylvania: Press of the Pennsylvania Hawkeye,)e Pennsylvania Hawkeye,.

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Count Jean de Cessna's Timeline

1665
1665
Normandy, France

1. Family Land and Title by Duke William of Normandy after the Battle of Hastings, 1066
2. "Nobility of Normandy" dated 1688 lists a family name as de Cesne. Jean De Cessna may have been of the the following lineage in Normandy, France LE SESNE de MÉNILLES. This is conjecture and needs further research.
3. Jean de Cessna, was one of the heoroes at the battle of the Boyne in 1690 under the leadership of the Duke De Schomburg. English accounts of the battle refer to him as "Count Jean de Cessna," though documentation of nobility is difficult to trace. Some genealogists believe that Jean de Cessna was a direct descendant of William Le Cesne, Chaplin and Secretary to Charles V, King of France. This fact has not been proven.

1690
1690
Age 25
Ireland

Notes:

"This relationship is not proven referring to both the father and wife. There was a John Cessna who married a Priscilla Foulke but many place him as the individual who fought in the Battle of Boyne and was the father of John b. 1692, Stephen b. 1693 and William b 1694. I do not believe this fits a realistic timeline. I along with a small group of researchers, Cheryl Cessna, Krista Cessna and others all have come to the same conclusion independently."

Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/u/t/Diana-Sutor-Greenw...

1690
Age 25
Ireland

Served as a officer in the Huguenot Brigade. Was in Ireland for the Battle of the Boyne, in which he fought as a captain under the Duke de Schomberg for William the Prince of Orange.

About the battle of the Boyne:

http://www.kirkdale113.freeserve.co.uk/battle.htm

1690
Age 25
Ireland
1692
January 20, 1692
Age 27
Ireland
1693
1693
Age 28
Ireland
1695
1695
Age 30
Pennsylvania, Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
1697
1697
Age 32
Ireland
1699
1699
Age 34
Ireland
1718
1718
Age 53
Newberry, York, Pennsylvania

Left Ireland and came to Pennsylvania and settled in Lancaster County.