About Marteyn Poschet
Marteyn POSCHET: Knight Seigneur of Voyaux was born in France.
Claims have been made by some that Francis was born in France, that he was a son of Marteyn POSCHET of London, and descended from the Poschet family of Voyaux, Cambrai, France. No one has ever provided evidence that Francis POSEY of MD is related to Marteyn POSCHET, or indication that his ancestry was French, and not English. No records of Francis POSEY prior to his arrival in VA have been found. In no records in VA or MD did he use the spelling POSCHET. It is has also been shown that the alleged ancestry of MARTEYN POSCHET in France was based on an 18th century fraud to buy a nobility title.
This entry is speculative, and is derived from Chapter one of "The Posey Family in America" by Lloyd Franklin Posey and Betty Sue Drake Posey.
"The Poseys of Europe and the Immigrant, Francis Posey of Maryland."
"The available information at this writing indicates that the origin of the name Posey extends back at least to the early 1400's in Cambrai, France (Jordan, IC:495). The French version of the name was Poschet, pronounced "Po-shay," although its origin is probably Germanic. In their movement to England and to the American colonies in 1636, the name was Anglicized and was spelled in different ways from time to time. Because of the nature of the English language, it lends itself to a variety of spellings for the same sound. The name has been found to be spelled Pose, Pousset, Posset, Possay, Posay, Possey, Posir, Posi, Poesey, Posee, Posie, Possy (George Washington's spelling) and Posey. By the early 1800s, it was generally fixed as Posey."
"In the early 1400s in Cambrai, France, the Baron of Razem was Eustache Joseph Poschet, a knight. The following is a partial line of descent:"
"1. Eustache Joseph Poschet, Baron of Razem, m. Mathilde de Foeleimberg.
2. Their son, Philippe Octabe Emmanuel, Viscount of Razem and Colonel of Infantry, m. Reinelde Elearnore de Montecuculli.
3. Their son, Philippe Theodore, m. Alyde Recharde de Longueville.
4. Their son, Joseph Poschet, Lord of Generet, m. in 1523 Jeanne Marguerite de LaLaing.
5. Their son, Mathieu Poschet, m. Aly de Palayndre, the Baroness of Kerkhoven.
6. Their son, Gilles Poschet, m. in 1551 Jeanne de Ghozee.
7. Their son, Martin Poschet, m. Anne de Colnet."
"The above Martin and Anne are believed to be the parents of Martin and Francois Poschet, the latter being the immigrant, Francis Posey (Jordan, IV:495)."
"The Poschets were Huguenots (French Protestants who suffered extreme persecution by Catholics). Francois or Francis and his brother seem to have been the two who escaped to England. In London, the Church at St. Anthony's Hospital on Threadneedle St. was set aside for the use of the French refugees, in 1546, due to the interest of King Edward VI. The stream of Protestants arriving in London became so great, that eventually many churches were reserved for their use."
"The Threadneedle St. Church burned during the great fire of London in 1666. It was rebuilt, only to be torn down during the 1800s when the congregation was removed to a new church at St. Martin's Le Grand. Many records of the French Huguenot Churches have been lost. In 1867 it was said the 13 volumes of records of the Threadneedle St. Church were preserved at Somerset House in England (Smiles, 114, 270, 368-370)."
"Research done by William Campbell Posey discovered the records of two marriages for Martin Poschet and some records of his descendants. According to this same source, the name of Posey is not to be found in England today, nor are there Poschets in France after 1750 except as founded in descendants of Catherine Therese Poschet who married Louis deLancey in 1723 (Jordan, IV:495)."
"Heraldic authority (Rietstap) indicates that the coat of arms belonging to the Poschet family of France is as follows and as pictured opposite: "ARGENT, A CHEVRON GULES, BETWEEN THREE MULLETS OF SIX POINTS GULES." The Chevron, or v-shaped band, is silver and signifies peace and sincerity. The mullets or six pointed stars are red. Red is said to have been used to denote military prowess. The mullets, some of which are five pointed in other coats of arms, signifies learning, virtue, and faithful service."
"The six-pointed "Star of David" seen presently as a symbol of the nation of Israel, is usually depicted with the lines of two equilateral triangles showing. Rietstap and other authorities make no mention of any connection between the six-pointed mullet of heraldry and the Tribes of Israel. The six-pointed star is seen in the coats of arms of other Gentile families of Medieval times as well as that of the Poschets."