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Didier Remy

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Ivoy, Alsace-Lorraine Province, France
Death: 1556 (62-70)
Lorraine, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Pierre Remy and Jeanne of Liege Remy
Husband of ..... Remy
Father of Francis Remy and Georges Remy

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About Didier Remy

1. DIDIER1 REMY was born Abt. 1490 in France, and died 1556. He married UNKNOWN Abt. 1510. She was born Abt. 1492.

Notes for DIDIER REMY:

Didier Remy's name may have been Didier Rheims. He was enobled September 13, 1554.

Children of DIDIER REMY and UNKNOWN are:

2. i. GEORGE2 REMY, b. Abt. 1511, Ivoy, Lorraine, France.

ii. FRANCIS REMY, b. Abt. 1513.

Didier Remy was ennobled on 13 Sept 1554 and died in 1556. His son George Remy was also ennobled.

The Remy Family of France and Virginia were the ancient French family of Remi (Remy) was originally a tribe of Gaul (Northern France and Belgium). The family was represented in French history by Bishop Saint Remi of Rheims (437-533), Abbot Remi of Strasbourg who died in 768, Archbishop Remi of Rouen who died in 771, the King of the Lombards (750-800), and many other famous people.

ID: I68095737

Death: 1556


Didier Remy was ennobled September 13, 1554. The photostat showing his Arms gives his name as Didier Rheims, his son George Remy and Grandson, Nicholas Remy, and a great grandson, Francis Remond, the latter being ennobled March 2, 1716. Didier Remy died in 1556. Arms: D'or a la fassent d'gueules accompagne au trois mullettes de sable. (A gold field crossed by a red bar, 3 blackbirds, 2 et 1.

The Chronology of the Ancient french family of Remi (Remy)

Souce: Official records of the Louvre, by Jean Geoffrey Patrick, Genealogist of the Institute Hearaldique et Genealogique of Paris, France.

Didier Remy lived at Chelons sur Marne and Vitry en Porthois, Lorraine, from records dated June 10, 1435. He was a descendent, of Didier Remi, King of the Lombards in 750 A.D., and his great grandfather was probably Pierre Remy of Lorraine who was the Tresurer of King Charles IV from 1322 to 1328. A descendent of Didier Rheims ad Arms shown in this photostat of an old picture in the Louvre showing the Arms of Didier Rheims, his son George Remy, Georges son Nicholas Remy and a later descendent, Francis Remy, called Francis Remond in the picture with arms in 1715. Arms of Didier Rheims; Previously described.

The Remy coats of arms in France, Belgium and Germany.

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown

My Ramey family originated from the Remy Surname.

There are many variants of this name.

Reamey, Remey, Ramy, Rame, Reame,Remi, and Ramy.

My Remy ancestors originally came from Lorraine France.

The old district of Picardy is a flat area of northern France just east across the English Channel. The region has been a passageway for armies and a historic battlefield for centuries.

The ancient French family of Ramey(Remy) was originally a tribe of Gaul (Northern France and Belgium).The family was represented in French history:

Bishop Saint Remi of Rheims (437-533) :


"Didier King of the Lombards beseiged the new Pope Adrian I at Rome.

Charlemagne, King of France had married Desiree, sister of King Didier.

Charlemagne became tired of her and sent Desiree home to the King.

which caused bad blood between Didier and King Charlemagne.

As Charlemagne was a champion of the Church of Rome, the Pope, asked for Charlemagnes help after King Didier attacked.

Charlemagne attacked the King of The Lombards and finally beseiged him in his most strongly fortified place, Pavia.

After 8 years of fighting, King Didier REMY surrendered and Charlemagne banished him to a monastary at Liege, Belgium where he ended his days in saintly style.

Abbot Remi of Strasbourg who died in 768:

Archbishop Remi of Rouen who died in 771, and many other famous people:

Many others are listed on this page:

Remy Chronicles

Didier Remy the earliest French Family of Remy that we can connect to our Ramey family was ennobled 13 Sept. 1554 and died in 1556. His son George Remy was also ennobled. George's son Jacques Remy was born in Ivoy in the Department of Ardennes about 1545-7. Jacques Remy became a Huguenot and was killed in Ivoy. His son Pierre Remy who was born about 1600 was also a Huguenot and was killed. Pierre's son Jacques Remy was born about 1630 in Picardy, Lorraine.

Jacques "Jacob" Remy (1640-1721) is the original Immigrant to the Colony of Virginia in the United States. He was a French Huguenot (Protestant) refugee of noble birth, born in Picardy, Lorraine, France, about 1630. He fled France to avoid persecution and arrived in England sometime around 1654.

By the middle of the 16th century, the Huguenots by their numbers and influence had aroused the fears of the Catholic party and the powerful family of Guise. Eight separate religious wars followed. The Huguenot wars ended in 1598, when Henry IV (who had been a Huguenot but who had agreed to conform to the Roman Catholic church) issued the Edict of Nantes. This gave the French Protestants political rights and religious freedom. The Huguenots were still harassed and persecuted from time to time. When Louis XIV revolked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, all protection of law was withdrawn from the Huguenots. Although they were forbidden to leave France, hundreds of thousands fled. They carried French arts, manufacturers, and culture to England, Germany, the Netherlands, and the British colonies of North America.

They were of all social classes, from the peasant to the noble....artisans, cloth-makers, lace-makers, silk-weavers, glass-makers,printers and manufacturers. Their skill, industry and worth secured recognition and prosperity. There is hardly a branch of literature, science and art in which they have not distinguished themselves. Their descendants may still, to this day, be numerously identified by family name. France lost hundreds of thousands of Huguenots who carried industry, intelligence and prosperity, light, truth and happiness to other lands, including America. An equal number of huguenots was killed or perished in their attemps to escape.

The history of the religious persecution of the Huguenots in France, from the massacre of St. Bartholomew to the infamous outrages which preceded and followed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, has been thoroughly documented.

The emmigrants destined for Carolina, landed in Virginia, but the colony maintained a languid existence for a few years only. An act styled, "Concerning Denizations,"[Applies to naturalizing a foreigner] giving encouragement to foreign settlers, was passed by the Colonial Assembly in March, 1657 [1658] (The double date accounts for the crossover between the Julian and Gregorian calendars prior to 1753). It provides that "all aliens and strangers who have inhabited the country the space of ffower yeeres, [four years] and have a firme resolution to make this country their place of residence, shall be free denisons of this colony."

Jacques Remy married, Francoise Haldat,

daughter of Antoine Haldat II, Seigneur de Bonnet, and Madelaine Marchand. Jacques and Francoise fled to England because of Huguenot persecution. Franciose was also a huguenot. During his childhood, and after his marriage to Franciose, he experienced religious persecution by the Catholic government of France.

Because he had left all his posessions in France and could not afford passage to America ,(Jacob) Jacques Remy, a huguenot refugee and a nobleman by birth, was brought to Virginia in 1654 by Nicholas Spencer, Esq., under the indenture system.

Jacob and wife fled France to England, there they found passage as an indentured slave.

In "Original Lists of Persons of Quality From Great Britain To America: Entries from 1606-1702, Nicholas Spencer is Appointed Secretary of the Colony of Virginia, during the pleasure of Charles I(reign 1600-1649) Vol 31. P.6

Francoise started for Virginia under indenture to John Brayton also in 1654, but died at sea. When John Armsby died in 1661 his will stated Jacob Remy living on the land. Jacques(Jacob) (his name was anglicized in Virginia) Remy served his indenture in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Then he worked as a free man for other people until he was able to become a landowner in that county in 1671

He married Mary Spencer that same year. (Possibly his masters daughter)

In the book "First Families of America" on page 683 is a listing: Jacob (Ramy) Ramey ca. 1635-1721, from Picardy, Lorraine, France, 1660, settled in Westmoreland Co., Va., m 1671, Mary Spencer.

Mary Spencer is not the name in the book "Remy Family in America", it is listed as Mary Miles.

This land that Jacob owned was located in the Nominee Forest in Cople Parish near the Nomini River. Jacob died in 1721. Westmoreland deed book 3 p72. Jacob Remy is deeded 200 acres of a 1200 acre tract in Nominee Forest in cople Parish 7-21-1671 Deed book 1, Pg. 403)

He was naturalized September 29, 1680, and became a British subject.

The Naturalization Papers of Jacob Remy "A natural born subject of the French King," took the oath of allegience at Jamestown on September 29, 1680, before Sir Henry Cicheley, Knt., His Majestie's Deputy Governor, etc., and the same was recorded October 8, 1702. State of Virginia, County of Westmoreland, Deed Book 3, p. 94. ;By the Deputy Govr. of Virg.

Also listed in the Original Lists of Emigrants, Vol1-1600 to 1637: vol2-1662 to 1700: john C Hotten, 1874 p 271.

Jacob Remy/Ramey's Naturalization Record

"Whereas, the Kings most Excellant Majesty in his most Special Grace and favour hath been graciously pleased for the greater promotion and propagation of his Majesty's Colony and Dominion of Virga: by Act of Assembly, to enact and declare all Aliens coming into this country and here residing, taking the Oath of Allegience, to be invested with all rights and privileges of any, of his Majesty's natural born subjects within the said Colony and, Whereas by the said Act it is enacted and declared that the Governor and Commander in Chief for the time being in said Colony, by a public Instrument under the broad Seal thereof to declare any Alien or Sovereign being settled and inhabiting this Colony having taken the Oath of Allegience before the Governor and Commander in Chief for the time being to be to all intents and purposes fully and completely naturalized, and the person or persons so approved of and named in the letters Patent to have and enjoy to them and their heirs, the same immunities and rights of and unto the laws and privileges of their colony, and as fully and amply as any of his Majesty's natural born subjects of this colony have or enjoy within the same. Therefore I, Sir Henry Chichley, Knight, his Majesty's Deputy Governor and Commander in Chief, do by virtue of the said Act, hereby certify and declare that Jacob Remy, a natural born subject of the French King, hath taken the Oath of Allegience before me. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Colony Seal to be hereunto affixed. Dated in James City, Sept. the nine and Twentieth, 1680, and in the two and thirtieth year of his Majesty's Reign. He: Chichley.

Recorded: Octavo die Octobris, 1702. Pr: Ja: Westcomb

Civ. Comm. Westmoreland Co., Va.

Copy by Deputy Clerk, Richmond Co., Va. (Adjoins Westmoreland CO.)"

By the time he died in 1721 he left two sons,

William and Jacob Jr., to carry on the family name. Their descendants quickly began to migrate through Virginia to Kentucky, West Virginia, and many other colonies, later to be states.

"Will of Jacob Remy, dated July 1702, proved Dec. 5, 1721; To loving wife Mary, the furniture in her room. To oldest son William, one shilling on demand.To youngest son Jacob, 200 acres of land, the land on which I now live."

Westmoreland Co., Va., Will Book 7, p.254. Also Fothergills Wills p.75.

The following is information taken from legal records of Virginia:

Original List of Emigrants, Vol. I, 1600 to 1637, Vol. 2, 1662 to 1700, by John C. Hotten, 1874 p. 271, Vol. I: "Fra. "Francoise" Rame to Westmorland Co., Va., by John Drayton, 1654." Jacque's wife, Francoise, evidently did not survive the trip to Virginia and he married second in 1671 Mary Miles . He became a landowner in this year and was naturalized in 1680. He died in 1721.

Westmoreland Co., Va., Court Records, Deed Book 5, p.628; "Francis Spencer vs Corderoy Vaughan, July 27, 1715; Deposition of Jacob Remey, that in the year 1661 he carried chains in a survey that was made on the land, which Nicholas Spencer, Esq., his then master, afterward purchased, and lived on by the aforesaid Nicholas Spencer, Esq., and one Richard Wright, etc. We find by the oaths of Mary Taylor, Mary Remey, and the aforesaid JACOB REMEY, that John Armsbys successors did live in the old field a little above where we began the survey, etc., that they (Jacob and Mary Remey) never knew the aforesaid John Armsby, but they heard and always understood that he lived there and that the land was called his, etc."

Forthergills Wills of Westmoreland Co., Va.; p.4; "Will of John Armsby dated 1659". Note; as John Armsby d. in 1659 and above disposition shows Jacob Remy living there in 1661, this places his importation at 1654 or before.

Westmoreland Co., Va., Deed Book 1, p. 403; "Jacob Remey is deeded by William Pierce, 200 acres of a tract of 1200 acres in Nominee Forest in Cople Parish July 21, 1671. Deed recorded Nov. 28, 1671." (Nominee Forest was the wooded land adjacent to Nomini River and its branches.)

Westmoreland Co., Va., Deed Book 3, p. 72; "John Spencer godfather of John Thomas on April 29, 1702, deeds to John Thomas 50 acres of land, being part of 200 acres formerly sold by Jacob Reamy unto my(godfather) father Nicholas Spencer, Esq., dec'd., being in the Nominy forest, bounded as follows; a path leading from Jacob Reamy's to Richard Doziers", also French who lived next to the Remy plantation.

Westmoreland Co., Va., Wills and Adms., by Fothergill, pg.16; "Will of Miles Marmaduke, dated May 16, 1695, proved Aug. 28, 1693: Trustees of my estate; Jacob Remy and Morgan Williams."

Westmoreland Co., Va. Wills, 1654-1800, Marmaduke Miles, Decedent, 16 May 1695; proven 28 August 1695.

My wife ,Jane, home plantation for life; son Christopher residue of estate when 16 years of age; Jacob Remy and Morgan Williams to be trustees of my estate.

Does not mention Mary in his will but appoints Jacob as Trustee. also has two different interpretations of Marmaduke Miles, as Miles Marmaduke, depending on the transcribing .

(Would like to see the original handwriting of this will and see where the accentuations are on this name.)

Westmoreland Co., Va. Deed Book 7, p.336; "Abraham Smith on Sept. 27, 1721 deeds to John Ramey, 50 acres, being part of a deed of 200 acres of land bought of Jacob Ramey, Sr., by Coll. Nicholas Spencer, and afterward made over to John Spencer, Gent., by deed of gift to Abraham Smith, his godson, etc., land commonly called and known by name of Beatles Neck, and bounded on the land of Jacob Ramey, Sr."

The Ramey Family migrated to Floyd County Kentucky and when Pike County was formed from Floyd my Ramey family stayed in Pike County


The Gaul assert they were descended from a common father, Didier, this tradition coming from the Druids.


Year 437 AD:

Bishop St. Remy, son of Count de Leon,

born 437 and died Jan. 13, 533 A.D.,

was Bishop of Rheims County ,

seat of the Gallic Tribe of Remi and physician to the King of Gaul.

The bishop was probably a lateral ancestor and his parents were probably direct ancestors,

but this is not known for sure.

He anointed and crowned Clovis, first King of France, and was ennobled by him in 497. In Remi's honor, the Cathedral of Rheims was built. All but one of the Kings of France were crowned there.



Year Circa 750 AD:

Desidarius, King of Lombardy 750 to 800 AD

(believe to have been a direct ancestor)

He sent his daughter, Desiderata, to be married to Charlemagne,

King of France and later, Emperor of Rome.

Soon, Charlemagne became tired of her and sent her back to Lombardy.

This began the War of the Lombard that lasted eight years. Charlemagne and his father, Pepin The Short, defeated Desidarius at Pavia and sent him into exile at a monastery at Liege.

Charlemagne, also known as King Charles of the Franks, then became King of Lombardy as well.


The following is the earliest confirmed Ancestors for the Ramey Family...


1. Didlier Remy (1485-1556) and wife unknown



Didier Remy lived at Chalons sur Marne

and Vitry en Porthois, Lorraine from records dated June 10, 1435.

He was a descendent of Desidarius (Didlier),

King of the Lombards in 750 A.D., (probably a direct ancestor)

and his great grandfather was probably Pierre Remy of Lorraine

who was the Treasurer of King Charles from 1322 to 1328.

Didier Remy (direct ancestor) was ennobled Sept. 13, 1554.

He was also known as Didier Rheims.

Didier Remy had a son named Georges.

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Didier Remy's Timeline

Ivoy, Alsace-Lorraine Province, France
Age 21
Ivoy, Lorraine, France
Age 23
Ivoy, Alsace-Lorraine Province, France
September 13, 1554
Age 64
Enobled see notes
Age 66
Lorraine, France