Marguérite de Bettencourt

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Marguérite de Bettencourt

Birthplace: France
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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Daughter of Maciot de Bethencourt, Lord of the Canary Islands and Lerianda de Gardaleme
Wife of Henri de Bettencourt
Mother of Gaspar de Bettencourt; Henrique de Bettencourt, o Francês and Maciot de Bettencourt
Sister of Andre de Bethencourt
Half sister of Rodrigo de Bethencourt; Maria de Bettencourt and Inés Margarita de Béthencourt

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About Marguérite de Bettencourt

33. Marguérite de Béthencourt (Maciot Bethencourt, Regnault, Jean, Jean, Jean, Regnault, Philippe, Jean)37,35,55,136,41,242,229,201,136,41,201,136 was also known as Margarida de Bethencourt.236 She was also known as Margarida de Bettencourt.9,201 She was born circa 1405 of a French mother.243

    The Ascendência e Descendência do Conselheiro Nicolau Anastácio de Bettencourt gives Marguérite de Béthencourt's father as Jean IV instead of Maciot. It also states that Jean IV married a second time, in 1415, to Lerize Guardateme, Princess of the Royal House of the Canarias and Lady of the Island of Lanzarote, Marguérite's mother. In a note, however, it states that various authors give Marguérite's father as Maciot.56 She married Henri de Bettencourt, son of Regnault de Bethencourt (IV) and Felipa de Troyes, at Islas Canarias (uncle and neice (or cousins)).37,41,241,35,55,215,9,56,201,136 She moved to Madeira with her father, sister, and two cousins in 1448.39,43,196

Henri de Bettencourt35,9,43,40,35,55,233,234,12,35,55,175,12 was also known as Henrique de Bethancourt.40 He was also known as Henri de Béthencourt.37 He was also known as Henrique Betancur.235 He was also known as Henri de Bethencourt.236,55 He was also known as Henrique de Bettencourt.237,12,201 He was born illegitimate circa 1390 at France.43 On 9 May 1405 he left with his kinsman Jean de Bethencourt for the Canary Islands.183,238 After 1406 Henri de Bettencourt was Lord of the Islas Canarias.43,239 There has been much discussion concerning whom Henri married. It is certain that he married Maciot's daughter, his own niece, but genealogists differ as to which daughter.

    Suarez and Oliveira judged that he married the daughter of Teguise named Inês Margarida. On the other hand, knowing that Inês married a French nobleman who lived in Lanzarote by the name of Jean Arriete Prud'homme (or Ariete, Arriete, Aeriette, Aristo Prodomo, Pardomo, or Perdomo), some genealogists claim that Henri de Bettencourt and Jean Prud'homme are the same person. They recall that the word Prud'homme was used in the Middle Ages to designate certain magistrates, and assert, without any proof, that such was the case with Henri who took this name from his office. The principal argument in favor of this is that the grandchildren of Henri used, in one case, the proper name of Arriete, and, in another case, the surname Perdomo. However, there is no indication that Henri ever changed his first name to Jean.
    Against this assertion, Bergeron argues that Henri married his niece Marguerite, the legitimate daughter of Maciot and a French woman, and that Jean Perdomo married the illegitimate Inês Margarida. This is the line followed by Portuguese genealogists. An argument in favor of this is the different destinations of the sisters - Teguise's daughter, Inês Margarida, lived in the Canary Islands, while Marguerite moved with her father to Madeira.
    According to Carlos Machado's Genealogies, however, Henri married Lerida Guiardatame and the two became the parents of Maciot and Gaspar.240,12 Henri was in control of the family business in Ávila, Castile while Maciot was in charge of thre Canary Islands. He was ultimately the ancestor of the Ávila Bettencourt family of the Açores.195 He married Lerianda de Gardaleme at France (possible spouse;with no issue. Carlos Machado's Genealogies gives the marriage location as Spain).39,12,136 In 1448 he moved to Madeira.79

Children of Marguérite de Béthencourt and Henri de Bettencourt were as follows:

   *     58  i.   Henri de Bethencourt (II) was born circa 1440 at France. He married Dona Isabel Fernandes Tavares, daughter of Vasco Esteves and Joanna Tavares, at Ribeira Brava. (see # 38).
   *     59  ii.   Gaspard de Bettencourt (I) o Francês was born circa 1440 at France. He married Dona Guiomar de Sá, daughter of João Rodrigues de Sá and Dona Isabel de Sousa, at Lisboa, Portugal, they were married in the house of Dona Violanta, Guiomar's first cousin, wife of the Count of Castanheira. Fructuoso, in his Saudades da Terra, relates an entertaining story concerning the couple: Guiomar de Sá was walking in the Court, making a certain devotion to Saint John, or another saint, expecting that, on the last day, the first man she heard named by the same name would be the husband she would marry, whether he were Portuguese or not. As is the custom of women, or the superstitious, or the intemperate, very desirous of knowing what will happen to them, the devil responds as successor, God permitting that they be deceived by him, or sometimes upheld. It followed on the day and time that Gaspard de Bettencourt was to kiss the king's hand, dressed in green, and on the day before he saw him, Guiomar de Sá heard, a sound coming to her ears, that the man she would marry would be French, and the first time she saw him, he would be dressed in green, as he was. With successes like these, the devil many times deceives many women, they become very superstitious, like this one. (see # 39).
   *     60  iii.   Maciot de Bettencourt (II) was born circa 1450. He married ? Guevara before 1470 at Castile. He married Lesisa Guanartème, daughter of Armide Lacocon, at Islas Canarias. (see # 40). 


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