TCP...This is from the British des Marets family, from where we shared a common origin; It appears online here:http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/surnames.demarest/285.2/mb.ashx
The word Marez has these variations:Marès or Marés,desmarets, demorree, and about 50 more variations..
Martz France is about 25 miles north of Paris..Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais..Department Nord...Arrondissement Cambrai
Boullion was on the border with France...the border shifted several times and it is now in Belgium..
"In the Middle Ages Bouillon was a lordship within the Duchy of Lower Lorraine" thus putting it squarely in the same provence as Martz. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouillon
I have passed your post on and waiting a reply from one of the US family members who is up on the current research.
Many kind thanks for all your help.
"EARLY GENEALOGICAL RECORDS
The earliest records of the desMarets family go back to about the sixth century and it is understood that these records were compiled by Louis the XIV of France to authenticate the lines of the nobility of France and are in Paris. The records herein printed, were developed originally by Jacques Joseph de Maretz, representing the Roman Catholic, South Netherland branch, and by Louis Trip de Marez representing the Protestant, North Netherland branch, in 1732. The family is recorded as having sprung from the house of the barons of Bousis, peers at Cambray, bearing in azure a cross argent.
I. Jean, Lord of Bousis, lived in the first half of the 11th Century married a sister of Eustace, Lord of Picquiguy, in Picardy, and had a son Baldwin, who became the first Lord of Marets, a fief comprising the town and vicinity of Marets, near Cambray."
II. Baldwin I, Lord des Marets, is mentioned among the nobles who took part in the Tournament of Anchin, in 1096, the original call-roll of which has been preserved. This tournament was preparatory to the First Crusade, and Baldwin took part in this crusade. His wife was Alice de Tyrel, sister of Allard de Tyrel, Lord of Poix , in the Land of Cambray, living at Cambray .
The participation of Baldwin (I) des Marets in the First Crusade can be proven historically. His name appears enrolled among the participants in the Tournament of Anchin, in 1096. Anchin was a Convent situated on a small island in the river Scarpe. Here Anselllm, Duke of Ribemont and Valenciennes, called together the chief nobles of his vicinity for a brilliant tournament, shortly after Peter of Aamiens had preached the crusade. All participants in the tournament took solemn oath that they would go on the crusade. The document of this oath still exists. Its text has been published in the original Latin, together with a French translation, in : 1'Histoire Genealogique de la Maison de Neufville, by A. C. de Neufville, 1859. The French text can also be found in: Dutilhoeul's "Petites Histoires de Flandres et d'Artois."
The deeds in Palestine of further members of the des Marets family of Cambray and Cambresis have been described by William, Archbishop of Tyre, in Phoenicia, who lived in the time of the 2nd Crusade and who was an eyewitness to many happenings, in his: "Historia Belli Sacri a Principibus Christianis in Palestine et in Oriente Gesti."
This work, after having existed in manuscript for many generations, was finally printed for the first time at Basel in 1549, and again, its Latin text accompanied by a French translation in 1844, by the "Academie des Inscriptions." A copy of this beautiful book is in the Royal Library at The Hague, Holland. It gives details about Baldwin II, des Marets, and his brother, Reginald, son-in-law of Josselin de Courtenay, Count of Edessa.
In Chapter XIV it is described how Baldwin des Marets in a nightly expedition accompanied Joselin with his horsemen, and how they crossed the river before Edessa. After the re-capture of Edessa by the Christian army, Baldwin des Marets was in command of the forces which operated in Northern Palestine, on the western borders of the county of Edessa and the northern portions of the County of Antioch, mainly for the protection of the road used by the Crusaders on their way to Jerusalem. A station on that road was named "Maresia," for the commander. Maresia, however, was never a separate county of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Formerly the name of the place had been "Germanica Caesarea," so named for Caesar Germanicus. In the mouth of the Turks, "Maresia" has become "Marash".
III. Baldwin II, Lord des Marets, received for his bravery in the Holy Land from the King of Jerusalem, in fief the city of "Rhosas," in Palestine which fact according to Lyle Carpentier's named genealogy caused his ancestral Arms to be augmented with four roses, or. These completed Arms, at least the shield , seem to have occurred on a medal, which is mentioned in the Will of Baldwin's great-grandson, Baldwin des Marets, Lord of Sorick. (The original Will is still in possession of the descendants of Jean des Marets (1518-1604), the de Marez-Oyens family at Amsterdam. It had in 1656 still the seven original seals, of which at present only one is left intact.)
Le Carpentier , in his work, "Histoire de Cambray," quotes the work of William, Archbishop of Tyre, folios 861, 896 and 900, so as to prove that this Baldwin des Marets, together with the Count of Edessa, Josselin de Courtenaay, re-occupied the City of Edessa in 1142, taking it from Sultan Noradin, and that Baldwin fell against the Turks in 1145.
Baldwin's younger brother, Reginald des Marets, is also said to have gained possessions in Palestine, the fief named "Maresia" after his hometown of Marez. This Reginald des Marets married a daughter of the Count of Edessa. His widow, after he had died without issue, remarried with Almaaarick, Count of Joppe, who in 1162 became King of Jerusalem. The above-named Will mentions Reginald's sword, which was given to him by his father-in-law, the Count of Edessa.
Baldwin II, Lord des Marets, married with the daughter of Eustace Grener, Constable of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Lord of Sydon and of Caesarea, in the Holy Land. Their sons follow."
IV. Baldwin III, Lord des Marets, was the youngest son of Baldwin II and his wife,- - - - - Grener. After his two elder brothers had fallen in battle against the Turks, and after all his possessions in Palestine had fallen in hands of these "infidels," he returned to Cambresis, the land of his fathers. Some of his ancestral lands there he bequested to the Abbey of Saint Aubert, at Cambray. His wife was Melisande de Beauvoise. They had three sons.
1. Baldwin (IV), who follows below,
2. Goswin, who died in Palestine, and
3. (?) , whose direct line died out in the third generation
V. Baldwin IV, Lord des Marets, inherited his father's possessions in the Land of Cambray. In 1233 he gave these lands to the Abbey of Vaucelles and went to Palestine. There he fell in the battle of Ascalon, in 1239. He had married Gillette de Jauche, daughter of Simon de Jauche, Governor of Cambray. They had the following sons:
1. Baldwin, who follows below,
2. Hugo, who still possessed his great-uncle Reginaldâ€™s sword,
3. Jean, who became bailiff of Creveceur.
(The Act of Indemnity by which this last named Jean des Marets relinquished his rights to his paternal estate, leaving them to his eldest brother, Baldwin, is dated July 31, 1287. The original is with other family papers still in possession of the de Marez-Oyens family at Amsterdam, descendants of Jean des Marets (1518-1604).
"VI. Baldwin V, Lord des Marets, knight, was Lord of Sorick, Maretz, Vilers, Chesneaux, Hurtebise and Flechin. His will has been mentioned above. His wife was Ermegarde de Rambures, whose mother was of the house of Walincourt. They had five sons, three of whom are known:
1. William, who follow below,
2. Godwin, whoâ€™s direct male line died out in the 4th generation.
3. Hugo, who seems to have become the ancestor of the des Marez branch of Arras, bearing five, stead of four roses.
"VII. William des Marets, 6th Lord of Marets, Lord of Loges and Cheneaux, is mentioned, according to Le Carpentier, in Charters of the years 1293, 1331, and 1335, respectively to be found in the archives of the Abbey of Saint Aubert, at Cambray, at Walincourt, and at Verger Abbey.
His wife was Guiote de Hames, daughter of Walter de Hames, who in 1272 was bailiff of Courtenay, (Of this family came the well-known Nicolas de Hames, herald of the Golden Fleece, a Protestant in the eventful days of the beginning of the rebellion of the Netherlands against the tyrant Phillip II).
In 1293 William des Marets sold much of his land located near the Abbey of Saint Aubert. Of his marriage two children are known:
1. Baldwin, who follows below, and a daughter,
2. (?), who became the wife of Wigbold of Esquencourt.
VIII. Baldwin VI, 7th Lord des Marets, knight, Lord of Hurtebise, of half-Flehan, and of Eth, in Henault.
He married Agnes de Forest, daughter of Herbert de Forest. He died in the year 1331, and his widow in 1335, as appears from the above-mentioned Charters, in which also William, his father, is named.
This couple had five sons and two daughters. Of the daughters, the eldest became a nun. The youngest married with Jean de Lamelin, Lord of Fasnieres, in Henault. The sons were:
1. Baldwin, who follows below.
2. Jacques, Lord of Camerin, in Aartois,
3. Jean, Lord of Autrep,
4. William, Lord of Bossu, in Picardy, and of Fleurbay,
5. Pierre, who settled in Flanders, and whose direct line died out in the second generation.
The name Jacques des Marets, Lord of Camerin, changed his ancestral Arms, adding to it a chief azure charged with three roses, or. His brother, Jean des Marets, Lord of Autrep, also changed his Arms in manners following: quartered: in 1 and 4, in azure a cross argent; and 2 and 3, in azure four roses, or.
IX. Baldwin VII, 8th Lord des Marets, Lord of Hurtebise. His tomb is in the Church of Saint Andrews, at Catteau Cambresis.
He had for wife Jacqueline de Ranchicourt, lady of Remes, and of la Vacquerie. They had two sons:
1. Jean, who married a daughter of Walter (VI) of Enghien, and who left no issue. This Jean des Marets died of grief upon the news of the death of his friend, Sohier, Count of Brienne, second Duke of Athens, who had been beheaded at Quesnoy at the command of Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Henault and of Holland, in 1366.
2. Baldwin, who follows below.
X. Baldwin VIII, 9th Lord des Marets, Lord of Eth and Hurtebise, by inheritage from his father, and Lord of Remes and la Vacquerie, by inheritage from his mother, became by purchase Lord of Farbus, in Artois.
He married Emma de Neuville, lady of Carnin, in Artois. He died at Cambray, in 1395, leaving one daughter and two sons:
1. Baldwin, who married and had only two daughters. His inherited lands therefore after his death were sold or divided.
2. Hugo, who follows below.
XI. Hugo, 10th Lord des Marets, Lord of Farbus, died in 1429.
His wife was Guillemette de Solomnes, of whom he had eleven children. Several of these children, males as well as females, entered ecclesiastical orders, and died unmarried. Two of his sons became founders of branches, namely:
1. Baldwin. He was the great-grandfather of Jean des Marets, who married Martha de Bernicourt, which last-named couple by the genealogists Le Vaillant and the Atteveld and Jacques des Marets (born 1519). (See above).
2. Reginald, who follows below.
XII. Reginald des Marets, Esquire, Doctor of Laws, was a magistrate at Cambray. He marries Agnes de la Saulx, of whom three sons:
1. Jean des Marets, who follows below,
2. Pierre des Marets, who married Agnes Shamart, of whom he had seven children, and numerous posterity,
3. Jacques des Marets, who was Canon of Saint Gery, at Cambray, and who died about A.D. 1500.
XIII. Jean des Marets, Esquire, Doctor of Laws, was a magistrate at Cambray. He married four times: Johanna Rosel, Marie de Franqueville, Catharine Gerardel and Aldegonde de l'Aoust. By his four marriages he had thirteen children; by Catharine Gerardel he had Jacques, born 1480-1500
(I believe at this point ...we still shared these common ancestors)...
XIV. Jacques des Marets, Sr., wife's name not found, had two sons: Jean born c. 1518 and Jacques born c. 1519.
XV. Jacques des Marets, founder of the Demares family in England, was born in the year 1519, and the fact that he was a brother of Jean des Marets, born 1518, founder of the Marees or de Marez family in Holland, has never been doubted. He fled during the religious and political persecutions by the Inquisition and the House of Hapsburg in the Netherlands with his family to Norwich, in England. This probably occurred in 1567. He and his family belonged to the Walloon Reformed Church at Norwich.
Jacques des Marets died at Norwich in 1604, the same year when his brother Jean died at Amsterdam. His wife was Antoinette Suceur.
In a power-of-attorney issued by his widow and heirs in 1604, he is called as having died at the age of eighty-five. This document was in 1732 in hands of Jacques Joseph de Marez se Sancourt, in the Land of Cambray.
From the above named document it appears that Jacques des Marets, of Norwich, England, and his wife, Antoinette Suceur, had three sons, namely: Francois, Pierre (who died before his father) and Jean, of whom Francois de Marets and Jean de Marets with their families were living at Norwich in 1604.
An excellent account of "The Walloons and Their Church at Norwich" is furnished by the late vice-president of the Huguenot Society of London, W. J.C. Noens (1888).