According to Lourene Criddle, family historian of the Foutch family:
"Most of the Foutch family members descend from Hugh Fouche, who came from France. They were French Huguenots in the 17th century. Over time in America some descendants spelled the name Fouch, Fouche, but most spell it Foutch.
They do not descend from royalty that I know of. Napoleon's Minister of Police was Joseph Fouche, but he was born in France about 70 years after the first Fouches were in America. Napoleon made him Duke of Otranto, and there still is a Duke of Otranto who lives in Sweden."
In addition, here is an excerpt taken from the Foutch Family History website:
The Fouch-Fouche-Foutch Family Progenitor
The progenitor of many of us in the family was Hugh Fouch(e), who spent most of his life in Loudoun County, VA. Born in America in 1696, he married Mary Perkins (Parkins) of Bucks Co, PA about 1720. It hasn't been established whether they were married in Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Isaac Fouch(e) was the firstborn of Hugh and Mary Perkins' children. He married Mary McDowell, and together they had twelve children. Although their marriage record has not been found, their first child, Thomas, was born in 1755. Isaac was 34 years of age and Mary was eighteen.
Perhaps the most special document found in our research is the Bible started by Mary McDowell Fouch. The flyleaf is dated 1793, about the time of Isaac's death. The Bible is now in the possession of Donna Bell, a descendant of Isaac's grandson, William.
Shortly after his mother's death Thomas Fouch wrote: "Our Ancestors were French Protestants. They fled from Britannia in France, after the Revocation of Nantes by Louis the XIV. The Family name was de la Fouche. Hugh Fouch was born in America about the year 1696 and departed this life the 29th of Sept. 1780. (He married Mary Perkins, her Family resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania) Their first Son, Isaac Fouch, was married to Miss Mary McDowell, whose Parents were from Armagh in Ireland, they were Protestants. I remember her Grandmother, Mrs. Mary Varnor, she lived to the age of more than 90 years, and never wore Spectacles. She read much, and taught many children to read, one which was my Wife's Mother.
Isaac Fouch, Sen. departed this life the 17 day of July 1794. Age 73 years. Mary Fouch, his widow, departed this life the 30th of Sept. 1824, Aged 87 years.
(Signed) Thomas Fouch
October 24, 1824
Incidentally, I wrote to the French Duke of Otranto, who resides in Sweden in a castle. Unfortunately, he never responded to my general query about the Foutch family history, which was rather disappointing since I was anxiously awaiting for his response; but I digress.
My Foutch family history is as follows:
I found the Irish FOUTCH ancestor that my grandmother had mentioned! Her name was Maggie and she was married to Willie Williams.
Do you happen to know anything about Maggie FOUTCH or whether or not she's relate to the Duke of Otranto or any of the FOUTCHes that you've researched?
Maggie Foutch was m. to Willie WILLIAMS and they had, at least, a child named Cornie Brown WILLIAMS, who in turn, m. a Hamby. Here's the information in paraphrased form (I have Maggie FOUTCH in bold):
The Hambys may have emigrated from France; however, this is mere conjecture. The Hamby surname comes from a place-name in Great Britain (i.e., England) called Hamby. The Hamby place-name in England was named in honour of the Hamby Castle in Normandy, France. One of my ancestors is the very late Joel Thomas Hamby, who was born 14 May 1830 in Georgia. He was married to Martha Emaline Masters. Their sixth child, one of my ancestors, was Almarene Richard Hamby, who was born 24 January 1868 in Arkansas. Almarene's father, Joel Thomas Hamby, later died 2 March 1910 in Arkansas. Almarene Hamby, son of Joel Thomas Hamby and Martha Emaline Hamby nee Masters were married 25 February 1891 in Oklahoma to Martha Amanda Thomas, dau. of Elisha Thomas and Harriet Thomas nee Baker. Almarene Hamby died 19 January 1918 in Yarnaby, Bryan County, Oklahoma and was buried at the Yarnaby Cemetary in Yarnaby, Bryan Co., OK. Almarene and Martha Thomas had other issue: their (2) child was Earl Orsus Hamby, who was born 4 October 1893 in Batesville, Cleburne County, Arkansas (near Floral, AR). He was married to Cornie Brown Hamby nee Williams, dau. of Willie Williams and Maggie Foutch.
Unfortunately, besides the information and newsletters that Mrs. Lourene Criddle, family historian of the Foutch Family website sent me, I do not have any further information, as of yet, on the Foutches.
Please let me know if you learn anything else about your Foutch family history because they seem to have an interesting history!