As I am sure you know, Jean SICARD was the head of the Sicard family estate [seigneurie] located in the region of Albigeois, Haut [upper] Languedoc in the area of the town of Castres near Fauch in the county of Réalmont. Any additional information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. In return, if I can be of any assistance to the French branch searching for their Canadian SICARD de CARUFEL ancestors, please let me know. I was in Albi in the summer of 2001. We took photos of the fief near Fauch but the archives were closed. Sadly the graveyeard of the little Church was moved to accommodate La Mairie. I believe there is a genealogical society in Albi. Would you happen to know the name, address [or email address] of the president? There is also a street named rue des Docteurs Sicard. Would you know anything about that family?
Jean SICARD, it is believed, married a Mademoiselle Doumergue in 1510 in Castres. Their son:
Raymond, the proprietor of the fief of Carufel, was also know as Seigneur or Sieur Raymond Sicard de Carufel. He was recognized as a noble the 15 Aug 1530. His testament is dated 1556. According to an article by Benjamin ulte, "Bulletin des recherches historiques" numéro d'avril 1914, Raymond's testament in 1556 was in favor of his wife, Catherine de Salhayret and their son, Jean. It is believed Raymond and Catherine were married in 1540 in Castres. Their son:
Jean SICARD de Carufel married Anne de Saint-Maurice, on 18 June 1589. Anne was the daughter of the Seigneur de Conolxor Convlx. The marriage procuration was agreed to by Anne's brother, Jean de St-Maurice, seigneur de Conolx. The bride's brother, P. Seigneur of Conolx, is recorded as a witness to the marriage. In 1615 and again in 1621, religious fanatics put fire to the property of Jean Sicard and destroyed the Carufel domaine. On May 10, 1660, Jean paid his respects to Henry IX for the Estate of Carufel. Jean and Marthe's son:
Jean SICARD de Carufel was born bet 1609 and 1613 in Castres. He married Marthe de St Pol [St Paul]16 Jan 1630 in Castres. On March 6, 1639, Jean Sicard de Carufel was made captain of the regiment of Cognac by the Marshall of Chambere. Marthe, the daughter of nobel Abel de Saint Paul, Proprietor (Sieur) of Conneval,made her will on May 11, 1664. in favour of her husband and two sons, Pierre, sieur de Carufel, a Parisien parliamentary lawyer, and Charles.
Pierre SICARD de Carufel was born about 1646 in Castres.Pierre married Marie de Fargues daughter ofJacques, seigneur de Farguettes [and "Bonne" Guerrier?] in 1663. Some sources give the date as "before 1683-12-31" other sources as "5 Dec 1663 in Castres" Two years later after Pierre's mother Marthe had made her will, Pierre and Marie de Fargues' son, Jean, was born. [According to military documents, Jean was 66 in 1732]Following the 1664 to 1667 ordinances revising titles of nobility, Sicard appeared before the Montpellier tribunal and on September 5, 1669, he and his descendants were declared nobles. The act also mentions the fief of Carufel. It is believed Pierre and Marie had at least two children who came to Nouvelle France:
Jean-Baptiste born about 1666 in St-Jacques, Haut Languedoc [this may be Eglise St-Jacques, Castres] and Catherine born about 1688. Catherine, a nun in Ste-Rose de la Congregation Notre Dame, died at 68 years of age. Present were three priests: Jollivet, Poncin and Favard. She was interred in the Chapelle de l'Enfant-Jesus.
At the age of 19, Jean-Baptiste SICARD de Carufel[Pierre and Marie de Fargue's son] joined the Marine Troops under the command of Capitan [Écuyer ] François-Marie-Renaud d'Avesne des Meloizes. The Company, recruited by the new governor, Jacques-René Brisay de Denonville, was integrated into the 500-man detachment. They arrived in Quebec on August 1, 1685 from the port of LaRochelle, France. The first mention of Jean's presence in New Franceis the act in theNotre-Dame de Quebec church register dated 20 January 1686 in which the young nobleman renounced his faith. According to the "Acte d'Abjuration",Jean SICARD, native of the parish of St. Jacques in the city of Castres-d'Albigeois in Haut-Languedoc,a sergent in the regiment of Renaud d'Avesnes des Meloizes recanted from the pretended reformed religion [a fait abjuration de la religion pretendue reformee] before Jean Baptiste DE LACROIX DE ST VALLIER, Bishop of Quebec.Witnesses were: Jacques DEBRISAY DE DENONVILLE, Governor, Lieutenant General of the Army, Quebec and his wife Catherine COURTIN. [The fact that Jean recanted his faith would support the notion he was either a Cathare -- one of the many Albigeois who suffered religious persecution and fled from France c1538-1750 or a Protestant.]