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a brief family history

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origins of the name d'aprix

peter d'aprix

a brief history

The family fled from their lands in the north eastern part of france, probably around Nancy, because of religious persecution. they were protestants in a predominantly Roman Catholic france. They fled to the German part of Alsace-Lorrain that was Protestant. part of the family decided to brave the dangers of france and went back to their lands where they were killed. the other part moved deeper into Germany, probably Nagold for greater protection. in 1844, surviving members of the family came to the United States, entering at New York Harbor. then moved up the coast to Utica, New York. that then became the base for most of the family, but since wwii, some family has moved South to New York city, New Jersey, Florida, the Carolinas, California, in fact, all over the face of USA and even to Australia.

early history

The earliest ancestor we were able to identify with Roger d'Aprix and Margaret Ernest d'Aprix's help is duc Philippe Isadore d'Aprix. he is a direct descendant. That is unitl the summer of 2006 when I received an email from a very, very distant cousin, Cyrille de LA BARRE de NANTEUIL who is distantly related to Suzanne APRIX de VIMONT (1638-1686) and set me straight due to his extensive research of his own family. Apparently, the first d'Aprix's came from Wales. He lays it out so well I will just quote from his email:-

In "Évocation du passé familial" (Dinard, 1946), Gaston de CAQUERAY wrote that the APRIX family came from Walles to Calais, in Northern France (beside the English Channel), that his pedigree begins in 1406 and that the family was extincted in 1895. In the "Dictionnaire des familles françaises anciennes ou notables à la fin du XIXe siècle" (Évreux, C. HÉRISSEY, 1903, Ist volume, p. 263), Gustave CHAIX d’EST-ANGE said that the APRIX went from Calais to the region of Arques (Normandy) around the middle of the XVth century. But the first of that family we met is Catherine APRIX de GRUCHET who married before 1434 the norman knight John GRANDIN (born in 1406), IInd of the name, of Mansigny in Etrépagny, son of Brunet GRANDIN (1378-1449), of Mansigny, blind since the Azincourt Battle (1415), and his wife Charlotte or TiphaigneANQUETIL. So, the first theory - the CAQUERAYs' one - seems clearly verified.

What's more, on the 21th of july 1667, Jacques BARRIN, knight, lord of LA GALISSONNIÈRE, royal intendent of Normandy, returned a positive verdict about the APRIX's nobility, bringing back their english origin (French people doesn't make difference between English and Welsh) and their transit by Calais.

However, the first ancestor of the family is for me Thomas APRIX, who bought a rent on the 26th of may 1466. On the thursday 3th of januar 1471, he appeared at Auffay-sur-Scie, in the county of Longueville (near Dieppe, Normandy), amongst the bailiwick of Caux and Gisors's knights, before Anthony d'AUBUSSON, knight, of Monteil, counsellor and chamberlain of the king, his bailiff of Caux and commissioner. On the 10 of july 1499, being greenfinch of Eawy's Forest (near Dieppe), he obtained from the baili of Caux and John LE CARPENTIER, his general lieutenant, not to go before the chancery of Arques (near Dieppe), to the assizes of that viscounty.

Thomas APRIX is the third direct ancestor of Marguerite APRIX who married in 1577 John de LARREY. Her father John II APRIX, of MORIENNE and VIMONT (born before 1527, † before 1579), living in the parish of Etables, cohered to the Reform since, in 1562, he was preaching in the burg of Les Ventes-d'Eawy, despite he hadn't any fiefdom there. He married in 1547 at Pommeréval, Katherine BOURGEOISE, daughter of Anthony BOURGEOISE († after 1554), of POMMERÉVAL, greenfinch of Eawy's Forest, ennobled in 1551, and his wife Mary des CHAMPS. Thomas APRIX and Katherine BOURGEOISE had seven childrens of which three married to protestants and one seemed to have been ordained as a catholic priest.

Finally, I would like to tell you the APRIX family name's origine : the welsh or English prefix "Ap" has the same meaning than the scotish "Mac" or "Hop", the irish "O’", the anglo-norman "Fitz", and the french and spanish "de" or "d'", the german "von" and the flemish "van" ; this is a particle, and It can express a filiation, or even a geographic origin. The "Ap" was generaly used before the more famous ancestor's christian name. In the welsh and english family names begining by "Ap", the prefix generaly desappeared, but only by agglutination or apocope. Thereby, with the time, Ap’RHYS became PRYSE, Ap’HUGH became PUGH, Ap’HOWELL became POWELL. So, the APRIX family name is likely to have been originaly wroten "Ap Rick" or "Ap Reece". After several centuries, it is likely that some members of the APRIX family forgeting the origin of their owne family name, added the new particle "d'" which seemed then a sign of nobility, despite it also can belong to commoner families.

So there is our earliest recorded origins. But duc Philippe did come here with is family and he had stayed in Germany or German occupied AlsaceLorrain. the family clearly has a French name (even if it was a bastardization of its origins) but according to the stories passed down, considered themselves to be German preferring German food and beverages and settling into the german parts of town in New York state. but Fredrick (fred) d'Aprix is reputed to have said that the family, when French, fled to live in German occupied alsace lorrain, obviously to flee death at the hands of the Catholic mobs

the rest of the family tried to return home to their French occupied lands after a time in Alsace only to be killed to the last member. albert, one of the original family members to come to the us, used to talk of Isador being from nancy, alsace lorrain.

As Protestants, the family probably their lands near nancy to the much contested region of today's france called alsace lorrain that lies in the north east part of france right on the border with germany. through history the french and germans have been fighting each other for the land. at the same time as they lusted after the fertile lands, they were also fighting over religion- the french for catholics - the germans for protestantism. the people of alsace lorrain like many peoples of france, found themselves torn, sometimes living under the hand of france, other times under the foot of germany. it is thought that most probably the isadore family from the estates, village or region known as aprix had to leave their dukedom, running for their lives and find shelter in the german part of alsace. when it became french again, the moved across the border right into germany at nagold. we are still trying to research this.

This is the information I received from cousin Mary Pfeifer-Shapiro in 2004 by e-mail regarding the family members who lived in Nagold, Germany prior to coming the the US.

"Recently I found the baptismal records for Anna Marie (Mary), Heinrich (Henry), and Carl (Charles) d'Aprix on microfilm from Nagold, Wuerttemberg. Recorded are their given names, parents names, birth dates and times, baptismal dates, town of baptism, witnesses and a reference number for a family book or register.

Philippe Isidor (the elder) had a second wife. He married her after Anna Marie (Mary) died in 1862. Her name was Theresa (I'm not sure of her maiden name yet). In her will of 1886 (Philippe had already died at that point), she is listed as having 5 children. Philippe was the father of at least one of them (although I think 2 of the girls, Julia and Theresa, were twins). The others were 2 females and one male. Theresa D'Aprix (Philippe's second wife) was Catholic and is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Utica. Her daughter Theresa married one of Mary Roller's (my great grandmother's) brothers to become Theresa Roller".

we don't know how long they stayed in germany, certainly several generations since they thought of themselves as german despite their french name. then in 1844, duc phillip isadore bid good buy to his sons (phillip) isadore, henry, albert, chaarles, john, mary and louise as they journeyed from germany to Rotterdam for a new life in the new country, the country of religious freedom, America.

The Atlantic Trip

This is the information I received from cousin Mary regarding the family members who arrived on the ship Edwina disembarking at New York Harbor.

Name:                            Age:     Sex:     occupation:      Country they belong to:          Destination:

Philipp Isidore d'Aprix     39     male      Painter             Wuerttemberg                              USA

Anna Maria (his wife)    30    female                            Wuerttemberg                              USA

Ernestina Louisa            11    female                            Wuerttemberg                             USA

Philipp Isidore                  9      male                              Wuerttemberg                              USA

Anna Maria                     7      female                           Wuerttemberg                              USA

Heinrich                           4       male                              Wuerttemberg                             USA

Carl                              1mo.   male                                Wuerttemberg                             USA

The Edwina departed Rotterdam and arrived in New York on July 31, 1845.  For arrivals 1820-1897 there are 3 different lists (Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820-1846, M261; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820-1897, M237; and Registers of Vessels Arriving at the Port of New York from Foreign Ports, 1789-1919). The Edwina's manifest can be found on the second list, M237.  In CA, I believe the passenger lists and indexs are available at the Los Angeles Public Library, just the indexes at NARA-Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel).

I have received a copy of the Edwina's manifest from the National Archives. The manifest doesn't give a lot of extra information:

Actually I just realized that there was a Carl listed (I can't quite decipher his middle name). This makes sense. I have been seeing Carl D'Aprix (sometimes Charles) and his wife Elizabeth Froelich(sp?) in church records from Utica. He died leaving Elizabeth and 3 children. Carl would have translated into Charles in English. Heinrich would have been Henry. Anna Maria would have been Mary (German custom was to go by middlename generally; the first name was usually a saint's name and could be repeated in a single family). Ernestina Louisa would have been Louisa. The manifest lists that they carried 2 bags and 2 trunks at the end.

I also found a second Edward D'Aprix in Oneida County (Camden at one point) in census records. I am beginning to think that this is the Edward D'Aprix who married my great grandmother Mary Roller around 1891 or 92 (not Henry's son Edward). The second Edward was, I believe, the son of one of Henry's brothers. I'm not exactly sure which yet. The second Edward was closer in age to my great grandmother, married again shortly after she died and my grandfather had been adopted. If he was Henry's nephew, it makes sense. I can only find (so far) one wife for Henry's son Edward, Katherine Roberts as you know. He was living with his father up until he got married. His occupation is listed as a barber in 1900.


early history usa

They landed in one of the major entry ports for Huguenots, New York City, NY.They then brothers (phillip) isadore and henry with their sister mary quickly made their way north to new york state with the other settlers moving up the corridor from new york city along the north/south hudson river to albany, then west along the popular mohawk river that was one of the only routes through the appalachian mountains in the northeastern us. it was also the easiest between me and ga. the erie canal had been built in the 1820's which within 50 years was replaced as the major highway by the railroads.

these two brothers and their sister were probably also drawn to the regions around utica and rome since it has been a center for french huguenots for generations and in their own time, was a well known destination for german families who felt at home with the dutch who had originally settled the region.

most of this is supposition based on probable history. we do know when they arrived and where they settled. we know a lot about the descendents of (phillip) isadore's family since roger and my families descend from his brother henry (1842-1916)and his wife christina. at least we think so! if any of you out there can add to this or correct it, please contact me at .

recent history

the core of the family has stayed in new york state with some drifting south wards to New Jersey, Florida and other states on the eastern seabord. Edward Charles sr., daughter mary moved with her husband lew warner out to california. his youngest son, edward charles jr. spent five years before the us officially got into wwii in england, then during the war in france and germany. after being demobed back in the us, he and his wife, annabelle, and young son, peter, moved to england where they lived until 1978 when they also moved to california. his youngest son michael now lives and has had his family in australia.

there is so much history and so many family members, sons and daughters that we don't have on record. if you can fill out this family tree, please do contact us.

judging by the family tree, the fertility tap in the d'aprix men was either full on or completely off. this could also be just due to lack of offspring information.

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