Notes for Edmund DuChastel: Will was proved Mar. 25, 1713-14 (Philadelphia Co. PA., Register of Wills Office Book C. p.373, shelf no. 285&1/2). ; photostatic copy in Hist. Soc. of PA., no 285&1/2). The accompanying inventory of his personal property lists it at L506 16s. 11d.
1 Note: Blangerval is the name of a small village in the Department du Nord (northern France)in the historical region of Artois(very close to Flandres, and the Belgian border). It means Blanger valley. There is also a Blangermont(which means Blanger Mountain). Blanger is probably a corruption of the french "Blangy" which is also found in the region. If you get a very detailed map, such as a Michelin map of the Department du Nord, first find the seaside town of Le Touquet-La Plage(about 15 miles south of Boulogne-sur-Mer)and follow the river Canche up to Blangerval. If you get to Flers, you have gone a bit too far. The Seigneurie(manor)of Blangerval was elevated to the dignity of County in 1664, and hence the title of Count for the du Chastel(van den Casteel) de Blangerval family. 2 Will: APR 1702 Note: "Philadelphia ye Day of Aprill 1702 The Last Will and Testament of Edmond Du Castell being in health and perfect memory and extending to take a voyage to sea not knowing how it will please God to Dispose of me... give to my brother Adam Boone one Silver Spoon and unto Eve daughter to John and Mary Jordon (?) one Silver Spoon & unto Each and Every of my Brothers and Sisters . . . one Gold Ring . . . Item ... unto Christian Du Castell my well beloved Wife all my estate Both Real and personal in whatsoever part or parts of the World they they shall happen to be situate in & besides what shall happen to be in this province. (signed)
Edmond Du Castell (Wax Seal Broken)
This will was proved Mar. 25, 1713-14 (Philadelphia Co. PA., Register of Wills Office Book C. p.373, shelf no. 285&1/2). ; photostatic copy in Hist. Soc. of PA., no 285&1/2). The accompanying inventory of his personal property lists it at L506 16s. 11d.
1 Occupation: At the close of the seventeeth century the port of Philadelphia was a veritable haven for the pirates that preyed upon the Spanish and French shipping in time of war under letters of marque; and in time of peace on any ship they dared board. It was the practice of wealthy Philadephians to outfit ships with arms, rum and supllies and send them to the pirates of Madagascar who could offer in exchange the cargos taken from India merchantmen. So great was the complaint of Colonial shippers that the Admirality sent Captain Thomas Robinson from England with a commission to put an end to piracy in Philadelphia. The report of the commissioner to has superior, the Earl of Romney, describes his visit to Philadelphia on June 6. 1697, and complains of his lack of success in "That there were warrants out for apprehending Charles Goss, Edmond Duke Castell, George Thompson, Adam Birth, and James Miller and Pyrates notwithstanding which they were publickly and dayly seen up and down the streets of Philadelphia without any notice taken of them.("Archives of Maryland," vol. 23, page 161; Vol. 25, page 569.) 'The Pyrats were much alarm'd at that time," wrote Matthew Vanderheydens on July 15, 1697, "beingI was tould Occasion'd by Captain Thomas Robinson his Comming up there with some Commission to call them to Accot... Ibid, Vol. 23, page 163.) JUN 1697 Philadelphia, PA 1 Residence: Philadelphia, PA Note: The Du Chastel home in Philadelphia was located on Front street at Morris Alley, now called Gatzmer street, adjioning the home of the first Anthony Morris in what was then a fashionable district of the city (Philadelphia Co. deeds, book Book E., No. 2, L.A., page 171; Book E, No. 3, pages 50, 245; deed in Exemplification Record, Vol. 7, page 78; R.C. Moon, (The Morris Family of Philadelphia," Vol. 1, page 46). From the inventories of the estates of the Captain and his widow it appears that their residence was a comfortable two-story dwelling with a room for the servants on the second flor. In size and style it probably resembled the Morris mansion described by Dr. Moon, as the 1693 assessment for the two neighbors was the same, L800 (Pennsylvania Magazine," Vol. 8, Page 87 etc.). As judged by the assessment of that year there were but four colonists possessing greater wealth than Captain Du Chastel and Anthony Morris.
3 Occupation: During Queen Anne's War he was given command of the sloop "Resolution" under the letters of marque as the following abstract indicates: "1707- Nov. 9. Where as her Majesty on the 4 May 1702 declared war against the Kings of France and Spaine and whereas Capt. George Roach, John van Lawer and the Hurst Merchants hath equipped the sloop Resolution for a private man of war, Capt. Edmund Du Castell is commissioned Commander. p. 52 ("Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania," vol. 6 page 287; original in Liber A.A.A. of Commission Office of Secretary of State, Trenton, NJ, pp 52-53; also in microfilm in college of W.P.A. Historical Records Survey for New Jersey 09 NOV 1707 1 Note: Arrived in Philadelphia soon after the founding of the city in the year 1682, and took the oath of allegiance from the proprietor William Penn, on September 10, 1683 4 Note: Appointed administrator cum testamento annexeo of the nuncupative will (will made by word of mouth before witnesses by a dying person, usually a solder or mariner, and afterward reduced to writing Witnesses, (see Bouvier Law Dictionary) of "George Lloyd late of the island of Barbados Practioner in Physick Deced", dated September 17, 1701, and proved September 22, 1701; (Philadelphia Co. PS, Register of Wills Office, filed as Adminstration No. 180 of the year 1701; recorded in adminstration book A pp. 348-349; abstract published in " Pblications of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania" vol 3 pp 169-70 . In this will Captain Du Chastel is designated with Henry Charlott as the good friends of the Testor charged with arranging his burialit being probable that Dr. George Lloyd had served as ships surgeon to Captain du Chastel because even at that time the priviledge of making a valid nuncupative will was limited to those serving in the military or naval service.
There were French settlers in Philadelphia almost from the beginning, and some of these became influential in the affairs of the city and colony. Among the early citizens of the borough were Edmund Du Castle, John de La Vail, Andrew Doz,and Samuel Robinett. Gabriel Rappe, Nicholas Reboteau, and Andrew Imbert are recorded as taking the oath of allegianceSeptember 10, 1683. In 1692 arrived James de la Plaine and Antoine Duche, the latter being the father of Rev. Jacob Duchewho made the opening prayer of the First Continental Congress. Andros Souplis (Supplee) arrived in the city of Philadelphia in 1684 and was the progenitor of the Supplee family inAmerica. Another early arrival was Isaac Roberdeau, whose son Daniel was a Major-General in the Revolution and amember of the Continental Congress. One of the most distinguished families of Philadelphia was that of the Boudinots. The residence of Huguenots in Philadelphia is coeval with its founding, and it may be truly said that the city has hadno more valuable citizens than the expatriated sons of France and their descendants. Some of them came with theColonists from England where they, or their fathers, were naturalized; others came from older Colonies, while otherscame directly from France. Among the original citizens were Edmund Du Castle, John De La Vall and Andrew Doz. The latter was a refugee and wasbrought over by William Penn as his vine dresser. In 1690 (1) he was granted a plantation of two hundred acres of land,and it included the vine yards of the Schuylkill river by the founder, for his services. His grandson, also named Andrew,was a very public spirited citizen and magnificently endowed a number of charitable and religious institutions in hisnative city. Merchant and Privateer - the report of the commissioner Captain Thomas Robinson from England to his superior, The Earl of Romney, describes his visit to Philadelphia on June 6, 1697 and complains of his lack of success in " that warrants out for apprehending Charles Goss - Edmund du Castell - George Thompson - Adam Birth - James Miller and pyrates not with standing which they were publicly and daily seen up and down the streets of Phil. without any notice taken of them. (Archives of Maryland Vol.23 - pg 161 pg 163 Vol.25 pg 569)
During Queen Anne's war he was given command of the sloop "Resolution" under the Letters of Marque as the following abstract indicates, 1707 - Nov. 9 where as her Majesty on May 4, 1702 declared war against the King of France and Spain and where as Captain George Roach, John VanLawer and the Hurst Merchants hath equipped the sloop Resolution for a private man of war, Capt. Edmund Du Chastell - Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Vol 6 Pg 287 Signet Ring - signed Toison d'OR (see Boston Transcript May - July,1938)(1) Used on his own Will / 1702
(2) Used on Will of Dr. George Lloyd of Barbados, Ships surgeon. "practice of physick" dated Sept. 17,1701 - proved Sept.22,1701. Dr. Lloyd traveled on the ship" Ämerica"with Cornelius VanBom (Edmund's father-in-law). In this Will Capt. du Chastel is designated w/Henry Charlott as good friends of and charged w/burialit. Dr. Lloyd had probably served as ship's surgeon to the Captain.
Laux, op. dt.9 p. 20; Stapleton, "Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with Special Reference to Their Emigration to Pennsylvania," pp. 42-43. Fosdick, "The French Blood in America," p. 291. Fosdick, op. oit., pp. 290-292; Laux pp. 9-10; Stapleton, op. oit., pp. 42-43. French Racial Strain in Colonial Penna. 327
More About Edmund DuChastel and Christian Bonde: Marriage: 01 May 1693
Children of Edmund DuChastel and Christian Bonde are:
+Edmund Casteel, b. 1694, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States , d. 1743, Prince George's, Maryland, United States .