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Ahasverus de Créqui
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By Carsten Berg Høgenhoff, Oslo
- 1630: On
7th May 1630, captain or master petardier Bartholomy la Roche
gezegd Créqui is granted a six months leave from the
Dutch army in order to go to France .
In a letter to Casimir I, on 19th July 1638, Bartholomeus seems
to ask for work, or at least he asks for a new assignment, in a
letter to Hendrik Casimir I, known as Casimir I. See complete
text in French original text and in English and Dutch translations
below. Casimir I was a governor of the house of Orange, and an ancestor
to the Royal House in The Netherlands today .
- 1642: On
8th April this year, he is dismissed from his positions as a master
petardier in The Netherlands, and one General Lieutenant Daniel
de St. André is appointed as his successor upon the order
of the Prince of Orange. It is made a point of the fact that he
has been missing for 12 years, since his leave in 1630 .
- 1647: On
8th October 1647, Barthelemy de Créqui, Sieur de la Roche,
Chevalier, is re-installed in his position as a captain over the
petardiers in The Netherlands. It is made a point of the fact that
he gets his job back because his professional skills are highly
- 1654: Ridderheer
Bartholomeus de Créqui, Chevalier, Sieur de la Roche signs
a document as a witness at Gertrude Rengers' funeral at Monster
on 19th April 1654. See original document and
translation below. .
- 1655: Bartholomeus
de Créqui, resigns as captain over the petardiers in The
Netherlands, and Jean de Créqui, Sieur de la Roche, succeeds
him in his profession .
- 1585: On
21st March 1585, a baby boy named Bartelemy de Créqui is
baptized in Sedan, France as the son of Jean de Créqui and
Jeanne Fomelan/Femmelart .
- 1646: Jeanne
de Créqui is born in London, England. She dies in Sedan,
France in 1681. It is information from her funeral that connects
her to her presumed father, the artillery captain Bartholomeus de
Créqui, and to London .
On 7th April 1647, Elisabeth de Créqui, daughter
of Bartholemi de Créqui and Marie Roguin, is married to Godfroy
Dehaves in the Protestant parish of Sedan, France .
- 1681: See 1646 .
- The Dutch artillery captain Bartholomeus de Créqui
dit la Roche may be the same artillery captain Bartholomeus
de Créqui who in 1646 possibly fathered the daughter Jeanne
in London, England. Jeanne died in Sedan, France in 1681.
- Bartholomeus de Créqui de la Roche was
dismissed from his position as Captain master of the petardiers in
The Dutch army in 1642, after he had been on an irregular and prolonged
“six months leave” to France from 1630. He regained his
position in 1647 under the name Barholomeus de Créqui, Chevalier,
Sieur de la Roche. He may have served on the Royalist’s side
in the English Civil War around 1646; this can explain why a daughter
was born in London. He may also have had a family in Sedan, France
in the meantime, as we see that an Elisabeth de Créqui, daughter
of Barthelemi de Créqui and Marie Roguin, got married in the
Protestant church in Sedan on 7th April 1647. There is
still research to be done in this area.
- Despite the information we can read out of Het
Staatse Leger (see Documentation below) about Bartholomeus' "disappearance"
in 1630, a the letter from 1638 places him in Holland. No further
details are known, but the letter raises some questions about the
accuracy of the information in Het Staate Leger. An investiogation
of the documents referred to in HSL is of great interest.
- In a document signed on April 19th
1654 at the day of Gertrude Rengers’ burial, Ahasverus de Créqui
dit la Roche and his sister Judith abandoned their late mother’s
house and left it to their siblings Jean , Bartholomeus, Gertrude
and Marie. A witness in this document was Jonkheer Bartholomeus
de Créqui, Chevalier, Sieur de la Roche, who must be the
same as the artillery captain mentioned 1630, 1642 and 1647.
- La lettre est bien datée de 1638
- La lettre est signé de B. de Créquy,
intitulé seigneur de la Roche ; telle est la signification
de l’abréviation française Sr
- B. a dû entrer préalablement au
service d’une personnalité qu’il qualifie d’altesse.
De qui s’agit-il? [Editor's comment: "Your Highness"
must, as far as can be judged, be Henri (Casimir I) de Nassau, gouverneur
de Frise, see 5].
- Il est ensuite passé au service d’Henri
de Nassau, gouverneur de Frise
- Le projet de déplacement d’Henri
de Nassau laisse notre B.dans l’expectative. Il ne sait que
faire et il écrit pour connaître ses intentions à
- B. de Créquy s’exprime correctement
en français et dispose d’un bon niveau culturel, comme
on peut l’apprécier à travers son style et la
qualité de sa signature. A souligner que la calligraphie est
« moderne » et la lettre se lit aisément,
ce qui n’est pas le cas habituel pour des documents de cette
- The letter shows a true date 1638.
- The letter is signed by B. de Crequy,
known as seigneur de la Roche; Such is the meaning of the
French abbreviation Sr.
- B. must have before hand entered into
the service of a person entitled "Your Highness".
Who could this be? [Editor's comment: "Your Highness"
must, as far as can be judged, be Henri (Casimir I) de Nassau,
gouverneur de Frise, see 5].
- He then went into the service of Henri
de Nassau, Governor of Freseland.
- The moving project of Henri de Nassau
leaves our B. in a state of uncertainty.. He doesn't know
what to do and writes inquiring as to his intentions toward
- B. de Crequy expresses himself correctly
in French and displays a good cultural level, as we can
appreciate it throughout his style and the quality of his
signature. We must underline that the calligraphy is "modern:
and that the letter is easily read, which is not a usual
case for documents found in that period.
Ten Raa, F.J.G. & de Bas, F: Het Staatse Leger (HSL),
Part IV, Chapter 4 The Artillery, Page 262 (in Dutch).
 Koninklijk Huisarchief (Royal Archives), The Hague. A24, inv,
No. 131. Click for copy of letter.
 HSL 
 HSL 
 Gemeentearchief 6038, 19th April 1654, (Notary
Archives) Village of Monster, National Archives, The Hague. Click
for copy of letter.
 Eglise Wallone, CBG index, Den Haag.
 Eglise Wallone, CBG index,
Den Haag. See also 1681.
 According to Sigurd Lambek,
based upon the Eglise Wallone archives.