A new document, fruit of complementary research, will see the light of day in 2002. This is the “ACTS OF THE COLLOQUIUM” entitled “The Surroundings of CHOPIN”, presented the 24 November 2001 in Charmes (Vosges), presided over by Madame OHNENSTETTER, Mayor of Marainville-sur-Madon, birth place of Frederick’s father, under the responsibility of Professor Gabriel LADAIQUE, Chairman, and Sylvain BLAISE, Chairman of the Genealogical and Historical Circle of the Region of Charmes, in the presence of well-known personalities such as
|Alain JACQUOT, General Councillor|
|Jacques GRASSER, in charge of Culture and Historical Patrimony|
|Gilbert CLAUDEL, Mayor of Charmes, as well as members of the municipal council.|
The following subjects were addressed in this Colloquium
Through this paper, the participants were able to discover François CHOPIN, grand-father of Frederick. It was of particular interest to the villages of Bralleville, Socourt, Xirocourt…
Two facts are to be noted: the development of signatures and the evolution of the trade, without forgetting the departure of one of the sons for the Great Army.
It was the occasion to restore the memory of a person who had never before been studied. Anne lived through the Revolution. Her descendants are especially present in the department of Meurthe et Moselle. Anne and her husband seemed to have kept close contact with Nicolas (in Poland).
She does not undergo the Revolution in the same way. At first her descendants are found mainly in Hergugney; others stay in Marainville until the end of the XXth century. It is in her house that the CHOPINIANA were found.
Why undergo a study of families with names phonetically close to CHOPIN? As researchers of the CHOPIN families, we investigate the links which may unite CHOPINE and CHOPIN, attempting to understand the evolution of these families in time and space.
This is the closest society to Charmes. We would like to make known the creation, objectives, weight, expression, and interest of this Society for the history and the genealogy of the CHOPIN family.
This paper on these families recalls the genealogical research carried out for three years on these CHOPINS who went to the USA in 1838-1848 and confirms their relationship with the composer Frederick.
An illustrated and commented survey of a locality steeped in history, cradle of the CHOPIN family; discovery of the environment of the personality who left for Poland in 1787.