Levesque Family

originating from the Normandy area of France.

The Levesque family were Huguenots and several branches of the family fled from France at the time of persecution.

The direct line to Fred Shade is
(1) Jean Levesque
(2) Jacques Levesque & Suzanne Havy
(3) Jacques Levesque & Suzanne Campart
(4) Jean Levesque & Madeleine Campart
(5) Janne Levesque & Isaac Poulain (goes to POULAIN tree)
(6) Jeanne (Jane) Poulain & Jean Pierre (John Peter) Cazaly (goes to CAZALY tree)
(7) Jaques (James) Cazaly & Elizabeth Eagles
(8) Catherine Walford (Kate) Cazaly & William Little (goes to LITTLE tree)
(9) Fanny Beatrice Little & Frederick Joseph Chapple (goes to CHAPPLE tree)
(10) Mary Beatrice Chapple & Albert Ernest Shade (goes to SHADE tree)

This early and very interesting surname, popular throughout Europe, is of Ancient Greek, pre Christian, origins. It derives from the word "episkopos", translating as the overseer, from the elements "epi", meaning on or over, plus "skopein", to look. The early Christians adopted the word for the headman of their local communities, and from the 4th century a.d. it was applied to a religious leader. Derivatives of "episkopos" include for example "obispo", in Spanish, and "bischof" in German, and "yepiskop" in Russian.. However spelt, and there are over one hundred forms ranging from Bisp, Evesque and Vesque, to Vesco, Bischop, Yepiskopov, and Piscotti, the surname did not refer to a bishop as such. It was either occupational, and described somebody who served in the household of a bishop, or it was a nickname for a person who played the part of a bishop in the travelling theatres of the medieval period.

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Recent Changes

New photo page added with photos of James Stanley Levesque (generation 10) and family, added 12 Feb 2016

On generation 12, added much more information about the children of James Daniel Levesque and Katherine Malcolm, from Gael Olsen, added 7 Jan 2016

On generation 9, the story of John Levesque the convict added 3 Oct 2015

On generation 8, the transcription of the Will of Josiah Levesque 1802-1839, added 14 Aug 2015

On generation 6, the transcription of the Will of Peter Levesque 1744-1823, Music Master of Enfield, added 11 Aug 2015

On generation 7, the addition of Elizabeth Rachel Josse (moved from generation 8) as wife of Daniel, and adding a transcription of her Will, added 10 Aug 2015

On generation 7, the addition of transcriptions of the Wills of Peter and Lydia, and the flow on effects on generations 8 and 9; also changing names to Hamshere and deleting Sarah Levesque on gen 8 as being in error; added 31 July 2015

On generation 9, addition of death notices for James and Susan Levesque. On generation 12, addition of three more children for James & Katherine Levesque, added 1 Jul 2015

On generations 6 and 7, altering the death dates of Daniel, Jane, Peter and Lydia Levesque in accordance with the tombstone in findagrave, changed 20 May 2015

On generation 9, widow Sophia Walters nee Levesque migrated to New Zealand with many children, who are described on generation 10, and their children on generation 11, added 29 Mar 2015

On generation 11, Harriet Jane Levesque married William Spargo and had a number of children in New Zealand, one of whom on page 12, Mary Eileen, met with foul play with her second husband, added 26 Feb 2015

Contact Libby Shade for further details
email:
libbyshade@westnet.com.au
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

This family tree is provided for mutual information within the family.
The information given will be referenced by official documents, family bibles etc.
Information that is uncertain or unreferenced will not be published.
For privacy of the present generations, the family tree will halt at the generation born around the start of the 20th century.
Discussion gladly entered into.