Inger Marianne Borchgrevink Simony Nikolajsen’s family line:

Generations of mentioned ancestors:

On island of Corse

1.            Simon Count  of Sorio-Aliso (Corse)/Isabelle  (mentioned 824)

2.            Simon II Count  of Sorio-Aliso (Corse)

3.            Simon III Count of San Damiano  (mentioned in 1002)

In Norman Kingdom of Sicily

4.            Simon IV

5.            Count Simoni (died 1140)

6.            Count Simoni


Generations of unbroken line:

In Siena Italy

I.       Knight Reinaldus (         -1231) / Prospera

II.      Knight Melitus Simoni (approx.1220-approx.1295) / Eugenia Petrucci

III.           Domicellus Hugo Simoni (approx.1265-) / Clara Politi

IV.          Tibaldo Simoni (1313- ) / Magdalena Piccolomini

V.            Andrea Simoni (approx.1360-) / Magdalena Sozzini


In Haute Marne France (Francesco moves from Italy to France)

VI.          Francesco (François) Simony (approx.1420-approx.1500) / Guillemette Taceponne

VII.        Baron Martin Simony (1467-1550) / Marguerite Combles

VIII.      Baron Claude I Simony (1499-1558) / Suzanne Tabouret

IX.          Esquire Claude II Simony (15xx-) / Marguerite Roussat

X.            Esquire Jean Simony (15xx-1621) / Françoise Monginot

XI.          Esquire Claude III Simony (1584-1655) / Marie Mouchet

XII.        Knight Claude IV Simony (1622-98) / Jeanne de Pringles


In Denmark

XIII.      Knight Gilbert Simony (1667-1757) Gilbert as a Huguenot flees France and settles in Denmark in 1720 he takes the name  Godefroy Simony (1667-1757) / Margrethe Anne Kroulen

XIV.    Frederic Simoni (1724-96) / Maren Madsdatter

XV.      Frederik Simony (1773-1824) / Christiane Deichmann

XVI.    Carl Frederik Simony (1806-72) / Anne Sophie Faber

XVII.  Johan Christian Simony (1853-1933) / Yelva Torp

XVIII.Otto Emil Simony (1895-1981) / Hedvig Wiese

XIX.    Ellen Margrethe Simony (1921-87) / Adolf (Jan) Borchgrevink Lund

XX.    Inger Marianne Borchgrevink Simony Lund (1944-) / Ole Nikolajsen

XXI.    Tine Borchgrevink Nikolajsen (1963-) / Michael  John Donahue

XXII.  Chantal Lene Borchgrevink Donahue (1991-)





Of ItaliAN-CorsE-Sicilian oRIGIN.


Barons de la Fauche, Seigneurs de Germainvilliers, Rouëlle, Saint-Romain, Brouthières, Saint -Michel, Saint-Seyne, Varange and others.


    "The Simony family, which for the last four centuries has been settled in Lorraine, originally has its origin in Siena, Tuscany. Siena at that time was an independent republic, but later was united with the Florentine republic under the leadership of the Medicis. From Lorraine the family spread throughout France with several branches in Champagne and Bourgogne as well as in Guyenne and Provence. While constantly maintaining an honorable position among the noble families of those Provinces, it has also  served the monarchy both in high civil and military positions. Among the highest titles of honor it can count numerous Knights and is especially proud of possessing the oldest titles of Counts dating back to the Empire of Charles the Great, as well as later being in possession of two Baronies."

Coat-of-Arms: A green cross going to the edges of the shield divides the crest into four squares. Upper left square is gold, upper right is red with a five-pointed gold star, lower right is silver and lower left is blue. Marquis-crown. Shield supporters: Two Griffins.


Helmet symbol: A green parrot, with beak, feet and eyes in gold.




    Reinaldus Simoni, Knight, the first male known in the direct line of the family[1]. He fell in 1231, in a war waged between the Italian republics. He was buried in a chapel in the old Cathedral in Siena (since destroyed), under a stone which bears his picture and the following inscription: (Saint Pierre)

“Here rests Reinaldus Simony, Knight, who founded this chapel in the year 1230, he fell in war in Anno Domino 1231, on the first of August; may he rest in peace.”

With his wife Prospera, who will be mentioned together with him following, he had the sons Melitius, Mino and Tolomci.


    Melitius Simoni (born app.1220), Knight married to Eugenia Petrucci and father to Hugo, Martino and Felicia. According to a letter in Latin of January 15, 1292, he donated the Villa Franca to the church together with his children. This letter, which has been retrieved from the archives of the Bishop, is written as follows:

“Let it be known to everyone, alive as well in the future, that I, Knight Melitius Simoni and my wife Eugenia Petrucci, my sons, the noblemen Hugo and Martinus and my daughter Felicia, transfer and give the property Villa Franca to the Saint Petri church in Siena with highest respect, on the expressive condition, that every year on the first day of the month of September, nightly masses will be held for the deceased, for my Father Reinaldus and my Mother Prospera, for me and my wife, for my sons and grandchildren. This is written at Villa Franca and signed by my own hand, on January 15 year 1292 A.D.”


    Hugo Simoni (born app.1265), who bears the title “Sir” (Dominicellus) in the previous letter, married in 1312 to Clara Politi, with whom he had the sons Tibaldo and Luca.


    Tibaldo Simoni (born 1313) married in 1347 to Dona Magdalena Piccolomini[2], who belongs to a family in Siena, which has fostered the popes Pius II (1458-64) and Pius III (1503). In this marriage the son Andrea was born.


    Andrea Simoni (born app.1360), Master of the Citadel at Siena in 1415, who with his wife Magdalena Sozzini had two children, Pietro and Francesco (or François in French).

1)          Pietro (born app.1415), who continued the Simoni family in Siena[3]

2)  Francesco (or François)



    Francesco (François Simony), called the "Sieneese", Captain of the Italian mercenaries in the service of Jean II, Duke of Lorraine. He served this ruler until 1464, when the Duke after futile efforts to subdue the Kingdom of Naples decides to repossess his inherited provinces in France. François continued to serve the Duke's successors and participated in the famous battle of Nancy on January 5, 1477 together with Duke René II. The family legend tells that François was the person who killed Charles the Daring, Duke of Burgundy in the battle[4]. He himself was wounded in the battle and afterwards settled permanently in Lorraine. He had previously married Guillemette Taceponne, who belonged to the house of Vienne.

    A decree of September 20, 1497, signed in the name of Dehors, notary in Arc in Barrois, gave “Françoys Symony, called le Siennois, Esquire for Guillemette Taceponne, his wife” their oldest son Pierre, power of attorney to give their second son, Esquire Martin Symony, their agreement and fatherly blessings in his marriage to Miss Margueritte de Combles. This he did as he thought he was too affected by age to be able to participate himself.

They had the children: Pierre, Martin and Isabelle.



    Martin Simony (1467-app.1550), Esquire, 1st Baron of the la Fauche Barony. Married in 1497 to Marguerite de Combles, daughter of Jean de Combles, Esquire, Overlord to Nayves, Gentilhomme Ordinaire to the Queen of Sicily, which apparently provided him with great wealth. Due to the barony, which Jean himself had obtained by marriage to Michelette de la Fauche, Dame de Villeneuve, Fresne, Orqueval, Germainvilliers and Buxieres (which his children and grandchildren inherits), Martin decided to replace his own Coat-of-Arms with a combination of the Combles crest and his own[5]. This is the one the family has used since. He is buried in the Cathedral in Chaumont under a stone bearing his Coat of Arms. After Martin the family divides into several branches, due to skilfully arranged marriages, as follows:



The "la Fauche" branch (is extinct)

Page        The "Rouëlle and Saint-Seyne" branch (which still exist on Quincey, Rivières-les-Fosses and Chenoves and as the Danish branch Page 9-11)

Page        The "Brouthières" branch (is extinct, but from the female line the family owns the Chateau at Brouthières)

The "Germainvilliers" branch (is extinct)

     The side branches "Varange" and "Bettoncourt" (both of which are extinct)


They had 6 children:

1)          Pierre, inherited la Fauche

2)          Claude, who inherits most of his grandmother's possessions and continues the line in his own branch.

3)          Hector (-18/2 1581) who inherits and become Overlord to Buxières, President of the Chaumont-committee, married to Didiere Monginot; they had no children. (Stone with Coat-of-Arms in the Cathedral in Chaumont)

4)          Nicolas, Principal of the Kings attorneys in Sens Bailliage, State Council in the Tribunal at Langres Duché-Pairie in 1571; in his marriage to N. Roussat he only had daughters.

5)          Jean, dean of the medical faculty in Paris, married to Marie Langelier, sister of Nicolas Langelier, Bishop in Saint-Brieuc. She left him as widower with two children: a) Camille, Esquire to Queen Marguerite de Valois, sister to King Franz I, protestant and opponent of Richelieu, mentioned in her memoirs and in Bassompierres. Marie, married in 1578 to Germain Courtin, Esquire, Overlord to Neuville and la Gohière.

6)          Marguerite married to Etienne Le Vain; their son got the right to carry his mothers noble title in a proclamation from the Duke of Lorraine on February 3, 1580.

THE  "la fauche" BRANCH

  la Fauche (around 1496)



    Pierre, (1498-1573) Esquire, 2nd Baron of la Fauche and to Velles, first married to Jeanne Harodel and then to Françoise Roisot. His descendants became connected to the families Rynel, Mongeot, Tabouret, de Vandier, de Bourgogne and de Callart. He has the son:

1)  Jacques, who continues the line.


    Jacques Simony de La Fauche, 3rd Baron of la Fauche, married to Nicole Mongeot. They convert to Protestantism and become dedicated Huguenots. They had the son:

1) Antoine, who continues the line of the branch.


    Antoine Simony de La Fauche, 4th Baron of la Fauche, married to Maria de Bourgogne, but had no children. In 1572, while Antoine who was a Huguenot, is Baron, the castle is taken by the Duke of Guises forces and burned. After that, in a document from 1573, a part of the Barony including the castle is given by ducal decree to the Duke of Joureuse. When he died in the battle of Coutras in 1582 the castle is transferred to Choiseul. In a change of property on January 16, 1591, Sebastien becomes the new Baron de La Fauche. This was done on behalf of his underage age children by their uncle and trustee, Claude de Rynel, Prévot in Andelot[6] .

The "Rouëlle" AND "Saint-Seyne" BRANCH

 St. Seyne


Claude Simony (1499-2/3 1558), the first bearing this name, Esquire, Overlord to parts of the Barony Villeneuve-aux-Fresnes, Orquevaux and Germainvilliers. Married to Suzanne Tabouret, who descends from a family of the "sword nobility" du Bassigny (the area north of Langres), who's last member was Knight Tabouret de Crespy, Esquire to Marie-Antoinette.

Their children were:

1)           Claude (Rivière´s ancestor, his portrait belongs to Claude Simony in Copenhagen).

2)           Hector ancestor to the "Germainvilliers" branch.

(Portrait belongs to Chantal de Simony, Denmark)

3)           Françoise was married to Jean de Houdreville, Overlord to Saint-Léger, Mandre-sur-Vesne, etc, Provincial Chief of the Vosges in Neufchateau, and Minister of State for the Duke of Lorraine. (Stone with Coat of Arms in St.Christophe Church, Neufchateau)


    Claude Simony, the second, together with Hector´s son of the same name, Esquire, Overlord to la Villeneuve-aux-Fresnes, was included together with his brother Hector in the declaration concerning proof of nobility, that Hector alone had asked the Duke of Lorraine for, and which was granted on November 23, 1571[7]. On January 10, he married Marguerite Roussat[8] in Langres , daughter of deceased Nobleman Jean Roussat, Overlord to Autreville. In this marriage there were 6 children.

1)     Claude, Canon in Saint-Mammès, Doctor at Sorbonne, died 1607

2)     Jean, who continues the line of the oldest branch (portrait at Rivières, epitaph in the church at Charmoilles).

3)     Richard, who studied theology, died young. He was the founder of a chapel for his family in the Saint-Martin church in Langres, and was entitled to a yearly mass on the day of Saint-Richard. Until 1830 when it was closed, family members of this branch were buried in this chapel.

4)     René, (portrait belongs to Thor Timm de Simony in Copenhagen) Overlord to Saint-Seyne and Barrault, Judge in the ducal Bailliage  in Langres, died in 1649. Together with his wife he was succeeded by: a) Toussaint, Capuchine monk, author of several learned writings; b) Nicolas, Archdeacon in Barrois, Canon and Greatprecentor in the cathedral of Langres, died in 1670 (Portrait at Rivières). As these left no children, Claude IV inherits the family possessions.

5)     Christophe, ancestor to the branch of the family that are Overlords to Brouthières (see continuation under this branch).

6)     Jeanne, married to René Monginot, Esquire, Overlord to la Brosse, belonged to the  Orderly company of the Duke of Aumale.


Jean Simony, Esquire, Overlord to Rouëlle, the Kings judge in Langres in 1573, Captain of the city militia in 1575 under the short, but dramatic interregnum rule, which followed the death of King Charles IX in 1574. The following year he was the city deputy to the Duke of Guise.

He married 1) Françoise Monginot on January 18, 1572 in Neufchateau, daughter of Jean Monginot, Esquire, Overlord to Brosse, with whom he had the daughter Françoise who later was married to Jean de Gondrecourt, Esquire, Overlord to Colombey and more.

2) Philiberte Gentot on January 16, 1583 in Langres,  daughter of deceased Nobleman Jacques Gentot, appointed by the King in that city. Jean died in 1621 and left by his second marriage:

1)     Claude (III), who continues the family (Portrait at Rivières).

2)     Claire, married in 1613 to Claude-François le Sain, Governor in Chatillon-sur-Seine’s Bailliage and deputy in the Assembly of the Estates of the Realm in 1614. His great grandfather, Jean le Sain, Overlord to Prey-sur-Marne, was Esquire to the Constable of. Claire died in Langres during the plague, which devastated the city in 1636.


    Claude Simony (1584-1655), the third bearing that name, Esquire, Overlord to a part of Rouëlle and Saint-Romain. He served as a volunteer with the arms and mounted troops in the Duke of Angouleme (illegitimate son of Karl IX) Charles de Valois’s armies, according to a certificate written by the Duke in Lyon on  December 10, 1622. In a document of June 5, 1621, he waived his right to call up the serfs at Rouëlle. After he had been released from his supervisory duty during the wars in Bourgogne and Bresse, he finally entered into civil office. In 1650 became Governor of the ducal Bailliage in Langres, an office he kept until 1655, when he died at the age of 71. His nobility is confirmed in a document, written by Gremonville inspector in Champagne and dated April 29, 1641.

In his marriage, entered in Dijon February 17, 1608, to Marie Mouchet, daughter of Claude Mouchet[9], Esquire, Overlord to Azu and Saint-Romain, Governor of the fort in Lone, and afterwards "Resident" for Henry IV in Switzerland. He had the children:

1)     Claude (IV), who continues the family (Portrait at Rivières).

2) Anne, nun in the Ursuline order in Dijon.

3) Marguerite, nun in the Carmelite order in Chatillon-sur-Seine.


    Claude Simony (1622-1698), the fourth bearing this name, Esquire, Overlord to Saint-Michel, Saint-Seyne, Dampierre and Barrault, was born in Dijon in 1622. He was from his early youth connected to the Duke of Epernon as a secretary. The Duke was a  Colonel in the French infantry, and later Governor in Guyenne and Bourgogne. He followed the Duke everywhere and distinguished himself in the battles during the war, such as in the vicinity of Bordeaux, in the battles by Blanquefort and Saint-Macaire, as well as the sieges of Seurre and the castle of Dijon, as it was attested in six documents from officers, who were witnesses. As a negotiator, and in numerous diplomatic duties he showed an obvious talent, which was rewarded with the appointment to the King's Maitre d'hotel (1652)[10], to Minister of State (1658), to Gentilhomme de la Chambre (1659), and especially with the Order of Saint-Michel, with which he was rewarded with the following year. It must be specially noted, that despite two reforms made by the order of Louis XIV in 1665, in which the number of Knights were reduced to no more than 100, Claude de Simony continued to be a member[11]. He had proven his nobility to Marquis de Sourdis, who had been delegated this duty by the king, and he acknowledged his noble ancestry in a document of March 29, 1665. When his health not longer allowed him to withstand the hardships of war and life at court, he in 1668 became Parliamentary Council in Metz, in 1679 President of the Court in the same city, and finally in 1697 the appointment to Honorary President completed his glorious career.

On September 20, 1679 he had sworn an oath of allegiance to the Bishop in Langres for la Seigneriz de Saint Michel, the Lance property which followed with this "duche-pairie", due to his estate in Montsaugeon.

Han died in Paris on March 19, 1698 and was buried in the church of Saint-Eustache. His heart was sent to Langres, to the chapel of his ancestors.

Claude Simony had married Jeanne de Pringles in Dijon on June 24, 1655, daughter of Gilbert Pringles, Esquire, Overlord to Varange, of Scottish ancestry. In this marriage there were, in addition to some children who died young (among others Claude Simony (V), and a nun of the order of Mary of the Visitation) three sons:

1)  Bernard, who continues the line of the oldest branch.

2) Gilbert, (Portrait at Rivières) Overlord to Dampierre, called “le chevalier de Saint-Seyne” (The Knight of St. Seyne), Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain of the dragoons in Grammont-Falon. He was officially listed dead in 1705, due to wounds. In reality he had changed his name to Godefroy Simony[12] (ancestor to the Danish branch)(1667-1757) and had fled to Pfalz in 1685 together with about 200000 people of similar faith, after the widespread massacres on the Huguenots. He became an orderly officer with Prince Eugen in the Austrian-Prussian-English war against the Sun King. He ended up in Prussia with 20000 other Frenchmen,  where he settled in Königsberg. In 1720 he sailed to Fredericia in Denmark, where the Danish King Frederik IV had offered asylum to 84 Huguenots (see under the Danish branch).

3) Guilleaume, Overlord to Varange, Champfroy and Barrault, married in Thot-lez-Millière, near Chaumont, on August 17, 1699, to Françoise de Montendre, daughter of deceased Charles, Overlord to Thot, Esquire to Monsieur S.A.R., brother to Louis XIV and Commander of the 1st Battalion of the Poitou-regiment. On February 6, 1710 he swore an oath of allegiance in Chambre des Comptes in Bourgogne, to the Lordships of Varange and Champfroy (where he had the power of life and death), an inheritance from his uncle and godfather Guillaume de Pringles. When he on November 21, 1712 had proven his nobility to members of the Commission, which had been sent for this purpose, he was allowed to enter the nobility of Bourgogne as Overlord to Varange. In a document from the Inspector of this province he was allowed on May 17 to keep his privileges as nobleman and Esquire.

Guillaume de Simony died in 1745. Among other children he left:

1.                       Gilbert, Priest of the Court, Prieur in Latrecey, Chanoine-chancelier (which meant he was the superintendent of the school) in Sainte-Chapelle in Dijon. He died in Besançon in 1760.

2.                       Felix de Simony, (Portrait at Rivières) Overlord to Varange, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain of the Grenadiers in the Poitou-regiment, and Chief Herald of the Noble Assembly of the Estates of the Realm in Bourgogne. He died in Dijon in 1771, leaving no children in his marriage to Marie Fardel de Daix, but he had made a will for the son of his nephew and his own godson, Jean-Felix de Simony, who will be mentioned later.


    Bernard de Simony (1657-1725), Knight and Overlord to Saint-Michel, Saint-Seyne and other possessions, the Duke of Epernon's godson, Parliamentary Council in Metz, Auditor for a Guards-Regiment in “les Bandes Françaises”, Gentilhomme Ordinaire in the large Falconry. He was born in Dijon in 1657 in “Logis du Roi” (The Kings Lodging), and was married in Langres on December 22, 1684 to Claire le Vacher de Morillon, daughter of the nobleman Benigne le Vacher de Morillon, President of the "Chambre du Sel" in Montsaugeon. Monseigneur Bossuet, the Bishop of Meaux issued notarised blessings to this union. Bernard died in 1725 and left:

1)     Jean-Baptiste, who continues the line.

2)     Gilbert, called Abbey de Simony, died in 1707 at the age of 18.

3)     Claudette-Sébastienne, married to:

1.                       Antoine in 1715, Count to Ligneville, Baron to Vannes, Chamberlain to the Duke of Lorraine.

2.                       Alexandre de Tissart in 1719, Marquis to Rouvre, Baron to Arbot, they had a daughter, who married Marquis de la Rare.

4)    Marie-Anne, Lady to Saint-Seyne-lez-Dampierre, called Mademoiselle de Saint-Seyne. She swore the oath of allegiance to this estate on August 21, 1726 and died in 1737.

5)    Jeanne,  called "la Mere Marie-Claire" in the monastery, Jacobine nun in Langres, died in 1737 (a book about her was published in Paris in 1867).


    Jean-Baptiste de Simony (1687-), Knight and Overlord to Saint-Michel and Saint-Seyne. Was born in Langres in 1687 and was married in this city on June 10, 1730 to Marguerite Guerey, daughter of deceased Claude Guerey, Attorney to the Royal Tribunal in Langres. They only had a son, Pierre.


    Pierre de Simony (1731-1794), Knight and Overlord to Saint-Seyne, born in Langres in 1731. He on October 10, 1755 in Champagne's “Chambre du Domaine” swore an oath of allegiance to the Dampierre estate, which belonged to the King, because of his estate in Nogent. On March 12, 1789 he attended, per prokura, the Nobility Council of Bassigny in Chaumont. He died in 1794, when he was guillotined together with the Montarbys in Nancy. In his marriage, which he entered into in Langres on August 3, 1754, to Gabrielle Mammès, daughter of Claude Mammès, Overlord to Passavant, he had the children:

1)     Jean-Félix, who continues the line.

2)     Jeanne-Claude-Bénigne, married in 1789 to René-Hubert Girault de Vitry, Overlord to Genevrière, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, former Grey Musketeer. She died in 1828.

3)& 4) Denise and Victoire who both died unmarried.


    Jean-Félix de Simony (1760-1843), Knight and Overlord to Saint-Seyne and Charmoilles. He was married on February 11, 1783 to Brevannes Elisabeth de Lyver, disciple in "la maison royale de Saint-Cyr", daughter of François de Lyver, Overlord to Brevannes, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Regimental Commander. He entered the Nobility Council of Langres on Marts 17, 1789. He died in the Langres on February 3, 1843 at an age of 83. His wife died the following year. In this marriage there were the children:

1) Charles-Bénigne (1786-1873), who continues the line.

2) Charles-Gabriel (1797-1829), who continues the younger line of the older branch.

3) Amélie, married in 1811 to Antoine Philpin de Percey (son of J. -B. Philbin, Esquire, Overlord to Longeau, Percey and Rivière-le-Bois). After having served in the noble infantry in the Condé army, he became a Knight of the Legion of Honour and Mayor of Langres during the restoration period. She died at Charmoilles (Haute-Marne), which she had inherited in 1815.

4) Caroline, married in 1825 to Antoine de Montarby, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, former commander of a squadron of Dragoons,  page to the Grandmaster of the Order of the Maltese Knights in his childhood, son of Etienne de Montarby, Knight, Overlord to Dampierre, former Captain of the Montmorin regiment. He died together with his wife, Gabrielle de Rose, by guillotine during the Revolution in 1794. Caroline died in Dampierre, which she had inherited, in 1868.


    Charles-Bénigne Vicomte de Simony (1786-1873), Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Knight of the Legion of Honour and Knight of the order of Saint-Ferdinand d’Espagne. He was born in Langres on  May 17, 1786. He was a second Lieutenant in the Navy during the imperial regime, and participated in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He then became a guard in the Wagram-company in 1814 and followed the King to Gand. He was promoted Captain in the Royal Guard in 1816 and then Battalion commander in the Infantry in 1823 and participated as such in the Spanish campaign. He retired to civil life after 1830 to his chateau at Rivières-les-Fosses, which he had obtained by marriage to his wife. He died on August 15, 1873. By a contract of May 18, 1818, which had been signed by the King and members of the royal family, he had married his cousin, Marie de Lyver, daughter of deceased Charles de Lyver, Knight, former Captain of the Champagne-regiment. She died in 1858. They left the children:

1)     Félix-Marie-Antoine, who will be described later.

2) Antoine-Jacques-Marie, who will also be described later.

2)     Coraly-Geneviève, widow of Gustave d’Amedor, Count of Mollans, Colonel in the Infantry (son of Charles d’Amedor, Marquis de Mollans, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, former page of King Louis XVI). They had married in 1848.


    Félix-Marie-Antoine de Simony (1820-1886), Count, officer in the Legion of Honor and decorated with the Crimea-medal, Colonel in the Light Cavalry, was born in Langres on September 14, 1820. While a Captain in the 6th Dragoon-regiment in the Crimean War he was wounded during a night battle on the shores of Tchernaias, and was sent home by order of the army the following day. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Dragoon-regiment he participated in the war of 1870 in the battles of Gravelotte, Servigny and Mars-la-Tour. He was promoted to Colonel of the 19th Fusiliers-regiment in 1873 and retired from service in 1875.

As head of the family by name and coat-of-arms, he took over in agreement with his cousin Vicomte Félix-Anne-Philibert (see later), the title of Count, which had been granted to Louis-Marie de Simony by King Louis XVIII, as their cousin, Count Alphonse, only left daughters. This is noted later.

Count de Simony was married to:

1.                       Celine Lambin d’Anglemont in Verdun on September 15, 1856, daughter of Didier-Gabriel Lambin d’Anglemont, Esquire, and Sophie, Baroness to Benoit.

2.                       Eve Robin de Coulogne in Prégirault on October 26, 1858, daughter of Jules Robin de Chateaufer, Marquis de la Tremblaye, Vicomte of Coulogne, officer in the Reserve cavalry in 1830, and Eve de la Cour.

He died on September 2, 1886 without leaving any heirs, at his chateau in Prégirault by the river Pré, where the widowed Countess de Simony lived until 1890, and his ashes were transferred to Langres to be united with the ashes of his father and mother.


    Antoine-Jacques-Marie de Simony (1833-1917), Count, born in Langres on June 22, 1833, lived on the Rivière-les-Fosses (Haute-Marne) chateau, participated in the Crimean War. In his marriage entered into in Dijon on April 14, 1868, to Caroline Nicolas de Marcilly, daughter of Pierre-Félix Nicolas de Marcilly, he had two sons:

1) Anne-Marie-Charles de Simony ("Uncle Charles") (1869-September 22, 1952), Count, born in Dijon on May 1, 1869, Chamberlain to Pope Pius XII. Married to Isabelle Eudes d’Eudeville born at Brouthières on April 1, 1895 died on April 8, 1970. They had two children: Chantal and Bernadette.

1.                       Chantal (born 27.September 1922) married in 1949 to Roland, Comte de la Taille-Tretinville, Battalion commander. They had two children:

a)                            Louis Charles (born 16.May 1950) bank manager with  summer residence at chateau Talmay married to Martine (four children)

b)                            Isabelle (born August 2, 1951) married and later divorced Emmanuel Ravelo de Tovar.                     (Son Nicolas and a daughter)

2.                       Bernadette (born April 14, 1924) married to Philippe de    Valance in 1958.

   (Daughter Patricia is married to a Greek national).

2) Pierre-Marie-Félix Comte de Simony, born in Dijon on February 14, 1872 and married to G. de Noblet from Chateau Quincey, Nuit St. Georges. They had the children:

1.                       Elisabeth married Marville and owner of a chateau near    Baune(deceased)

   (four sons, one of these was married in 1962)

2.                       Henri Regynald Comte de Simony (born in 1904), Chevalier de Malte, married to Nicolette Freunberg (born in 1933) in 1952. They had a daughter, Imonacolata, born in 1955, who at present lives in Munich and is unmarried.



    Charles-Gabriel Vicomte de Simony (1797-1829)(2nd son of Jean-Félix and Elisabeth de Lyver), born on the chateau in Charmoilles on June 8, 1797, member of the Council of the Royal Tribunal in Dijon. Was married on July 29, 1827 in Chalon-sur-Saone, to Elisabeth Batault, daughter of Claude-Philibert Batault, Knight of the order of Lys, Judge at the Tribunal in Chalon. He died in Paris on May 24, 1829, leaving only one son, Felix.


    Félix-Anne-Philibert de Simony(1828-1901), Vicomte, born in Chalon-sur-Saone on November 24, 1828, Knight of the Legion of Honor and of l’Ordre pontifical de Pius IX, Commander of the order of Isabelle la Catholique, decorated with the Mentana and Somorrostro medals, volunteer in the Papal Army in 1867 and 1870, Lieutenant for the volunteers at Seine-et-Oise in 1871, wounded during the storming of Montmartra during the Commune, Chief of the General Staff in Spain in the service of His Majesty King Carlos VII.

Vicomte de Simony, who took over the family title together with his cousin, as described earlier, was also Chamberlain to his Holiness Pope Pius IX and was received in this position by his Holiness Pope Leo XIII at his election.


 Godefroy (alias Gilbert) Simony


    Godefroy Simony[13] (ancestor to the Danish branch)(1667-1757). Fled to Pfalz in 1685 with approximately 200000 of similar faith, after the widespread massacres on the  Huguenots. Was orderly officer to Prince Eugen in the Austrian-Prussian-English War against the Sun King. Ended up, together with 20000 other French nationals, in Prussia where he settled in Königsberg. In 1720 he sailed to Fredericia in Denmark, where King Frederik IV had offered asylum to 84 Huguenot craftsmen. He married Danish Margrethe Anne Kroulen on November 19 the same year, so they could live in Århus, where they bought property. Here he settled down as a sailmaker (a condition for being granted asylum was that one was a craftsman) and as part shipowner. He died in 1757. She died in Randers in 1773. They had several daughters and two sons:

1) Godtfred, married to Zara of Jewish origin, they only left


2) Fréderic, who continues the line.


Fréderic Simoni (1724-96), Sailmaker[14] in Randers, co-owner

of several ships. Married in 1759 to Maren Madsdatter.

They had two sons:

1)     Frederik who continues the line.

2)     Daniel, founder of a wine house in Ålborg, married to Martha  

Wibroe with whom he had the sons M. Simoni and Frederik Simoni.

   Frederik Simoni married:

1.                       Henriette Bay, daughter of broker Bay in Randers, with whom he had two daughters: Martha (born June 10, 1841), Henriette (born September 11, 1844).

2.                       Mariane Hansine Bay (sister to Henriette).

Frederik founded a steam bakery in Ålborg and in 1845 became Council member in this city.


    Frederik Simony (1773-1824), founded  a merchant company in Vesteraa in 1803, and is the first shipowner of the Ålborg dynasty. Married to Christine Deichmann. They had four sons:

1) Henrik Nicolai,

2) Carl Frederik (who continues the line),

3) Peter Christian

4) Hans Julius.

There were no daughters. Frederik later committed suicide and was the first to be buried at the family burial site, which has since become a protected site.


1) Henrik Nicolai Simoni(1805-1869), Sea Captain and co-owner of the shipping company, married to Pallisen. He left two sons in Ålborg. Both died without leaving sons.

2) Carl Frederik Simony[15] (1806-1872), Master of Law, Minister of Culture and Minister of the Interior in the Blume Ministry 1852-60), Chamberlain to King Frederik VII and Prefect for Sjælland and later Copenhagen County. Married to Anne Sophie Faber (1812-1896). Lived in the Barnekow Mansion at Store Kongensgade 72. They left 8 children (see XVII generation).

3) Peter Christian Simoni (1807-1888), Merchant and shipping company owner with 22 ships (company founded in Ålborg in 1836), Councillor of State in Ålborg, Knight of the order of Danebrog. Married in  1848 to Elisabeth Sophie von Spreckelsen. No children.

4) Hans Julius Simoni (1810-1836), Sea Captain in the company. Shipwrecked near West Hartlepool, England, on Christmas day     1836 and the old family signet ring was lost with him. Unmarried.


1) Ellen Simony, Head mistress of Vemmentofte home for unmarried ladies of rank.

2) Anna, married to Contra-admiral C.A. Garde, whose one sister is Lady to the "Chief Royal Gamekeeper" Jørgensen of Tisselholt. One daughter was married to Bishop Poul Oldenburg, with whom she had a son.

3) Elisabeth (b.1842), married to Heinrich Thalbitzer with whom she had four sons, one of these being Professor William Thalbitzer who was married to the daughter of the painter professor Carl Locher.

4) Daniel Simony (f.1844), shipping broker for the Simony company in Hull and St. Petersburg, married to British Emily Windfield. No children.

5) Frederik Simony (1846-1920), Master of Law, mayor of  Ålborg, Chamberlain and Prefect, married to Henriette Augusta Bech, Odense Castle.


1) Jørgen Bech Simony, Master of Law. Police Prefect at Varde, died in     1944 in Neuengamme Concentration Camp near  Hamburg. Was married to Paula Garde (died 1984), whose aunt is Lady to the "Chief Royal Game Keeper" Jørgensen of Tisselholt. Left two daughters and a son: Johan Frederik Simony (born 1924), Master of Law. Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Ecology, married to Tove Adelaide Constantin-Brun (daughter of Minister Brun married Dalberg). They have two daughters.

6) Sophie (born 1848), married to Valdemar Krenchel, Doctor of Optometry. One son Ove, Chief of the Criminal Police in Copenhagen, died in 1961. Another son is a medical doctor.

7) Julius Simony (1851-1914), married to Laura Jespersen from Almegård on Bornholm. Owner of Bredholt in Jylland, later  Ruhedal near Ringsted. Children from the marriage were:

1.                       Anna Sophie (died 1960) married to Lector Knud Stampe Bardenfelth. A son: Carl Frederik (died in Brazil), married to Lady-in-Waiting Alette Ahlefeld-Laurvig.

2.                       Carl Frederik Simony (died 1949), Assistant Secretary in Queen Louise´s Royal Household, unmarried.

3.                       Christian Simony (died 1961), Colonial Manager on Greenland, married to Bistrup (daughter of Colonial Manager Bistrup) they had three sons and a daughter. One of these was Carl Frederik Simony, Country Bailiff and Judge on Greenland (died 1984).

4.                       Johannes Simony, Engineer in the Titan company, married to Holm (daughter of Forest Supervisor Holm, Dragsholm) they have three sons and a daughter. 

5.                       Daniel Simony, Estate Owner of Lange, married to Rasmussen (daughter of Wine merchant Rasmussen in Fåborg), they have three sons. One is Viggo Simony, Forest Ranger in Sønderjylland, married to Hérancourt.

6.                       Nanna, married to Estate Owner Høyer, Årslevsholm near Randers (former tenant farmer near Jægerspris) they had a daughter (deceased) and two sons. One son, Keld, is married to Mette Sehested.

7.                       Else, married to Estate Owner Larsen, Regnholm near Skævinge. They have two sons and two daughters.

8.                       Ingeborg, married to Customs Inspector Kofoed-Jespersen. They have the children: Jens, Priest and Britta married Lange.   

8) Johan Christian Simony (1853-1933), Master of Philosophy, acting Colonial Manager at Nanortalik 1882-88, the southernmost colony in Western Greenland. Married to Yelva Topp, who was a teacher there (daughter of C.E. Topp married  Meulengracht, Helsingør). The daughters Minna and Anna were born there. In 1888, after the death of Uncle Christian Simony, he was selected to lead the company in Ålborg together with manager Rützebeck. This responsibility he undertook from January 1, 1889 until 1916,  at which time the company is completely handed over to the Rützebeck family. The sons Carl and Otto were born in Ålborg.


Otto Emil Simony (1895-1981), Doctor of Medicine with a practice in Hellerup, co-founder of Hellerup Yacht-club, married to:

1)                  Hedvig Wiese (1895-1970),

2)                  Else Rasmussen

Children from the first marriage:

1)                  Ellen Margrethe,

2)                  Jørn Claude de Simony, Forest Supervisor, married to:

1.     Teisen former Tidselholt)

2. Inge Ulvsrod.

Children from the first marriage:

a)                  Chantal Simony, Medical Doctor, married Cramon,

one daughter, one son.

b)                  Claude Simony, designer, unmarried.

c)                  Thor Timm Simony, Educator, married Bonnerup,

three daughters.


    Ellen Margrethe Simony (1921-1987), married to:

1)    Dentist Adolph Christian Borchgrevink Lund (born 1913) (from Tromsø in Norway)(Child: Inger Marianne, called Puk)

2)    Niels Hamdrup (1908-1975), Estate Owner to Wegenersminde near Holbæk (Child: Claus Hamdrup born 1948 , office clerk, married to Vibeke Petersen, bank clerk. Children: Casper, Sarah, Nikolaj, Tena.)


    Inger Marianne Borchgrevink Simony Lund (born March 4, 1944) designer, married on July 20, 1963, to Ole Nikolajsen (born April 29, 1943), 1st Lieutenant/Navigator in the Royal Danish Air Force, Air Traffic Control Officer, Principal of the Swiss Academy for ATC Training, Quality Control Manager DFS in Germany. Two children:

1) Tine Borchgrevink Nikolajsen (born October 28, 1963)

2) Timm Borchgrevink Nikolajsen (born March 1, 1966)


    Tine Borchgrevink Nikolajsen (born October 28, 1963), MBA, production manager in USA. Married on June 25, 1988 to Michael John Donahue from Dubuque, IA, USA. Two daughters:

1) Chantal Lene Borchgrevink Donahue (born April 29, 1991)

2) Caitlin Lise Borchgrevink Donahue (born January 29, 1995)  

    Timm Borchgrevink Nikolajsen (born March 1, 1966), BA, computer expert at MCI in Colorado Springs, CO, USA. Married on January 30, 1988 to Darcel Anne Denkinger from Waterloo, IA, USA.


THE Brouthières BRANCH



    Christophe Simony, the first of this name, Esquire, Overlord to Fresne married 19.January 1586 in Dainville to Marie Combles, daughter of François, Esquire and Overlord to Noncourt. She later married Charles de Rupt. Christophe and Marie only had a son Nicolas, who continues the line.


    Nicolas Simony, Esquire and Overlord to Brouthières, was married on December 3, 1617 to Anne de Brouthières, daughter of deceased Claude, Esquire and Overlord to the same. She brought him this possession as her dowry, and he made the oath of allegiance the same year and gave it as an inheritance to his descendants. In 1641 the inspector for Champagne confirmed his nobility and he was exempted from property tax. He had served for three years in the military reserve, when he was wounded and died in 1635. His children were:

1)    François, who continues the line.

2)    Jacques, Captain in the Piémont-regiment, killed during the siege of Montbeliard.

3)    Marguerite, married to Charles Morand, Esquire and Overlord to Orville, member of the Queen's light cavalry.


    François Simony, the first bearing this name, Esquire and Overlord to Brouthières, served in Mazarin´s light cavalry in the years 1647-49. He distinguished himself in the battle at Lens, as witnessed in a certificate of May 15, 1662. In his marriage, which was entered into on May 26, 1650 to Charlotte d’Albergh, daughter of deceased Jacques d’Albergh, Esquire, he had the following children:

1)         Joseph, Lieutenant in a cavalry-regiment in Langlerie. He married Rachel de Geneste in 1688, during the parade at Agénois. In 1700 he sold his rights as first born to his brother Chrétien, in order to settle in the province of Guyenne. Here his nobility was accepted and acknowledged in a certificate from Lamoignon on February 20, 1715. His daughter Marie was married in 1710 to Jean d’Ausac, Overlord to la Martinie, Cornet by the Dragoons. She was married a second time in 1729 to Alexandre de Gripière, Overlord to Moncroc, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis.

1)         Chrétien, who continues the line.

2)         François, Overlord to Brouthières, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain in the Royal cavalry-regiment, married to:

1.                       Marguerite de Cholet in 1681, daughter of François, Baron to Cholet. They had no children.

2.                       Magdelaine Cirgen in Reynel on January 16, 1709 widow after Sieur Lambert, Bassigny.

3)         Simon, ancestor to the younger side branch, which is described later.

4)         Hélène, married to Charles Thelin, Esquire and Overlord to Villiers-sur-Marne.


    Chrétien de Simony, Esquire and Overlord to Brouthières, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain in the Queens Infantry-regiment and later the Cambrésis-regiment. After 30 years of service he received a pension of 400 livres from Louis XIV in 1708, due to his wounds. In 1715, he presented the Table of Genealogy with his brothers, and all four had their nobility confirmed by a certificate of “Noble Ascendancy”, documented by Lescalopier, inspector in Champagne, dated January 14, 1716. Around 1698 he married Marie-Philippine de Maurage in Avesnes,  Flanders, daughter of Christophe, Esquire and Overlord to Warlu and others. They left among others, the following children:

1)          Christophe, who continues the line.

2)          Chrétien, Overlord to a part of Bettoncourt, Lieutenant in the  Cambrésis-regiment, married on February 12, 1738 to Anne Gaulme, daughter of Pierre, Esquire, Lieutenant in a cavalry-regiment in Raigecourt. Their family line is extinct. They became ordinary farmers in the area and 15 members of the family were buried at the cemetery at Bettoncourt in the years 1703-1836.


Christophe de Simony, the second bearing this name, Knight and Overlord to Brouthières. Married in Poissons on February 15, 1722 to Anne Olivier, daughter of Hugues Olivier de Pampelune, former Captain of the Artillery. He widowed her with five unmarried daughters and four sons:

1)          François, who continues the line.

2)          Charles-Hugues, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain in the French Grenadiers, fell in the battle of Minden on August 1, 1759.

3)          Chrétien-Louis, Captain of the Saintonge-regiment. He fell in the sea battle by Belle-Isle on November 20, 1759 on board the man of war Le Juste.

4)          Charles-François, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain in the Infantry, called “le chevalier de Saint-Léger” (The Knight of Saint-Léger). He died an emigrant.


    François de Simony, the second bearing this name, Knight and Overlord to Brouthières, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain for a regiment in Tournaisis. He was born in 1723 and served the state from his early youth. Later he was Page for the Marquis of la Chétardie, French ambassador to the Russian Court. He participated in the Lombardian Campaign in 1743, where he was wounded in the siege of Tortone and later during the siege of Cazal. In 1746 he distinguished himself extraordinarily during the battle of Plaisance, in which he with his company covered the retreat and conquered three standards from the Imperialists.

He was transferred to Corsica in order to quell the uprising on this island. On his return he was promoted to "Aide Major" in Toulon, a duty he performed for 30 years. On February 28, 1756 he was married to Charlotte d’Astour, daughter of Charles d’Astour, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, former Commander to the King. After settling in this region, he sold his property at  Brouthièeres in a document of November 8, 1762. In 1789 he became member of the Assembly of the Nobles in the Toulon Seneschal jurisdiction. In 1793, when this city was conquered by the republic, he was forced to flee on a Spanish ship in order to save his life. He died in Gibraltar in 1797. François de Simony left the following children:

1)    Louis-Marie, who continues the line.

2)    Louis-Victor, who also continues the line.

3)    Jules, born in 1770, Great chaplain and Archdeacon in Chartres in 1821. Owned chateau Monterollier, which today is a ruin and inherited the Osmanville chateau in Northern France. Priest to the Count of Artois in 1822, and ordained to Bishop of Soissons on April 24, 1825. He died in 1849. Parisheners of his diocese have raised a statue of him in the church of Soissons (a book has been published about his life).

4)    Charles, Lieutenant in the Royal-Louis-regiment, killed during the defence of Toulon, in the battle of Cap Brun on October 15. He was only 18.

5)    Marie-Françoise, Prefectrice in the noble Hyères-monestary (The Citeaux order).

6)    Ursule, married in 1789 to André Rosnay de Villers, Overlord to Maulain, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain of the Infantry. They had a daughter who married her cousin, Count Alphonse de Simony.

7)    Eugénie, who emigrated with her father. She was married in Gibraltar in 1800 to Don Pablo Durand de la Blache, a Spaniard of French ancestry.

8)    Mélanie, married (after having refused a proposal from lieutenant Napoleon Bonaparte) in Paris in 1818 to Hippolyte, Baron to Roquefeuil, son of François de Roquefeuil, Baron to Ambert and Major General. Her daughter Marie was married to Adrien d'Izerny Gargas.


    Louis-Marie de Simony (1761-1816), Count, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Commander, was born in Toulon in 1761. He served in the Navy from the age of fifteen, and participated in thirteen battles during the war in America. During the great sea battle on April 12, 1782 which was led by Admiral Grasse against Admiral Rodney, he was a lieutenant on board the ship César. He was wounded, but was among the survivors after the ship exploded. He was picked up by a British vessel and first saw France again after six months as a prisoner of war. He was married in Toulon on November 3, 1783 to Henriette de l’Espine, daughter of Guillaume de l’Espine de Planty, former officer in the navy. When Louis-Marie on January 1, 1793 was promoted to Commander, he handed in his resignation immediately after the execution of the King on January 21. He was imprisoned in fort Lamalgue and was only saved by a royal upraising, which caused him to regain his freedom, and he became a Major General in the navy. While the white royal flag flew over the city he actively supported the cause of the royalist. After the final victory at the Convent he was forced to emigrate with his wife and daughters. They sought refuge in London, where King Louis XVIII bestowed on him the title of Count as a reward for his allegiance, great support and suffering for the monarchy. He returned to France under Bourbons and found all his possessions confiscated and sold. He was re-instituted to his former rank on December 31, 1814, was decommissioned during the 100 days, and died in Toulon on April 5, 1816. He left his wife and two daughters:

1)   Louise-Françoise, called Fanny, married in Toulon in 1819 to François de Montredon, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis and Chief of Staff.

2)   Louise-Victoire, called Elise, married to:

1.                       Elie-Gabriel de Fornier de Carles in London 1806, Count to Pradines;

2.                       Amédée in Toulon in 1816, Marquis to Gantès, who owned Chateau Apt in Provence and was Frigate Captain and Knight of the order of Saint-Louis.

Count de Simony did not want the title which was given him[16] to be lost due to a lack of male heirs, so his last will was therefore, that this title on his death should be transferred to his brother, who was also a knight. In addition, in the case his brother also did not have any male heirs it should be transferred to his cousin Jean-Félix, who was the senior family member, or his descendants.


    Louis-Victor de Simony (1765-1828), Count and Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Contra Admiral, was born in Toulon in 1765 and was admitted to the l’Ecole Militaire (Military Academy) in 1773 after having proved his nobility to Cherin. As bearer of the Admiral Standard he  participated in the war in America in 1784 and shared the destiny of his older brother. He became Commander on January 1, 1793, was dismissed by the death of the King. Was imprisoned and later liberated during the uprising in Toulon. He was a member of the resistance as a Major in Contra Admiral Trogoff's squadron on December 18, 1793 when he sailed to England with this flotilla, which had not capitulated. He returned to France in 1814, re-obtained his former rank and in 1818 became Contra Admiral. He retired a while later, and died in Paris on September 23, 1828.

He was known as the next oldest under the name “le chevalier de Simony” (Knight of Simony), and in 1816 obtained the title of Count upon the death of his brother. He had married in London on February 20, 1798 to Alexandrine de Robert, grandchild of Louis Robert, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis and Major General and Commander of Toulon in 1761. He had in this marriage:

1)    Alphonse, who continues the line.

2)    Amélie, married during the Restoration to François Guyhou de Montleveaux State Prosecutor in Montargis.


    Alphonse de Simony (1805-1874), Count, was born in London on February 2, 1805. He participated in the first African campaigns, after the conquest of Algiers, as a Lieutenant of the 6th Regiment. After this he was decommissioned and dedicated the rest of his life to holy duties, for which he was rewarded with the  Saint-Grégoire cross by the Pope .

He married in Paris on February 26, 1835 to his cousin Elisa Rosnay de Villers, who died before him. In this marriage there were only daughters.

1)    Marie, married in 1858 to Hippolyte Blanc, Department Chief in the Ministry of Culture.

2)    Hélène, married in 1863 to Léon Grand de Boulogne.

3)    Ursule, married in 1870 to Alphonse Domet de Vorges, Forester.

When Count de Simony died on May 22, 1874 at his chateau in Chamenay (Nièvre), without leaving any male heirs, his title as a Count was transferred to his cousins of the oldest branch, the grandchildren of Jean-Félix, in agreement with the first bearer of the title's wishes.



    Simon de Symony, Esquire, Overlord to Bettoncourt and a part of Brouthières, Life Guard to the King in 1695, was Lieutenant in the Grenadier-regiment in Cambrésis in 1722. On January 24, 1695, he married Anne le Gendre, daughter of François le Gendre, Esquire, Overlord to Bettoncourt, who besides four unmarried daughters gave him the son:

1)  Juste, who continues the line.


    Juste de Symony (1703-81), Esquire and Overlord to Brouthières, Knight of the order of Saint-Louis, Captain in the  Dragoons in Ferronnaye, married on November 23, to Marguerite de Greslot (1718-91), daughter of Nicolas de Greslot, State Prosecutor in the Prevot Tribunal in Grand. They had the son:

1)  Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste, who continues the line.


    Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste de Symony, Knight and Overlord to Brouthières, Lieutenant in the 5th Fusilier cavalry, later Captain in the Coastal Artillery in 1784. Entered into marriage on November 19, 1781 with Marie-Adélaide Husson de Vallerey (1762-1807), daughter of Louis-Nicolas Husson, Overlord to Valleret and to a part of Brouthières, and who in 1762 had bought all he owned there from François de Simony when he moved to Toulon. Nicolas thus, through marriage, obtained what his cousin had disposed of, and got ownership of all of Brouthières. On March 12, 1789 he entered the Assembly of Nobles of Bassigny in Chaumont, where he voted "per prokura" for the Duke of Montmorency-Luxembourg. His descendants were:

1)    Alexandre (1786-1867), unmarried, died on Brouthières in 1867.

2)    Juste-Honoré, who continues the line.

3)    Constance, married in 1812 to Jean-François-Xavier de Beaufort, Baron to Gellenoncourt. She died in 1867.


Juste-Honoré de Symony de Brouthiéres (1801-1870), born March 14, 1801. Married on April 10, 1826 in Longeaux to Charlotte de Cholet (1807-86), daughter of Henri-Charles, Baron de Cholet de Longeaux, (whose father was killed at Quiberon). Juste died at  Brouthières on February 7, 1870, and Madame de Simony followed him in death in 1886 at the age of 80. In their marriage there were the following children:

1)    Henri-Louis-Charles, who continues the line.

2)    Glossinde, married in 1848 to Amédée le Masson, son of Charles le Masson de Surmont, Esquire.

3)    Henriette, married in 1866 (with the blessings of Monseigneur the Count of Chambord) to Paul, Baron to Huart (1819-93), Knight of the order of Saint-Empire, son of Emmanuel, Baron to Huart, and  Julie de Béthune. They lived at the chateau at Brouthières. They left the daughter.

1.                       Charlotte, married to Jean Eudes d’Eudeville, Colonel (born 1858). They had three sons and three daughters:

a)                                Paul

b)                                Albert (1891-1916)

c)                                Emmanuel(+1916)

d)                                Jeanne-married Grandeville

e)                                (Aunt) Isabelle Comtesse de Simony who later lived and died at Rivières-les-Fosses

f)                                Solange - married Josef de Nonancourts.


    Henri-Louis-Charles de Symony de Brouthières (1836-), Baron to Longeau, born on Brouthières November 9, 1836. He lived unmarried on the chateau at Longeaux (Meuse), which he had inherited from his mothers side.

THE Germainvilliers BRANCH



    Hector Simony (-1575), Esquire, Overlord to Germainvilliers, entered the reserves in Chaumont, according to a document of December 18, 1567 by Philibert du Chatelet, Bailli d’épée in Bassigny. He obtained some letters of nobility from Charles, the Duke of Lorraine, on November 23, 1571, against which his brother protested, as mentioned on page 4.

In his marriage to his cousin, Anne Tabouret, Hector had the following children[17]:

1)    Claude, whose son Sebastien becomes the 5th Baron of La Fauche.

2)    Martin, Doctor of Medicine.

3)    François, who continues the line.

4)    Françoise married into the family de la Vigne.

5)    Suzanne married into the family de Vougney.


    François Simony, Esquire and Overlord to Germainvilliers. Married on September 8, 1574 to Bonne du Houx, daughter of deceased Marc du Houx, Esquire and Overlord to Germainvilliers and Jeanne de Choiseul. His wife assumed possession of part of the barony with the widow of Claude, on the death of Antoines in 1591, so François could receive all of Germainvilliers and Sebastien la Fauche. On April 15, 1575 he swore the Oath of allegiance to the  Duke of Lorraine to the Germainvilliers and Aigrémont estates. On July 9, he received new letters from the Duke which confirmed this. On November 8, he entered (in la Mothe) into the noble assembly of “l’Assemblée des trois Ordres” (The Assembly of Three Orders), which had gathered according to one of Bassignys regulations.

By Ducal order, noted at the bottom of a petition on July 14, 1593, he was released from a tax of 30 Ecus, which was collected from the nobility, in reward for the service he provided as a carrier of arms in the orderly company of Marquis de Lenoncourts.

He left the children:

1)    Robert-Chrétien, who continues the line;

2)    Marguerite, married Jean Philippy, Overlord to Chevalière. 1598 to Bertrand de Réance, Overlord to Avrainville.

3)    Marie, married to Claude Mouzin, Overlord to Romecourt.


    Robert-Chrétien Simony, Esquire and Overlord to Germainvilliers, swore the oath of allegiance to Duke Henri of Lorraine on April 11, 1614. He was married on February 5, 1607 to Philippe du Terme, daughter of the Nobleman Claude du Terme, Acting Judge for the King in the  Andelot tribunal. Their children were:

1)       Louis, Lieutenant in the infantry of the Batilly-regiment, fell during the siege of la Mothe.

2)       Chrétien, who continues the line.

3)       Louise, married to Jean le Moine, Overlord to Orquevaux (a former Simony property). She became foster mother to Godefroy when both his parents died in 1667.

4)       Yolande, married to Claude des Andre, Overlord to Tour-Roger;

5)       Françoise, married to Pierre Violet, Esquire.


    Chrétien Simony, Esquire, Overlord to Germaninvilliers, was at first Captain for a mercenary cavalry company in the service of the Duke of Lorraine, and later in 1657 Captain in a cavalry regiment at Rochefort in the service of the French King.

During the big research for the nobility of Champagne, he proved his nobility to Caumartin and kept his dignity as Nobleman and Esquire, in a verdict from Chalon-sur-Marne on June 4. 1670.

Chrétien had married Adeline de Villiers-le-Prud’homme on May 20,  1658, daughter of Jean, Overlord to the mentioned property and widow of Jean de Houdrevilles, Overlord to Suzemont and Rouvroy. In this marriage there were no children.


    Claude Simony,(son of Hector Simony), converts to Calvinism in Valorbe, Switzerland on October 8, 1576. Married to Bonne Petit de Tabouret with whom he had the son Sebastien. He takes over the La Fauche barony from Antoine after the attack in 1572, and the property rights are officially transferred to his son. Claude entered the service of Henri of Navarra and was killed in the battle between the Catholics and Protestants at Coutras in 1587.


    Sebastien Simony, 5th Baron de la Fauche in 1591, baptised together with his parents to Calvinism in Valorbe, Switzerland on October 8, 1576. Married to Veronique du Bois. They both participated in Chaplain's expedition to Canada. In 1610 they had the son Alexandre and the same year they sold their rights to their property in France. After the death of his parents, Alexandre returns at the age of 18, to France in order to reclaim his parental inheritance.


    Alexandre Simony, is acknowledged as the 6th Baron de la Fauche in 1628, and moved to the castle which was in ruins. Officer in the Queens' service, married to his cousin Catherine Petitjean. She died on February 17, 1667 while giving birth to their child, the son Godefroy. According to the church register of Orquevaux, which mentions the burial of Alexandre, he fell during the conquest of Lille on August 31, 1667, in Flanders' liberation war from Spain.


Foot notes:

[1] See the letters from the Corsican branch to Chamberlain, Minister C.F. Simony

  Fam.Simoni de Petriconi in Bastia from Count Simon Anno 824

[2]The Family Piccolomini is still a factor in Siena, with two palaces and a chapel in the Cathedral.

[3]From the power of attorney of 1497 it is clear that well made investigations into the archives in Siena have proven that the family Simoni in this city belonged to the Patricier realm and participated in the governing of the republic, and later had different offices under the Medicies. Also when these archives can only present genealogical fragments, they mention several members of the family, among which we can mention Mino Simoni, Ambassador for republics of Siena and Florence in 1301; Luca and Agnolo Simoni, who also were Ambassadors, the first in Arrezzo in 1362, the second in Naples in 1410 at the peace conference with King Ladislas; Giovanni Simoni, one of the “les Seigneurs de la fete d’aout in 1508; Michelangelo Buonaroti Simoni (6/3 1474-18/2 1564) the famous sculptor and painter; Anselmo Simoni, Chamberlain to Biccherna (Treasurer in le Grand Conseil) in 1535; Fra Paoli Simoni, Knight of the order of the Maltese, Grand Prieur in Lombardy, General of "les Galeres de la Religion" in 1538, Fra Pompeo Simoni, admitted as a Knight in the same order in 1593, he fell in 1602 during the conquest of Mahomette; Annibale Simoni, married to Cintia Piccolomini, writer of the “Cronique des faits passés à Sienne de 1550 à 1554”, the  manuscripts are found in the city library; Adriano Simoni acted as a negotiator during the establishment of the conditions for the capitulation of Lucignano in 1553; Captain Girolamo Simoni, Governor in Campi in 1622; in addition several members of "Conseil de la Signoria", Knights of the religious and military order of Saint-Etienne.

Furthermore the marriage registry documents connections which the Simoni family has made, not only to the previously mentioned families, but also to the families Finetti, Fondi, della Gherardesca, Colombini, Bandinelli, Carli, Tolomei, and other well known noble families in Siena.

Towards the end of the 17th century all traces of the Simoni family disappears in Siena. It seem to have died out with Simone Simoni, who died during the Candie-expeditionen in 1669.

[4]Charles the Daring´s body was not found on the battle field until two days later, half eaten by wolves. The legend goes that since then the Simony family has been haunted by his ghost in the form of a Werewolf.

[5]The Red Square with the golden star is a part of the Corsican coat-of-arms and is most likely the original shield of the count.

[6]The first son, Antoine,  4th Baron dies January 16, 1591 and the title goes to the cousin Sebastian,  the 5th Baron de la Fauche, since the father died in 1587.

[7]But the content of these letters, which are nothing but a summarisation of taxes, could just as well give indication of the granting of nobility as a confirmation of such. Because of this he took his precautions, and declared in a document of December 3, 1572, written in the name of Madame Gironnets, female notary in Langres, that these letters could never harm the nobility of his ancestors.

[8]She was cousin to Jean Roussat, who was the King of Navarra's most ardent enforcer  in Champagne during the disturbances around the Liga.

[9]Claude Mouchet was son of Guyon Mouchet, Overlord to Chateau-Rouillaud, Knight of the order of Saint-Georges, Grandmaster in Charollais in 1559, Cupbearer to the Pope, among other things. He was married to Etiennette Perrenot de Granvelle, sister to Cardinal Granvelle, Archbishop in Malines, Grand-Inquisitor in Flanders and the Low Countries, later became Viceroy of Naples etc. Accordingly, Madame Simony was niece to the son of this great statesman. In addition, Marguerite Mouchet (sister to Marie), married to Bénigne Bossuet, Parliamentary Councillor in Metz, whose father was given noble status by Henri III, was mother to the Bishop in Meaux and an Intendant in Picardi. It concludes that these were cousins to Claude Simony (the fourth)

[10]It is noteworthy that Claude Simony IV on his seal as the Maitre d'Hotel for the King in 1652, and as "Gentilhomme de la Chambre" in 1659, for the first time is titled “le sieur de Simony”, in order to preserve his family ancestral name intact and not de "St. Seyne". From this time it is noted that the King, in front of the family's name places article "de", which is called the Article of Nobility. Soon after the Brouthières branch uses this form, whereas Alexandre called himself Baron de la Fauche.

[11]See: Statuts de l’Ordre de Saint-Michel, de l’imprimerie royale, 1725, IV P.305

[12] It was only in 2001 that Jørn Simony discovered that the painting of Gilbert at Rivières shows the same person as painted on the miniature of Godefroy in his possession.

[13] See footnote 12.

[14]Godefroy had learned this trade in Königsberg in order to qualify himself as an emigrant, since only craftsmen could avoid being drafted to the military.

[15] At this time the family became aware that they originated from Corsica and some changed their name to be spelled Simony.

[16]See: Archives de la Marine and le Moniteur of August 21, 1814, page 938 1st column.

[17]François is the only one officially mentioned, the other four were noted as "entre autres enfants" (among other children) because of their protestant faith. They were discovered by Jørn Simony in the hand-written family book found at Brouthières.