Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Des Champs
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Lynne Walker
My name is Lynne Walker and I began my family history research in the 1990s after my mother gave me some sheets of information put together by another member of the family. I have met and overcome many hurdles and brick walls along the way like everyone else but when I came to the Deschamps branch I was totally confused by the small number of forenames that were recycled through the generations. I discovered that there were other people out there who were also researching the same family and becoming hopelessly entangled in discerning which John belonged to which Isaac etc. I decided to do a one-name study to bring all the Deschamps under one roof and maybe add a little clarity.
My branch of the family were Huguenots but their origins are not yet clear as I write this in March 2019. The chances are they were French or Walloons (Belgian) but they could also have come from the Netherlands or even Switzerland. In the early 18th century they were mostly living in the Soho district of London, Marylebone and Westminster. They were Upholders (furniture makers) and took on many apprentices to the trade. They are also frequently found as jurors at the Old Bailey.
My most famous Deschamps so far appears to be the Honourable Isaac Deschamps, King’s Justice of Halifax Nova Scotia 1722-1801. What an interesting life he had!
This study is in its early stages regarding the wider spread of Deschamps. Initially I am focusing on London To unravel the knots and loops of who belongs to whom but I will put up a list of Deschamps wherever I find them. There are, of course variants (see below) but, again, I am focusing on Deschamps for now.
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