Welcome to these Hubbard pages. They're a somewhat disorganised
collection of photographs and stories I've published since this website
started life in 1998. They've all Grown like Topsy, growing
without supervision or prior planning.
That planning has now arrived in the form of
hubbardplus.co.uk - my sister
Judith's website. She is actively researching our Hubbard family history.
I do not intend to change these pages, as there are so many
other websites linking back. Please visit
Nick, January 2013
Anthony Prior's emails
I'm keeping copies of emails sent to me from my distant cousin, Anthony
Prior connected via the Bernard line.
I was sent a link to your Hubbard Family website as it contained references to
my ancestors - The de Brissac's
I'm still working my way through all the information you have made available -
I thought you might like to look at
www.debrissac.org.uk which contains some interesting information about the
de Brissac family.
If you have a look at the De Brissac family tree in particular you will find
many of your ancestors.
I hope you find this information interesting - let me know if I can help in any
If you have any information on the Polchet family I would be most interested as
well as the Dickinson side of the family (I married a descendant of Cpt Thomas
I’d be more than happy to help your sister with any family information she
requires - Please feel free to pass on my email address and phone numbers to
Over the weekend I discovered some old family papers, letters, birth
certificates, even my Gt. Grandmothers dowry etc. There are lots of greetings
cards from the Cosse de Brissacs to my great Aunt who corresponded with her in
the 40’s and 50’s and I also found some letters from a de Brissac Dickinson
descendant asking if our side of the family were related.
There were lots of handwritten contemporaneous notes referring to the de Brissac
family – and I know that as a boy I was always told that our side of the family
had the stronger claim to the title – in the 50’s my grandfather even tried
resurrecting the title for use in England (apparently during the reign of Queen
Victoria legislation was passed to permit foreign titles to be recognised) but
in those days it would have cost over £10,000 so he decided to remain as he
was. Regrettably I never did find the notes he made to support his claim to
the de Brissac lineage. When grandfather died (pre internet) he believed he and
his son were the last of the de Brissac Bernard line but as I subsequently
discovered he was not alone and there is a growing “de Brissac” travel industry
meeting distant cousins all over the world.
I have had a quick look at your site
Your family tree is very interesting
On the image one can see detailed the marriage between JOHN WADDINGTON
HUBBARD and Emma Evans, my Great Great Grandparents.
The connection to the "real" Duc de Brissac lineage fascinates me.
The family details for Peter Abraham de Brissac (1731 - 1768) agree with the notes from
Harriet Ann Dickinson:
In 1685, Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes because his growing interest in
religion made tolerating protestants impossible. The Huguenots were compelled to
choose between conversion to Catholicism, persecution, and flight from the
country. About 200,000 chose the latter.
The Duc de Brissac were closely allied to Louis XIV: the king's half sister was
married to Henri Albert de Cossé 4th duc de Brissac. The marriage was not a
happy one, and Louis XIV was in dispute with the 4th duc when the duc died in
1698. Louis XIV supported the claim of Artus Timoléon to be the next duc, Comte
de Cossé, 5th Duc de Brissac.
I wonder which duc Peter's grandfather was?
Artus Timoléon Louis de Cossé, 5th Duc de Brissac (B1668 - D 1 JUL 1709)
(generation gap 31.5 years)
Peter's father, who fled France, was the elder brother of Charles
Timoléon Louis de Cossé, 6th Duc de Brissac (B 1 FEB 1693 Paris - D 18
APR 1732 Paris)
scan of "Time and Chance" Charles Timoléon Louis de Cossé,
(1693 - 1732) 6th Duc has
been pencilled in.
(generation gap 19 years)
A descendant of Henri Albert de Cossé 4th duc de Brissac. (1645 -1698)
(generation gap 43 years)
From "The Dukes of Brissac, history of an illustrious French Family" Henri is
a Black Sheep of the family [p140]
Henri married Gabrielle Louise de Saint Simon( d:1684) the half sister of
Louis XIV. The union was childless.
Henri's second wife was Elisabeth. They married 1684 + 5 months , ref
The Dukes of Brissac, history of an illustrious French Family)
Daughter of François Michel de Verthamon, Marquis de Bréau.
Debts. Henri's property was seized in 1680.
"The Dukes of Brissac, history of an illustrious French Family" makes no
Louis XIV's intervention in passing the title to the fifth duke. Henri's
Artus Timoléon Louis de Cossé, 5th Duc de Brissac 1668 - 1 JUL 1709 Paris
who "entered solemnly the castle in 8th Oct 1700." That's 2 years after Henri's
Jean-Paul Timoléon de Cossé, Conte de Brissac.(1698 - 1780) An engraving, dated 1595 is
in VICTORIAN HANGOVER Chapter 8.
(generation gap 15 years)
All interesting stuff!