Bettencourts 1200-2000

Generation Five

6. Regnault Bethencourt (III) (Jean, Regnault, Philippe, Jean) (suffix added for clarification)18,17,18,17,18 was also known as Regnault de Bettencourt (III).9 He was born circa 1310 at Caux, France.18,9

Children of Regnault Bethencourt (III) include:

7. Jean de Bethencourt (II) (Jean, Regnault, Philippe, Jean) (suffix added for clarification)17,20,17,7,9,10,12,17,7,9,12 was also known as Jean de Bettencourt.7,12 He was also known as João de Bettencourt (II).9 He was also known as Jehan de Béthencourt (II).11 He was also known as Jhean de Bethancourt (II).10 He was born circa 1310 at Sigy-en-Bray, France.17,7,9
     Familias Faialenses lists Jean (II)'s father as Renaud de Béthencourt, and Renaud's father as Filipe de Béthencourt. However, it also states that Jean (II) died in 1357 in the Battle of Honfleur and that Filipe lived in the time of Louis VIII of France. Louis VIII lived 1187-1226, reigned 1223-1226. It is highly improbable that Filipe's grandson, Jean (II), could have died over 125 years later. There must be more generations in between. Therefore I have chosen to follow the line of descent as given in Os Bettencourt.20
     Jean de Bethencourt (II) is referred to as Jean I in The Canarian and in the Nobiliário da Ilha da Madeira which incorrectly indicates his father as Regnault de Bethencourt, but then includes information from 1346-1357, including his marriage to Isabeau de St. Martin.13,21 After 1337 Jean de Bethencourt (II) was Lord of Béthencourt, Sigy-en-Bray, France, of Saint Vincent de Rouvray, and of Grainville.17,19,22,7,9,10 He married Isabeau de St. Martin, daughter of Jean de St. Martin and Isabeau de Harcourt, in 1338 at France.18,13,11,20,9,10,23 Like his father, he followed a military career. He was registered in the regiment of the host of René de Belleval, in the division of the Count of Alençon, for the war against England. He also served with his company of 10 men in the region of Poitou.18 He participated in the siege of Tournai, Flanders, in 1340.18 He took part in the battles of Ploërmel and of Honfleur under the command of the marshal of Normandy, Robert de Clermont in 1357.18,24 He died in 1357 in the Battle of Honfleur, France, fighting against the troops of the Black Prince.18,13,11,20,7,24,10

Isabeau de St. Martin25,18,7,12,18 was also known as Anne Isabelle de Clermont.18 She was also known as Izabel de Saint Martin.20 She was also known as Isabelle de Saint Martin Le Gaillard.7 She was also known as Izabel de São Martinho.26 She was also known as Isabeau de Clermont.9 She was also known as Isabeau de Saint-Martin.10 She was also known as Anne Isabeau de Clermont.17 She was also known as Anne Izabeau.12 She was born circa 1310 at Saint-Martin-le-Gaillard, France.18
Barony of St. Martin
     (Monsieur Pierre Cleret has presented a different genealogy for this line. He states that the wife of Jehan (Jean) de St. Martin, Isabeau's father, was not Isabeau de Harcourt, but Isabelle Martel de Basqueville. Her ancestor was Guillaume de Basqueville who was married to the great-granddaughter of Herfaut, brother of Duchess Gonor, wife of Richard Sans Peur, 3d Duke of Normandy. Guillaume de Basqueville was the son of Nicolas de Basqueville, whose father, Baldric le Teuton, married a niece of Gilbert de Brionne, who was the grandson of Richard Sans Peur, son of Guillaume Longue Épée, son of Rollon, 1st Duke of Normandy. Nicolas married Albreda, great-granddaughter of Harfaut, sister of Guillaume Fitzaubert).27,28,11
     After 1353 Isabeau sold or pretended to sell her inherited castle at Saint-Martin to Mathieu de Braquemont.29 She married Mathieu de Braquemont, son of Regnault de Braquemont (I), after 1357 at France.17,24 Before 1360 in the division of her father's property, the castle must have fallen to Isabeau and, in this way, by the said sale or by her second marriage, passed to the possession of Mathieu de Braquemont. In it then lived Mathieu with his wife and probably their children. It followed, however, that meanwhile, war broke out between the King of France and Charles the Bad, King of Navarre, the Braquemonts taking the side of the latter. For this reason, the King of France ordered that the castle belonging to Mathieu be seized, and Pierre d'Auxy was charged with the task. Pierre was the son of Hugues d'Auxy, Lord of Dompierre, and his wife Isabeau de Marigny who was descended from the ancient barons of Saint-Martin; he was, therefore, cousin once removed of Isabeau de Saint-Martin. She was still young and attractive. Pierre fell in love with her and sequestered her, perhaps with her consent. An illegitimate child appears to have been born from this adulterous affair, taking the name of Dompierre and is presumed to be the nobleman of this name who accompanied Jean (IV) in the expedition to the Canary Islands. Enraged by the seizure and by the sequestration and adultery of his wife, Mathieu killed Pierre, later begging pardon for this crime from the King.30 In 1376 Isabeau put in motion proceedings against various people, including her sisters, proceedings in which she complains of having been wronged in the division of her father's property.29
Children of Jean de Bethencourt (II) and Isabeau de St. Martin all born at Normandy, France, were as follows:

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