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Connections to other families:
d'Aillebout Genealogy - Baudouin - Beaugendre - Dyel Genealogy - Etrepagny Genealogy - Ferney Genealogy - Humphrey Genealogy - Maury de Lapeyrouse  - Oudin alias Houdin - Peat Genealogy - Pinot GenealogySt Ouen d'Ernemont - Unconnected Audecents (alias Hodecent, Haudessant, Oxant, Odsan etc.)

The AUDECENT Family Genealogy
This page consists of a brief history and Genealogy

Audcent family gathering Downton, England
Rear Row: Andrew Audcent, Elizabeth Voice nee Audcent, Mark Voice, Alexa Anderson nee Audcent, Bryan Anderson, Catherine Audcent nee Moore,
Martin Audcent, David Hanlon, Katherine Hanlon nee Audcent, Sandra Audcent nee Russell, Geoffrey Audcent, Joseph Audcent, Emma Hanlon
Middle Row:  Serina friend of Jeannine Audcent, Margaret Vincent nee Windsor, Langford Vincent, Helen Vincent, David Audcent
Front Row: Christine Audcent nee Keeling and her mother Florence Keeling nee Line, Dympna Audcent nee Norley,
Anthony Audcent, Mary Pinot de Moira nee Pegler, Peter Pinot de Moira, Jeannine Audcent
Sitting on Grass: Tom Anderson, with elder brother Joe behind, William Anderson, Matthew Audcent, Ellie Audcent,
Samuel Hanlon, Ben Voice, Matthew Voice, Ellie Voice, Chloe Hanlon, Jack Hanlon

BRIEF HISTORY - Underlined persons link to biographies or other family trees.

The first mention of the surname is Guillaume "in 1430 at Bourg d'Ire, Maine et Loire, also a Guillaume "AUDECENT" m. 13/6/1564 Bourg d'Ire, Maine et Loire, Guillemine DELLYMELLE, and later we find Marie "AUDESANT" m. 10/5/1639 St Germain-en-Laye, Seine et Oise, France, Francois PAGET .

The English branch of the family AUDECENT originate from ProsperAudcent a successful man of humble origins, who married in 1835 into the ancient and aristocratic family Pinot de Moira (See page 6), Marquis & Comtes de Rochemaure and Rochepaule, at Rouen in 1835.  Prosper was described as an Actor ('Artiste Dramatique') in 1838 on the birth certificate of his son Arthur, and earlier and afterwards, he appears to have been a Lithographic Artist, in the same business as his father Jean Pierre who had apparently moved from Chateaudun to Paris.  

Prosper moved a lot, as can be seen from the places of birth of his children: Prosper himself born in Chateaudun in 1811, was married at Rouen to Anne Marie Louise Henriette Silvie Pinot de Moira, where his first child Marie (1836) was born, then to Bordeaux where Arthur his son was born (1838) and finally to Paris where his third child and second daughter Armandine was born (1841).  In 1842 he appeared at the theatre des Batignolles  (now Theatre Herbertot, 78 Boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17e) to some acclaim, when he played the role of the painter in "Les Fees de Paris" which was a comedie by Jean Francois Alfred Bayard. Unfortunately the marriage was not a success. we learn that on the 31/3/1847, he (holding the occupation of Engineer) and his wife were living at 21 Rue de Valverde, Madrid, on that date appeared before Alphonse Liger, honorary Consul and Chancellor of the Franch Embassy, Madrid to agree a deed of separation.  We learn from other sources, that she applied to Paris to be an inspector of Nursery Schools in 1856 she is quoted as stating that her husband was a 'spendthrift writer'.  In the event she only undertook these duties for three years or so and died in 1859 and was buried at Clermont Ferrand.  He was resident at 18 Boulevard de Poisonniers in Paris 18e arrondisement in 1861, and described as living on private means, when he consented to the marriage of his youngest daughter Armandine.  He died in apparent poverty described as 'artiste dramatique' on 17/1/1862 at Villers Cotterets, Aisne.   Prosper was the first person to officially use the style of name AUDCENT, without the central 'e' and signed his marriage Certificate in this fashion - although he is described  in that document as an AUDECENT. His daughter Armandine, funnily, always kept the 'e' in her name, we know little of the other daughter Marie.  There is a full biography of him on the DOCUMENTS page being Item 20..

Nothing was known of the family until I commenced my researches.  Marguerite Audcent, my great aunt, sister of Henri Audcent (my grandfather) thought that Prosper originated from Poitou. Interestingly she had lived at Chaussepot,  Courtelain, governess of the family de Kish de Nemesker for many years, their Chateau situated very close to the town of Chateaudun, Eure et Loir, without any knowledge of the origins of the family from that town.  2 generations of the family had been brought up by their maternal relations 'Pinot de Moira', and were told nothing of their own forebears or cousins.

I am now stuck, and I will need the help of someone, hopefully a long lost relative, in the Eure et Loir or adjoining departements willing to check the location of the early records - before making a further visit to undertake the detailed research.
Any long lost cousins should contact me, they would be very welcome.

David B Audcent

Chateaudun Records

Jacques Audecant d. 12/6/1782
Julien Alexandre Auxant d. 9/9?11/1785
Philippe Haunesant d. 25/8/1723
Marie HAUDESANT m. 7/2/1764 Matthieu LESCARVAULT
Marin HODSAN d. 7/9/? 1709
N HODSAN d. 24/7/? 1709
Marie Anne HAUTESAN 3/2/1716
Jacques HAUDSAN d. 13/5/1718
Marie Anne HODSAN d. 29/7/1723
Catherine HAUDESANT d. 4/4/1763
Marie HOSANNE d. 17/3/1765
Genevieve AUXENT b. 21/8/1757 St Valerien
Francois AUXENT b. 18/7/1760 d. 25 following St Valerien

St Aignan Lots more of them in the Indexes


A Rene Haudessens m. 29/10/1669 Mary Magdelaine, Chateaudun, Marie (?Greslin - unreadable) dtr of Pierre and his wife Marguerite Garriau - what is important Rene was the son of Leonard (deceased) and his wife Nicole ?Ferez

Jacques HODSAN d. before November 1699 m. Perrine BADRAU of the parish of St Aignan and of this marriage issued:-

I have details of various unconnected lines of distant cousins in my records, gleaned from authorities in France,
all located in the region of Chateaudun see next page:

THE ENGLISH LINE of the family AUDCENT - to date
The direct descendants of Prosper AUDCENT (1811-?) - (SEE PREVIOUS SECTION)

Prosper Audcent b 20/2/1811 Chateaudun, Eure et Loir d. in apparent poverty described as 'artiste dramatique' on 17/1/1862 at Villers Cotterets, Aisne, In his career he hadf been a Lithographic Artist, Engineer, and Actor  In 1831 Prosper presented himself at the hôtel de ville of the old Paris Xe arrondisement, as required by law, to register for military conscription. However, he was not actually called up, and returned to the town hall three years later to register that he had received his ‘certificat de libération’ on 19 May 1834 (but not entirely sure why) - Prosper signed the register, and his signature on this occasion is thus the earliest known example of the family using the spelling “Audcent”. At That time Prosper was living with his parents at No. 29 rue de Bussi (rue de Buci) in the old Xe arrondisement of Paris, his father Jean Pierre was described as an ‘imprimeur’ whilst Prosper the son was an ‘ecrivain-lithographe'.  He was to m. 29/8/1835 St Vincent, Rouen, Anne Marie Louise Henriette Silvie Pinot de Moira, b. 24/10/1815, St Junien, Haute Vienne d. 17/8/1859 St Dier d'Auvergne, Puys de Dome the daughter of Jean Baptiste Paul Henri Pinot de Moira (self-styled Comte de Rochepaule) and his wife Marie Catherine Jeanne Felicite DE VILESTIVAUD DE LAPEYROUSE, and Grand-daughter of the self-styled Marquis Paul Pinot de Moira and his wife, Marguerite Estienne de la Riviere. His name appears in 1846 as an applicant for a passport when he presumably left Bordeaux for Madrid. He and his wife separated in 1847 whilst living in Madrid, Spain.  When Anne-Marie applied for Nursery Teaching Certification at Paris in 1856 she stated she had left her 'spendthrift writer husband'.  [(The rise of Professional Women in France, Linda L Clark, published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press, page 30) the footnote no 60 mentions: Caplat, Inspecteurs; AN F17 20315, 20068].  The writer quotes her as one of the relatively few (four) who rose from humble beginnings, most were found posts through the influence of family connections.  We know that Prosper appeared at the Theatre du Palais-Royale Paris in 1853-1855 and it would seem as a comedy actor for he was listed in the (Dictionnaire des comédiens français (ceux d'hier): Biographie, bibliographie, iconographie By Henry Lyonnet). Interestingly he would be a colleague of Alexander Dumas, who was librarian and dramatist for the same period at this famous Theatre. Of their marriage they had issue of just three children, their only son Arthur, who emigrated to England around 1865 with his Uncle Hippolyte Henri Pinot de Moira, self-styled Comte de Rochepaule, later in 1874 to become his father-in-law, whilst his two sisters Marie & Armandine and their families remained in France:-

- Through this unlikely connection, the Audcent family are related to the Royal Families of England, France and Scotland.

Martin BEAUGENDRE resident of Lanneray (|Eure et Loir) in 1565 (possibly brother of Noel Beaugendre cure de Boisseleua 1556) m. Etiennette UNKNOWN and had issue of one known child:-

OUDIN alias HOUDIN (Line to be checked)

Claude OUDIN m. Marie PRUDHOMME and had issue:


I have some information relating to 'unconnected' lines of the family - see next page for details - Surnames, AUDECENT, AUDSENT, AUXANT, AUXENT, HODECENT, HODCENT, OCCEAN, OZANNE.

The following photographs are taken from the extensive collection of family photographs in the possession of David B Audcent.

Photographs of the Audcent family and their wives/husbands

Arthur Audcent (1838-81)

Helene Marie Blanche Pinot de Moira (1852-79)

Louis Felix Henri Audcent (1875-1951)

Henriette Marie Angele Ferney (1881-1966)

Gerard Arthur Joseph Audcent (1911-81)

Eileen Winifred
Kenway (1910-1989)

Jacques Louis Alexis Audcent (1912-84)

Sylvia Constance Peat (1910-living)

Bernard Henry Robert Audcent (1918-68)

Martha Thompson Connell (1921-89)

David Bernard
Audcent (1939-living)

Christine Jean
Keeling (1944-living)

Anthony Edward Audcent (1939-living)

Valerie Anne
King (1938-93)

Paul Jacques
Audcent (1941-living)

Christine Reid

Picture: Margaret Dympna Corley

Photo: Karen Audcent

Helene Marie Louise Audcent (1877-1962)

Marguerite Marie Pauline Audcent (1878-1960)

Margaret Dympna Corley (1938-living)

Karen Elizabeth Audcent (1971-living)

Geoffrey David Audcent (1962-living)