The Trench family originated in France. it is recorded in Haag in "France Protestant" "Volume 6 Page 411" that the family originated in du Bourg and that the lordship of de la Tranche was near Moustiers and Avrille, a division of Sables d"Alone in Potioere.
Playfair also gave and account of the origins of the Trench family. he reported that the noble and ancient family of Trench is of French extraction and take its name from the Lordship of La Tranche in Poitou, which is formerly possessed. All the Trench families included in their crest a raised sword helbd by and armoured hand, and were presumably branches of a single family. This includes all the Tranche Lyon family in Brittany, La Tranche Montagne, in Normandy, and La Tranch de la Roche in Gascony whidch were last settled in England at and early period.
The Trench family was among the first to embrace the Reformation in France. They emigrated because of the miserable and intolerable state which dominated France after the Massacre of Saint Bartholemue, and the civil war that ensued.
They earliest genealogical record for any Trench family was found in the public library at La Rochelle, France and consisted of the following.
La Tranchee originating in Picardie:
Christophe de la Tranchee, Lord of Savigny and John dela Tranchee , his son who was elector of Rethel. The son married and had a son also named John de la Tranchee. This John married Jaqueline Blodifiere. They had a son named Christoph, born in 1493 who married Jeanne d"Apremont. They had a son also named Christoph who married Suzanne de Savigny and had a child of which, John de la Tranchee, who married Marguerite du Videt.
All of the above named Tranchee bore the title of a Cavalier, which meant they served as Knights for the King.
Most if not all of the many branches of the Trench family originated from Frederic de la Tranche. Frederic de la Tranche was possibly born in Poitoeu, France around 1545. Around 1574 he settled in Northumberland, England. In 1576 he married Margaret Sutton , a daughter of William Sutton. Frederic and Margaret had four children. The first child was a daughter named Magdalene, the secon child was a son Thomas, the third and Fourth children were also sons, James Trench and Adam Trench. Magdalene died having never married.
Thomas Trench was probably born in 1577 as he was said to be a Master of the Arts in 1599. He married Catharine Brooke, the daughter of Richard Brooke of Pontefract, in County York, England. Thomas and Catherine had two daughters Margarit, and Magdalene, and a only son Frederick Trench. This Frederick Trench would later marry the only surviving child living to maturity of his uncle The Rev. James Trenche
James Trenche became a preacher and settled in Ireland. Rev. James Trenche was the first of the Trench family who came into Ireland and, probably came with his father-in-law Hugh Montgomery, The Viscount Montgomery of Ards. James maried Margared Montgomery. Rev. James Trench died before his other brothers and sisters as they were included in his will dated the twenty-seventh of January 1630 and begins with: In dei nomine. Amen The testament and latter will of me James Trenchshe, Parsone of Clongell in the countie of Meath. bing seik in bodie and perfect in memorie. James Trench had a daughter Anna who was born in 1613 in Ireland and died 1664 in Ireland. She married her first cousin Frederick Trench. James also had six other children that did not live to maturity.
Adam Trench was the other child of Frederic de la Tranche and Margaret Sutton. in 1748 some of his descendents were still living in Scotland and some other of his descendents had become merchants and settled near London.
Frederick Trench (B. ? D. 1669 In Ireland) He married Anna Trench in 1632 in Ireland. She was (b. 1613 Ireland D. 1664 Ireland. They had three sons Frederick Trench(1633-1704) John Trench (?-1725), William Trench (b. 1642 D. ?)
The Frederick Trench(1633-Nov 1704) married Elizabeth Warburton (daughter of Richard Warburton and Elizabeth Anne L'Estrange. They had the following Children: Frederick Trench(1681-1752), William Trench(1682-1729), Rev. John Trench (1684-?), and Lucy Trench(1686-? who married Tobias Caulfield. Frederick (1633-1704) is the anscestor of The Clancarty Trench's, and The Heywood Trench's,.
The John Trench who died in 1725 (mentioned above ) is the Anscestor of The Ashetown Trench's
You also have the Taum Trench's, the Cooke-Trench's, Jamaican Trench's, and a few others.
At this point things get a little more difficult so I will stop for now and continue this later.
Terry Hunter Jr.
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