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DeCuir family - Hainaut to Louisiana

The DeCuir family of the United States is descended from our common ancestor, Albert deCuire (1673-1750), native of Macon , Hainaut (now Belgium), who migrated as one of the earliest colonists to Louisiana in 1720.

Albert settled in Pointe Coupee Parish and his grandchildren prospered on the banks of False River, and old channel of the Mississippi.

The Name DeCuir
The name translates into “of leather”. Perhaps our ancestors were tanners. The three towns of Cuiry, France (see photo links below) are within an hours drive south of Macon, as well as another town of Cuireaux. The only other area in France or Belgium that begins with the letters CUIR is a suberb in Lyon, France.

The spelling of the name evolved over the years from deQuyre, to deCuire, to DeCuir. There is a coat of arms in Flemish registered to the DeQuiere (or a similar spelling), the only coat of arms we have been able to find from pre 20th century. A current day coat of arms which has circulated for the name DeCuir is actually a modern day artist interpretation, and not associated at all with the ancient family from the research we have conducted.
Albert deCuire had two sons and several daughters. Anyone bearing the name DeCuir today in the United States is probably descended from Albert's son, Jean Francois DeCuir, as Albert's other son only had a daughter. Julie Eschleman-Lee has trancscribed the will of Genevieve Mayeux, wife of Jean Francois DeCuir and has it available online at this link: DeCuir Will of Genevieve Mayeux DeCuir
Sons of Jean Francois and Genevieve include: Jean Baptiste, Francois, Pierre, Antoine and Joseph. Several of these grandsons of Albert deCuire were large plantation owners along the Mississippi Valley and the Teche. Many of them served in the Pointe Coupee Militia
which was part of Galvez's Army during the Revolutionary War, making descendants ellible for membership in clubs such as Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.

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Ancient document of deCuire family from Europe

Please copy the jpg file in this link to your files. It is a 1681 document when Simon deCuire, our ancestor, was tested to be a Cleric for the Catholic Diocese in Hainaut at Cambrai. He is Albert deCurie's father.
1681 Document from Hainaut of Simon deCuire


* JULY 1996 In July of 1996, Rev. Léon Lybaert, pastor of the Catholic Church of Macon, Belgium, traveled to Louisiana to celebrate at 275th anniversary Mass of the arrival of Albert deCuire and 120 other Hainaut colonists to Louisiana. Father Lybaert is also a historian and traced the DeCuir family back to 1535 in Hainaut. The DeCuir family was very active in the Catholic Church in Hainaut, and continued in Louisiana as Albert was one of the founding Godfathers of the Bell to establish the first church of Pointe Coupee with St. Frances Church. The anniversary Mass was said in this church, full of artifacts of the days of Albert deCuire, with several hundred DeCuir descendants in attendance. Including the 1719 ship's bell beleived to have been brought from Europe by the colonists to Louisiana.

Photo of 1719 bell with George DeCoux, Andre Haussey, and Randy DeCuir, photo courtsey of Brian Costello of Pt. Coupee

* JULY 1998
On July 19, 1998, many DeCuir cousins joined at Macon, Hainaut, Beglium, to attend the 50th anniversary Mass of Father Lybaert as a Catholic Priest, and had a weekend reunion tour of the DeCuir ancestral village, as well as a visit to Chimay and the Chateau deCuiry in France.

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DeCuir Links

DeCuir links of our Hainaut (now Belgium & France) homeland

Virtual Tour of Mons, Belgium:
Ancient home of the Counts of Hainaut, modern capital of Province of Hainaut, Belgium

Chimay, Hainaut, Belgium:
home of the Prince of Chimay, medieval royalty who appointed DeCuir family as mayors and town councilmen of Macon

Cuiry, France:

The name Cuiry translates to “A Place of Tanners”, according to Andre DesChamps, genealogist of Chimay.
Photo of Cuiry village near Housse, France

Photo of Cuiry village near Chaudardess, France

Photo of Cuiry village near Iviers, France
(30 minutes south of Macon, this is the closest village of Cuiry to Macon where the DeCuir family is docuumented. The Chateau deCuiry (Castle of Cuiry) is located in this village)

Cuiry & Cuireaux listed on Picardie GenWeb Page, France

Map of Chimay, Beligum

Web page of our talented cousin: Catherine DeCuir.

DeCuir Links of America

Avoyelles, Louisiana family names origins in France
Chimay, Hainaut, Beglium genealogy Page
GedCom file of Randy DeCuir
Hainaut-Louisiana Colonists of 1720, including Albert Decuir
Land Patents of DeCuir family in Louisiana
Photo of Cuiry-Housse, France
Photo of Cuiry-Les-Iviers, France
Photo of Cuiry-Chaudardes, France
Dennis Vaughn DeCuir's site for the DeCuirfamily
Avoyelles Parish, LA - home of Marcelin DeCuir descendants
Photo of Cuirieux, (Aisne district), France
Photo of Quiry, France
Chimay Drawing about 1700, courtesy of Mrs. Ghisclair
Macon and Chimay on a Belgium Tourist webpage