It is likely that most Fleury families originating out of
Ireland are descended from Louis Fleury, the protestant pastor
of Tours and his wife Esther duBourdieu. Both familes were prominent
families of clergymen in France. There was also a very close
connection between the two families with several marriages between
Fleury and Dubourdieu people taking place in the mid/late 17th
Louis Fleury was born in June 1641 at Preuilly, Touraine (baptised
21 June). He was Pasteur at Chavigny en Anjou (1673-77 and at
St Lô (1678-82) He married Esther du Bourdieu (b. 1856) in 1678
at Ruillé le Gravelais Louis was the youngest child of Pierre
Fleury (b. before 1620) and Charlotte du Bourdieu (b. bet 1616-1624).
In 1635 Pierre was a student at the Academie protestante de
Sedan and in 1637 became Pasteur of Preuilly, where he remained
until he death in 1671. Charlotte pre-deceased him, dying on
6 September 1665. Pierre and Charlotte had four children in
total. Louis' elder siblings were Charlotte (b. 1637), Marthe
(b. 1638) and Pierre (b. 1640). The younger Pierre also became
a clergyman, being Pasteur at St Aignan du Maine from 1673-84.
Charlotte du Bourdieu was a brother of Olivier du Bourdieu
who was the father of Esther du Bourdieu. Charlotte was therefore
Esther's aunt and mother-in-law at the same time.
The Du Bourdieu family can be traced much further back. The
family originally came from the medieval municipality of Bearn
in the Pyrenees, but by the end of the 16th century they had
moved north to Bergerac and the Garonne Gulf. Esther du Bourdieu's
parents were Olivier du Bourdieu (b. 1616) and Marie de Gennes
(B. Bef. 1637). Esther had one brother, Samuel (who also married
a Fleury - Louise Fleury)
Olivier's parents were Pierre du Bourdieu (b. bef. 1590) and
Michelle Maulevault (b. bef. 1603). Olivier was the Gouverneur
du château de l'Ile Bouchard (1604-28). Pierre had a younger
brother, Isaac, who was a Huguenot minister, the main ancestor
of a number of American/Canadian du Bourdieu families, who have
documented the story of the family's escape from persecution
in France (see below)
Pierre du Bourdieu's father was also called Pierre (b. bef.
1581). Pierre the elder was Gouverneur of the château de Bergerac
under Henri IV.
The first DuBourdieu was a French Knight of the 1st Great
Crusade (1187ff.), who was originally known as Godefroy de Brius
(Bruis). The Crusader services provided by de Brius were considered
so considerable that King Phillip II of France made him lord
of Le Bourdieu . He then adopted as his crest a Turkish scimitar.
Subsequently, the family name of de Bruis was laid aside for
the title, Du Bourdieu. One record states that the title of
Le Bourdieu was conferred by King Phillip II upon Godefroy de
Brius in Bearn.
Dubourdieu family were forced to flee France in 1684 or thereabouts
and many of the family eventually ended up in America and Canada
(via the UK and Ireland). The history of the family's escape
is documented in a book "Baby on her Back" by William DuBourdieu
and published in 1967. The book tells the story of Jean Armond
DuBourdieu (right)who was smuggled out of France on his mother's
back Jean Armond's father James DuBourdieu of Blaye was killed
by Catholics in 1684/5. Jean Armond would grow up in the house
of his grandfather Isaac DuBourdieu (b.1597)
. Isaac had been exiled to London England in 1682 from Montpellier
where he was a Huguenot Minister. Isaac was the son of Pierre
DuBourdieu, the governor of the Chateau of Bergerac. in the
time of Henry IV of France. Jean also became a Huguenot clergy
at the Chapel of Savoy in London. He married Charlotte Massey
(the Countess d'Erponage) and in 1716 and they had son Saumarez
who would become a well know clergyman in Lisburn, Ireland.