Machon

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This Jersey family, which traces its history in the island possibly back to the 13th century, may also be found spelt Macon

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John Vasselin and Ophelia, nee Machon, with Ophelia Harriet


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Origin of Surname

The surname Machon is derived from the old French for the occupation of mason (modern french: maçon).

Early record

It is first found in Guernsey in the Extente des Iles of 1274. It is also found in Jersey in 1279 and in the 1309 Assize Roll with the mention of Vivencia Mochoun in St Peter. Furthermore, the historian Guy Fortescue Burrell de Gruchy found that Raoul Machen`s name was in a petition to King Richard II. Other Machons feature in the 1331 Extente and the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

In St Martin, the parish that became principally associated with the surname, is the Fief Pierre Machon: Jersey Place Names, Vol. I, 330.

Catherine Machon (1495- ) daughter of Lucas, married Matthieu Hicques

The Rev Laurens Machon, son of Jean, was Rector of Trinity, 1576-1606. His son, the Rev Timothee Machon was a curate.

We previously suggested that the name had become extinct in Jersey, since the Second World War, but the 2024 telephone directory lists eight households

Variants

  • Machon, 1279
  • Maschon, c1510
  • Masson 1576
  • Le Machon 15c
  • Machen 1377-99
  • Mason
  • Massun c1340
  • Machun
  • Macon, a variant but probably a different family in Jersey

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1584 contract of exchange

A 1584 contract of exchange before the Bailiff, George Paulet, by Etienne Machon and Richard du Feu (courtesy of Mr Herb Reynolds, Calgary, Alberta)

Transcript: “A tous ceulx qui ces p`ntes ltres verront ou orront, George Poulet escuier, bailly en l`isle de Jersey sous ntre Souvereine dame Elizabeth, p[ar] la grace de Dieu Reyne d`Engleterre, de France et d`Hirelande, defenseur de la Foy, Salute en Dieu; Sachent tous que l`an de gce mille Vcts octante quatre, le XXVIII jour du moys de Novembre furent p`nts en droict a St Helier p[ar] devant nous, c`est assavoir, Estienne Machon d`ugne p`tie et Richard du Feu d`aultre p`tie, lequel Richard du Feu de sa pure et liberalle volontes bailla, ceda et delessa affin et p`petuitey d`heritage por luy et ses hers p[ar] voie d`eschange audit Estienne Machon et a ses hers, savoir est, ung certain jardin de tre en costil plantey a pommiers avecqs les Fosses et Reliefs audit Jardin appartenants, sceant en la paroisse de la Trinitey, au Fieu du petit Rossel, et gesant et joignant au Jardin de Jean Machon, et par contreschange ledit Estienne Machon de sa pure et liberalle volontes bailla, quitta et delessa affin et p`petuitey d`heritage por luy et ses hers s`est assavoir de la terre du costil dudit Estienne Machon, ledit costil joignant au Jardin dudit Richard par le nordest d`icelluy Jardin dudit Richard du Feu et a ses hers, assavoir deulx percqs de terre dudit costil por ugne percq de terre dudit Jardin que ledit Richard baille audit Estienne…Et nous, avant ledit bailly, les y condempnrys, en Tesmoing de ce nous scelley ces ltres du Scell de ntre bailly, pnt, avec Gilles Lempriere et Clement Du Maresq, j[ures] de la Reyne dect coe [comme] dessus.”

Translation: “To all who will see or hear these present letters, George Poulet Esquire, Bailiff in the Island of Jersey under our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Greetings in God; Know that the year of grace one thousand five hundred and eighty four, the 28th day of November, were present in Law at St Helier before us, namely Etienne Machon of one party, and Richard du Feu of the other party, the which Richard du Feu, of his pure and free will leases, yields and relinquishes to the end and perpetuity of the inheritance, for himself and his heirs, namely, a certain orchard of ground, [being] a costil [slope], planted with apple trees, with the banks and offsets belonging to the orchard, situated in the parish of Trinity, on the Fief of Petit Rozel, adjoining the orchard of Jean Machon, and in counter-exchange the said Etienne Machon, of his pure and free will leases, yields and relinquishes to the end and perpetuity of the inheritance, for himself and his heirs, namely, ground from the costil of the said Etienne, the said costil adjoining the orchard of the said Richard by the north-east of the said orchard of the said Richard du Feu and of his heirs, namely, two percques of ground from the said costil for one percque of ground of the said orchard that the said Richard sells to the said Etienne. And we, before the said Bailiff, and those bound by the contract, in witness of this, we seal these letters with the Seal of our Bailiff, present, with Gilles Lempriere and Clement Dumaresq, Jurats of the Queen, described above.”

(transcript: Guy Dixon)
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