The book most often cited in the American Noblett genealogies is John Hundman's 1844 "Genealogical collections relating to the families of Noblet, Noblat, Noblot, and Noblets, of France : Noblet and Noblett, of Great Britain : Noblet, Noblett, Noblit and Noblitt, of America : with some particular account of William Noblit of Middletown Township, Chester County (now Delaware County), Pennsylvania, U.S.A." But I don't think that many who cite it on their family trees today have actually read it because it refutes the facts they are using to source the profiles in their trees. While RJ sums it up much more eloquently than I, this book basically says:
1. A lot of people by the name Noblet (or some varition thereof) lived in France. A lot of names and families are listed but no chronological list from the American migrants back to William the Conqueror (something common in Noblet online genealogies).
2. A lot of people are listed as migrating from France to Spanish Holland and to England, Wales, and Ireland.
3. William Noblit (Noblet/Noblett) and his presumed brothers are listed in Pennsylvania and a lot of records and documents about them. For all intents and purposes, Hyndman tells their story completely separately from any families in England or in France. The leap from Pennsylvania to England or France is made later, presumably from the publication created by Halberts. Hyndman makes no note of Peter Noblet nor his supposed wife Maria Godfrey and he makes no claim as to the 4 American brother's parents. But these online connections to Peter regularly show Hyndman as validating these links.
Addressing each of the sources:
1710 Poll of Peter Noblett in Chigwell, Essex, England.
- no evidence that this is Peter Noblett [Noblett-19] who fled from Franch to Ireland.
1677 baptism of Marie Godfrey in Sherborne, Dorst, England
- the WT bio for Maria (Godfrey) Noblett [Godfrey-951] has her born in Ireland. While searching for her will I found that this name is quite common in England. No doubt, of the tens of thousands of Hugeuenot refugees who came to England and Ireland, there are probbly dozens of women with the name Maria/Marie Godfrey. No evidence that this source matches [Godfrey-951].
Probate of Marie Godfrey
- I found 4 records for a burial of Marie or Maria Godfrey using the 1723 date in this source:
9 Oct 1723 in London
6 Jan 1723 in Middlessex
6 Dec 1723 Somerset
no date Somerset (possibly duplicate of above record)
These are only the results for 1723, there are many more for 1722, 1724, etc. Any of these could be [Godfrey-951] if our profile represents a real person.
1715 burial for Peter in Chigwell
- our Peter supposedly died in Ireland
1739 Will of William Noblett
- William is one of the 4 supposed brothers who can be verified by the existing records - his profile will not be affected by this effort.
1715 will of Peter in Somerset
- I don't have access to Ancestry.com library, if you can post these pages it would be useful. Our Peter supposedly died in Ireland.
1703 death of Peter in France
- our Peter supposedly died in Ireland
Jacques Noblett and Catherine Bertrand
- I don't have access to this link
1655 birth of Magdeleine Bertrand
- looks like a sister of Catarine Bertrand
"This book is in Ancestry and the North Carolina Historical Society collection. It's mentioned above"
- please see my notes above about Hyndman. I've just re-read many chapters of this book and from the line that lists Jacques Noblett, husbnd of Catarine Bertrand, Hyndman shows Jacques' son as Charles but no mention of a Peter.
Jacques and Catarine exist but no mention of son Peter. Peter's supposed wife Maria Godfrey doesn't register at all in a search of Hyndman.
We are back at square one, no proof of either Peter or Maria when viewed as one of the three variants (#1, #2, #3) of a disproven profile prospect.
I'll leave this post open for some time and continue researching.