"It was in 1228 that appears the name of John of Brécourt, Lord of Menilles. This line keeps the feud to the death of one of his descendants in the early fifteenth century. The heiress, named Jeanne wife then some Guillaume Le Sesne who becomes the owner. Although we do not know exactly what date it was built, the first construction of a stately home could be earlier than the fifteenth century.
"A confession from 1450 proves the presence of a fief "consisting Manor dovecote on foot, press ban, gardens of the capacity of two acres (one hectare), three acres of vineyard (about one and a half hectares), a acre of meadow, three hundred acres of land ... "
"The Sesne family, native to the area, had to have substantial financial resources for the time. It is possible to imagine that this mansion, certainly very simple in appearance and construction, have been located on the hill behind the present castle. Underground remnants suggest.
"The descendants of Sesne of Menilles succeed until 1778, date of the death of Charles Nicolas whose sole heiress Louise. She married Joseph Genevieve Puisaye. The date of construction of the present castle is unclear, it is possible to approach the construction of other castles in the area, subsequent to the castle of Anet, in the late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century."
On Familysearch.org when conducting a search of Le Sesne I (Gerald Smith, 2014) found the following information:
Christofe Le Sesne b 1640 Menilles, France d 1719 Menilles, France married abt 1665 to Marie Aubin b. 1645 Menilles, France d 1705 Menille,France. This couple had three children as follows:
Louis-Charles Le Sesne b 1666 Menilles, France
Marie Scholatique Le Sesne b 1668 Menilles, France
Jean-Baptiste Le Sesne b 4 Jan 1669 Menilles, France
The Two Brothers Parted Ways
Paul AUBIN died in 1644. His son, Henri, became Lord of Ranton and, like most of his predecessors, he followed a career in the army. By 1650, he was a Major of a Regiment of Dragoons. His wife was no doubt left to look after his daughter and the estates, while he took part in the continuing religious wars. His Daughter, Marie Aubin, married Christofe LE SESNE de MENILLE, Lord of Menille and Veniers in 1665. Their eldest son, Louis-Charles, was born the following year. A daughter, Marie Scholastique, and a second son, Jean-Baptiste, came along soon afterwards.
Of particular note is the fact that Paul Aubin was a Huguenot. There is information on the website about Louis-Charles Le Sesne, the first born son, inheriting both the Le Sesne Château Menilles Estate (in Normandy as suggested by the House of Cessna) and the Château de Ranton. However, his younger brother Jean-Baptiste Le Sesne b. 1669 (within a year of the accepted, estimated birthdate of Jean De Cessna) would not have inherited and would have traditionally have gone into the military or clergy.
At some point the family converted to the Huguenot faith. When revocation of the Edict of Nantes by the Louis XIV of France occurred on October 18, 1685, the Huguenot's were given three choices: convert back to Catholicism and keep their property and titles, flee the country or be arrested and lose everything. Jean-Baptiste's father, Christofe Le Sesne, and his elder brother chose to convert. Instead, Jean-Baptiste Le Sesne chose to flee the country, keeping true to the Huguenot religion, as he would not inherit the title or any property since his older brother already had two male heirs. See Jean-Baptiste (Le Sesne) De Cessna (1669 - 1751) for further information on him.
House of Cessna, 1935 edition, page 189...Howard Cessna was exploring the Cesne/Sesne de Menilles family in Normandy region of France.
Wikipedia contributors. "Château de Ranton." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Jul. 2016.
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