Our most recent discovery is the ancestral documentation of the French lineage which began in 1710 with Christopher (1710-1770) and Charlotte Ithier who died in 1773.  They had three children, Simon, Aimee and Joseph. Joseph and his wife Anne had 16 children. We have traced the family lines from Philippe Stanislas Noisette, Joseph’s 2nd son and Antoine Noisette, his 5th son.  We do not have any information on Simon or Aimee’s descendants.

 

Philippe Stanislas was born in Paris, France in 1773 into a distinguished family of horticulturists from France.He moved to Haiti when he was a young man and fell in love with a Haitian woman whose name was Celestine. In 1794, because of the Haitian slave revolution, Philippe and Celestine relocated to Charleston, SC where he was offered a position as Superintendent of the South Carolina Medical Society Botanical Gardens. Philippe became famous for raising the Old Blush Noisette Rose, after he sent the rose to his brother Louis in Paris. Louis planted the rose in his nursery and crossed it to develop a class of roses called the Noisette Roses. The plants were sold all over Europe and sent to America as a fully developed class of roses. Philippe purchased a large tract of land on the outskirts of the city known as the Noisette Farm, which was bordered by King, San Souci, Simons and Hester streets.

Because of the miscegenation laws of South Carolina Philippe was forced to declare Celestine his slave. They had six children who also became his slaves. The 1830 Federal Census recorded him as a single white man owning eight slaves who are believed to be his wife and at least five of his six children. Among his slaves were two adult males between the ages of 55 and 100.

Shortly before his death, in 1835, Philippe petitioned the state of South Carolina for the emancipation of his faithful slave Celestine and their six children. Philippe died without knowing the results of his petition.Philippe’s family was in fact later emancipated and allowed to secure their inheritance and remain in the state of South Carolina. Philippe was buried at St. Mary’s Church, on Hasell Street in downtown Charleston.  His head stone was said to have been destroyed by an act of nature and was never replaced. Philippe and Celestine’s children were; Alexander (born in 1808) who married Margaret (Peggy) Washington. They had seven children; Bartholamew Alexander, Louis Philippe, Pierre Louis, Anna Melanie, Josephine, Paul and Joseph.  Paul and Joseph were buried in the Humane Friendly Society Cemetery in North Charleston where they share a headstone.

All of the descendants of Philippe and Celestine that remained in SC seem to be the descendants of their first son Alexander and Margaret (Peggy) Washington. Their children were: Philip Noisette born 1833 and married Louisa Dederik; Alexander Jr. born 1835 married Sarah Ann Graves; Louis (Lewis) born in 1841 who is recorded in the 1870 Federal Census as living in Idaho; Celestine Noisette born 1843 married Robert Sutton; Joseph Stanislaus Noisette born in 1848 married Ardeena (Ardeana) Hollan; John Noisette born 1850 married Charlotte Edwards. (Charlotte died and John moved to Savannah, remarried and had three children). James Noisette was Alexander and Margaret’s youngest child was born in 1854.

In February 2011, descendants of Philippe’s daughter Josephine, and descendants of Alexander, II, discovered they still have cousins in Charleston.  A discovery that now links them to over 1,400 people on the Noisette family tree.

After the 2011 reunion in Charleston, SC, the French cousins invited the American cousins to visit France for a reunion to meet the many cousins in Paris, Caen, and Nantes.  After two years of planning, 52 American cousins from all over the United States and one from Rome, attended the first international Noisette Reunion in Paris.  With three receptions planned, Paris, Caen and Nantes, we met over 40 descendants of our ancestor brothers, Philippe (1773-1835) and Antoine Noisette (1778-1858).

Just before the reunion in France, an email was received from a Noisette descendant not yet discovered.  His ancestor was the youngest brother of Philippe and Antoine, Louis Toussaint (1792-1858).  With this discovery, the family was able to add eighty-five additional names to the Noisette family tree.  What an exciting and memorable reunion for the Noisettes of France and America, in France, the birth place of our forefathers, beginning in 1710.

The HERO draws inspiration from the virtue of his ANCESTORS.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe