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MEYER - The family is from German origins et the spelling of its name varied somewhat thoughout the centuries (Mayer, Meier, Meyer, etc.).   The name is derived from Latin  "Major Domus" and named a "land/property administrator," a function exercised by quality people.  The name of the family of the Count de Meyer can be traced to the Fricktal region, an Austrian land conquered by French troops after the revolution and later after the treaty of Vienna, to become the the "Canton of Fricktal".  Afterwards, it became  became part of the canton of Argovie (Switzerland).

Coat of arms of the Count Jules de Meyer (1828-1907): bestowed by Pope Léon XIII
1 & 4 quartered of silver with sand lion holding a sword, azur blue at 2 & 3 quartered with Florentine cross with the motto: "Fidei et vertuti" = "Faith & courage."

Joseph MEYER lived circa 1650.  The great fire in Wehr/Sackingen does not allow to obtain other details.  He married  Marie WITZIG, old family from the banks of the Rhine region..    Tradition seems to want that Joseph Meyer was an architect, the same professional activity of his son,  Joseph Fridolin Meyer.

Jean Fridolin MEYER born the March 31 1730 in  Wehr, son of  Joseph Meyer.  Tradition names him as the architect who reconstructed a large part of the city of  Sackingen, after the famous fire.  He married  Gertrude HIRSMULLER, born in 1744 in Wehr.

Xavier MEYER (1763-1838), born in  Wehr and died in  Oeschgen (Argovie - Fricktal), son of  Jean Fridolin Meyer and  Marie-Thérèse MEYSTER (1756-1805).  The family  Meyster was known in the regions of the Rhine, Schaffhouse and Zürich.   Xavier was the administrator of the lands/properties of the  Barons de Schonau and Wehr, renowned lords of the region.  Xavier Meyer purchased the Manor,  named  the  "Château d'Oeschgen" with hunting and fishing privileges.  He received the  He received the "bourgeoisie d'Oeschgen," living a life of a country gentleman and was named "The Hunter."

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Antoine Meyer

Joseph Antoine MEYER (1796-1868), born at the Manor of Oeschgen (Argovie - Switzerland), son of  XavierMeyer.   Antoine Meyer married  Barbara HOCHSTRASSER (1800-1879), born in Soleure (Switzerland); old family from the cantons of  Lucerne and Zürich.

Forest administrator by profession he administered lands and properties.  He played a political and military role in the area, as well as being name  Grand Counsel deputy  of Argovie until resignation in 1832.  Officer of the Federal Troops (Carabiniers), an elite troop under the command of the Helvetic Confederation (Switzerland).

Antoine Meyer entered service as Captain of the Pontifical Zouaves troop and served under Popes  Gregory XVI and  Pius IX.  Named "bourgeois" with honors of Bologna and Ferrara for his military career.  Knight of  Saint. Gregory the Great, military medals, gravely wounded at the battle Vincenza and had to retire from military service and return with a pension to Switzerland.  Referred to, as his son  Jules de Meyer (1828-1907), in several historical texts, like the "Swiss Historic and Biographical dictionary," "Honor et Fidelity," and "Ein Heldentat in Rom"(Büchi). Captain de Meyer died in Bern Switzerland in 1868.

Jules de Meyer

Jules de MEYER (1828-1907) born at the Manor of Oeschgen, son of Antoine Meyer and Barbara Hochstrasser.   In April of 1870, he married  Maria POCOBELLI (1850-1930), the daughter of the Captain e Massimo POCOBELLI (1818-?) t Gertrude MUÑOZ Pocobelli (?-1903).

Eglise d'Oeschgen

Jules de Meyer took the place of his father under the Pontifical banner in 1852.  He received all of his military ranks as a result of his bravery in the field, up to the rank of  Colonel and Commander of the "Swiss Carabiniers."  At 28 years old , already cited 3 times by the troops, decorated and rewarded with the rank of Captain.  He received the rank of Commander after having heroically defended the St. Paul gate in Rome and after the famous  encounter on  "Monti Pairoli"  on October  23  1869 with the brothers Cairoli (Garibaldi supporters), and the rank of Colonel after the historic battle at the head of the "Swiss  Carabiniers." defending the neighboring St. Jean gate of the "Scala Santa" (Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano) in  Rome.

Commander de Meyer took part in the campaigns of  Castelfidardo and of  Mentana in 1867; the latter he reclaimed the St. Paul gate, which had fallen in the hands of the insurgents.  He received the military medals of  Castelfidardo and Mentana;  he was gravely wounded seven times..  Knight of the Order of  "Pius IX," of the "Order of  St. Sylvester," of the Order of "St. Gregory the Great" with pension, Knight of the "Order of  St. Georges," bestowed by the King of Naples.

With his young wife,  Maria POCOBELLI (1950-1930), they had to find a refuse at the Vatican, because the Garibaldi forces had place a  reward on his head.    Maria did not want to leave her husband alone in this new peril and accompanied him through Italy, given that with each step they risked imprisonment or death.  Thanks to the recommendations of  Monsignor de Mérode, arms minister of his Holiness Pius  IX, they were able to stay with the bishops of various cities until reaching the Swiss border.  Maria and  Jules de Meyer first lived in Soleure and later in  Fribourg (Switzerland) where he was named Commander of the Fribourg Police force  "Gendarmerie fribourgeoise," from 1882 to1902.

Of his own initiative (motu propio), his Holiness Pope Leo XIII, conferred upon Jules Meyer the nobility title of Count with hereditary transference (primo genitur).  A few days before Count de Meyer's death, his Holiness Pius X sent a  personal message and his benediction to comfort him in the hour of his illness.  He died on the 23rd of July 1907 in Fribourg and was buried at the St. Léonard cemetery.

Descendance MEYER from Oeschgen (Fricktal), canton of Argovie (Switzerland)

Joseph MEYER



Marie-Thérèse MEYSTER


Jean Fridolin MEYER



Xavier  MEYER



Joseph Antoine MEYER



Jules de MEYER

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