Samuel Chappuzeau (1625-1701)

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Full nameEdit

Samuel Charles Chappuzeau

Name variationsEdit

Samuel Charles Chappuzeau

Chapuzeau, Chapiseau, Chapuseau and many others

Vital StatisticsEdit

  • Sex : Male


Samuel was the son of Charles Chappuzeau (c1570-c1644), who was a lawyer and member of the "Noblesse de Robe", and Anne Poullet (c1590-1641).


Samuel was the youngest of six or seven children. The others were



Samuel probably had 12 children

Maria de la Serra or della Serraz (5 children)Edit

Her first child, a son, is known to have been born before 1656, because he was left in Lyon with friends when Samuel & Maria moved to Amsterdam, but he is not named in the letters about him. He rejoined his parents in 1658.

  • Laurent CHAPPUZEAU (c1654-1725) Source: Clockmaker records in Switzerland and Germany, and UK marriage records (Boyd's index). Laurent was watchmaker to the Elector of Hanover (Later George I of England).

Marie Trichot (7 children)Edit

Other relativesEdit

The families Chappuzeau de Beaugé and their descendants Chappuzeau de Viefvillers, were descended from Samuel's uncle Jehan.



His best-known work is Le Théâtre François, still the main description of 17th century French Drama. He also published a number of plays, a novel, a dictionary and several travel and geographical books. He wrote Tavernier's travel guides from his dictation. It is known that Molière took and reworked some of Samuel's plays to form the basis of his own work.


Author, Playwright and Teacher. Tutor to Prince William III of Orange 1659 to 1661.

Spiritual LifeEdit

Calvinist, preacher.


Many descendants are known in Germany and Chile, where the Chappuzeau name still occurs, and also in UK, France, Netherlands, Canada, US and Australia.

These are all descended either from Christoph (Germany and Chile) or from Eve.

It almost certain that Jacob Chappuzeau, (aka Iakov Shapizo), a Captain in the Russian Fleet, was also a descendant, but this is not yet proven. Probably son of Laurent.

There seems to be no-one in France still carrying the Chappuzeau name, at least in that spelling.

A full list of known descendants can be found on one of the links below.

External linksEdit

To see a list of all known descendants, follow this link


Pavane, a descendant in UK


In our days some of part of the family CHAPPUZEAU lives in CHILE (South America).

I´m Javier CHAPPUZEAU a Chilean Navy Officer.

If you want to know more about us, just send me a e-mail


H.K. Eggers, Das altfranzösische Geschlecht Chappuzeau, 1880 (updated 1968 by Curt Chappuzeau)

F Meinel, 1908 Dissertation "Samuel Chappuzeau 1625-1701" University of Leipzig

Dr. W. Gaade, article in 'De Nederlandsche Leeuw' in 1954

Amsterdam Archive (, where his name is mistranscribed as Chappureau

LDS = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Search

Boyd's Marriage Index, UK

External linksEdit

Samuel Chappuzeau in Wikipedia gives a list of his works.

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