Christiaan Diederik Emerens Johan Bangeman Huygens (1772-1857)

The Chevalier Huygens was born October 31, 1772 at 's-Hertogenbosch, the son of Vincent Willem Bangeman, a merchant for the Dutch East India Company, and Catharina Constantia Huygens. He was a dutch officer, nobleman and minister plenipotentiary of the Batavian Republic.

From 1797 to 1807 he was minister of King Louis Bonaparte to Copenhagen. Afterwards he was an envoy for the King of Holland at the court of the Kingdom of Westphalia in Kassel. From 1815 to 1825 he was minister of the Netherlands to Hamburg and from 1825 to 1830 he was envoy and minister plenipotentiary for the King of Holland to Washington, DC. In 1818 he bought Castle Henkenshage Sint-Oodenrode.

In relation to our family, he was the employer of Jean-David Guerraz in 1828 while in Washington, DC. We don't know when Jean-David began working for the Chevalier, but we do know that the Chevalier arrived in Washington, DC in 1825 and it can be speculated that Jean-David came with him from Europe. It would explain how Jean-David came to the United States. It is, therefore, also possible that Jean-David worked for the Chevalier prior to this and may have lived at Castle Henkenshage for a brief time.

In July of 1828 Jean-David, along with two other servants to the Chavlier, stole jewelry, silver and cash but was arrested early the next morning at a tavern north of Baltimore.

Learning more about the Chevalier may help us learn more about Jean-David and his early origins. For instance, how did a young man from Geneva of French ancestry and language come to work for the Chevalier Huygens in the Netherlands.


Newspaper Articles

  1. Weekly Raleigh Register: March 25, 1825 - Appoited envoy by King of the Netherlands
  2. Arkansas Gazette: October 5, 1825 - presented the President of the United States
  3. Evening Post: July 21, 1828 - update on the theft
  4. Adams Sentinel: July 30, 1828 - arrest for robbery