- The family has kept records of the DeGrange family. One document is a copy of a birth certificate for Jacques DeGrange, son of Joseph, which indicates that Jacques was born in Lescheraines.
Before Joseph, the DeGrange family had lived in Les Noyer back for as long as records exist, through the early 1600s. His daughter Marguerite’s marriage record says that she is “Marguerite fille de Joseph Degrange et de Marie Desusse, native de la paroise du Noyer et habitant jusqu'à ce jour de celle de Lescheraine”; Marguerite daughter of Joseph Degrange and Marie Desusse, native of the parish of du Noyer and living now in Lescheraine.” Les Noyer is another town in Savoie. There are many DeGranges living in Les Noyer during the 1700s.
Joseph’s marriage, however, happened in Cruseilles, a town in Haute Savoie, the départment to the north of Savoie tucked under Switzerland (thanks to David Quénehérvé for finding this!). The next record for any DeGrange that I can find in Lescheraines is 1800, which is their first child. This couple seems be the only DeGrange family in Lescheraines. (Other local names include Voisin, Darvey, Peguet, Dufour, Cavet, and many others.)
There are few other DeGranges that appear in the Lescheraine records: Louis DeGrange and Anne DeGrange (siblings, as the maiden name would be used for a wife) appear as god parents in an 1813 baptismal record, and may be children of this couple. Sr. Antoine DeGrange appears as the witness in a wedding in 1824. And an Urbain DeGrange was buried in 1835, aged about 78.
There is family history which says that the name before immigration was "Delagrange," and that the name was shortened upon immigration; this doesn’t seem to be true, though, according to the parish records in Lescheraine and Du Noyer. [3, 4, 5]