Thanks so much for the quick replies!
I wrote much of this up earlier this afternoon, then I got an “error” message, and realized it had all gotten deleted. That’s what I get for not putting it in my notes.
The line would be as follows
Perricus de Inferno
Rainaudus de Infernato
Ferry or Henri de Lenfernat
EITHER Regnaud OR Jeoffroy de Lenfernat,
Each generation was supposedly mentioned at home in Gien or Sens in the case of Jeoffroy, in 1176 (Federicus de Infernato), in 1186 (Rainaudus de Infernat), in 1216 (Ferry de Lenfernat). In 1219 there was a donation made by Henri de D’Infernet in the Archbishopric of Sens.
Regnaud’s tomb was still in existence in the late 1600s in the church at Saint-Maurice sur Lavron. It pictured a knight with his foot on a dog, and said that Regnaud was a ‘chevalier’.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Histoire_générale_des_pays_de_Gastinoi/qB8lf3IeXywC?hl=en&gbpv=1: page 201
To this day there are ruins of the ‘donjon d’Infernat’ in Saint-Maurice sur Aveyron, which is also mentioned in the source above in relation to Regnaud.Loading Image...
There is also supposedly a source giving Regnaud and Jeoffroy as sons of Ferry. This fact appears in a 1923 issue of ‘Notices Généalogiques’ by Baron de Woelmont (link below).
Woelmont is the also the only source for the supposed Perricus de Inferno mentioned in Jerusalem in 1149. I am still working to find all the references given, but, unfortunately I think that much of the information given probably came from the personal research of Germaine de L’Enferna, probably born in 1890. I’ll try to track down her descendants and ask them if, by some miracle, they still have her stuff. I think it’s very unlikely.
Then comes Jean de Lenfernat, who was banished from France in 1306 for having ‘coined money’, which I’ve read is the Medieval equivalent of setting up a fraudulent bank. The document supposedly still exists in the Archives Nationales in France, and the reference is given in the genealogical journal that I mentioned in my last post (first few pages linked to below). I’m currently working on getting a copy of the original document.
Woelmont then states that there was an Arthur de Lenfernat, a naval commander in Selkirk, Scotland, who married Caroline de Meutz, a Scottish noblewoman. Then there was a François Oudin de Lenfernat who married Jeanne-Élizabeth de Lenty, also a Scottish noblewoman, on the 16th of April, 1352 in Selkirk. These marriages to Scottish noblewomen, but nothing else about Scotland, are given in the Cabinet des Titres (linked to below) in a pamphlet published in 1819. I don’t see any previous references in the Royal Genealogists’ records.
According to Woelmont, François Oudin then emigrated back to France in 1370, settling in Villiers-sur-Tholon with three sons, Oudin de Lenfernat being one of these. From Oudin on, there are 18th Century pedigrees and (some) marriage records in the Cabinet des Titres, then actual notarial records after the beginning of the 18th Century. In total the link would be 25 generations up from myself.
Admittedly a lot of the relationships between these early generations are merely implied by people of a rare surname who are a generation apart and reside in the same place. If anyone else has any thoughts about whither or not this is a good line or ideas about where to find any mentions of Perricus de Inferno as a crusader, please do let me know.