I.The Dombret family in Sweden (*) consists of two branches, one representing weapon smiths and the other charcoal-burner


Table 1


Mathieu Dombré – was recruited via a contract in Liège May 23, 1626, in order to work as weapon master smith for one year. He was working in Norrköping 1626 – 1632 but was also working temoparily in some other places.

In the district court in Fellingsbro April 2, 1631 the following case was handled:

This day was brought to court a ”frantzos” (they were often called so because of the french language) and a woman Elin Claesdotter and they were accused of unfaithfulness  as Mathias has his wife in France (!), which they confirmed, they were according to the 20th paragraph of Gods law condemned to lose their lifes , which was forwared to higher court to for further handling”

(the above was written in very old swedish language, so the translation is certainly not accurate)

It is not likely that the death sentence ever was carried out. A weapon smith was too valuable for the country during the ongoing war!


Children: Henri (Table 2)


Table 2


Henri Dombret, son of Mathieu (Table 1), was recruited same time as his father. He has not been found in Sweden during the research, but it is likely that he was staying in Norrköping area.

You can assume that Henri, as well as his father, returned home some time during the 1630’s, even more likely as Mathieu had his wife still in the home country.


Table 3


Jan Dombry, charcoal burner, was in Norrköping 1633, but would most certainly have been forgotten, if he had not been taken note of at the military enrollment (”rotering”) . He was during 1637 – 1654 at Forsa bruk in Östra Vingåker with the following notes:


1637: Fransos kolare (=charcoal burner) at Mörkhulta under Lille Forsa hammar

1638: Johan Fransoos kolare

1639: Johan Ombry

1642: Johan Ombry fransos

1647: Johan Ombry kolare

1649: Johan Åberich kolare

1654: Johan Obry kolare


He left Forsa after that and is found 1657 at Svärta bruk. He could possibly be identical with the Johan Obey, who was active autumn 1631 at Bränn-Ekeby and at Nyköpingsverken.



(*)Kjell Lindbloms book ”Vallonsläkter under 1600-talet, part 1

information received from Mr. Anders Herou vice president SVÄ