Ancerville, Meuse

Ancerville is a commune in the Meuse department in the Grand Est region in northeastern France.

The town hall in Ancerville
The town hall in Ancerville
Coat of arms of Ancerville

Coat of arms
Location of Ancerville
Ancerville is located in France
Ancerville is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°38′12″N 5°01′14″E / 48.6367°N 5.0206°ECoordinates: 48°38′12″N 5°01′14″E / 48.6367°N 5.0206°E
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityLa Saulx et le Perthois
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Louis Canova
21.58 km2 (8.33 sq mi)
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55010 /55170
Elevation147–251 m (482–823 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Historical population

See also


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

Ancerville is the name of the following communes in France:

Ancerville, Meuse, in the Meuse department

Ancerville, Moselle, in the Moselle department

Charles-Louis-Félix Franchot

Charles-Louis-Félix Franchot (born September 16, 1809 in Saint- Venant - July 31, 1881 in Ancerville (Meuse) ) was a French designer, inventor, mechanical engineer.

He worked as a tax officer as well as developing his inventions.

He is the son of an officer who fought in the revolutionary and then Napoleonic armies and ended his career with the rank of lieutenant colonel, was made officer of the legion of honor (1807) and received the title of baron of the Empire. His mother was Marie Dieudonne Wallart de Maranville.

But from 1840 on, it is like "mechanic" and especially as "engineer" that he is presented in the press; he is indeed the inventor of a hot air machine (presented at the Academy of Sciences which abstains, however, to report on the invention) and especially a moderator lamp which ensures him a national fame.

The Franchot's hot air machine, is according to scientists, the hot air engine that meets best the Carnot cycle. Around 10 years later than Stirling engine, Franchot re-invented the regenerator (he called it the Calefactor) without knowing the existence of Stirling's invention.

In 1836 he filed a patent for his Moderator lamp. The lamp had the advantage of simplicity in its mechanism when compared to other pump operated lamps designed in the 1820s. It became a cheap and popular oil lamp. The lamp was produced by the lamp manufacturers JAC (Rue du Faubourg-St Martin 39) and Hadrot (Rue des Fossés-Montmartre).

A patent dispute later arose with the brothers Levavasseur who claimed to have created the lamp design. The patent judges ruled in 1845 that Franchot had invented nothing new in his lamp.

In 1854 he invented a hot air engine similar to the earlier Stirling engine but with two double acting cylinders which minimised thermal loses. He was awarded the honour of Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1855.

He died unmarried at Ancerville in 1881, aged 71. Six years later, at the request of his will, his remains were re-interred on his former estate at Franchot ponds. His grave is marked by an oak tree planted at that time and is surrounded by wrought iron railings. There is an enamelled plate with his portrait and an inscription.

Émile Debraux

Paul Émile Debraux (30 August 1796 – 12 February 1831), commonly known simply as Émile Debraux, was a French writer, goguettier, poet and singer. He was born in Ancerville, Meuse and died 1831 in Paris.

Communes of the Meuse department

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