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Elsie Lilian Lozuet was born – 16 October 1907

Elsie Lilian Lozuet – I just love the beautiful blouse she is wearing with pearl buttons over her shoulders.

Elsie was the fifth daughter of John Lozuet and Clara Anna Mabey. With her the chance for the Lozuet surname to continue ended. Elsie was born in Jersey but spent most of her life in Birmingham, England. From here she wrote many letters to her sister Clara (my great grandmother). Within the letters you get a fascinating insight into their lives, including such comments as the following:

” …Thank you for the cake it was lovely the cakes over here are rotten.”

She even refers to my grandfather, her sister Clara’s son:

“… how’s kenny, still got his shop?’

These little details are great because they confirm the fact that my grandfather had a shop of which I was aware of. This then will help you to determine the date or thereabouts. She continues to say that she hopes Clara has got a nice lodger in, as it is better than being alone (so we now know this must have been after her husbands death in 1931).

In other letters (most addressed from Perry Bar, Birmingham) Elsie thanks Clara for the Calendar she has sent, the marg (margarine) and another cake. She is looking forward to the Spring and hopes they both have a nice summer like ‘last year’. She finishes in one letter saying the following:

“Well I’m afraid I’ve no news I never go anywhere but shopping….Elsie xxxx”

I love these snippets into their lives, it gives you the little treasures of information that archive records can’t give you. Here is her timeline:

1907 – Elsie Lilian Lozuet is born on the 16th October. Her parents were living at 3 Colomberie Cottages, St. Helier at the time.

1911 – Elsie is living with her family: her father John, a ‘foreman’, her mother Clara and siblings Clara, Ada, Violet and Mabel.

1931 – Elsie’s father dies. I wonder if she went back for his funeral?

1936 – Elsie marries Norman Norton of Birmingham.

1939 – Elsie gives birth to a son, Michael about 4 months before the start of World war 2.

1944 – Elsie’s husband Norman dies from Tuberculosis. Elsie is now bringing up a five year old on her own in the midst of a war.

1966 – Elsie dies in Birmingham.

I wonder if she ever returned to Jersey to see her sisters or if they ever travelled to see her?


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John Lozuet is born – 23 April 1866

On the 23rd April 1866, my great great grandfather was born. John Lozuet the son of Jean Louis Desire Lozué (c.1840) and Elize Elizabeth Le Brocq (c.1841 – St. Ouen’s).

Here is his timeline that I have discovered so far:

1866 – On the 23rd April John Lozuet is born in St. Ouen’s. The place of birth may have possibly been somewhere along Vinchelez Main Road where his grandparents lived and where John was living at the age of 15. He is the second child to Jean and Elize Lozué. John has an elder sister Eliza, born a year earlier.

1871 – John is 5 years old. Whereabouts unknown? Did he go to France to visit some of his father’s family?

1873-1875  John is aged 7 to 9. His name appears in the St. Ouen’s School log book.

1881 – John is 15 and working as a ‘Carpenter’. He is living somewhere along Vinchelez Main Road with his grandmother Eliza Le Brocq. She is a widow  aged 65, and is the head of household. She is also an ‘annuitant’, which means she may have lived on money left from a will/estate/rent. John’s older sister is also at this address. John’s parents were either away, at work or dead when the census was taken. I have not been able to find them anywhere.

1891 – John is 25 years old. I can’t find him in any census. I believe he may have been travelling or already in America at this time. The photo above was taken possibly around this time. The photographers were Elite & Lotz of 838 Market St., San Francisco, California. The business was  running until about 1906. I also can’t find his future wife Clara Anna Mabey in any census and I wonder if they travelled together at this time. But why to San Francisco? An uncle has suggested that maybe it was for a wedding as a couple from Jersey, Channel Islands were the San Francisco marriage records at about this time. I would love to solve this mystery.

1897 – John’s daughter is born – Ada Florence Le Brocq Lozuet. Her birth is registered in the St. Helier Baptisms. John has moved out of the countryside and into town. Notice the mother’s maiden name ‘Le Brocq’ has been added as a middle name. This was quite common practise once upon a time.

1898 – John and Clara have a second daughter – Clara Eliza Lozuet (my great grandmother).

1898 – Nine months later (or the dates may be wrong) John and Clara have a third daughter – Violet Florence Mabey Lozuet.

1899 – Disaster strikes the Islanders as the Steamer ‘Stella’ sinks off the Minquier Islands near Alderney. Does this affect John at all?

1901 – John is 35 years old. He is back in the Jersey census working as a ‘Seaman’. He is living at 28 Don Road, St. Helier, Jersey with his wife Clara and their daughters: Ada, Clara and Violet.

1902 – John and Clara have their fourth daughter – Mabel Maud Lozuet.

1902 – John is still working as a ‘Sailor’.

1907 – John and Clara have their fifth daughter – Elsie Lilian Lozuet. They are living at 3 Colomberie Cottages, Jersey.

1911 – John is 45 years old. He is living with his wife Clara and their five daughters at 1 Providence Lane, St. Helier, Jersey. he is now working as a foreman, but I don’t know where.

1914-1918 – World War 1. 

1931 – John is living at 44 1/2 Clearview street, Jersey. He dies here  of Pnemonie, Lobaire, Maladie du Coeur (Pneumonia/heart attack) at the age of 65.  He is buried at Mont-a-L’Abbé Cemetery, Jersey.

At some point in time a ‘t’ was added to the end of the surname. On the few records I have found of Jean Lozue, no ‘t’ was ever added. This may have started with John Lozuet’s generation. The Lozuet name has been quite difficult to trace. Even though it is quite uncommon. There are a few Lozuet’s in Australia and I know they must be related but I have hit a brick wall as to how. I have written about the origins of the name here: Origins of the LOZUET name

Unknowns:

  • When do John Lozuet & Clara Anna Mabey get married?
  • When and why does John get his photo taken in San Francisco? Was he working as a Seaman?
  • Where is Clara Mabey when John dies? Has she died before him?

If you feel you can contribute any more information I would love to hear from you. I hope you have found this interesting!


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Tragedy in 1938

The machine that John was moving with two other workmates.

Most families will have a tragedy somewhere in their family history. This happened for my family over 70 years ago, on the 28th February 1938. John Frank Edwin Lozuet (Aka Roy Davey) died at work while doing overtime. This is the course of events according to the many reports in the Jersey Evening Post:

THE STORE FATALITY – 1st March 1938

‘Mr. C. J. F. Petra said he was working with deceased last night. Vasse and Kean asked deceased if he would give them a hand to move the mixer. Witness did not notice anything more until he heard a shout and saw the deceased holding onto the machine with his two hands. Witness realised the machine was electrified when he saw Vasse, Kean and deceased struggling to free themselves from the machine. Witness called to the foreman to switch off and the three men collapsed to the floor.

By the Solicitor-General: There were three machines in the store and the usual rule was to switch off if the machines were moved for any reason. He had not actually had that order given up. Both witness and deceased were lorry drivers and worked overtime in the store in the evening. This had been going on for a month; deceased had worked on the machines before.

Mr. G. P. Davey said deceased was his adopted son, his name being John Frank Edwin Lozuet, born in St. Helier on August 5th, 1915. He saw deceased yesterday about 7pm; he was then in good health.”

The verdict of the inquest into John’s death was:

“That the death was due to electrocution at Messrs. W. A. Nicholls and Sons’ Store, 28 Commercial Buildings.” JEP 2 March 1938

Newspaper articles are invaluable for the amount of detail they give you. From this one piece I have already found out or confirmed the following;

  • John was known by two names firstly John Frank Edwin Lozuet, but mainly as Roy Davey. It  is very important  to find out if ancestors had nicknames when researching your family tree.
  • John’s occupation – a lorry driver
  • His father’s name was G. P. Davey (George Perchard Davey – my great grandfather)
  • John was adopted by my great grandfather George P. Davey – I knew that, but do not know who his real father is.
  • His birth date – 5 August 1915. He died at the young age of 23. His mother Clara Eliza Lozuet never got over his death.

The funeral details in the J. E. P.

I wonder if John had presumed the machine was already turned off and being tired from working so much overtime, he had not thought to check before he helped his workmates move it. The machine being moved was a Guano mixer. A Guano Mixer is “A device employed in fish-guano works for the purpose of thoroughly mixing the fish-scrap with mineral phosphates and sulphuric acid” (www.wordnik.com)

Below is a letter of condolence that Clara received in the post after John’s death.

A letter of condolence to John's mother, Clara Lozuet from the boys of the 'Dorset Tavern'. Dorset Street is where the family were living at the time of the accident.

Below is a photo of Roy doing one of his favourite past times, horse riding. I know very little about Roy’s horse riding except that it was thought that he trained/rode private horses for people.


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Tracing Your French Surname

I have the following French/Jersey surnames in my ancestry:

JEHAN

GALLIENNE

GOSSELIN

LE BRETON

LE BROCQ

LE MARQUAND

LOZUET

RABET

Therefore, I have to do a lot of research amongst French records and websites. I have subscribed to a great website called The French Genealogy Blog.

I can’t recommend it highly enough for it’s value and substantive knowledge about researching your French ancestry. One of the posts focuses on French surnames and all the books and resources out there that may help you with your research.

A website they suggest that might be of great use to you is:  www.geopatronyme.com

Good luck with your research!


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Eliza Lozuet gives birth to a son

1892

On this day, the 18th July 1892, (119 years ago) Eliza Lozuet gave birth to a son. She named him Octave Theobald John Duthel. The boy was named after his father,  Octave Theobald Duthel. The only difference being that her son also had the name ‘John’. I can only presume this is after Eliza’s own brother John Lozuet, my great, great grandfather. Eliza’s husband Octave was a ‘Tobacconist’ when their son was born. Eliza’s own grandmother, Eliza Le Brocq, was the godparent at the christening of her son Octave.  The address that Eliza and her husband were living in at the time was Motivier Lane, King Street, St. Helier, Jersey. I couldn’t find Motivier Lane on Google maps, therefore I do not know if this lane still exists?

1901

Nine years later Eliza has moved to England with her family Octave and son John (they seem to have adopted his middle name rather than use Octave). They are now  living in 30 Dock Terrace, St. Mary’s, Hampshire, England. Eliza is working as a ‘grocer’s assistant, while her husband Octave is working as a ‘dock labourer’. This is an interesting change of profession for the husband. Tobacconists had not gone out of fashion then like they have now and moving to England to be a dock labourer seems a bit extreme, considering this was the kind of job he could have done in Jersey. Why they moved is a mystery.

1911

I can’t find the family in the 1911 census.

1941 

In the Jersey Heritage Trust online archive records I found  Octave John Duthiel of 26 Commercial Buildings, St. Helier, Jersey. I am not too sure if this is where he works or where he lives at the time. (Duthiel is an alternative spelling I have noticed a few times) . His details are on his registration card which were given to all islanders during World War Two. The date is 13th January 1941. John would be about 49 years old.

The unknowns:

What happened to ‘John’ Octave Junior? Why did he come back to Jersey?

When and where did Eliza Lozuet die. Did she ever come back to Jersey?

What happened to Octave Senior?


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On this day – Violet Florence Mabey Lozuet was in born 1898.

 

Violet on her birthday.

 

On this day 4th November 1898 began the life of Violet Florence Mabey Lozuet.

Here is Violet’s timeline from what I have found out so far:

1898 - On the 4th November Violet is born to parents John Lozuet and Clara Anna Mabey. Notice that one of Violets middle names is the maiden name of her mother. This was often done in the past and is still done now, especially when particular surnames are dying out.

1898 - On the 30th November Violet was baptised (details from St Helier Church Baptism Register, 28th July 1889 – 21st February 1909). Her godparents were her father John (a ‘Mariner’) and mother Clara.

1901 - Violet (age 3) is living in Don Road, Jersey with her mum, dad, and sisters Clara and Ada.

1911 - Violet (age 13) is living in Jersey with her mum, dad and sisters Clara, Ada. Mabel and Elsie.

1941 - Violet (age 43) is living at the St. Saviours Hospital. Also known as the ‘Mental Hospital’.

1992 - Violet dies at St. Saviours Hospital.

It is not quite clear why Violets life turned out as it did.  Nor is it known at what age she was admitted or under what circumstances she ended up in St. Saviours Mental Hospital. An old family rumour was that she was jilted at the alter and this sent her mad. Maybe she just had a nervous breakdown which today would not warrant being admitted into St. Saviours or maybe there was more to it, that we will never know.

The sad thing about this story is the only reason my mother and I knew about Violet is because we saw her obituary in the local paper, the Jersey Evening Post. Of course it was too late by then to visit her and get to know her and her life story. My mother went to the hospital to try and find out a bit more about Violet…

She had spent her whole life in the hospital and had probably become quite institutionalised. Family never came to visit her as far as the present staff knew. So we then asked my grandfather (Violet’s nephew) why noone knew about her, especially as she had still been alive all these years ?

My grandfather didn’t know when she was admitted, but only that he must have been very young as he barely knew anything about her himself. Sadly it seems that family had forgotten about her.

They were different times back then. People felt differently. This is why I am keen to find out more about Violet…I think she deserves that much!

So, with Violet’s death at the grand age of 94, living longer than any of her siblings, the surname Lozuet died out too.

 

Here is a link to the archive records for Violet at the:  Jersey Heritage Trust


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Origins of the LOZUET name

Recently I have had a reply from a reader to this website. The reply was so interesting I feel it was worthy enough of a post on it’s own, so here it is:

Please pardon me my poor written English. I hope you will understand most of this message.
My mother’s maiden name is Lozouet and there was an Ozouet family living in Guernsey until 1802. I know quite a lot about this family. You can ask me what you do not know yet and I might be of some help.
As for the final “t”, I do not know about your Jersey family but I certainly know that our ancestor Jean-Baptiste Lozouet who left La Haye-du-Puits in 1772 for Paris already had this final “t” in his surname.
It seems all Ozouets, Lozues, Lozuets and Lozouets share the same ancestry. There was only one spelling and one name (L’Ozouët) in 1519 in Cotentin (Normandy) before they split in different branches, the ones who adopted Reformation leaving for the Channel Islands while the ones who remained Roman Catholics stayed on the continent.
Different spellings were written in various documents due to misunderstanding or bad pronounciation.
The meaning of the name “L’Ozouët” comes from the Breton language. When the Kings of Brittany occupied nowadays Cotentin before the year 933, they brought some Breton settlers with them. Among those, there was one L’Ozouët. But the names became permanent only during the XIIth and XIIIth centuries. The people name L’Ozouët then might not be of this descent.
In any event, the name refers to a person who practices herbalism. The plants this herbalist uses are collectively named an “Ozouët” in Breton.
Yours truly,
Ivan Lazarevitch

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I had already written about a Mirko Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki in a previous post. So to have a reply from an Ivan Lazarevitch was a joy!


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On this day – Mabel Maud Lozuet was born in 1902.

Mabel and her daughter Mabel Benest

This beautiful photo above is of Mabel (my great grandmother’s sister) and her daughter Mabel Benest. The clothes are very typical of the fashions of the 1920′s, as is the ‘Cloche’ styled hat that they are both wearing which came into fashion about 1923.  The younger Mabel was born in 1925, and in this photo she must be about six or seven years old, which means that this photo may have been taken about 1930.

Here is Mabel’s timeline and what I have found out so far:

1902 - Mabel was born on the 14 September1902 in Jersey, Channel Islands. Her parents were John Lozuet and Clara Anna Mabey.

1902 - On the 19th October she was baptised. Her godparent was her Aunty Jane Mabey (her mother’s sister).

1911 - In the census of April 1911 Mabel  is living at 1 Providence Lane, St. Helier, Jersey with her mother Clara, father John (a foreman) and her four sisters: Clara, Ada, Violet and Elsie.

1924 - Mabel (age 21) marries Francs Benest on the 30th August 1924.

1925 - Mabel (age 22) gives birth to a daughter: Mabel Maud Benest on the 31 January 1925.

1936 - Mabel (age 34)  moves in with her sister Clara at 29 Dorset Street, Jersey.

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What happened to Mabel and her daughter after this is unknown. Below is another photo of Mabel and her daughter and a third person who I have not been able to identify. Maybe you can help?

Mabel is on the left with her daughter in the middle. The woman on the right is Mabel’s older sister, Ada. The child Mabel is younger in this photo (about four years old) which means that it was taken about 1929. If you can help with any more information about Mabel, her daughter and the mystery third person in any way I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading this post!


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Using a Search Engine to research surnames – Lozuet

I have often typed a surname that I am researching into the  search box on my Google page. I have found this quite an interesting way to find out information about the name I am researching. With a surname like ‘Davey’ thousands of pages come up, to be precise 8,200,000 reults! With a name like ‘Lozuet’ , I get 1, 910 results. Quite a significant difference as you can see!

I search this way from time to time hoping something new will come up that I have not read before. To my surprise I found out quite a few things recently.

Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki

Firstly I came across a page written in Serbian about descendants of Duke Lazarevic Luke, one of them being a Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. Now before you get too excited about the possibility of being related to nobility, I have only just come across this person. Secondly although Wikipedia do a good job of translating the page from Serbian to English it is still quite a complicated hierarchy of who is who.

The reason I have found this find of interest is that I am keen to discover where the name Lozuet comes from. I know that there are a handful in Jersey, Channel Islands who originally came from France. Some of these Jersey Lozuets also emigrated to Australia quite a few years ago and I have been in contact with some of them. (I discovered one of them through Facebook another useful medium to research family surnames).  So to find the name ‘Lozuet’ as part of a bigger name intrigues me.

Who is Mirko Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki? According to Wikipedia he was a lawyer who has lived in exile in France. He married Countess Christine de Lozuet Bokor-Krek who was the last in line to Count Geoffrey of tree-Krek (1908-1986) (Geoffroy de Beaucorps-Créquy). As there were no sons to carry on the surname, it was then passed onto Christine’s husband and their sons. So Mirko Lazarevic took on his French wife’s surname Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. This is very useful information as we find out now that it is the wifes name and therefore it is her family I need to look into to discover their history and where the name ‘Lozuet’ came from. What does ‘Lozuet de Bokor mean? Is this a place? And finally it brings me back to France where the Lozuet de Beaucorps-Crequy family were from. Also look at how similar the two surnames are or have been transformed to suit the different nationalities: Bokor-Kreki / Beaucorps-Crequy.

Jean-Claud Lozuet

The other name I came across on Google search was Jean-Claud Lozuet, a French businessman and member of the Chamber of Commerce France-Brazil. This find was a tragic and mystifying story about a plane that just went missing over the Atlantic Ocean on the 1st June 2009. Sadly, Jean-Claud was one of the many missing on the Flight 477 from Rio de Janiero to Paris. To read and find out more about the events of this flight go to the following link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8077304.stm

Paul Lozuet

On a post for the ‘Forum pages of History’ I found a Paul Lozuet who it seems died at Guincourt, as he was one of the …’ soldiers who fell during the battle that we now call the ‘Combats of Touteron’. Should this be of great interest or relevance to you and your research, here is the link:

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/forum-pages-histoire/aout-attigny-aisne-sujet_2546_2.htm

So my conclusion is that so far Lozuet looks like it is definately of french origins and if you have tried this method of searching your family names, don’t give up, people are adding information to world wide web everyday! Otherwise, Goodluck with your own research and I hope this was of some help to you, and if it was of no help at least I hope you found it interesting!

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