Jean Lozouet – died 31st August 1833

On the 31st August, Jean Lozouet of the parish of Surville in Normandy, France died and was buried in the old section of St. Lawrence graveyard. I found out about this on the islandwiki.org website under the leter ‘L’ in St. Lawrence Burials: Lozuet

J Lozuet - 1833

Through some contact with the Parish of St. Lawrence I soon found out the following details from the incredibly helpful secretary who had spoken to the Sexton on my behalf and another family history expert.

 

‘… if there was not a family grave or there was no money and the Parish paid for the burial then some persons were buried in the pathways and no stones were or marking were placed on the plots,…’

The secretary also adds that this may not have been the case with Jean Lozouet but it is a possibilty worth knowing.

J Lozuet - death book

 

I do not know if or how Jean Lozouet is related to me yet, but I am almost certain he must be, as there were and still are very few Lozouets in Jersey. My next step would be to see a copy of his death certificate whcih may show extra details, such as date of birth/age at death/address/cause of death.

UPDATE: I have since been informed that civil registration  did not begin until 1842 in Jersey. Guernsey began theirs two years ealier in 1840 and the Uk even earlier in 1837. My friend and family historian also continues to tell me that this includes all births marriages and deaths. Thank you Helen! :-)

It may also be of interest to know that it has been a year since jersey suffered a Cholera epidemic in August 1832, maybe this was the cause?

You can read more about my Lozouet connections here: Family name – LOZUET

The furthest I have managed to get back is with my Jean Louis Desire Lozue, born circa 1840, 7 years after the other Jean Lozouet dies. Is it his grandfather? Is it a brother? Sometimes when children died young, the name of that child would be used again for a following sibling.

As my grandmother Clara Lozuet was one of five girls, the name Lozuet died out with her generation but I do know that there was a family of boys. So far I have not been able to establish a connection.

In the 1901 Census for St. Helier, Jersey, there is a Aimable Lozouet – French subject – single – aged 26 – a General Domestic Servant – possibly working at 9 Esplanade, Custom’s Hotel. My great grandmother Clara had this photo in her possessions when she died:

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I don’t know who this young boy is, he may not even be a Lozuet but he does have Hotel enbroided on his collar. Plus, he looks younger than 26 and would a Domestic servant wear a uniform? Questions, questions…

What I do know is that in 1901 Walter J Dovey was up and running as an Island photographer according to the two following links:

http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/List_of_photographers_in_Jersey_1840-1940

http://jerseyfamilyhistory.co.uk/?page_id=11

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?

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!

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.

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!

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?

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