My Channel Island Ancestry

My family history in the Channel Islands and beyond!


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Blanche Jehan was born – 1890

On the 9th August 1890, my great grandmother, Blanche Jehan was born. Like many other french families at the turn of the century 1900, Blanche arrived in Jersey with her family for work and to live. It might have been a temporary move until the family had earned some money or a permanent move as there was no work in their home towns.

The following timeline shows the events of Blanche’s life that I am aware of:

  • 1890 – Blanche Marie Josephine Jehan is born in Plancoet, Cotes-d’Amor, Bretagne, France. The names of her parents are unknown.
  • 1911 Census – Blanche is 21 years old and is living with her husband Pierre, a farm labourer, at Samares, St. Clements, Jersey.
  • 1912 – Blanche, aged 22, gives birth to a son, Peter Gosselin.
  • 1914 – Blanche, 23, gives birth to another son, my grandfather, Rene Jean Gosselin on the 25th April.
  • 1916 – Blanche, 26, gives birth to her third son, Henri Pierre Gosselin.
  • 1921 – Blanche, 30, gives birth to a daughter, Blanche Olive Gosselin.
  • 1922 – Blanche, 31, gives birth to a second daughter, Antoinette Gosselin.
  • 1924 – Blanche, 34,  gives birth to another daughter, Genevieve Augustine Henriette Gosselin.

Map of coast of France, Channel Sea and Jersey – highlighting the close distance and route travelled by my ancestors.

The stars in the above image of the map show Plaine Haute (first star on left), where Blanche’s husband was born. Plancoet, where Blanche was born, St. Malo the possible harbour they left from to sail to Jersey and the island of Jersey. It is unknown how Pierre and Blanche met. Maybe it was on their travels by road through France. Maybe it was at the harbour or on the boat. Or maybe it was in Jersey? Whatever the circumstances, without that meeting my grandfather Rene would not have been born, nor my father, nor me.

That is all I have about Blanche’s life. Maybe you can provide more information. The following list shows some things I need to find out about Blanche:

  • When did Blanche marry Pierre Gosselin?
  • When did Blanche die and where is she buried?
  • What were the names of her parents?

As I get ready to send this post I find an old note with two names that seem to be Blanche’s parents names:

her father – Eugene Marie Joseph Jehan- born April 1857 - Plancoët, Côtes-d’Armor, Bretagne, France

her mother - Blanche Félicie Marie LeClerc – born February 1854 - Plancoët, Côtes-d’Armor, Bretagne, France.

Although, I have not been able to confirm these details that I discovered on ancestry, they look pretty close to being the correct parents. It is always exciting to make new discoveries!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


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On this day – Jeanne Marie Rabet was born in 1864 (via My Channel Island Ancestry)

It’s been a year since I wrote this post below. I still have not been able to find out where Jeanne or her husband were buried.

The exciting thing is that descendants of Jeanne’s sons Raymond and Albert have been in touch with me during the past year and have given me so much more information which is fantastic.

Nevertheless, I am determined to find her final resting place one day!

On this day - Jeanne Marie Rabet was born in 1864 Finding Jeanne Rabet ( my great great grandmother) after quite a bit of research was a very exciting time. Two relatives in the family have Jeanne as their middle name and I have always wanted to know where it had come from. Finally one day a relative hands me over a marriage certificate with her name on. I am delighted, I can now tell my cousin why she has Jeanne as a middle name, we knew that she had been named after our grandmother Grace Jeann … Read More

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French Digitized Records & Online Databases

Just as you are about to give up, you come across a familiar name and then BINGO! You have found your ancestor! That is what happened to me last night at about ten o’clock. I had recently found a great website which had digitilized records for the Cotes D’Amor area of France (ar mor meaning the sea in Breton)  which was previously known as Côtes-du-Nord until 1990 when the name was changed. To get what you want from it’s records you really need to know the area and date you are searching for first, as there is no option for name search. This can be very time consuming but as I found out late last night it was all worth while!

The website – http://sallevirtuelle.cotesdarmor.fr

  • Name - I was looking for evidence of the birth my great grandfather:  Pierre Jean Baptiste Gosselin
  • Place - I knew he was born in the area Plaine Haute, Cotes du Nord.
  • Date - He was born on the 16 June 1885.

 

Pierre's parents are: Jean Louis Gosselin & Marie Louise Boutier

 

 

The website is in French and although I know some French my knowledge is limited. Luckily Google transalated each page for me.

  1. So I selected the ‘Entree’ button to enter the website which presented you with the alphabet.
  2. I then selected the letter ‘P’ for Plaine Haute – dates from 1575 to 1905.
  3. Next step is to select the option: Registres D’etat civil de 1793 a 1905.
  4. I have to admit from here it was just a lucky guess as you are presented with a whole list of dates. I think I selected Lot 11 as it was the nearest to 1885.
  5. 8 images come up on screen, look for the ones which look like they have a list on them and select that page. Check all lists until you find the name you want. Then try and figure out whether to go back wards or forwards to find your page.

There may have been an easier way to search, but I couldn’t find it.

Anyway, it was all free and all very exciting because I have now found the parents of Pierre Gosselin which means I can now go one generation further back! Also I realise that the date I had was slightly incorrect and may be down to a transcription error from the Jersey Archives. The new birth date was the 26th June, not the 16th. An easy mistake to make because the writing from that time period can be quite difficult to read.

The other extra piece of information on the record is the age of Pierre’s parents, their occupations and names of the witnesses.

 

Names of witnesses: Pierre Oger & Michel Boutier.

 

Now all I need to do is brush up on my french!


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On this day – Jeanne Marie Rabet was born in 1864

Finding Jeanne Rabet ( my great great grandmother) after quite a bit of research was a very exciting time. Two relatives in the family have Jeanne as their middle name and I have always wanted to know where it had come from. Finally one day a relative hands me over a marriage certificate with her name on. I am delighted, I can now tell my cousin why she has Jeanne as a middle name, we knew that she had been named after our grandmother Grace Jeanne Rabet, but I wanted to know why Grace had this as her middle name too. Middle names are often good sources of information as they are often from another member of the family (parents or uncles and aunties). The marriage certificate also confirmed for me the husbands name, Yves Marie Rabet and their father’s names. Here is Jeanne’s timeline and what I have found out so far:

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I took this photo of the town sign on a visit to Ploeuc in January 2011. It was freezing cold and I went there by car, which was a lot more comfortable than how Jeanne would have made the journey to St. Malo. It would have taken maybe a day by horse and cart.

1864 - Jeanne was born on the 4 September 1864 in Ploeuc, Cotes du Nord, France. (The name Cotes du Nord was changed in 1990 to ‘Cotes d’Amor’ – Wikipedia)

1880 - Jeanne arrived in U.K.

1885 - Jeanne marries Yves Rabet (a Labourer also born in Ploeuc) in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands in the presence of Francois Rabet & Marie Rowland.

Marriage certificate

1896 - Jeanne gives birth to son Raymond Frank Rabet in Trinity, Jersey. (There may have been other children born before Raymond).

1899 - Jeanne gives birth to a daughter Ada Maud Rabet in Trinity, Jersey. (or is it Hilda Rabet as the name keeps changing in the records?)

1901 - Jeanne is living in Trinity with her husband Yves and their children: Raymond, Ada and Alice (and a boarder Francois Demoy).

1902 - Jeanne gives birth to Henri Yves Rabet (my great grandfather) in Trinity, Jersey.

1908 - Jeanne gives birth to William Rabet in St. Saviours, Jersey.

1905 - Jeanne gives birth to Albert Rabet in St. Saviours, Jersey.

1911 - Jeanne is living with her husband Yves (farm labourer), and children: Hilda (Ada?), Alice and Henri.

1921 - Jeanne’s  Registration card states she is a ‘widow’ doing ‘housework’ to earn a living. She is living at Highfield Cottage, St. Saviour, Jersey.

1940 - Jeanne is now living at 3 Chevalier Road with her son-in-law Peter Le Vannais and her grandchildren. Her daughter Ada Rabet (now Le Vannais) is at Burleigh House on this day (is she working there  or living there?)

1946 - Jeanne is now living at Hauteville, St. John’s Road, Jersey.

1956 - On the 14 July Jeanne dies at the good age of 91. Where she is buried is unknown ( and on my list of  ‘Things to find out’).

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Family tree research and projects are never finished and I will update Jeanne’s life as I come across more information. If you are related to Jeanne I hope you have found this post useful and interesting and if you have anything you could add to this timeline please feel free to share it! Have a good day…

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