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My family history in the Channel Islands and beyond!


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Isaac William Davey marries Ann Le Breton

One hundred and sixty one years ago today, on the 27th November 1850 Isaac William Davey married Ann ‘Nancy’ Le Breton in the Parish of St. Helier.

Isaac – age 28 – Bachelor – Shipwright – POB: St. Helier – father: William Davey (a Carter)

Ann – age 24 – Spinster – no job – POB: St. Saviours – father: Philip Le Breton (a Thatcher)

The witnesses to this marriage were Charles Le Breton ( who I think is one of Ann’s 11 siblings) and Maria Payne (connection unknown).

Marriage certificates are a wealth of information, some of which will confirm many details you have already discovered which is always a great feeling. The certificate confirms or informs me for the first time who Isaac’s father is. This then gives me another name one more generation further back!

Other information will only lead to more confusion. In my other records of Ann I have her birth place as St. Clements. (Maybe she lived on the border of the two parishes).

I do not know which church they married in. I do know that St. Simon’s and St. Saviours church were both popular with the Davey family.

In the next year Isaac and Ann are living together in Breton Yard. I have not been able to find this location, although I have found a Breton Lane near the Archives. They have their first child, Isaac William Davey on 30th December 1851.  They are together for another 40 years and have 9 children.

I get the impression they were quite a strong couple. They lived together above the Eagle Tavern with her children and at times their grandchildren too! I am almost sure Ann worked in the Eagle Tavern for quite a while as she was at one time a Tavern Keeper aged 44. I do not know when Ann died or where (these are on my list of things to find out).

In October 1899, nine months before he dies, Isaac writes his last will where he states that he wishes to be ‘interred in Almorah Cemetery’ where his ‘beloved wife now lies’.  Fond words to the very end.


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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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Henry Rabet marries Florence Gallienne

Henry and Florence in 1933, nine years after their marriage.

On this day 23rd June 1924 my great grandparents Henry Yves Rabet and Florence Anna Gallienne were married in the Parish of St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands.

  • Henry was 22 years old, a bachelor, living in St. Saviours (I don’t know where exactly). He was working as a Labourer, maybe with his father Yves Rabet, also a Labourer, who is on the marriage certificate.
  • Florence was 18 years old, a spinster, living in St. Andrew/St. Helier. Her father Albert Gallienne is on the certificate working as a mason.

Screenshot of marriage certificate.

Henry and Florence married in the presence of Peter Le Vannais and Hilda Maud le Vannais. Hilda is one of Henry’s sisters. How Henry and Florence met is unknown, and in the next six years they start a family and have four children together. My grandmother told my mother that she was brought up in a place called Paul Mill Cottage as seen in the photo below, in Mont de la Rosiere Lane.

Mont de la Rosiere – where Florence and Henry lived in the late 1920, early 1930′s.

 

Certificates are always an exciting purchase and in my eyes are always worth it for the extra details they record.

Eg:

  • professions of both fathers of the bride and groom
  • residence of bride and groom at time of marriage
  • witnesses at the marriage


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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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