On this day 26th June 1885 (126 years ago), my great grandfather Pierre Marie Jean Baptiste Gosselin was born in Plaine Haute, Cotes du Nord, France. He was the son of Jean Louis Gosselin and Marie Louise Boutier. Jean’s profession is recorded as ‘profession de marichal’ (I am still unsure what this means). I found the records online at Archive Departments of the Cotes D’Amor. I have discussed this website before in the post French Digitized Records & Online Databases explaining how I discovered the record of my great grandfather, which took a lot of work but was very worth it and so exciting.
Here is Pierre’s Timeline from what I have found out so far:
26th June 1885 – Pierre is born to parents Jean Louis Gosselin & Marie Louise Boutier. the ‘premier temoin’ (which I think means first witness) was Pierre Oger. The second temoin or witness was Michel Boutier.
1900 – At some time around the turn of the century Pierre must have been one of the many French Breton farm workers who emigrated to Jersey.
1911 – In the census Pierre (age 25) is living at Hope Cottage, Samares, St. Clements, Jersey. He is working as a ‘day labourer’. His wife Blanche(age 20) is living with him at this time and is working as a ‘charing’ lady eg: char lady.
1912 – Birth of son Peter Gosselin.
25 April 1914 – Birth of Rene Jean Gosselin (my grandfather).
1914 - Beginning of World War 1.
1916 – Birth of son Henri Pierre Gosselin.
1918 – End of World War 1
1921 – Birth of daughter Blanche Olive Mary Gosselin.
1922 – Birth of daughter Antoinette Marie Gosselin.
1924 – Birth of daughter Genevieve Augustine Henriette Gosselin.
1939 - Beginning of World War 2, Jersey is occupied by the Germans.
1941 – Pierre is living at Eden House, St. Clements, Jersey.
1945 – End of World War 2.
1956 – Pierre dies at the age of 71 and is buried in St. Clements Parish Curchyard with his wife Blanche. This is a grand age considering he lived through two World Wars.
Tip: It is always useful to take note of witnesses at births, marriages and deaths as they may be related somehow. As you can see in this case one of the winesses for Pierre was a Michel Boutier, a relation to his mother, but I don’t know how yet?