Selina Davey – born 17th April 1869

Selina Davey is my 3rd great aunt. She is the younger sister of Mary Frances Davey who I have written about here: Mary Frances Davey

Here is Selina’s timeline as I know it to this day:

1869 – 17th April Selina is born to Isaac William Davey & Ann Le Breton (AKA Nancy) probably at 14 Lempriere Street, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, otherwise known as The Eagle Tavern.

1869 – 30th June, Selina is baptised. Father: Isaac William Davey – shipwright. Mother: Ann Le Breton. Godparents: Isaac William Davey Jnr. & Jane Canning. Jane married a shipwright which is how they may have all known each other).

1871 – Census details – Selina is one years old and is living at 14 Lempriere Street, with her father Isaac (head of household & shipwright), mother Ann (Tavern Keeper), siblings: William (mason’s labourer), Ann (apprentice tailoress), Mary, Esther, Cecilia, and Mathilda (scholars).

1881 – Census details – Selina is 12 years old, a scholar, living at 14 Lempriere street with her father Isaac, aged 60 (now a Victualler), mother ‘Nancy’ and siblings: William (seaman), Esther (dressmaker), Matilda (scholar). Also part of the household is Selina’s older brother Isaac (shipwright) and his wife Ellen Goudge and their two children: Isaac and James. That’s 10 members of the family in building that is a pub downstairs! Interestingly enough, all the neighbours have similar professions: dressmakers and ship carpenters.

1891 – Census details – Selina is 21 years old, working as a dressmaker. She is still living at 14 Lempriere Street, with her father Isaac (Victualler), mother Nancy, brother Isaac (shipwright), his wife Elenora and their children: Isaac (apprentice to plasterer), James (Errand boy), Elenora (scholar) and 6 year old George, my great grand father.

1895 – According to the 1911 census Selina has been living with her husband, William Chapman for 16 years (unconfirmed). That would make 1895 the year they got married. This might make sense,as in  many years to come, Selina’s brother George hires a nanny to care for their first child of the name Maria Chapman.

1898 – Selina is 29 when her mother Ann “Nancy’ dies.

1900 – Selina’s father Isaac dies to years after his wife.

1901 – Possible birth of her son William Charles Chapman on 1 December at 17 Seaton Place, Jersey.

1906 – Possible birth of daughter Gladys Rita Chapman on 12 June 1906, Seaton Place.

1911 – Census details – Selina is living with her husband of 16 years, William C Chapman (Tailor) and their children William, aged 9 and Gladys, age 4. If William is a Tailor, is this how Selina met him, at work?

This is as far as Selinas timeline goes for the time being.

In 1934 A Selina Davey died on 7 June 1934, aged 78 at 7 Winchester Street. Her burial was at St. Helier’s General Cemetery. the grave was in the name of James Davey. This Selina was therefore born in 1856, (thanks to a reader correcting me) , and can not be my Selina, unless I have the wrong birthdate for my Selina, of which I will have to go back and check another day.

Would her maiden name be used in Funeral records? If not then this is her married name and James (who the grave is named under) is possibly her husband? Or she left her husband and James is her brother? It was unusual for for divorced woman to revert back to their maiden name in those days.

Extract from Croad & Sons Funeral Directors Book.

Extract from Croad & Sons Funeral Directors Book.

I look forward to the 1921 Census being available as that will fill in the missing years from 1911 to 1934.

I wonder if Selina had a hard life. 65 isn’t a great age for a Davey, as most of them lived well into their 70’s and 80’s.

If Selina is in your family tree and you can share more information, I would love to hear from you:-)

Albert Gallienne married Sophia Hamon – 1902

Sometimes, when researching the family tree, the saying: “There is no smoke without fire,” rings true and is worth listening to or bearing in mind.

My grandmother Grace, always believed her mother, Florence, was from Guernsey. Florence Gallienne died when Grace was 9 years old, so it is understandable that Grace knew very little about her own mother. Her father could have told her more except Grace was put in an orphanage along with one sister and one brother. Family stories do not get passed on in orphanages.

So when I did my research into the Gallienne side of my family I found out that in fact it was Grace’s grandfather, Albert Gallienne that was born in Guernsey and not her mother.

I confess, that this side of the family has been difficult to research and form a bigger tree. I know next to nothing about the Guernsey Galliennes and even less about the Jersey Hamons.

What I did find out with help from www.guernseyancestry.com a while back, was the following:

St. Pierre du Bois, Guernsey church where Albert was born on 25th January 1870

St. Pierre du Bois, Guernsey church where Albert was born on 25th January 1870

Marriage date: 30th March 1902

Albert Gallienne was 32 and a Mason, residing in St. Peter, Guernsey when he married Florence Sophia Hamon. Albert’s father was Alfred Gallienne.

Florence Sophia Hamon - circa 1960

Florence Sophia Hamon – circa 1960

Florence (b. 1884) was 18, residing in St. Luke’s when she married Albert. There is a 14 year age gap between Florence and her new husband Albert. Her father was Philip James Hamon (there are many many Philip Hamons in Jersey at this time, so this does not help much.)

These details are form the St. Luke’s Church Marriage Register (ref: 1873-1908 page 399)

The extra information written on a marriage record regarding the bride and grooms father’s is invaluable for making the next step further back in the tree.

This is the first record of evidence that Albert is no longer in Guernsey. The previous year, in 1901, Albert, aged 31, was living at La Planque, St. Pierre du Bois, Guernsey as a boarder in the household of  Elie Bree, a shopkeeper. As far as I know an Elias John Bree was godparent to Albert and Florence’s daughter’s baptism in 1906. This was the baptism of Florence Anna Gallienne, Grace’s mother.

I have no idea why Albert moved to Jersey, apart from fact that maybe there was more masonry work available in the larger island. I do know that he stayed and had four children with Florence: Albert Philip, Florence Anna, Henry and Philip James. I do not know where he died. It seems that Florence Hamon may have married again to a Mr. Michel but I have yet to confirm this.

I wonder how they met? Florence’s father was a news vendor at the time of the marriage. But what is interesting is that the Elias Bree (b. 1877) whom Albert was living with as a boarder in 1901, later is married to an Anna Evaline Hamon (b. 1875). Anna is Florence’s older sister. So maybe Elias visits Jersey with Albert where he meets Anna, who introduces Albert to Florence? It’s all speculation, but it’s all possible too.

 

Edith May Le Marquand – 24 December 1896

On the 24th December 1869, my great grandmother Edith May Le Marquand was born, in the parish of St. Peter, Jersey.

I have a brief memory of visiting her when I was young. She was sitting in a wheelchair.

Here is Edith’s timeline to the best of my knowledge:

1896 – Edith is born to her parents are Marie E. Le Gresley and Phillipe Le Marquand. A perfect present in time for Christmas!

It appears that Edith already has a half brother called J S Le Gresley, born in St. Peter’s in 1880. I have yet to confirm this detail.

1897 – Edith’s sister, ‘Dot’ Dorothy Maud Le Marquand is born in St. Peter.

1899 – Edith’s sister Iris Ellen Le Marqaund is born in St. Peter.

1901 – According to the 1901 census, Edith is still living in St. Peter at 66 Overdale with her father Phillipe Jn. aged 38, a merchant and farmer of his own account. Her mother, Marie, aged 41, sisters Lilian aged 10, Dorothy M., Iris Ellen and stepbrother J.S. Le Gresley, aged 21, a carpenter. Edith’s auntie, Jane A. le Gresley (who was born in St. Ouen and is living on own means) is also residing with the family the day the census is taken.

(This census also tells me that Edith had an older sister, born 1891)

1911 – Edith is living at Angora House, St. Peter. She is single and is working as a farmers daughter doing dairy work (likely on her father’s farm). She is living with her father, mother and sisters, Dorothy maud, and Iris E. who are at school. There are 10 rooms in the dwelling which is quite a large to my mind.

1914 – It is the first year of World War One and Edith is now working in a munitions factory in Penryn, Cornwall, England. This must have been a huge culture shock and change of lifestyle compared to her dairy farming on a quiet little island. Such a brave move or maybe a welcome adventure.

1919 – In November, Edith married Alfred Bouchere at St. Peters parish church. She is 4 months pregnant. According to family notes, Edith was living at Les Sixbulls in St. Ouen when she married Alfred.

1920 – Edith gives birth to her first child, my grandmother, Edith May Bouchere on the 10th May in St. Helier. Is May the baby’s middle name as this is the month she is born? Exact address unknown unless she is at the address where she has her next child Barbara, the next year.

1921 – Edith gives birth to daughter, Barbara Elize on the 28th January at Bas du Mont au Pretre, St. Helier, Jersey.

Edith gives birth to daughter Joyce.

Edith gives birth to daughter Margaret.

1924 – Edith gives birth to son, Kenneth Alfred on the 27th January.

Daughter Elizabeth is born.

Son Malcolm is born.

Daughter Ruth is born.

Daughter Rosemary is born.

Daughter Jennifer is born.

1937 – Edith has her eleventh child. Her son Patrick is born.

1941 – Edith is living at Penryn, Chestnut Avenue, Jersey. Is the name of the house in memory of her times working in the munitions factory at Penryn, Cornwall? That would imply that Edith saw this time in her life as something worth remembering.

1941 – World War 2 rages through Europe and Jersey is occupied by German forces.

1987 – Edith dies at the grand age of 84. With eleven children this is pretty impressive and shows what a strong woman she must have been, not forgetting that she also lived through two world wars! (Date amended from 1981 to 1987)

She is buried at St. Saviours Cemetery.

Here is Edith standing at the front with 9 of her 11 children:

Bouchere Family - Descendants of Edith & Alfred copy

Photo courtesy of H. Dryden

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

Mary Frances Davey – born 1856

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Mary Frances Davey is my 3rd great aunt. I have little information about her. What I do have needs  to be confirmed on my next visit to Jersey.

Here is her timeline:

1856 – Mary was born on the 29th September in St. Helier. The fourth child to Ann Le Breton and Isaac William Davey. I do not know the exact address.

1861 – Mary is five years old and is now living in the very crowded 14 Lempriere Street where the family reside for the next 30 years. She is living with father Isaac W. Davey who is working as a ships carpenter (age 40), her mother Ann (age 35), siblings Isaac W. Davey – scholar (age 9), William – scholar (age 8), Ann E. – scholar (age 7), Ester (age 3).

1871 – Mary is 15 years old. She is a ‘scholar’ and is living with her family at 14 Lempriere St. Her father Isaac, is working as a shipwright and her mother Ann, is now working as a Tavern Keeper. 14 Lempiere Street was known for many years as The Eagle Tavern until it was knocked down and turned into flats a few years ago. Her siblings are still at home. Isaac, a Shipwright, William, a Masons Labourer, Ann, an Apprentice Tailoress, Esther, Cecelia, Mathilda and Selina. That is ten members in all!

1876 –  On the 23rd April Mary married Albert Henry Moon at St. Andrews Church, St. Helier Albert was a master baker for most of his life and together they were to have 10 children between them. (Thank you to Kelly Le Quesne for this updated information 30/09/15) 

1877 – Birth of daughter Mary Elizabeth Moon

1879 – Birth of son Albert William Moon

1881 – Birth of daughter Cecelia Blanche Moon (Cecelia is named after her mother’s sister Cecelia Davey)

1883 – Birth of daughter Lilian Beatrice Moon

1885 – Birth of daughter Levinia Rose Moon

1887 – Birth of daughter Hilda Violet Moon

1888 – Birth of son Reginald James Moon

1891 – Birth of daughter Elsie Ruby Moon. In the 1891 census Mary is living with her large family at 70 New Street.

1893 – Birth of son Henry Harold Moon

1898 – Mary’s mother Ann ‘Nancy’ Le Breton dies aged 71 years old.

1900 – Mary’s father Isaac Willam Davey dies aged 78 years old.

1901 – In the 1901 census Mary is living with her family at 70 New Street.

1911 Mary is the head of household, living at 15 Duhamel Place, which means Albert was either away from home, had left the marriage or had passed away. As she is working as a dressmaker it maybe that Albert has now passed and Mary needs to earn a living.

1929 – Mary aged 72, died at 20 Seale Street. Jersey, Channel Islands.

If you have a Mary Moon (nee Davey) in your tree I would love to hear from you and maybe you could confirm a few facts for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ramona

Jean Lozouet – died 31st August 1833

My Channel Island Ancestry

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…

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Blanche Jehan was born – 1890

A repost with some updates!

My Channel Island Ancestry

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.

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Eliza Lozuet – born 1864

Eliza Lozouet 1864On the 21st June 1864 Eliza Lozouet was born in the parish of St. Ouen in the island of Jersey. Eliza was the sister of my great great grandfather John Lozouet. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, birth certificates are a great source of information as you can see in the image of Eliza’s birth certificate above.

Eliza was the only daughter (as far as I know) of Elize Elizabeth Le Brocq (of St. Ouen, Jersey) and Jean Louis Desiré Lozouet (possibly of Surville, Le Manche, Normandy, France).

Eliza’s only sibling to my knowledge was her younger brother John.

Here is her timeline:

1864 – on the 21st June Eliza was born in St. Ouen, Jersey.

1864 – on the 20th July Eliza’s birth is registered.

1866 – on the 23rd April Eliza’s brother John is born. Eliza is almost two years old. The exact place pf residence is still unknown although they are still in St. Ouen.

1871 – Eliza is a scholar and is living with her grandmother Eliza Le Brocq (neé Le Boutellier), a farmer’s wife and her grandfather John Le Brocq (head of Household), a farmer of 8 acres and her unmarried uncle John Le Brocq jr. (age 27), a farmer’s son. The whereabouts of Eliza’s parents and baby brother are unknown.

1881 – Eliza is almost 17 years old. She is living along Vinchelez Main Road, St. Ouen with her grandmother Eliza Le Brocq, now a widow and her brother John, a carpenter.

1891 – Eliza is 25 and living at the Farmer’s Rest Hotel, St. Peter’s, Jersey with her husband Octave Duthiel, aged 45 (head of household).Her grandmother Eliza Le Brocq is now also living with them (aged 70).

1892 – On the 13th January, Eliza gave birth to her son Octave Theobald John Duthiel. You can read more about that here: Eliza has a son. Eliza’s place of residence is Motivier Lane, King Street, St. Helier, Jersey.

1901 – Eliza is now 37 years old and 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’.

1911 – The following information may or may not be my Eliza: An Eliza Dutel, aged 46, is working as a Servant at Jersey General Dispensary And Infirmary, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Her occupation is recorded as a ‘cook’. Marital Status: married; Relation to Head: servant. Father’s birthplace: France, Brittany (although I have been told by a fellow researcher that Eliza’s father is possibly from Normandy).

1911 – Octave, Eliza’s husband, is living with the Sisters Of The Poor, Hauteville, St. Helier, Jersey. His occupation is described as ‘former boarding housekeeper.’

Eliza’s timeline ends here. I do not know what happened to her next. There is a 100 year restriction on viewing censuses, so the 1911 is the last one available.

Things to find out about Eliza:

  • what was her address at birth?
  • what school did Eliza go to?
  • What happened to the Le Brocq farm in 1891? The whereabouts of Eliza’s brother, John is also unknown. Although I do have a photo of John Le Brocq taken circa 1891 in San Fransisco.
  • Why did they move to England?
  • When did she she? Where? And how?

If you have more information on Eliza Lozouet and would like to share it I look forward to hearing from you!:-)