The Gosselin name is meant to be of Norman origin and can be seen spelt many different ways:
Gosselin, Goslin, Gosline, Gossling, Gosselyn, Gossling,…
but in the records so far for my family I have only ever seen it spelt as ‘Gosselin’.
Rumour has it that my GOSSELIN ancestors came from Picardie (Picardy) in France. I haven’t yet been able to confirm that, but here is what I do know so far:
MY GRANDFATHER – Rene Jean Gosselin
1914 – born in Jersey on the 25 April.
1940 – Rene marries Edith May Bouchere.
1941 – Rene is living with his family at Elim, La Mare, Samares, whilst Jersey is under German Occupation during World War 2. He is working as a ‘grower’.
1977 – Rene dies on the 10 May.
MY GREAT GRANDFATHER – Pierre Marie Jean Baptiste Gosselin
1885 – born in Plaine Haute, Cotes-du-Nord, France on 26 June.
1900 – Pierre arrived in Jersey around the turn of the century when many French farmers came over to the island for work.
1911 – On the 2nd of April 1911 Pierre was living at Hope Cottage, Samares, St. Clements in Jersey when the 1911 census was taken. He was head of the household – married for one year – aged 26 – working as a ‘pay labourer on farm’. He was living with his wife Blanche Jehan – age 20 – work was ‘charing’ (char lady?)’.
1941 – Pierre is living with his family at Eden House, St. Clement whilst Jersey is under German Occupation during World War 2.
1956 – Pierre dies.
MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER – Jean Louis Gosselin
1845 – born ?
ODD BITS OF INFORMATION
Looking at GOOGLE Maps there is a road leading to the town of La Haye Du Puits, Normandy called ‘La Rue de la Gosselinerie’.