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!






Tracing Your French Surname

I have the following French/Jersey surnames in my ancestry:









Therefore, I have to do a lot of research amongst French records and websites. I have subscribed to a great website called The French Genealogy Blog.

I can’t recommend it highly enough for it’s value and substantive knowledge about researching your French ancestry. One of the posts focuses on French surnames and all the books and resources out there that may help you with your research.

A website they suggest that might be of great use to you is:  www.geopatronyme.com

Good luck with your research!

French Genealogy and Family History

Of the 12 surnames I am researching 9 are of french origin. They are Bouchere, Gallienne, Gosselin, Jehan, Le Breton, Le Marquand, Lozuet, Mahaut, and Rabet.  Therefore, I  am having to look around for french genealogical websites and resources. I discovered one today via a Facebook group called The French Genealogy Blog . It covers topics such as:

  • Hidden marriages during the French Revolution
  • Huguenots
  • French Military Uniforms

and many more useful and interesting subjects.

Auxiliary female teachers during WW1

‘Our day’ – St. Ouen 1916

My aunty recently sent me the above photo cut out from the Temps Passe section in the Jersey Evening Post. It includes my father’s grandmother, Edith May Le Marquand.  I haven’t done a lot of research on this side of the family as I know that there has been a quite a bit of research done already.

Whenever you are passed a piece of family history it is always interesting, when it includes a photo of an ancestor it is like gold dust! My grandmother must have kept this in her belongings of treasured snippets of information. My aunty has come across it and kindly sent it onto me. And what a fascinating piece it is too!

Here are the words in the article that were written underneath:

In the J.E.P on 22 April 1997

This article gives you quite a few clues to explore further or details that may confirm what you already knew or were wanting to find out:

  • great grandmothers name – Edith Le Marquand
  • her job – she was an auxiliary teacher! I had heard it on the grapevine but had yet to see any evidence of this
  • the school – St. Ouen’s School (Primary) – this would make sense that she taught in St. Ouen’s parish as she lived there at Les Sixbulls when she married Alfred Boucheré. It would have been unlikely for auxiliary teachers to travel to a school on the other side of the island like they do now.
  • date of photo 1916 – as my grandmother was born c.1895, this would make her about 21 years old. Which doesn’t quite fit in with her being the lady on the far left as the article says. So which one she is exactly still remains a mystery…
  • the event ‘Our day’ – I hadn’t heard of this event before, so that is something new for me and my records. The flags are another lovely detail of how the day was presented
  • the returning War fiance – I know now that my great grandfather firstly went to war, and secondly where he was posted, Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia in Greek means ‘land between rivers’, and was the region now occupied by modern Iraq, eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and Southwest Iran.

Overview map of ancient Mesopotamia

To conclude, it makes you wonder how many more fascinating pieces of newspaper articles are out there, still hidden away in someone’s treasure box with some amazing snippet of information in them yet to be revealed.

Should any of this information be incorrect or you can provide more than please fell free to comment below or contact me. Anything extra from readers is always a bonus!