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
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.
I do not know if or how Jean Lozouet is related to me yet, but I am almost certain he must be, as there were and still are very few Lozouets in Jersey. My next step would be to see a copy of his death certificate whcih may show extra details, such as date of birth/age at death/address/cause of death.
UPDATE: I have since been informed that civil registration did not begin until 1842 in Jersey. Guernsey began theirs two years earlier in 1840 and the Uk even earlier in 1837. My friend and family historian also continues to tell me that this includes all births marriages and deaths. Thank you Helen!
It may also be of interest to know that it has been a year since jersey suffered a Cholera epidemic in August 1832, maybe this was the cause?
You can read more about my Lozouet connections here: Family name – LOZUET
The furthest I have managed to get back is with my Jean Louis Desire Lozue, born circa 1840, 7 years after the other Jean Lozouet dies. Is it his grandfather? Is it a brother? Sometimes when children died young, the name of that child would be used again for a following sibling.
As my grandmother Clara Lozuet was one of five girls, the name Lozuet died out with her generation but I do know that there was a family of boys. So far I have not been able to establish a connection.
In the 1901 Census for St. Helier, Jersey, there is a Aimable Lozouet – French subject – single – aged 26 – a General Domestic Servant – possibly working at 9 Esplanade, Custom’s Hotel. My great grandmother Clara had this photo in her possessions when she died:
I don’t know who this young boy is, he may not even be a Lozuet but he does have Hotel enbroided on his collar. Plus, he looks younger than 26 and would a Domestic servant wear a uniform? Questions, questions…
What I do know is that in 1901 Walter J Dovey was up and running as an Island photographer according to the two following links: