The Gaspe Valpys
Perce, Quebec Canada








Al Beagan's "Genealogy Notes" Of Jersey

© 1996


1740 "Chevalier, Abraham "Charming Betty" c. 1740 "Philip" 1744 "Industry" 1747 "Jersey Flower" 1756 "Expedition Pkt" 1763 "Sukey" 1764-65. Jersey Sailing Ships

1741 "Apprentices, too, continued to travel from Jersey to New England. In a typical draft indenture of 1741 we learn of Philip Laffoley, bound apprentice for six years to Robert Hooper and his wife of Marblehead, New England. As so many other Jersey youths were to do over the years, he promised that he would 'faithfully serve, their secrets keep, their lawful commands everywhere gladly do'. He was not to marry during the period, nor play cards,. nor frequent taverns. He would be taught to read and write and learn arithmetic as far as the rule of three, and would receive in return, 'good and wholesome eating, drink, washing, lodging and apparel'. After six years he would receive two new suits besides the old ones, 'one of which if not both to be for the Lord's day'.' By mid-century a powerful band of merchants were requesting the Lieutenant Bailiff that foreigners be prevented from hiring young Jersey-men for the voyage to New England to the detriment of Jersey merchants needing sailors.

The situation in Newfoundland was somewhat different. Various 'plantations' had been made there by French and English, but these had not always been successful. In the early days there was constant rivalry between the nationalities involved: Spanish, Portuguese, Basques, French, New Englanders and West Country men, and possiblv too between shore and sedentary fishermen, 'planters' and 'sack' merchants. The latter were merchants with no permanent base in the fisheries, who acted as carriers, collecting in their larger vessels the loads of fish which were to be carried across the Atlantic. 'Sack' is thought to be derived from the sack or wine taken aboard in Spain when the cargo of fish had been delivered, or possibly from 'sec', which describes the dry, salted fish they carried. Balleine's History Of Jersey, page 170, DA670 J-5 B32, NEHGS

1744 " Amice Vincent, privateer, "Jersey Galley" 1744" John Jean's book, "Jersey Sailing Ships" Roger de Carteret grdc@itl.net

1750 One hundred and eighty-four persons, Huguenots from Jersey, removed to Halifax, NS.

1750 "De Quetteville was trading from Harbour Grace between 1750 and 1790, being linked as time went on with Nicholas Fiott." But the majority went out to Newfoundland at this period on a seasonal basis, and the merchants were engaged in the 'sack' trade, and carrving fish on the triangular route to New England, the West Indies and the Mediterranean together with miscellaneous goods collected for the outward journey or from ports of call as they returned to Jersey in the autumn.

These merchants, often younger sons of prominent families and intricately connected by marriage, pursued a pattern of trade already established by the French in the 16th. century.' The prizes were high, but the risks were great and usually shared among a number of owners who were the bourgeois or outfitters, the armateurs or suppliers of equipment, the victualleurs and sometimes the maitre. A master might be his own armateur. Usually there were no wages, but agreed regulations about the sharing of profits, one third went to the owner, one third to the merchant and one third was to be divided among the crew. On arrival in Newfoundland the men set up temporary stations with wooden staging on which to split and dry the cod, the first captain to ...."Balleine's History Of Jersey, page 170, DA670 J-5 B32, NEHGS

1754 "Some Jerseymen mav have been early settlers (in Newfoundland) or indentured servants. The initial point of attachment seems to have been Trinity Bay north of the Avalon peninsula, where records show that in 1754 one Thomas de Gruchy was a planter with his wife, son and daughter, and eight English and eight Irish, servants. Balleine's History Of Jersey, page 170, DA670 J-5 B32, NEHGS

1755 Anne Chevalier married Jean Norman abt 1755 and had the following children: Anne , Jean, Amice, Susanne - sorry no dates, possibly St. Lawrence parish, I have lost the name of my source on this one - quite possibly the newsgroup. Daryla Cuthbertson cuthbert@uniserve.com

1756 "499. IVC.FLF. Jean Vincent m. Francoise Le Feuvre 1756; with LDDD (? the gift of LD) above; Parklands (St P). http://user.itl.net/~glen/stonejsy401-500.html

1758 "Hatch Ch: Thomas, hatter, Portsm., poss. the s. of Saml. and Elizabeth rec. in Boston 25 Sept. 1713. W. Mary in 1752, and m. by 1758 Alice Knight (10). (A son of this marriage transferred a Jersey tradition from his mother's to his father's ancestry.) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire

1759 "John Nicoll, Ens., b 22 Oct 1759, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scot. d 19 June 1839, Perth, Ontario, Canada. John married Mary Knight 10 May 1783 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Is., US.

John and Mary (b 27 July 1762, St. Peter Port, d abt 1803, Channel Is.,

father John Knight, Mother, Ellen Dupry) had the following children, all born St. Peter Port:

John Wharton Nicoll, 1 Mar 1784, d 12 Mar 1785; Ann Harcour, b 13 Feb 1786, d 29 May 1788; John, b 27 Feb 1789, died Cape Breton, NS, m Ann

Coutanche; Henrietta Headley, b 17 Mar 1791, d 6 Feb 1794; Alexander b 25 May 1793, d Aug 1832, Quebec, Canada;

William b 7 Nov 1795;

James, b 7 Nov 1798, d 10 July 1877, Gabarus, Nova Scotia, m Lucy Morley, June 1816, in Sydney NS;

Peter b 5 Nov 1800, d 1850, California, m 18 Mar 1824 in Perth, Ontario, Canada to Margaret McPhail and Mary Wilton, b 29 Nov 1803. Is anyone else on the list researching this family? I would LOVE to fill in my blanks! Sandi (Nicoll) Bellefeuille, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada rjsbell@interlog.com

1763 Apart from non-shipowning members, there were forty one vessels liable to the first levy ranging from the sloop "Mary" of 15 tons burthen to the ship " Charming Nancy" of 225 tons. Canada had only been acquired by Great Britain by the treaty of 1763 and the Jersey merchants had often heard ot the many fortunes made in the fishing along the Canadian coast by the Merchants of St.-Malo, and other French ports." Page 31, JERSEY IN THE I8TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. Jersey Chamber of Commerce DA 670, .J5S3

1764 "Birth year of " La Four, Francois, of J ?, mar Mary Chevalier, who d. 1842, age 78, res Sandy Beach, Gaspe. Unveriified." The Quiet Adventures in Canada, CS 89 A2 T6, NEHGS

1766 "Among the vessels we find the brig "Sea Flower" of 41 tons, the vessel in which Mr. Charles Robin started in his first journey to the Baie des Chaleurs where he eventually made a very large fortune. This ship was owned by Messrs. de Gruchy and Le Breton, Thos. and Jas. Pipon, Ph. Marett and Ph. Robin. Charles Robin had gone out in 1766 in this ship to study the question of opening a fishing station on this coast." Page 31, JERSEY IN THE I8TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. Jersey Chamber of Commerce DA 670, .J5S3

1767 "His (Charles Robin) employers were evidently well satisfied with his report, for in 1767 they sent him out as their agent, (Robin , Pipon & Co.) to establish a fishing station at Paspebiac and Arichat. His brother John went with him. He was a very determined, capable and hard working man and after he started for himself, some years later, the trade mark " C.R.C." was well known and respected wherever fish supplies were wanted." Page 31, JERSEY IN THE I8TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. Jersey Chamber of Commerce DA 670, .J5S3

March 14,1768 "The Chamber on the 14th March 1768 having been advised of the persecution carried on by Mr. Thos. Jas. Gruchy, Receiver (of the 6d.) for Greenwich Hospital, a letter was sent by the President to the said Gruchy and a memorial to the Lords of the Admiralty,..." JERSEY IN THE I8TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. subscribers of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce DA 670, .J5S3

1769 Philip Messervy, born Jersey married Suzanne Dennis, and removed to Newfoundland.

1769 24.For myself and others concerned in the Jersey Packet. John Thoreau.,

25. For the brig Susan." Ph. Lys.

26.For myself, 30 tons. John Dolbel.

27. For the owners of the sloop " Sueky" Abm. Chevalier.

28. For Ihe owners of' the sloop "Mary" John Luce.

29.Mrs. Anne Lempriere, Mrs. Le Maistre., Edward Combs.

30.For myself, 30 tons. Jean De La Taste, sen.

3I. For myself, 30 tons. John De la Taste, junr.

32.For myself, 30 tons. John Kirby.

33. For myself, 30 tons. James Guillet.

34. For the sloop " Neptune." Clement.Messervy

35 For myself, 6o tons. David Patriarche

36. For myself, 30 tons. John de Ste. Croix.

37. For the owner of the sloop " Elizabeth." John Lys.

38. For myself, 30 tons. Peter Simonet.

39. For the brig " May Flower." Messrs., Brelade and Janvrin.

4o. For myself, 30 tons. Ph. Journeaux

4I. For myself, 3o tons. Louis Gareau

42. For the brig " Esther." John Cosnard.,

43. For.the sloop " Speedwell." J. Le Lievre.

44. For 50 tons. Clment Hilgrove of Southton.

45. For the sloop " Union." John Boudier.

46. Mr. Corbet Combes.

47. For myself, 30 tons for the year 1768. John Thoreau.

48. For, the " Molly " scooner from 1st March 1769 Guill. Patriarche.

49. For the " Nancy and Mary brig from the I3th March 1769. Ph. Laurens. Page 30 JERSEY IN THE I8TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. subscribers of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce DA 670, .J5S3

1778 Thirteen hundred men in this year left the Channel Islands for the summer to Fish on the Grand Banks, and to do other work in the Maritimes.


To the Revs Chas. Crebbin and Wm. Clucasvicars General of the Diocese of Sodorand Mann.

The Humble Petition of Alice Creetch of Castletown -


That your Petr. had a son, a seaman, one John Creetch who was impressed into his Majesties Service on Board his Majesties ship the (sic) Salisbury,Captain John Knight Commander.

That lately your Petr. has received a letter from a friend of hers on Boardsaid ship of War, that her said son was killed in an Action with an enemyto the British Flag in Chesepeake Bay as per said Letter dated 24th December1781 appears at Large - Thus your Petr. in Order to receive his wages and prize money is constrained to apply to your reverences for an Administrationto be granted your Petr. in her said son John Creetch's Effects and Estate Therefore Most Humbly praying your Reverences willbe pleased to grant your Petr. that she may be admitted to an Administration in the goods Chattles and Effects of her said son John Creetch and yourPetr. shall for your reverences happiness everpray & c. -

Jan 13th 1782

At a Consistory Court holden at Douglas the 14thDay of Feb. 1782. John Creetch formerly of Castletown, Batchelor, belonging to His Majestie's Ship the Shrewsbury, having been lately killed on board the said Ship inan Action with the Enemy as by advice received Intestate. The Court upon intelligince there of hath Decreed his Mother Alice Creetch (Widow) soleAdministratrix of all his Goods, Chattels, Rights, Credits and Effects ofwhat kind or nature soever. Whereupon she is sworn well and truly to Administerthe same - and to pay all her Intestate's just Debts so far forth as thesaid Goods, Chattels and Effects will extend and the Law shall bind herto return a true and perfect Inventory to the Registry when "hereunto required. And to these Ends hath given Pledges in form of Law namely John Cubbon of Malew and Henry Fargher of Douglas.

Decretum est.

Wm. Clucas

Sent in by Roslyn Selwood

Taken from wills GL 721

JOHN CREETCH Castletown 1781

Letter to John Creetch's family who lived in Castletown. Shrewsbury lying in Barbadoes. December 24th 1781

Master Creetch this come with my best respects to you hoping these few lines will find you in good health as I am at present thanks be to god for it I am sorry to acquaint you of an Engagement we had of Chesapeak bay in america between the English and trench fleet our English fleet but consisting of nineteen ships of battle and they trench fleet consisting of twenty four Ships of battle we engaged each other for the space of two hours till ourrigging was all shot away, and sixty four of our men killed and wounded,out of them there was fourteen killed dead, and several of the rest died of their wounds, one of which was your son John Creetch of a wound he received in his brest and his right arm shots off died three days after the Engagementand at that time he had two years pay due to him and some prize money which would be of great service to you in your old days if you could get somegood friend to look after it for you this Ships name is the Shrewsbury Mounting74 Guns at Present Commanded by Captain John Knight but at that time it was Captain Mark Robinson where his leg was shot off and our first lieutenant killed Please to Remember me to your Daughters and to John Gordon an John Kelley living on the bowling Green So no more at Present from Robert Cally who was servant at Mr. Tugmans and sailed with Wm. Lawson in the smack in Mr. Tummans Employ. Found at an Isle of Man site at: http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/manx/famhist/v12n4.htm Barbara Pederson

1780 "I am told I am a descendant of: LeChene, James & Philip, who escaped the French Revolution in St.Malo, France to Grand, Jersey Islands - I assume somewhere around 1780. From there, on to Gaultois, Newfoundland, where they were employed by the Newman Hunt Company as fishermen. The name was gradually changed to LeShane (amongst other spellings) and ended up as SHANO. There are still, I believe, LeShane's about. If anyone has information, I would appreciate hearing from you. Dave Shano Combermere, Ontario, Canada micdav@mv.igs.net

Sept. 21,1781 "Rear Admirals Super Annuated upon half pay 17s 6d a day. Rich. Knight; John Knight. The Captains and dates of Comm. from which they take their pay; John Knight Sept. 21,1781" The London Calander and city register for England Scotland, Ireland, & America 1784, 18th Century Manuscripts, Boston Public Lib.

1781 At various times the French have tried to seize the Islands, the last occasion being in 1781.

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