Le Gresley

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Le Gresley family page
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This family name, although it sounds French, probably came to Jersey from England

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Mary Ann Syvret Le Gresley (1883-1975) (St O), daughter of John Francis Le Gresley and Mary Ann, nee Syvret


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Origin of Surname

Le Gresley is derived from the Latin gracilis meaning slim. It is not at all clear how the family originated in Jersey: the name sounds French, but according to one of the family trees listed below, appears to have arrived in Jersey from England, where it started as de Gresley and can apparently be traced back to the 12th century. However, the accuracy of this tree is far from certain and there are discrepancies between it and the other trees which show the same later descent.

The name is certainly not Norman, nor have we found it in any of our usual French sources, so the best guess is that the family/families in Jersey did originate from England.

Early records

  • Nicholas (1564- ) St O, father of Rachel, who married Jean Le Rossignol

Variants

  • Le Gresley, 1607
  • de Gresley

Family records

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Family trees


There is considerable doubt about some of the generation links in the above trees and they should be treated with suspicion. The trees suggest that there were two marriages between a Jean Le Gresley and an Elizabeth Perree, and the children of these marriages are sometimes shown against the wrong parents. One Jean Le Gresley was born in 1708, as was his wife, and the other was born in 1740. The confusion is compounded by both Elizabeth Perrees being shown as the daughter of Josue Perree and Marguerite de Caen, but with birth dates for this couple of 1700 and 1701 respectively, they could not possibly have been the parents of an Elizabeth born in 1708.

The result of all this confusion is that the two trees below should also be treated with suspicion.



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Family wills


Family businesses

A banknote issued by Le Cornu, Le Gresley and Co as Jersey Caledonian Bank

Family album

Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including P Le Gresley. The picture was taken by Asplett and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes Philippe Amy, P Tourgis, Thomas J Desprès, P Norman, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, Philippe Amy, (3rd from left seated) G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu

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Newfoundland story

There is a story recounted by L E F English in his article The Jersey Men, published in the Newfoundland Quarterly - 1950 (available at Newfoundland Grand Banks) as follows: "A story is told of an old 'Jawseyman' named Greeley who had a thriving business at Little Bell Island in Conception Bay. So passionately fond was he of his ancestral home in the Channel Islands that he used his magic powers to revisit Jersey each weekend. It happened that a fisherman went down to the shore this Saturday evening to shoot for a Sunday dinner a sea duck or whatever wild fowl that chanced to wing its way in range of his long musket. Just at nightfall a giant bird was seen to pass eastward, and the hunter raised his trusty weapon and fired. The strange bird fell beyond a point of rock, and the fisherman on rushing to the spot found the bewildered and bewhiskered Jersey planter picking buckshot from his legs. "

Family gravestones

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We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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