The story of the Jolin family

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The Jolin family

There were several branches of the Jolin family in Jersey in the 18th and 19th centuries but the name has now died out

Huguenot refugees

The family started with the flight from France of Huguenot refugees Jacques Jolin and Marie Arault and on 24 September 1732 the first of their nine children, Marie Magdeleine, was baptised in St Helier. She died three years later and was buried on the 10 July 1735. A second daughter, Susanne, was baptised on 22 September 1734 and grew up to marry ship's captain Abraham Chevalier.

She died in her 30s and was buried in St Helier on 3 April 1765. Jacques and Marie's third child was another daughter, Jeanne, who was baptised 8 May 1737.

English branch

The couple’s eldest son Jacques died in 1738 before his first birthday and two years later another Jacques was born, followed by brother Pierre in 1743. He was to move to Cornwall, via Southampton, and found the first English branch of the family.

Jacques and Marie’s seventh child, Marie (1746- ) married another ship's captain, Philippe Neel on 18 January 1777 in St Helier. She died in her 60's and was buried in St Helier on 5 February 1810.

The eighth child, a son named Jean, also died in infancy but the couple’s final daughter Anne (1850- ) married Philippe Le Vavasseur dit Durell on 4 July 1776.

Marie, whose name can be found as Araux and Arault in the parish registers, died in March 1776. Her husband Jacques died eight years later. The second Jacques Jolin married Anne Le Bailly, another Huguenot refugee. The couple appear to have considered emigrating to Canada but remained in Jersey and had six sons and five daughters, all of whom were baptised in St Helier and all except one grew up to marry in St Helier.

Jacques was buried in September 1784 in St Helier, just five months after his father had died. Anne Le Bailly survived her husband by 39 years, well into her 80s.

Their first son, Jacques, also had 11 children, but six of them died in infancy and the only surviving son, Philippe, never married.

To France and back

Aaron, the eldest son of Jacques’ brother Pierre was married twice. He moved to France with his first wife but they were divorced and he returned to Jersey with his second wife Ann Langreich and worked as a shoemaker in St Helier.

The couple had nine children before Aaron eventually moved back to France.

Most of the Jolins living in England today are descendants of Aaron’s brother Daniel, who was born in 1772.


Daniel’s youngest brother Philippe was killed by his son Philippe George in 1929. Philippe George was convicted of patricide and was the last person to be hung in public in Jersey.


Daniel’s eldest son, also Daniel, was a master-brickmaker and owned a small brickworks at Longueville, St Saviour. The brickworks has long since disappeared but the road which ran past it is still known as Brickfield Lane. Jean Aubin, who married Daniel’s sister Julie, also owned a brickworks about half a mile away.

The sixth child of Daniel (1772- ) and Jeanne Moutier, Philippe, followed several of his ancestors in the trade of shoemaking, living in St Helier, first in La Motte Street and then Providence Street.

Move to London

Their second son, Augustus Philippe, whose brother died in infancy, became a master boot and shoemaker and moved from Jersey to London in the mid-1800s, and eventually to Bolton.


This history was based on information contained in a detailed website on the Jolin family, which no longer exists

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