Accidental death of Jean Vautier

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Accidental death of farmer Jean Vautier

The introduction to this article, translated from the original French, is taken from the Chronique de Jersey of Wednesday 25 January 1854

A most terrible accident took place last Tuesday, 17 January, in the parish of St Brelade. Jean Vautier was driving a cart-load of manure towards one of his fields when a part of the harness broke, the cart overturned and one of the wheels crushed him against the hedgerow. Some minutes after, he was found on his knees at the scene of the accident. He was promptly conveyed to his home, where two surgeons gave immediate assistance, but the injuries caused by the accident were fatal, all of the main parts of the trunk were paralysed by the pressure of the kidneys. Mr Vautier lingered until 5 o'clock on Thursday morning, when death came to relieve the suffering.


Jean (1796-1854) was married first to Marie Elizabeth Payn (1798-1839) in St Ouen in 1831. They had two sons and a daughter. The year after she died he married Elizabeth Jeanne Le Riche, 24 years his junior, but she died before they had any children. 

Jean's third wife, Elizabeth, was a descendant of Elie Le Marquand, who was born in St Ouen in about 1617. Elie's son Nicolas was born in St Ouen in 1642 and moved to St Peter, where he was buried in 1685. His descendants appear to have lived in St Peter for the next seven generations until 1828 when Elizabeth was born.

At the time of the 1841 census Elizabeth (aged 18) was living with Jean Vautier as a servant. His second wife, Elizabeth Jeanne Le Riche, died and Jean married Eizabeth in 1845. They had two children, Elizabeth (1846- ) and Philippe (1848- ).

Jean and Elizabeth farmed at La Vallette, Les Quennevais, but when Jean died after the accident in 1854, Elizabeth and the two children moved to High Street, St Aubin. She purchased a house called Elizabeth Castle View from the Robin family and ran a guest house there until she died in 1880. Daughter Elizabeth kept the house going until she died in 1891.

Today the house is still a Guest House and is called St Magliore.
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