Descendants of John Le Geyt

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Descendants of John Le Geyt



On the right, Lieut-Colonel Matthieu Le Geyt (1777-1849), RMIJ; formerly of the 9th Regiment of Foot and previously Seigneur de la Houguette in St Helier. The occasion was the opening of the Victoria Pier, St Helier, in 1841

Le Geyt dit Le Maillier

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  • 1 John Le Geyt (1440- ) liv. 1528 m Alicis Le Maillier (Liv 1480) [1]
    • 2 Matthieu Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1465- ) m Thomasse Le Vavasseur (1470- ) daughter of Michel (St H)
      • 3 Noé Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1490- ) [2] m Jeannette Le Loreur elder daughter and heiress of Regnault (St S) [3]
        • 4 Alice Le Geyt (1525- ) m 1 Henri Mallet [4]; 2 Jean Hérault [5]
        • 4 Thomas Le Geyt (1530-1604) [6] m Thomasse Le Moigne (1540- ) daughter of Denys, son of Thomas [7]
          • 5 Jean Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1570-1636) [8] m 1 Jeanne Lempriere ( -1617) daughter of Hugh [9] and Sara Dumaresq, of La Haule
            • 6 Noé Le Geyt ( -1609)
            • 6 Matthieu Le Geyt ( -1613)
            • 6 Sara Le Geyt (1612- ) m (1636, St H) Richard Fauvel [10]
            • 6 Jeanne Le Geyt (1615- ) m (1641, St H) Elie Chevalier
            • 6 Anne Le Geyt (1617- ) m (1641, St H) Richard Le Cras
          • 2nd wife of Jean Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1617, St S) Susanne Lemprière daughter of Philippe [11]
            • 6 Susanne Le Geyt (1621-1699) m 1 (1640, St H) Philippe Horman son of Jean; 2 (1664, St Mt) Philippe Gaudin (St Mt)
            • 6 Genette Le Geyt (1625-1698) m 1 Jean Le Geyt (1619-1668) son of Noé [12] (St S); 2 Daniel Gallichan
            • 6 Matthieu Le Geyt (1627-1684) [13] m (1662, St L) Rachel Bisson, daughter of Benjamin [14] and Rachel Dumaresq daughter of Elie [15]
              • 7 Rachel Le Geyt (1663-1664)
              • 7 Susanne Le Geyt (1665-1739) m Pierre Le Bailly [16]
              • 7 Matthieu Le Geyt (1667-1743) [17] m (1691, St O) Elizabeth Dumaresq, daughter of Elie [18]
                • 8 Anne Le Geyt (1692-1762) m (1713, St H) Daniel Lemprière [19] (Tr) son of Hugh [20]
                • 8 Elizabeth Le Geyt (1694-1771)
                • 8 Jean Le Geyt (1696-bef1748)
                • 8 Madeleine de Carteret Le Geyt (1697- ) [21]
                • 8 Philippe Le Geyt (1699-1743) Jurat, (1735-); 1737-1743 [22] m Marguerite Lemprière daughter and co-heir of Josué [23] and Esther Le Couteur, daughter of Clement, Dean of Jersey
                  • 9 Elizabeth Le Geyt (1727-1789) m Jean Le Geyt (1720-1776) [24]
                  • 9 Philippe Le Geyt (12/1727-1764) [25]
                  • 9 Matthieu Le Geyt (1729-1807) [26] m 1 (Eng?) Anne Cooper ( -1775); 2 (1776, St P) Marie Dumaresq [27]
                    • 10 Matthieu Le Geyt (1777-1849) [28] m (1805, St H) Rachel Poingdestre (1787-1829), daughter of Pierre and Elizabeth Le Vavasseur dit Noel, d of Jean (St H)
                      • 11 Marie Le Geyt (1805-1880)
                      • 11 Rachel Le Geyt (1807-1880) m (1843, St S) [29] George Dumaresq [30]
                      • 11 Matthieu Le Geyt (1808-1890) settled in England [31] m (1840, Eng) Louisa Amelia Terry, daughter of John [32]
                      • 11 Philippe Le Geyt (1809-1816)
                      • 11 Marguerite Le Geyt (1810-1890) m 1 (1829, Tr) [33] Frederick Dumaresq [34]; 2 William Houghton [35]
                    • Matthieu Le Geyt had issue by Esther Mourant
                    • 10 Philippe Le Geyt (1779-1852) [37] m Elizabeth (Eliza) Emily ( -1842) (Eng) [38]
                      • 11 Eliza Emily Le Geyt (1813- ) m (1835, St H) Sir Maurice Charles O`Connell [39]
                  • 9 Josué Le Geyt (1731-1797) [40] m 1 (1764, Tr) Sara Guerdain ( -1769) daughter and heiress of Denis [41]; 2 (1779, St S) Anne Mauger ( -1832) daughter of Pierre (St L) [42]
                  • 9 Jean Le Geyt (1734- ) [43] m 1 (1777, St H) Marthe Sbire ( -1777); 2 Rachel Revoire ( -1781); 3 (8/1783, St S) Sara Bisson (1749-10/1783) [44] daughter of Edward, Rector (St L); 4 (1788, St H) Anne Rondel
                  • 9 Marguerite Le Geyt (1736-1794)
                  • 9 Esther Le Geyt (1739-1797) m (1772, St H) George Valpy [45]
                  • 9 Marie Le Geyt (1741-1807) m (1780, St S) Amice Baleyne [46]
                • 8 Debora Le Geyt (1703-1775)
                • 8 Matthieu Le Geyt (1706-1718)
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt (1670-1746) (St H) [47] m (1711, St L) Anne Payn (1687-1743) d of Philippe (Gr) and Marie Poingdestre [48]
                • 8 Jean Le Geyt (1714-1716) [49]
                • 8 Philippe Le Geyt (1718-1741) [50]
                • 8 Jean Le Geyt (1720-1776) [51] m Elizabeth Le Geyt (1727-1789) [52] d of Philippe [53]
                  • 9 Marie Ann Le Geyt ( -1771)
                • 8 Anne Le Geyt (1722- )
                • 8 George Le Geyt (1725-1732)
                • 8 Charles Le Geyt (1727- )
                • 8 Elizabeth Le Geyt (1729-1771) m (1765, St H) George Valpy
              • 7 Rachel Le Geyt (1673-1757) [54] m Helier Le Cras (St L)
            • 6 Jean Le Geyt "dit Le Maillier" (1630-1688) m Douce Le Goupil ( -1719) [55]
              • 7 Susanne Le Geyt (1673-1712) m (1709, Gr) Elie Hooper
              • 7 Douce Le Geyt (1675-1730) m Philippe Romeril (St S)
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1678- ) [56]
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt (1679- ) [57]
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt (1681-1730) [58]
              • 7 Jeanne Le Geyt (1685- )
          • 5 Jeanne Le Geyt ( -1620) m Hugh de Soulemont [59]
          • 5 Noé Le Geyt (1575- ) [60] m (1609, St Mt) Sara Perrin, daughter of Jean [61] and sister of Abraham [62]
            • 6 Thomas Le Geyt (1610- ) [63]
            • 6 Genette Le Geyt (1613- ) [64] m (1639, St S) Damyan Poingdestre [65] of Maufant
            • 6 Noé Le Geyt (1614-1614) [66]
            • 6 Noé Le Geyt (1615-1701) of La Chasse [67] m (1658, St S) Jeanne Hue daughter of Helier [68] and Marie de Soulemont [69]
            • 6 Sara Le Geyt (1618-1623) [70]
            • 6 Jean Le Geyt (1619-1668) [71] m Genette Le Geyt (1625-1698) [72] daughter of Jean and Susanne Lemprière
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt (1653-1674)
              • 7 Marie Le Geyt (1660?-1719) daughter and heiress m (1686, St L) [73] Edouard du Heaume, son of Elie (St O)
            • 6 Abraham Le Geyt (1622-1686) of La Guillaumerie [74] m 1 (1645, Tr) Elisabeth Binet [75] daughter of Jean (Tr) and Marie Amy, daughter of Jean [76]
              • 7 Abraham Le Geyt (1647-1718) [77] m 1 unknown [78]
                • 8 Philippe Le Geyt (5/1682- ) no issue
              • by 2nd wife of Abraham Le Geyt m (11/1682, St S) Rachel Benest (1652-1735) [79] d of Nicolas (St L) and Marguerite Luce
                • 8 Collette Le Geyt (1685-1750) m 1 (1704, Gr) Thomas Major [80]; 2 (1707, St H) Philippe Fritot
                • 8 Jean Le Geyt (1686-1767) [81] m (1718, St S) Jeanne Bertram [82] d of Jacques (Gr) and Elizabeth Le Clercq
                • 8 Abraham Le Geyt (1690-1749) [83] m (1716, St S) Elizabeth Ahier d of Jean [84] and Thomasse Le Tubelin
                • 8 Rachel Le Geyt (1693-1695)
                • 8 Marie Le Geyt (1696-by 1737) no issue
                • 8 Anne Le Geyt (1699-1787) no issue m (1750, Tr) Thomas Cabot (St S)
              • 7 Philippe Le Geyt (1650-1735) m (1679, St S) Sara Bisson ( -1727) daughter of Nicolas
                • 8 Sara Le Geyt (1679- ) m (1704, St S) Philippe Grandin
                • 8 Child Le Geyt ( -1682)
                • 8 Elizabeth Le Geyt (1684- ) m (1713, Gr) Philippe Richardson s of Thomas
                • 8 Marie Le Geyt (1692- ) [85] m (1718, Tr) Josué Langlois
              • 7 Noé Le Geyt (1652-1693) m (1686, St S) Marguerite Le Caumais [86]
                • 8 Noé Le Geyt (1688-1691)
              • 7 Jean Le Geyt, living 1680 [87] m unknown
                • 8 Marie Le Geyt (1681-by 1693)
                • 8 Rachel Le Geyt (1685?-1731) m (1713, Tr) Edouard Journeaux (St S)
                • 8 Abraham Le Geyt (1689-1763) [88] m 1 (1711, St S) Rachel Journeaux ( -1752); 2 (1752, Tr) Marguerite Valpy
                  • 9 Jeanne Le Geyt (1714- ) living 1756 m (1734, Tr) Michel Amy
                  • 9 Rachel Le Geyt (1721-1741) unmarried
                  • 9 Daughter Le Geyt ( -1730)
                  • 9 Jean Le Geyt (1729- ) settled (St H) m Marie Cabot (Tr) [89]
                    • 10 Jean Le Geyt (1751-by 1796) [90] no issue
                    • 10 Philippe Le Geyt (1753-by 1796) no issue
                    • 10 Abraham Le Geyt (1756-1758) [91]
                    • 10 Amice Le Geyt (1759-1812) [92] m (1784, St S) Elizabeth Gavey d of Charles and Elizabeth Rouet (no issue)
                    • 10 Pierre Le Geyt (1761- ) no issue
                    • 10 Marie Le Geyt (1763-1814) m 1 (1790, Tr) Jean Nicolle; 2 (1802, St Mt) Philippe Marett (Gr)
                    • 10 Jeanne Le Geyt (1766- ) m (1788, Tr) Edouard Valpy
                    • 10 Marguerite Le Geyt (1769- ) m (1789, St S) Pierre Gallienne of Guernsey
                    • 10 Jean Le Geyt (1773- ) m 1 (1793, St S) Anne Baudains; 2 (1817, Tr) Joyce Boniface (St H)
                      • 11 Betsy Le Geyt (1794-1794) [93]
                      • 11 Anne Le Geyt (1796- ) [94]
                      • 11 Joseph? Le Geyt, living 1811 (England?)
                • 8 Marie Le Geyt (1693- ) "fille Jean, fils Abraham" m (1721, Tr) Nicolas Richardson
              • 7 Sara Le Geyt (1654-1669) unmarried.
              • 7 Elisabeth Le Geyt (1655-1698) unmarried
            • by the 2nd wife of Abraham Le Geyt (generation 6) m (1676, Tr) Jeanne Amy
              • 7 Noé Le Geyt (1677?- ) settled in St Helier m (1714, St H) Marguerite Henry ( -1726) [95]
                • 8 Michel Le Geyt (1718-1718)
                • 8 Philippe Jean Le Geyt (1719-1719)
              • 7 Matthieu Le Geyt (1678-1694) [96] unmarried
              • 7 Thomas Le Geyt (1680?- ) [97]
            • 6 Jeanne Le Geyt (1624- ) m Raulin Gallichan
            • 6 Philippe Le Geyt (1627-1632)
            • 6 Elisabeth Le Geyt (1630-1708) [98] m Thomas Cabot (Tr)
        • 4 Jeanne Le Geyt (1530- ) m Edouard La Cloche
        • 4 Collette Le Geyt (1552-1582) m Edmond Le Gallais (1548- ) of Surville [99]
      • 3 Thomas Le Geyt (1501-1581) m Jeanne Messervy
      • 3 Thomasse Le Geyt (1510?- ) [100] m John Le Gallais, living 1539
    • 2 Servais Le Geyt, (Liv 1555)
    • 2 Jean Le Geyt, (Liv 1548) m Girette Unknown [101]
    • 2 Pierre Le Geyt dit Le Maillier ( -1563) m Jeanne Unknown [102]
      • 3 Male child Le Geyt ( -1564)
      • 3 Pierre Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1556-1605) [103] (St S) [104] m (1580, St S) Genette Falle ( -1607) elder daughter of Lucas
        • 4 Pierre Le Geyt dit Le Maillier (1581-1632) [105] m Susanne Unknown ( -1634)
          • 5 Jeanne Le Geyt (1613-1613)
          • 5 Genette Le Geyt (1617- )
          • 5 Collette Le Geyt (1618- ) (Liv 1644)
          • 5 Susanne Le Geyt (1622-1689)
            • 6 Elizabeth Le Geyt (1644- ) m (1670, St S) Jean Vulliam
          • 5 Philippe Le Geyt (Liv 1650) [106] m (1649, Tr) Elizabeth Le Maistre
        • 4 Jeanne Le Geyt (1583- ) m (1605, St S) Matthieu Jambard (St C) [107]
        • 4 Marie Le Geyt (1589- ) m (1608, St S) Jean Hooper
        • 4 Thomas Le Geyt (1592-by 1637) [108] m (1616, St H) Marie Michel [109]
          • 5 Genette Le Geyt (1618- )
    • 2 Catherine Le Geyt ( -1509)
    • 2 Balthazar Le Geyt [110]
    • 2 Mahey Le Geyt ( -bef 1567) m Unknown
    • 2 Rogier Le Geyt dit Le Maillier [112] (Liv 1522)

Notes and references

  1. A Le Geyt genealogy, taken in 1880-1 from the manuscript collection of Mr Le Boutillier of Jersey, Antiquary and Member of the Society of Antiquaries of Normandy, apparently in the hand of Mrs Messervy, wife of the Rev J A Messervy, sheds considerable light on the term "dit Le Maillier", attached to the early members of this particular Le Geyt family. It commences with John Le Geyt, whose wife is named as "Alicis Le Maillier, viv 1480". This information is clearly derived from an early contract, no doubt of 1480. Mr Le Boutillier will be Mr George Le Boutillier who so ably assisted in the 1850s and 1860s J Bertrand Payne in his work The Armorial of Jersey. There was still living at that time Colonel Philip Le Geyt, who was born in the fine and ancient property that had been the home of the Le Geyts dit Le Maillier long before the start of the Land Registry (1602) and possibly before the earliest surviving court rolls (1506). It may be assumed the deed was in his possession, together with the accompanying tentative genealogy, which was not, however without an error at a later date. The early part of this genealogy, a copy of which is with La Société Jersiaise, has proved most useful. That the surname "dit Le Maillier" was used by the Le Geyts suggests that Alicis Le Maillier was probably an heiress, this being one of three principal reasons behind the adoption of such 'alias' surnames, both in Jersey, England and elsewhere in north-west Europe. Their property was named, in the late 19th century, Chestnut Farm. Its location on Grande Route du Mont â L`Abbé, in St Helier, within less than half a mile of the 17th century home of the Le Geyt dit Rauvet family, strongly suggests that these were two branches of the same family
  2. Seigneur de La Carrière (Grouville)
  3. Jurat, 1503-1523
  4. Seigneur de La Hague
  5. Greffier
  6. Seigneur de La Carrière, Constable of St Helier, 1587-1590
  7. Cour d`Héritage 6/231
  8. Seigneur de La Carrière until 1618, also Seigneur de La Houguette, (St Helier), which he purchased in 1614 and which his descendants retained until the 19th century. Centenier of St Helier, 1625-
  9. Seigneur de Diélament, Lieutenant-Baillif
  10. Seigneur de La Carrière
  11. Of La Maison du Roux (St S)
  12. First cousins
  13. Seigneur de La Houguette, Procureur du Bien Public, St Helier; Centenier, 1653-1669
  14. Constable (St L), Jurat, Parliamentary Commissaire, 1643; Seigneur du Fief Luce de Carteret
  15. Seigneur de Vincheles de Bas, Jurat and Lieutenant-Bailiff
  16. Son of the Constable of St Mary: The Armorial of Jersey, 260
  17. Ecrivain, Senechal de La Cour Seigneurialle du Fief de Longueville; Greffier-Substitut, 1702-3-; Centenier of St Helier, 1710-1715; Procureur du Bien Public, 1716; Registrar of Contracts 1715-1730 and Jurat, 1729-1734. Matthieu was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Militia
  18. Seigneur des Augrès, Jurat. Matthieu Le Geyt and Elizabeth Dumaresq were married at St Ouen's Manor, no doubt as her grandmother was Susanne de Carteret, daughter of the Seigneur of St Ouen
  19. Of Augrès House
  20. Jurat
  21. Godmother: Dame Madeleine Durell, wife of Sir Edward de Carteret
  22. Philippe Le Geyt was Procureur du Bien Public, St Helier, in 1732. Philippe and his father were involved in the 'Six-au-sou' revolt in Jersey. For centuries, the currency of Jersey had been in livres, sous and deniers. The rich had most of their savings in the first two, and the poor in the latter. As the deniers had decreased in numbers in the late 17th century and were no longer minted, a new copper coin called a liard had come into use in France, with whom Jersey conducted much trade, and this soon became the coin most often found in the pockets and savings of the Island`s poor. There were four liards to the sou, and 20 sous to the livre. There were thus 80 liards to the livre. However, in France, there were 120 liards to the livre, the rate there being six liards to the sou. Manipulation by Jersey merchants trading with France, of the respective values of the liard, had flooded Jersey with copper liards, at the expense of silver sous and livres, so the States of Jersey requested of the Privy Council an Order in Council to reduce the value of the liard in Jersey to that of France, 'six au sou'. The poor thus found it would now take 120 of their liards to pay a debt or charge of one livre, not 80, a difference of a third. When this Order in Council was finally made in May 1729, unrest broke out. Despite opposition, the Order was confirmed in July 1730, as a result of which, riots broke out in St Helier, with damage to property, including the Royal Court, which had its doors burst open, when a large mob from every parish took over the building. Lieut-Bailiff Philippe Le Geyt (dit Rauvet), nephew of the celebrated Commentator on Jersey Law, as the head of the Island government, in the absence of the now hereditary de Carteret Bailiffs, who resided in England, had his front windows broken. He afterwards had to run for his life, being pursued by the mob, among whom was a man with a grappling iron (Syvret and Stevens, Balleine`s History of Jersey (Phillimore, 1981), 178, but see 175-181). He and other officials fled to the safety of Elizabeth Castle and, after three days, to Guernsey. The offending Order in Council had been hastily revoked by the court before most of its members fled to safety, but this was disregarded by the mob, who regarded it with great scepticism. Their suspicions were confirmed when the King, almost immediately, re-instated the Order. This understandably led to years of public resentment. The people of Jersey were not without supporters in the States. Balleine`s history mentions that, in April 1731, five Jurats were actively supporting the poor, who had only a short while before been demanding "Death to the 'six-au-sous', their name for those who would amend the currency to the detriment of the less well-off. Some of these Jurats even voted against the publication of the Order in Council, incurring "His Majesty`s high displeasure". Three years later, that number had increased to seven Jurats opposing the Order, as a result of which they "were summoned before the Council in April 1734...[and] five dismissed". One of the dismissed Jurats was Matthieu Le Geyt. New elections for Jurat took place in 1735 when, by immense majorities, the eldest sons of three of those who had been dismissed the previous year, were elected. These included Matthieu Le Geyt`s son, Philippe. The Court, however, refused to swear in as Jurat anyone "suspected of disaffection to the Crown", [ibid, 181]. The matter went again to the Council, which took two years to decide the three should be sworn in, finally enabling Philippe to take his seat. Philippe Le Geyt (dit Le Maillier) died at the early age of 44, within a few days of his father, with whom, as eldest son, he lived, being buried in St Helier churchyard seven days after his father
  23. Seigneur de Boutevillon and Escraqueville, Constable of St John
  24. First cousins, once removed, no issue
  25. Twin of his sister Elizabeth. Seigneur of La Houguette, as had been his father and grandfather. As both had died within days of each other, he was in 1748, the heir of both men. The following is an example of how slowly things then proceeded in the Island. Actes des Etats 9 August 1748: (translated) "Philippe Le Geyt gent, principal heir of the late Mons Matthieu Le Geyt [his grandfather], in the presence of Dlle Marguerite Lemprière, his mother, has [been] discharged by the States from all claims [relating to] the late Mons Matthieu Le Geyt, who had been authorised to collect contribution money made in favour of the slipway at the Harbour of St Helier". Philippe died unmarried, aged 36
  26. Captain, RN. Seigneur de La Houguette. Matthieu`s memorial inscription, on the west-facing wall of the Town Church, can be clearly seen from Bond Street, St Helier. It reads: "Sacred to the memory of Captain Mathew Le Geyt of His Majesty`s Navy, who died on the 28th April 1807 in his 79th year". Matthieu, like several other naval officers, such as the explorer, Captain Cook, had joined the navy later in years than the average. Nor did he join in Spithead or the Nore, but off Halifax, in American waters, aged 29. He joined the ship of the line Bedford, having entered the Navy as an Able Seaman. A few weeks later, on 1 August 1758, he was promoted to Lieutenant, a fighting rank, duty-bound to watch-keep. He had not previously been in the Navy, so how can this unconventional arrival be explained? Evidently he was already, prior to having joined, an experienced seaman, a fighting officer, perhaps a captain, thoroughly at ease with the routine of watch-keeping and handling a ship in action. He can only have been previously a privateer officer. In 1760, he was transferred to the Princess Amelia, another ship of the line, and two years later, was transferred to another, the former French battleship Magnanime,[Commissioned Sea Officers, 1660-1815, online]. St Helier Church Records have his final rank as Commander, as does the Navy List, (cited in The East India Register and Directory (1804), where he is listed as "Retired Commander.. [on] 6 shillings a day [Retired List Pay]." He was a churchwarden in his native parish of St Helier in 1780 [wrongly shown as "George Matthieu Le Geyt" on the displayed list of former churchwardens] and Procureur du Bien Public, -1776-1789
  27. Sister of Sir Jean Dumaresq, Lieutenant-Bailiff and daughter of Jean Dumaresq of St Peter`s House, Jurat, and of Marie Robin, daughter and heiress of Raulin, Seigneur of the Fiefs de Hérupe, d`Orville and au Prieur. The Armorial of Jersey, 140, was incorrect in recording Marie Dumaresq as unmarried. The Registre Public (Land Registry) confirms that she had married, as above: RP 62/356. Her siblings were also mistakenly omitted from the Armorial
  28. Dialect Poet. Seigneur de La Houguette until 1812; Lieutenant-Colonel and Inspector of Militia Artillery and Adjutant, RJM. First poet of the Jersey Norman-French Language since Wace (early 12th century). Le Geyt was commissioned in the Jersey Militia Artillery in 1794, shortly before his 17th birthday, but transferred into the Regular Army, being commissioned as an Ensign in the 82nd Regiment of Foot on the 11th October 1796. He transferred on the 3rd January 1797, as a Lieutenant, into H.M. 9th Regiment of Foot, (later called The Norfolk Regiment). Tiring of garrison life and endless training and recruiting, he sold his commission for £550 in November 1798 and returned to Jersey. In the 1815 Military Census of Jersey, he was a "Lieutenant of Troopers", referring to the short-lived Jersey Cavalry, of which he was Captain Commanding, in 1818. In 1828, he was Battalion Major, RJM, then Adjutant; Inspector of Artillery in 1837, he became by 1840, Lieutenant-Colonel, RJMA (Royal Jersey Militia Artillery). In 1812, however, he had been obliged to sell his fief and four hundred year-old home, with its obligation to furnish the militia with four muskets, as well as his 80 vergées of remaining land. Creditors, sixty-one in number, having not yet been satisfied, he was then declared in 1822 bankrupt. The field names mentioned in the 1812 sale are of modern interest, so merit mention. The contract [R.P. 112/37] starts with the house [it had its large walled kitchen garden to the north of it] which adjoined to the north the land of Hugh de Carteret Esq. and [was] bordered by public roads on two other sides. The land consisted of "Le Jardin de Poingdestre, La Pépinière, Les Vallées sous Le Clos des Vaux, Le Jardin de Mourin, le côteau appellé Le Terrier, Le Côtil de Perrot, Le Taillis, Le Fond des Fontaines et les issues de Briard, Le Fond des Carreaux, Le Jardin des Carreaux, le morceau ou becquet appellé les petits bois, le Grand Jardin, Le Clos appellé Les Belles Favières [with fine, sweeping views over St Aubin`s Bay, this is now the site of Haute Vallée School], le neuf clos, Le Clos de Vaze [this, which must previously have belonged to the old Jersey Wace family, is on the south perimeter of the present school boundary], le fief et seigneurie de La Houguette, avec droit de Cour [right to hold seigneurial courts] et usages et [ses] droits et prerogatives.. " The purchaser was Clement Bailhache Esq., a man of St Ouennais birth, deemed so rich that, in that parish, it was said that even his horses` hooves were shod with silver! He retained the fief but sold the house and land in 1840 to Jean de Quetteville [R.P.173/189], a member of the merchant firm of that surname, whose fortune had been made in the Labrador fisheries. Matthieu Le Geyt joined the Freemasons in 1815 and was for a while a coal merchant before becoming, from his son Matthieu`s Marriage Register entry, an "Officer of Excise" for the remainder of his working life. As a dialect poet, John D. Kelleher writes, in Triumph of the Country, (John Appleby Publishing, 1994), 252-3, "His subject matter was local incidents brought to a more lofty plane...Le Geyt`s work established a mould which would determine much of the dialect work for the rest of the century...He was essentially a cultural poet and not a nationalist writer." Le Geyt`s portrait can be seen in the oil on canvas picture of the laying of the foundation stone of the Victoria Pier in 1841. He is sitting behind the model of a sailing vessel, in dark blue artillery uniform
  29. Second cousins
  30. Of Forest Hill, Beaumont
  31. Civil Servant: Officer of Excise, then Supervisor of Excise. Matthew, as he was called in England, had in 1872 an additional inheritance from his mother`s family to supplement his income as a civil servant. He was the principal heir, in the collateral succession, of his cousin Elizabeth Le Gros. The co-heirs were Charles Peter Toutain of Rochester, Kent, the Reverend James John Christie, M.A., and his sister, Mary Noel Christie: R.P.254/25 (1872)
  32. H.M. Customs
  33. Second cousins
  34. Brother of George, grandsons of Sir John Dumaresq
  35. Retired Major. They lived at Belle Vue, St Aubin
  36. Philip John Le Geyt was a poet and song-writer
  37. Lieut-Colonel, Army, Colonel RJM and Aide-de-Camp to the Lieut-Governor of Jersey, 1837-42. His godparents were his uncles and aunts, Jacques Pipon and Esther Dumaresq, his wife, aunt, and Jean Le Geyt, uncle. Philippe was commissioned into the 82nd Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales` Volunteers) as Ensign on 9 December 1795. Transferring to the 63rd Regiment of Foot (West Sussex Regiment) he was promoted Lieutenant in 1796, Captain and Brevet Major on the same day, 30 October 1801. On the 23/01/1808 Philippe, then a Captain quartered in Midleton, Co. Cork, established Jean Le Mottée of Jersey as his attorney [Procurations]. He was promoted Major in 1811. After four years on Half-Pay, from 1814 to 1818, he returned, in his rank of Major, to his former regiment in May 1818, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding the regiment from 1819-1826. He was awarded the Military General Service Medal "1793-1814", with the "Martinique" clasp, having taken part in the capture of that Island in the West Indies, from the French. He retired from the Regular Army in 1826, becoming in the same year Lieutenant-Colonel of the 5th (South-West) Regiment of the Royal Jersey Militia. In 1829 he was a full Colonel, commanding the South-West Regiment, being appointed ADC in 1837. He had inherited from his uncle, Josué Le Geyt, a house in Trinity and had a very fair income in wheat rentes, so seems to have escaped the worst of the financial mishaps experienced by his elder brother. In his latter years, however, he also was an Agent des Impôts (Officer of the Excise) so perhaps he experienced some part of the family`s misfortune. He and his wife lived latterly at 7 Elizabeth Terrace, overlooking The Parade, St Helier. He was present in 1841, with his brother, at the foundation-laying ceremony of the Victoria Pier and can be seen, a fair-haired officer of ruddy complexion, wearing a red infantry tunic, looking around the structure of the hoist used to lay the stone
  38. The surname Emily, despite being now extinct there, was long established and illustrious in Northamptonshire and was also to be found in Wiltshire. Although there was a Jersey family of this name, descended from an English settler named Emily in the early 18th century, Mrs Le Geyt, who married her husband in England, would appear to have been English, rather than Jersey
  39. Formerly a Captain in the 73rd Regiment of Foot, he was the son of Major-General Sir Maurice O`Connell. Maurice Charles jnr volunteered for service in 1835 with the British Legion in Spain, with whom he was given the rank of Colonel, and made a knight of several Spanish Orders. He retired from the Legion in 1838, when he and Eliza travelled to Australia, as he had been appointed to his father`s staff there, as Military Secretary. In retirement they chose to remain in that country. O`Connell was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1846, becoming President of the Legislative Council and, at one time, Acting Governor of the State. He was knighted in 1871: Serle, Dictionary of Australian Biography, Volume 2
  40. Settled in Trinity. Churchwarden of that parish, 1769; Constable of Trinity, 1779-1782. Died without issue
  41. Constable of Trinity, Captain RJM
  42. Sister of Pierre, Advocate
  43. Centenier of St Helier, 1779-1781-; Captain of Militia Artillery, -1781-1787-
  44. Sara Bisson was Jean Le Geyt's 2nd cousin-once-removed
  45. George Valpy was widower of Esther Le Geyt`s 2nd cousin, Elizabeth Le Geyt
  46. Seigneur du Câtelet
  47. Buried as "Mr Jean Le Geyt de Rouge Bouillon"
  48. Anne Payn's grandmother, Marie Pipon, was in 1718 a godmother of her son Philippe Le Geyt, being described then as the great-grandmother of the child
  49. Godparents: Matthieu Le Geyt and Elizabeth Dumaresq, his wife
  50. Godparents: Matthieu de Ste Croix, great-uncle, and Marie Pipon, great-grandmother
  51. Godparents: Pierre Le Bailiff (St My) and Susanne Le Geyt, his wife, above. Also, RP 47/40 (1761): "Mse Elizabeth Le Geyt daughter of the late Mr Jean Le Geyt and of the deceased Mse Anne Payn, his wife, sells to Mr Jean Le Geyt her brother, the eldest son, Le Clos du Parcq, joining La Vallette Nicolle, Fief de Mélèches" Jean Le Geyt was by this date the ainé of the family, showing that his brother Philippe had died by 1761, without heirs
  52. Elizabeth was buried as Elizabeth Le Geyt, widow of Jean Le Geyt
  53. Jurat
  54. Godfather: Benjamin Bisson (St L)
  55. Veuve Mr Jean
  56. Godparents: Amice Bisson and Susanne La Maillière, aunt. Died an infant
  57. Died an infant
  58. Deacon of St Helier
  59. Seigneur of La Carrière and Sotel; Constable (St H) 1608-1622
  60. Settled in Maufant. Noé Le Geyt settled on the estate of his grandmother, Jeanette Le Loreur, which was called in the 19th century La Chasse. This property comprised in 1671, after the sale four years beforehand of a 10 vergée field and after younger children had received their share of land, 55 vergées. It would thus have previously been an estate of about 80 vergées, not dissimilar to that of Noé`s elder brother, Jean. It possessed a vivier (fish-pond), which was normally a seigneurial perquisite, something the powerful medieval Le Loreurs had no doubt been permitted. Noé's initials and date, "NLG 1619", were engraved on a shield with the Le Loreur coat of arms of three laurel leaves, at the original house, forming the keystone of an ancient arch until the close of the 20th century. The keystone was of historical importance, in that it was, to cite the architectural historian Joan Stevens, one of the oldest dated arches in Jersey. Most regrettably, the early 20th century historian, Major Rybot, mistook the arms portrayed for those of Cabot; this despite there having been no Cabot ownership of the property. The stone is therefore now in Massachusetts, USA, in the hands of a Cabot family of Jersey descent, who were thus led to believe it featured their arms
  61. Seigneur of Rozel and Jurat
  62. Sara Perrin`s brother, Abraham Perrin, was the last Perrin Seigneur of Rozel. Imprisoned for debt, he sold his manor to Sir Philip de Carteret in 1625, dying in 1630, whilst still imprisoned in Mont Orgueil Castle. The Le Geyts were evidently very fond of him as they adopted his Christian name Abraham, using it for nine generations. Sara`s mother was not Mary de Beauvoir, as shown in The Armorial of Jersey, 234, but "an Englishwoman", as wrote G.F.B. de Gruchy in manuscript notes, whom her father, Jean Perrin, "married when he was staying with the Earl of Oxford [Elie Brevint`s Diary], probably Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, possibly his successor, Henry de Vere"
  63. Died an infant
  64. Godfather: Hugh de Soulemont
  65. Damyan and his wife had as eldest son Thomas Poingdestre and a younger son, Damyan Poingdestre: C. d`Hér. Volume 19 (29/04/1697)
  66. Godfather: Hugh Perrin
  67. Godfather: Hugh Lemprière, Juge-Delegate. Noé junior will have inherited about 65 vergées of land but sold in 1667 the 10 vergée Clos de Regnault, adjoining his home, which bore the name of his great-great-grandfather, Jurat Regnault Le Loreur. The contract of sale mentions that Noé was selling the land to pay a debt of his late father's, who had been a prisoner for debt "au Chateau," this being Mont Orgueil Castle, one part of which was used as a debtor`s prison. Between 1655 and 1662, Noé junior had been pursued in court for minor debts of his own. The 1671 Appariement des Prévôtés et Chariages, in which landholders declare their holdings upon the Fief du Roi, on which the Le Loreur land in St Saviour was situated, shows for Noé Le Geyt 55 vergées 24 perches with a vivier. The land consisted of the Jardin de Ricard, Le Vieux Jardin de L`Est et du Voest [west] de la Saussez, Le Jardin de Devant [front] with its herb garden, Le Pré ou Vivier, Le Clos de Billot, Le Clos de La Cache [chasse= drive], La Cache [ibid] depuis La Fontaine jusqu`a La Grande Pièce, Le Grand Clos, Le Petit Clos de L`Epinette, Le Grand Clos of the same and Le Jardin de Potage, house, haye, hogard and Jardin du Sud. Noé sold further land between 1677 and 1694, finally selling for 15 Quartiers of annual wheat rente, the remaining estate, by then reduced to 30 vergées, in the latter year to George La Cloche, brother of the Seigneur of Longueville. The purchasor agreed to discharge the vendor`s remaining debts, to guarantee him life usage of the house and land, and discharge the obligation due on the property of "Quart de La Sergenté". Noé junior died there in 1701, leaving his initials and a date on a fireplace lintel: NLG 1681 [courtesy of Lieutenant-Bailiff F. de Lisle Bois, who spotted this]. An article on the subject of La Chasse, by the author of these notes, features in ABSJ, (1996)
  68. Seigneur of the Fief ès Cras, Greffier, then Jurat
  69. Marie de Soulemont`s mother was Jeanne Le Geyt, her husband`s aunt. Noé thus married his 1st cousin-once-removed
  70. Godfather: Jean Hérault, Bailiff
  71. Of La Vieille Guillaumerie. Officier des Chemins, 1658, Vingtenier of Maufant, 1660-1668. La Vieille Guillaumerie is situated on the Rue de La Guillaumerie, which adjoins the La Chasse land, which lies immediately to its west. Jean Le Geyt (who but for his untimely death might have been Constable of the parish), with his brother Noé, were described by Messervy as "zealous partisans of the royalist cause [who] were recompensed for their loyalty by the Prince of Wales in 1646"
  72. Of Mont à L`Abbé, his first cousin
  73. According to the custom of the times, the marriage was also recorded in the groom`s parish, St Ouen
  74. Godfather: Jean de Soulemont. Abraham Le Geyt settled in Trinity on marrying in 1647 Elizabeth Binet of that parish. Their six children were born there, between 1646 and 1655. His younger sons, Philippe and Jean, ultimately remained there, whilst their father, having lost his first wife in 1669, remarried in 1676, and returned by 1678 to live in St Saviour. The 1671 St Saviour Appairiement des Prévôtés et Chariages for the Fief du Roi, when Abraham Le Geyt was still living in Trinity, has for him in St Saviour merely 7 vergées 25 perches, for which he owed the Crown annually 2 sols 6 1/2 deniers. This property comprised "La Maison de Gallie, haye, hogard, et deux jardins", with the banks and offsets all around. In the sale of La Guillaumerie by Abraham`s great-great-grandson in 1799, La Maison de Gallie with its Jardin à Potage, formed a part of the whole, being the former name of La Guillaumerie. Three possibilities present themselves, with regard to the origin of the property. If Abraham Le Geyt had bought La Guillaumerie in about 1677, although the transaction does not feature in Messervy`s Land Registry Indexes, the property may have had a previous owner, in 1603, in Matthieu Guillaume, [Stevens, Arthur and Stevens, Jersey Place Names, 1, 271]. The property would therefore have never been a part of the La Chasse land of Abraham`s father, in spite of being situated about 300 metres away. It is though, secondly, possible that this was land sold in about 1603 by Noé Le Geyt, a likely vendor, to Matthieu Guillaume. The fact that Abraham Le Geyt`s brother and immediate neighbour, Jean Le Geyt, lived in another property associated in name with the Guillaumes, from whom they were not descended nor allied by marriage, suggests that the land may have been bought back from the Guillaumes, probably by the said Noé, Abraham`s father, not long before his death. There were many claims against Noé senior`s estate and partages in such cases, would be delayed until creditors were satisfied, which might account for the years circa1650-1678. The various properties would finally have been divided between the brothers. In the event of buying back family property, the matter will have been dealt with, within the prescribed time limit, under the Island`s ancient law of retraite, whereby a family member can reclaim inherited land that has been sold, refunding the erstwhile purchaser in full. The case would be heard before the Cour d`Héritage, whose records are unindexed and would not appear in the Land Registry. Thirdly, it is very feasible that the above Mathieu Guillaume`s property was that called La Vieille Guillaumerie, later owned by Jean Le Geyt, brother of Abraham, perhaps by purchase from Guillaume`s heirs or assigns. The very name "Vieille" Guillaumerie suggests this, although it was unfortunately rebuilt in the 18th century, with resultant loss of original features. This house and its land lies to the east of La Rue de la Guillaumerie, in Maufant. Just as the said Mathieu probably left his name to his home, the latter probably gave its name to the road. There is, however, no evidence for Mathieu owning any land to the west of the road. The extensive land to the west of the road, belonging to the property called since the 19th century La Chasse, 300 metres away from that named, at the same period, La Guillaumerie, had been owned by the Le Geyts and their forbears Le Loreur since at least the late 15th century. With problems, in the form of creditors, facing the sons of Noé Le Geyt senior, the final settlement between these and the sons may have taken time and the partage, as above, delayed until about 1678. The property`s 19th century name, like that of the Victorian farm to its north, will have been derived from the adjacent road, a common enough practice at the time in Jersey. The charming early 17th century house, with decoratively engraved lintels and chamfered doorways, lies within about 30 vergées of its own land
  75. R.P.12/289 (26/04/1645): "Elizabeth Bynet, daughter of the late Jean Bynet and of Marie Amy, his wife, sold to Nicolas Bynet, her elder brother, her share of their inheritance for 14 cabots.." This was four months before she married Abraham Le Geyt. R.P.14/52 (1648): "Thomas Falle sold to Abraham Le Geyt and Elizabeth Binet, his wife, a house on the Fief de Ponterrin for 14 cabots, to be received from the following..[including] upon Nicolas Binet, brother of the said Elizabeth"
  76. Jean Amy "de La Rue de Grouville" had married Marguerite Amy, daughter of François, of Le Câtillon de Bas, and of Perronelle de Rue, daughter of Toussaint: ABSJ XIII, 327-334
  77. Of La Guillaumerie, Maufant, St Saviour
  78. Messervy, in his brief genealogy, commissioned by G.F.B. de Gruchy, of the Le Geyt descendants of the first Abraham Le Geyt, believed this Abraham`s marriage to Rachel Benest was his second. He gave no reason. There was, however, a Philippe Le Geyt, fils Abraham, who was baptised in Trinity, with Falle godparents, on the 8th May 1682. This Philippe appears in no partages, whilst Jean Le Geyt, Abraham and Rachel Benest`s first son, was the "ainé et principal héritier" of his father. Philippe must, therefore, have died without issue
  79. Rachel Benest, the grand-daughter of Nicolas Benest, Chef Sergent of St Lawrence, was her husband`s 3rd cousin, as her great-grandparents were Edmond Le Gallais of Surville and Collette Le Geyt of Mont à L`Abbé, daughter of Noé
  80. Thomas Major-or Mauger? a Soldier
  81. Of La Guillaumerie, Maufant
  82. See R.P.29/260 (1716) for Jeanne Bertram`s siblings. Engraved on their Maufant property: "ILG.IBT 1718"
  83. Of La Croix de Bois (Five Oaks), St Saviour, the property being retrospectively named in the 20th century Le Geyt Farm
  84. Of La Ville Patier, St Saviour
  85. Godparents; Edouard du Heaume and his wife
  86. Marguerite Le Caumais married secondly Abraham Aubin
  87. R.P.22/123 (1679) "François Le Boutillier acquirer of part of the inheritance which had fallen to Jean Le Geyt by the death of Elizabeth Binet, his mother, of one part, and Noé Le Geyt, brother of the said Jean, of the other.." This deed places Jean, whose baptismal entry was not recorded, which is not uncommon
  88. R.P.29/105 (1714) "Jean L`Amy sells a small house to Jean Le Geyt, son of Abraham and Abraham Le Geyt, his son jointly, in Trinity, on the Fief de Ponterrin"
  89. Marie Cabot was a widow in 1796: Cour du Samedi 132/329; 133/79
  90. Godfather: Jean Cabot fils François
  91. Godparents: Abraham Le Geyt, grandfather and Jeanne, his daughter
  92. In 1796, Amice was the "elder son and principal heir" of his parents: see the above Cour du Samedi 132/329; 133/79, showing that his two older brothers had by then died without issue. He was in 1810 co-owner of the privateer brig Hope [C. Sam.143/258]. For the parentage of his wife, see R.P.67/126
  93. Godparents: Amice Le Geyt and Elizabeth Gavey, his wife
  94. Godparents: Jean Nicolle and Marie Le Geyt, his wife, uncle and aunt
  95. Widow of Noé
  96. Matthieu Le Geyt was buried as "fils feu Abraham"
  97. RP 26/263 (1698): "Jean Le Breton, procureur of Noé Le Geyt junior and tutor of Thomas Le Geyt, both sons of Abraham Le Geyt, sells part of the inheritance [which came to the said parties by] the death of Noé Le Geyt senior, their grandfather and Sara Perrin, their grandmother"
  98. Godfather: Hugh Perrin
  99. Seigneur of the Fief des Hamonets
  100. Placed in this generation upon the basis of dates and the following: Messervy manuscript notes, from the Cour d`Héritage (1539) read: "Matthieu Le Geyt, Servais Le Geyt, [actioned by] John Le Gallais, ca. ux. [in right of his wife]", claiming for her, part of the inheritance. In this case, the claim presumably involved a collateral, as Matthieu Le Geyt, Thomasse`s father was still living. Thomasse, whose Christian name was derived from Le Gallais research, was doubtless named after her mother
  101. Notes and papers in Messervy`s 'Hair Trunk', La Société Jersiaise
  102. Jeanne married secondly Raulin Godel at St Saviour in 1564
  103. Of Patier
  104. Officier des Chemins, 1583
  105. Described at baptism as: fils Pierre Le Maillier presented by "Thomas Le Maillier", who was his father`s first cousin
  106. Sold a house to Gédéon Ahier in Froide Rue, St Saviour
  107. Parents of Helier Jambard, Constable of St Clement, 1670-1673
  108. Presumed to have died abroad by 1637
  109. Marie Michel married secondly (1637, St Mt) Pierre de Ste Croix dit Jacquet
  110. Priest, living 1524
  111. Fermier des Dimes, 1540, St Helier (Tithes Collector). A partage agreement was recorded in 1567 between Leonard Le Geyt, fils Mahey and Noel Le Geyt, fils Mathieu (see above): La Haule Contracts. Leonard also purchased land in St Brelade, in 1547 - same source?
  112. Fils Janyn, diminutive of Jean: La Haule Contracts. Early 16th century Jersey records frequently record the same individuals described as Philippe or Philippot, Rauf or Rauvet, Collas and even Collin (although these could also be quite distinct names). This Rogier Le Geyt was the ancestor of a family whose home was 100 metres away from Chestnut Farm, Mont à L`Abbé, who were later called, no doubt to distinguish them from their numerous kinsmen, "Le Geyt dit Maret"
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