The Dumaresqs of Boston
This history of the Dumaresq family in Boston is by an unknown 19th century writer
The distinguished genealogist J Bertrand Payne, in his ‘’Armorial of Jersey’’, says: “Few families in Jersey can boast of a more lengthened lineage, or more distinguished members, than that of Dumaresq. It is one of the few patrician houses of the island, the representatives of which have from the earliest historic periods, held offices of trust and distinction in the public service of Jersey”.
The first insular settler of the name is stated to have been of a Norman family, and to have immigrated in the suit of certain ecclesiastics who visited Jersey for the purpose of dedicating one of the parish churches in the early part of the 13th century.
The earliest official record of the name occurs in a roll of the Exchequer, 21 Edw I (1291) recording Assizes held in Jersey on 23 November, in which Jordan Du Maresq appears as a Jurat of the Royal Court of the island.
From La Haule, a branch settled as Vinchelez de Bas, of which fief it obtained the seigneurie in 1486, whence about 1500 John, son of Thomas Dumaresq, Seigneur of Vinchelez de Bas, and of George, by his marriage with Mabel Payne, the Lady of Samares, removed to the fief Haubert, which remained in the possession of his descendants for eight generations.
Richard Dumaresq, Seigneur of Vinchelez and of George, eldest son of John, died in 1556. He married Colette, daughter and co-heir of Anthony Larbalestier, Seigneur des Auggres. She died in 1590.
John Dumaresq, their son, Seigneur of Vinchelez de Bas, Bailiff of Jersey, married in Sark in 1568, for his second wife, Colette, daughter of Clement Dumaresq, Seigneur of Samares, and had four sons and five daughters.
Abraham Dumaresq, second son of John, settled at his father’s house in Trinity, and died in 1631. He married Susan, daughter of Philip de Carteret, Seigneur of St Ouen. She died in 1658.
Jurat Elias Dumaresq
Their eldest son Elias Dumaresq, Seigneur des Augres, Jurat of the Royal Court, 1645, had a grant of the fief from Charles II, 5 February 1649, and died in 1677. His wife was Jane, daughter of the Rev Thomas Payn, Rector of St Lawrence, by whom he had Elias, born 1648; Philippe; Edouard (Lieut RN); Benjamin, born 1655; Annie, born 1655; Jean, Greffier of the Royal Court and father of Admiral Thomas Dumaresq; Annie, born 1659; Susan; Jane, born 1658; and Elizabeth, born 1669.
Elias Dumaresq, the eldest son, married Frances, eldest daughter and coheir of Sir Francis de Carteret, and eventual heir to the Manor and Honor of St Ouen. He had Elias, Philippe, Jean (capt RN), Anne (married 1705, Elias Le Maistre, Seigneur de Quetival), Frances (married Edouard Le Cras), Magdalen (born 1695, married at Boston on 20 December 1722, Thomas Wroe, from Yorkshire, Caroline Alice, Douce, and Elizabeth. He died in 1731.
- On 15 January 1737 Philip Dumaresq of Boston is appointed administrator of the estate of his brother-in-law, Thomas Wroe. Magdalen Wroe, of Boston, widow, in her will dated 20 March 1742, mentions son Mathew Wroe and daughter Anne Wroe, who were to share her estate in New England, and they, with her son Thomas, were to share all her estate, real and personal, in the island of Jersey. She appoints Robert Sanderson, Benedict Netmaker and her kinsman Edward Dumaresq executors.
His eldest son, Elias Dumaresq, Seigneur des Augres, Jurat of the Royal Court and Colonel of the Island Militia, married Elizabeth, daughter of Jean de Carteret, Seigneur of Vinchelez de Haut, and died 1754. Their only son Jean married Deborah, daughter of Helier Dumaresq, of St Clement, by whom he had two daughters, Jane Anne and Deborah. The former married Elias Le Maistre of Quetival and died in 1806. As representing the eldest line, she became the heriditary Lady of the grand fief Haubert of St Ouen.
Philip Dumaresq of Boston
Philip Dumaresq, second son of Elias and Frances Dumaresq, settled at Boston early in the 18th century, where he married on 12 June 1716, Susan, daughter of Capt Henri Ferry, of Boston, formerly of Havre de Grace. They were married at the French church by the Rev Andrew Le Mercier. He died about 1744 leaving his widow guardian of the three youngest children.
- Susannah Dumaresq, widow, was appointed 30 January 1744 guardian of her son Philip Dumaresq, a minor aged about seven years, son of Philip Dumaresq, late of Boston, mariner, deceased, with full power to receive any part and portion of estate accruing to him in right of his grandfather Elias, Lord des Augres, late of the island of Jersey, deceased, and Madame Frances de Carteret, his wife, also deceased.
They had Edward, Philip (died 8 November 1721), Susan (married 23 February 1741 at Trinity Church to Mathew Saumarez, and buried 18 December 1743; his son by a second wife was Admiral Lord Saumarez), Douce (married George Bandinel), Elizabeth (born 1730), Anne (born 1763) and Philp (born 1737).
Of these, Edward Dumaresq of Boston married on 6 February 1743 Mary, daughter of Stephen Boutineau, by whom he had Stephen, born 13 November 1744, and Anne, born 13 December 1746, who married William Turner on 26 October 1761.
Philip Dumaresq, Loyalist
Philip Dumaresq, the youngest child, married at King’s Chapel on 13 December 1763, Rebecca, daughter of Sylvester Gardiner, of Boston. He was a Loyalist, and “Addresser of Hutchinson” in 1774 and of Gage in 1775. In 1776 he was at Halifax and two years later he was proscribed and banished, says Sabine. He was sometime aide-de-camp fto Lord Dunmore, who afterwards procured for him the collectorship of customs at the port of Nassau, New Providence. He had children by his first wife as follows: Anne (baptised 27 March 1765, married John Ferguson, son of Sir John Ferguson of Ayrshire, and secondly Charles Gow), Sylvester (baptised February and buried 21 April 1766), Rebecca (baptised 22 April 1768), Susan (buried 26 June 1771 aged 20 months), James (baptised 1 January 1772), Philip (baptised 18 December 1772), Francis (baptised 2 February, buried 5 September 1774), Hannah (baptised 21 December 1775), Abigail (buried 21 December 1776 aged 5 months), Francis, who lived in Jamaica, amarried and had two children who died without issue.
James Dumaresq, the eldest surviving son, entered the Royal Navy as midshipman in 1782, on board the Alfred, 74 guns, commanded by his kinsman, Admiral Dumaresq, of Pelham Place, England. After serving some years he left the navy and studied law with his uncle, John Gardiner of Boston. He married on 17 October 1797 Sarah, daughter of Eben Farwell, of Vassalboro’ Maine. After his marriage he resided at Swan Island, on an estate formerly owned by his grandfather, Sylvester Gardiner. He was a man of charming address and polished manners, a good musician, a true lover of poetry and a keen sportsman.
- The affection of his relatives for him is shown in a touching manner by affectionate letters he received fromhis younger brother, Capt Philip Dumaresq, who always seemed to look forward to the time when he could retire from the service and live with his brother in America. The gallant captain, however, was not destined to carry out his project. After being second lieutenant of the Dragon 74 for some years, during which he greatly distinguished himself, and received a gold medal for conspicuous bravery at the battle of the Nile, he was promoted to a captaincy. Meeting the fate of so many of his relatives, he was drowned at Southampton, going from his ship to a dinner party, and was buried at that place about 1807.
His children were Jane Frances Rebecca (born at Vassalboro’ on 20 September 1799, married at Trinity Church, Boston, on 14 May 1820 to Lt Col Thomas Handasyde Perkins, Louisa (born 25 March 1802 and married on 17 October 1843 to the Hon John Rice Blake, formerly a state senator of Vermont), Philip (born 13 April 1804).
hilip Dumaresq was educated at Gardiner, under the care of his accomplished kinsman, Robert Hallowell Gardiner. After receiving an excellent education, his rereditary love for the sea induced him to enter the merchant service, under the auspices of his kinsmen, James and Thomas Handasyde Perkins. So great were is abilities that at the age of 20 years he had the command of a fine ship, and for over 30 years, both in the United States and in China, he stood confessedly at the head of his profession. He was married on 9 June 1836, by the Right Rev Bishop Griswold, at Trinity Church Boston, to Margarita, daughter of Francis Deblois, a lady in every way worthy of him. By his industry he had acquired a handsome fortune, and for several years had passed his summers at his father’s place, Swan Island. On returning from shooting on the morning of 4 September 1855 he found that the treacherous river had deprived him of his wife and his eldest daughter, a beautiful girl of 15. He returned at once to his profession, and was the first who commenced the traffic with the Japanese, after the American treaty of commerce. He returned after a very prosperous voyage, and on a trip from Boston to New York, this bold mariner, who had braved the dangers of the ocean for nearly 40 years in all parts of the world, was lost overboard and drowned in Long Island sound, on the night of 25 June 1861. His body was recovered and was buried in his tomb at Forest Hills Cemetery. His children were Margarita (1837-1849), Frances Perkins (1840-1855), Philip Kearney (born at Macao, China and baptised 1 May 1842 on board the frigate Constellation), Florence Saumarez (2843- ), Sarah, James Saumarez (1848- ), Herbert (1851- ) and Francis (1854- )
Jane Frances Rebecca Dumaresq, daughter of James Dumaresq, was married on 14 May 1820 at Trinity Church, Boston, by the Rev John Sylvester Gardiner, to Lieut Col Thomas Handasyde Perkins. He was an officer of the Liberal Army of Columbia, promoted 1818 to Lieut Col of Bolivar Rifles, and appointed chief of staff to Major General Devereaux.