The Jolin Family
by Ann Parnell
The earliest instance of our Jolin name that I have come across in any Jersey record is the baptism of Marie Magdeleine, daughter of Jacques Jollin and Marie Arault on 24 September 1732 in St Helier, (nearly sixty years before the French Revolution). Jacques and Marie had a further four daughter and two sons, Jacques and Pierre, all of whom were baptised in St. Helier. All subsequent records appear to spell the surname with one "l". Between the late 1700s and 1870s I found several Jolin families living on Jersey, nearly all of them in the St. helier area, and all descended from Jacques and Marie, but today the surname appears to have died out on Jersey and in the Channel Islands. Even on mainland Britain the name is very rare, but of the instances I came across, I found that nearly all can be traced beck to Jacques Jollin and Marie Arault.
JACQUES and the St Helier families
Jacques, my great-great-great grandfather, was Jacques and Marie's fourth child and elder son and was baptised on 19 November 1740. He married Anne LE BAILLY on 27 August 1762 in St. Helier. Anne was noted in the register as being a 'refugierre' and her name appears in the 1750 list of French Protestants in Jersey when she was aged 15. It seems likely that the Jolins were also Huguenot refugees.
Jacques and Anne had six sons and five daughters, all baptised in St Helier, the eldest, Anne on 3rd August 1763, Jacques and Anne produced the only known twins in our Jolin family, George and Susanne, who were recorded as being twins when they were baptised on 8th June 1774. I have come across no further record of George of Susanne, but George's five brothers all grew up to marry and have families living in St. Helier:
JACQUES - their second child, he was baptised 31st August 1764 and married Marie LE CRONIER. They had five sons and six daughter of whom six are known to have died in infancy.
JEAN - their third child, he was baptised 3rd December 1765, married Marie LE CORDIER and had three children, all baptised in St. Helier:
PIERRE - their fourth child, he was baptised 30th September 1767. He married Susanne Marguerite LE SUER, daughter of Philippe Le Suer and Anne ROMERIL, in 1788 in St. Helier. They had three sons and four daughters, all baptised in St. Helier:
the move to London
My great-great-grandfather, he was the seventh child of Jacques Jolin, jnr, and Anne Le Bailly. Daniel was baptised on 5th August 1772, and worked as a carpenter. He married Jeanne MOUTIER, daughter of Guillaume Moutier and Jeanne HUBERT on 5th March 1795 in St. Helier. They had eighteen children baptised in St. Helier of whom only nine are believed to have survived infancy. It was with these Jolins that the move away from Jersey to seek a better life in London began during the mid 1800s.
DANIEL - and
The eldest child of Daniel and Jeanne, he was baptised on 29th January 1796. He was a master-brickmaker and owned a small brickworks at Longueville in St Saviour. Although the brickworks has long since disappeared the site where it stood is marked today by the road name Old Brickfield's Lane. Daniel died 5th October 1875 at his home in Longueville aged 80, having outlived most of his brothers and sisters and mahy of his nieces and nephews. He had never married and on his death the bulk of his money and property was left to his widowed sister Julie, the only one of his siblings still alive on Jersey. There was also a substantial bequest to Julie's daughter, Julia Mary, and many smaller bequests to nieces and nephews and servants, £900 to his brother Francois (my great-great-grandfather, who by then had been living in London for twnety years), and £5 to be used to help the needy of St. Saviour Parish.
WILLIAM - the fourth child, he was baptised 15th March 1797 and followed his father's occupation as a carpenter. He married Elizabeth Susanna LE CRONIER on 21st November 1822 in St. Helier. They had four children , all baptised in St. Helier.
PHILIPPE - their sixth child, he was baptised 31st March 1802 and married Jane MARETT of St. Clement on 25th January 1824 in St. Helier. he was a bookmaker by trade and by 1851 he had a shop at 16 Providence Street. They had three sons and six daughter, all born or, baptised in St Helier:
JANE ELIZA- the seventh child and baptised in 1803, she married Jean RENOUF of St John on 23rd September 1829 in St. helier. They had two children, Francois and Jane.
JEAN - their tenth child, baptised 22nd February 1807.
FRANCOIS - the thirteenth child and my great-great-grandfather, he was baptised 12th September 1810. He married Maria BUDGE daughter of Andrew Budge, a labourer, and his wife Mary. She was baptised on 17th November 1822 at Elburton, near Plymstock in Devon. Francois and maria married on 7th December 1845 in St. helier, whre Francois worked as a painter, but sometime between 1855 and 1858 the family left Jersey and moved to the Mile End district of London where Francois, now known as Francis Philip, died in 1876 aged 67. Maria died in 1911 aged 89 in Hackney, London. Their children were:
JULIE - their fifteenth child of
Daniel and Jeanne, she was baptised on 11th April 1813. On 17th
November 1833 in St. Saviour she married a neighbouring widower,
Jean Aubin, who was 29 years older than her. His first wife had
died twenty years ealier in 1813 within a few weeks of the
baptism of their second child. The two children are believed to
have both died in infancy. Julie and Jean had five children, but
only the eldest, Julie Marie, baprised 8th November 1835, grew up
to marry and have children. Julie Jolin;s husband died in 1866
aged 82 and their daughter Julie Marie inherited Aubin House
their family home. In 1876 Julie, then aged 63, was the main
beneficiary under the wills of her eldest brother, Daniel, who
had owned the brickworks. Her husband's family had also owned a
brickworks which was situated half a mile away from her
brother's. Julie died on 26th June 1895, aged 82, survived only
by one grandchild.
Julie's daughter, Julie Marie, married a farmer, Thomas LE SUEUR, on 25th April 1859. She died in 1878 aged 43. They had three children. The eldest, Julia Sophia Valentine, was awarded a bronze medal at the 1871 Exhibition for a tapestry she had made. She married John DE GRUCHY, Jnr, in 1882. The youngest, Thomas Daniel Jolin, inherited his grandmother Julie Jolin's possessions and emigrated to Australia, where present-day descendents still live.
GEORGE - their sixteenth child, he was baptised 22nd June 1814. He married Nancy Rachel LE CRAS who was born in 1820 in St. Helier. Nancy's father, John Le Cras, born in 1793, was a ship wright and her brother, also a John, born in 1822, was a shoemaker in 1851 and a blacksmith in 1861. George Jolin was a shoemaker in 1851 for several years until about 1849.50 when he began working as a ship's carpenter (a job found for him by his father-in-law?). Both George and his father-in-law had died in the 1850s. George and Nancy had four children, all born in St. Helier:
BETSEY MARY - the seventeenth child, baptised 26th May 1816, her godparents were her Uncle, the ill-fated Philippe Jolin who was to be killed by his son in 13 years time, and his wife Elizabeth Betsey Turner
CHARLES JOHN - the eighteenth and last child, baptised 20th January 1818.
PHILIPP - the youngest child of Jacques, jnr, and Alle Le Bailly, he was baptised 18th March 1778,. He married Elizabeth TURNER and had two children, the younger, Betsy Mary, baptised 20th January 1812, died in infancy. Philippe was a blacksmith and suffered from bad health due to attacks of gout caused by heavy drinking. He died 7th september 1829 when he was killed by his son . . . .
Philippe George - the Jolin who was executed
PHILIPPE GEORGE is the skeleton in out cupboard. He was tried and convicted of the murder of his father and became the last person to be publicly executed on Jersey. Baptsied on 5th January 1808 in St. Helier he was only 21 when he died. The long newspaper account of his trail shows him to have had a very unhappy home life with a drunken, bullying father. In 1823 when aged 15, he was a crew member of the brig 'Pelican' under Captain Philippe Manuel. On 2nd May 1825 he was one of a small group of young ment publicly praised for bravery for setting of in a small boat to rescue survivors from the cutter 'Fanny' which had been shipwrecked on 7th January 1825 on the "Les Buits" rocks near Elizabeth Castle whilst coming from St Malo under Captain Destouches.
At the time of the murder he was living at home and waiting to start work in the shop of Philippe Binet. It was another bullying attack by his father which led Philippe, who had been drinking to run off and then return shortly afterwards with a brick which he broke in two and then threw at his father's head, killing him. At his trail on 28th September 1829, at the Royal Court, his captain and shipmates spoke on his behalf and the defence counsel pleaded for a sentence for manslaughter, but he was found guilty of murder. He was executed the following Saturday, 3rd october, on Gallows Hill (Mont Patibulaire) in front of a crowd estimated at the time to be over six thousand strong.
PIERRE - and the move to Southampton
Pierre was the fifth child and younger son of Jacques and Marie Arault and was baptised in 1743. He married Jeanne MALZARD in 1766 in St Helier and they had three sons and two daughter, all baptised in St. Helier:
PIERRE - baptised 20th September 1767, he was orignally a sailor and sailed between the Channel Islands and Southampton where, on 19th November 1797, he married a 25 year old Southampton widow, Mary MORRIS. He became an excise officer and settled in Southampton, where he and Mary had one son, Peter, baptised 17th July 1798. Pierre died of pneumonia in 1844 in Southampton aged 78. His widowed mother Jeanne/Jane had also moved to Southampton and had died there in 1798.
Pierre and Mary's son, Peter, married twice. He was first married on 24th december 1819 in Boldre, Hampshire, to Ursula READ born August 1796, youngest child of Joseph Read and Sarah JENVEY.
Ursula came from a strongly non-conformist family and one-boy and three girls were jointly baptised in St Edmunds Weslyan chapel in Salisbury in 1830, whilst they were living nearby in Alderbury where Peter worked as a shoemaker. In 1840 however, the family were back in Southampton and in May the youngest child, George, died aged just 13 months, to be followed only a month later by Ursula. Ursula's elder sister, Sarah TOURNEFORTE, was widowed by then and she looked after Ursula's children.
Peter left Southampton and eventually went ot Exeter where he married Ann BRADFORD. Their son Peter was born in Exeter where he married Ann BRADFORD. Their son Peter was born in Exeter in 1849. They moved to Penzanze there Peter continued working as a shoemaker and where William Henry was born in 1851, and finally settle in Camborne where three more children were born:
SAMUAL - born 1853, married 1876 in Camborne
FRANCIS EDMUND - born 1855 (see below)
ANGELA - born 1858, (the same year that her step-sister Fanny married in Camborne) she died three years later.
Peter died in 1859 in Camborne, leaving his family poorly off; at age 13 his son Peter worked as a mine labourer and William Henry aged 10 was working as an errand boy. His wife Ann, died in 1907 in Truro aged 82.
One of Peter and ursula's daughters, Emmeline Mary, married William HANKS LEVY who had been blinded as a result of a childhood accident. he was the author of "Blindness and the blind" and for twenty years was the Director of the Association for promoting the general welfare of the blind in London.
FRANCIS EDMUND - born 25th May 1855, he became a carpenter and married Eliza Annie SANDERS on 1st April 1880 in Truro. They had five children, all born in Truro:
JACQUES - baptised December 1769, he married maria LANGDON. They had two children who both died in infancy in St. Helier. They then followed brother Pierre to Southampton. Jacques died in 1826, to be followed a year later by Maria who died in the Poor House.
MARIE SUSANNE - baptised September 1772.
JEAN - baptised 5th April 1775.
JEANNE - baptised 8th February 1778.
ANN PARNELL/AUGUST 1992
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