Bechelet family page
The surname Bechelet/Bachelet is derived from the old French bacheler, indicating a young man of noble birth aspiring to become a knight. It is from this term that the word 'bachelor' is derived
The longest-serving Battle of Flowers entrant, Florence Bechelet, had her own museum at La Robeline in St Ouen. It opened in 1971 and featured all of the wildflower floats that she entered into the annual Battle parades. She was only 16 when she entered her first exhibit into the annual parade in 1934, and over the course of her Battle career went on to build a total of 70 floats. She entered her final exhibit, A Little Child Shall Lead Them, into the 2012 carnival less than a month before her death. The museum then closed.
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The earliest Bechelet records in Jersey are of the 1717 baptism of Pierre, son of James, and the burial of Jean, son of James, the same year; followed by the birth of James' son Elie in 1720, and the burial of an unknown child of James in 1722. Then there is the 1738 marriage of Jean Bechelet to Susanne Norman, followed by the birth of their four children; followed in 1745 by the marriage of Elie to Elizabeth Selous. THere is then a 50-year gap in Bechelet records and it has not been possible to link any of these individuals to the head of the family tree below, Philippe Bechelet, who married Jeanne Hemery on 14 March 1814. The first of their six children was baptised just three months later.
The spelling Bachelet is quite common in Normandy and Brittany today, and was used alternately in the 19th century Jersey registers with Bechelet, which is the only spelling found in Jersey in the 20th century and today.
Bachelet and Le Bachelet are more common names in Guernsey than Jersey, and the families there can trace their origins back to France.
- Le Bachelet
Great War service
- Alfred Bechelet (1875-1918) husband of Frances Mary Edmunds, Stoker RN, HMS Louvain, killed in action
- Abraham Bechelet (1869- ) (St P) son of William and Francoise, Mercantile Marine
- Alfred Bechelet (1891- ) (St P) son of John and Augustine Renault, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment
- Charles John Bechelet (1885- ) (St O) son of Charles Edward and Amelie, Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery
- William Philip Bechelet (1887- ) (St O) son of William Philip and Elizabeth Besselievre, Private, King's Own Scottish Borderers
This will created by a member of the Bechelet family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Victorine Bechelet née Drouin, Dandaloo, First Tower, St Helier, bequeaths to Charles John Edward Haines Dandaloo - 9 February 1938, D/Y/A/102
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