Beuzeval family page
This family originated in the commune of Beuzeval in the Calvados department of Normandy
Beuzeval's tobacconist's at 55½ King Street in 1976. Established by the family and run by Madge Hayes (left in picture) for many years
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Origin of Surname
This family originated in the commune of Beuzeval in the Calvados department of Normandy. The commune was renamed Houlgate in 1905 as this area of the commune dominated the original small agricultural hamlet.
Probably the first Beuzeval to move to Jersey was Louis Pierre Michel Beuzeval (1822-1869). This was likely to have been before 1848, because he married his French wife, Henriette Elisa Mivier in St Helier, Jersey, and their only son Louis Simon Beuzeval was born in 1948 in Charente Maritime. Henriette died in 1849 but Louis must have returned to Jersey, where he died in 1869. Neither his son nor his grandchildren settled in Jersey, although they visited him in the island and one granddaughter is known to have worked there for a season. See tree below.
It is probable that the first family to settle and have children in Jersey was led by Aimable Beuzeval, born in France in about 1820. He was accompanied by his wife Colombe Virginie, who was also born in France in about 1820. Census returns suggest that they were accompanied by three sons, Aimable, Francis Alcide and Pierre, all of whom married in Jersey and raised large families. See tree below.
The family was well-established by the end of the 20th century, with ten different households. It is possible that the first members were agricultural workers, although these tended to originate from Brittany rather than Normandy.
Great War service
This will created by a member of the Beuzeval 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
- Pierre Beuzeval of The Dicq, St Helier - 24 February 1900, D/Y/A/59
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