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The Bois family, which settled in St Saviour, arrived in the island from Normandy in the first 30 years of the 19th century.


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Capt Francis John Bois, c1895

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Francis John Bois

Origin of Surname

Bois is French for wood, and the name either derives from a dweller in the woods or from a resident of one of many French hamlets called Du Bois. The name is common in Normandy either as Bois or Dubois, and records go as far back as Girardus de Bosco in 1198, with Richard de Bois and Ernaut du Bois both recorded in 1261/1266. There are records of du Boiz and du Boys in the 14th century.

Early records

In Jersey there are records of du Bois and du Boys baptisms in St Helier from the earliest 17th century.

The distinct Bois family, which settled in St Saviour, arrived in the island from Normandy in the first 30 years of the 19th century.

There was also a Bois who died while visiting Jersey in the 17th century and is buried at St Saviour's Parish Church, but it is not known whether he has any connections to the Bois family which established later in Jersey.

Variants

  • Bois
  • de Bois
  • de Boiz
  • du Bois
  • du Boiz
  • du Boys
  • Dubois

Family Records

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Great War service


Sons of Thomas Elie Sebastien du Bois and Caroline Alexandrine Le Neveu

  • Elie Charles Auguste du Bois (1888-1952) (St B) Private, Essex Regiment
  • Emile Edmund du Bois (1893-1966) (St B) husband of Marie Suzanne Philomene, Private, Labour Corps


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Bois and du Bois families are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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

  • Ann Bois, St Saviour - 29 March 1895, D/Y/A/54
  • Beatrice Bois, Elfington House, St Saviour - 14 November 1947, D/Y/A/118
  • Charles Bois, Le Chalet, Pontac, St Clement, bequeaths to Mary Ann Bas, Le Chalet - 7 March 1947, D/Y/A/117
  • Francis Bois, Alphington House, St Saviour, bequeaths to Francis L'Isle Bois Alphington House; to Avice Marguerite Bois Waverley Lodge, St Saviours Road; to Beatrice Elaine Bois Claremount Cottage, St Helier - 2 September 1924, D/Y/A/84
  • François Bois of St Saviour, bequeaths to Virginie Daniel a £50 Russian bond of 5%, to Mary Bois a £50 Russian bond of 5%, to Anne Bois a £50 Russian bond of 5% - 25 April 1876, D/Y/A/39
  • Jane Du Bois, 2 Tynemouth Terrace, St Helier, widow of Edward Le Couteur - 20 May 1908, D/Y/A/67
  • Jean du Bois 24 May 1742 - D/Y/A/7
  • Jeanne du Bois of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £4 of the order of the King 27 April 1808 - D/Y/A/17
  • Jeanne du Bois of St Peter, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter £2 - 26 February 1885, D/Y/A/44
  • Marie du Bois of St Lawrence, desires to be buried in St Lawrence Cemetery 31 May 1834 - D/Y/A/23
  • Mary du Bois, Altona House, St Marks Road, St Helier - 13 July 1922, D/Y/A/82
  • Nicolas du Bois, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, £2 of the order of the King 10 November 1781 - D/Y/A/13
  • Pierre du Bois of St Peter, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor, £50 of the old French currency 29 April 1831 - D/Y/A/22
  • Thomas du Bois of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, £2 of French currency 7 March 1827 - D/Y/A/20

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