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Cawley family page

This family has its origins in Devon. Charles Featherstone Cawley, born there in 1835, came to Jersey in the late 1850s and met and married Sophie Dorey (1834- ), daughter of George Dorey and Betsey Kelley. They had 11 children baptised in St Helier


John Featherstone Cawley was baptised in St Helier in 1859

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Origins of surname

This surname may have its origins in places called Cowley in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Cloucestershire and Middlesex. The name comes from the old English cufl = 'log or stump', or cu = 'cow' and leah = 'wood or clearing'.

There is a possible alternative derivation from the Gaelic MacAuley.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey records with the baptism of 11 children of Charles Featherstone Cawley and Sophie Dorey.


  • Cawley
  • Cowley
  • Kewley

Family records


Family trees


Births and baptisms


Great War service

Sons of Charles Featherstone and Sophia Dorey

  • Bernard Cawley (1872- ) (St H) Private, Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Francis Charles Cawley (1896- ) (St H) Private RAF, wounded twice
  • Sydney Featherstone Cawley (St H) husband of Hilda, Private, King's Royal Rifle Corps, wounded

  • Bernard George Cawley (1893- ) (St H) son of Charles and Alice Jane Pirouet, Able Seaman RN, HMS Wallington

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Cawley family 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Cawley : Bernard George , of 49, Nicholson Park, St Saviour - 06/Apr/1972 , 06/Apr/1972 , D/Y/B1/173/1
  • Cawley : Doris Beryl , wife of George Renouf Le Bas, of Sandown, St Brelade's Bay, St Brelade - 23/Jun/1967 , 23/Jun/1967 , D/Y/B1/109/26
  • Cawley : Emily Sophia , widow of Albert Eugene Beuzeval, of Sandybrook Hospital, St Peter and formerly of 3, Greenwood Villas, Roseville Street, St Helier - 06/Jul/1965 , 12/Dec/1973 , D/Y/B1/198/51
  • Cawley : Florence Maude , widow of Alfred Henri Auguste Yvon, of Florence, Cleveland Road, St Helier - 03/Jun/1971 , 02/Aug/1972 , D/Y/B1/178/24
  • Cawley : Francis Henry , of 2, Plaisance Terrace, Plaisance Road, St Luke's, St Saviour Bequeaths to Gerald Francis Cawley, the property of 1, York Street and to Yvonne Florence Cawley, the property of 2, Plaisance Terrace, Plaisance Road and 86, Roseville Street, St Helier - 31/Aug/1937 , 03/May/1950 , D/Y/B1/5/22
  • Cawley : George Featherstone , 67 Stopford Road, St Helier - 10/Oct/1938 , 24/Feb/1939 , D/Y/A/104/51
  • Cawley : Yvonne Florence , wife of Maxwell Bree, of 7, Beaufort Square, Greve d'Azette, St Clement - 22/Jan/1946 , 09/Jan/1967 , D/Y/B1/103/46


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