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Alice Conway (1866-1950) who married Samuel Thomas

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Origin of surname

The name Conway is found in England, Wales and Ireland, all with separate origins. The derivation of the name in England and Wales is the Olde English cam yea, meaning crooked river, but in Ireland, where the Jersey family tree below originates, Conway is often an anglicised form of several Irish names, such as Mac Connmhaigh, meaning 'Head Smasher' or Mac Connbhuidhe, the 'Yellow Hound'.

Early records

The Conway family in Jersey has no connection with the street in St Helier bearing the name. This was named after Henry Seymour Conway, Governor of the island from 1772 to 1795, who was only a temporary resident.

William Conway (1832-1907) moved to Jersey with his first wife, Mary Mountain, and their sons Thomas, who died in Jersey and Michael, who later moved to the USA. William then married Jane Power, of St Helier (1842-1888), and they had a daughter Anna and son George Thomas, who died in infancy. William married twice more in Jersey but had no more children.

A second Conway family was established in Jersey at the beginning of the 19th century, when Pierre, the son of Pierre and Elizabeth Le Moignan, was born in 1804. It is possible that Pierre, the father, who was named as Peter when he married, but is shown as Pierre at his son's baptism, was the son of Morrice Conway from Ireland, who married Marthe Soudell of St Helier in 1774.

Family records

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Family trees



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Baptisms



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Great War service


  • William George Conway (1896- ) (Gr) son of Alfred Henry and Louisa Maria, Able Seaman RN, HMS Glory I


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Conway 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Daniel Conway of Palermo, Belvedere Crescent, Millbrook - 1 October 1948, D/Y/A/120
  • Eliza Conway, St Lawrence, - 20 April 1937, D/Y/A/100
  • Fanny Conway Lomax, spinster - 12 December 1921, D/Y/A/81
  • William Conway, 89 Oxford Road, St Helier - 24 June 1946, D/Y/A/116


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