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Louise Augustine Crespin (1859-1956) in 1945. Louise, who married Desire Aimable Guernier was born in Balleroy, Calvados, the daughter of Celestine Lescardie Crespin (1838-1921) Along with her sister Albertine, born the year before here, she took the surname of her stepfather, Jacques Michel Bion (1825-1896) when he married her mother in 1863

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Origins of surname

This is a French name. We have not found a derivation for the spelling found in Jersey, but obvious variants are said to indicate a curly haired man

Early records

The name first arrived in Jersey in the middle of the 19th century


  • Crespin
  • Crespinel
  • Crispin
  • Crépin
  • Crépinel

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Crespin 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 Crespin

  • Crespin : Florence Amelia , nee Millow, widow of John George Crespin, of The Cottage, Beaumont, St Peter Bequeaths to Winifred Joyce St George, nee Davis, all her jewellery and silver - 27/Feb/1950 , 30/Oct/1951 , D/Y/B1/11/49
  • Crespin : Louis Philippe , of St Jean La Riviere, Canton de Barneville sur mer, Mache, now of St Peter : - 26/Jan/1882 , 05/Jun/1886 , D/Y/A/45/98


  • Crespinel : Matilda Jane , Gordon House, 26 Cheapside, St Helier, widow of James Wall - 29/Aug/1930 , 02/Dec/1935 , D/Y/A/98/44

Family album

This picture taken in Jersey in 1904 shows Louise Guernier, nee Crespin, with her children Louise, Angele, Auguste, Blanche, Emile and Aline. Louise was only 17 when she married Desire, ten years her senior. She was a healthy woman physically, but the shock of losing her husband at the relatively young age of 52 took its toll. On the morning of his death she got up and opened the curtains. Desire asked what kind of a day it was and on being told it looked to be a fine one, he commented that he better get up straight away as he had carrots to pick. He jumped out of bed and dropped dead at his wife's feet. The shock to Louise was such that she promptly retired from life and spent most of her days sitting in her chair and allowing the world to pass her by. Her elder son Auguste, then 21, took over the task of caring for his siblings, with the help of his second sister Angele. At the time the youngest, Aline, was only 2 years old. Before the children left for school, they would make their mother breakfast and put it on the table next to her chair. Frequently when they returned, she would still be sitting in the same place, with the meal untouched. On one occasion, Auguste returned home to find his mother had been out into the vegetable garden and picked every single carrot in the plot. Despite her fragile mental condition, Louise lived to the ripe old age of 97, and on being shown a photo taken when she was in her early 90s, her only comment was 'to think that someone who has been so pretty can become so ugly!'

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