De La Place

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Pierre de La Place was baptised in St Lawrence in 1656

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Origin of Surname

The name literally means 'from the place', although which place is not entirely clear. It was probably as simple as 'living near the town square' or in a small hamlet. It is a name found throughout France.

The name is not found in the 14th century assize rolls and extentes nor the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550, but there is a record in the island in 1576.

The early family had not died out when another de La Place family arrived in Jersey as religious refugees from France in the 17th century (see below).

Jean de la Place (b abt 1635) married Sara Bisson of St Lawrence (b abt 1639)

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The insular founder of this family was the Reverend Pierre De La Place, a member of the ancient and honourable family of this name, of the province of Angouleme. He, with his wife, fled from France on account of his religious opinions, and settled in the parish of St Ouen, as appears by a formal document given by the Bailly, Philip De Carteret, and a quorum of Jurats, to the Rev Elias De La Place, son of Peter, as a proof of his descent. This deed is dated 1 October 1641.

Elias De La Place became possessed of the fiefs of Anneville, Everat, and Lempriere, by purchase, from his Majesty's Commissioners, in 1649. These fiefs are held by Knight's service, and owe the maintenance of a horseman equipped and ready for service, with arms and other requisites, at all times when the enemy shall assail or be near the island; these fiefs are also to remain impartable in the male, or colateral, line for ever.

The estates were afterwards held by Philip De Carteret, Bailly of Jersey, by his marriage with Mary De La Place, Lady of Anneville, the last member of the elder branch of the family, a most estimable person, who, as says the Parish Register, "fut regrette du peuple, de ses tenants, et des pauvres, auxquels elle faisoit beaucoup d'aumoines."

Branches of the family, now extinct, are represented by the families of Le Hardy and Le Maistre of St Ouen.


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This will created by a member of the de La Place 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

  • Marie de La Place 15 January 1677 - D/Y/A/3
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