Druce family page
Elizabeth, nee Druce, with her husband Andrew Le Poidevin and their six children in Guernsey in about 1811
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Origins of surname
This English surname may have its orgins at the Normandy town of Dreux; it may be derived from the Germanic personal name Drogo, which was introduced to Britain by the Normans; or it may be a nickname from the old French dru, meaning 'favourite' or 'beloved'
The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was The family arrived in the Channel Islands from Somerset, England, first in Jersey in about 1808, and then separately in Guernsey (see below) some ten years later. Family trees show movement between the two islands which suggests that those who arrived separately from Somerset may have been related
- Drew a separate family with its own page
Great War service
No service records for the Jersey family in the Great War have been identified
This will created by a member of the Druce 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
- Arthur Druce - 16 December 1932, D/Y/A/93
The first known members of the family to arrive in Guernsey were John Druce (1769-1849) and his wife Rebecca Rawlings (1760-1833). John (known as Jean in Guernsey) was from Crewkerne, Somerset and Rebecca was from Seavington St Mary , Somerset. John and Rebecca are believed to have arrived in Guernsey about 1819/20. This was confirmed by the following entry in the Guernsey Archives:
- "Jean Druce aged 79yrs, native of Somerset, near to Crewliene (should be Crewkerne), but living in Guernsey for 30 yrs. Infirm and in need (poor), he was admitted by Constable Corbin, sanctioned by the Treasurer. On 29 July 1849 Jean Druce, aged 79, died."
At least four of their children also went to Guernsey. They were:
- Elizabeth Druce 1792-1864 - Arrived between November 1819 and July 1820 with husband James William Dimond (Diment) and son John.
- John Druce 1794-1852 (known in Jersey & Guernsey as Drews) - Arrived between December 1820 and October 1825 with wife Martha Hardiman and daughter Katurah (Kitty). John went *to Jersey soon after arriving and returned between 1833 and 1841.
- Isaac Druce 1798-1849 - Believed to have arrived with his parents. He married Jane Penwell at the Town Church, St Peter Port in 1829. It is believed that most Druce family members in Guernsey descend from Isaac. His brother’s family adopted the surname Drews.
- Mary Druce 1805-1844 - Believed to have arrived with her parents. She did not marry.
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