Fossey

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Paul and Marie Fossey, married in St Martin in 1891 and parents of 12 children, born in Jersey and Guernsey


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Origins of surname

The first Fossey lived in or near a ditch, or in low-lying land. The surname is French, derived from the Old French fosse, ditch.

The name may also be of Anglo-Saxon origin, as a topographical or locational surname, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century foss, ditch, dike, low-lying land in a fen or between streams. As a topographical surname, Fossey denotes "a dweller by the low-lying land near the dike", and as a locational name, residence at a place named with the same elements, such as the now lost village of Fotsey in Bedfordshire, recorded in 969 as 'Foteseige'.

Early records

Although the name was introduced to England by Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution on the Continent during the late 16th and 17th Centuries, no family members appear to have come to Jersey at that time. The closest spelling found in lists of Huguenot abjurations is Fossard, not thought to be a variant.

Rachel Fossie was christened at the Walloon or Stranger's Church in Canterbury, Kent, on 20 August 1592, and Isaac, son of Jaques and Jeanne Fossey, was christened at Threadneedle Street French Huguenot Church, London, on 19 October 1712.

The name is not found in Jersey records before the early 1840s, and the registration of births in St Martin, St Lawrence, St Clement, St Helier and Trinity over the next 30 years suggests that either the family moved around after arriving in the island, or that several different families arrived at about the same time.

Both explanations are born out by the available family trees. It seems that the first arrival was Jacques Fossey, born in the Manche Department of Normandy in 1827 and married to Francoise Baron (1837- ). Their first child was born in St Lawrence, and then three further children were born in Trinity, before the family must have returned to France and had another two children before going back to Jersey again.

Paul Gustave Jean Fossey (1872- ), who married Marie Virginie Le Lerre at St Martin in 1891, was also itinerant,. The couple had two children in Jersey, eight in Guernsey, then a further two in Jersey.

Variants

  • Fossey
  • Fosse
  • Foissey
  • Fossy
  • Fousse
  • Fossie

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Sons of Francis Fosse and Elizabeth

  • Arthur Francis Fosse (1880- ) (St H), Sapper, Canadian Engineers
  • Ernest Alfred Fosse (1882- ), Sergeant, North Staffordshire Regiment



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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Fosse 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

Fossey

  • Fossey : Francis Philip , Vingtaine des Augres, Trinity - 16/Sep/1921 , 31/Oct/1921 , D/Y/A/81/119
  • Fossey : Malcolm John , of The Cloisters, Mont Millais, St Helier and formerly of Villa des Fleurs, No 8, Haut Mont, St Helier - 10/Feb/1977 , 28/Aug/1979 , D/Y/B1/305/31
  • Fossey : Francis, Vingtaine des Augres, Trinity - 31 October 1921, D/Y/A/81

Fosse

  • John Fosse, 8 Great Union Street, St Helier - 25 June 1941, D/Y/A/108
  • Jules Fosse of Portbail, France, now of St Ouen - 19 December 1881, D/Y/A/42
  • Marie Fosse, 7 Pomona Road, St Helier, widow of Auguste Victor Borel - 19 January 1918, D/Y/A/77


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We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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