Gabourel

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John Gabourel


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Gabourel family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Gabourel, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.

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

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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Origin of Surname

By some authorities this family is said to come from a French source, but by others, to be identical with that of Gabriel, of England. Given the time that the family has been established in Jersey, we prefer the former, which suggests a derivation from the old French verb gaber, meaning to joke or mock oneself.

Early records

The ancestor of the existing branch, represented by John Gabourel, of La Colomberie, is supposed to have been a seventh son, who, absent on a voyage, escaped the fate of his six elder brothers, who fell victims to the plague which ravaged the island about the year 1536. These brothers were buried in the graveyard of the now demolished feudal chapel of St George, at Vinchelez de Bas, where the tomb erected to their memory is still remembered by some of the patriarchs of St Ouen.

The first recorded baptisms are in St Ouen in the 1650s.

Arms

As borne by John Gabourel,: Argent, an anchor erect, azure; on a chief or the last, three roses of the field. Quartering : Argent, a chevron between two roses slipped in chief, and a heart in base, all gules, for Benest.

Crest : A greyhound's head, couped, argent, collared and chained, or.

History

The Gabourel's of Jersey may have engaged in privateering and were definitely involved in the slave trade. The family appears to have been fairly wealthy during the 1700s and early 1800s, owning land in Jersey and in North Carolina. John Joshua Gabourel went into private banking in Jersey in the early 1800s until his partner embezzled funds from the bank. He made good on the debts out of his personal fortune, but only led a modest life after that.

Family records

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Family trees


These are two trees of the same family from different sources. The second goes back a generation further, but the first has much more detail


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Church records

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Burial records



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Newspaper records


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Gabourel 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

  • Amice Gabourel of St Peter 25 February 1760 - D/Y/A/10
  • Jean-Josué Gabourel of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 600 livres of old French currency 20 October 1854 - D/Y/A/28
  • Josué Gabourel of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £12 of the order, to Jean Josué Gabourel, his grandson, £500 sterling in 3% funds in England makes further bequests of the same funds 14 October 1803 - D/Y/A/16

Further reading

The history of the Gabourel family of Jersey is discussed in John Richard Gabourel's book, The House of Gabourel - A Four Century History of the Gabourels of Jersey from 1500 to 1900, an in-depth study of C Langton's Gabourel Heraldry.


Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

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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