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Marie Hilgrove was baptised in St Helier in 1691

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Origin of Surname

The origin of this name is not known. Despite it being an English-sounding name, it has been present in Jersey since at least the mid 16th century.

Early records

In 1609, William Hilgrove, from Wiltshire in England, married Alice Romeril of Jersey and their son, Thomas Hilgrove (see tree below, built a grand house that was owned by their descendants until its demolition in 1845. The new market was built on the site, and Hilgrove Street - although still officially known by that name - became known as French Lane (Rue ès Français) as it became the heart of the French quarter, with many businesses and properties owned by French residents, and seasonal workers, mostly Bretons and mainland Normans, congregating there.


  • Hilgrove, 1697
  • Helgrow, 1668

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Hilgrove 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

  • Anne Hilgrove, daughter of Jean 21 November 1744 - D/Y/A/7
  • Clement Hilgrove of the parish of St James, Westminster, Middlesex, now of St Hilliary [St Helier] 27 November 1773 - D/Y/A/12
  • Esther Hilgrove of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor, £150 of French currency, to Thomas Hilgrove, £200 in Old South Sea Annuities 25 February 1809 - D/Y/A/17
  • George Hilgrove, bachelor, desires to be buried in St Saviour's Churchyard on the East side, bequeaths to twenty of the poor of St Helier nearest to his house, £240 of French currency, to ten of the poor of St Saviour, £120, to the General Hospital, £300 French currency, to the Chapel of St Paul (of which he is one of the founders and subscribers), £500 stock in South Sea annuities, to the Infant Charity School in the Island, £480 French currency, to Mary Frances Gerrard, £700 in 3% public funds makes other bequests of the same funds 4 August 1818 - D/Y/A/18
  • James Hilgrove, Commander in the Royal Navy, bequeaths £400 of French currency to be laid out in clothing the winter after his decease for the poor and the same amount in cash to be given to the poor Makes a number of bequests of stock to his family 19 January 1814 - D/Y/A/18

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