Messervy family page
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Origin of Surname
The name may be derived from the old Norman word Messervijr, meaning 'ill-used'. The Rev George Balleine agrees, stating 'Messervy was a pitying name given to one who had been maltreated. In Wace we read of "son frere messervi", his ill-treated brother'. However, the name is not common in Normandy, nor elsewhere in France, today.
This is one of the aboriginal families of Jersey. According to one of its members the name is formed from the obsolete Norman verb Messervijr, and consequently means the " ill-used."
In 1331 John Messervy held land in St Martin, and was also Seigneur of the fief of Poteraux in Grouville. The important fief of Bagot came into the possession of this family by the marriage of Richard Messervy with Mabel, the eldest daughter of Clement Dumaresq, Seigneur of Samares.
A family, named Messerwy, is settled in England, and is very probably derived from the one now noticed, as both name and arms differ very slightly.
Philip Messervy and Thomas William Messerv, are the principal representatives of this ancient and highly respectable insular house.
- As borne by Charles Bertram Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked, vert.
Quartering : Argent, on a chevron between three martlets, sable, as many fleurs-de-lis of the field, for Falle
Or, three cherries, stalked, vert, a martlet for difference, for Messervy.
Crest : A cherry-tree, ppr.
Motto : Au valeureux coeur rien impossible.
- As borne by Thomas-William Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked,
- Messervy, 1309
- Mauservy c1340
- Messervi 1331
- Le Messeryn
The three trees which follow represent different branches of the same family. There are a number of areas in which the trees differ, mainly on exact sequence of generations and names of wives in the Falle family. The original core tree, researched by Mike Bisson, has been restored, and links created between the trees. Researchers are requested to take extreme care with generations in the individual trees which are highlighted in red.
- Descendants of Jean Messervy, original core tree
- Descendants of Jean Messervy (1280), additions to core tree from Payne's Armorial of Jersey
- Descendants of Jean Messervy -2 , another version of this tree
- Descendants of Clement Messervy, a branch of the above trees
- Descendants of Abraham Messervy, a branch of the above trees
- Descendants of Abraham Messervy - 2, follows a different line down to the 19th century in St Martin
The next two trees follow two different lines of descent from a Jersey emigrant to the USA. The third starts with the same person but follows a branch which remained in Jersey
- Descendants of Philippe Messervy (1485) Emigrants to Newfoundland, Australia and New Zealand
- Descendants of Philippe Messervy Another tree starting with Philippe but following different branches
- Descendants of Jean Messervy - 3, another Jean from that above
- Descendants of Clement Messervy and Catherine Sohier
- Descendants of Jean Messervy, of Anneville Added 2016
- The Jersey Messervys who became Meserve in the USA
- A Messervy family history
- Daniel Messervy, 18th century diarist
- J A Messervy, 19-20th century historian and genealogist
- Elie Messervy, Rector of St Peter whose appointment proved very controversial
- Charles Messervy, Colonial Office official and architect
- Maximilien Messervy, seigneur hanged for counterfeiting coins
- Nathaniel Messerve, American shipbuilder and hero of Louisbourg
- J E Messervy, artist
- Messervy family members mentioned in a major history of privateering
- Colonel Nathaniel Meserve
Société Jersiaise Library records
Great War service
- Ville à l'Eveque, Trinity
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Great War casualty Royal Field Artillery Major Gerald Messervy's grave at Noyelles-Sur-L'Escaut Communal Cemetery Extension, near Cambrai