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Patriarche family page

The name means head of family, and may have been bestowed on a tribal or community leader in early times


Catherine Patriarche, nee Le Geyt

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Origins of name

Patriarch (Patriarche in French) meansheadof family, and may have been bestowed on a tribal or community leader in early times.

Early records

This family is said by historian the Rev J A Messervy, see below, to have established in Jersey after the arrival of David Patriarche, a Huguenot refugee, from France around 1610 (see family tree below). The family clearly rapidly became part of the highest echelons of Jersey society. David married Jersey woman Susanne Le Vavasseur dit Durell shortly after his arrival, and their son David married Rachel Hamptonne, the daughter of a Jurat and Lieut-Bailiff.

However, there are records of an earlier family. Noe Patriarche was born in St John in 1593 and married Judith Fleury (1596-1650). They had children Marguerite (1618-1662) who married Richard Le Sbirel, Elie (1620- ) who married Foy Baillehache (1624- ) in 1642, Rachel (1622- ) who married Helier Deslandes, Mathieu (1624- ), Raulin (1626- ) and Isabelle (1628- ). It is not known whether this family died out at this generation or what was the ancestry of Noe Patriarche.


  • Patriarche, 1712
  • Patriarch

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Patriarche 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

  • David Patriarche 15 November 1682 - D/Y/A/3
  • Esther Patriarche wife of Reverend Jean La Cloche, bequeaths to the poor of Trinity and St Helier, £20 of the order each, to Esther La Cloche, wife of Hugh de Carteret, all her money in funds in England, desires to be buried in Town Church, St Helier 30 April 1806 - D/Y/A/17
  • George Patriarche 1804, bequeaths to the poor of 'this colony', 5 guilders Seal of Samuel Lempriere, Public Notary 4 November 1805 - D/Y/A/16
  • Guillaume Patriarche, 13 October 1859 - D/Y/A/30
  • Guillaume Patriarche, bequeaths to William Philip Patriarche a silver cup that he received from the Regiment of St Helier Records that he wishes to be taken to his final home by 2 Artillery men, 2 Grenadiers, 2 Chapeurs, and 2 men of the Battalion of St Helier all from the company that he has commanded for many years 14 September 1827 - D/Y/A/20
  • Jane Patriarche, widow of James Hemery Esquire, bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £5, to the Dorcas Society in Jersey, £5, and to the National School at St Helier, £10 12 September 1843 - D/Y/A/25

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