Seale

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Marie Seale married Daniel Hamon in St Brelade in 1787


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Origin of Surname

This surname derives from a nickname taken from the aquatic mammal, the seal, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "seolh", in Middle English "sele"; the nickname may have referred to the person's eyes, or perhaps to a plump or ungainly figure. One Roger Sele is recorded in the Norfolk Pipe Rolls of 1198

Early records

The surname first appears in the St Brelade baptism register in 1560. Over the ensuing two decades there were baptisms registered to five different couples, suggesting that the family had been established for some time. This is confirmed by other records which take the family name as far back as the 13th century in the parish. (See Payne below). The fathers may have been brothers or cousins, but marriage records do not start until the next generation in 1589. Burial records do not go back beyond 1638, making it very difficult to assemble an early family tree, but other records, including those concerning family members related to two Constables of St Brelade, allow a tree starting in the 15th century to be presented, with the usual caveats concerning very early records.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

So early as 1292, Robert Seelle, or Seale, of the Parish of St Brelade, is mentioned in a legal instrument, as a landowner and a gen de bien," and from that time (and probably from a much earlier one) to the present, some members of this family have been located in the same parish.

In the Extente of 1331, Peter Seale is mentioned as the Seigneur of the fief au Prieur, for which he owed to the Crown 18 deniers. Richard Seale, on the authority of the same document, owed eight sols for a bouvée of land in the Parish of St Brelade.

At the period of the Rebellion this family remained staunchly loyal. John Seale, Constable of St Brelade, was one of the subscribers to the Proclamation recognizing Charles II as King, on the reception of the news of his father's execution. A female member of the house shared the dangers and privations of the siege of Elizabeth Castle, prior to its surrender by Sir George de Carteret.

During the tenure of office of Lord Cobham, the Governor, the Rev Thomas Seale, then Rector of St Clement, strenuously and successfully opposed the unconstitutional desire of his lordship to appoint, as Dean of Jersey, a native of France, who then held a benefice in the island. Upon his return from London, whither he had gone the better to represent the hardship, he was publicly thanked, and his expenses defrayed, by the States, for having so ably defended the insular privileges.

The Seigueurie of Samares was presented by the heiress of the Dumaresqs to John Seale, in whose family it remained for two generations, when it was transferred, by purchase, to the Hammond family.

Variants

  • Seale
  • Seal
  • Sele
  • Seelle
  • Scelle, this name, and variants may be associated with Seale, but the link is uncertain

Family records

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Notable family members


Thomas Seale was Constable of St Brelade in the early-16th century and he was followed by his cousin Thomas Seale. John Alfred Seale was another Constable of the parish, much later, from 1878 to 1903.


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Seale 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

  • Alice Seale, wife of Jolui William Henry - 6 September 1929, D/Y/A/89
  • Danial Seale of St Brelade, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade 5s - 9 August 1867, D/Y/A/33
  • Elizabeth Seale, spinster, daughter of Peter, desires to be buried in St Brelade's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade and St Helier, £5 sterling for each parish, to the General Hospital, £20 sterling makes bequests of stock and funds in the Bank of England 26 April 1788 - D/Y/A/14
  • George Seale, 4 Minden Street, St Helier - 1 September 1928, D/Y/A/88
  • Lydia Seale, Oak Lane, La Moye, St Brelade - 9 January 1936, D/Y/A/98
  • Marie Seale of St Brelade, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade 5s Includes papers relating to the appointment of John Alfred Seale as executor - 7 April 1875, D/Y/A/38
  • Thomas Seale, Oak Lane, La Moye, St Brelade - 6 January 1934, D/Y/A/95


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Family homes

Related place names

  • Seale Street, St Helier

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