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Ellen Hill Stokes was born in India in 1868, daughter of the Rev William Stokes and Mary Ann, nee Hill. She married German blacksmith Hermann Bretschneider in Tamil Nadu in 1893 and divorced him in 1920, reverting to her maiden name. She completed a midwifery course in Basel, Switzerland in 1911 and went to England with Harry, leaving her middle son Dickie behind. She lived in the USA from 1925 to 1933, then something brought her to Jersey, where she lived through the Occupation, at various addresses, claiming to be a widow, born in Bath in 1874, and not mentioning her German husband. She had a bad fall in 1944 and broke her leg. She died in Jersey in 1950 and was buried in St Saviour's Cemetery. Son Harry, a Major in the Army, died in Tunisia in 1943

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Origins of surname

This is a name derived from the old English stocc, meaning stock or trunk of a tree, so it would have been applied to someone who lived near an area of stump clearings, or in a place so named.

Early records

The first recording of this family name in Jersey is the baptism of James Stokes, son of Charles and Isabell Wilson, in St Helier in 1770. There is then a gap of over 40 years before the next baptism, and the family becomes steadily established during the 19th century and into the 20th.


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Great War service

  • Gosworth Clement Stokes (1866- ) (St H) son of Charles and Elizabeth Branwell, husband of Adelaide Teale, Mercantile Marine
  • Frederick Charles Stokes (1898- ) (St H) son of above, Private, King's Royal Rifle Corps


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Stokes 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

  • Stokes : Alfred Parker , Rozel Cottage, Rozel, - 07/Sep/1931 , 22/Jun/1935 , D/Y/A/97/106
  • Stokes : Alice Jane , widow of Francis George Fauvel, of Cranworth, Vallee des Vaux, St Helier and formerly of Belcot, Marett Road, St Helier - 31/Aug/1968 , 21/Jul/1969 , D/Y/B1/134/42
  • Stokes : Annie , widow of John Renouf, of Te Whare, Mont Millais - 17/Sep/1934 , 02/May/1962 , D/Y/B1/69/11
  • Stokes : Arthur Frederick , The Hollies, St Marys Hill - 22/Jul/1939 , 26/Oct/1945 , D/Y/A/114/119
  • Stokes : Catherine Elizabeth , wife of John Hyne, of Hynden, La Longue Rue, St Martin - 05/May/1966 , 05/May/1966 , D/Y/B1/97/30
  • Stokes : Elizabeth Ann , of Patchett Lodge, Holbeach, Lincolnshire - 13/Jul/1965 , 22/Jun/1966 , D/Y/B1/98/37
  • Stokes : Ellen , widow of Edward Philip Jutsum Le Sauteur, of Sandybrook Hospital, St Peter and formerly of Ellendale, Dunell Road, St Saviour - 09/Nov/1945 , 14/Feb/1975 , D/Y/B1/218/12
  • Stokes : Gosworth Clement , 17 Garden Lane, St Helier - 28/Mar/1930 , 23/Apr/1931 , D/Y/A/91/85
  • Stokes : Harold Clements , son of Clement Gosworth, of 1, Le Fauxbie Villas, St Saviour's Road, St Helier - 02/Jul/1955 , 04/Sep/1967 , D/Y/B1/111/15
  • Stokes : Isaac Westley , Cottisloe, St Brelade, late Deputy Traffic Manager, GIP Railway, Bombay 8/10/1927 Bequeaths to Jennie Catherine Stokes the property Cottisloe; to Leonore Joyce the cup "The Highflyer" presented to HMS Highflyer and won by her mother - Unknown date , 26/May/1939 , D/Y/A/104/131
  • Stokes : Sarah Lizzie , Whitby, York - 21/Dec/1926 , 22/Nov/1937 , D/Y/A/101/94
  • Stokes : Stanley Pearson , Darnholme, Bagatelle Road, retired school master - 07/Aug/1937 , 01/May/1940 , D/Y/A/106/107
  • Stokes : Thomas John , Her Majestys York & Lancaster Regiment - 11/Nov/1886 , 26/Mar/1919 , D/Y/A/79/37
  • Stokes : William Frederick , of 27, Val Plaisant, St Helier, Fief of Meleches 03/11/1891 Bequeaths to Robert Farrant and Maria Sophia Stokes the property 29, Val Plaisant, to Emily Grace Dawson the property 8, Parade Road, St Helier, Fief of Meleches - Unknown date , 24/Jan/1898 , D/Y/A/57/6

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