Tomes family page
This family gave Jersey a Constable of St John, whose son was a Deputy, left the States to become Solicitor-General, rose to become Deputy Bailiff, was dismissed, and then rejoined the States as a Senator
Vernon Tomes talks to the media during the controversy over his dismissal as Deputy Bailiff
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Origins of surname
This surname is apparently of English origin, but ultimately with Biblical origins. It was introduced to Europe by Crusaders in the 12th century and its original meaning in Aramaic was 'the twin'.
The name first appeared in Jersey records in 1828 with the baptism of Thomas, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Huelin, in St Peter. All other Tomes baptisms were in St John, although there was a branch of the family in Trinity, where some births were recorded.
Great War service
Sons of William and Marie Vasselin
- Alfred Tomes (1883- ) (St J), Rifleman, King's Royal Rifle Corps
- William Tomes (1882- )(St J) Private, King's Royal Rifle Corps
This will created by a member of the Tomes family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- James Tomes, La Ruelle, Vingtaine de Rozel, Trinity - 12 July 1926, D/Y/A/86
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