Origins of surname
This is a name from the Vienne and neighbouring departments in the centre of France. It is a diminuitive of the personal name Thor, and derived from taureau, the bull, suggesting a strong man
Although the name may have been present in different spellings in Jersey as early as the 12th century, the Thoreau family members present in the island in the 20th century can only trace their ancestors back to immigrants Pierre Thoreau and Anne Servant, who married in 1700.
- Theroude, 1150
- Thoreau baptisms in Jersey
- Thoreau marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Thoreau marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Thoreau burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Thoreau 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
- Jean Thoreau of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £10 sterling 2 February 1796 - D/Y/A/15
- Jean Thoreau, son of Jacques of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 of the order 8 November 1800 - D/Y/A/16
- Jeanne Thoreau of St Mary, now of St Helier, widow of Edouard Le Maistre, desires to be buried in St Helier General Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 5s, to Edward Philip Binet a share in the Jersey Joint Stock Bank, makes other bequests of shares in the same bank to named parties - 27 January 1871, D/Y/A/35
- John Thoreau, South House, St Mary - 27 March 1943, D/Y/A/110
- Julie Thoreau of St Helier, desires to be buried in Grouville Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of Grouville and St Helier £1 - 20 February 1875, D/Y/A/38
- Marie Thoreau, daughter of Jean, of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 of the order, to Jean Thoreau, her brother, £100 sterling in 3% funds in the Bank of England makes further bequests of the same funds 26 November 1791 - D/Y/A/15
- Marie Thoreau, widow of Samuel Guillet of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £20 of the order of the King 23 December 1805 - D/Y/A/16
- Mary Thoreau, Landes, St Ouen, widow - 20 July 1918, D/Y/A/78
- Philippe Thoreau of St Mary, now of St Peter, desires to be buried in the cemetery for all religions, St Peter, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, 15s, and to Susanne Vautier 33 perches of land in Petite Pièce du Mont Fondan, St Peter, Fief es Hormans 23 October 1858 - D/Y/A/29
- Susanne Thoreau, daughter of Pierre, of St Mary, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £6 of French currency 28 December 1796 - D/Y/A/15
- William Thoreau, Moreland House, Craig Street, St Helier - 12 January 1944, D/Y/A/112
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