Origin of surname
We have not been able to find any information about the origin of this name. 'Bech' may indicate a place with a rock.
The history of the Bechervaise family in Jersey can be traced back to the late 16th century with the marriage of Richard Bechervaise and Jeanne Vaulcourt, daughter of Guille, in 1582, being the earliest entry in a church register, However, the second of the two trees below suggests that Philippe Bechervaise, who was living in 1528, was baptised in the island. And the history of the family in Canada (see link below) claims that there is a record of a Colinus Bechervaise in St Lawrence, Jersey as early as 1331.
- Bechervaise, 1668
- Beauservis, 1607
- Bescervoyse, 1528
- Beusurveys, 1340
- Boiscervoise, 1329
- Beynecerveyse, 1309
- Bicerirvise, 1299
Members of the family were later to emigrate to Canada and Australia, and it is likely that Bechervaise Island in Antarctica was named after a descendant of the Australian emigrant. There are also places in Tasmania and Canada which bear the Bechervaise name.
- The story of John Bechervaise Added 2019
- Bechervaise baptisms in Jersey
- Bechervaise marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Bechervaise marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Bechervaise burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Bechervaise 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
- Bechervaise : Philippe , ... - 02/Mar/1791 , 26/Feb/1812 , D/Y/A/18/57
- Bechervaise : Philippe , of St Mary 24/03/1791 Desires to be buried in St Mary's Cemetery Bequeaths to the poor of St Mary, £4 of the order - Unknown date , 25/May/1793 , D/Y/A/15/47
- Bechervaise : Pierre , ... - 18/Aug/1690 , 25/Apr/1691 , D/Y/A/2/10
Philippe Samuel Bechervaise, born in St Aubin in 1787, emigrated to Gaspe, Canada, where he married Margaret Coffin and changed career from shipbuilding to farming. They had 14 children between 1825 and 1903. With no school close to the Bechervaise farm, Philippe built one on his land in 1840. His children and some of the neighbours were educated there.
Philippe served in the Gaspe County Militia and in 1832 was promoted Lieutenant and Adjutant. He also served as a Gaspe Basin councillor.
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