Origins of surname
So little is known about this name that it hardly merits a family page of its own. But it is precisely because so little is known, that we have decided to create this page. It is, as far as we have been able to establish, the only family name which is on record in Jersey which cannot be found anywhere else. We do not know where the family came from, and it seems to have died out in Jersey in the 1920s without any members leaving to become established elsewhere.
The first member of the family on record in Jersey is Thomas, baptised in St Brelade in 1727, the son of Thomas. The family largely remained in St Brelade, although there were small branches in St Saviour and St Helier. We are reasonably sure that the first Thomas must have been an immigrant, because it is highly unlikely that such an unusual name would have originated in Jersey, but where he came from is anybody's guess. A Google search on the name reveals nothing that is not connected to the Jersey family.
However, information received from a Jerripedia user and a further check of records reveals that the surname may have originally been Landhatteren or Landhetteren. Both spellings are found in the St Brelade baptism register for the three children of Thomas, who is at the head of the tree linked below. An online search for those spellings also reveals very little, other than two entries in the Essex County Notarial Records, found in the Essex Institute Historical Collections of Salem, Massachusetts.
- "Elisabeth Helleur, wife of Thomas Landhetteren, and guardian of William Landhetteren, puts said William as an apprentice to Capt John Adams of New England, mariner, for the term of seven years."
- "Capt John Adams, for £10, assigns the said servant, William Landhetteren, to Joshua Ward, 15 June 1743. On 6 October 1743 Joshua Ward, for the same amount, assigns the said servant to Nathaniel Ingersoll."
This shows that while William was 14 or younger, Elisabeth Landhetteren must have taken him, to America, with or without her husband Thomas and their other two children. It is interesting that she is described in the first of these extracts as his wife, not widow, but guardian of William.
By 1755, back in Jersey, her son Thomas married Marie Le Manquais in St Helier, his name spelt Lanhatheren in the parish register. Did he go to America with his mother and brother, or did he stay in Jersey with his father?
- Landhatherland baptisms in Jersey
- Landhatherland marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Landhatherland marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Landhatherland burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Landhatherland 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
- Pierre Landhateren of St Brelade, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, £24 of currency 18 August 1826 - D/Y/A/20
- Anne Landhatherland of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Brelade, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, £6 of the order of the King Not 27 April 1843 - D/Y/A/25
- Esther Landhatherland of St Brelade, desires to be buried in St Brelade's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, £1 1 October 1858 - D/Y/A/29
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