Origin of Surname
Le Gresley is derived from the Latin gracilis meaning slim. It is not at all clear how the family originated in Jersey: the name sounds French, but according to one of the family trees listed below, appears to have arrived in Jersey from England, where it started as de Gresley and can apparently be traced back to the 12th century. However, the accuracy of this tree is far from certain and there are discrepancies between it and the other trees which show the same later descent.
The name is certainly not Norman, nor have we found it in any of our usual French sources, so the best guess is that the family/families in Jersey did originate from England.
- Nicholas (1564- ) St O, father of Rachel, who married Jean Le Rossignol
- Le Gresley, 1607
- de Gresley
There is considerable doubt about some of the generation links in the above trees and they should be treated with suspicion. The trees suggest that there were two marriages between a Jean Le Gresley and an Elizabeth Perree, and the children of these marriages are sometimes shown against the wrong parents. One Jean Le Gresley was born in 1708, as was his wife, and the other was born in 1740. The confusion is compounded by both Elizabeth Perrees being shown as the daughter of Josue Perree and Marguerite de Caen, but with birth dates for this couple of 1700 and 1701 respectively, they could not possibly have been the parents of an Elizabeth born in 1708.
The result of all this confusion is that the two trees below should also be treated with suspicion.
- Descendants of Elie Le Gresley, an abridged form of the St Ouen tree, avoiding the contentious generational links
- Descendants of Francois Le Gresley Added 2018
- Descendants of Philippe Le Gresley Added 2018
- Descendants of Francois Le Gresley - 2 Added 2021
- Descendants of Francois Le Gresley - 3 Added 2022
- Le Gresley baptisms in Jersey
- Le Gresley marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Gresley marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Gresley burials in Jersey
- Le Sueur family on the ''Chimborazo'', the story of Mormon pioneer Caroline Le Sueur, nee Le Gresley, and her family
Great War service
- Le Gresley family members who served in World War 1
- Presentation to Sergeant George Le Gresley, MM, at the Town Hall
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John S Le Gresley photographed by Ernest Baudoux
Occupation curfew cards
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