When most people think of Quebec’s ethnic make-up, they think first of French-speaking, Catholic Quebeckers – and theycertainly makes up the overwhelming majority of early settlers. However, Quebec also had settlers of British origin (English, Scottish and Irish), and among these there was a substantial group of Anglo-Normans from the Channel Islands. These Channel Islanders settled on the Quebec and New Brunswick coasts of the Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleurs Bay) and they were there to get something that the Europeans of the time desperately wanted – codfish!
One of these Channel Islanders was my ancestor – Philippe Luce of Jersey – and as I don’t have any photographs of him I’ve decided to share this vintage postcard of fishermen on the beach splitting codfish near the now famous tourist destination of Perce Rock.
Splitting Codfish, Perce, Quebec
This vintage postcard shows the ancient church of St-Brelade in Jersey, Channel Islands, which is said to date back over 1000 years to the time of the “wandering Celtic saints” (see Links). Several of Elie Luce and Elizabeth Sorsoleil‘s children were born in St-Brelade.
Does anyone know whether this was Elie Luce and Elizabeth Sorsoleil’s church?
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On the left is an enlarged detail from the vintage postcard, showing the Fisherman’s Chapel or Chapelle des Pecheurs which dates back to the 11th/12th century – on the right, a photographic detail of one of its medieval Continue reading
Seaweed has been an important part of Jersey life for well over 800 years, so our own Luce ancestors would have been quite familiar with scenes of seaweed harvesting like the one below.
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Seaweed was a fertilizer for Jersey farming families until well into the early 1900s, since Jersey’s very sandy soil made fertilization crucial and the seaweed was readily available. Continue reading
This is the final resting place of our direct ancestor Philippe Luce who married Anne Ward on May 4th, 1863 in Grande-Riviere (Perce) Quebec, Canada. Their son George Luce (Lewis) and daughter-in-law Clementine Desilva were my grandparents.
Philippe Luce and Anne Ward’s children included the following: George H., Philip Charles, Elie Jean, Francois, Thomas, Ann Elizabeth, William.
Philippe’s parents were Elie Luce and Elizabeth Sorsoleil from St-Helier, Jersey Channel Islands and Philippe was born there on July 29th, 1826.
He died in 1892 in Miscou and this is his tombstone is in Petite-Riviere-de-L’Isle Cemetery in Gloucester County, New Brunswick.
Descendants of Jean Luce and Elizabeth of Channel Islands
1. Jean Luce I was born in 1726 in Jersey Channel Islands and died after 1756. According to Stephane Luce (see sources) Jean’s parents were Edouard Luce and Marie Le Cras who were married in St-Lawrence (Channel Islands) and his grandparents were Edouard Luce and Izebel Piquot. Jean’s grandparents were married in St-Lawrence in 1691. Their children included: Mathieu, Denise, Edouard, Judith, Elizabeth, Susanne and Thomas.
Jean married Elizabeth (Luce?) on 10 Oct 1753 in St-Lawrence Jersey Channel Islands. Elizabeth was born about 1730 in Jersey Channel Islands and died after 1756.
A child from this marriage was:
+ 2 M i. Jean Luce II who was born in 1756 in Bailiwick of Jersey Channel Islands and died after 1794.
2. Jean Luce II (Jean 1) was born in 1756 in Bailiwick of Jersey Channel Islands and died after 1794. Jean married Susanne LeGros on 20 Apr 1776 in St-Lawrence Jersey Channel Islands, daughter of George LeGros and Marie Godel. Susanne was born about 1756 in Bailiwick of Jersey Channel Islands and died after 1794.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 3 M i. Elie Luce I who was born on 1 Apr 1792 in St-Lawrence Jersey Channel Islands and died in 1854.
4 M ii. Jean Luce III who was born on 10 Nov 1776 in Bailiwick of Jersey Channel Islands.