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A Quiet By-lane of the Huguenot Story by Gilbert Wiblin

A Quiet By-Lane of the Huguenot Story A Refugee Family named Roussel and their descendants by J. Gilbert Wiblin Read before the Huguenot Society of London, January 14, 1931 It is with considerable diffidence that I invite the attention of this distinguished assembly of representatives of many of the more notable Huguenot families to the annals of a comparatively humble house; still the proverbially modest violet may help in the making of a garden as […]

Beuzeville Flight from France

Flight from France – Esther Hewlett (nee Beuzeville) After the Edict of Nantes was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685 Huguenots found life intolerable and left France by the thousands. In 1686, or thereabouts, Francis Roussel, then aged about five years, who was later to become the grandfather of both Mary and Peter Beuzeville escaped to England, as did his mother and siblings. His father, Laurens Roussel, an apothecary, remained in Pont Audemer under house […]

Family Notes by Emma Mary Byles (Roussel, Beuzeville, Hewlett)

Introduction For my Nephews and Nieces in New Zealand and my dear little Roussel in England I am writing this paper to tell them all I know of the family from which they are descended. In the autumn of 1919, soon after I had retired from active work [as Matron of The Lambeth Infirmary], my sister Mayna and I spent a holiday at Whitfield with our Aunt Emma [Davison]. During the time we were there […]

The Roussel Family

The following is extracted from sources on the web – largely at: http://www.byles.net/family/beuz2.html. The most comprehensive and well documented source for this branch of the family is given by Gilbert Wiblin, 1931. The following notes are derived from Wiblin’s paper. The earliest record we have of our Huguenot ancestors is that on October 3, 1599 Laurens Roussel, the son of Pierre Roussel and Madeline (nee) Malefrein was born and later baptised at Quillebeuf. Laurens was the […]