Some years ago I was assisting a young daughter-in-law to trace her Renouf roots. She was a granddaughter of Fredaline Annie Renouf born 7 Dec 1888 in St. Helier, Jersey, CI. She was a daughter of Joseph b. 5 Oct 1865 same place (m. Elizabeth Clementine La Jeune), who was a son of Phillipe b. 1825 who married Lucy La Sueur. These I found on census. Joseph and wife emigrated to Canada where they lived with their children listed a s Fredaline, Christine, Clifford and Robert. These parents died in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Fredaline somehow met and married a U.S. citizen, George Basil Lindsey, and raised their family in Washington state of the U.S.
In her search to know more about her Channel Island ancestors, my d-i-l ordered a book from the public library system of Santa Barbara County on the history of the C.I.
It was not a large book. I had always told her I had a recurring strong impression that she had Norwegian blood line. She thought not believing she was entirely English.
We read the book with interest learning that the original C.I. peoples were small, dark and ugly which did not match with her tallness, very fair skin with blue eyes and attractive features. I continued in my belief.
As we read further, there began to to be references to the Renouf family which the author claimed was well documented in the C.I. with a genealogical hisoty that went back WELL BEFORE William the Conqueror. We know that the Battle of Hastings was 1066 which began Norman rule. The Normans were, of course, originally Scandinavian vikings.
The author stated that the family name was originally RENWULF and were Norwegian pirates who must have found reason to stay in the C.I. WULF is the Norwegian name for WOLF. Sometime during the French speaking occupation of the Normans the name became Renouf. NOUF is the French word for WOLF. I do not yet know what REN might mean in Norwegian a millenium ago to describe wolf.
So apparently the Renoufs became an upstanding Christian family through the centuries living in the C.I. most probably populating a number of the islands. They had a thousand years to do it.
We are hoping to find the ancestry of Phillipe, if anyone has that information.
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