You know how it goes. On a short break in Jersey you decide to leave the family on the beach while you pay a quick call on 90-year-old Aunt Emily, the last surviving member of your parents' generation. As you are about to leave Auntie delves deep in the bottom drawer of the dining room dresser and brings out a large, faded cardboard box. She removes the lid to reveal a mass of photographs. "These are your ancestors", she announces. "I won't be here for ever, so you had better take them. Have a good look and you can ask me who some of them are next time you see me." You are about to suggest that, because you may not be back in Jersey for a while, it would be worth having a quick look through the photos now, when Aunt Emily puts the lid back on the box, announces that she is getting tired, and points you in the direction of the door.
Six months later Aunt Emily has died, and although her funeral requires an unscheduled further visit to your island, there will be nobody there who might be able to identify the family pictures, not a single one of which had a name on the back. The opportunity to discover who was who has gone for ever.
And so it is with this collection of members of the Le Sueur and Picot families which has come our way. We believe that they are probably from Trinity, possibly members of the family of John Picot and Ann Le Sueur, who married in the 1880s, or Matthew John Fauvel Picot and Elizabeth du Heaume Le Sueur, married about the same time, or perhaps Jean Le Sueur and Marguerite Picot, who married in Trinity in 1835.
Whichever of these families the photographs are of, they undoubtedly include cousins, in-laws and friends. Perhaps a Jerripedia visitor can recognise one or more of the people in this fascinating collection of Victorian family portraits. If you can, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share with us what you know.
The pictures cover a significant period, and were taken by a number of different photographers. They start in around the 1860s, involving such Jersey photographers as Henry Mullins and Ernest Baudoux, and progress via Clarence Philip Ouless into the early 20th century, with Hamilton Toovey and the Tynan brothers. There are probably some more distant cousins in the collection, because some of the photographs were taken at English studios, and a couple as far away as Hamburg.