The Dean family of St Brelade

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Edmund Dean probably came to Jersey from England before 1630. He was the first customs officer listed for the Island in 1632. He died in 1638 and is buried in St Brelade. The family seem to have resided in the same parish up to the second part of the 19th Century, when they returned to England. Edmund's son Jean was Receiver General from 1641 to 1643 He married Elizabeth Le Vavasseur dit Durell in 1635 and they had seven children. He died in St Malo in 1650.

Seafaring families

Their grandson Carteret Dean married Elizabeth Orange in 1701,and they had eight children. Jean Dean, his son, married Elizabeth Valpy dit Janvrin in 1744 thus cementing strong links with these two seafaring families. They had four children, of whom Philippe was the youngest, born in 1751.

The Deans lived in St Aubin and Carteret Dean was trading into Newfoundland and Maryland as early as 1717, a family business which lasted at least until 1840 when his grandson Philip Dean was trading into the northeast Gaspe. Philippe Dean was a Privateer captain on the "Aigle" owned by Janvrin between 1778 and 1788, and later owner of "L'Arme" with Jean Fiott as master. Philippe married Anne Marett in 1776.

From 1790 Philip Dean owned a number of vessels, mostly under 100 tons in displacement, and trading to North America and elsewhere. Fifty years later in 1842 Philip Dean & Company was one of the leading shipowners of Jersey and possessed five vessels, their size had increased to range between 100 and 350 tons. His son Philippe born in 1780, had two sisters one of whom, Marie married Jean de Caen, and Anne who married George le Boutillier, while their younger son Jean married Elizabeth Balleine. In Anne's Will, which she made in 1851 she appoints Jean de Caen as her executor, and leaves bequests to her grand nieces Esther Marguerite and Anna Sophia de Caen.

Property in America

By 1865 the family was out of the ship owning business, and established a ship brokering firm in Liverpool. The family business had property in Carolina (USA) and some of the family moved there in the 1860s. Their property and ships were confiscated during the Civil War (1861-5) . Others went to Australia, and another to New Zealand

Much of the recent information on the family comes from Tim Dean, a great great grandson of Philippe, who in 2000 was an engineer with a small oil company based in Aberdeen, Scotland. His twin brother worked for Shell in Oman, and another brother, also an engineer, working for Brown and Root in Baghdad, Iraq.

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