katrina --- Here is a cut and paste from somebody else's correspondence that may or may not shed some light: enjoy!
CHANNEL ISLANDS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY April 9th 1996Hon.Secretary,P.O. Box Box 507 St. Helier,Jersey, Channel IslandsJE4 8XZ Dear Ms Ricker-Bouchard,
Thank you for your letter which I received this morning.I am secretary of the Research Group of the Channel Islands Family History Society.It is interesting that my name came up on your friends computer, because the mail for the Society does not come to me.You have in effect jumped to the second stage of the usual enquiry proceedure.Mrs. Payn, our Honorary Secretary would have sent you information about the society and then sent your inquiry to the research group.I know we charge10 per hour for non-members and5 per hour for members.If you would like to become a member, I believe the overseas rate is9 which entitles you to our quarterly journal.For further details about all this please write to the society's address above.
I had a quick look in the library today to see if your search for your Riccar ancestor's might be fruitful here in Jersey.We have several entries in the copies of the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials of the name Ricard or Ricart, which seems to be the same as Richard in some in some records, and I did see one baptism entry of a Mathurin Ricart in the parish of St. Brelade.
12.03.1653/4Mathurin fs Noel Ricart.(The god parents were Maturin le Monteys et Elizabeth sa femme) Mathurin is not a common name.
There were two Georges baptised in the same parish.
17.08.1645 George Fs. Symon Ricart (Jean Bailhache, Constable St. Lorens et Marie safemme)
16.06.1639 George fs........Ricard (possibly the entry was illegible.)(God parents ..Edouard le Montais de St. Ouen et Katherine sa femme)
There was a Noel fs Noel baptised in 1645 and Jean fs Noel (at ST. Peter) in 1651.
All this according to the copies made of the St. Brelade register.On my computer I have the baptisms of St. Peter and among the Richard/Ricard entries is
3.8.1651George fs Noel Riquart (The godparents were Jean le Mestre et Rachel de Carteret, the same couple given as god parents to the entry of Jean fs Noel baptised at ST. Peter but recorded at St. Brelade.I can only presume both entries refer to the same baptism and that someone (either the recorder at the time or someone copying the entries since) has made an error.Reference to the original can be made with permission of the current minister, but in this case because two parish documents are involved we may find even the originals differ.
I have as yet found no marriage of a Noel Ricard who could have been a parent to Mathurin and George.
A wife of Noel Ricart was buried in St. Brelade in 1645 and a Noel Ricard was buried in St. Brelade in 1676. If the family owned property there may be information to be found in the Land Registry or possibly from wills.It is also possible that no more information on the family can be found as the parish records begin not much earlier than the baptisms mentioned above.St. Ouen begins in 1625 although St. Brelade is earlier.There is not much to be found of an earlier date unless they were very rich and famous.
I think it probable that the Mathurin Ricart mentioned above is your ancestor provided that the dates of his marriage and dates of birth of his child/children fit in with a birth date of 1653.We have no way of knowing how old the children were at baptism but we think that in most cases it was less than 6 months.As the final "t" or "d" would not have been pronounced, it is quite reasonable to suppose that the spelling Riccar was adopted in America.
Jersey people did emigrate direct from Jersey.There were a lot of shipping families in St. Brelade.Some people could have gone to England first and sailed from there.
This took about one hour's research.Please let us know if you wish us to go on researching for you.Yours Sincerely (Signed: Rosemary Millow)Secretary Research Group
Dear Ms. Ricker-Bouchard, I have been looking through the early records of ST. Brelade parish, St.Peter,sand St. Helier to try and piece together the early Ricard family. Unfortunately it is difficult to research back beyond 1600 or so as the parish registers start around that time; some parishes not until 1620.The registers at that time, and infact until the last century, were in French. You asked about a few of the terms.
fs. means son of. It is short for fils sa femme means his wife. le means the et means and
The name Noel often appears in the registers without the "1" at the end.. .Noe, so possibly due to pronounciation and accents the name Noah that appears in your geneology is derived from the Noel Ricard who seems to have been the father of the two brothers George and Mathurin. It will be very difficult to prove any of the suppositions we may make after viewing the registers.
St. Brelade marriage.
8.2.1636/7 NOe Ricard- Jeanne Crerice 29.11.1663 NOe Ricard - MAgdeleine le Roux.
Children of NOel baptised in ST. Brelade.
12.3.1653/4 MAthurin(Mathurin le Monteys et ELiz. sa femne) 1645 Noel 24.8.1651Jean (at ST.Peter)(Jean le Maitre fs.Jean et Rachel de carteret) This last as reported in the St. Brelade register. In the St. Peter register the baptism of what I suspect may be the same child was reported ..............
3.8,.1651 George fs NOel Riquart (Jean le Mestre et Rachel de Carteret) I have put the god parents in brackets.
Also the baptism of George 16.6.1639 at St. Brelade with god parents Edouard le Montais de ST. Ouen et KAtherine sa femme,could have been of a child of Noel althought the father's name is not given,.
A look through all the parish records has revealed nothing futher about Noel Ricard. AS I say it is rather an early date to have much joy in finding details.
In St. Brelade a Noe Ricard was buried 27.7.1676 Jeanne le MArguand femme de Noe Ricard was buried 29.10.1662 and another Jeanne, no surname given, femme de NOel Ricard was buried 4.6.1645
We may have two generations of NOel Ricard, or Noel Ricard could have married twice
No evidence of Mathurin Ricard remains after his baptism, so he may well have emigrated. There is a GEorge Ricard baptising children in St. Brelade1709-1722, but he could have been the George, son of Symon Ricart who was baptised at ST. Brelade 17.8.1645 I am sorry there is nothing more I can find. I will keep looking. Yours sincerely (signed Rose Millow)
ME AGAIN:Possibly the Noel fs Noel theory each with wives named Jeanne is not too far-fetched for the times. Intimations of Huguenot migrations are equally speculative. If St Ouen didn't exist, then nobody was from there, the previous Riccar generation must have been from somewhere else. Saxony Rikers are suggested.The baptismal records don't included the first Noel, implying that he was not born there. The confusion in the names at this juncture is a clue I have yet to unravel. At this end, Maturin and George disembarked and settled atCocheohe, north of Strawberry Banks, which was only later referred to as Dover. Others in this area originated among a merchants group in Shrivesbury or some such English town of the time.