The Tevelein Family

The story told by the  TEVELEIN records becomes clearer if we look at them in the light of the Churches each family group attended, family friends, the places they lived, their occupations, their emigration in an historical Timeline. Each view is a way of looking at the tree from a different angle and with a different backcloth. This adds meaning and life to raw records.

The family name spelt TEVELEIN is first recorded at the baptism of Albin in 1607 in the records of the Walloon Church, as the name of his mother, Susane TEVELEIN and that of a witness, Anne TEVELEIN. The spelling , TEVELIN, is the most frequently used in Canterbury records, being the anglicised version of THEVELIN. The spelling TEVELEIN, with the additional "E", is not found again until it is used in England for the first time in 1778 at the St Andrew's church baptism of Catherine TEVELEIN d/o Richard & Mary. Yet again it is found n 1804 in St Asphage's records at the baptism of John TEVELEIN s/o James TEVELEIN & Lucy-Maria Lamberton. Thereafter this is the spelling used by the family to this day.

Although to date our early records originate only from the once large Huguenot Temple in Guines, they are of families spread in many villages, or communes, throughout Pas de Calais. The tradition of using a limited set of Christian names is illustrated by the many Isaacs & Jacobs throughout the 17th and 18th centuary.

Further confirmation of the Huguenot origins of the family is to be found in the records of the Walloon Church in Canterbury. Our study of the family continues through the 18th century in Canterbury with references to London, the French Protestant Hospital and marriages to other Kent families. In the 19th century the stories are of John TEVELEIN's emigration to Australia and Isabella who married into the GIBBENS family.

Central in all our minds is Isabella TEVELEIN. From two of her children Amelia and Frederick GIBBENS, and her cousins, descend the Tevelein related families alive today. See "Profiles" for the exceptions. Look at Family Trees for detailed relationships.

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