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Sarah Eliza Prout

Ancestry recently released the Church of England parish registers from Jersey, Channel Islands. My 2x great grandfather’s sister went to the Channel Islands, so I have been searching the parish registers, as well as checking the census records, for her family.  I have already set up 3 posts about the family:

Mary Jane Prout was the eldest child of Thomas Prout and Elizabeth Clement Whimpey.  The next child, Emma Eliza Prout, died young.  In this post, I will be sharing what I have found for the third child, Sarah Eliza Prout.

From the census records, I had found that Sarah was listed under the surname Baudains, and she had 3 children: Arthur Claude, Florence and Harold.

The parish registers showed that Sarah was born 1 December 1850, and christened 23 February 1851 at St Helier.

She was listed with her parents on the 1851 and 1861 censuses. At the time of the 1871 census Sarah was a servant in the household of Pierre Mackellar (she appears on the index as Sarah Pront).

Sarah Prout married Thomas Baudains on 20 April 1874 at St Simon’s Church on the Isle of Jersey.  Thomas was 26 years old, and he was a shipwright.  His father was Francis Baudains, a carpenter.

I found the following baptisms for their children at St Helier, Jersey:

  • Arthur Thomas Claude Baudains, born 17 May 1875, baptism 20 Jun 1875
  • Sarah Florence Baudains (indexed as Bandains), born 20 Sep 1878, baptism 8 Dec 1878
  • Harold Beauchamp Baudains (indexed as Bandains) born 5 Jan 1887, baptism 25 Dec 1887

The 1881 census had shown Sarah Baudains, age 27, with 2 children, Claude age 5, and Florence, age 2.  Also in the household was Sarah’s sister Fanny Prout, age 17.  Her husband Thomas wasn’t there.

On the 1891 census, Sarah Baudains, age 40, had her 3 children, Arthur C age 15, Florence age 12, and Harold age 4 with her, as well as her mother, Elizabeth Prout, age 66.

Harold’s baptism record had shown that his father & mother were the sponsors.  Therefore, Thomas was still alive in 1887.  However, I haven’t been able to find him on any of the census records after 1861. I haven’t been able to find a burial record for him yet either.

Sarah was buried 9 January 1901 at St Helier

Sarah Prout burial Operations Inc, “Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940,” database and images, ( : accessed 1 Feb 2017); burial entry for Sarah Prout, femme de Thomas Francis Baudains, 9 January 1901; Jersey Heritage; St Helier, Jersery; Jersey Parish Registers; Reference Number: G/C/03/A4/10.

The French word for widow is veuve.  Since she is listed as the femme de (wife of), this indicates Thomas was still alive in 1901.