French Connections - Pierre Liron's Story
Pierre and Augustine Liron were French immigrants. Pierre’s aliens registration card lists that he was born in Vaudreville, Manche in 1863. In the 1891 and 1901 census the couple are shown as agricultural workers in St Martin with 5 sons.
Pierre is an example of an immigrant who came to Jersey and initially worked in the agricultural industry but who then decided to settle in the Island and change profession. By the 1911 census Pierre and his family were running the pub and lodging house, the Soleil Levant in Lower Bath Street, where they had 10 boarders.
As a foreign national Pierre was not able to purchase the property but in 1919 his Jersey born son Alexandre Liron purchased the Soleil Levant presumably with the aid of his father.
Pierre died in 1920 and following his death his wife Augustine appears to have taken over the management of the pub. In the 1930 Tavernier’s license records she is named as the licence holder, despite the fact that her son owned the property.
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