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As I was growing up in Virginia, my father always told me how rare "Jaquess" was as a last name. We travelled together frequently, always checking in telephone directories for the last name of Jaquess. Occassionally, we would spot one, but I don't remember finding a relative. Now years after Dad has gone, he would have loved to know there are plenty of "Jaquess'" across the country. Thanks Internet!
My father used to joke often that when I married, I needed to insist my future husband take my last name in order to keep the "Jaquess'" going. That's easier said than done in our society. Of course, Dad also advised me it is just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man. I fell in the middle and haven't regretted it since.
Although most think "Jaquess" is entirely French, we most likely came from England. I've learned the French Catholics were insistent and strict. Several families immigrated to England, Germany, and several other European countries. I suspect that's why there are so many derivations leaving out the "C" or the last "S".
I'd love to share this with all interested and I invite you to help make this family treasure more valuable for our children's children, etc.
My research began on the Internet, family Bible's, word-of-mouth and strokes of luck. There is still much more to be done and a trip to Cookeville, TN is definitely in my future.
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