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BOSDET FAMILY (maternal grandfather)

The Bosdet family can be traced back to the 1700s. They were English from the Isle of Jersey, with some ancestral roots from Normandy, France.
Thomas, Pierre, Jane and George were the first Bosdet’s to move to Arichat, Nova Scotia in 1842. Their son Pierre Bosdet married Mary Anne Fixott (Hanna Jaff’s great-great-great grandparents), she was also originally from Arichat and daughter of Dr. Charles Fixott, the first physician of Arichat.

Pierre Bosdet and Mary Anne Fixott had seven children, both were involved in social causes for the less fortunate. In fact, their contribution was so great that St. John, an Anglican Church, still has a stained glass window on which their names are visible, and also the road they used to live on was named “Bosdet Point” in the memory of the family.  Their eldest son Charles Henry Bosdet Fixott (Hanna Jaff’s great-great grandfather), was the first to be born in North America in Bosdet history. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal and soon after that joined a Swedish telephone company, Ericsson.

Charles Henry Bosdet’s job brought him to Mexico, as he was tasked with establishing the first telephone in the country. During the government of Porfirio Diaz, he established the first telephone line between Castle of Chapultepec and National Palace on February 16, 1878 and then went on to establish around 5000 lines more in the Mexico.

Soon after Charles Henry Bosdet Fixott settled in the city of Puebla, Mexico, he met Susana Miller, the daughter of an Englishman from Manchester, they married and had three children- Enrique Nieves (Hanna Jaff’s great grandfather), Charles Lewis, and José Enrique Ernesto Tomas.

All three children of Charles Henry Bosdet Fixott worked initially in the mines of Zacatecas before parting ways to pursue their own respective dreams. His eldest son, Enrique Nieves, left Puebla for Mexico City, where he married Angela Virginia Quirós Labastida, and worked at the Pullman Railway Company. Charles, his second son, moved to Victoria, Canada with his wife and children, his third son José Enrique moved to Monterrey- got married but had no children.

Enrique and Virginia, had five children: Virginia, Susana, Enrique, Carlos Manuel (Hanna Jaff’s grandfather) and Ernesto. Carlos Manuel Bosdet Quiros born in Mexico City where he met Josefina Luz González Chávez from Chihuahua and had five children including: Martha Estela, Susana Lilia, Lilia Laura (Hanna Jaff’s mother), Diana Velia, and Carlos Enrique. Carlos Manuel Bosdet Quirós was a businessman and entrepreneur. It was not until late 1950s that they decided to move to Tijuana, Baja California where the family still lives today.

Virginia’s brother, Manuel Quirós Labastida, was municipal president of Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico), being the 2nd mayor in the history of Tijuana, from November 1, 1956 to October 31, 1959, for the Partido Institutional Revolutionary. Today, there is a primary school that bears his name in Tijuana.

This is just a short summary of the Bosdet Family, below you will find National Archives of Tlaxcala- Mexico, family tree, memorials, articles, videos, museum acknowledgments, photographs, and documents.

Of English origin and after transiting through different regions of Europe and later the United States, the Bosdets would settle in Mexico, where due to their human quality and great preparation, they managed to leave their mark on the history of this country.

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On July 26, 2014 at the Historical Archive of Tlaxcala, which contains the history of negotiations phone from my great great grandfather Charles H. Bosdet.

On July 29, 2014 was the memorial of my great great grandfather Charles Henry Bosdet, who brought and introduced the first phone to Mexico. The month of August the exhibition will be at the Museum of Palacio de Cortes in Cuernavaca, Morelos.


Enrique Nieves Bosdet


Wedding Enrique Nieves Bosdet Miller y Angela Virginia Bosdet Labastida



Manuel Quirós Labastida

Moment in which Manuel Quirós Labastida, Municipal President of the II City Council of Tijuana, unveils the plaque that gives name to Constitución Street, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.


Charles Henry Bosdet





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