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includes surname variants of de Hoese, de Huse, de Husee, Easey, Essee, Essey, Hesey, Hessay, Hessey, Hissey, Hissie, Hizzey, Hizzie, Hizzy, Hoese, Hosey, Huse, de Husee, Husee, Huseye, Hussey, Hussy, Husy, Hyseha, Hyssie, Hyssy, Izey, Izzey, Izzy

This painting is an artist's impression of the original church in St. Mary's, Beenham

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Name History and Origin for EZZY and EZZEY

The name of EZZY and EZZEY in Australia originated with the arrival of a Convict indicted as William IZZY, who was christened on 23 Feb 1768 in Church of England Parish Church of Beenham (Berkshire) as William HIZZY to his parents William HIZZY (christened HYSSIE) and Mary (nee GOLDING).

Our forebearer may still prove to be Thomas HYSSYE quite possibly a descendant of Hubert (Hugh) HUSSEY who came over from Normandy with William the Conquerer and married Hellen, the illegitimate daughter of William's uncle Richard Ill, 5th Duke of Normandy. However, that's a 500 year gap to prove!!

Meaning of the Name HUSSEY

Spelling variations include de Hoese, de Husee, de Husee, Easey, Essee, Essey, Ezzy, Ezzey, Hesey, Hessay, Hessey, Hissey, Hissie, Hizzie, Hizzey, Hizzy, Hoese, Hosey, Huse, Husee, Huseye, Hussey, Hussy, Husy, Hyseha, Hyssie, Hyssy, Izey, Izzey, Izzy.
As the majority of people didn't write we are at the mercy of the Rector of the time in each parish.

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic O hEodhusa 'descendant of Eodhus'; this was the name of a bardic family associated with the Maguires of Fermanagh, also Anglicized as Oswell, Oswald.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Houssaye in Seine-Maritime, so called from a collective noun from Old French hous 'holly'.
English: nickname for a woman who was mistress of her own household, from Middle English husewif (a compound of Old English hus 'house' + wif 'woman'). It was not until the 17th century that this word acquired pejorative connotations.
Source : Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4.

Name History and Origin for HISSEY

Our earliest known connection to the HISSEY name is this baptism on 24 March 1671 of our ancestor William [Source : Parish Records extracted by Stan Hissey of Reading, Berkshire] which is the first known record of this name in Beedon.

My EZZY and EZZEY ancestry is via the line of my late father. My father's paternal ancestry has been traced back to William b.1767 - Beenham, Berkshire, England a descendant of William (baptised 24 March 1671) in Beedon, Berkshire, England, a son to John and Mary. John and Mary also christened a daughter Elizabeth in Beedon on 20 Feb 1673. Elizabeth married Thomas WEAVMAND in Beedon, Berkshire on 9 Apr 1699. John possibly married again in Beedon to Anne FIELD on 15 Feb 1706, however no burial is known for Mary. John may have been the John HISSEY who was buried in Beedon on 27 May 1715 and it is believed that Ann HISSEY (nee FIELD) is the Ann HISSEY who was buried in Beedon on 7 Oct 1726.

History and Origins for the name HUSSEY

The Husseys' living in England and lreland are reputed to descend from Hubert Hussey who came over from Normandy with William the Conquerer. He married Hellen, the illegitimate daughter of William's uncle Richard III, 5th Duke of Normandy. Hussey families were associated with various manors in Berkshire in the time of Edward I, but were mainly in Kent, Dorset, Shropshire and Ireland. It was at the Battle of Hastings on 14 Oct 1066 William of Normandy 'William the Conqueror' seized power. Ancestor of the Husseys of Dorset and Kent. [Falaise Roll, p. 121

Name History and Origin for HUSSY

The College of Heralds have found evidence of the name HUSSY being used in the various counties of England [none in Scotland] and in some cases, the year when the name first appears in Records. They are:- ca 1614 Nottinghamshire: 1623 Shropshire: 1623 Dorset: 1634 Lincolnshire: 1633 London: Sussex: Yorkshire: Kent: Wiltshire: Somerset: Dorset: Devon: Middlesex: Hampshire: Ireland: & Berkshire. [Source : Grace Douglass].

Places of Origin of our HISSEY / HYSSIE Lineage


BERKSHIRE - a county to the west of London comprising the Thames and Kennet Valleys and the Berkshire Downs - began life in the mid-7th century when a kinsman of Cenwalh, King of Wessex, received from his Royal relative a large tract of land roughly approximating to the north and western parts of the county. As a local name, Berkshire first appeared two centuries later, when the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded events for the troubled year AD 860:
'In [King Aethelbert's] days came a large [Viking] naval force up into the country and stormed Winchester. But Alderman Osric, with the command of Hampshire and Ealderman Ethelwulf, with the command of Berkshire, fought against the enemy and putting them to flight, made themselves masters of the field of battle.'

Beedon, Parish in the hundred of Faircross, Berkshire

BEEDON, a parish in the hundred of Faircross, in the county of Berks, 2 miles to the S. of East Ilsley. Beedon is less than 4 miles from Hampstead Norreys. Farms on the west side of Hampstead Norreys have been known to use fields from farms in Beedon. It includes the tything of Stanmore, county Berks, 2 miles S.W. of East Ilsley.
From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

Beenham or Beenham Vallence Parish, in the hundred of Reading, Berkshire

BEENHAM, (or Beenham Vallence) - [Refer Beenham Valence: St Mary, Beenham (Present day Church Built in 1859) ], a parish in the hundred of Reading, in the county of Berks, 8 miles to the W. of Reading. It lies a little to the north of the river Kennet, and the Kennet and Avon canal.
From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868).

Hampstead Norris or Hamstead Norreys, Berkshire. A Parish in the hundred of Faircross

Hampstead Norreys is the adjoining Parish to Beedon, and the villages are only a couple of miles apart. Regarding the spelling of Hampstead Norreys - at one end of the village it is spelt "eys" the other "is". HAMPSTEAD NORRIS, (or Hamstead Norreys) a parish in the hundred of Faircross, county Berks, 7 miles N.E. of Newbury, its post town, and 3 S.E. of Ilsley. The parish, which is very extensive, is situated on a branch of the river Thames, and contains the hamlets of Hermitage, Little Hungerford, Bottomstead, World's End, and Eling. From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland.

Reading , A Wealthy Merchant Town in Tudor Times

READING, in the county town of Berkshire, is about eight miles or 12 klm from Beenham, which is about 5 miles from Hampstead Norreys. A Market town comprising the parishes of St. Mary, St. Lawrence, and St. Giles in the town and hundred of Reading. WM Childs 'The Story of the Town of Reading' (1905) advises :
Reading as it was about the end of Queen Elizabeth I's long reign (1558-1603) and the beginning of the Stuart period. The cloth trade was then at the height of its prosperity. It is not likely, however, that, in 1600, Reading contained more than about 5,000 people. Most of them dwelt within the space marked out by Old Street (now St. Mary's Butts and West Street), Friar Street, the Market Place and the Hallowed Brook. There were, however, a good many houses in Castle Street and in London Street. In 1610, there were no regular places of worship other than the three old parish churches. Though it is possible that, as early as this date, a few people may have been in the habit of meeting together privately to worship God in their own way, since it is known that, more than a century before 1610, there were a few Lollards (followers of John Wycliffe) in Reading. Much traffic, consisting chiefly of pack-horses and wagons, passed through the town along the western road from Bristol to London, and also along the road which led over Caversham Bridge to Oxford. Many barges passed to and from Reading by the Kennet and the Thames. Reading, in fact, had now become the chief town in Berkshire and many observers praised the handsomeness of its streets and houses.

Stanford In The Vale, Berkshire

Stanford is a considerable distance from Beedon, and no trace of the Hisseys at that time has been found in Stanford. The next search will be for the Wantage area

Some Notable HUSSEY's

HISSEY descendants in England

William (chr 21 Jul 1734 in Church of England Parish Church of Hampstead-Norris, Berkshire, England, was the son of John (chr 10 Nov 1699 in Beedon, Berkshire) and Mary HISSEY (nee TUCKER chr 20 Oct 1700 in Church of England Parish Church of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire, England to parents Richard TUCKER (1663) and Joane nee TAME who died in 1702). He married Mary GOLDING (chr 24 Nov 1734 to parents Robert & Dorothy GOLDING in Beenham, Berkshire, England). William and Mary had seven children, William (1767) our direct ancestor who married Jane FLOYD, Richard his twin (1767), Charles who married Ann SARGOOD, John HISSEY married Hannah GRANTHAM, James HISSEY who married Elizabeth SARGOOD, Thomas and Edward.

Thanks to Stan Hissey of Reading, Berkshire we know that our HISSEY line continues in England today, as Stan's branch of the family comes through William's brother John HISSEY(b.1770 in Beenham, Berkshire) who married Hannah Grantham. They had several children including John HISSEY (born 1 Feb 1800) in Beenham, Berkshire who married an Ann Froud and they had several children. One was called Richard HISSEY (born 13 Feb 1836) in Beenham, Berkshire) and in 1836 he married Ann Butler and they also had several children and in the 1881 Census resided at "Kidmore End Hemmings Cottage", Caversham, Oxford, England. Their son Ernest was born 5 May 1877 (Stan's great-grandfather) and he was killed in the First world war at a place called Arras. He married Frances Temple and their second child was William George Richard (Stan's grandfather) born 16 August 1905, who was killed in the Lancastria disaster about two weeks after Dunkirk in 1940.

Our EZZY ancestors immigration to Australia

William EZZY arrived in Sydney Cove as a Convict on the ship 'Royal Admiral' on Sunday 7th Oct 1792.

Our EZZY and EZZEY families life in Australia

This section will be completed as soon as possible

The following EZZY names appear in Rod & Wendy Gow's book titled 'World War 1 Hawkesbury Heroes volume 1' which is also available at the Windsor library
Ezzy Arthur ; Ezzy Arthur Mr & Mrs ; Ezzy L ; Ezzy L Tpr ; Ezzy Lou ; Ezzy Lou Tpr ; Ezzy P N ; Ezzy P Pte ; Ezzy Percy ; Ezzy Percy Cpl ; Ezzy Percy Pte ; Ezzy Sgt ; Ezzy Urtle Hilton Pte ; Ezzy W and Ezzy W J.

Spouse Families


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