Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler

Christopher Hussey was baptized 18 February 1598/9 in Dorking, Surrey, England, the son of John Hussey and Mary Wood or Moor.

Christopher married Theodate Bachiler. Theodate was the daughter of Rev. Stephen Bachiler by his first wife. Her name means “gift of God” in Greek. Family tradition states that Christopher and Theodate met in Holland, where they had sought refuge from religious persecution, and that Theodate’s father would not let her marry Christopher unless he agreed to go to America with him (this story has been disputed).

Christopher, Theodate, Theodate’s parents, and Christopher’s mother sailed on the William and Francis to New England in 1632. There, they settled in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. Christopher was made a freeman there in 1634. They moved to Newbury, Essex, Masssachusetts in 1636. Christopher was made a selectman in 1637.

The Bachilers and Husseys were among the original settlers and grantees of Hampton, Norfolk, Massachusetts (now Rockingham County, New Hampshire) in 1638. Christopher was the “most prominent man in early Hampton”.  He served as a lot layer, deacon, moderator, town clerk, selectman, juror, and representative. He became a lieutenant in 1653 and a captain in 1664. Christopher “was empowered to join in marriage, persons within limits of Hampton, if published previously”. In 1679, he was appointed by the King to be one of the Councillors of the newly-formed colony of New Hampshire.

Theodate died 8 month 1649 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Christopher was one the proprietors who purchased land on Nantucket from Thomas Mayhew in 1649, though he doesn’t seem to have settled there. He later gave his interest in the island to his sons Stephen and John. Shortly afterwards, Christopher became involved in supporting Robert Pike to the displeasure of the Court. Pike “espoused the cause of Macy and Peasley”, who supported the establishment of a new church in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Christopher and his sons “were inclined to the Quaker doctrines”. In 1674, he and his son John were admonished for involvement with a Quaker meeting. Later, that year, Christopher was again admonished for attending a Quaker meeting in Boston. He was also fined for not attending chuch meetings.

Christopher married second Ann Capon (widow of Jeffrey Mingay) 9 December 1658. In 1683, Christopher and eighteen other men, all over the age of 70, petitioned to be exempt from a head tax.

Christopher's will was made 26 February 1684/5 with a codicil made on 28 October. He died 6 March 1685/6 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, about the age of 90 and was buried 8 March at Hampton. There is a family legend that he was a castaway off the coast of Florida and died there at the hands of cannibals but primary records show that this is false and that he did die peacefully in Hampton.

Christopher and Theodate's children are:[1]

  1. John Hussey, baptized “the last day of ye last mo: Ao 1635”[2] in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, married Rebecca Perkins 2 September 1659, settled in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire and then Newcastle, Newcastle, Delaware, a Quaker preacher, owned Nonesuch plantation, yeoman, member of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1696, will was dated 8 May 1707. 
  2. Stephen Hussey, said to have been baptized by his grandfather Stephen Bachiler (though this has been disputed), voyaged on the ocean and settled in Barbados, then Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, and finally Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Martha Bunker 8 October, 1676, yeoman, freeholder of Sherburne, a representative to the General Court, organizer of the Society of Friends (Quakers) on Nantucket, will dated 17th 5th month 1716, died 2nd 2 month (2 Apr) 1718 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, buried in the Friends Burial Ground, Nantucket, Massachusetts. 
  3. Mary Hussey, baptized 2 Apr 1638 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, married 1) Thomas Page 21 Jan 1664/5 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, 2) Henry Green 10 Mar 1690/1 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, and 3) Capt. Henry Dow 10 Nov 1704 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. 
  4. Theodata Hussey, baptized 23 Aug 1640 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, died 20 Oct 1649 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. 
  5. Huldah Hussey, married John Smith 26 Feb 1666/7 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.


  1. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925.
  2. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
  3. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.
  4. Noyes, Sybil, Libby, Charles Thornton, and Davis, Walter Goodwin, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Portland, Maine:  The Southward Press, 1928.
  5. Sanborn, Victor Channing, The Grantees and Settlement of Hampton, N. H., Essex Institute Historical Collections, 53 - (1917), pgs. 228-49.
  6. Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Salem, MA, 1893, pgs. 146-7.
  7. The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Hussey, LDS FHL Microfilm # 1561672:
  8. Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation,, 2001.
  9. Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.

Vital Records: Births

Nantucket Births

Page 187
Stephen, husband of Martha (daughter of George Bunker and Jane), son of Capt. Christopher (son of John of England) and Theodate (Bachelder), —, 1630 [in Lynn], P. R. 38.[3]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925. 

Vital Records: Marriages

Nantucket Marriages


Page 80
Stephen and Martha Bunker, October 8, 1676.[4] [Stephen, son of Capt. Christopher and Theodate (Bachelder), and Martha Bunker, daughter of George and Jane Godfrey, P. R. 38.]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927. 

Vital Records: Deaths

Nantucket Deaths


Page 373
Stephen, 2d, 2 mo. 1718. [husband of Martha (daughter of George Bunker and Jane), son of Capt. Christopher (son of John of England) and Theodate (Bachelder), P. R. 38. ]

Source: Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire

Hussey,a Wiltshire and Somersetshire name.
Capt. Christopher (5, Mrs. Mary Hussey), Hampton, original settler 6 September 1638 with his mother and father-in-law Rev. Stephen Batchelder (5), whose footsteps he followed after marrying his daughter Theodate, meeting her by family tradition in Holland; coming on the same William & Francis which arrived 5 June 1632; settled first at Saugus (Lynn); freeman 14 May 1634; Newbury, property 1637; Hampton Commissioner to end small causes 22 May 1639, the first of many times; lot layer 31 October; called present Deacon 30 June 1640; Moderator 1641, 1663-4, 1672; Town Clerk 1650-3; Selectman 1650, 1658, 1664, 1669. Often trial and Grand juror, and foreman. Confirmed Lieutenant 14 June 1653, Captain 11 October 1664. Representative 1658, 1659, 1660, 1672; Councillor 1679 until Cranfield came in. Lists 391ab, 392abc, 393ab, 53, 394, 54, 48, 50, 397b, 398. Nantucket proprietor July 1659, sold there to his sons in 1671 and 1681. In April 1674 he and son John were admonished for breach of the law called Quakers meeting. Colcord deposes that her father gave them all his cattle, goods and debts on going back to England, indicating his wife lived beyond that time; ould Mistris Husse’s daughter seated March 1649-50, List 393a; and it was 9 December 1658 before he married 2d Ann, widow of Jeffrey Mingay. She died 24 June 1680. His will 26 February 1684-5, codicil at Salisbury 28 October, d. 6 March 1685-6, about 90. Children: Stephen. John, baptized at Lynn last day last month 1635. Mary, baptized at Newbury 2 April 1638, married 1st Thos. Page, 2d Hon. Henry Green (7), 3d Capt. Henry Dow (3). Theodate, baptized Hampton 23 August 1640, not in will, doubtless she who died in 1649. Hannah,[5] born about 1643, married John Smith.

Source:  Noyes, Sybil, Libby, Charles Thornton, and Davis, Walter Goodwin, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Portland, Maine:  The Southward Press, 1928.

Great Migration

Christopher Hussey

ORIGIN: Dorking, Surrey
REMOVES: Newbury by 1638, Hampton 1639
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Lynn church prior to 14 May 1634 implied by freemanship. He certainly remained a member of Bachiler’s church as it moved about, and in Hampton became deacon [Hampton Hist 760].
FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:369].
EDUCATION: He signed his deeds and his will. His inventory included “one Bible” valued at 5s. and “one book” valued at 5s.
OFFICES: Deputy for Hampton to Massachusetts Bay General Court, 19 May 1658, 11 May 1659, 30 May 1660, 19 December 1660, 15 May 1672 [MBCR 4:1:321, 364, 416, 449, 4:2:507]. Empowered to marry at Hampton, 18 October 1659 [MBCR 4:1:382-83]. Magistrate, 7 September 1680, 7 June 1681, 6 December 1681, 5 September 1682 [NHPP 40:361, 374, 379, 389]. Empowered to end small causes for Hampton, 22 May 1639, 2 June 1641, 13 October 1663, 10 October 1665, 13 April 1669, 12 October 1669 [MBCR 1:259, 329; EQC 3:100, 280, 4:131, 186]. Highway committee, April 1665 [EQC 3:253]. As “Lt. Hussie,” committee to lay out colony land, 12 November 1659, 16 October 1660 [MBCR 4:1:403, 440].
    He was lieutenant and then captain of the train band in Hampton.
ESTATE: A copy of the book of abatements for Hampton was brought to court in November 1679, indicating that Christopher Hussey of Hampton had been granted one hundred and fifty acres of upland, meadow and marsh, for a farm [EQC 7:285].
    On 2 April 1681 Christopher Hussey of Hampton granted to his son John Hussey of Hampton one half acre of land of “my farm in Hampton” in a place convenient for the setting up of a grist mill [NHPLR A:65; EIHC 49:34-35]. On 8 April 1673, Edward Colcord, aged about fifty-six and William Fifield deposed that “when Mr. Steven Batcheller of Hampton was upon his voyage to England they heard him say to his son-in-law Mr. Christopher Hussey that as Hussey had no dowry with Batcheller’s daughter when he married her, and that he had given to said Hussey all his estate” [Essex Ant 5:173, citing Old Norfolk County Records].
    He was one of the eight purchasers of Nantucket in 1659, and in 1671 sold his land to his sons John and Stephen [Nantucket Land 53, 69]. On 6 December 1681 Christopher Hussey confirmed a deed of 23 October 1671 in which he had sold all his lands and rights on the island of Nantucket to his sons Stephen Hussey and John Hussey [NHPLR 3:168a].
    In his will, dated 28 February 1684/5 and proved 7 October 1686, “Christopher Husy ... in health of body ... & yet being stricken in years” bequeathed to “my two sons Steeven Husy & John Husy my farm ... the hundred & fifty acres of meadow & upland granted me by the town as also fifty acres more of marsh which I bought adjacent to it” in equal parts “only they paying to my daughter Mary” as follows: to “my daughter Mary Husy now wife of Thomas Page my seven acres of meadow ... & that piece of meadow through which the highway lieth, and also two shares in the ox common and also two shares of cows common ... also ... my son John Smith shall pay her 30 and my two sons John & Steeven shall pay her 40 apiece”; to “my daughter Hulda in the like manner all the rest of my lands and housing & common rights in the town of Hampton and all the household stuff ... remaining ... my house & all in it or with it with all the land adjacent and the planting lot & three acres meadow lot toward the spring, two shares in the ox common & two shares in the cow common & do order & appoint that he [John Smith] shall pay to my daughter Mary 30 toward her pension”; “my daughter Mary” to have her part of the land immediately after “my decease” and the 30 from “my son John Smith the husband of my daughter Hulda” to be paid two years after “my death” and the other two sons to pay her within the end of two years next; “in case of failure she my said daughter shall have in lieu thereof thirty acres of the farm”; “my said sons Steven and John” having paid Mary the said sum, to have the farm in equal portions, “only my son John shall not be ... hindered of what have built on nor his building accounted in the valuing of the farm”; “upon further consideration ... my said daughter Mary’s choice whether she will have the land aforementioned in the farm or the 80 of my two sons Steeven & John Husy”; “my son John Husy & my son John Smith” joint executors, and if they die “my daughter Mary” and if she die, then “my son Steephen”; “my trusty friends Major Richard Waldron & Major Robt. Pike” overseers [NHPP 31:287-89]. In a codicil dated 28 October 1685 (at Salisbury) “upon a considering of some dubiousness in the expression of some things in this my will” the common rights to go proportionally to the inheritors with the inherited land [NHPP 31:289].
    The inventory of the estate of Capt. Christopher Hussey, taken 25 March 1686, totalled 651 13s., including 589 in real estate: “house, orchard & land adjoining,” 42; “12 acres of pasture land,” 20; “planting land,” 28; “Spring Meadows,” 30; “7 acres of meadow,” 14; “meadow towards Boulter’s,” 6; “4 shares at the ox commons,” 24; “4 shares cow pasture,” 30; “land at the new plantation,” 15; “land in the north division,” 6; “the upland in the farm,” 200; “50 acres of meadow belonging to the farm,” 100; “a lot of marsh, 40 acres,” 60; and “a lot of marsh, 15 acres,” 24 [NHPLR 1:318-19; NHPP 31:290].
BIRTH: Baptized Dorking, Surrey, 18 February 1598/9, son of John and Mary (Wood) Hussey [GDMNH 365].
DEATH: Hampton [7?] March 1685/6 “being about 90 years of age” [HampVR 9].
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1635 Theodate Bachiler, born say 1610, daughter of STEPHEN BACHILER; “Theodata Husse the wife of Christopher Husse died in the 8th mo[nth] 1649” at Hampton [HampVR 557].
    (2) Hampton 9 December 1658 Ann (Capon) Mingay [HampVR 74, 556]. She had married first Denton, Norfolk, 30 September 1630 Jeffrey Mingay [NHGR 8:148]. She died at Hampton 24 June 1680 [HampVR 117].
With first wife
ii. JOHN, bp. Lynn 29 February 1635[/6?] [HampVR 3; “the last day of the last month” - the day of the month depends on the interpretation of the double-date, since 1636 was a leap year; note that the year chosen here would result in a two-year gap before the birth of the next child]; m. Hampton 21 September 1659 Rebecca Perkins [HampVR 74, 556].
iii. MARY, bp. Newbury 2 April 1638 [HampVR 3]; m. (1) Hampton 21 January 1664[/5] Thomas Page [HampVR 75, 556]; m. (2) Hampton 10 March 1690/1 Henry Green [HampVR 1:78]; m. (3) Hampton 10 November 1704 Henry Dow [HampVR 1:58]. (On 23 April 1706 “Mary Dow of Hampton ... with the consent of my now husband Henry Dow of Hampton” sold to Hezekiah Jennings two shares of land in the north division, fifty acres, “given to me by my honored father Christopher Hussey of Hampton aforesaid late deceased” [NHPLR 5:197].)
iv. THEODATA, bp. Hampton 23 August 1640 [HampVR 3]; d. Hampton 20 October 1649 “Theodata the daughter of Christopher Husse died the 20th of October 1649” [HampVR 557].
v. STEPHEN, b. say 1643; m. Nantucket 8 October 1676 Martha Bunker.
vi. HULDA, b. say 1646; m. Hampton 26 February 1666[/7] John Smith [HampVR 75, 556]. [GDMNH absentmindedly calls this child “Hannah.”]
ASSOCIATIONS: The widow Mary Hussey who appears in early Hampton records is almost certainly mother of Christopher [GDMNH 364-65].
COMMENTS: In 1686 “Captain Henry Dow wrote in cipher in his diary for Monday, Mar. 8, that he was `at Captain Hussey’s burial.’ It is therefore certain that he died in Hampton and was not, as stated by Savage, cast away off the coast of Florida” [Hampton Hist 760].
    All sources give Stephen as the eldest child of Christopher and Theodate (Bachiler) Hussey, and claim that this couple had married in England prior to 1632 and came to New England with Reverend STEPHEN BACHILER. There is no evidence, however, for placing Stephen as the eldest child, and his marriage date of 1676, and other records, argue for a date of birth in the 1640s, and so he has been placed here as the fourth of five children. Thus John becomes the eldest child, which is consistent with the page of baptisms, apparently kept by Stephen Bachiler as he travelled from Lynn to Newbury to Hampton, where John is the first child baptized, at Lynn in 1636. (This also puts the lie to the myth that in the first week he was at Lynn Bachiler had baptized his own grandson Stephen Hussey before the child of another couple.)
    If John was the eldest child, then his parents need not have married earlier than 1635, and Hussey may not have met his wife until both were in New England. This would remove any evidence that Bachiler and Hussey would have been associated in England, and so any evidence that they might have sailed together in 1632. Since the earliest record of Hussey in New England is his admission to freemanship on 14 May 1634, we need not assume that he had arrived any earlier than 1633.
    If Theodate Bachiler did not marry until about 1635, then she need not have been born until about 1615, although her birth could have been earlier (but certainly not so early as 1588, as claimed by GDMNH and others). Her given name is a Greek construct meaning “gift of God,” which would be appropriate for a child born to a woman at the end of her child-bearing period, long after all her other children had been born. Aside from Theodate, the youngest known Bachiler child was Ann, who was born about 1601. We argue here that Theodate was born several years after Ann, and have chosen somewhat arbitrarily 1610 as her year of birth.
    Savage and Dow have included a son Joseph, but this derives from an error in Dow’s list of representatives from Hampton to the General Court, which gives a Joseph Hussey in 1672, a misreading for Christopher Hussey [Hampton Hist 566].
    On 11 October 1664 “Mr.” Christopher Hussey was bound to pay Jno. Mason, his apprentice, 4 at the end of his apprenticeship [EQC 3:202].

Sources cited above:
Hampton Hist      Joseph Dow, History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire: From Its Settlement in 1638,
                              To The Autumn of 1892 (Salem 1893)
Essex Ant          The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 1 through 13, Sidney Perley, ed. (Salem 1897-1909)
Nantucket Land  Henry Barnard Worth, Nantucket Lands and Land Owners (Bowie, Maryland, 1992)
NHPLR               New Hampshire Provincial Deeds, New Hampshire Division of Records Management and
                              Archives, Concord, New Hampshire
NHPP                 Provincial Papers, Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New Hampshire from
                              1686 to 1722, 40 volumes, Nathaniel Boulton, ed. (Manchester, N.H., 1867-1943)
GDMNH              Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of
                              Maine and New Hampshire (Portland, Maine, 1928-1939; rpt. Baltimore 1972)
HampVR            Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire To The End of the Year 1900, Vol. 1, George
                              Freeman Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, eds. (Boston 1992)
NHGR                New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Volume 1 through present (1903-1910; 1990+)
MBCR               Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686,
                             Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., 5 volumes in 6 (Boston 1853-1854)
EQC                   Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, 9
                             volumes (Salem 1911-1975)
EIHC                    Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 1 to present (1859+)

Source:  Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. 

The Grantees and Settlement of Hampton, N. H.

The Grantees and Settlement of Hampton, N. H.
By Victor Channing Sanborn—Kenelworth, Ill.

    New England genealogy seldom offers insoluble problems. In our more distinguished families there are few members who cannot, with some effort, be connected with the parent line. This is complicated, in the case of our middle-class families, by removals to distant settlements, and by no special desire on the part of the emigrant to keep in touch with his kindred. But the first migration to New England, breaking off all ties, makes the attempt to prove a connection most difficult, — and yet it is a task worthy the efforts of our best genealogical students.
    That little band, the first settlers of Winnicunnet (afterwards called Hampton) was composed of at least two diverging groups. Search must be made in Southern England (Hampshire and Wiltshire) and in Eastern England (Norfolk and Suffolk) to find the homes of these men. They came from Newbury, Ipswich and Watertown, under the leadership of Stephen Bachiler.
    The first authentic record is found in the list of those who presented their petition to the General Court of Massachusetts at that session which began on 6 September, 1638.
“The Court grants that the petitioners, Mr. Steven Bachiler, Christo: Hussey, Mary Hussey vidua, Tho: Crumwell, Samuel Skullard, John Osgood, John Crosse, Samu: Greenfeild, John Molton, Tho: Molton, Willi: Estow, Willi: Palmer, Willi: Sergant, Richrd Swayne, Willi: Sanders, Robrt Tucke, wth divers others, shall have liberty to begin a plantation at Winnacunnet”.&c.[6]
The first six grantees were all from the south or west of England. The last ten were probably from Norfolk or Suffolk. The “divers other”, being unnamed, we may not assign, but they probably included others of Bachiler’s neighbors or kinsmen, among them being his three Samborne grandchildren. Let us set forth briefly what has been found concerning the sixteen grantees, as to their life here and their English ancestry.
    1. STEPHEN BACHILER. An Oxford graduate of St. John’s in 1585-6; the disestablished vicar of Wherwell in Hampshire; and a “notorious inconformist”. The main facts about his life have already been printed.  He was the founder of Hampton in New England, and the first Pastor of the Hampton church.[7]
    2. CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY [Christo: Hussey]. He was the most prominent man in early Hampton. Concerning his life in New England there is little to add to Dow’s excellent account[8], but I question his having had a son Joseph, Deputy to the General Court in 1672[9]. No such son appears in Hussey’s will of 1685[10]. Captain Christopher Hussey filled nearly every office which the town or province could grant, and I believe the Deputy of 1672 was the Captain himself. [Editor’s note: This “son” Joseph comes from a misreading by Joseph Dow of a record of Hampton Representatives to the General Court. The actual record reads “Christopher” Hussey, not “Joseph”.] The Hussey blood still exists[11] in Hampton, through the marriages of Christopher Hussey’s daughters; but both his sons removed from Hampton. Stephen Hussey went to Nantucket (of which island his father was one of the purchasers from Mayhew in 1659) and became the ancestor of a long line of Husseys[12]. John Hussey went to Newcastle, Delaware, in 1692, and died there in 1707, leaving sons and daughters.[13]
    Hussey and his sons were inclined to the Quaker doctrines, though the Captain seems never to have joined that sect definitely. Both sons had been fined for nonattendance at the Hampton church[14], and in 1674 Captain Hussey and his son John, with eleven other Hampton men, were admonished for their “breach of the law called Quaker’s meeting”.[14] In the same year Stephen Hussey was admonished for attending a Quaker’s meeting at Boston.[15]
    Christopher Hussey married circa 1630, Theodate, daughter of Stephen Bachiler; she died “8th mo: 1648”, and he married (2) at Hampton, 9 Dec., 1658, Ann, widow of Jeffrey Mingay.[16] There is no doubt that Hussey stood manfully by his father-in-law Bachiler through the Hampton disturbances, and helped to fit him for his return voyage to England in 1654.[17]
    As manfully, Hussey and his nephew John Samborne, stood by Robert Pike in his contest with the Bay oligarchs in 1653; and, refusing to recant what they had stated in petition, were placed under bonds.[18]
    Hussey’s exact age, and the place of his birth, are still undiscovered. There were Husseys in Winchester, and there was a family of the name in Whiteparish, the home of the Pikes and Rolfes.[19] It would seem natural that Hussey came from the same part of England as did Bachiler and the Pikes. His relationship to the one, and his long friendship with the other, argue a nearness in origin. But he has been identified with a Christopher Hussey who was baptized at Dorking in Surrey in l599.[20] Dorking is fifty miles northeast of Whiteparish, Winchester and Wherwell. The parish register of Dorking contains the marriage of John Hussey and Marie Moor (or Wood) on 5 Dec., 1593, and the baptisms of their three children:[21]
ii. John, baptized 29 April, 1596; buried 8 Nov., 1597.
iii. Christopher, baptized 18 Feb., 1598-9.
iv. Marie, baptized 31 Jan., 1601-2.
    That our Christopher Hussey was born in 1599 seems corroborated by Nathaniel Weare’s statement made during the Masonian troubles in 1685, — he knew Hussey (as one of the sufferers) to be eighty-six years old.[22] The record of Hussey’s death at Hampton[23] is not adverse: —
    “Captain Christopher Hussey died the “sxt” day of March 1685-6, being about 90 years old; entred [interred] the 8th of March, 1685-6.”
    Many of the statements as to Hussey’s life seem to rest on the authority of Alonzo Lewis, the historian of Lynn. Hussey was said to have settled in Lynn in 1630; but no record is found of his being there before 1632. Hussey was said to have been cast away on the coast of Florida; Dow shows that this cannot be so. It is said that Bachiler refused to consent to the marriage of his daughter Theodate until Hussey agreed to go to New England, where Bachiler was preparing to settle. As no original record vouches for these statements, we must regard them as examples of that crude genealogical guess-work in vogue sixty years ago.
    The difficulties attending a search for Hussey’s ancestry arise, curiously enough, from a surfeit of Christopher Husseys in England during the seventeenth century. The name is not common, and “Christopher Hussey” seems an unusual combination. Yet no less than six of the name appear.
1. The child baptized at Dorking in 1599 (See above).
2. A Christopher Hussey was Mayor of Winchester, Rants, in 1609, 1618 and 1631. He married (1) at St. Maurice, Winchester, 27 July, 1598, Margaret Emery, probably daughter of Richard Emery, a former mayor; (2) at Winchester Cathedral, 14 Feb., 1608, Amy Reniger, daughter of Archdeacon Michael Reniger; she was buried at the Cathedral, 20 Oct., 1608. Mayor Christopher Hussey died at Winchester in 1651. His will, dated 18 Dec., 1651, was proved in the Archdeacon’s court at Winchester 7 Feb., 1652, by the oath of Christopher Hussey, only child and executor. An abstract follows:
    “Daughter in law Mary Hussey. Son Christopher Hussey house where I live, with lease &c. for life of him and his wife, — then to John Hussey his son. Said John Hussey the garden on south side of my house which I hold of the city: also my house on the High Street where Will: Oram now lives, —  provided that his father and mother shall have it during their lives. Frances Hussey, my grandchild, my silver tankard &c. Margaret Hussey, my grandchild, 3 silver spoons &c. Mary Hussey, my grandchild, my great charger &c. The poor of St. Maurice, of Compton and of Kingsworthy. Grandson Robert Hussey 5 in hands of Mr. Edmund Rigge, to be kept till he accomplish age of 14 or 16, towards binding him apprentice, or else to age of 21. Grandson Christopher Hussey the same. Residue to son Christopher Hussey, Executor.” Witness Edmund Rigge, Katherin Crowch, Patience Wilsheer. “7 Feb., 1651-2: This will was proved in common form before Mr. John Holloway, substitute to the Rt Wpful Robt. Mason, Dr of Lawe & admon. granted to Christopher Hussey, son and sole exr., he having first taken the oath &c.”
    When I saw this will at Winchester 22 years ago, I thought our man was certainly found. Two Christopher Husseys, father and son, living within a dozen miles of Bachiler’s known home at Newton Stacey, seemed identification enough. But in 1651 both father and son were living, the latter with a wife Mary and six children! They may have been connections of our man, but he certainly could not have been either of them.
3. “Christopherus Hussey et Editha Minson, vid.” were married at Netherbury, Dorset, 21 June, 1619. (Dorset Marriage Registers, vol, VII, p. 84.)
4. A Christopher Hussey, gent., of St. Martin’s-in-the.Fields, Middx,[24] died in 1611, and his will was proved at P. C. C. in that year. (84 Wood). An abstract was printed in Essex Institute Coll., vol. 40, p. 298. He was not our man, and came probably from Westoning in Bedfordshire.
5. Sussex (adjoining Surrey on the south) had several families of Hussey, whose pedigrees were printed by Berry.[25] One of these families, located at Cuckfield, contains a Christopher Hussey, and the data given by Berry is confirmed by the Parish Register of Cuckfield[26]:

    1. JOHN HUSSEY, of Paynes in Cuckfield (son of John Hussey of Slinfold), d. 1600. Married (1) Joan Appesley; (2) Mary, dau. of Sir Thomas Wroth of Enfield. Children: —
                   i. George, of Slinfold.
2.                ii. Nathaniel, b. circa 1580.
                   iii. John, “clerk” in 1627; called by Berry “of Lincoln’s Inn”
                   iv. Robert, “one of the bridge masters in London”; said to have had 4 sons living in Barbadoes,
                   v. Thomas, “of Allhallows, Bread Street, grocer ”; m. and left descendants.
                   vi. Martha, m. at Cuckfield, 24 Nov., 1598, “Courtes Coales “.
                   vii. Lydia, m. —  Crabb.
                   viii. Ann, m. —  Street.
    2. NATHANIEL HUSSEY, of Leigh in Cuckfield. Died 1626~7;[27] married Mary, dan. of Richard Catelyn of Woolverstone in Suffolk[28] Children: —
                   i. Nathaniel, b. 1606; d, 1616.
                  ii. Marie, bapt. at Cuckfield 27 Sept., 1607; lvg. 1627.
                   iii. Deinise, b. and d. 1608.
                   iv. John, b. 1609; d. 1611.
                   v. Martha, b. and died 1610.
                   vi. George, bapt. at Cuckfield 8 Dec., 1611; lvg. 1627; m. twice.
        3.       vii. Christopher, bapt. at Cuckfield 8 Jan., 1614-15.
                   viii. Jane (or Joan), bapt. at Cuckfield 10 March, 1615-16; lvg. 1627.
                  ix. John, bapt. at Cuckfield 10 May, 1618; lvg. 1627.
                   x. Nathaniel, b. 1619; d. 1621.
                   xi. Ann, bapt. at Cuckfield 15 July, 1621; lvg. 1627.
                   xii,. Dorothy, b. 1622; d. 1624-5.
                   xiii. Elizabeth (no bapt. found); said by Berry to have “ob. in New England”.
                   xiv. Catherine (no bapt. found); lvg. 1627.
    3. CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY. Baptized at Cuckfield 8 Jan., 1614-15. Too young to have been our man, but the name may indicate some connection between the Cuckfield and Dorking Husseys. Said by Berry to have been of Gravesend, Kent. Perhaps ancestor of Christopher Hussey, D. D., Rector of West Wickham, Kent, in 1753.
6. Christopher Hussey was defendant in the Chancery Bill brought circa 1670 by Thomas Mayhew (Chancery Proc. bef. 1714, Bridges 410/163.) But the parties to this bill (which relates to a shipping business) were neither Thomas Mayhew of Martha’s Vineyard nor our Christopher Hussey of Hampton.

    ...From these notes it will be seen that of the fifteen original grantees who thus threw in their lot with Stephen Bachiler, two-thirds were from Eastern England. Of the remaining one-third, apparently neighbors of Bachiler in England, but two settled in Hampton. This disproportion between Bachiler’s own adherents (from Southern England) became greater before the settlement was actually begun, in 1639. Timothy Dalton, from Woolverstone in Suffolk, with a number of other East Englanders, joined the original band. Bachiler, in his letter of 26 Feb., 1644, scores roundly Dalton’s “abuse of the power of the church in his hand, by the major parte cleaveing to him, being his countrymen & acquaintance in old England”. Although the settlement (in Bachiler’s honor and at his request) was named Hampton, after Southampton in England, most of the settlers were allied by ties of blood or old friendship to the “reverend, grave and gracious Mr. Dalton”. And, as nearly all the Dalton party were freemen, and not all of Bachiler’s adherents, the voting power rested firmly with the majority. The excommunication of 1643 was, therefore, not surprising, although we descendants of Bachiler believe the charges were unfounded.
    It is indeed a matter of speculation why these East Englanders allied themselves with Bachiler’s adventure in 1638. His influence must have been great to induce them to leave the Norfolk and Suffolk settlements in Watertown and Ipswich. But the narrow limits of the Bay colony began to press too hardly upon the settlers who arrived in New England from 1635 to 1637, and a new settlement appealed to them. The unflagging energy of Bachiler commands our admiration, for to a man of seventy-seven the hardships of such a new settlement would not ordinarily appeal. He and his son-in-law Hussey were comfortably established at Newbury;[29] and must have been loth to leave that spot. But Bachiler, a confirmed egoist, was still seeking to found a colony of his own. As he says in his letter of 26 Feb., 1643: —[30]

“So, said I to my wife, considering what a calling I had some 14 yeres agon * * * thinking to have rested at Newtowne * * * the Lord shou’d me thence by another calling to Sagust, from Sagust to Newbury, then from Newbury to Hampton”.
    Truly, an uneasy, restless spirit, never to find that haven he dreamed of.
    It is worth noting that five of the sixteen grantees never settled in Hampton: Cromwell and Scullard remained in Newbury; Osgood removed to Andover; Sargent to Amesbury, while of Sanders we find no record.
    Dow argues that the settlement of Hampton was coeval [coincident] with the grant.[31] The records which I have seen lead me to believe that while some preparatory work may have been done in the fall of 1638, no actual settlement was made before the spring or summer of 1639. The first page of baptisms in the Hampton town records was evidently written by Bachiler himself. A copy from the Town Record, vol. I, fo. 72, follows: —
John the sonne of Christopher Hussey & Theodate his wife was baptized at Lin on the last day of ye last mo: Ao 1635.
Mary the daughter of the said Christopher & Theodate was baptized at Newbury on ye 2d of ye 2d month 1638...
    ...From this it will be seen that children were baptized by Bachiler in Newbury as late as March, 1639. The first baptism at Winnicunnet was probably in the summer of 1639. The first baptism under the new name of Hampton was in October, 1639.
    Winthrop records that the autumn of 1638 was marked with continuous rain and snow: and in December, 1638, a tempest of wind and snow exceeding all they had experienced. Many were frozen to death, and the high tides cast away several coasting vessels. The early months of 1639 were marked with like extremes of cold and a severe earthquake was felt. While this inclement weather did not, we may imagine, damp Bachiler’s spirit, it was not ideal for a new plantation. Arguing from these premises, we may conclude that the actual settlement was not made before May or June, 1639…

Source:  Sanborn, Victor Channing, The Grantees and Settlement of Hampton, N. H., Essex Institute Historical Collections, 53 - (1917), pgs. 228-49.

Austin's One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families


Dorking, Eng., Hampton, N.H.
1599, 2, 18. Baptized at Dorking. (His brother John had been baptized 1596, 4, 29, and died following year.
 He was for a time in Holland., where he became enamoured of Stephen Batchelder’s daughter, Theodate, and as her father would not consent to their marriage unless they accompanied him to New England, they were married and came in the same vessel with Stephen Batchelder.
1632, 6, 5. Arrived in ship “William and Francis” at Boston, after eighty-eight days passage from London.
1636. Till this year he probably remained at Lynn, where his father-in-law was sometime minister. He went to Newbury during the year, and resided there a year or two.
1637. Deputy.
1638. Hampton. One of the original settlers.
1639, 5, 5. He and Stephen Batchelder sold their Newbury lands for 120, to John Oliver.
1639, 6, 7. Appointed with two others, to end all business under 20s. This office (equivalent to Justice of the Peace) he was sustained in for several years, by vote of the town of Hampton.
1639, 10, 30. He with two others was chosen to measure and bound the several lots; at 12d. per house lot, and 1d. per acre for other lands.
1640, 5, 29. He and Mr. Dalton and John Moulton were appointed to set bounds between Hampton and Salisbury.
1640, 6, 30. Granted 250 acres. For a house lot, 10 acres, as it is laid out, fresh meadows 14 acres, planting ground 15 acres, for a farm, 150 acres, etc., altogether making 250 acres. (He seems to have had interests at Haverhill, also.)
1640, 8, 25. One of six persons chosen to view the highway toward Colchester.
1641, 1, 29. He with two others, to oversee the building of the meeting house.
1641, 4, 19. He was to “conferre of ye ferry place.” Same place, elected Moderator.
1643, 3, 7. Joined other Hampton settlers in a petition to Governor of Massachusetts and General Court, complaining of William Haward, military officer of the Colony.
1645. He was to have two shares of the 147 allotted, besides his farm.
1650. Town Clerk, and next year had two shares of the Ox Common allotted to him.
1650, ‘58, ‘64, ‘68. Selectmen. During part of this time he was called “Leftenant Christopher Hussey,” and later in life he was called “Captain.” He was one of the first deacons of this church, having the 1st seat.
1653, 6, 9. Taxed, 2, 8s. 3d., being the highest tax payer but one.
1658, ‘59, ‘60, ’72. Deputy.
1659, 7, 2. One of the nine purchasers of Nantucket, Mass., from Thomas Mayhew, for 30, and two beaver hats; “one for myself and one for my wife,” as the deed says. It is not known that he ever went to that island; he certainly never lived there for any considerable time.
1659, 10, 18. He was empowered to join in marriage, persons within limits of Hampton, if published previously.
1671, 6, 29. Wanackmamack, Head Sachem of Nantucket, deeded his interest in same, to him and others, for 40.
1671, 10, 23. Captain Christopher Hussey of Hampton, deeded to his sons Stephen and John of same place, for 80, all his interest on the Island of Nantucket, “that is to say all my lands, arable land, pasture meadows, woodland, all commonage, rights and privileges due unto me, according to the purchase made by me; with all my cattle, neat cattle, goats or horses, all my stock that is on the island of Nantucket of what kind or quality so ever it be.” Witness, Samuel Dalton.
1679, 9, 18. It was determined by the King, in Council, to erect New Hampshire into a separate government, under jurisdiction of a President and Council to be appointed by himself. This was owing to representations made by Randolph, in confirmation of Mason’s complaint against Massachusetts. Accordingly, a commission passed the great seal, appointing John Cutt, President; and as Councillors, Richard Martin, Wm. Vaughan and Thomas Daniel, of Portsmouth, John Gilman of Exeter, Christopher of Hampton, and Richard Waldron of Dover.
 The President was to remain in office one year, or until another was appointed in his stead.
 The President had to power to appoint one of the Council to preside in his absence, as Deputy.
 The Council had power to elect three others to be added to their number. The President and five Councillors to be a quorum. The President and Council were constituted a Court of Judicature with civil and criminal jurisdiction; with right of appeal in certain cases to the King.
 The Council were to appoint civil and military officers, and to issue writs for calling an Assembly, who with them, were empowered to enact laws, subject to revision of the King. On the death of the President, his Deputy succeeded him; and when a Councillor died, the remainder elected another, sending his name and two other names of suitable persons, to the King, for him to choose from. The King agreed to continue the privilege of an Assembly, unless from inconvenience attending it, he see should see cause to alter his mind. This was the only charter ever granted New Hampshire. It will be seen that the position of Councillor was a very important and responsible one. This office was held by Christopher Hussey for three years, and until the inauguration of Cranfield.
1680, 1, 1. The Commission from the King was received at Portsmouth, and the several persons therein appointed, were qualified by taking oath, on the 22nd of same months. They elected three others, as provided, viz.:  Elias Stileman of Great Island, Samuel Dalton of Hampton, Job Clement of Dover. The President appointed Richard Waldron, his Deputy, Richard Martin, Treasurer, Elias Stileman, Secretary. The Council issued writs to the four towns, designating the qualified voters in each, by name; and requiring them to choose suitable Representatives for the General Assembly; and each voter was obliged to take oath of allegiance. Portsmouth had 71 voters, Dover 61, Hampton 57, Exeter 20. Each town had three Representatives (except Exeter, two).
1681. He and Richard Waldron and others, signed a letter to Robert Mason.
1683, 3, 2. He, with other, signed a petition to Governor Cranfield, in regard to a head tax. (He had now left the Council.) The petition “Humbly Showeth,” etc., “whereas we conceive that it is the laudable custom of civil and much more Christian nations to have tender respect to the decrepit by age, we, your Honor’s humble petitioners, being sundry of us about and above 70 years of age, some of us above 80, others near 90, being past our labor and work, do crave that favor, if your Honor see meet that we may be freed from head money, we being heartily willing our estates should pay their proportion to all public charges; but we humbly crave our heads may be spared, since our hands can do so little for them. We also humbly suggest that some of us, that lived long in England, remember not that we paid anything for our heads, though we did for our estates.  All of which we present to your Honor, craving pardon for our boldness; if your Honor out of your clemency shall see cause to favor us in our request we shall not cease heartily to pray for your Honor and remain your aged and humble suppliants.” Signed by John Marion, Christopher Hussey, and seventeen others.
1684, 2, 8. Will—codicil, 1685, 10, 28—Proved 1686, 10, 7. Executors, son John Hussey and son-in-law John Smith. Witnesses Stephen Torry, Robert Pike, Martha Pike. He gives to his two sons, Stephen and John, his farm of about 150 acres and also about 50 acres marsh land. To daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Page, 7 acres medow, 2 shares in ox commons, 2 shares in cow commons, and 30, to be paid her by testator’s son-in-law John Smith, and 40 to be paid her by Stephen and John Hussey. To daughter Huldah all the rest of land and housing in the town of Hampton, and goods and stock, also the planting lot, 3 acre meadow lot, 2 shares ox commons, 2 shares cow commons, and 30 to be paid her by John Smith, the husband of my daughter Huldah.
Inventory, upwards of 600, including the following items: House, orchard and land adjoining, 42. Upland on the farm, 200. Five acres meadow, 100. 40 acres marsh, 60. 15 acres marsh, 24. Planting land, 28. Spring medow, 30. Seven acre meadow, 14. Medow, 6. Land at New Plantation, 5. Land at North Division, 6. Four shares ox commons, 24. Four shares cow commons, 30. Twelve acres pasture, 20. 3 cows, 1 ox and 1 year old beast, 12. Beds, boulsters, blankets, rugs, and curtains, 12. Table and linen, sheets, etc., 10.
1686, 3, 8. He was buried on this date at Hampton, so, the town records declare.

Source:  Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Salem, MA, 1893, pgs. 146-7.

Will of Christopher Hussey

The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Hussey was made the 28th day of February 1684.

    I, Christopher Husy, being through the mercy of God in health of body and of a sound memory and disposing capacity for wch (which) I bles the Lord and God being strickn in years, not knowing the time of my departure desiring according to rulle to set my house in order before I dy, revoke all former Wills by me made, to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in wch I do first resigns my soule unto the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ my blessed Savior and Redeemer and my body to the dust from whence it was taken in hope of a blessed resurrection among the just when my soule and body being again reunited and clothed over with the righteonsness of Christ to remaine with the Lord forever and as for my outward estate that God hath graciously lent me my just debts being payd and funeral charges discharged, I dispose of as followeth.
    Imprimis: I give my two sons Steeven Husy and John Husy my farm with all the privileges thereof namely the one hundred and fifty ackers of meadows upland as granted taken also fifty ackers more of marsh which I bought adjacent to it I say I give it by equal parts that is to say one full half to my son Steeven his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple and the other half to my son John in like manner only that paying to my dafter Mary as hereafter in my Will is expressed.
    Item: I give to my dafter Mary Husy now wife of Thomas Page my 7 acres of medow lying near Bejamin Shaws and that peec of medow through which the highway lyeth and also 2 shares in the ox common and also too shars of cows common and also I do order that my son John Smith shall pay her thirty pounds and my two sons John and Steeven shall pay her forty pounds apiece in good pay.
    Item: I give and bequeath to my dafter Huldah the like manner all the rest of my lands and housing and comon rights in the town of Hampton and all the houshold stuff and goods and stck then remaining that is to say my house with all in it or with it with all the land adjacent and the planting lots and 3 ackers medow lot toward the sprint, 2 shars in the ox coman and 2 shars in the cow coman and do order and appoint that he shall pay to my dafter Mary thirty pounds toward her porsion.
    Item: My will is that the legases that I have bequethed to my dafter Mary that part of it wch is in land that shee shall enjoy it imediately after my deasease and the thirty pounds that shee shall have of my son John Smith the husband of my dafter Huldah i do will it to be payd her in two years after my desease that it to say the one half the first year and the other half the second year as good pay of country.
    Item: My will is also that the forty pounds apeece that I have willed my two sons Steeven Husy and John Husy to pay her that it be payd her allso within or by the end of two years next after my desease in som good payof the country.
    Item: My will is also that the forty pounds and in case of fayler shee my sd. dafter shall have in low thereof thirty ackers of the farm part whereof shall be the old field lying on the other side of the way on end whearof buts upon my old house and the other end toward the mill River by the bridge the rest to be made up of the farms wch ad. lands shall be ingadged hearby and shall be responsible for the payment of the aforesayd som ten or twelve ackers whearof shall be medow.
    Item: My will is that the sd. (said) som being payd my sayd sons Steven and John shall have the farm first bequeathed by evene and equal porsion  (portion) only my son John shall not be molested or hindered of what he have built on nor his building ncrompltd(?) in the valving of the farm because they are his owne the land on wch. that stan be rakend or valued.
I do upon further consideration will and declare that it shall be in my sd dafter Mary ‘s choifc whether shee will bave the land foremensioned in the farme or the 80 pounds of my 2 sons Steeven and John Husy.
    Lastly, I make and ordaine my son John Husy and my son John Smith to be joint Executors of this my will and in case they should both dy before as above sd. then I do appoint my dafter Mary and in case shee should also in like manor fayle then I apoint my son Steephen to be my Executor in their stead and my trusty friends Mr. Richard Waldron and Mr. Robert Pike to be overseers of this my will. In witness of all wch I have hearunto sett my hand and seal the day and year aforemensioned.
Christopher Hussey (SEAL)   Signed, sealed
                                              and declared to be his last Will and Testament before us:

Moses Pike
Robert Pike
Steeven Tong

Salisbry October ye 28 - 1685 upon a considering of som dubiausness in the expression of some things in this my Will respecting coman rights or privaleges I do by these present for the avoyding of any contraversy or mistakes about it in time to come declare that by the privileges mensioned belonging to my farm by it I do plainly intent whatsoever woods, woodland or feeding rights or coman lands to be divided that do belong to ye sd. farm it shall remaine and be to ye sd. farme and so — porsionably to be divided to my two sons that have the farm and lands adjacent or lands not yet pofost (possessed) that ly in coman and in like manner the coman rights that do belong to the lands that is given to my two dafters Mary and Huldah in the Towne it shall belong to each of them attending to thayr severall portions of land I meane any coman rights thereto belonging devided or undevided and this I do declare to by my plane intent and meaning in that case as wwitness my hand and seale, day and year above written.

Christopher Hussey (SEAL)
Signed, sealed and declared in ye presence of us
Steeven Tong (his mark)
Robert Pike
Martha Pike

    New Hampshire in New England Moses Pike, Robert Pike and steeven Tong appeared the 7th of 8th month 1686 before Richard Waldron, Jr. and made oath that they saw Christopher Hussey signe, seal and heard him declare this Instrumit contained in the two former pages as his last will and then saw him signe and seal the above menconed codicill being of a disposing mind.

Attests Elisa Stileman Clery

Source:  LDS FHL Microfilm # 1561672.

Hussey Millenium Manuscript

    ...Currier further records, “The Rev. Stephen Bachiler has between a minister at Saugus for several years, but, in consequence of some contention among the people there, he removed to Ipswich, then to Cape Cod, and then to Newbury, where he was living in 1638.  His son-in-law, Christopher Hussey, probably came to Newbury 12 months earlier.”
    They disposed of their property in Newbury June 5, 1639.  The town records show:
    “It was acknowledged by Mr. Richard Dumer and William Wakefield, town clerk of Winnacunnet, being authorized by Mr. Stephen Bachelour and Christopher Hussey to have sold both theyr house lotts and arable lands, meadows, marsh, orchard, fences, privileges and commons and Whatsoever Rights they had to any lands in the Towne of Newbury for and in consideration of six score pounds already paid.  I say they did acknowledge to have full power to sell it unto Mr. John Oliver of Newbury to remaine abide and continue to him and his heyrs forever 6th, Monday, 5th, 1639 as by a Bill of sale doth appeer bearing the same date and subscribed by Mr. Stephen Bachelour and William Wakefield.  Witnesses: Edward Woodman and Richard Lowle.”

Source:  Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation,, 2001. (More information given than cited here.)


[1] Some secondary sources show a Joseph Hussey as a child of Christopher but this stems from a transcription error and there is no such son.
[2] This is most likely to be 29 Feb 1635. This would be because of the fact that before the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, the year started in March, not January, as it does now.
[3] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 38—private record, from the William C. Folger genealogical records in possession of the Nantucket Historical Association (This compilation has been used because of the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It should also be understood that in many instances the events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a few cases attention has been called to the question of residence.)”
[4] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[5] Read Huldah for Hannah.
[6] Records of the General Court of Massachusetts Bay, vol. I, p. 236. The original petition is not among the Massachusetts Archives, nor any files relating to it. In the Suffolk Court Files, No. 26, appears the following, endorsed “Grant of Hampton”: “Memorandu yt at ye Genll court holden at Boston, ye 8th mo called October (Ann: 1638) Mr Jno Winthrop Senr being then governor It was granted vnto Mr Steven Batcheller & his company who were come over vnited together by church covenant yt according to there petition they exhibited they should have a plantation at Winnicunnett & accord[ing]ly they were shortly after to enter vpon & begin ye same 3rd 7th mo 39 and farther about the same time ye sd plantation vpon Batcheller’s request made known to ye Court was named Hampton. Vera Copia p me Samuell Dalton Clarke.
“This is a true copie of ye originall on file as attests Tho: Bradbury”.
This is evidently a copy from the Town Records of Hampton; and may be said to be conclusive as to dates from its evident age —  nearly coincident with the grant itself.
[7] See Judge Batchelder's biography, Register, vol. 46, pp. 58-64, 157-61, 246-51, 345-50: Batchelder Genealogy, by F. C. Pierce: Sanborn Genealogy, pp. 59-66: An Unforgiven Puritan (N. H. Hist. Soc. Proc., vol. 5, pp. 172-205): Genealogist, n. s. vol. xix, pp. 270-84.
[8] Dow’s Hampton, pp. 759-61.
[9] Dow’s Hampton, p. 760.
[10] Will of Christopher Hussey, New Hampshire Probate Records, vol. I, pp. 287-90.
[11] It may be well here to drive another nail in the misstatement (which Whittier himself accepted, perhaps on the authority of Joshua Coffin) that our New England poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, was descended from Christopher Hussey. Whittier's mother, Abigail Hussey, was a descendant of Richard Hussey of Dover. No connection existed between this Richard Hussey and our Captain Christopher. See Register, vol. 50, pp. 295-6:  New Hampshire Genealogical Record, vols. 6 and 7; and Query No. 70 in Boston Transcript of 3 March, 1894.
[12] For the Nantucket Husseys, see publications of Nantucket Historical Association; and Hinchman’s Nantucket Settlers, vol. 2, pp. 270-5.
[13] For wills of John Hussey and his sons, see Newcastle County Wills, pp. 12-13, 30-1.
[14] Records and Files of Quarterly Courts of Essex County, vol. III, pp. 60, 100; vol. IV, pp. 132, 238; vol. V, pp. 298, 409.
[15] Register, vol. 61, p. 198.
[16] Mingay was probably from Norfolk. At Topcroft, 5 Nov., 1605, “Jeffry Mingaie and Jone Hunt” were married (Norfolk Marriage Registers, vol. V, p. 113). At Bedingham, 3 Oct., 1623, “Jeffrey Mingay and Grace Hilliard” were married (Norfolk Marriage Registers, vol. IV, p. 137). This latter marriage may be Jeffrey Mingay of Hampton, — Grace Hilliard was perhaps a relation of Emmanuel Hilliard, an early Hampton settler. The name of Mingay's widow however, was Ann. (Later research shows the origin to be different.)
[17] Depositions of Colcord and Fifield, 8 April, 1673 (Norfolk County Land Records, vol. 2, fo. 437), "when Mr Steven Batcheller was vpon his voyage to England wee did hear him say to his son-in-law Mr Christopher Hussey that in consn the sd Hussey had little or nothing from him wth his daughter wch was then married to the sd Hussey; and also in consn that the sd Hussey and his wife had been helpful vnto him both formerly and in fitting him for his voyage * * * he did give to the sd Hussey all his estate in household goods and debts, for wch he gave a deed in writing." (Essex Antiquarian, vol. 11, p. 173).
[18] Essex Antiquarian, vol. 4, p. 114; Sanborn Genealogy, pp. 31-2.
[19] See Register, vol. 66, pp. 244-5, 253: also “John Hussey and Jone Thane” were mar. at Whiteparish 22 Nov., 1591 (Wilts Mar. Reg., vol. 11, p. 4). Will of Henrie Hussey of Whiteparish, P. C. C., 1589 (63 Leicester). Marriage license 30 Jan., 1618-19, “Thomas Hussey of Whiteparish, aged 26, and Mary Moore of Tytherley, co. Southt., aged 25” (Genealogist, n. s. vol. 25, p. 94).
[20] Farmer’s Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England (1829) stated; on the authority of Alonzo Lewis, that Hussey came from Darking (Dorking). No reference is cited in confirmation. This early note of 1829 would be strong affirmative evidence of Hussey's birthplace, if it were not that many of Lewis’s statements have since been proved erroneous.
[21] These dates are from a letter dated 17 Oct., 1894, from C. L. Hussey of Oxford, England, to Miss Hussey of Cornwall, N. Y. In this letter the name of John Hussey's wife is given as “Wood” Miss Sarah Hussey, now deceased, searched the Dorking register; she read the name “Moor”.
[22] New Hampshire Provincial Papers, vol. 1, p. 565. Farmer’s Belknap, vol. 1, p. 493.
[23] Ib. op. cit. (foot note). The present Town Clerk of Hampton writes me that no deaths are now on the Town Records from 1682-92. Hon. Warren Brown, the historian of Hampton Falls, writes me: “I have examined everything available, and am unable to give any light on the matter: nor do I know of any source of information.”
[24] The printed Registers of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields show the baptism of a Christopher Hussey in 1602, and the burials of two Christopher Husseys, one in 1602 and one in 1607.
[25] Berry’s Sussex Pedigrees, pp. 126, 286-8, 344.
[26] Printed by Sussex Record Society.
[27] Will of Nathaniel Hussey and definitive sentence 1627; P. C. C. (123 Skynner).
[28] Sussex Arch. Coll., vol. 43, p. 11. Blomefield’s Norfolk, vol. 8, pp. 31-2. Woolverstone was Timothy Dalton’s English vicarage: See English Home of Mr. Timothy Dalton, Blake (1898).
[29] They sold their houses and lands in Newbury “for six-score pounds” on 5 June, 1649 (Newbury Propr’s Records, vol. I, fo. 48; Currier, p. 45).
[30] Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., Fourth Series, vol. VII, p. 102.
[31] Dow’s Hampton, pp. 10-11.

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