The Ancestry of Mary Wood
John Hussey married Marie — in 1593 in Dorking, Surrey, England. There is some diagreement on what Marie’s last name is in this record. Some have read it as Wood and some as Moor.
In addition to this confusion is the question of who Mary’s parents were, if she was a Wood. Traditionally, she has been called the daughter of Henry Wood and Martha Bull. I have seen no primary evidence to support this.
The Hussey Millenium Manuscript calls her the daughter of John Wood and Joane Taylor. While there is such a couple recorded as being married in Dorking in 1569, there is no direct evidence to support this.
A Marie Wood was baptized in 1601 in Dorking, the granddaughter of John Wood (who was probably the one shown in 1563 with wife Audrey in the Dorking parish registers). However, she would be only twelve when John and Mary Hussey married and fifteen when the first child was born to this couple. That Marie, granddaughter of John Hussey, and Marie, wife of John Hussey, were the same person is possible but unlikely.
- Historic Nantucket, Vol. 27, Oct 1979, No. 2.
- Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation, www.llano.net/gowen/hussey_millenium.htm, 2001.
J. William Bardoe, Director of Research, English Genealogical Research, Guildford, Surrey, furnished the entries below, some of which he re-checked for accuracy, and stated that the registers of the adjacent parishes of Abinger and Sheir (Shera) do not contain Hussey entries prior to 5th 12. 1593. Neither do the Richmond Parish Registers reveal anything pertinent to the ancestry of Christopher Hussey.
Dorking Parish Registers, Co. Surrey, England
25th 9. 1569. John Wood Joane Taylor
5th 12. 1593 John Hussey Marie Wood
28th 6. 1562. John Wood, son of John Wood (senior) and Audrey, his wife
5th 5. 1581 Sara Wood, daughter of John Wood (junior)
9th 7. 1581 Marie Wood, granddaughter of John Wood (senior)
30th 8. 1584 Elias Wood, son of John Wood (junior)
3rd 10. 1588 Martha Wood, daughter of John Wood (junior)
29th 4. 1596 John Hussey, first child of John Hussey and Marie Wood
18th 2. 1598 Christopher Hussey, second child of John Hussey and Marie Wood
31st 1. 1601 Marie Hussey, third child of John Hussey and Marie Wood
1581 Marie Wood, daughter of John Wood (senior)
1586 Joane Wood, daughter of John Wood (senior)
8th 11. 1597 John Hussey, son of John Hussey and Marie Wood
18th 2. 1603 Audrey, wife of John Wood (senior)
5th 4. 1612 John Wood (senior)
24th 5. 1632 John Hussey, aged 74
Source: Historic Nantucket, Vol. 27, Oct 1979, No. 2.
Hussey Millenium Manuscript
She was the daughter of John Wood, Jr. and Joanne Taylor Wood and was baptized “5th 5. 1581” [July 5, 1581], according to Dorking parish register where she was identified as “granddaughter of John Wood, senior.” She was the daughter of Henry Wood and Martha Bull Wood, according to “Genealogical History of New England” by Ezra Stearns. In the Dorking register her name was entered as “Marie Woode,” and the German-appearance of the script has caused some researchers to transcribe her name as “Mary Moore.”
...Wood family footnote: Based on data found in the Dorking Parish Register it is apparent that John Wood Sr. and his wife Audrey Wood were the grandparents of Mary Wood. The Baptismal Register records, “9th, 7th 1581, Marie Wood, granddaughter of John Wood senior.”
John Wood Sr. and Audrey Wood were residents of Dorking in 1562 when their son, John Wood, Jr., was baptized there according to the parish register. They were also living there in 1581 and 1586 when two of their daughters died, according to the burial register. Audrey Wood was buried “18th 2. 1603 [April 18, 1603], and John Wood, Sr. was buried “5th 4. 1612” [June 5, 1612], according to Dorking burial register.
Source: Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation, www.llano.net/gowen/hussey_millenium.htm, 2001.