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Christopher Hussey

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Hampton Falls, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
Place of Burial: High Street Cemetery, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Baron John Hussey, Sr. and Mary Hussey
Husband of Theodate Hussey and Ann Capon HUSSEY
Father of Stephen Hussey; Mary Dow; Theodate Hussey; Huldah Smith; Rev. John Hussey, II and 3 others
Brother of John Hussey; Marie Lifford and Captain Joseph Hussey
Half brother of John Hussey

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About Capt. Christopher Hussey

Deacon Hussey was captain of the militia and a magistrate, clerk, selectman and representative to the General Court, and when New Hampshire was made a royal province he was one of the councillors named in the royal commission. After the death of his wife, Theodate Bachiler, he married October 9, 1658 (2) Ann, widow of Jeffrey Mingay, who died January 24, 1680. A few more years passed, and Capt. Hussey, having passed ninety years in an honorable and distinguished career, died March 6, 1686. He died and was buried in Hampton, and was not cast away on the coast of Florida as stated by Savage. There were several children from the first marriage as follows:

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Notes: Christopher Hussey was one of the original settlers of Newbury and Hampton. The name came into England at the time of William the Conquerer. AFT the conquest, the family was seated in counties of Kent, Dorset and Lincoln. Christopher was admitted freeman in 1634 having journeyed to America aboard the William and Francis which arrived 5 Jun 1632. In 1635 he was one of the first settlers in Hampton, New Hampshire. In 1639 he served as representative and again in 1658, 1659 and 1660. He was a provincial counsellor of New Hampshire and proprietor of Nantucket Island, Mass. Descending Generations of Immigrant Ancestor, Christopher Hussey: This line continues to the Magna Charta Barons. Arms: Quarterly-1 and 4, Or, a cross vert; 2 and 3, Barry of six ermins and gules.

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The following is from http://ruthhussey.com/Hussey-Christopher.html:

Christopher Hussey, "second child" of John Hussey and Mary Wood Hussey, was born in Dorking, Surrey in 1599, according to "One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families." He was baptized in Dorking February 18, 1599, according to Dorking parish register. Dates of the family of Christopher Hussey go back to 1538 in Dorking parish register, according to Dr. Ruth Ann Hussey Lindquist Bassler, a descendant.

"Christopher Hussey was baptized in Dorking, Surrey and was the son of John Hussey and Mary Wood," according to "Early Settlers of Nantucket" by Lydia S. Hinchman. Confirmation is given in a letter written in 1880 by a New Bedford member of the Hussey family. Extracts read:

"I forgot to tell you about my visit to Dorking, where I went before leaving England. It is 26 miles southwest of London, but took me an hour and a half by rail, but through a lovely country. It is beautiful old town. They say the country about there is considered among the most picturesque in England."

"I went to the parish clerk; he had gone out, and his sister thought perhaps the vicar might know the book. So I went there was shown into his study, a lovely old house and a very pretty room in Summer, but a fire-place too small to half warm it. The vicar was a wonderfully handsome and gentle-manly person, who offered to do all he could for me, but said the clerk had the book. I at last found him, and we looked over it together."

"As I knew the exact date of Christopher's birth, it did not take long, although the writing was the same queer German text hand we saw atHampton, which seemed to be the style then, but, strange to say, the book itself looked a hundred years younger than that, it had been kept so much more carefully, and was of parchment."

"We found Christopher, son of John Hussey, was baptized 18th of February, 1599, and looking back a few years, found John Hussey and Marie [Moor or Wood] [I could not make out which] were married December 5, 1593. Then John, son of John, baptized April 29th, 1594, and died November 8th, 1597. There is no other mention of any one of the name of Hussey that we could find in the book, and no person of that name is living there or has been known to live there. The vicar told me it was a Berkshire name. John Hussey probably came there from some other place; and, as there seem to have been no other children that lived, no one of the name remains there."

It is believed that Christopher Hussey was taken to Holland in his youth by his widowed mother. Many Puritans fled to Holland between 1607 and 1621 to escape the religious persecution that hounded them in England. His family settled in Leyden, Holland under the religious leadership of John Robinson. Apparently it was there that he met Theodate Bachiler, daughter of Rev. Stephen Bachiler and Ann Bate Bachiler and fell in love with her.

"One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families" devotes a section to the Bachiler family. Theodate Bachiler was born in England in 1598, according to Martha Burr Hollingsworth. Jessie Gordon Flack in "Genealogy of Allied Familes" states that she was born in Wherwell, Hampshire.

When he asked for her hand in marriage the Rev. Bachiler gave his consent providing that the young couple would accompany his family in a move to Massachusetts Bay Colony. The young couple readily agreed and were married about 1630, in Holland, according to Bessie Brooks Pritchett Hanna. Mary Alnora Cox Drennan, a descendant, states that they were married in England in 1631 on their way to Massachusetts. Jessie Gordon Flack states that they were married in Holland in 1631. Their first son, Stephen Hussey was born in England, according to "Maxwell History and Genealogy," but no corroboration has been found for this.

Christopher Hussey was recorded as the head of a party which arrived after 88 days at sea on the "William and Francis" June 5, 1632 at Saugus, [later Lynn] Massachusetts by Gov. John Winthrop in "Winthrop's Journal." "Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy" states [erroneously] that he was a resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630.

The Rev. Bachiler began immediately to establish a church at Lynn, and his grandson, Stephen Hussey was the first child baptized by his grandfather in the new church. Stephen Hussey was the second child born in Lynn, according to "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire."

Christopher Hussey became a freeman May 14, 1634 by an act of the General Court at Boston, Massachusetts while he was living at Lynn, according to "Massachusetts Bay Colony Records." Volume I. He removed to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1636. He became a selectman in Newbury in 1636 and was a proprietor there in 1637. Following their residence at Newbury they moved to Salisbury, Massachusetts, about four miles north of Newbury where Rev. Bachiler had another disappointing pastoral experience. While at Salisbury Christopher Hussey developed a life-long friendship with Robert Pike, one of the original settlers of the town and a major in the militia there. This was the last of their leap-frog moves in Massachusetts before moving another ten miles north across the state line into New Hampshire to establish Hampton near the Atlantic coast.

Rev. Stephen Bachiler and some followers attempted a settlement at Mattakeese [later Yarmouth], Massachusetts in 1637. The effort was described by Gov. John Winthrop in his journal:

"March 30, 1638: Another plantation was now in hand at Mattakeese, six miles beyond Sandwich. The undertaker of this was one Mr. Batchellor, late pastor of Saugus, being about 76 years of age; yet he walked thither on foot in a very hard season. He and his companions, all being poor men, finding the difficulty, gave it over, and others took it."

On "8th day, 8th month, 1637" Christopher Hussey was chosen as one of the seven selectmen of Newbury, according to "History of Newbury, Massachusetts" by John J. Currier. He wrote:

Although the inhabitants of Newbury were granted in November 1637 the privilege of removing to Winnacunnet [later Hampton, New Hampshire] no effort was made on their part to obtain possession of that territory until the autumn of 1638 when a petition was signed by a number of Newbury men was presented to the General Court for confirmation of the grant and for liberty to begin a settlement.

The General Court met September 6, 1638 and recorded:

"The Court grants that the petitioners Mr. Steven Bachiler, Christo. Hussey, Mary Hussey, vidua, . . . with divers other shall have liverty to begin a plantation at Winnacunnet: and Mr. Bradstreete, Mr. Winthrope, Jr. and Mr. Rawson, or some two of them, are to assist in setting out the place of the towne, and apportioning the several quantity of land to each man, so as nothing shall be done therein without allowance from them or 2 of them."

It is believed that Christopher Hussey was among the first men who moved to Winnacunnet during the winter of 1638. Others arrived in the spring of 1639. Their numbers had increased so that on June 6, 1639 the General Court declared:

"Winnacunnet is alowed to bee a towne, and has power to choose a cunstable and other officers and make orders for the well ordering of their towne, and to send a deputy so the Court, and Christopher Hussey, William Palmer and Richard Swaine to end all businesses vnder 20 shillings for this yeare; the laying out of land to bee by those expressed in the former order."

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."

When the Rev. Bachiler made the move to Hampton in 1638 [Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire" sets the date as 1639] Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler Hussey accompanied him along with Mary Wood Hussey. During this period Christopher Hussey reportedly participated in the organization and settlement of Haverhill, Massachusetts also.

With high hopes Rev. Stephen Bachiler began his work with the Congregational church of Hampton, New Hampshire, a town which he named and organized, according to "The Sanborn Family" written by Nathan Sanborn, M.D. of Henniker, New Hampshire.

"First Comers to Hampton, New Hampshire" by Edward Colcord in an abstract of Norfolk Court Files states that "Mr. Batcheller, Mr. Hussah, Abraham Perkins, Isaac Perkins and Moses Cox, young man that had lot, came to Hampton in the first summer." [1638]

Christopher Hussey was named to the "Commission to end small causes, under 20 shillings," similar to a justice of the peace court May 22, 1639 in Hampton. He was appointed "lot layer" [surveyor] October 31, 1639. He was granted an additional 250 acres 30th, 6th month, 1640. He was designated to "view the highway toward Colchester 25th, 8th, 1640." He was the first deacon in the church at Hampton in 1640 and was made moderator of the church in 1641, a post he held again in 1663-64 and in 1672. On 29th, 1st, 1641 he and two others were selected to "oversee the building of the new meetinghouse."

On 29th, 4th 1641 he was appointed to "conferre of ye ferry place." He was named as a commissioner by the General Court June 2, 1641. Christopher Hussey joined other Hampton settlers 7th, 3rd 1643 in a petition to the governor and General Court complaining of William Haward, military officer of the settlement. In 1645 it was specified that he was to have "two shares of the 147 allotted, besides his farm."

The meetinghouse seating arrangement on March 4, 1649-50 was listed in "First Comers to Hampton, New Hampshire" as: "at the table, first seat, Cristofar Husse [indicating that he was the 'first deacon'], second seat, Isak Perkingses; third seat on south side, Moyses Cox; the first seat next to Mistris Wheelwrit, ould Mistris Husse, her dauter Husse [probably her daughter-in-law, Theodate Bachiler Hussey."

He was town clerk from 1650 to 1653. His name often appeared on trial jury and grand jury panels. He was a selectman in Hampton in 1650, 1658 and 1664, according to "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire."

"Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy" shows him as a resident of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire in 1650. In that year he sold all his property at Hampton and "moved to the Falls side."

On 6th, 9th 1653 he was assessed a "tax of 2:8:3" indicating that he was the second largest taxpayer in the area.

When Rev. Stephen Bachiler got into a controversy with other church officials at Hampton "Xopher Hussie and 18 other inhabitantes" signed a petition 11th, 6th 1664 in the preacher's behalf.

When Rev. Stephen Bachiler was preparing to leave Hampton he gave to Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler Hussey "his cattle, goods and debts," according to "Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles Henry Pope. Colcott Colcord, a planter who lived at Salem, Massachusetts in 1637, gave a deposition 8th, 4th 1673 about the gift for legal records. Colcord lived in Dover, New Hampshire in 1673.

Christopher Hussey was confirmed a lieutenant in the militia 14th, 6th, 1653.

Theodate Bachiler Hussey died at Hampton October 20, 1649, according to Martha Burr Hollingsworth.

Title to 250 acres of land initially granted to Christopher Hussey at Hampton was jeopardized when John Mason, an agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, original proprietor of New Hampshire and Maine, won a suit against him. As a result Christopher Hussey was imprisoned, and "he was forbidden to work and forced to live on the charity of his friends," according to "History of New Hampshire."

Upon receiving his freedom he continued to live in the Hampton area and was named a deputy there in 1650. He, along with others, petitioned the General Court on behalf of Robert Pike 19th, 10th 1654, according to "Winthrop's Journal." On 1st, 11th 1654 Christopher Hussey and his nephew, John Sanborn of Hampton were required to give bond in the amount of 10 pounds in connection with the case.

He continued as a lieutenant in the militia in 1658

and was promoted to captain in 1664. He was a representative to the General Court in 1658, 1659, 1660 and 1672. He was "Councillor in 1679 until Cranfield came in," according to "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire." When New Hampshire was made a royal province he was one of the commissioners named in the charter. He was empowered to perform marriages "within the limits of Hampton" 10th, 18th 1659 by the General Court. He was appointed to a committee to survey land granted to Thomas Lake 12th, 11, 1659. "Maxwell History and Genealogy" states [probably erroneously] that he was a shipowner and master with vessels in the East Indies trade.

Shortly before this time Christopher Hussey became attracted to the Society of Friends. Quaker missionaries began to arrive in Massachusetts about 1656 and made rapid converts in New England. When the Congregationalists in New Hampshire were converted to the Society, the Puritans of Massachusetts redoubled their efforts in persecution of them. Quakers who remained in Massachusetts did so in fear of their lives. Four Friends were hanged on Boston Common in 1659 and 1660.

Three Quaker women who came to New Hampshire in 1662 were arrested, tied behind a cart and paraded from town to town on their way out of the province."Three vagabond Quaker women, Anna Coleman, Mary Tompkins and Abbie Ambrose, were made fast to the cart's tail and whipped down their naked backs through the town," according to "History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire" by D. Hamilton Hurd.

It is believed that the revulsion that Christopher Hussey experienced at the sight of this incident was instrumental in his conversion to the Society of Friends. The entire congregation meeting at Hampton became Quakers early in the Quaker movement.

George Fox, founder of the Quakers in England, came to the colonies in 1672, and his presence gave additional impetus to the Quaker zeal.

William Penn founded Pennsylvania in 1682 as a "holy experiment in the application of Quaker ideals to the state," but the Friends were not able to give their principles full expression because the crown imposed limitations on the colony's policies.

The Quakers, on the whole, excluded themselves from politIcal life by refusing to take any kind of oaths. They denied themselves "frivolous pursuits of pleasure," which included music and art. They opposed war and slavery. They refused to pay tithes and to render military service. They had no formal worship; they practiced no communion nor baptism. Since every child born to Quaker parents was automatically a Quaker, the church grew rapidly in the colonies. They worked for fair treatment of the Indians, abolition of slavery, popular education, temperance, democracy and religious liberty.

By 1700 the Friends

were powerful in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Maryland. Between 1725 and 1775 there were several migrations of Quakers from New England and Pennsylvania to North Carolina and South Carolina. About 1800 however, the Friends found it impossible to live in the slave-holding South and began to move to the free territories of Ohio and Indiana.

Christopher Hussey

became a proprietor on Nantucket Island 7th, 2nd 1659, according to "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire."

On 10th, 5th 1660 he was one of the men who bought half the land and grazing rights on the island from the Sachems -- Wanamamack and Nickanoose -- for 10 pounds.

Some chroniclers have recorded that the proprietors considered Nantucket Island as a Quaker sanctuary, removed from the persecution of the Puritans. However, Louis Coffin states, probably accurately, in "The Coffin Family" that it was financial gain that motivated the First Purchasers to buy on Nantucket--not religious persecution.

Nantucket in the Indian dialect meant "the faraway land."

It was located 27 miles south of Cape Cod. Nantucket, the town, the county and the island, contributed much to the colonial history of Massachusetts even before it was annexed to the colony in 1692.

Thomas Mayhew of Watertown, Massachusetts

was the first owner of Nantucket Island, purchasing it in 1641. In 1659 he lived in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts when he sold his interest in the island to the First Purchasers. It seems that the First Purchasers had to purchase the island a second time -- piece by piece from the Indians. Some of the Indians did not recognize Mayhew's English title and would give up the land only for additionalcompensation.

The first town on the island was called Capaum,

later it was renamed Sherburne in 1673 when island was under the government of New York. In 1692 it became a part of Massachusetts. In 1795 the town was moved to Nantucket harbor and renamed Nantucket.

Originally the First Purchasers included ten men:

Tristram Coffin, Sr,

Thomas Macy,

Richard Swain,

Thomas Barnard,

Petter Coffin,

Stephen Greenleaf,

John Swain,

William Pile,

Thomas Mayhew and

Christopher Hussey.

The ten needed to raise additional capital,

and in 1659 at a meeting at Salisbury, Massachusetts it was agreed that each of the ten could invite in a partner. Christopher Hussey invited his old friend, Major Robert Pike to be his partner in the Nantucket investment. It was agreed at the meeting that Major Pike would keep the Salisbury records of the First Purchasers and that Thomas Macy would keep the Nantucket records.

Perhaps the First Purchasers foresaw the development of Nantucket as a profitable investment, but none could imagine the tremendous impact this harbor would have on the commerce of the world. "History of Nantucket" reports, "For more than a century the island and its commodious harbor was the primary headquarters of the American whaling industry. In 1842 it was homeport to 86 ships and barks, two schooners and two brigs, with a total of 36,000 tonnage, no mean amount in those days of sailing ships and swashbuckling seamen."

Shortly after the Nantucket purchase, Christopher Hussey incurred the displeasure of the General Court by petitioning with others for a mitigation of the sentence of Robert Pike "for seeming to uphold speaking in public without a license." Christopher Hussey and John Bishop had been previously punished for taking sides with Robert Pike who "espoused the cause of Macy and Peasley."

In April 1662 Christopher Hussey and his son John Hussey were admonished for a breach of the law in a called meeting of the church, according to Hampton Quaker records.

Christopher Hussey was appointed by the General Court in August 1664 to a committee to examine a site on Wolf Island proposed for a mill. Christopher Hussey along with others received a deed 29th, 6th 1671 from Wanamamack, head sachem of Nantucket, of his interest in the island for 40 pounds.

Later in 1671 he sold his interest in Nantucket

to his sons, Stephen Hussey and John Hussey. The deed, dated 23rd, 10th 1671, conveyed for 80 pounds "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 and horses, all my stock that is on said island of Nantucket of what kind or quality so ever it be. s/ Christo. Hussey, Witness: Samuel Dalton."

He was reelected a captain in the Hampton militia 15th, 5th 1672.

Although it is believed that Christopher Hussey

never lived on Nantucket, he is reported to have been there in October 1675, perhaps on a visit.

In 1677 Christopher Hussey was among the 50 residents of Hampton who signed a petition requesting that the four towns that composed New Hampshire be returned to the government of Massachusetts.

Christopher Hussey was the first person in Hampton, New Hampshire to swear allegiance to the king when Charles II was restored to the throne of England. He took the oath April 10, 1678 before Major Robert Pike, his former business partner. He was one of the seven men appointed by the king who composed the government of New Hampshire upon its separation from Massachusetts 18th, 9th month, 1679, according to "Acts of the Privy Council." He was a representative to the New Hampshire Council from 1679 to 1685.

Ann Mingay Hussey died June 24, 1680, according to "Genealogical History of New Hampshire." Christopher Hussey was reappointed captain of the Hampton militia March 25, 1681.

On March 2, 1683 Christopher Hussey, Richard Waldren and 17 other elderly men wrote a petition requesting that they be exempted from a "head tax" recently imposed. 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. /s/ John Mason Christopher Hussey" [and 17 others]

Christopher Hussey wrote his will February 26, 1684-85 at Hampton and wrote a codicil at Salisbury October 28, 1685. His will, recorded in "Province of New Hampshire Probate Records," Volume I, read:

"The last will and testament of Capt. Christopher Hussey made the 28th day of Feburary, 1684".

"I, Christopher Hussey, being through the mercy of God in health of body and of sound memory and disposing capacity for which bless the Lord; and yet being stricken in years . . ."

"Imprimis: I give my two sons Steven Hussey and John Hussey my farm with all priviliges thereof, namely the hundred and fifty acres of meadow and upland granted me by ye town as also 50 acres of marsh which I bought adjacent to it. I say I give it by equal parts, that is to say, the one half of it to my son Steven, his heirs and assigns in fee simple, and the other half to my son John in like manner only they paying to my daughter, Mary, as hereafter in my will expressed."

"Item: I give to my daughter, Mary Hussey, now wife of Thomas Page, my seven ackers of medow lying near Benjamin Shaw's: and that peece of medow through which the highway lyeth and also two shares in the ox common and also two shares of cow common and also I do order that my son, John Smith, shall pay her thirty pounds and my two sons, John and Steven, shall pay her forty pound a peece in goods."

"Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Hulda, in the like manner all the rest of my lands and housing and Common Rights in the towne of Hampton and all the household goods and stuff remaining, that is to say, my house and all in it or with it all the land adjacent and the planting lot toward the spring, two shares in the ox common and two shares in the cow common and do order and appoint that she shall pay to my daughter, Mary, thirty pound toward her pension."

"It is my will that the Legasies that I have bequeethed to my daughter, Mary, that part of it which is in land that she shall enjoy it immediately after my decease, and the thirty pound that she shall have of my son, John Smith, husband of my daughter, Hulda, I do will it to be paid to her in two years after my decease, that is to say, thereon half the first year and the other half the second year in good pay of Country."

"It is my will also that the forty pound a peece that I have willed to my two sons, Steven and John Hussey to pay her that it be paid also within or by the end of the two years next after my decease in some good pay of the Country. And, in case of fayler, she, my said daughter, shall have in lue thereof, thirty acres of the farm whereof shall be the old field lying on the other side of the way on end whereof butts upon my old house, and the other toward the mill river by the bridge and the rest to be made of the farm with said lands shall be engaged hereby and shall be responsible for the payment of the aforementioned some ten or twelve acres where of shall be meadow."

"I do upon further consideration will and declare that it shall be in my daughter, Mary's, choice whether she shall have the land forementioned in the farm or 80 pounds of my two sons Steven and John Hussey."

Lastly I make and ordain my son, John Hussey and my son, John Smith, to be joint executors of this, my will, and in case either of them should die before they have executed the same then the sole power to be in the survivor, and in case they should both die before as above said, then I do appoint my daughter, Mary, in case she should also in like manner fayle, then I appoint my son, Steven, to be my executor in their stead. And my trusty friends, Richard Waldren and Major Robert Pike, to be overseers of this, my will. In witness of all which I have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid mentioned." s/Christopher Hussey "Signed and sealed and declared to be his last will and testament before us. s/ Moses Pike s/ Robert Pike s/ Steven Tuck [his mark]"

Christopher Hussey died about a year after he wrote his will on March 6, 1685-86 at age 88. He was buried at Hampton March 8, 1686, according to Martha Burr Hollingsworth.

The estate of Christopher Hussey was inventoried March 25, 1686 by Joseph Dow and John Tuck who set the value at 651 pounds, 13 shillings. It was itemized as:

"House, orchard and land adjoining 42 pounds Upland on the farm 200 pounds 50 acres meadow 100 pounds 40 acres marsh 60 pounds 15 acres marsh 24 pounds Planting land 28 pounds Spring meadow 30 pounds 7 acres meadow 14 pounds Meadow 6 pounds Land at New Plantation 5 pounds Land at North Division 6 pounds Four shares, ox commons 24 pounds Four shares, cow commons 30 pounds 12 acres pasture 20 pounds 3 cows, 1 ox, 1 one-year-old beast 12 pounds Beds, bolsters, blankets, rugs curtains 12 pounds Table, linen, sheets, etc. 10 pounds."

Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler Hussey

were identified as eleventh-generation grandparents of President Richard Milhous Nixon, Nos. 1696 and 1697 in "The Ancestry of Richard Milhous Nixon."

Children born to Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler Hussey include:

   Stephen Hussey born in 1630
   John Hussey born in 1635
   Mary Hussey baptized 2nd, 2nd, 1638
   Theodate Hussey born 8th, 8th 1640
   Huldah Hussey born in 1643 - married John Smith

No children were born to Christopher Hussey and Ann Mingay Hussey. See: http://stefanovich.com/Hussey/Christopher_HUSSEY.html | CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY (February 18, 1598/99 - March 6, 1667/68)

PARENTS

Father: John HUSSEY (1570 - July 24, 1632)

Mother: Marie WOOD (1570 - June 16, 1660)

SPOUSES

-- Theodate Batchiler (Abt. 1590 - October 20, 1649)

-- Ann Mingay Hussey

CHILDREN

Stephen HUSSEY b 1632 Lynn, Mass., d 1718 Nantucket, Mass., m Martha Bunker;

John HUSSEY b 1636 Lynn, Mass., m Rebecca Perkins 1659, migrated to Newcastle, Delaware

Mary HUSSEY b 1637 m Thomas Page, Henry Green, Cpt Henry Dow;

Hulda HUSSEY b 1643 m John Smith

Theodate HUSSEY b 20 Aug 1640 d 20 Oct 1645

Joseph HUSSEY

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Michelle Boyd's outstanding compilation of documents on the Hussey family (http://www.boydhouse.com/michelle/hussey/christopherhussey.html) includes:

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. His 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.

Sources:

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, www.llano.net/gowen/hussey_millenium.htm, 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.

Nantucket Births

HUSSEY

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.

Nantucket Marriages

HUSSEY

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.

Nantucket Deaths

HUSSEY

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.

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.

Christopher Hussey

ORIGIN: Dorking, Surrey

MIGRATION: 1633

FIRST RESIDENCE: Lynn

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].

CHILDREN:

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.

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,
                  1666.
                  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.

Hussey.

2—Christopher.

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.

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

His

Steeven Tong

Mark

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.

   ...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, www.llano.net/gowen/hussey_millenium.htm, 2001. (More information given than cited here.)

Footnotes

[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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Christopher was a religious dissenter looking for freedom from the tyranny he felt existed in the religion of his homeland. He left England for Holland looking for that freedom.

There is evidence that Christopher was in Holland, he met Theodate Batchelder and fell in love. Tradition says that her father, the Reverend Stephen Batchelder would not consent to their marriage unless Christopher agreed that they would go to New England with him. One source states that they then married and came to America on the same ship (the "William and Francis") as the Reverend Stephen, arriving at Boston on 6/5/1632. Another says that the couple were sent on ahead of her father to survey the area and report back as to where would be the best place to settle.

From The History of the Town of Hampton, NH from its Settlement in 1638 to Autumn of 1892 :

p. 2-3 : 1638-1646 "..in the beginning of the settlement of Hampton there was friendly intercourse with the Indians there, children would play together.

p. 9 : Autemn 1638 "Winnacunnett (Hampton's original Indian name) was largely unsettled and the time allowed to the inhabitants of Newbury to move there was nearly expired. Rev. Stephen Bachiler, Christopher Hussey and Mary Hussey, et. al. presented a petition to the General court asking for approval for them to settle there. Permission was granted."

Christopher was the first deacon of the church which was established there. He was a militia captain, magistrate, town clerk, selectman and General Court representative. When New Hampshire was made a province, he was named as one of the councillors in the royal commission.

Christopher purchased land in Nantucket, MA from Thomas Mayhew for the sum of 30 pounds and two beaver hats. If he did live on Nantucket Island for any length of time, it was a short one.

There is a rumor that he was lost at sea off the coast of Florida but this is not true as he is buried in Hampton, NH, dying at age 90.

His will is dated 2/8/1684 with a codicil written on 10/28/1685. It was proved 10/7/1686. His son, John, and son-in-law John Smith were named executors.

Christopher was a signer of the Oath of Allegiance for Hampton - his name appearing on a list entitled "Hampton. A list of ye names of those psons yet took ye oath of Aleagance ye 4th of ye 10th mo 1648 (error for 1678) & some after 16, 10th mom 1678." [as appears in "Old Norfolk County Oaths of Allegiance &c. in NEHGR April, 1852, p. 204].

From "Early Settlers of Essex and Old Norfolk, NEHGR, 1852 (p. 344) :

"Hussy, Christopher, 1650. Theodate, w. of Christopher (Hussie) d. 20 Oct 1649. "

From Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Vol. IV, p. 1918 : Christopher was probably the son of John and Mary Hussey of Dorking. The baptism of the son of John of Dorking is noted in the Dorking parish register. He was probably among the parishoners of Rev. Stephen Bachilorand went to Holland with others to avoid religious persecution. It was only upon his promise to emigrate to America that Rev. Bachiler consented to allow his daughter, Theodate, to marry Christopher.

The marriage took place in England, either before or after the exodus to Holland.

Christopher was later a prominent man in Newbury, MA.

In 1650, he sold all of his property in the present Hampton and soon moved to the "Falls Side" (Hampton Falls). He was one of the purchasers of Nantucket in 1659 and subsequently commanded an ocean vessel.

He remarried on 12/9/1658 to Ann, the widow of Jeffrey Mingay. He survived Ann by 6 years, dying at age 90.

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Excerpt from OLD HAMPTON IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

By Newton Marshall Hall

Hampton was fortunate in having among its early pastors men whose ability was recognize

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Capt. Christopher Hussey's Timeline

1598
February 18, 1598
Dorking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
1599
February 18, 1599
Age 1
Dorking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
February 18, 1599
Age 1
Dorking, Surrey, England
February 18, 1599
Age 1
Dorking, Surrey, England
1629
October 8, 1629
Age 31
England
1630
1630
Age 31
Harby, Lincolnshire, , England
1632
June 8, 1632
Age 34
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1634
February 29, 1634
Age 36
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1634
Age 35
Massachusetts Colony, MA
1638
April 2, 1638
Age 40
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)