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John Hussey, I

Birthplace: Dorking, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Dorking, Surrey, England
Place of Burial: Dorking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of George Hugh Hussey and Elizabeth Hussey
Husband of Mary Hussey and Mary Hussey
Father of John Hussey; Capt. Christopher Hussey; John Hussey; Marie Lifford and Captain Joseph Hussey
Brother of Jane Eaton and George Hussey

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John Hussey and Mary Wood or Moor

   John Hussey married Mary Wood (also transcribed as Moor) 5 December 1593 in Dorking, Surrey, England. Information about the Hussey and Wood ancestry is inconclusive.

There is some speculation that John, not his son Christopher (who undoubtedly died in New Hampshire), was, according to family legend, the castaway devoured by native cannibals near the coast of Florida. However, this is just speculation. A John Hussey, aged 74, was buried 24 May 1632 in Dorking, Surrey, England.[1] In any case, Mary was a widow by 1638.

   Mary came with her son Christopher and his family to New England aboard the William and Francis, leaving London 9 March 1632 and arriving 5 June. The Husseys settled at Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, then Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. A Mary Hussey vidua (the last word meaning “widow”). was one of the original grantees of Hampton, Norfolk, Massachusetts (now Rockingham County, New Hampshire) in 1638. Mary died 16 June 1660 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

John and Mary's children are:

1. John Hussey, baptized 29 Apr 1594 in Dorking, Surrey, England, died 8 Nov 1597 in Dorking, Surrey, England.

2. Christopher Hussey, baptized 18 Feb 1598/9 in Dorking, Surrey, England, married 1) Theodate Bachiler and 2) Ann Capon (widow of Jeffrey Mingay) 9 Dec 1658, emigrated to America aboard the William and Francis in 1632, original grantee of Hampton, will made 26 Feb 1684/5 with codicil 28 October, died 6 Mar 1685/6 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, buried 8 Mar at Hampton.

3. Marie Hussey, baptized 31 Jan 1601/2 in Dorking, Surrey, England.


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

2. Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Salem, MA, 1893, pgs. 145.

3. Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation,, 2001.

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

5. Historic Nantucket, Vol. 27, Oct 1979, No. 2.

Hussey,a Wiltshire and Somersetshire name.

Mary, Mrs., widow, original grantee of Hampton, proprietor 1638-1640. As Mary Wood she had married John Hussey at Dorking, county Surrey, 5 December 1593, and, a widow, came with or followed her son’s family to New England. Not unlikely her husband was the early voyager Hussey [p.365] cast away upon Cape Florida and there devoured by the native cannibals, a fate attributed to Christopher by his great-grandson Joseph Marshall of Nantucket, in his signed ‘Genealogy of the Husseys.’ Christopher himself certainly died in Hampton, if not in his bed. In Hampton 25 April 1648 she sold to John Woodin a joint possession until her death in 16 acres, partly adjoining Christopher. She was living 4 March 1649-50; Woodin sold alone 27 July 1657. Lists 392a, 393ab. In 1695 Thomas Leavitt and Joseph Marston drew in 3rd West Division in her original right. Children baptized at Dorking: John, 29 April 1594, died 8 November 1597. Christopher, 18 February 1599.

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



Dorking, Surrey Co., Eng.

The church records at Dorking give his marriage, and the baptisms of his two sons; with the death of the older son (John) while yet an infant. As his widow came to New England with her son Christopher, or very soon followed him there, it is probable that he was the only child living at that time. She was at Hampton in 1638, when her son was resident there.

Source: Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Salem, MA, 1893, pgs. 145.

   3. MARY HUSSEY, VIDUA. Why she should be the only female grantee is hard to answer. She was perhaps a relative of Captain Christopher Hussey, but no affirmative evidence of this has been found. [Later research strongly suggests that she was, indeed, Christopher’s mother.] She has been ingeniously worked up into Christopher’s mother; and the name of the wife of John Hussey having been transformed from Moor to Wood, she has been linked with John Woodin, to whom she conveyed 16 acres of land in Hampton 25 April, 1648.[2] All this seems pure surmise, and wild genealogical guessing. In 1650 seats in the Hampton meeting-house were assigned to “ould mistris husse” and to “her dafter husse”.[3] Widow Mary Hussey died at Hampton 16 June, 1660; and troubles us no further. It may be noted that “Mary Hussey, widow”, appears among the associates of John White in his New England adventure.[4] On the list her name is given between the names of two associates living in New England, but she is not specifically so described.
   …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:[5]
   v. John, baptized 29 April, 1596; buried 8 Nov., 1597.
   vi. Christopher, baptized 18 Feb., 1598-9.
   vii. Marie, baptized 31 Jan., 1601-2.

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

   J. William Bardoe, Director of Research, English Genealogical Research, Guildford, Surrey, furnished the entries below, some of which he re-checked for accuracy, and stated that the registers of the adjacent parishes of Abinger and Sheir (Shera) do not contain Hussey entries prior to 5th 12. 1593. Neither do the Richmond Parish Registers reveal anything pertinent to the ancestry of Christopher Hussey.

Dorking Parish Registers, Co. Surrey, England



25th 9. 1569. John Wood Joane Taylor

5th 12. 1593 John Hussey Marie Wood


28th 6. 1562. John Wood, son of John Wood (senior) and Audrey, his wife

5th 5. 1581 Sara Wood, daughter of John Wood (junior)

9th 7. 1581 Marie Wood, granddaughter of John Wood (senior)

30th 8. 1584 Elias Wood, son of John Wood (junior)

3rd 10. 1588 Martha Wood, daughter of John Wood (junior)

29th 4. 1596 John Hussey, first child of John Hussey and Marie Wood

18th 2. 1598 Christopher Hussey, second child of John Hussey and Marie Wood

31st 1. 1601 Marie Hussey, third child of John Hussey and Marie Wood


1581 Marie Wood, daughter of John Wood (senior)

1586 Joane Wood, daughter of John Wood (senior)

8th 11. 1597 John Hussey, son of John Hussey and Marie Wood

18th 2. 1603 Audrey, wife of John Wood (senior)

5th 4. 1612 John Wood (senior)

24th 5. 1632 John Hussey, aged 74

Source: Historic Nantucket, Vol. 27, Oct 1979, No. 2.


[1] The Hussey Millenium Manuscript theorizes that John could have been the castaway, who, instead of being killed, made his way back to England years later, or that Mary left him and made up the story to explain why she was without her husband. If the first were true, this would have likely been an event that would have attracted attention and a record would certainly have been left. The second is unlikely, as well, since Mary could have simply said that her husband had died of natural causes, instead of making up an elaborate story about his death. The story could be just that: a story that somehow got mixed in with fact and was repeated a number of times. There is some speculation but no proof that Mary and her son Christopher were in Holland before arriving in the New World.

[2] Land Records of old Norfolk County (Essex Antiquarian, vol. I, p. 22).

[3] Dow’s Hampton, p. 759.

[4] Register, vol. 61, p. 280.

[5] 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”.

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  • Lincolnshire pedigrees by Maddison, Arthur Roland
  • Pg.527
    • Hussey of Sleaford and Donington.
  • .... etc.
  • Thomas Hussey. = Bridget, dau. of Richard Bowes of Aske, co. York. ; ch: John (m. Elizabeth Metcalfe), George, Elizabeth (m. Thomas Stydolf) Hussey
    • John Hussey of Hoington and Caythorpe. Will dated 14 Aug. 25 Eliz., 1583; proved (C.P.C.) 5 Sept. 1587; (to be) bur. at Honington, s.p.; left his estates to Charles Hussey, jun., of Belton, his cousin, with divers remainders. = Elizabeth, dau. of . . . . Metcalfe; sister of Thomas Metcalfe; wido of Thomas Trigge of Stamford. Will dated 28 May 36 Eliz., 1594; proved (C.P.C.) 31 March 1597.
    • George Hussey. = . . . . dau. of . . . . ; ch: John Hussey.
    • .... etc.


  • John Hussey1
  • M, #1086, b. 1575, d. 5 February 1638
  • Father George Hussey b. c 1553
  • John Hussey was born in 1575 at Dorking, Surrey, England. He married Mary Wood (Moor), daughter of Henry Wood and Martha Bull, on 5 February 1593. John Hussey died on 5 February 1638 at Dorking, Surrey, England.
  • Family Mary Wood (Moor) b. c 1570, d. 16 Jun 1660
  • Children
    • Capt. Christopher Hussey+ d. 6 Mar 1685/86
    • John Hussey d. 8 Nov 1597
    • (Daughter) Hussey b. c 1600
    • Joseph Hussey, Capt. b. c 1602
  • Citations
  • [S109] Unknown author, Roy Leggitt, FIDONET.
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  • Christopher Hussey
  • Birth: 1598 Dorking, Surrey, England
  • Death: 1686 Nantucket County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Although the memorial marker here bears his name, Christopher is probably not buried on Nantucket. Although he was an early landowner here, others have noted that he is reportedly buried in Hampton, NH.
  • From user "flgrl": Born & baptized in Dorking, Surrey, England. Son of JOHN HUSSEY & Mary Wood. As a young man in Holland, he met Theodate Batchilder. Christopher,his new wife Theodate and her father & family Rev. Stephen Batchilder sailed for America in 1632 on the ship 'WILLIAM & FRANCIS'. Christopher was one of the first settlers of Hampton, New Hampshire. 1639, Christopher Hussey was made Justice of the Peace. He also held office of town clerk & was a deacon in the church. He was one of the original "purchasers" of Nantuckett. Christopher Hussey was also a Sea Captain [and first whaler to take a sperm whale -- G.D.]. Christopher Hussey was the father of 3 boys and 3 girls.
  • Family links:
  • Spouses:
  • Theodate Bachiler Hussey (1610 - 1646)*
  • Ann Capon Mingay Hussey (____ - 1680)*
  • Children:
    • Joseph Hussey (____ - 1686)*
    • John Hussey (1635 - ____)*
    • Mary Hussey Page Green Dow (1638 - ____)*
    • Theodata Hussey (1640 - 1649)*
    • Stephen Hussey (1643 - 1718)*
    • Hulda Hussey Smith (1646 - ____)*
  • Burial: Founders Burial Ground, Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 10904506
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  • Maxwell history and genealogy, including the allied families of Alexander, Allen, Bachiler, Batterton, Beveridge, Blaine, Brewster, Brown, Callender, Campbell, Carey, Clark, Cowan, Fox, Dinwiddie, Dunn, Eylar, Garretson, Gentry, Guthrie, Houston, Howard, Howe, Hughes, Hussey, Irvine, Johnson, Kimes, McCullough, Moore, Pemberton, Rosenmüller, Smith, Stapp, Teter, Tilford, Uzzell, Vawter, Ver Planck, Walker, Wiley, Wilson by Houston, Florence Amelia Wilson ....
  • 1. John Hussey, of Dorking, England, m. Mary Wood. Their son
  • 2. Christopher Hussey, E. m. Theodate Bachiler. Their son
  • 3. John Hussey, m. Rebecca Perkins. Their daughter
  • 4. Charity Hussey, m. Garret Garretson. Their son
  • 5. John Garretson, m. Margaret Calender. Their daughter
  • 6. Martha Garretson, m. Benjamin Cox. Their daughter
  • 7. Amy Cox, m. Thomas Cox. Their daughter
  • 8. Mary Cox, m. Eli Bray. Their daughter
  • 9. Jean Bray, m. John D. Brown. Their son
  • 10. Joseph Addison Brown, m. Martha McFarland. Their son
  • 11. William McFarland Brown, m. Alta Catherine Love. Their daughter
  • 12. Mary Brown, m. Junius Wilson Houston.
  • John Hussey, probably a native of Berkshire, England, became a resident of Dorking, County Surrey, England, and married there, December 5, 1693, Mary Wood. After his death she emigrated to America, and died at the home of her son in Hampton, N. H. June 16, 1660. At Hampton she was taxed as "widow Mary Hussey." Children born at Dorking, England :
  • 1. John Hussey, baptized April 29, 1594, died November 8, 1697.
  • 2. Christopher Hussey, baptized February 18, 1599. While still a young man he spent some time in Holland, where he met and desired to marry Theodate, daughter of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, who gave his consent to their marriage only on condition that they would sail with him for America. They complied with this condition, and after the wedding,
  • about 1631, they embarked for America in the ship "William and Francis," arriving in Boston June 5, 1632. They settled first in Lynn, Mass., where their first child, Stephen Hussey, born in England, was baptized by his grandfather, Stephen Bachiler. Christopher Hussey removed to Newbury, Mass., and in 1636 was a selectman there. In 1638 he and his father-in-law were proprietors of Hampton, N. H., where they finally settled, and in 1639 he was appointed a justice of the peace, a position of dignity and importance in early days. He held this office many years. He was also elected town clerk and first deacon of the church. In 1659 he was one of the purchasers of Nantucket, Mass., but did not remove there. In Hampton he was elected a Deputy, or Representative, to the General Court for the years 1658, 1659, 1660 and 1672. Orders were received from the King September 18, 1679. "to erect New Hampshire into a separate government." under the jurisdiction of a President and Council, to be appointed by himself. Hon. John Cutts was appointed President and Hon. Christopher Hussey, of Hampton, one of his six Councillors. He served in the Royal Council from 1679 to 1685. He was a man of prominence and wealth. His military service was as follows: Lieutenant as early as 1658: captain, May 15. 1672, of the Hampton, N. H.. Military Company. He was also a shipowner and master and commanded vessels in the East Indies trade. The fact that he was a mariner has given rise to the statement that he was drowned at sea. There is no foundation whatever for this story, as the town records of Hampton show that he was buried there March 8, 1686, and this record is supported by Coffin and Austin, two local historians. His first wife died in Hampton October 20, 1649, and he married second, December 9. 1658, Ann, widow of Jeffery Mingay. She died June 24, 1680. Children by his first wife:
  • 1. Stephen Hussey, born in England, 1632.
  • 2. John Hussey. born at Lynn, Mass.. 1635, married. September 21, 1659, Rebecca Perkins. He became a Quaker, removed to Delaware, and represented New Castle County in the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1696. His daughter Charity married Garret Garretson, of New Castle County, Delaware, and his son John married Ann Garretson.
  • 3. Joseph Hussey.
  • 4. Mary Hussey, born in Newbury. Mass., 1638, m. first. Thomas Page ; second, Henry Green, and third, Henry Dow.
  • 5. Theodate Hussey, baptized at Hampton, 1640.
  • 6. Huldah Hussey, born at Hampton. 1646. married John Smith.
  • .... etc.


The Hussey name is fairly well authenticated as an ancient one, among the first in New England.


John married Mary Wood in Dorking, England on 12/05/1593.

________________________________________________________________________________ HUSSEY (Sir Knight)1 states that John did go to New Hampshire in 1632 with son Christopher and his wife Theodate, and Rev. Stephen Batchiler. Records show that he was burined July 24, 1632 in Dorking, Surrey, Eng. _______________________________________________________________________________

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April 29, 1568
Dorking, Surrey, England
April 29, 1594
Age 26
Dorking, Surrey, England
November 18, 1597
Age 29
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Age 29
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November 18, 1597
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February 18, 1598
Age 29
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Harby, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
March 31, 1601
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