1292. Documentation for Christopher Hussey
(18 February 1599 to 6 March 1686)
father of Stephen Hussey
(08 June 1632 to 02 April 1718)
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Christopher Hussey was baptised at Dorking, Surrey, England, on 18 February 1598/9, the son of John and Mary (Wood) Hussey.(1) Christopher married first Theodate Bachiler before 1635. She was a daughter of Reverend Stephen Bachiler. "Theodata Husse the wife of Christopher Husse died in the 8th mo[nth] 1649" at Hampton.(2) He married second, at Hampton, on 9 December 1658 Ann (Capon) Mingay.(3) She had married first, at Denton, Norfolk, England, on 30 September 1630 a Jeffrey Mingay.(4) She died at Hampton on 24 June 1680.(5) Christopher Hussey died at Hampton on 7 March 1685/6, “being about 90 years of age”.(6)
Christopher Hussey was a freeman by 14 May 1634.(7) Christopher Hussey remained a member of Reverend Stephen Bachiler's church as it moved about, and in Hampton he became a deacon.(8)
Christopher held a number of offices during his lifetime:
i. Deputy for Hampton to Massachusetts Bay General Court, 19 May 1658, 11 May 1659, 30 May 1660, 19 December 1660, 15 May 1672.(9)
ii. Empowered to marry at Hampton, 18 October 1659.(10)
iii. Magistrate, 7 September 1680, 7 June 1681, 6 December 1681, 5 September 1682.(11)
iv. 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.(12)
v. Highway committee, April 1665.(13)
vi. As "Lt. Hussie," committee to lay out colony land, 12 November 1659, 16 October 1660.(14)
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".(15)
Christopher Hussey was one of the eight purchasers of Nantucket in 1659, and in 1671 sold his land to his sons John and Stephen.(16) 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.(17)
Children of Christopher Hussey and Theodate Batchelder:
i. John - baptised at Lynn on 29 February 1635[/6?].(18) John married Rebecca Perkins at Hampton on 21 September 1659.(19)
ii. Mary – baptized at Newbury on 2 April 1638.(20) She married first at Hampton on 21 January 1664[/5] a Thomas Page.(21) She married second at Hampton on 10 March 1690/1 a Henry Green.(22) She married third at Hampton on 10 November 1704 a Henry Dow.(23) 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".(24)
iii. Theodata – baptized at Hampton on 23 August 1640.(25) She died at Hampton on 20 October 1649. "Theodata the daughter of Christopher Husse died the 20th of October 1649".(26)
iv. Stephen Hussey was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on 08 June 1632.(27)
He was a seaman like his father, Capt. Christopher Hussey.(28) For a while before he married, Stephen owned land and lived in Barbados in the West Indies.(29) He probably used it as a base for his ship. Stephen married Martha Bunker on 08 October 1676 at Nantucket, Massachusetts.(30) Martha Bunker was born in Massachusetts in 1656.(31) Martha was a daughter of George Bunker and Jane Godfrey.(32)
v. Hulda, perhaps born about 1646. She married at Hampton on 26 February 1666[/7] a John Smith.(33)
(1) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire 365. Also see, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (3 Volume Set), Author: Robert Charles Anderson, Published: 1996.
(2) Hampton Vital Records 557; Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 152, Bunker, Martha, w. Stephen Hussey (s. Capt. Christopher and Theodate), d. George and Jane Godfrey, _____, 1656, P.R. 38; NVR to 1850, Marriages, page 148, Bunker, Martha and Stephen Hussey, Oct. 8, 1676. Intention not recorded. [Martha, d. George and Jane Godfrey, and Stephen Hussey, s. Capt. Christopher and Theodate (Bechelder), P.R. 38.]; The History of Nantucket, County, Island, and Town including Genealogies of First Settlers by Alexander Starbuck, Charles F. Tuttle Company, publishers, Rutland, Vermont, page 779; NVR to 1850, Deaths, page 373, Hussey, Stephen, 2d, 2 mo. 1718. [h. Martha (d. George Bunker and Jane), s. Capt. Christopher (s. John of England) and Theodate (Bachelder), P.R. 38.]; NVR to 1850, Deaths, Hussey, Martha, w. Stephen (s. Capt. Christopher and Theodate), d. George Bunker and Jane Godfrey, 21st, 9 mo. 1744, P.R. 38. [wid. Stephen, a. 87 y. 10 m., P.R. 63.].
(3) Hampton Vital Records 74, 556.
(4) New Hampshire Genealogical Register 8:148.
(5) Hampton Vital Records 117.
(6) Hampton Vital Records 9. See, http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/
(7) MBCR 1:369.
(8) Hampton Hist 760.
(9) MBCR 4:1:321, 364, 416, 449, 4:2:507.
(10) MBCR 4:1:382-83.
(11) NHPP 40:361, 374, 379, 389.
(12) MBCR 1:259, 329; EQC 3:100, 280, 4:131, 186.
(13) EQC 3:253.
(14) MBCR 4:1:403, 440.
(15) Essex Ant 5:173, citing Old Norfolk County Records.
(16) Nantucket Land 53, 69. 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.
(17) NHPLR 3:168a.
(18) Hampton Vital Records 3.
(19) Hampton Vital Records 74, 556.
(20) Hampton Vital Records 3.
(21) Hampton Vital Records 75, 556.
(22) Hampton Vital Records 1:78.
(23) Hampton Vital Records 1:58.
(24) NHPLR 5:197.
(25) Hampton Vital Records 3.
(26) Hampton Vital Records 557.
(27) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 152, Bunker, Martha, w. Stephen Hussey (s. Capt. Christopher and Theodate), d. George and Jane Godfrey, _____, 1656, P.R. 38.
(28) Ibid; NVR to 1850, Marriages, page 148, Bunker, Martha and Stephen Hussey, Oct. 8, 1676. Intention not recorded. [Martha, d. George and Jane Godfrey, and Stephen Hussey, s. Capt. Christopher and Theodate (Bechelder), P.R. 38.].
(29) The History of Nantucket, County, Island, and Town including Genealogies of First Settlers by Alexander Starbuck, Charles F. Tuttle Company, publishers, Rutland, Vermont, page 779.
(33) Hampton Vital Records 75, 556.
The Will of Christopher Hussey
The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Hussey
was made the 28th day of February 1684.
I, Christopher Husy, being through the mercy of God in health of body and of a sound memory and disposing capacity for wch (which) I bles the Lord and God being strickn in years, not knowing the time of my departure desiring according to rulle to set my house in order before I dy, revoke all former Wills by me made, to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in wch I do first resigns my soule unto the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ my blessed Savior and Redeemer and my body to the dust from whence it was taken in hope of a blessed resurrection among the just when my soule and body being again reunited and clothed over with the righteonsness of Christ to remaine with the Lord forever and as for my outward estate that God hath graciously lent me my just debts being payd and funeral charges discharged, I dispose of as followeth.
Imprimis: I give my two sons Steeven Husy and John Husy my farm with all the privileges thereof namely the one hundred and fifty ackers of meadows upland as granted taken also fifty ackers more of marsh which I bought adjacent to it I say I give it by equal parts that is to say one full half to my son Steeven his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple and the other half to my son John in like manner only that paying to my dafter Mary as hereafter in my Will is expressed.
Item: I give to my daghter 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 daghter 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 daghter 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 daghter 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 pay of 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 daghter 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:
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 daghters 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 witness 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)
New Hampshire in New England Moses Pike, Robert Pike and Steven 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.