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The Berkshire Purseys

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Purseys in Berkshire go back a long way and by the mid 1750s are well-established. They are the most numerous group after those in Somerset.

The major concentration in Wokingham – which includes the two trees of John and Ann Walden, and Michael and Elizabeth Brewer/Hannah Hulford – originates from just across the county border in Eversley, Hampshire. Once settled there, many descendants remained for a long time.

A seemingly more wealthy branch can be found in the towns of Barkham, Easthampstead, Finchampstead and Binfield. Richard Pursey, who married Mary Holmes, died in Easthampstead in 1807. He was a farmer and in his will, he left property to his wife Mary, in Nottingham. (There are few Purseys in Nottingham at the time but one such was Samuel Pursey who married Ann Holmes there in 1792.) Richard was also the bondsman (or guarantor) for the marriage of John and Ann Walden.

The most extensive tree is that of John and Ann Walden who married in 1748. Although he married Ann in Winkfield, John Pursey came from Eversley. It was originally constructed from information received from Chris Parnwell, (for which thanks). There’s a lot more information on Christine’s family (which includes a number of Purseys on the excellent Wokingham Remembers website.

Another gives the descendants of Michael Pursey, born about 1760. Michael Pursey (parents currently unknown) married Elizabeth Brewer in Eversley in November 1778. On her death, he married Hannah Hulford.

Then there is the family of Thomas and Judith Isley. Although in the records, all the children of Thomas and Judith are noted as Percys, the will of one Thomas Pursey, a gardener of Easthampstead suggests they were originally Purseys. Thomas married Mary May several years after the death of Judith. Thomas’s immediate descendants were all born in Binfield. They subsequently moved to Egham, Windsor and London.

A good number of stray families and individuals in the records remain to be posted. In my opinion, they are related but without further information, accurate identification is nigh on impossible.

I originally posted three trees on this page. The four now posted have been substantially revised and added to. In doing so, I have made some assumptions and educated guesses. Bearing this in mind, all the information given, should be thoroughly checked. I would, of course, welcome any corrections or any new information.

Published Jun 14, 2013, substantially revised Oct 4, 2014