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The Hampshire Purseys

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

As in other counties, Purseys in Hampshire begin to appear at around the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Currently, there seem to be two distinctive groups – those centred around Basingstoke, and those coming from the east of the county – in and around Eversley.

Those from Basingstoke descend from brothers William (m Lydia Barnes) and John (m Mary?). Their father is I believe, William Pursey who died in 1832 in Basingstoke and whose wife was Sarah Fry.

William was a soldier whose war record shows him to been at Salamanca where he suffered a pelvic wound. Subsequently, he became a builder and yeoman. He died in 1832 leaving a will. [A copy is at Hampshire records office – please send me a copy, if you’re visiting.]

William and John had 11 children between them although only one surviving son – John, who married Frances Porter (née Harmsworth). They in turn had daughters only – Lucy, Jane and Ann. John died in Lincolnshire in 1904.

William and Lydia also produced three daughters – Sarah, Elizabeth and Bridget. Sarah had a son George, born 1839. Another boy – William, born 1837, is shown living with William and Lydia in the 1841 and 1851 censuses. William married Mary Anne Harrington in Battersea, London in 1863 but had no children. George appears on the 1861 census but not thereafter.

At this time, it seems that this line of Purseys has died out. [I am grateful for an article by Noreen Morris – A Builder from Basingstoke – for much of the content of this article and the accompanying tree.]

The Eversley Purseys are a much more complicated proposition. Seemingly starting from one Michael Pursey – hardly a traditional Pursey name – there are Purseys, Percies and Pusseys. This tree (currently posted under Berkshire) needs much more work!

Updated August 2014.

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