Early Origins of the Hursy family
The surname Hursy was first found in Northumberland
at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire
and another parish, so named in Derbyshire
. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The parishes in Derbyshire
were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
At one time the family held a manor in Long Horsley. "The manor was at an early period the property of the Merlays; after them the Greystocks held it; and the Horsleys possessed lands here from an early period, till their heiress married into the family of Widdrington." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hursy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hursy research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1546, 1547, 1525, 1583, 1550 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Hursy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hursy Spelling Variations
The name Hursy, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.
Early Notables of the Hursy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Horsey (died 1546), knight of Henry VIII and Lord of the Manor of Clifton Maubank; Sir John Horsley who was knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547. Later he was made Captain of Banborough Castle... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hursy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hursy family to Ireland
Some of the Hursy family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hursy family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland
, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Hursy family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hursy were Joseph and Jane Horsley settled in Virginia in 1652; John Horsey settled in New England
in 1665; Thomas and Mary Horsey settled in Boston in 1766.