Mease History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Mease family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mease family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Macey in Manche, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mease family

The surname Mease was first found in Cheshire where the one of the first records of the name was "Hugh Massie, who married Agnes, daughter and heir of Nicholas Bold, of Coddington. Their son William purchased the manor of Coddington in the eighteenth of Henry VI." [1]

A branch of the family held a family seat at Backford since early times. "During a great part of the 13th and 14th centuries, the manor [of Backford] was held by the Masseys, of Timperley; about the year 1580 it was sold to Thomas Aldersey." [2]

Birkenhead in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "A priory for sixteen Benedictine monks was founded [in Birkenhead] about 1150, in honour of St. Mary and St. James, by Hamon de Massey, third Baron of Dunham-Massey." [2]

Little is known of Hamon de Massey other than he held manors of Agden, Baguley, Bowdon, Dunham, Hale and Little Bollington. He is thought to have born in La Ferté-Macé, in the Orne department in north-western France.

Important Dates for the Mease family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mease research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1619, 1674, 1646, 1674, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mease History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mease Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mease include Massey, Massie, Macy, Macey and others.

Early Notables of the Mease family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Massey (c. 1619-1674), fifth son of John Massey of Coddington, an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mease Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mease family to Ireland

Some of the Mease family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mease migration to the United States

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Meases to arrive on North American shores:

Mease Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Mease, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [3]
  • John Mease, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mease (post 1700)

  • Robert Mease (b. 1756), American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1794-95 [4]
  • Henry U. Mease, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936, 1944, 1952 [4]
  • H. Warren Mease, American Republican politician, Chair of Ocean County Republican Party, 1945 [4]
  • Floyd W. Mease, American Republican politician, Chair of Ocean County Republican Party, 1959 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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