|THE FAMILY PAGES OF
VARIOUS SPELLINGS OF THE USSERY NAME
AND OPINIONS OF IT’S ORIGIN
© copyright by cindy h. casey 2009
For over twenty years I have been researching and collecting data on the Ussery/Usry name, I have continued to be amazed by the stories of Ussery connections to Royal
Households. And of course, the many opinions of the origin of the Ussery name. So far, no proof has been forthcoming in proving either, but many good leads have surfaced.
One of the early explorers of the Piedmont North Carolina was a German doctor, John Lederer. In the English Language account of his expedition (Discoveried, London, 1672),
Lederer tells of his experiences in Ushery Territory . This territory was along and between the Pee Dee and the Catawba Rivers, and includes the North Carolina counties of
Montgomery, Richmond, Anson, and Stanley, among others.
The British Surveyer-General, John Lawson, probably knew the native people of the Carolinas and Virginia better than any other European. His book, History of North Carolina
(London, 1714), is said to be the most accurate of all early publication about the New World. Lawson spent considerable time with the Ushery Nation, and describes the people as
reasonably handsome and as being trustworthy, courageous, and friendly.
In the early 1700's, the name Catawba was applied to the Southern Sioux. Colonel William Boyd, head of the survey party that established a dividing line between North Carolina
and Virginia about 1730, passed through Catawba towns. Boyd noted in his journal, "These Indians were all called formerly by the general name of Usheroos, and were very
numerous and powerful people." Col. Boyd also notes that a number of white people were living in Catawba towns. (Ref: Lefler, H.T. and W.S. Powell, Coloial NC, A History; 1973.
Rights, D.L., The American Indian in NC, 1947; Brown, D.S, The Catawba Indians: The People of the River, 1967)
During his expedition through Surry County, Lederer traveled through Sara, where the Sara Indians dwelled. Today they are referred to as the Saura Town Indians of Saura Town
Mountain. In his journal Lederer noted: "From Sara I kept a south-southwest course until the 25th of June (1670) and then reached Wisachy...The 26th of June, having crossed a
fresh river which runs into the lake of Ushery I came to the town, which was more populous than any I have seen before in my march." (History of Surry County or Annals of NW
North Carolina by J.G. Hollingsworth, 1935, pp13)
In examining the records of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina in the years before 1790, the following land transactions are revealed: William Ussery obtained a land grant
in 1772 in South Carolina; in North Carolina several Ussery’s obtained land in the period of 1760 to 1770, but in Virginia, a larger number of Ussery’s are mentioned in the records
going back to about 1684.
In the Colonial days in Virginia the Episcopal Church kept records of baptisms, births, deaths, etc. Some of the parish registers have been published, some destroyed. In the parish
register for Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, VA, 1680-1787, the following is found:
Elizabeth ye Daughter of Jno Ussery & Mary his wife baptis. Ye 29 day of August, 1684
Jno Ussery deceased ye 7th February, 1687
John Upshiere Junr Departed this life August ye 10th, 1713
Lucy Negro girl belonging to John Usery, born May 15, Baptised Sept’r 23, 1739
So, the question remains. If there was an Ussery in New Kent County, VA in 1684, then when did he come to Virginia and where did he come from?
In perusing this question, I researched the numerous issues of John Usry’s Bulletins and found many letters from Ussery researchers claiming to have found the true Motherland of
our noble ancestors, and with each letter came a new tale and new country or origin. So, for those Ussery researchers who are still hopeful of cracking the puzzle, I offer you the
information I have and wish you all the luck in the world!
De Dinnington sounds like a lord of the manor somewhere. In the early 1900s a Barlow relation of mine (who was a social climber of some renown) spent a small fortune and many
years in search of a Norman-blood ancestor. His researchers found a 1066 companion of Duke William's called Ours/Urso d'Abitot or De Abetot from the manor of St Jean D'Abitot
in Normandy. A son was recorded as Richard Fitzurse, and a brother as Robert Le Dispenser. Whether those second-names were eke-names or permanent surnames was not
reported. In general the family seems to have retained the d'Abitot identification with Normandy. A later descendant became lord of the manor of the village of Barley in Derbyshire,
and was recorded as (1207) William d'Abitot de Barley. His son was recorded in three different documents as Jordan de Habetot, Jordan de Hapetot of Barlege, and Jordan de
Barlay. Robert de Aptoft was Jordan's son, and Thomas Abbetoft (born 1307) was Jordan's grandson, and thereafter the name seems to have been simply Barley for the next seven
generations. William's brother, incidentally, was recorded in 1200 as Jordan fitz Urse de Williton (in Somerset); the boys were four generations removed from Urso D'Abitot the
From the Harvard Law Library Collection
Grant, 1275, January 12. 3 Edward I. 1 item : parchment ; 21.5 x 22 cm. SUMMARY: Grant by Sir Warin de Sicca Villa to John le Abbe, lord of Wasserfelle (Devon), of la Wyche and
Cotteclywe (Devon), the mill of Wassefeld and 9 acres in the marsh of Wassefeld, which he held of Richard de la Werthe, subject to a yearly rent of 20s. to be paid at Wassefeld or
Bykecumb (Dorset). Given at Exeter (Devon) on Saturday before the octave of the Epiphany. WITNESSES: Sir Thomas de Pine, Sir John de Alba Mara, Sir Henry de Esse, Robert
de Raddington, John de Asleg, William de Occumton, John Kelly. Indenture, with 1 seal (2.1 x 3.2 cm.) of green wax, pendant on a tag, oval, bearing a device: a fleur- de-lys; with
the legend: S. JOHANNIS LE ABE. HOL# -AMZ8535-2 I. De Sackville, Warin, Sir. II. Abbot, John, lord of Washfield, fl. 1275. III. Worth, Richard, fl. 1270-1290. IV. De Pyne, Thomas,
Sir. V. De Alba Mara, John, Sir. VI. De Esse, Henry, Sir. VII. De Raddington, Robert. VIII. De Ashley, John. IX. De Okhamton, William.
1. Washfield, John Abbot, lord of, fl. 1275.
4. Deeds-- England--Cotleigh.
5. Deeds--England-- Washfield.
6. Devon (England)--Charters, grants, privileges.
7. Wick (England)-- Charters, grants, privileges.
8. Cotleigh (England)--Charters, grants, privileges.
9. Washfield (England)--Charters, grants, privileges.
10. Exeter (Devon, England)
11. Bincombe (Dorset, England).
Deeds 7 Agreement, 1275, January 12. 3 Edward I. 1 item : parchment ; 15 x 24 cm. SUMMARY: Agreement between Sir Warin de Sicca Villa and John le Abbe, lord of Wasfelle
(Devon), reciting that the said Warin has quit-claimed to the said John, son and heir of William le Abbe of Wasfelle, the right which he had in the dower which belonged to Isabel
possibly the possessions in Wick, Cotleigh, and Washfield mentioned in Deeds 6 , who was the wife of the said William le Abbe, for 20s. to be paid to the said Warin at Wasfelle or
Bykecomb (Dorset) so long as Isabel lives, for which payment John le Abbe binds himself with covenants as to distraint and re-entry in case of default. Given at Exeter on Saturday
next after the octave of Epiphany. WITNESSES: Sir Thomas de Pyn, Sir John de Alba Mara, Sir Henry de Esse, Robert de Radynton, John de Ayslegh, William de Okhamton, John
de Kelly. Indenture, with 1 seal of white wax in fragments. Not found in envelope 11/20/95. HOL# -AMZ8570-0 I. Abbot, William, lord of Washfield, fl. 1270. II. Abbot, John, lord of
Washfield, fl. 1275. III. Abbot, Isabel. IV. De Alba Mara, John, Sir. V. De Ashley, John. VI. De Sackville, Warin, Sir. VII. De Pyne, Thomas, Sir. VIII. De Esse, Henry, Sir. IX. De
Raddington, Robert. X. De Okhamton, William. XI. De Kelly, John. SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--England--Devon. 2. Deeds--England--Wick. 3. Deeds-- England--Cotleigh. 4. Deeds--
England-- Washfield. 5. Devon (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 6. Wick (England)-- Charters, grants, privileges. 7. Cotleigh (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 8.
Washfield (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 9. Bincombe (Dorset, England) 10. Exeter (Devon, England). (Source http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/guides/deeds/deeds.html
Deeds 11 Grant, 1304, September 14. 32 Edward I. 1 item : parchment ; 13.5 x 20 cm. SUMMARY: Grant by Thomas Hobekyn to Henry Abbe, lord of Wasfeld (Devon), and Joan his
wife of 6 1/2 acres of land in his tenement of Wasfeld which he had in exchange for so much land in la Hele, Colvercleve and la Rigge bounds given . Given at Wasfeld, Monday
next after the Nativity of the Blessed Mary, 32 Edward I . WITNESSES: Thomas de Esse, Alexander de la Worthe, Richard le Palmerre, Ralph de Kalewodelegh, Robert Avenel. With
1 seal (3.4 cm.) of brown wax, pendant on a tag, bearing a device: a star; with the legend: * S TOMI HOBBEKIN. HOL# -AMZ8860-2 I. Avenel, Robert. II. Abbot, Henry, lord of
Washfield, fl.1290-1304. III. Abbot, Joan. IV. De Esse, Thomas. V. Hopkin, Thomas. VI. Le Palmer, Richard. VII. Calverleigh, Ralph. VIII. Worth, Alexander. SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--
England--Devon. 2. Deeds--England--Washfield. 3. Devon (England)--Charters, grants, privileges 4. Washfield (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. (Source http://www.law.
Deeds 401 Grant, 1296/97. 25 Edward I. 1 item : parchment ; 13 x 19 cm. SUMMARY: Grant by Richard de Knokebregge to Thomas, son of Peter de Graveherst, of his woodland in
Knokebregge (Essex), bounded by the land of John, son of Robert de Knokebregge, to the north, the watercourse called "E" to the south, the land of Robert de Knokebregg to the
east, and the land of Philip Weymund to the west, at a yearly rent of 2d. due on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle at Knokegregg. In the year 25 Edward I . WITNESSES: Hamo de
Esse, William Geoffrey, William de Nythertune, Thomas Cobbe, William de Graveherst, Nicholas de Rowethune, Gilbert Robert, Thomas de Lyntherst. With 1 seal (2.6 cm.) of green
wax in excellent condition bearing the device: a star with a legend: RICARDI DE CNOTBR. HOL# -BBZ2886-4 I. De Noak Bridge, Richard. II. De Gravehurst, Peter. III. De Gravehurst,
Thomas. IV. De Noak Bridge, John. V. De Noak Bridge, Robert. VI. De Gravehurst, William. VII. Gilbert, Robert. VIII. Wyman, Philip. IX. De Esse, Hamo. X. Geoffrey, William. XI. De
Netherton, William. XII. Cobbe, Thomas. XIII. De Rowton, Nicholas. XIV. De Lyndhurst, Thomas. SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--England--Essex. 2. Deeds--England--Noak Bridge. 3. Essex
(England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 4. Noak Bridge (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. (Source http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/guides/deeds/deeds.html
Usry Bul. No 51; Feb. 1973--ESAREY--
29 Nov. 1972
Dear Mr. Usry:
Saw your ad in the Helper and thought it was interesting that the name Essery evolved into Usry. I myself am descended from John Essrey or Esry ( my 5th great grandfather), and
understand (at least it has been handed down) that all Essreys, Esserys, etc. are related in some way. Will enumerate my male ancestors, in hopes that the Usry and Essrey lines
may be of mutual descent. Please reply your thoughts on the matter,….Chuck Essrey.
Information on John Esarey/Esrey:
John Esarey/Esrey was born July 5, 1744 possibly in Philadelphia and died 1828 in Ray Co. MO. He married Sarah Hester (Esther?) Clark who was born January 5, 1758 and died
October 16, 1818 Walnut Prairie, IL. They married June 17, 1776 Delaware Co., PA.
Our ancestors are reputed to have immigrated from WALES TO PHILADELPHIA ca 1700.
Another letter from Chuck Essrey: 12 Dec. 1972:
Dear Mr. Usry,
Thank you for your reply dated the 7 Dec., 1972, which I received today. It seems we do not have a common American ancestor but perhaps a common European one. I will keep in
contact, and as I carry my line back, will tell you of any changes in surname. (As you may have already noted, the name Esarey was spelled Esrey in 1744, at least that’s the way
the census has it). In case you find the connection before me, I have written down all Esareys I know of and their dates.
Note: In the book Papillon by Henry Charrioro, the author says he know a man named Esseri (incidentally he was a bandit), a native of the Isle of Corsica, in France.
Letter from Mr. Delson B. Blalock--Nov 25, 1972--
Dear Mr. Usry:
My wife’s 3 great grandfather Angus Allendee McDonald married Annice Ussery. The line follows: **Sir Robert Ussery—John Ussery, Sr. –John Ussery, Sr., born 1718 French
Descent, was in America by 1730; settled Lunenburg Co., VA; wife Sarah Blackwell born about 1720, etc. (** Sir Robert Ussery is one of those legendary ancestors everyone wants
to connect themselves to. So far there has been no proof of his existence.)
Usry Bul. 149; April 1981--A Letter from Debrett Ancestry Research--
“….The positive finds are as follows: in parish registers, as the only references to the surname we have found anywhere in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland or the Channel
Islands. The enclosed maps will tell you more of the geography than a page of text. The parishes named adjoin the Exe estuary, and it is an area with many links with Virginia,
including Sir Walter Raleighs’ birthplace, and a strong sea-faring tradition.
Although we have picked up these referenced, there are continuing problems in building up any earlier references to the name. For example, one earlier source, the Protestation
Against Papry of 1641/2 which lists all males in the county over the age of eighteen, shows no one of the name; it is, of course, possible that the family were then represented by
only a widow with young sons who would escape the listing. There are other problems; the parish registers of Kenton began only in 1692. The references we have found are:
1. At Clyst St. George, 1692 Sept. 29 Sarah, daughter of Thomas Ursery, baptised
2. At Kenton, the following children of Henry and Sarah Ussery baptised:
1692 Mar 29 Sarah
1696 Nov. 17 William
1699 July 6 John
1702 July 16 Thomas
I suspect, but I stress merely suspect, that the origin my be USWORTHY; the local Devon dialect contracts -worthy, a common local place name element, to -ery. The name
Esworthy occurs earlier a few miles away. We are clearly on the right track here, but continuing work in local records, many still in country churches, is not too fruitful yet…..Kind
From the Same Bulletin--Know Your Name--
Jim C. Usry, Jr. of Thomson, GA has sent the editor a Xerox copy of the Ussery listing from a book by John C. Downing, “Know your Name.”…..This book claims that “Ussery” is a
Scottish spelling of an old French word for Usher or doorkeeper. The editor, John M. Usry, has many doubts that this is correct. The name Ussery has not been found in modern
lists of names in Scotland.
From the Same Bulletin:--Rev. Dean W. Ussery--
I have had various letters from Harry Ussery….in one of your bulletins…the fact that he heard the name Ussery or Essery called on the radio (in Ireland). Harry has added to the
story that another brother has gone to the island of Sky, Scotland and heard about Ussery’s……I believe the Ussery’s came to U.S. in 1669 on the ship “Three Brothers”………..
Usry Bul 148; March 1981--Family Legend-- From Nellie Ussery Holder of Texas;
“….My grandfather, Elisha Turner Ussery, told me that his father, Masten Ussery, had told him that the Ussery’s came from England. The story goes that one of an English Earl’s
sons got into serious trouble and was given the option of being punished (hung) or coming to America. The chose the latter and he and a younger brother were among the early
settler brought to Virginia by Sir Walter Raleigh. From these two sprang the Ussery’s in America.”
Usry Bul. 40; March 1972--OSRAIGHE--
Mrs. Carolyn Arnsberger of New Jersey sent in the following….”I looked up Ussery in the Encyclopedia Britannica ages ago and while I could find no Ussery, I did find an OSSERY. I
bring this to your attention simply because you haven’t mentioned it. The references are:
John Butler, Earl of Ossory (also Ormonde)
Sir Piers Butler, Earl of Ossory
Thomas, Earl of Ossory
Ossory (Osraighe), ancient kingdom, Ireland
Ossory (Osraighe) an ancient kingdom of Ireland whose capital was
Kilkenny and whose kings maintained their positions until 1110.
The Diocese of Ossory includes Kilkenny and parts of Leix and Offaly.
The Church of Ireland diocese was united with those of Ferns and Leighlin in 1832.
USREY BULLETIN #5 April 29, 1969
Nov. 18, 1953
Mrs. H. A. Chapman,Mesa, Arizona
Dear Mrs. Chapman:
I sincerely appreciated your nice letter, and I truly regret my inability to furnish you very much information concerning our family history. As with many other families, our people
failed to preserve very much of the family records. On Dec. 31, I will be 79 years old and am the last living member of my immediate family. So I will tell you what I have heard from
my grandparents. About the middle of the seventeenth century Thomas Ussery-Usery came over from Scotland and settled somewhere in Virginia. He brought with him an old
Scotch bible which I have in my possession now. He raised in Virginia three sons, whose names were Thomas, Joel and Freeman. Joel, my great grandfather moved from there to
North Carolina. Freeman went to Mississippi and all that I ever hear of Thomas was that he emigrated farther west. Joel mentioned above also had three sons, they were Joe,
Thomas and William. About this time according to the old records the spelling was changed to Usery. Some of the named in the record are spelled Ussery, which about the first of
1800 was changed to Usry. Joe Usry, my grandfather continued here while Thomas went somewhere west and William went to Tennessee. My father had a brother whose name was
Thomas. He was killed in the Civil War. I also had a brother by the name of Thomas. So there has been one Thomas in each generation. The Thomas Usury which came over from
Scotland was a wheel-wright and there has been one wheelwright in each generation. Have there been any wagon builders in your ancestry? Yours very truly, E.G. Usry
Usry Bul 151; June 1981--Letter from Rev. Dean Ussery--
April 22, 1981
DEBRETT’S found what I felt or hoped they would find:
1. The Ussery’s in the same general area as the Essery’s
2. The Three Brothers are named, or three men are there with same named as Virginia Ussery’s.
3. This would tell us what you have said about two or more migrations. One group came over after 1669 or thereabouts. This would explain how the John Ussery is found in New
Kent County in 1684. Another migration took place after the census, say 1725-1730.
4. There are a large number of Ussery males in Virginia after 1730. Too many to come from two or three families.
5. The John Ussery could have come over with his five sons: Pleasant, Samuel, Thomas, William and John, Jr. His father was Henry, Not Sir Robert.
6. This Thomas Ussery could have come too after 1697.
I sent reports of these findings to Essery’s in Wales; Stafford, England; Paignton, England; Barnstaple and Exeter, England. I am awaiting a letter from one or more of the folks
there. Let me recap letters from the Essery’s:
1. They trace their background to the French or Normans and back to Scandinavia.
2. An Essery in Stafford told me were seafaring people. This would possibly link them to the area where the Ussery’s are found.
3. All six families from whom I have heard trace their background to North or South Devon.
4. The name was Essery distinctly in 1600 for burial records are kept back that far, I’ve heard from the church in Barnstaple. Best regards, Dean
Usry Bul No. 35; Oct. 1971--ESSERY--
Kelly’s Handbook to the Title, Landed and Official Classes, 1947 (published in England) has the following entry:
Essery, Wm. Joseph, C.V.O. (1912) M.B. Durh., M.R.C.S. Eng., ret., son late Wm. Essery, of Launceston, Cornwall; b. 1860; educ. Christ’s Hosp. And King’s Coll. Lond.; m. 1919,
Blanche Gertrude, dau. of late John Inett Ward, of the Manor House, Abbot’s Langley, Herts.; Goose Green Cottage, Yateley, Camberley, Surrey (Yateley 3189).
Usry Bul. No 42; May 1972--USREY--
The following was sent in by Kay Usrey Reed of El Dorado, AR. Mrs. Reed hired Mr. Joseph G. Ferrier, nationally noted genealogist and former president of the National
Genealogical Society, to research the name “Usrey.” This is his report: (abstracted)
This unusual name is neglected in most sources, such as: Bardsley’s Dict. Of Eng. And Welsh Surnames; Burkes’ General Armory; various indexes to British pedigrees; Savage’s
Dictionary of N. Eng. Genealogy; Rupp’s ship lists to Philadelphia, PA 1727-1777; Cavaliers and Pioneers (VA residents before 1666); Mackenzie’s Colonial & Rev. families of the U.
S.; Virkus’ Compendium of American Genealogy and Library of Congress list of Genealogies (1919).
….The Old Testament baptismal names ( Elijah, Joshua, Peter) indicate Protestants, and the other names, John, David, Thomas, Richard, Wilson, suggest west or north of England,
or else Scotland or Wales.
“Carolina Cradle” settlement of N.W. Carolina frontier, 1747-1762, covers Salisbury and does not mention any form of the name, indicating settlement after 1762 and before 1790,
when there were numerous heads of families in the area….
Among British pedigrees listed in indexes, only USSHER seems to approach the name, and in Continental Europe, the Armorial General of Riestap offers only URSI.
Douzat’s book of French surnames has USSEREAU - usurer, from the west of France, as a surname.
The best clue is found in the LLYER BAGLAN, a collection of genealogical data of South Wales, compiled by John Williams between 1600 and 1607 and edited and printed in
London, 1910, page 198, has mention of the daughter of DELEHAYE of WORISAYE in the county of Hereford, and a footnote says the male line of the Delahays held URISHAY
castle, Herefordshire “’till recently” when the heiress married Henry Tallmadge, whose son took by royal license the name of Delahay, 1898.
The British Gazetteer says the URISHAY Castle, Herefordshire, 6 ½ mi. S.E. of Hay, was demolished 1921.
I believe that it is from this castle that the American Name USSERY, USREY, etc. was revived, and that the ancient home of the family was in Herefordshire, England, near the
border of Wales.
….Battle Abbey Roll, by the Duchess of Cleveland, 1889, Vol. III, page 366-370, gives the DELAHAY family as descended from a companion of the Conqueror, from LA HAYE-du-
PUITS in LA MANCHE, a fief dating from the partition of Normandy by Rollo. They were a powerful family and spread over England.
Burke’s General Armory had DELAHAY of Herefordshire: Arms Argent a sun (or star of 16 points )
Gules Crest A wolf’s head
The shield of John de la HAYE is listed in the Acre Roll, dated 1192, A.D. as “Argent a sun in spender gules.
The same shield is listed in Burke’s General Armory for HURSE of Starford County, HERTFORD (not Hereford) with Crest “in a wood proper the sun”; or Papeworth’s Ordinary of
British Armorials lists “Argent estoile of 16 points gules” for DELAHAY of County Hereford; and also HERST listed on Glover’s Roll, 1245 A.D. and HURSE of Sabridgeworth,
It is my believe that these DELAHAY arms are the original from which HURSE (two syllables) came, based on URISHAY Castle, and becoming in some cases confused with HERST-
HURST (a clump of woods, as on the crest) and in America USSEROY-URSERY-USREY, etc, with the Welsh in 1600 and earlier spelling the castle’s name as WORISAYE, probably
URIS-HAY, the last element being the family name HAYE URS-EY. Sincerely your, Joseph G. Ferrier.
From the same bulletin (No. 42):
Mrs. Gail B. Ussery of Maryland submitted the following Ussery Coat of Arms:
Arms: Azure a chevron ermine between three batons argent
Motto: Ne vile velis: “Wish nothing false”
Crest: A cubit vested azure cuffed argent grasping a baton also argent.
Usry Bul. 55; July 1973--William Penn and the Welcome:--
From Rev. Dean Ussery:
“Several of us have been digging into the history of the family and have come up with some pretty good finds. The first one, Sir Robert Ussery , came into America with William Penn
in 1682 on the Welcome. He settled in the Maryland County of Tolerant [Talbot?]. We believe that he had a son John and perhaps a son William. John had three sons, William
Thomas, John Jr., and William Richard, all who came into Lunenburg Co., VA approximately 1738 with their father or fathers. There were there a short time and moved into
Montgomery, Anson and Richmond Counties of North Carolina prior to 1769 and settled. John and Thomas served in the N.C. Legislature from 1786-1790. Richard dropped
“William” because of a controversy with his brother Thomas, as to who would use the name “William” . Richard had a set of kids in N.C. (One son named “Welcome” after the ship,
Welcome) Thomas had a son named Welcome and John’s middle name was John Welcome Ussery.”
(Note from John Usry) According to some of the literature on William Penn, no complete list of passengers on the ship Welcome has been found. Several passengers lists have
been compiled from various sources. Those do not list a Sir Robert Ussery. However, since these lists admittedly are not entirely compete, the matter of whether or not he was on
the ship remains unresolved. We know that several of the North Carolina Ussery’s were named Welcome.
Usry Bul. 83 Oct.. 1975
A book found in the Newberry Library, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, entitled “Irish Family Names, with Origins and Meanings, Clans, Arms, Crests and Mottoes,” by Captain Patrick
Kelly, published in 1935 by O’Connor and Kelly, Chicago, has a picture on page 117 of the Arms of O’Seyry, Oserie, Seerey, Seery, Freeman, Earner, O’Shru, O’Shirie, Oshyry; all
these from the Gaelic “Soar (h) ui (d) d,” meaning “free or delivered.”.
The Welcome: 8th month, 1682 at Upland (Chester), Robert Greenway, master
John and Elizabeth Songhurst Barber; Joan Bagman Buckman; Edward Buckman; Thomas Buckman; William Buckman; Sarah Buckman; Mary Buckman; Ruth Buckman; Thomas
Fitzwater; Mary Cheney Fitzwater; George Fitzwater; Thomas Fitzwater; Josiah Fitzwater; Mary Fitzwater; Thomas Gillett; Bartholomew Green; Robert Greenway; Nathaniel Harrison;
Jeffrey Hawkins; Dorothy Hawkins; Roger Hawkins; James Hawkins; Daniel Hawkins; Jeffrey Hawkins; Susanna Hawkins; Thomas Herriot; Richard Ingelo; Isaac Ingram; Thomas
Jones; William Lushington; Jeane Matthews; Hannah Mogeridge; Joshua Morris; David Ogden; John Ottey; Eleanor Pain. William Penn; James Portiff; Dennis Rochford; Mary Herriot
Rochford; Mary Rochford; Grace Rochford; John Rowland; Priscilla Shepherd Rowland; Thomas Rowland; William Smith; John Snashfold; John Songhurst; George Thompson;
Richard Townsend; Ann Hutchins Townsend; Hannah Townsend; William Wade; Zachariah Whitpaine; Joseph Woodrooffe; Thomas Wynne . (Passenger and Ships Prior to 1684,
Penn's Colony Volume 1, Walter Lee Shepherd, Jr., Heritage, 1992. )
From: "Jim Ussery"
Subject: The Ussery name - a different twist...
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 22:15:49 -0500
I found it very interesting and informative reading the information you have garnered about the ancestry of the "Ussery" name. It varies WIDELY from the stories I have been told
over the years.
My name is Jim (James Floyd) Ussery. I am 43 years old (08/08/55). I was born in Dayton, OH and currently live in Columbus, OH. I am not a blood relative to the Ussery line. I am
named for my mother's first husband, Sam Ussery, born ~1930 in or around Memphis, TN.
Now for the story I have always heard (from Sam as well). It is strictly hearsay, by no means documented or supportable, as is your extensive information. I am not a geneologist, nor
do I claim to be. Do not think I am questioning your findings, I found them quite interesting and well supported. I just wanted to share the story I have heard over the years.
The family name was about 15 syllables long, belonging to a tribe of Hungarian gypsies. Due to their penchant for stealing horses, they were "invitied" to leave every country in
Europe. With each exodus, the name shortened slightly, to avoid recognition.
When they "left" England, they were put on a boat to the Carolina colony. Here they finally learned that stealing horses was no way to live. They turned to stealing chickens, instead.
Once caught they were literally run out of town. In their haste to escape, they took two different forks in the road, one heading northwest, one southwest. They never bothered to
This explains the two sets of Usserys I know of. One is in western Tennesee and northern Mississippi, the other in southern Mississippi and southern Alabama. I was even contacted
by some Usserys in Biloxi, MS, when I was stationed at Keesler Tech Tng Ctr (USAF) in 1973. Possibly some of them are still around to tell their tales.
Colorful folklore? Probably. Actually, I'd rather believe a connection to Sir Robert Ussery than a band of thieves. Wouldn't you?