The Massey Family

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Hugh De Coddington Massey

Hugh was born in 1389 in Coddington, England.  He married Anne Bold in 1418 in Lancashire, England.  Anne was born in 1390 also in Coddington.  Hugh died in 1456 and Anne died in 1443.  Their children were:

  1.  Aldersey Massey (1419-
  2. Taton De Coddingham Massey (1419-
  3. Margaret de Coddingham Massey (1421-
  4. John Massie (1429-1509)
  5. William DeCoddingham Massey (1440-1462)
  6. Nicholas Massey (1443-1491)
  7. Thomas Massey (1478-1528)

Nicholas Massey

Nicholas Massey was born in 1443 in Lancashire, England.  He married Agnes Bold in 1463.  Agnes was born in 1438 in Coddington, England.  Her father was Nicholas Bold.  Nicholas died in 1491 and Agnes died in 1460. 

Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey was born in 1478 in Lancashire, England to Nicholas Massey and Agnes Bold. He married Joan Beswick in 1498.  Joan was born in 1480, the daughter to Thomas Ince, Sheriff of the city of Chester[1].  Thomas and Joan’s children were:

  1.  John Massey (1500-1551)
  2. William Massey (1502-1551)
  3. James Massey (1504-1553)
  4. Hugh Massey (1506-1563)
  5. Roberta Massey (1507-1550)
  6. Nicholas Massey (1509-1553)
  7. Alexander Massey (1516-1563)

Joan died in 1520 and Thomas died in 1528 in England, at the age of 50.

Hugh Massey

Hugh Massey was born in 1506 in Cheshire, England, the son of Thomas and Joan Massey. He married Elizabeth Hyde in 1529 and they had four children together:

  1.  Alice Hawkyns Massey (1522-1553)
  2. Alexander Massey (1527-
  3. Thomas Massey (1530-1553)
  4. John Massey (1533-

.Elizabeth died in 1553 and Hugh married Jane Smythe, born 1520 to Thomas Smythe and Catharine DeBrereton.  In 1542, William Massey was born.  Elizabeth died in 1550 and Hugh died in 1563.

William Massey

William Massey was born about 1542 in Nantwich, England, the son of Hugh Massey and Jane Smythe. He married Jane Prestland about 1567 in Cheshire, England.  Her parents were William and Amy Prestland.  William and Jane’s children were:

  1.  Edward Massey (1570-1617)
  2. Hugh De Mascy

Jane died in 1607.  William’s date of death is unknown.

Edward Massey

Edward Massey, son of William Massey and Jane Prestland was born in 1570.  In 1588, he married Margaret Wright, born August 2, 1576 to Henry Wright and Anne Woodnott.  Edward and Margaret were born, married and died in Nantwich, England. They had two sons:

  1.  William Massey (1592-1618)
  2. Thomas Massey (1611-1645)

Edward was buried on June 19, 1618 at St Margaret Pattens, City of London.  Margaret’s death is unknown.

William Massey

William Massey was born in 1592 in Cheshire, England, the son of Edward Massey and Margaret Wright.    William died in April 2, 1618.   His children were:

  1.  Thomas Massey, Sr. (1611-1645)
  2. Elizabeth Massey (1617-
  3. Richard Massey (1619-
  4. Margaret Massey (1624-

William died on April 2, 1618, at the age of 26.

Thomas Massey, Sr.

Thomas Massey, Sr. was born on July 12, 1611, in Nantwich, England.  He married Margaret Thompson on July 24, 1634, in Nantwich, England. Margaret was born on October 14, 1603, in Nantwich, England, the daughter of John Thompson and Ellene Davies.  She was baptized in 1609 in Padiham, Lancashire, England.  Thomas and Margaret’s son was Thomas Henry Massey.

Thomas died in 1645 at the age of 33 and Margaret died in 1644 in England, at the age of 40.

Thomas Henry Massey

Thomas Henry Massey was born on September 1, 1642, in Coddington, England, the only child of Thomas and Margaret Massey. In 1664, Thomas married Hannah Sidebotham, born 1648, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Sidebotham.

Their children were:

  1.  Thomas Massey (1663-1708)
  2. John Massey (1669-

Thomas died in between 1670-1675.  Elizabeth died about 1670.

Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey was born in 1663 in Cheshire Co., England.  His parents were Henry Massey and Hannah Sidebotham.  In 1683, Thomas, age 20 was one of 8 servants whose passage was paid by Francis Stanfield.  Phoebe Taylor, age 13 was on the same ship along with her mother, five brothers and sisters and her Uncle Daniel Williamson.   Phoebe was born August 15, 1670 in Cheshire Co., England.  Her parents were Robert Taylor and Mary Hayes.  Thomas married Phoebe on November 7, 1692 in Cheshire Co.
The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Volume XXXVI, Information Wanted, page 159, states:   “Thomas Massey, son of Henry Massey and Hannah Sidebotham of Cheshire, England, married Phebe Taylor dau of Robert and Mary Taylor in 1692.  Both were passengers on the Endeavr arriving in PA in 1683.  Their children were Esther, Mordecai, James, Hannah, Thomas, Phebe, and Mary.”  Volume IV, “Some Early Arrivals:  Settlers in Chester Co., Pa.”, page 294 states, “Thomas came before 1687 and settled in Marple.  He died in 1708 in his 45th year.”

The Thomas Massey House

Soon after Thomas and Phoebe’s wedding, Thomas purchased three hundred acres of land
from Jonathan Hayes, Phoebe’s uncle.  The land was in Marple Township where Thomas and Phoebe spent the rest of their lives.  The home they built has been preserved and is located just off present day Route 320 in the village of Broomall.  A brick section was added to the first structure, a log house, by Thomas and Phoebe. Their son Mordecal replaced a log kitchen with a two story stone addition about 1730.

Thomas Massey served as a juror, grand juror, road supervisor and constable during his life in Chester County.  He owned nearly eight hundred acres at the time of his death.

There is no indication that Thomas Massey was a member of the Society of Friends when he left England although he came with a group of Quakers. Phoebe’s parents were Quakers in England and Thomas and Phoebe became members of Goshen Monthly Meeting in Chester County, and records of the births and marriages of their children are in the minutes of Goshen Meeting. Most of their grand-sons, however, were dismissed from Goshen Meeting for one reason or another.

Thomas Massey died 1707 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His will was probated 1708 and was recorded in the Philadelphia Will Book. He left his oldest son, Mordechai, the home plantation in Marple Township. Phoebe was to have a lower room in the brick house. She was also to have a horse and a cow. James and Thomas were to divide the land in Willistown Township. Three lots in Chester were to be sold and the proceeds divided among his four daughters, Esther, Hannah, Phoebe and Mary. Executors were Henry Lewis and Phoebe Massey. Witnesses were Bartholomew Coppock and Jacob Taylor.

  1. Ester Massey, born October 30, 1693
  2. Mordecai Massey, born August 9, 1695
  3. 3.    James Massey, born September 17, 1697 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania
  4. Hannah Massey, born 17 December 1698
  5. Hannah Massey, born August 7, 1699
  6. Thomas Massey, born January 21, 1700/01
  7. Phebe Massey, born April 20, 1705
  8. Mary Massey, born February 3, 1706/07

James Massey

James Massey was born September 17, 1697 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Ann Lewis in 1722.  Ann was born in 1697 in Newton Square, Chester Co, Pennsylvania.

  1. Thomas Massey, born January 19, 1723/24
  2. Lewis Massey, born September 4, 1726
  3. Abraham Massey, born February 6, 1728/29
  4. James Massey, born November 3, 1731 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania
  5. Mary Massey, born April 12, 1734
  6. William Massey, born December 7, 1736
  7. Mordecai Massey, born 1737
  8. Lydia Massey, born 1739
  9. Pheneas Massey, born October 13, 1739

James Massey

James Massey was born November 3, 1731 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Hannah Edwards in 1764.  Hannah was born in 1735 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania.  James died in 1778 in Orange Co., North Carolina.

  1. James Massey, born 1771

James Massey

James Massey was born in 1771.  He married Jane Morrison on August 25, 1773 in Orange Co., North Carolina.  James is listed as receiving membership in the Quaker Monthly Meeting Notes on April 20, 1816 in New Garden MM.  He was received from White River MM to Springfield MM on August 11, 1824 and was dismissed for non-attendance of meetings on April 15, 1831.  On April 24, 1820, acquired 80 acres, property description is W1/2SW 32/25-N 8-E No 2nd PM IN, Randolph.

  1. Mary Massey, born 1792
  2. 2.      Robert Massey, born 1793
  3. Hannah Massey, born 1795
  4. Tence F. Massey, born February 22, 1796 in North Carolina
  5. Tamer Massey, born 1798
  6. William Massey, born July 20, 1799
  7. Matthew Massey, born 1805
  8. Phineas Massey, born 1806
  9. Jane Massey, born 1808 in South Carolina

Robert Massey

Robert Massey was born in 1793.  He married Rebecca Bulla, January 6, 1814.  They appear in the 1820 US census in Ward Township, Randolph Co., Indiana; the 1830 US Census in New Garden Township, Wayne Co., Indiana and the 1840 US Census in Washington Township, Grant Co., Indiana.  In 1828 he owned 80 acres, property description is W1/2SW 32/25-N 8-E No 2nd PM IN, Grant.  Rebecca was born in 1790.  Together they had 4 daughters and 2 sons.  There is some confusion surrounding Robert’s wife.

  1. Belinda Massey, born 1829, Indiana
  2. Almarinda Massey, born 1823, Indiana
  3. Reason Lucien P. Massey, August 18, 1836 in Marion, Indiana
  4. Sara Massey, born 1839, Indiana
  5. Andrew S. Parker, born 1845, Indiana (adopted?).

Reason Massey

Reason Lucien P. Massey was born August 18, 1836 in Marion, Indiana.  He served as a private in Company D of the 34th Iowa Infantry in 1861.  He was shot in the left lung at the battle of Vicksburg.  He was discharged and sent home.   He tried to re-enlist, but could not pass the examination.  He suffered from the wound the remainder of his life.  Reason married Eliza June Poisel on October 12, 1863.   Eliza was born April 28, 1844 in Champlain, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Henry Poisel and Mary Hess.  The Masseys, Guilds and Poisels all appear on the same page of the 1880 Indiana census.  Eliza died April 28, 1913 in Medaryville, Indiana.  Reason died February 13, 1921.  (Note:  Reason’s death certificate listed Eliza J. as his mother, but I believe this is in error.)

  1. Ida M. Massey was born December 29, 1865 and died October 21, 1867 in Medaryville.
  2. Millie Francis Massey was born March 27, 1869.
  3. Jerome McClough Massey (1872-
  4. Charles H. Massey (1877-1910)
  5. Lucien Edgar Massey (1883-1970)
  6. Edgar L. Eck Massey (1886-1943)

Millie Francis Massey

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Millie Francis Massey was born March 27, 1869.  She married Nathan Harper Guild, June 9, 1889 in Gilliam, Indiana.  Nathan and Millie owned and managed a hotel in Medaryville, Indiana.  In 1909, Millie brought the children out to San Francisco, following Nathan, who had come out the year before.  Before they left, Millie tried to sell the piano, only to find that Nathan had borrowed the money for him to travel to San Francisco from his brother, Gurthe, using the piano as collateral.  They traveled by train and got snowed in for 4 days in Donner Pass. Kenneth was a baby and there was no more milk on the train. Earl was 15 years and the oldest boy. The conductor told Earl where to go to buy milk from a farm and waited for his return before continuing on.

Many years later, Millie told her daughter, Midge Guild that she wasn’t used to a big city like San Francisco. She was also amazed at all the buildings with cracks from the 1906 earthquake. [2]

On April 18, 1937, after visiting with her daughter Floy and her husband Benny Babb, Millie was returning home with her son, Earl and his wife, Dorcus.  Earl was driving and they had a car wreck in Redlands. Dorcus had a broken knee, Earl some injuries, but Millie was OK. Earl yelled for someone to grab Millie before she fell out of the car.  Before anyone could move, Millie fell out of the car and broke her neck. Millie is buried in the Banning cemetery.

[1] Cheshire Parish records.

[2] As told by Millie’s granddaughter, Barbara Porter.

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