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Heyshams of the English Midlands

This page records the Heysham/Heesom family in the midland-counties. The majority settled in Cheshire, especially around the town of Warrington, but some possible members of the family can also be found in Shrophsire, Staffordshire, Derby, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincoln, Herefordshire, Worchester, Warwick, Northampton, Rutland, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshie, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

The unresolved question is the relationship between the Heesom's of Cheshire, of Lancashire, and those of East Yorkshire. It seems probable to me that they are cousins, but I've found no point where their descents merge. Already, early in the 16th century there were multiple households in Cheshire, at Frodsham and Northwich, which argues that the family had been in the shire for a couple of generations, arriving perhaps circa 1470. A similar pattern is seen with the Yorkshire family, with multiple families in Barnsley and Royston. Y-DNA testing will help resolve this issue. The Heesom family of Yorkshire, and the Hissem family of America, are both type G2A3b1a, an uncommon type for England, most of whose citizens are some variant of R1b.

One of the things I'm trying to understand right now is how geography, climate and ecomonics affected internal migration, and the splits in the family just mentioned. In the mid-16th century, the family had split, per my theory, into three groups; the original family that remained around Lancaster; an eastern group, centered around Wakefield & Barnsley, south of Leeds; and a Cheshire family around Runcorn/Northwich, southeast of Liverpool. In many places, the Pennine mountains remain a formidable barrier to east west movement. I'm only at the beginning of this research, but it seems to me that the geography of the Yorkshire Dales, to the north, and the Peaks District, to the south, funneled eastward migration out of Lancaster into the Bradford/Leeds region where the ancestors of the East Yorkshire family arose. Migration south was similarly funneled into the Cheshire Plain.

The map to the right shows the limited east-west routes across northern England. In the north, the Tyne Gap identifies the valley between the northern Pennine mountains and the Scottish uplands. This is where the Roman's built their great wall. The next passage available, through a valley between the southern and northern Pennine mountain range, is the Aire Gap. It is a wide break in hills near Skipton at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The River Aire flows down the eastern side of the gap, while the Ribble drops down on the western side. The Liverpool to Leeds canal uses this route. The next easily navigated passage east is not available until the Trent river basin in Derbyshire.

"The Aire Gap was of great topographic significance for the historic North of England for it provides a low-altitude pass through "the backbone of England". It was the Pennine transport corridor from Cumbria and Strathclyde to the Vale of York. Even Neolithic long-distance trade is proved by many finds of stone axes from central Cumbria . . . A Pennine traverser does not have to climb above 558ft following the river Aire . . . to the river Lune." - from Wikipedia
And the fact that the easiest route east from Lancaster is in the north leads me to believe that the family split at Lancaster, during the Medieval, then moved separately into Yorkshire and Cheshire. That is, the Yorkshire family are cousins, not descendents of, the Cheshire line.

I've also recently realized that the Forest of Bowland occupied a large chunk of the land directly east of Lancaster and it may too have profoundly influenced migration patterns. It was a forest only in the medieval sense of a royal hunting ground. It is in fact a bleak moorland, relatively inaccessible.

We've already discussed the climate change in the 14th century that resulted in colder winters and adversely impacted the carrying capacity of the land. This forced people out of marginal lands in the north. The population was also pushed out of agriculture and into the cities by an economic inflation, starting in the second half of the 15th century, that increased prices sixfold over the next 150 years. Unable to keep up, those that could moved into the emerging craft/merchantile centers where wages most closely tracked costs.



Cheshire

Settlement in Cheshire by members of the Heysham family probably occurred as early as the 14th century. However, the earliest references I have found so far in Cheshire are from 1472. A large number of Heesom's continue to live in Cheshire and across the Mersey river in South Lancashire to this day.

The County of Cheshire

Below is a map of Cheshire before the modern period. Most of the family settled along the River Mersey, both in southern Lancashire and northern Cheshire.


Pulford

Pulford

Pulford is just southwest of Chester, in Cheshire. The remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, dated circa 1100, are located on the outskirts of the village, guarding the crossing of Pulford Brook, which forms the border between England and Wales, and adjacent to the road from Wrexham to Chester. The castle was garrisoned as late as 1403.


(13) Thomas Hessam (c1430)
(1) Ralph de Gernet (c1050) (2) Vivian Gernet of Halton (c1080) (3) Brian Gernet de Hesham (c1110) (4) Adam Gernet de Hesham (c1140) (5) Thomas Gernet de Hesham (c1180) (6) Robert de Hesham (c1200) (7) Adam de Hesham (c1230) (8) John de Hesham (c1270) (9) Adam de Hesham (c1300) (10) David de Hesham (c1320) (11) Thomas de Hesham (c1350) (12) William Hesam (c1400)

Just twelve years earlier (12) William Hesam (c1400) of Lancaster had served as a juror at the inquisition for the death of William de Bolleran. I cannot prove any of the descent shown above, but it does not seem unreasonable that this list includes relatives of a Thomas Hessam who moved south, into Cheshire.

Thomas is an outlyer. Per the reference below he lived in Pulford. None of the other Heyshams of Cheshire below lived so far west. He was a small farmer with a plot he rented from Margery, the daughter of Robert Grosvenor.

"1472. Elizabeth Dutton, wife of Peter Dutton, Emma, late wife of John Legh del Bothes, Agnes, wife of William Stanley, of Hoton, Katherine, wife of Richard Wynynton, and Margaret, wife of Thomas Leycester, writ of livery setting forth the finding of an inquisition, viz., that Margery, daughter of Rober Grosvenor, died seised in her demesne, as of fee, of a field call 'Bradshagfild,' of the demesnes of the manor of Hulme, held of George Holford, in socage, yearly value 3s. 6d.; . . . ; of 4 messuages, 2 tofts, 80 acres of land, 8 acres of meadow, and 10 acres of pasture, in the several tenures of John Feysand, Madd'ap Gruff, Laurence Huett, clerk, Nicholas Jacson, John Hulle, David ap Grono, and Thomas Hessam, in Pulford, also of a 6th part of 2 fields called 'le Holdfild' and 'le Halfild,' held of the earl of Chester in capite, by knight's service, yearly value 40s.; . . . that the said Margaret died on Thursday next after the festival of the annunciation of the virgin Mary last past, and that the said Elizabeth, Emma, Agnes, Katherine, and Margaret were sisters and next heirs of the said Margery, and of the respective ages of 41, 37, 32, and 30. (12-13 Edw. Iv., m. 4, 3.)" - from the "Memorials of the Duttons of Dutton in Cheshire"
Robert Grosvenor was born in 1405 in Hulme, Cheshire, the son of Thomas Grosvenor and Joan Venables, and died in 1464. His second wife was Janet de Chedell and had a plethora of daughters, including Margery, though no sons. Robert's grandmother was a de Pulford.

Historical Timeline: Reign of Kings - House of Lancaster
1422-1461, 1470-1471 Henry VI

Henry became King while still a child. During his minority his uncles ran the war in France, and lost the country to Joan d'Arc. Henry VI was subject to fits of madness, as was his grandfather, the King of France. During his reign, upset by his mismanagement, the House of York rebelled, starting the War of the Roses. Returning soldiers from the defeat in France turned to robbery to survive.

In 1453 Constantinople, the last vestige of the Roman Empire, fell to the Turks. Scholars fled to Europe where they helped fuel the start of the Renaissance.

Historical Timeline: Reign of Kings - House of York
1461-1470, 1471-1483 Edward IV

The grandson of King Edward III and, as Duke of York, the head of the House of York. He rebelled against Henry VI and was victorious. He confined Henry to the Tower of London. Henry was later murdered and his son and heir was killed in battle. Edward caused dissension in the royal family by marrying a woman of lower birth.

The following could be Thomas' children, or more likely his grandchildren (the generation listing gets messed up here), living in Cheshire or very nearby in northwestern Staffordshire.
(14) John Heysam of Norton Abbey (c1500), Runcorn, Cheshire
(14) Laurence Hessam (c1510), priest of Chester
(14) Robertus Heisham (c1520), priest of Weuerham, just west of Northwich, Cheshire
(14) Thomas Hessam/Heysham (c1500), of Staffordshire
(14) Roger Heysham (c1500)
(14) Henry Heysham (c1500)
(14) Elena Heysham (c1500)
(14) Anne Heysham (c1500)

(14) John Heysam of Norton Abbey (c1500)

The Norton Priory was just east of Runcorn, on the Mersey river.

Or John Heseham. In 1536 a member of the Dutton family, associated with Thomas Hessam above, Sir Piers Dutton, received a letter from Henry VIII in regard to the King's dispute with the Augustinian priory of Norton, near Runcorn, Cheshire. It was at this time that the King, having split from the church at Rome over his divorce from Queen Catherine, saw a chance to seize church property in order to enrich his court and replenish his treasury. The King directed that Sir Dutton arrest the abbot and hang him for his offenses. Is is not clear what crimes the letter referred to, but in 1535 Sir Dutton had accused the Abbot of coining [illegally minting coins].

"On 26 August 1535, evidence was taken from one Henry Broke, gentleman, about coining at Norton. He alleged that Robert Jannyns and James Pate, a canon of Norton, had tried to change forged coins in his presence in 1534. It was stated that John Heysam, the abbot of Norton's smith, had fled." - from "Norton Priory: The Archaelogy of a Medieval Religious House" by J. Patrick Greene
The accusation of coining was undoubtedly spurious, but John Heysam would nevertheless been in great danger. Common men were routinely tortured to coerce false testimony against their lords.

Henry VIII dissolved all of the abbey's in the following year, 1536. The Brooke family later bought Norton priory, probably at a bargain price, and made it their seat. Note that Norton means north. Also within Runcorn are Weston (west), Aston (east), and Sutton (south).

The John Heseham mentioned next may have been the abbey blacksmith. The time period was only one year after the abbey's smith had fled and Sir Piers Dutton plays a central role again. In a letter written to Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, on 23 September 1536, Sir Dutton addresses the arrest of a John Heseham for treason.

"Please it your honourable lordship, that where heretofore the king's pleasure was by your commandment given unto me that I should take certain persons for suspect of treason, amongst whom one John Heseham was named and specified which John at that time fled out of this country that I could not meet with him and now is coming in again. And I therefore not only for that but also for divers traitorous and seditious words that he hath spoken, which was that if the spiritual men had holden together the king could not have been head of the church, and also that the bishop of Rochester and sir Thomas Moore died martyrs in the quarrel aforesaid. I have taken him and committed him to the castle of Chester, there to abide unto the king's pleasure and your's thereabout shall be ever glad to accomplish during my life, by the grace of our lord God who preserve your good lordship in honour long to continue. From Dutton the 23rd day of September (1536?) by yours assured." - from the "Memorials of the Duttons of Dutton in Cheshire"
Note that like the smith, John Heseham also fled, though he later returned. Were John Heysam and John Heseham the same man? Did the smith utter traitorous words after, or at the time of, fleeing the abbey? Were his unwise words the result of seeing his good master arrested on spurious charges? Or, was this just another set-up?

As of yet I have found no indication of what happened to John Heysam/Heseham after his imprisonment. Note that Heseham was used in Lancashire as another spelling of Heysham, but was most frequently seen as a surname in the city of York.

Heysham's in Religious Orders

(14) Laurence Hessam (c1510)

A clergyman, Laurence was ordained at Chester cathedral. Under the titles Subdiaconi and later Diaconi, as

Circa 1542. "Dns [Dominus] Laurencius Hessam cestrien. dioc. subdiaconus ad tim [ad titulum] Mri Petri Warberton de Arleye [Arlleye] dict. dioc. mitis [ministerium?]" - from the "Ordination Register of the Dioceses of Chester"
A translation might be, "Clergyman Lawrence Hessam of the Diocese of Chester, subdeacon ordained in the field of service, [under the patronage of?] ____ Peter Warberton of Arley, in the service of the named diocese."

In another part of this book, under the title Presbri [presbyter], circa 1558, his name was rendered as Laurencius Hesshim. I believe Presbri here was used as an honorific for priest.

The Diocese of Chester, of the Anglican church, was created in 1541 out of the ancient Diocese of Lichfield. It originally included all of Chester and Lancashire, the western portion of Yorkshire, and the southern parts of Westmorland and Cumberland.

Peter Warberton de Arley, esquire, was one of the grandees of Cheshire and was probably a patron of the church. In 1535 Sir Peter Warberton, esquire, took a case in the Henry VIII's Star Chamber. I have a Sr. Peter Warberton, Knight and Justice of the Peace, and a Peter Warberton de Arley Esqr. with houses in Northwich, Cheshire circa 1600. A Peter Warberton, Esq., was Baron of the Exchequer - from "Catalogue of Noblemen and Gentlemen in the Commission of the Peace for Berkshire, 1601."

(14) Robertus Heisham (c1520)

Robert was the minister (parochie) of Weuerham, just west of Northwich, in Cheshire. In the case below, dated 27 July 1564, a man requests to cancel his betrothal based on his intended bride's unfaithfulness. Robert was the parish priest.

"Thos. Underwood v. Ellen Key. To cancel Affiliation
(the Child said to be John Amery's)
Despositiones ex parte Thome Vnderwod contra Elenam Key, in causa reclamacionis, capte xxvij Julii, 1564.
Robertus Heisham, parochie de Weuerham, etatis lx annorum, novit partem actricem de puericia, et Elenam Key similiter . . .
" - from "Child-Marriages, Divorces, and Ratifications, amp c. in the Diocese of Chester."

Sacred Orders of the Catholic Church

The number of orders it is usually given as eight: bishops, priests, deacons, subdeacons, acolytes, exorcists, readers, and doorkeepers.


"The seconde artycle of the masse
Howe the preest doth go out of the vestry towardes the aulter with the deacon and subdeacon:
where he doth tary a lytel space between the with scylence."

Subdeacon, Subdiaconi - The lowest of the sacred or major orders in the Latin Church. He may carry the chalice with wine to the altar, prepare the necessaries for the Eucharist, and read the Epistles before the people. After ordination, he is bound to celibacy.

Deacon, Diaconi - He may minister at the altar, baptize, perform burial, and preach. He is also an assistant to the Bishop.

Priest - He has the responsibility of teaching, governing, and providing the Sacraments in a given congregation.

Presbyter & Bishop, Presbyteroi and Episkopoi - The presbyter and the bishop were initially closely related, even synonomous. Later the presbyter became identified as a senior or elder priest. The Bishop was an ecclesiastical dignitary who possessed the fullness of the priesthood to rule a diocese as its chief pastor. They appoint, ordain, and discipline priests and deacons.


Runcorn/Frodsham & Northwich/Witton

As we've seen, Parish register data of births, deaths, and weddings did not become available until the middle of the 16th century. By that time there were already two Heesom families established in Cheshire, at the mouth of the Mersey river at Frodsham & Runcorn, and inland at Northwich and Witton-cum-Twambrooks, in Great Budworth Parish. This implies to me that the family had been in the region for at least two or three generations previous, if not more, say in the mid-15th century.

The Northwich family appears to have stayed in that community, and the nearby communities of Davenham and Middlewich in Budworth Parish, into modern times. The Frodsham line moved up the Mersey river, living in the villages of Runcorn, Newton, Daresbury, Moore, Keckwick, Stretton, Grappenhall, Lower Whitley, Wilderspool, Latchford, and finally into Warrington.

A connection between the two families may have been based on the fact that Northwich and Runcorn are both on the Weaver river. Salt, harvested in Northwich, was sent down the river to Runcorn, where it was trans-shipped to ocean going vessels.

Townships of Cheshire

The village of Halton is just inland, on the south side of the Mersey river. A larger town, Runcorn, grew up between it and the river. Close by is Norton Abbey. On the opposite side of the Mersey river from Runcorn is Widnes. Daresbury is several miles east of Runcorn and just beyond are the villages of Hatton and Stretton. A mile north of Stretton is Appleton. A mile or so south of Stretton is Higher and Lower Whitley. Look further southeast of there for Budworth. Latchford is 10 miles northeast of Runcorn, almost in Warrington and almost off the map, to the left. Wilderspool is near the Warrington town center. Grappenhall is just southeast of there. Bowdon is off the map, just beyond its northeast edge. Frodsham is just south of Runcorn, on the Weaver river. South of there is Newton.


(16) Rhot Heesom (1552)

Or perhaps Robert. Rhot Heesom, a male child, was born in about 1552 in Cheshire, England; no parents' names were shown - from the IGI, submitted by a member of the LDS church. The name Rhot is apparently germanic in origin, meaning fame or renown, i.e. Rhotbert, "light of fame." This name became Robert. Of the few references I've found, most are Welsh.

An Interesting Stray

(16) Robert Hessam (c1550)

A common sailor in the early days of Elizabeth's navy. Note the use of the Hessam spelling for others on this page, including Thomas Hessam (c1430), of Pulford, Laurence Hessam (c1510), a priest of Chester, Thomas Hessam (c1500), of Staffordshire, and, later, Thomas Hessam (1795), of Daresbury. I haven't found any use of this spelling in Lancashire and the only use I've found in Yorkshire is for Hessam Moor [Marston Moor].

The following was pulled from a book about the voyage of the LEICESTER, a 40-gun galleon. The expedition, led by Edward Fenton, was a voyage "for China and Cathay" which was to prove "troublesome." The following appears to be a list of crewmembers.

"john sumerland garbeler [handles spices]
Edward Stokes platdrawer
Harry Bardsey Jueller
Nychol Banx poticary [apothecary]
James Wyn barber [surgeon]
Nychol Butler distiller
Charles Caesar
Barth Byston
John Smyth of Hampton
Peter Robinson
Johnjoanes
John Musgrove
Arthur Rosse
Cyprian Boorman
Roger Parkyns
Richard Bennet
Tege Hues
Gyles Moore
John Hawl
Henry Rising
Denyse Colman
Thomas Belchawn
Opearse Tege
William Field
Zachary Stephens
Robert Hessam
John Wynston
George Gelly
Wylliam Ynglet
Wylliam Foster
Wylliam Gamedge
John . . ." - page 123

"Hessam, Robert, sailor Galleon Leicester" - Index
- from "An Elizabethan in 1582: The Diary of Ricard Madox, Fellow of All Souls"
This was a "private diary, partly written in cypher, chronicling the winding up of his [Madox's] affairs in Oxford, a stay in London and the voyage to Sierra Leone, his stay there and subsequent passage to Brazil. Life on shipboard, lively, frank and interesting. Madox was a chaplain on Fenton's expedition [Edward Fenton, Navigator]."

Edward Fenton sailed, in command of the Gabriel, in 1577 with Sir Martin Frobisher's second expedition for the discovery of the Northwest Passage, and in the following year he took part as second in command in Frobisher's third expedition, his ship being the Judith. He was then employed in Ireland for a time, but in 1582 he was put in charge of an expedition which was to sail round the Cape of Good Hope to the Moluccas and China, his instructions being to obtain any knowledge of the northwest passage that was possible without hindrance to his trade. On this unsuccessful voyage he got no farther than Brazil, and throughout he was engaged in quarrelling with his officers, and especially with his lieutenant, William Hawkins, the nephew of Sir John Hawkins, whom he had in irons when he arrived back in the Thames. In 1588 he had command of the Mary Rose, one of the ships of the fleet that was formed to oppose the Spanish Armada. He died fifteen years afterwards.


The Heesom Family of Frodsham & Runcorn

Frodsham

Frodsham is a market town on the west side of Frodsham Hill, overlooking the Weaver river, just south of Runcorn. Being located at the juncture of the Weaver and Mersey rivers made Frodsham into an important port for the coasting trade, especially in the export of salt. Salt was brought down the Weaver river from Northwich and Nantwich. There are extensive salt marshes on the seaward side of the town.

The earliest reference I have for the family in Frodsham is from 1575, but more to the point, the latest is from 1663. This dovetails [in fact, almost too well] with the earliest records of the family in Runcorn, which start in 1662. I accept the Easom/Esum spellings as probable variants of the Heesom/Heysham name based on experience with the Hesom/Heesom family in Crofton, Yorkshire. It is a dropped-H version of the surname, which seems appropriate to the region.

(16) Margaret Heisum (c1550)

Margaret Heisum married Tho Johnson on 17 September 1582 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire, England - from the Frodsham parish church register. A quick Google search shows that Heisum is a Norwegian surname, though I don't propose that means anything.

(16) John Easom of Frodsham (c1550)
(14) John Heysam (c1500) (15) Unknown Heesom (c1525)

I'm only guessing that John Heysam, employed at the nearby Norton priory, was a direct ancestor of the Frodsham and Runcorn Heesom's, but I don't think it unlikely that John was a member of the family.

Jo. Easom married Margery Johnson on 9 October 1575 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire, England - from the Frodsham parish church register.

This may be the same John Easam who had three children baptized at the church in Farnworth Near Prescot. Farnworth is a village in Prescot parish, Lancashire. This is just across the Mersey river, behind Widnes. My guess is that John was from Farnworth, married a girl from Frodsham in her home church, then took her back to his home in Lancashire.

His children may have been,
(17) Elyne Esame (1582), the daughter of John Esame, was baptized on 2 November 1582 in Farnworth Near Prescot, Lancashire.
(17) John Esame (1584)
(17) Thomas Easam (1586)

(17) John Esame (1584)
(16) John Easam (c1550)

John Esame, the son of John, was baptized on 3 June 1584 in Farnworth Near Prescot, Lancashire. The father of,
(18) Ellen Easom (1620), the daughter of Johis., was baptized on 17 December 1620 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. Ellen died on 6 March 1621.
(18) John Easom (1622), the son of Jo. Easom, was baptized on 19 May 1622 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. I also have this as John Easome, the son of Johis Easome, baptized on 19 May 1622 in Farndon, Cheshire, residing in Frodsham. John Easome, the son of John Easome, died and was buried on 20 October 1638 in Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire.
(18) William Easome (1625), the son of John, was baptized on 11 September 1625 at Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire.

Thornton-le-Moors

This is a small village southwest of Frodsham.


(17) Thomas Easam (1586)
(16) John Easam (c1550)

Thomas, the son of John Easam, was baptized on 16 September 1586 in Farnworth Near Prescot, Lancashire.

Thomas' children were,
(18) Johanes Esam (1612), the son of Thomae Esam, was baptized on 10 April 1612 in Daresbury, Cheshire.
(18) John Easome (1614), the son of Thomae, was baptized on 28 October 1614 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. John Easome died on 11 December 1614.
(18) Randle Easom (1616), the son of Tho., was baptized on 21 April 1616 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. Randle died on 22 April 1616.
(18) Thomas Easom (1618), the son of Tho., was baptized on 27 April 1618 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. Another document says this event occurred in Farndon. Farndonn is a long way from Frodsham, on the border with Wales. I suspect this is a transcription error.
(18) Jane Easom (1624), the daughter of Thomae, was baptized on 9 April 1624 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire.
(18) Elizabeth Easom (1626), the daughter of Thomae, was baptized on 13 October 1626 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire.
(18) William Easom (1628), the son of Thomae, was baptized on 28 December 1628 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire. He apparently died young.
(18) William Esum (1631)
(18) Jane Esum (1634), the daughter of Tho., was baptized on 3 August 1634 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire.

(18) William Esum (1631)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586)

William Esum, the son of Tho., was baptized on 11 September 1631 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire, England - from the Frodsham parish church register. His children were,
(19) Edward Esum (1663), the son of Gulielmi, was baptized on 20 September 1663 in the Church of St.Lawrence, Frodsham, Cheshire.
(19) Mary Easom (1662), the daughter of William Easom, was baptized on 22 March 1662 at All Saints church, Runcorn, Chester. Could this be right?
(19) Richard Heysam (c1665), maybe, of Runcorn.


It appears to me that the only family line to survive out of Frodsham, that of (18) William Esum (1631)?, moved across the Weaver river to settle in Runcorn.

Runcorn

Runcorn

The town was described in the 17th centuary as being "nothing but a fair parish church, a parsonage and a few scattered tenements." Runcorn is just north of Frodsham, on the east bank of the Mersey river. In Anglo-Saxon times it was known as Rumcofan, literally "a wide cove or bay." The old Barony of Halton was centered on the nearby town of Halton, where a castle, built in the 1070's, was situated on an eponymous hill. The Norton Priory, where John Heysam was the smith in the 16th century, was established in 1134, just northeast of Runcorn.

During the Civil War, Halton castle was held for the Royalists by John Savage, Earl Rivers, the Steward of Halton. The castle twice fell to Parliament forces, however.


(19) Richard Heysam (c1665)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631)

Of Runcorn. Rici. Heysam married Sarae. The Heysam spelling of the surname is also seen in Dorset & Lancashire at this time. Sarah Heysum, the wife of Richard, was buried on 26 April 1706 in All Saints, Runcorn. Richard Heysum then married Margrett Kemp on 2 February 1707 in Runcorn.

Richd Heysum died and was buried on 13 October 1715 at All Saints, Runcorn, Cheshire. His children were,
(20) Edward Heysum (c1690) , maybe
(20) Catherine Heysum (1694), was baptized on 22 April 1694 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the daughter of Richd and Sara
(20) John Heysum (1697)
(20) Maria Heysam (1700), was born on 10 February 1700 and christened on 16 March 1700 in All Saints church, Runcorn, Cheshire, the daugther of Rici. and Sara[e].
(20) Sarah Heasum (1706), was baptized on 26 April 1706 in Runcorn, Cheshire, the daughter of Richd. Did she cause the death of the mother who died the same day she was baptized?
(20) Richard Heysum (c1710), the son of Richd, was buried on 17 August 1714 in All Saints, Runcorn

(20) John Heysum (1697)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665)

Of Runcorn. Johes Heysum was baptized on 24 October 1697 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the son of Rici [Richard] Heysum. Johes is an abbreviated form of John, which is itself short for Johannes. John and Sarah Heysum were the parents of,
(21) Elizabeth Heysum (1722), baptized on 11 December 1722 in All Saints, Runcorn, Cheshire
(21) Mary Heysum (1724), born on 28 February 1724 and baptized in March 1725 in All Saints, Runcorn
(21) Sarah Heysum (1727), born on 26 March 1727 and baptized on 3 April 1727 in All Saints, Runcorn

(20) Edward Heysum (c1690)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665)

'His surname appears several times in the Early Registers of Runcorn, in a style which could be read either as Heysam or Heysum.' - from Stephen Pickles. Of Runcorn and Halton. I don't know that Richard Heysam was his father, but he fits well here and I don't have any alternatives.

Edward had an illegimate child with Eliz. Okell.

"He fathered a bastard son before his marriage to Martha, for the Early Registers of Runcorn have this entry under 1714 Baptisms: "John a bastard child of Eliza: Okell of Halton by Edwrd. Heysum [born] Feb 27 [baptised] March 13 [1714/15]". The mother's surname is hard to make out, but Okell is a plausible reading and there are other Okell's in the parish at the time." from Stephen Pickles
Edward Heysum married Martha Reddish, both of Halton, on 17 November 1715 at All Saints church in Runcorn, Cheshire. Edward Heysam died in 1726 in Halton, Cheshire. He was buried under the name "Edward Heyson of Halton" on 23 March 1726 at All Saints church in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Edward's children with Elizabeth Okell were,
(21) John Okell (Heysum) (1714), was born on 27 February 1714 in Halton, Cheshire and baptized on 13 March 1714 at All Saints church in Runcorn, the son of Edwd Heysam and Eliz Okell

Edward's children with Martha Reddish were,
(21) Richard Heysum (1718), the son of Edwd. and Martha Heysam of Halton, was born on 29 April 1718 in Halton and baptized on 16 May 1718 at All Saints church, Runcorn. Richard, the son of Martha Heysam of Halton [his father died in 1726], died in 1727 at the age of 8 and was buried on 12 November 1727 at All Saints church, Runcorn.
(21) Thomas Heysam (1720), the son of Edwd. and Martha Heysam of Halton, was born on 26 March 1720 in Halton and baptized on 7 April 1720 at All Saints church, Runcorn. Thomas Heysum, the son of Edward and Martha, died in 1720 in Halton and was buried on 23 April 1720 at All Saints church, Runcorn, Cheshire.
(21) Edward Heesham (1721), the son of Edward and Martha.
(21) John Heysum (1721), was born on 11 August 1721 in Halton and baptized on 8 September 1721 at All Saints church, in Runcorn, Cheshire
(21) Thomas Heysum (1723), the son of Edwd. and Martha Heysum, was born on 2 January 1723 in Halton and baptized on 10 January 1723 at All Saints church, in Runcorn, Cheshire

(21) Edward Heesham (1721)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690)

A transitional figure, he was born in Runcorn, but lived the last half of his life in Newton by Daresbury. Also known by the surname Heesam, Heesham, and Hessom. Edward Heysum was born on 10 August 1721 in Halton and baptized on 8 September 1721 at All Saints church, Runcorn, Cheshire, the son of Edward and Martha.

Edward married Margaret Jones. A marriage was recorded in the All Saints church, Runcorn register between Edward Hesham and Margaret Jones on 16 November 1747. As late as 1748 Edward was living in Runcorn, where his first son, Thomas, was baptized.

After 1748 he moved to Newton by Daresbury, a township in Daresbury chapelry of Runcorn Parish, in Bucklow Hundred, Cheshire. It lies just south of Daresbury. There is also a Newton just southeast of Frodsham, which itself is near Runcorn, which cannot be ignored.

Daresbury, Newton, & Moore

These are a series of villages in Halton parish, just east of Runcorn, up the Mersey river. The All Saints' church in Daresbury also serves Hatton, Keckwick, Moore, Newton by Daresbury, and Preston on the Hill. The village's claim to fame is as the birthplace of Lewis Carroll, the author. Downriver from Halton, at the Birkenhead Priory, founded by Hamo de Mascy circa 1150, there is a gargoyle in the form of a grinning cat that some feel was the origin of Carrol's Cheshire Cat.

I believe this line originated in Runcorn, then moved upriver to the Daresbury area.

An excellent source for information about this line of the family can be found at Hessoms at All Saints', Daresbury .


Margaret died on 18 September 1806 at the age of 83.

Edward Heesham, husbandman, died on 16 February 1810 at the age of 88, in Newton, Cheshire. The following was copied by Stephen Pickles from a tombstone in the churchyard of All Saints church, Daresbury, left.

"In memory of Edward Hessom of Newton who departed this life ...
Feb 1810 Aged 88. ...
Margarett ... who departed ... Sept..."
Stephen writes, "This headstone is damaged. Ellipses indicates missing text." At Stephen's website he also notes that "It [the headstone] might have been more complete during the 1970's, because a transcription made then reads as follows:
"In memory of Edward Hesson [sic] of Newton
who departed this life 16th Feb 1810 aged 88.
Margaret his wife who departed this life 18 Sep 1806 aged 83.

An adjacent headstone was for Thomas Hessom (1795) of Norton which may help confirm his relationship as Edward's grandson.

A will for "Hissom, Edward, of Newton, near Daresbury, husbandman" was proved on 21 March 1810 - from the "List of Wills and Administrations, Now Preserved in the Probate Registry at Chester."

The children of Edward Heesham and Margaret Jones were,
(22) Thomas Heesham (1748), who was baptized on 26 June [Stephen Pickles says 12 April] 1748 at All Saints church, in Runcorn, Cheshire, the son of Edward and Margaret
(22) William Heesham (1757)
(22) John Heesham (c1750), perhaps
(22) Margaret Heesam (1759), she was christened on 25 March 1759 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the daughter of Edward and Margaret.
(22) Elizabeth Heesham (1761), she was christened on 12 July 1761 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the daughter of Edward and Margaret. She died in 1762 at the age of 1.
(22) Elizabeth Heesham (1763), she was christened on 17 July 1763 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire. A Betty Heesham was the mother of
- (23) Nancy Heesham, who was christened on 20 January 1793 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. No father was named so I assume this was an illegitimate birth.

""Nancy Daughter of Betty Heesham of Newton (base born) Bapd. 20th Day [of January 1793] Pauper",
and
"Nancy Daughter of Betty Heesham of Newton Interr'd 19th Day [of March 1793]". It would seem possible that Nancy's unfortunate mother Betty is Elizabeth Heesham (1763)." - from the register of All Saints church, Daresbury via Stephen Pickles

(22) William Heesham (1757)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722)

Also as Hesham, Heasham, Hessom or Hissom. A farmer, of Moore, which is just north of Daresbury, in Cheshire. He was born in 1757 per his tombstone, below. William, the son of Edward and Margaret Hesham of Halton, was baptized on 3 April 1757 at All Saints church, in Runcorn, Cheshire.

William Heesham married Hannah Plant on 6 April 1790 at St. Mary's church, in Great Budworth, Cheshire. This is outside of the region around Runcorn that we might have expected. Stephen Pickles emails,

"Like you, we think it not unlikely that William, husband of Hannah and father of Thomas, was a son of Edward and Margaret. It's also possible, although a little far afield, that the marriage of William and Hannah may be the one recorded on 6 Apr 1790 at St Mary's, Great Budworth between William Hissom and Hannah Plant; if so, then Hannah would have been showing on her wedding day."
Hannah died on 25 September 1800, at the age of 43, and was buried on 28 September 1800 at All Saints church, Daresbury, Cheshire.
"Hannah, the wife of William Heesham, was buried on 28 September 1800 in Daresbury, Cheshire." - from England Deaths and Burials
William's tombstone expands on this, "Hannah wife of William Heesham of Hatton died 25th [September 1800], inter'd 28th [September 1800] aged 43 years."

William Heesham then married Elizabeth (Betty), probably no later than January 1801.

"The monumental inscription for William Hessom of Moore. This confirms your theory that marriage of William and Betty, probably early in 1801, was the second marriage of William (c1760). By cross checking with death indexes, we should also be able to get more precise birth years for William and Betty." - from Stephen Pickles
William Heesham died in Moore, Cheshire on 23 August 1840 at the age of 83 and was buried on 26 August 1840 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire. A burial memo mentions,
"William Heesham of Moor buried 26 Aug 1840 aged 83"
When did Betty die?

Williams tombstone, from Stephen Pickles' website:

"Here lies the body of William Hessom of Moore
died 23 August 18[40] aged 83
Hannah wife of William He[ssom of] Hatton
who departed this life [25?] Sept 1800 aged 4[-?]
Hannah their daughter who departed this life 30th March 1801 aged [6m?]
George son of William and Betty Hessom second wife of William
[R.-d 21 June 1801 aged 15 months].
Note that while we know Hannah died in September 1800, the tombstone inscription above says that Betty's son George died in June 1801, aged 15 months. That doesn't look good for William's fidelity to Hannah. Could Steve Pickles have gotten the date of George's death wrong (or did I copy it incorrectly)? I show George was baptized in 1808, removing the problem.

The children of William and Hannah were,
(23) John Heesham (1790), was christened on 25 July 1790 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Hannah Heesham. John Heesham, the son of William, died on 15 November 1792 in Daresbury, aged 2. He was buried on 17 November 1792 at All Saints church, in Daresbury. "William had another son by his second wife Betty who was christened John in 1801."
(23) Edward Heesham (1792)
(23) William Heesham (1792), was baptized on 28 October 1792 in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Hannah. This would make him the twin of Edward Heesham, above. William must have died young.
(23) Thomas Heesom (1795)
(23) William Heesham (1798)
(23) Hannah Heesham (1800), was christened on 29 September 1800 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the daughter of William and Hannah Heesham of Hatton. Stephen Pickles comes up with "The baptism "Hannah Daughter of William and Hannah Heesham of Hatton Farmer Bapd. 29th Day [of August 1800]". Hannah, the daughter of William and Hannah Heesham, died on 29 March 1801, less than a year old, and was buried on 30 March 1801 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire. Burial Memo: Hannah (an Infant) Daughter of William Heesham of Hatton Interr'd 30th [Day of March 1801].

The children of William and Betty were,
(23) John Heesham (1801), was christened on 10 October 1801 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Betty Heesham. Chr Memo: John son of William and Betty Heesham of Hatton Farmer Bapd. 10th Day [of October 1801]. He must have died young.
(23) James Heesham (1805), was christened on 10 November 1805 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Betty Heesham. I have a James Heesom, proprietor of the Red Cow on Wheelock street in Cheshire in 1834 - from "Pigott and Co's Commercial Directory for the County of Cheshire 1834." In think this was a pub in Middlewich. Until the mid 1800's bear baiting took place nearby. A bear known as Bruin would be taken there and would enjoy a drink. However, Stephen Pickles has, "James Heesham of Widespool Parish Great Budworth buried 10 Jan 1838 aged 33."
(23) John Heesom (1806), Stephen Pickles doesn't show John as a son of William and Betty.
(23) George Heesham (1808), was christened on 10 April 1808 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Betty Heesham. Depending how we interpret his father's tombstone, above, George died on 21 June 1808. Stephen Pickles shows his death as in 1830, at the age of 21, and burial on 12 September 1830 at All Saints church. He also has, "Note that a transcription of Monumental Inscriptions for Daresbury All Saints' has the confusing: "George son of William and Betty Hessom second wife of William (R.-d 21 June 1801 aged 15 months)."
(23) Margarett Heesham (1810), was christened on 15 July 1810 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the daughter of William and Betty Heesham.
(23) Joseph Heesom (1812)
(23) Matthew Heesham (1815), Stephen Pickles doesn't show Matthew as a son of William.

(23) Edward Heesham (1792)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757)

Of Daresbury. This could be the Edward Heesham who was baptized on 28 October 1792 in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Hannah, though the dates in the 1841 census don't align. Another researcher, Bruce Heesom of Canada, claims that Edward was baptized on 17 May 1776 in Middlewich, Cheshire, the son of Edward Heesom and Elizabeth Painter. The Edward Sr. in this case was the son of another (22) Edward Heesom (1741), see below. That could work, making Edward Sr. 33 years old at the time of his marriage, but it doesn't align well with the marriage data we have, below.

A caution, Stephen Pickles, a researcher of the family in Cheshire whose opinion I value, does not show any of the following for Edward.

Edward married Ann [Nancy] Haddock, the daughter of Richard Haddock, on 7 December 1809 in Witton, Cheshire. Edward Heesom, 19 [c1790], married Nancy Haddock, aged 25 [c1784], by Banns - from Bertram Merrill's Marriage Index. Neither Edward of Daresbury nor Edward of Middlewich works well here, but the former is at least in the right place for this line of the family, so I'll keep them where they are for now.

In the 1841 census of Cheshire as Edward Heesom, 45 [c1796]. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 50, and children, Catherine, 14 [1827], Mary, 7 [1834], and Edward, 1 [1840].

"Walls Green Cottage

Edward Heesom and family lived in this house in 1841 which the tithes map five years later shows it was owned by George Whitley of Wall’s Pit House. By 1851 Edward Heesom had died but his wife Ann was living there with her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and James Harrison. The family stayed at Walls Green Cottage until around 1880." - from "Stretton History" website

In the 1851 census of Stretton, Cheshire as Ann Heesom, a 70 year old [1781] laundress, the widow of a laborer, of Dutton. Dutton is 2 miles east of Runcorn and 1 mile west of Lower Whitley. Living with her were her daughter, Catherine, 23, of Lower Whitley, and her husband, James Harrison, and daughter Hannah, 39 [1812], of Lower Whitley, and her husband, Richard Riley, and a grand-daughter, Mary Ann Heesom, 17, of Stretton. Stretton is northwest of Witton, just beyond Whitley, and within the same parish of Great Budsworth.

In the 1861 census of Stretton, Cheshire as Nancy Heesom, a 77 year old widow, formerly a laborer's wife, of Dutton. She was living with her daugther, Catherine, 31, of Lower Whitley, and her husband, James Harrison.

The children of Edward and Ann were,
(24) Hannah Heesham was christened on 15 April 1810 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.
(24) Thomas Heesham (1812)
(24) Elizabeth Heesham was christened on 29 February 1824 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.
(24) John Heesom of Stretton (1825)
(24) Catherine Heesom (1828), she married James, the son of Joseph Harrison, on 3 March 1851 in Stretton, Cheshire.
(24) Mary Heesom (1834)
(24) Edward Heesom (1840)

(24) Thomas Heesham (1812)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792)

Per a descendent, "Thomas Heesom b.c1812" was the father of "Edward Heesom b.c1849," who was the father of "Philip b.c1885," all born in Whitley. Thomas Heesham was christened on 14 June 1812 in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of Edward and Ann. I suppose Daresbury was the parish church. Another descendent maintains that Thomas Heesom, the son of Edward Heesom and Nancy Haddock, was born in 1813, in Whitley.

In the 1841 census of Hatton, Cheshire as Thomas Hissam, a 25 year old [c1816] agricultural laborer, of Cheshire. Living with him was his wife, Ellen, 25. They were living with Ellen's parents, William, 60, and Mary Gotherill, 50.

Ellen died in 1843. The following is a monumental inscription recorded by Stephen Pickles at All Saints Darebury.

Thomas Hessom
Ellen his wife and daughter [[of]] William and Mary Gotherell
of Hatton born 25 Feb 1814 died 18 Nov 1843.
Weep not for me my husband dear
I am not dead but sleeping here
And when the joyfull trumpet sound
Awake I'll rise and greet the ground
William Gotherell of Hatton died 11 Jan 1852 aged 75
Mary wife of the above named William Gotherell
died 12 April 1855 aged 67

Thomas Heesom married Ann Haddock, the daughter of James Haddock and Hannah Hayes, on 30 December 1845, at St. Mary, Great Budworth, Cheshire, according to a researcher of the Lawson family; Moses Lawson was Thomas' son-in-law. Another source claims this was Ann Lamb, with no parents noted. Ann Haddock was borfn on 10 October 1819 in Barnton, Cheshire.

In the 1851 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Thomas Hissom, a 38 year old [c1813] agricultural laborer, of Lower Whitely. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 31, and children, Catherine [?], 4, and Edward, 2 [1849].

In the 1861 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Thomas Hissom, a 49 year old [c1812] groom, of Whitley Superior. Living with him was his wife, Ann, 41, and children, Edward, a 12 year old farm servant, Richard H., 9, Hannah, 7, Thomas, 5, and Sarah A., 1.

In the 1871 census of Whitley Superior, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 61 year old groom. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 51, and children, Edward, a 22 year old laborer, Richard Henry, a 19 year old laborer, Sarah Ann, 11, and John Walter, 9. A Thomas Hesson [Jr?], a 15 year old Farm servant, of Acton Grange, Cheshire, was living with Thomas Ollen in High Legh, Cheshire.

In the 1881 census of Over Whitley, Cheshire, England as Thomas Heesom, a 68 year old agricultural worker. Living with him was his wife, Ann, 60, and a nephew [?], Thomas Charles Heesom, 4. Also living there were Thomas' daughter, Sarah Ann, 22, and her husband, Moses Lawson, 23, and nephews [?], James Shaw, 9, and Walter Lawson, 1. Just beyond Daresbury are the villages of Hatton and Stretton. A mile or so south of Stretton is Higher and Lower Whitley.

Thomas died before 1891.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Superior as Ann Heesom [Huson in Ancestry.com], a 68 year old laundress [she was actually 71]. She was a widow. Living with her was her grandson, Thomas Charles, a 13 year old laborer.

In the 1901 census of Whitley, Cheshire as Ann Heesom, 82.

Their children were,
(25) Catherine Harriet [Kate] Heesom (1847)
(25) Edward Heesom (1849)
(25) Richard Henry Heesom (1851)
(25) Hannah Hessom (1853), baptized on 14 Junbe 1853 in St Luke's, Lower Whitely
(25) Thomas Heesom (1855)
(25) Sarah Ann Heesom (1859)
(25) John Walter Heesom (1862)

(25) Edward Heesom (1849)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812)

I have an Edward Heesom who was born in June 1849 in Warrington, Cheshire. In the 1851 census of Lower Whitley living with his parents, Thomas and Ann.

In the 1861 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Edward Hissom, a 12 year old farm servant, living with his parents Thomas and Ann. In the 1871 census of Whitley Superior, Cheshire as Edward Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 22 year old laborer, living at home with his parents.

Edward Heesom, the son of Thomas, married Martha Cliffe on 23 May 1872 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire. Note the use of the middle name Cliffe with their child Denis, below.

In the 1881 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, a 31 year old agricultural worker. Living with him was his wife, Martha, 30, and children John Tho., a 9 year old scholar, Jessie Maud, a 5 year old scholar, and Elizabeth A., 9 months. They were living at The Cottage, Warrington road.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Village, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, a 42 year old agricultural laborer, of Whitley Inferior. Living with him was his wife, Martha, 39, and children, Nellie, 10, Denis, 7, Philip, 5, Ethel, 3, and Morgan, 2. His younger brother, Thomas, lived next door.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, a 52 year old Teamsman on Farm [drove a team, or a plow?], of Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Martha, 50, and children, Denis, an 18 year old Telegraph Laborer, Philip, a 15 year old Telegraph Messenger, Ethel, 14, Morgan, 12, and Jessie Maud, 24, and her husband, John Percival Charles, a 25 year old Wireman on the Telegraph. Next door was Edward's brother, Thomas.

The Edward Heesom who was born in about 1849, died on 11 June 1911 in Runcorn, Cheshire. He was buried at St Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire. Tombstone inscription:

"In loving memory of Edward Heesom who died 11 June 1911 aged 63 years. Martha beloved wife of the above who died 1 March 1919 aged 67 years. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. Samuel beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann Povey who died 3 December 1928 aged 49 years. In the midst of life we are in death."

The following describes a photograph in the Whitley Village News of May 2010.

"Grimsditch Mill c1908
My Great Great Grandfather Thomas Heesom, b.c1812 my Great Grandfather Edward Heesom b.c1849 and Grandfather Philip b.c1885 were all born at Whitley. This photo was handed down to me by an Aunt but I regret I have few details regarding it other than my Great Uncle, Morgan Heesom, is in the picture. (The young man standing to the left with the watch chain). The picture is so full of interest and clues, I hope some Whitley Village News reader or local historian may be able to provide any information about what looked to have been an occasion of some significance." - Allan Harmer

(26) John Thomas Heesom (1873)
(26) Jessie Maud Heesom (1877), christened 6 May 1877 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England. Jessie M. Heesom, a 14 year old servant, was in the 1891 census of Whitley, Cheshire. Married John Percival Charles, the son of Thomas Charles, on 24 May 1898 in Lower Whitley.
(26) Elizabeth Ann Heesom (1880), was christened on 29 August 1880 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.
(26) Denis Cliffe Heesom (1883)
(26) Edward Philip Heesom (1885)
(26) Ethel Nellie Heesom (1887) was born on 15 April 1887 and christened on 12 June in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.
(26) Morgan Edward Heesom (1888)

(26) John Thomas Heesom (1873)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849)

The son of Edward and Martha Heesom, he was christened on 16 March 1873 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England. In the 1881 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as John Tho. Heesom, a 9 year old scholar, living with his parents.

In the 1891 census of . . .

He married Sarah Ann Hartles, the daughter of Jacob Hartles, on 16 August 1898 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England. Sarah was born in 1875.

In the 1901 census of Whitley, Cheshire as John Thos. Heesom, a 29 year old Wireman on the Postal Telegraph, of Whitley. Living with him was his wife, Sarah Ann, 25, of Widnes, and children, John Thos. [Jr], 1, of Widnes. Also living with them was an uncle, John Cliffe, 55. JT's father, Edward, and uncle, Thomas, lived nearby.

In the 1911 census . . .

John T. Heesom, who was born in about 1873, died in the 4th quarter 1952 in Chester, England, at the age of 79.

His children were,
(27) John Thomas Heesom Jr. (1899)

(27) John Thomas Heesom Jr. (1899)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849) (26) John Thomas Heesom (1873)

He was baptized in 1899 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, the son of John Thomas Heesom. In the 1901 census of Whitley, Cheshire as John Thos. Heesom, 1, of Widnes, Lancashire.

A John Thomas Heesom served in World War I in the 14th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment. He was transferred to the Reserve on 12 April 1919. To the right is a plaque referring to a John Heesom of Lower Whitley, as well as his uncle, Morgan, and George Heesom.

A John T. Heesom married Emily Higham in the 1st quarter 1929 in South Manchester, Lancashire.

A John Thomas Heesom of Cheshire died in 1972.

(26) Denis Cliffe Heesom (1883)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849)

The son of Edward and Martha Heesom, he was born on 15 June 1883 and christened on 5 July 1883 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.

In the 1891 census as Denis Heesom, 7. In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Denis Heesom, 18.

Denis Cliffe Heesom, 21, the son of Edward Heesom, married Alice Maude Bevan, the daughter of John Bevan, on 4 April 1904 at Sandbach, Cheshire. Ancestry.com says this occurred in June 1904 in Congleton, Cheshire.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Denis Cliffe Heesom, 27. Living with him were his wife, Alice Maude, 28, and children, John Edward Stanley, 5, and Morgan Bevan, 3.

A Denis C. Heesom died on 9 June 1919 in Lancashire - who was this? I also show a marriage for a Denis C. Heesom to a Grocock.

"Heesom, Denis Cliffe, Skilled Workman, Class I, Liverpool Telephone Area" - from the "Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 July, 1943"

His children were,
(27) John Edward Stanley Heesom (1905)
(27) Morgan Bevan Heesom (1908)
(27) Francis Bevan Hessam (1915), born in July 1915 in West Derby, Lancashire. Maybe.

(27) John Edward Stanley Heesom (1905)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849) (26) Denis Cliffe Heesom (1883)

He was born on 16 August 1905 in Warrington, Lancashire. John had a government job.

"Temporary Assistant Postmen -
. . .
John Edward Stanley Heesom . . . " - from "The Edinborouugh Gazette" 14 April 1922
He served and in World War II as a Corporal in a Balloon squadron in Runcorn, Cheshire. This was probably 923 Squadron, part of No. 9 Balloon Centre, Warrington. These were unmanned barrage balloons.
"Initials: J E S, Nationality: United Kingdom, Rank: Corporal, Extra Info: Son Of Dennis Cliffe Heesom and Alice Maude Heesom; Husband Of May [Mallett] Heesom, Of Warrington., Regiment: Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force), Unit Text: 922/3 Balloon, Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave Reference: Sec. R. Grave 110., Cemetery: WARRINGTON CEMETERY."
John died on 22 January 1943 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham. He had a child, still living.

(27) Morgan Bevan Heesom (1908)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849) (26) Denis Cliffe Heesom (1883)

He was born in March 1908 in Wigan, Lancashire. Morgan B. Heesom married Ellen Unsworth in 3rd quarter 1937 in Warrington, Lancashire.

(26) Edward Philip Heesom (1885)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849)

The son of Edward and Martha Heesom, he was christened on 30 August 1885 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.

In the 1891 census as Philip Heesom, 5. In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Philip Heesom, 15, living with his parents, Edward and Martha.

(26) Morgan Edward Heesom (1888)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Edward Heesom (c1849)

The son of Edward and Martha Heesom, he was christened on 23 September 1888 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.

In the 1891 census as Morgan Heesom, 2. In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Morgan Heesom, 12, living at home with his parents, Edward and Martha. He served in the Royal Engineers "In the Great War 1914-1919 from Whitley, Cheshire."

The following appears to be some kind of pension or employment under the "Reconstruction Scheme."

"Civil Service Commission, October 3, 1919.

In pursuance of the provisions of His late Majesty's Order in Council of the 10th January 1910, the Civil Service Commissioners hereby announce the undermentioned Appointments, Promotions, Transfers, &c. (including Assignments of Second Division Clerks), for the month of September 1919 :--

Certificates Issued, &c.
. . .
September 9, 1919.
. . .
Without Competition.
. . .
Skilled Workmen--Harry Bradley . . . Morgan Edward Heesom, . . ." - from "The Edinnburgh Gazette" of 10 October 1919

He married Mary Wickens in 1920, in Warrington, Lancashire.

(25) Richard Henry Heesom (1851)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812)

Known as Henry. Richard Henry Heesom, the son of Thomas and Anna, was baptized on 18 May 1851 in Lower Whitley. In one document of this event the last name was spelled Heesome. In the 1861 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Richard H. Hissom, 9. In the 1871 census of Whitley Superior, Cheshire as Richard Henry Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 19 year old laborer, living at home with his parents, Thomas and Ann.

In the 1881 census of Anderton, Cheshire, living at the Boat Yard Dock, as Henry Heesom, a 29 year old laborer, of Whitley. Living with him were his Elizabeth, 27, and children, Selina, 4, Priscilla, 2, and Thomas H., 3 months, of Anderton. Anderton was just northwest of Northwich town.

Richard Henry Heesom was an elector of the township of Barnton in 1887-1889. Barnton is in Northwich parish. Richard Heesom was an elector of Witton-cum-Twambrooks 1880-1892.

In the 1891 census of Comberbach, Cheshire as Henry Heesom, a 40 year old foreman over Chemical Laborer, of Higher Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 37, of Comberbach, and children, Thomas, 10, Selina, 14, and Priscilla, 12.

In the 1901 census of Great Budworth, Cheshire, on Crow Nest Lane, as Rich H. Heesum, a 50 year old Chemical laborer, of Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 47, and children, Thomas H., a 20 year old clerk, and Albert, 6. Elizabeth and Albert were of Comberbach [?] and Thomas was of Anderton. That's a pretty big gap between the two children.

In the 1911 census of Great Budworth, Cheshire, on Crow Nest Lane, as Henry Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], a 60 year old farm laborerm of Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 53, son, Albert, 16, of Comberbach, and nephew, Arrow [?!], 5, of Budworth. Other members of this family have used the title nephew to designate an illegitimate child; see Thomas Charles Heesom, above. Arrow could be the child of Selina or Priscilla.

Richard H. Heesom, born in about 1851, died in the 2nd quarter 1923 in Runcorn, Cheshire. He was buried on 22 May 1923 at the age of 72 at St. Mary and All Saints, Great Budworth.

His children were,
(26) Selina Heesom (1876), christened on November 1876 in Great Budworth, Cheshire, England.
(26) Priscilla Heesom (1879), christened on 2 March 1879 in Cheshire, England.
(26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1881)
(26) Albert Heesom (1895), born on 15 March 1895, the son of Henry and Elizabeth, and baptized on 5 May 1895 at Great Budworth, Cheshire. He lived in Warrington most of his life. I have an Albert Heesom who married [Dawson in 1922 in Runcorn, Bailey in 1932, Whitby in 1934 and Melbourne in 1939 in Warrington]. He died in the 4th quarter 1970 in Runcorn, Cheshire, at the age of 75.

(26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1881)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Richard Henry Heesom (1851)

Of Anderton, Cheshire. A Thomas H. Heesom, born in January-March 1881, died in the 1st quarter 1931 in Northwich, Cheshire, at the age of 50. In the 1891 census of Comberbach, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, 10.

In the 1901 census of Great Budworth, Cheshire, on Crow Nest Lane, as Thomas H. Heesum, a 20 year old clerk, of Anderton. He was living at home with his folks.

He married Annie circa 1902.

In the 1911 census of Anderton, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 30 year old chemical laborer, of Anderton. Living with him were his wife, Annie, 31, of Middlewich, and children, Priscilla, 9, Elizabeth, 7, Frank, 5, and Doris, 3.

Thomas died in 1931 and was buried at St Mary and All Saints, Great Budworth, Cheshire.

"In loving memory of Thomas Henry Heesom died 23 JAN 1931 aged 50 years.
In God's keeping,
also Annie his wife died 16 APR 1949 aged 69 years. Reunited.
Also dearly loved grandson Arthur Francis Heesom died 8 DEC 1974 aged 44
years."

(27) Frank Arthur Heesom (1905)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Richard Henry Heesom (1851) (26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1881)

He was born on 24 August 1905. Frank A. Heesom married an Ellison in July-September 1929 in Liverpool. He died in September 1995 in Trafford, Cheshire.

(28) Arthur Francis Heesom (1930)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Richard Henry Heesom (1851) (26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1881) (27) Frank Arthur Heesom (1905)

He was born on 9 January 1930 in Warrington, Lancashire. He married a McEvoy in July-September 1953 in Bucklow, Cheshire. He died on 8 December 1974 in Manchester, Lancashire, at the age of 44.

(25) Thomas Heesom (1855)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812)

Thomas Heesom, the son of Thomas Heesom and Anne Haddock, was born on 19 August 1855 in Whitley, and baptized on 16 September 1855 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire. In the 1861 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Thomas Hissom, 5, living at home with his parents, Thomas and Ann.

In the 1871 census as Thomas Heesom, an 18 year old servant to Charles and Ellen Massey, of Whitley Superior, Cheshire.

Thomas, a 21 year old carter, the son of Thomas Heesom, groom, married Mary Jane Wilkinson, a 20 year old spinster, the daughter of Thomas Wilkinson, laborer, and Ann Houghton, on 21 February 1876 at St. Thomas church, Ardwick, Lancashire. She was born on 19 February 1957 in Hatton, Cheshire.

In the 1881 census of Whitley, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 25 year old [1856] agricultural laborer, of Whitley. He was living with his father-in-law, Thomas Wilkinson, and wife, Mary Jane, 26. Thomas Charles, 2, and John Walter, 4 months, both of Whitley, were also living with them.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Village, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 35 year old agricultural laborer, of Whitley Inferior. Living with him were his wife, Mary J., 36, and children, Thomas C., 12, John W., 10, Ann, 8, George H., 6, and William E., 1. William E. was of Bardington, the others of Whitley.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire, living next door to his brother, Edward, above, as Thomas Heesom, a 45 year old Teamsman on Farm [drove a team?], of Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Mary Jane, 46, of Hatton, and children, John Walter, a 20 year old Agricultural Laborer, Annie, 18, George Henry, 16, all of Whitley, William Edward, 14, of Bartington, Joseph, 9, Samuel, 8 and Tom, 5, all of Whitley.

Mary Jane Heesom died on 4 February 1911. She was buried at St Luke's, Lower Whitley nearby Thomas' brother, Edward, and his wife, Martha. Her tombstone inscription:

"In loving memory of Mary Jane the beloved wife of Thomas Heesom of Whitley who died 4 February 1911 aged 53 years. Also Eliza May the beloved daughter of Harry and Annie Moores who died 8 Dec 1912 aged 5 months. Harry Moores died 20 November 1938 aged 56 years. Annie his wife died 17 Dec 1952 aged 70 years."

In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, 53. Living with him were his children, John, 29, George, 25, Willie, 23, Samuel, 18, and Tom, 16. What happened to Joseph? And, how could he have two sons, Thomas Charles and Tom? Could the latter be a grandson or nephew?

Thomas Heesom, a labourer at a brewery, died of heart failure on 19 May 1930 in Stockton Heath, at the age of 74. He was buried at St. Thomas, Stockton Heath, Cheshire.

His children were,
(26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1878)
(26) John Walter Heesom (1881)
(26) Ann Heesom (1882), christened on 31 December 1882 in Lower Whiteley, Cheshire, England. She died on 17 December 1952 at the age of 69.
(26) Philip Stanley Heesom (1885)
(26) George Henry Heesom (1885)
(26) William Edward Heesom (1887)
(26) Joseph Heesom (1892)
(26) Samuel Heesom (1893)
(26) Thomas Heesom (1895)

(26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1878)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

Thomas Charles, the son of Thomas Heesom and Mary Jane Wilkinson, was born on 9 September 1878 and baptized on 27 October 1878 in St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire.

In the 1881 census of Whitley, Cheshire as Thomas Charles Heesom, 2, of Whitley, living with his parents, Thomas and Mary Jane. Caution, there is another Thomas Charles Heesom, but aged 4, in the 1881 census. He was the illegitmate son of Aunt Sarah Ann Heesom.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Village, Cheshire as Thomas C. Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], 12, living with his parents Thomas and Mary J.

The man who married Alice Holden had a large family and modern descendants. But, was he the son of Thomas or Sarah Ann Heesom, below? I've decided that the man here was the son of (25) Thomas Heesom. He was born a year later than the Thomas Charles Heesom, below, who was the illegimate son of Sarah Ann, and the ages listed in the census' immediately below show that our man was consistently one year younger than his cousin.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Charles Heesom, of Whitley, a 22 year old waggoner working on the farm of Samuel Lewis at Crumwell Pool Farm. Also living in the household was an Alice Holden, a 17 year old domestic servant, of Worcestershire.

Thomas Charles Heesom, a 23 year old labourer, of Nether Whitley, the son of Thomas Heesom, a laborer, married Alice Holden, 17, the daughter of James Holden, labourer, and Martha Kemp, on 19 September 1901 at the parish church in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England. This was a "just in time" wedding, their son, James, being born in December. Witnesses were Benjamin Johnson and Annie Heesom. Alice was born on 22 September 1882 in Lower Crowley [or Crowle], Worcestershire, England. In unraveling the two Thomas Charles Heesom's in this family, note that the other married an Emma.

In the 1911 census of Northfield, Worcestershire as Thomas Charles Heeom, of Lower Whitely, a 32 year old waggoner. Living with him were his wife, Alice, 28, of Lower Crowle, Worcester, and children, James, 9, of Lower Whitley, Thomas Henry, 6, and Elsie May, 3, of Up Bentley, Worcester, and William Richard, 1, and Bessie, 11/12, of Woodgate St. Quinton, Worcester. Two of their seven children had died before 1911.

Thomas C. Heesom died on 20 February 1945 in Warrington, Lancashire at the age of 66. Per another document, Thomas Charles Heesom, a 66 year old Coal Carter, died of stomach cancer on 20 February 1945 in Thelwall, Lancashire. "Alice Heesom, widow of deceased, present at the death, 162 Thelwall Lanc Warrington." He was buried in Latchford, Lancashire.

The children of Thomas Heesom and Alice Holden were,
(27) James Heesom (1901)
(27) Thomas Henry Heesom (1904), was born in the 2nd Quarter 1904 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
(27) Elsie May Heesom (1907), was born in the 4th Quarter 1907 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
(27) William Richard Heesom (1909), born in the 3rd Quarter 1909 in King's Norton, Worcestershire
(27) Bessie Heesom (1910)
(27) Albert Heesom, born in Bartley Green
(27) Gladys Heesom
(27) Annie Heesom
(27) Ronald Heesom (1919), of Warrington, Lancashire, mother's maiden name Holden, he died in 1919 in Warrington, Lancashire
(27) Margery Heesom (1923), born in February 1923, of Warrington, Lancashire, mother's maiden name Holden, she died in December 1932 in Warrington, Lancashire
(27) Donald Heesom, born 23 October

I also have the following for an Ethel, the daugher of Thomas Heesom, that might have been born as late as 1921.

"Marriage: 21 Oct 1939 St Mary, Great Sankey, Lancs.
Harold Wilcock - 23, Clerk (Now Serving in the Navy), Bachelor, 18 Hood Lane, Sankey
Ethel Heesom - 19, Spinster, 78 Hood Lane, Sankey
Groom's Father: Ralph Wilcock, Watchman
Bride's Father: Thomas Heesom, Shunter
Witness: John Heesom; Elsie Heesom
Married by Licence by: T. Henry Pullen Vicar
Register: Marriages 1938 - 1945, Page 20, Entry 40
Source: LDS Film 2147231" - from the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk records
Note Elsie Heesom, a witness. John Heesom could be Ethel's uncle, below.

(27) James Heesom (1901)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855) (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1878)

James Heesom, the son of Thomas Charles Heesom, a general agricultural labourer, and Alice Holden, of Whitley Inferior, was born on 25 December 1901 [another miracle baby] and baptized on 2 February 1902 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, England.

James Heesom married Emily Wilkinson, the daughter of Thomas Houghton Wilkinson and Mary Jane Vernon, on 20 August 1921. She was born on 24 April 1899 in Daresbury, Cheshire.

During the war he was a County Council employee.

Emily died on 27 July 1978 in Daresbury, at the age of 79. James died on 14 April 1983 in Runcorn, Cheshire, England, at the age of 81. He was buried in All Saints, Daresbury, Cheshire.

The children of Janes and Emily were,
(28) James Arthur Heesom (1923)
(28) Freda Emily Heesom (1925), born on 17 September 1925 in Runcorn, Cheshire. She married Joseph E. Galley. She died on 23 October 1986 in Daresbury.
(28) Doris Amy Heesom (1927), born on 20 October 1927 in Runcorn, Cheshire. She married Eric Thomason, per Kay Dolby, her son. Also Andrew Thomason is the cousin of Bruce Heesom.

(28) James Arthur Heesom (1923)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855) (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1878) (27) James Heesom (1901)

James Arthur Heesom, the son of James Heesom and Emily Wilkinson, was born on 3 October 1923 in Newton by Daresbury, Cheshire, England.

During the war Sergeant Heesom served with the 103 Squadron of Bomber Command at Elsham Wolds. There he met Aircraft Woman Barbara Joan Robinson, a wages clerk with the Womens Auxilary Air Force. She was the daughter of Harold Robinson, a Silk Works employee, and Nellie Moore, born on 1 November 1916 in Stonegravels, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. James A. Heesom married Barbara Joan Robinson on 14 July 1945 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

103 Squadron

At the outbreak of the Second World War the Squadron, flying the Fairey Battle bomber, was deployed to France as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force. On the 10 May 1940 the Luftwaffe and the German Army invaded France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Squadron was heavily committed during this period, sustaining many losses. In mid June 1940 the Squadron withdrew from France for RAF Abingdon in England. 103 Squadron was then transferred to RAF Newton near Nottingham and reverted to the control of No. 1 Group RAF, Bomber Command. In October 1940 it was re-equipped with Vickers Wellington bombers. Operations were carried out with this type on targets on mainland Europe. The Squadron moved into the new airfield at RAF Elsham Wolds in July 1941. In July 1942[1] the Wellingtons were replaced by Handley Page Halifax bombers. These were in turn replaced in late October 1942 by Avro Lancaster bombers, which 103 Squadron flew on many operations to Germany and occupied Europe for the rest of the war. During the Second World War 103 Squadron flew over 6000 operational sorties, at a high cost in both men and machines. At the conclusion of the Second World War, on 26 November 1945, the Squadron was disbanded by renumbering it to 57 Squadron.

RAF Elsham Wolds

This field is north Lincolnshire, just a few miles south of the Humber estuary.

James Arthur Heesom died on 24 May 1995 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, at the age of 71, of a heart attack. He was buried in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Joan subsequently married Tony Henshaw.

Arthur's sons were,
(29) Bruce David James Heesom (1946), of Runcorn, Cheshire. See the Canada page for more about Bruce.
(29) Gerald Anthony Peter Heesom (1948), born on 1 June 1948 in Newton by Daresbury, Cheshire. Gerald A.P. Heesom married Barbara A. Leesley in the 3rd Quarter 1968 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Gerald A.P. Heesom married Valerie M. Evans in the 4th Quarter 1981 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He died on 26 September 2006 in Shropshire, England at the age of 58.

(26) John Walter Heesom (1881)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

John Walter Heesom was born at the end of 1880 and baptized on 2 January 1881 in Lower Whitley, the son of Thomas & Mary Jane Heesom. He was probably named for his uncle, who died before the 1881 census. In the 1881 census of Whitley, Cheshire as John Walter Heesom, 4 months, the grandson of the head of the household. In the 1891 census of Whitley, Cheshire as John W. Heesom, 10, son the the head of the household.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as John Walter Heesom, a 20 year old Agricultural Laborer, living at home with his parents, Thomas and Mary Jane.

In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as John Heesom, 29, living at home with his parents.

He married Mary Millington Buckley on 28 May 1917 in Lower Whitley.

John W. Heesom, who was born in about 1881, died on 5 June 1955 in Runcorn, Cheshire, at the age of 74.

(26) George Henry Heesom (1885)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

He was born on 30 March 1885 in Runcorn, Cheshire. In the 1891 census of Whitley, Cheshire as George H. Heesom, 6. In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as George Henry Heesom, 16, living with his parents Thomas and Mary Jane. He served in World War I.

In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as George Heesom, George, 25, living at home with his parents.

(26) William Edward Heesom (1887)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

William Edward Heesom was baptized on 27 September [December] 1889 in Lower Whitley, the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Heesom.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Village, Cheshire as William E. Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], 1, of Bardington.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire, as William Edward Heesom, 14, of Bardington.

In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as Willie Heesom, 23, living with his parents.

Of Lower Whitley, Cheshire. He married Annie Snelson, probably circa 1911. An Annie Heesom married a Snelson in April-June 1918 in Chorlton, Lancashire; William's sister marrying Annie brother? William Edward did have a sister, Ann, born in 1882. William and Annies's children, mother's maiden name Snelson, were,
(27) Gertrude Heesom (1912), was baptized on 3 November 1912 in Lower Whitely, Northwich parish, Cheshire
(27) Annie Eliza Heesom (1914), baptized on 7 June 1914 in Lower Whitley, Northwich parish, Cheshire
(27) William Heesom (1915), baptized on 29 May 1915 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, I believe he died in July-Se;ptember 1915 in Northwich parish.
(27) Sidney Heesom, baptized on 2 July 1916 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, I have a Trooper Sidney Heesom, of Cheshire, Royal Tank Corps, R.A.C. [Royal Armor Corps], 27 [1916], who died in Abruzzo, Italy in 1943. The Royal Tank Corps fought at Sangro river, which is in Abruzzo.

(26) Joseph Heesom (1892)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

I have a record that claims he was baptized on 29 Decemer 1895 in Lower Whitley, the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Heesom. Is this a misprint?

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire, as Joseph Heesom, 9, of Whitley. Not in the 1911 census.

Joseph Heesom married a Goulborn in the 4th quarter 1914 in Runcorn.

A Joseph Heesom, who was born in about 1891, died in the 4th quarter 1952 in Runcorn, Cheshire.

(26) Samuel Heesom (1893)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

Samuel Heesom was born on 18 February 1893 in Runcorn, Cheshire and bapized on 29 December 1895 in Lower Whitley, the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Heesom. Another misprint? Perhaps he and his brother, Joseph, above, were simply baptized at a later date.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire as Samuel Heesom, 8, of Whitley. In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as Samuel Heesom, an 18 year old waggoner on [or?] farmer, living at home with his widowed father, Thomas.

Samuel Heesom, 22, the son of Thomas, married Ruth Simpson, 20, the daughter of William, on 5 February 1916 in Stretton, Cheshire. She was born in 1895.

Samuel died on 20 Februry 1979, at the age of 86, in Warrington, Cheshire. He was buried at St. Matthews in Stretton, Warrington. I don't have a photo of the gravestone, but the inscription reads,

"In loving memory of Ruth Heesom who died 12 Feb 1979 aged 83. Also her loving husband Samuel who died 20 Feb 1979 aged 86 years. Rest in Peace. Also their dear son Samuel beloved husband, dad & grandad, who died 2 Mar 1990 aged 65 years. Rest in peace."

I recently received an email from Pamela Elaine Heesom Gold, a descendant of Samuel. She says that Samuel and Ruth had six children, the oldest of which was Harold, her father. I only know of the following children,
(27) Harold Heesom (c1924)
(27) Samuel Heesom (c1925)

(27) Harold Heesom (c1924)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855) (26) Samuel Heesom (1893)

Harold married Emmeline Annie England in 1940. She was born in 1920.


Harold died on 3 July 1984 at the age of 60 and was buried at St. Matthews in Stretton, Warrington. Their children were,

(28) Roy Harold Heesom (1940), of Stretton, civil servant, lives in Grappenhall, Warrington. He died in January 2016, his obituary,
"Roy Heesom sadly passed away at home on 17th January 2016 aged 75 years. Devoted husband to Ann, loving dad and friend to Paul and Kerry, much loved grandad to Mike, Beth, Charlotte and Jordan, great grandad to Oliver and father in law to Carol and Mark."

(28) John Terence Heesom (1942) labourer
(28) Jennifer Ruth Heesom (1948) housewife
(28) Pamela Elaine Heesom (1951)

Of Stretton, optometrist, attended University of Manchester, lives in Padgate. Pamela is the youngest of four children. She married a Gold in 1975 and divorced in 1992. Pamela, "Life was idyllic as a child living in Stretton. It was a small village with a small school of approximately 60 children. The village is now closed in by its larger neighbor Appleton and has lost much of its character."

(27) Samuel Heesom (c1925)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855) (26) Samuel Heesom (1893)

He died on 2 March 1990 at the age of 65 and was buried at St. Matthews in Stretton, Warrington. Below is a school photograph from the Stretton school, about 1929. Sam is second from the left in the first row (crossed legs). He looks older than 4. By the way, an Evelyn Heesom is fourth from the right in the second row. Was she Sam's sister?


(26) Thomas Heesom (1895)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855)

Tom Heesom was baptized on 29 December 1895 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire, the son of Thomas and Mary Jane. In the 1901 census of Whitley Inferior, Cheshire, Tom Heesom, 5, of Whitley. In the 1911 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as Tom Heesom, 16, living with his parents.

The following tombstone at St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, fits here. Inscription:

In Loving Memory of
My Dear Wife
Hilda Mary Heesom
Who died May 4th 1946
Aged 55 years [c1891]
Also Tom her dear husband
Who died June 12th 1962
Aged 66 years [c1896]

Also Stanley
Died Aug. 19th 1927 Aged 15 months.

(27) Thomas Heesom (c1930)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812) (25) Thomas Heesom (1855) (26) Thomas Heesom (1896) maybe

Of Lower Whitley. The following seems to fit here. Thomas Heesom, a 26 year old Farm Worker, a Bachelor of New Houses, Lower Whitley, Cheshire married May Clarke, a 21 year old Spinster, of 43 Heath Lane, Croft on 18 February 1956 at Christ Church, Croft, Lancashire, England. The Groom's father was Thomas Heesom, a farm worker. The bride's father was Sidney Clarke, a retired Male Nurse.

Thomas died on 7 March 2004 at the age of 73.

"Mr Thomas Heesom, husband of Mrs May Heesom, died of bronchopneumonia on March 7, aged 73.

Mr Heesom, of Heathercroft Nursing Home, formerly of Woolston, was born in Lower Whitley. He was last employed as a caretaker at the Co-operative Society, and prior to that he worked as a fire and security man for 30 years at Thames Board Mills. He started his working life at a local farm, and had worked at Stretton Airfield, then as a dispatch rider.

Mr Heesom loved country and western music and enjoyed travelling around the country to watch motorbike racing. He loved family holidays in North Wales, and despite his later lack of mobility enjoyed coach tours round England and Scotland, until ill health prevented him.

He leaves his wife, two sons, three daughters and 11 grandchildren.

A service was held at Woolston Church of the Ascension on March 15, followed by cremation at Walton Lea. The Rev Barry Dryden officiated." - from the Guardian Series, first published Thursday 6th May 2004.

(25) Sarah Ann Heesom (1859)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812)

She was baptized on 31 July 1859 in St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire. In the 1861 census of Lower Whitley, Cheshire as Sarah A. Hissom, 1, the daughter of Thomas and Ann. In the 1871 census of Whitley Superior, Cheshire as Sarah Ann Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], 11, living with her parents, Thomas and Ann.

She married Moses Lawson. However, before she did this she had an illegitimate child with John Sampson when she was 17 years old who was given the surname of Heesom.

In the 1881 census of Over Whitley, Cheshire, England as Sarah Ann Heesom, 22, living with her parents, Thomas and Ann. Also living with them was Sarah Ann's husband, Moses Lawson, 23, and nephews [?], James Shaw, 9, Tomas Charles Heesom, 4, and Walter Lawson, 1. I don't know about James Shaw, but Thomas Charles and Walter were actually his grandsons.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Superior, Runcorn, Cheshire as Sarah Ann Lawson, 31. She was living with her husband, Moses Lawson, a 34 year old bricklayer, as were their children, Walter, 11, Martha Ann, 9, Ada, 5, John Edward, 4, Agnes, 2, and Leonard, 9/12. Sarah's son, Thomas Charles Heesom, 13, was living with his grandmother, Ann Heesom, who was "next door" to Moses and Sarah Ann in the census.

In the 1901 census of Whitley Superior as Walter and Sarah Ann Lawson, with their children, Walter, 21, Agnes, 12, Harry, 8, Alice, 5, Ernest, 3, and Albert, 1. John [Edward] Lawson, 15, and his brother, Leonard, 10, were living with their grandmother, Ann Heesom, in Whitley Superior.

In the 1911 census of Whitley Superior as Walter and Sarah Ann Lawson, with their children, John Edward, 22, Leonard, 20, Harry, 18, Alice, 15, Ernest, 13, and Albert, 11.

Sarah died in 1913.


(26) Thomas Charles [Sampson] Heesom (1877)
(25) Sarah Ann Heesom (1859) & John Sampson

The natural son of John Sampson. The birth of Thomas Charles Heesom was registered in the 3rd Quarter 1877 in Runcorn, Cheshire. His cousin, Thomas Charles Heesom, the son of Sarah Ann's brother, Thomas, and his wife, Mary Jane, was born in the 4th Quarter 1878, also in Runcorn. Thomas Charles Sampson, the son of John Sampson and Sarah Ann Heesom, was baptized on 21 August 1877 in Lower Whitley, Cheshire. On 18 July 1880 his mother, Sarah Ann, married Moses Lawson. In the 1881 census as Thomas Charles Heesom, 4, the "nephew" of Sarah Ann's parents Thomas and Ann. Also living there were Thomas Charles' mother, Sarah Ann, 22, and her husband, Moses Lawson, 23, and other "nephews" of Thomas Sr. [?], James Shaw, 9, and Walter Lawson, 1.

In the 1891 census of Whitley Superior as Thomas Charles Heesom [Huson in Ancestry.com], a 13 year old laborer. He was living with his grandmother, Ann Heesom, 68. Ann's daughter, Sarah Ann, and her husband, Moses Lawson, lived next door.

Thomas Charles Heesom married Emma Wilkinson in the 4th Quarter 1898. The marriage was registered in Prescot, Lancashire.

In the 1901 census of . . .

In the 1911 census of Sutton, St. Helens, Lancashire as Thomas Charles Heesom, of Whitley, a 33 year old laborer in the Colliery. Living with him were his wife, Emma, 33, of Little Leigh, Cheshire, and children, Jack, 9, and George, 3. Thomas and Emma had been married for 12 years [1899].

A Thomas C. Heesom, born in about 1877, died in the 4th quarter 1957 in St. Helens, Lancashire. Emma Heesom, born in about 1876, died in September 1956 at St. Helens, Lancashire, at the age of 80.

His children included,
(27) Jack [Sampson] Heesom (c1902), a John Heesom, born 31 March 1902 in Prescot, Lancashire, died in August 1986 at St. Helens, Merseyside, England at the age of 84.
(27) George [Sampson] Heesom (c1908), a George Heesom, born on 1 March 1909, died in December 1969 in St. Helens, Lancashire, England.
(27) Wilfred G. [Sampson] Heesom (1917), born in the 1st Quarter 1917 in Prescot, Lancashire, mother's maiden name Wilkinson, he married Doris G. Foster in the 3rd Quarter 1932 in Prescot, Lancashire.

The Family of Wilfred G. [Sampson] Heesom

Antony James Heesom provided the information in this section.

(27) Gertrude Heesom
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877)

Perhaps Wilfred's sister, Antony James 'great nan.' I have a Doris Gertrude Heesom, born on 21 May 1904, who died in January 1990 in St. Helens, Lancashire.

(27) Wilfred Heesom (1917)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877)

He was born in the 1st Quarter 1917 in Prescot, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name was Wilkinson. He married Doris G. Foster in the 3rd Quarter 1932 in Prescot, Lancashire.

(28) Kenneth E. Heesom (1936)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917)

He was born in 1936 in St. Helens, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name was Foster.

(28) Leslie Heesom (1933)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917)

He was born in 1933 in Prescot, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name was Foster. He married Adrienne M. Sharrocks in 1957 in St. Helens, Lancashire.

(29) Carol Heesom (1958)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933)

She was born in the 3rd quarter of 1958 in Prescot, Lancashire. Her mother's maiden name was Sharrocks. She married Stephen M. Speakman.

(29) Colin Heesom (1958)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933)

The twin of Carol. He was born in the 3rd quarter of 1958 in Prescot, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name was Sharrocks. Colin married Christine J. Byron in 1979 in St. Helens, Lancashire.

(30) Antony James Heesom (1979)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933) (29) Colin Heesom (1958)

Of Sutton in St. Helens, Merseyside. He was born in the 4th quarter of 1979 in Knowsley, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name is Byron.

(30) Mark Colin Leslie Heesom (1982)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933) (29) Colin Heesom (1958)

He was born in the 1st quarter of 1982 in Knowsley, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name is Byron.

(29) Shaun L. Heesom (1965)
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933)

He was born in 1965 in St. Helens, Lancashire. His mother's maiden name was Sharrocks.

(29) Beverley Ann Heesom
(25) John Sampson (26) Thomas Charles Heesom (1877) (27) Wilfred Heesom (1917) (28) Leslie Heesom (1933)

She was born in 1968 in St. Helens, Lancashire. Her mother's maiden name was Sharrocks. She married Alan Smart in 1999 in St. Helens, Lancashire.


(25) John Walter Heesom (1862)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) Thomas Heesham (1812)

He was listed in the 1871 census, but not that of 1881. I suspect he died young.


Stretton, Cheshire

East of Warrington.

(24) John Heesom of Stretton (1825)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792)

John, the son of Edward Heesom, married Margaret, the daughter of James Daniels, on 3 May 1847 in Stretton, Cheshire.

In the 1851 census of Stretton, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 28 year old tile maker, of Lower Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Margaret, 23, and children, John, 2, of Stretton.

In the 1861 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 38 year old quarry man, of Stretton. Living with him were his wife, Margaret, 34, and children, Edward, 9, James, 7, and Leonora, 2..

In the 1871 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 48 year old laborer, of Streton. Living with him were his wife, Margaret, 44, and children, James, 16, Leanora, 12, and Alfred, 9.

In the 1881 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 56 year old general laborer, of Stretton. Living with him was his wife, Margaret, 53, and children, Edward, a 29 year old railway plate layer, of Stretton, Alfred, a 19 year old boot & shoe salesman, of Walton, and grand-daughter, Elizabeth, 6 [Edward's?].

In the 1891 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 66 year old brewer, of Whitley. Living with him was his wife, Margaret, 60, of Warrington.

In the 1901 census of Appleton, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 78 year old widower, living alone, of Whitley, Cheshire.

His children were,
(25) John Heesom (1849), absent from the 1861 census, when he would have been 12, implying he died young
(25) Edward Heesom of Stretton (1852)
(25) James Heesom of Stretton (1855)
(25) Leanora Heesom (1859), 1861, 1871 census
(25) Alfred Heesom of Stretton (1862)

(25) Edward Heesom of Stretton (1852)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) John Heesom of Stretton (1825)

In the 1861 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, 9.

In the 1871 census . . .

In the 1881 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, a 29 year old railway plate layer, of Stretton. He was living at home with his parents.

In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, a 40 year old platelayer, of Stretton. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 43, of Latchford, and daughter, Ethel M., 5, of Warrington

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, a 49 year old Foreman Railway Platelayer, of Stretton. Living with him was his daughter, Ethel, 15. Apparently his first wife, Mary, died and after 1901 Edward married another, younger, Mary.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, a 60 year old iron worker, of Streton [sic]. Living with him was his wife, Mary, 47, of Farnworth, Lancashire.

An Edward Heesom who was born in about 1851 died in April-June 1929 in Warrington, Lancashire.

(25) James Heesom of Stretton (1855)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) John Heesom of Stretton (1825)

In the 1861 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as James Heesom, 7. In the 1871 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as James Heesom, 16.

In the 1881 census of Appleton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 27 year old railway signalman, of Stretton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 41, and daughter, Annie J., 4.

In the 1891 census . . .

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 45 year old Railway Signalman, of Lower Walton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 63, and daughter, Annie J. Holmes, 27, and her husband, Robt. H., 30.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 55 year old Signal Dep. Railway Co., a widower, of Stretton, Cheshire. Living with him was his daughter, Annie, 34, and her husband, Robert Holmes, and family.

(25) Alfred Heesom of Stretton (1862)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Edward Heesham (1792) (24) John Heesom of Stretton (1825)

In the 1871 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as Alfred Heesom, 9. In the 1881 census of Walton Inferior, Cheshire as Alfred Heesom, a 19 year old (c1862) boot & shoe salesman, of Walton. This is a township in Runcorn parish.

Alfred, aged 20, the son of John Heesom, married Hannah, the daughter of William Hart, on 7 August 1882 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1891 census of Ilkeston, Derbyshire as Alfred Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 29 year old Manager of a Boot Shop, at 105 Bath street, of Walton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 30, of Padgate, Lancashire, and children, Gertrude M., 7, Harry, 6, Blanche, 2, and William H., 6/12, all of Ilkeston. Below is Bath street, circa 1897.

In the 1901 census of Ilkeston, Derbyshire as Alfred Heesom, a 39 year old Manager of a Boot Shop, of Walton. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 41, and children, Gertrude M., 17, Harry, a 16 year old Pupil/School Teacher, Blanche, 12, William H., 10, and Alfred E., 3. The children were all of Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Ilkeston

A town within the borough of Erewash, in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the Erewash river. In the day it was a coal, steel and textile manufacturing center. The town is just two miles from the border with Nottinghamshire. To the left is Ilkeston Market Place, circa 1907.

In the 1911 census of Ilkeston, Nottinghamshire [?] as Alfred Heesom, a 49 year old Boot Shop Manager, of Walton, at 121 Bath street. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 52, and children, Harry, a 26 year old Assistant Schoolmaster, Blanche, a 22 year old Milliner, William Hart Heesom, a 20 year old Clothier Shop Assistant, and Alfred Edgar Heesom, 13. Below is a picture of 121 Bath street, today a Chinese restaurant. I assume the family lived above Alfred's boot shop.

Alfred Heesom died in October-December 1947 in Ilkeston, at the age of 86.

His children were,
(26) Gertrude Mary Heesom (1883), baptized on 12 August 1883 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the daugther of Alfred and Hannah.
(26) Harry Heesom (1885), born in Ilkeston, married Rose Helen Freeman in July-September 1913, as a 30 year old married School Teacher, he joined the Sherwood Foresters, another name for the Nottingham and Derbyshire regiment, on 13 April 1915. He died on 2 May 1916 and his will was probated on 2 May 1916 in Derbyshire. Some battalions of the Regiment were sent to Dublin in April 1916 to address the rising there, others fought, in May 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, a particularly sanguine affair.
(26) Blanche Heesom (1889)
(26) William Hart Heesom (1890), born 15 September 1890 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, married Ethel Veronica Holding in 1914, they had 7 children, he died in January-March 1972 in Nottinghamshire
(26) Alfred Edgar Heesom (1897), born on 12 April 1897 in Derbyshire, served as a Private in the Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment in France from 1 September 1915 to 15 February 1919, note that he joined 5 months after his elder brother, Harry, he died in April-June 1979 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, at the age of 82.

(23) Thomas Heesom (1795)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757)

Thomas Heesham was christened on 1 March 1795 at All Saints church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of William and Hannah Heesham.

Thomas Heesham married Mary Jones on 28 December 1814 in Runcorn, Cheshire. Interestingly, Stephen Pickles notes that the marriage certificate was filled out as Heesham, but was signed as Hessam, helping to substantiate my observations about spelling. Stephen also has the following.

"My wife and I have been researching the ancestry of her mother, a Hessom from Liverpool, England. We've traced it back to Thomas Hessom/Heesham of Norton (1795-1848) with a high degree of confidence. Here it begins to intersect with the information on your page "Heyshams in the Midlands" . . . [Note: You can check Stephen's work by searching on Thomas Hessom (1795) in Ancestry.com's Public Member family trees, at Hessom-Daresbury, or at Genes Reunited.]

We believe that that the following are one and the same person:
1. Thomas, son of William Heesham and Hannah christened on 1 March 1795 in Daresbury.
2. Thomas Heesham, Labourer, who married Mary Jones in Runcorn parish on 28 Feb 1814.
3. Thomas Hessom who married Ann Lamb in Runcorn parish on 12 Mar 1837.
4. The Thomas Heesom, husband of Mary, who fathered John (1815), Catharine (1817), Mary (1820), Thomas (1823), and James (1826), which children were baptised at St Mary's, Halton, then a chapel of ease in Runcorn parish. His abode is variously given as Halton and Norton. Norton is half way between Halton and Daresbury.
5. The Thomas Hessom, labourer, husband of Ann, who fathered William (1837), Edward (1839) and George (1841), which children were baptised at St Mary's Halton. His abode is given respectively as Norton, Halton, Norton.
6. The Thomas Hessom of the 6 Jun 1841 census for Norton, an agricultural labourer apparently aged 40 (although ages were rounded down in the 1841 census to the nearest multiple of 5 years, he would actually have been 46 on census night, by our reckoning). In his household were Ann (40), Mary (15), James (14), William (3), and Edward (2).

. . .

We have a photograph of an embroidery sampler by Thomas' daughter Catharine Hessom "made in the 12th year of her age 1830", now in the possession of a descendant of John Hessom (1814).

. . .

All these various spellings lead me to suspect that, at least in Cheshire around 1800, the surname may have been pronounced HEES-HAM (with a sibiliant S and an H that was easily dropped) rather than HEE-SHAM, as the residents of Heysham today pronounce the name of their town (and have done so, they say, for at least 150 years). People in the North West without close ties to the town pronounce it, in their ignorance, HAY-SHAM."

1836-1851. There is a Tithe Map for a plot of land in Runcorn, Norton parish, 2 rods 13 perches, owned by Sir Richard Brooke, but occupied by Thomas Heesom. It included a cottage and a garden. It is a trapezoidal property, just south of the Norbury Wood. Marshgate Farm is caty-corner to the southwest. The Stonedelph Dock was just northwest, so the Mersey was close by.

In the 1841 census of Norton, Cheshire as Thomas Hessom [Hessome in Ancestry.com], a 40 year old agricultural laborer. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 40, and children, James, 14, William, 3, and Edward, 2. Stephen Pickles identifies Mary, 15, as Ann Lamb's sister, not her daughter. See Mary Lamb in the 1851 census below. In the 1891 census Mary Lamb was listed as Edward Heesom's half-sister. Thomas' son John was 26 years old in 1841 and living on his own.

Thomas Hessom became a gamekeeper in his later years. This must have occurred after 1841, when the census listed him as an agricultural laborer, and his death in 1848. Who did Thomas work for, a large local landowner? The Brookes family, who had purchased Norton Priory in 1545 and remained on the estate until 1921, are an obvious choice. The manor included not only the former monastery of Norton Priory, but the settlements of Norton, Stockham, Acton Grange and Aston Grange. Sir Richard Brooke (1785-1865) was the 6th Baronet in the period when Thomas may have been a gamekeeper.

The Gamekeeper

A person who manages an area of countryside to make sure there is enough game for shooting, or fish for angling, and who actively manages areas of woodland, moorland, waterway or farmland for the benefit of game birds, deer, fish and wildlife in general. Typically, a gamekeeper is employed by a landowner, and often in the UK by a country estate, to prevent poaching, to rear and release game birds such as pheasants and partridge, encourage and manage wild red grouse, and to control predators such as foxes, to manage habitats to suit game, and to monitor the health of the game.


More from Stephen Pickles, "Yesterday, we were fortunate to stumble across the Thomas' headstone in the churchyard of Daresbury All Saints' [Stephen's photograph is at left]. It reads:

"In memory of Thomas Hessom of Norton
who died August 4th 1848 aged 53 years.
Ann his wife.
Forgive blest shade the tributary tear
That mourns thy exit from a world like this
Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here
And stay'd thy progress from the realms of bliss"
"We now have the death certificate of Thomas Hessom (of the first headstone). It's a typewritten (or printed) transcript from the original registers at Halton. It has:
-When and where died: Eighth August 1848 [this is four days different from the headstone]
-Name: Thomas Heesom
-Sex: Male
-Age: 53 years
-Occupation: Labourer
-CoD: Accidentally killed falling from a loaded cart
-Informant: Henry Churton Coroner Chester
-Registered: Twenty fifth September 1848"
While Thomas' death certificate gives his date of death as 8 August 1848, his headstone says 4 August 1848, as does the probate of his will.
"Norton Thursday Aug 3rd 1848. I Thomas Heysham do declare that all my cash and ... [unintelligible] goods belonging be left to my wife Ann Heysham for the purpose of bringing up my young family - that is the family of my present wife Ann Heysham as witness my hand.

The mark of Thomas Hessam.

In the presence of us Peter Hedgcock, Samuel Bell"

In the 1851 cenus of Norton, Cheshire as Ann Heesom, a 51 year old widow and laundress, of Halton. Living with her were her unmarried sister, Mary Lamb, 27, of Halton, and children, William, 13, Edward, 11, and George, 9, of Norton.

In the 1861 census of Cheshire as Ann Heesom, 60, of Halton.

The children of Thomas Heesham and Mary Jones were,
(24) John Heesom (1815)
(24) Catharine Heesom (1817), christened on 19 October 1817 in Halton, Cheshire
(24) Mary Heesom (1820), christened on 6 February 1820 in Halton, Cheshire
(24) Thomas Heesom (1823), the son of Thomas and Mary, was christened on 29 June 1823 in Halton, Cheshire
(24) James Heesom (1826), all baptised at St Mary's, Halton, then a chapel of ease in Runcorn parish.

A Mary Heesham of Norton parish, Runcorn, was buried on 6 January 1834. This may have been Mary Jones. Thomas Heesom then married Ann Lamb on 12 March 1837 in Runcorn, Cheshire.

The children of Thomas Hessom and Ann Lamb were,
(24) William Heesom (1837)
(24) Edward Hessom (1839), christened on 2 June 1839 in Halton, Cheshire, England, of Thomas Hessom and Ann. In the 1891 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as Edward Heesom, a 49 year old gardener, of Norton. Living with him was his half-sister, Mary Lamb, 66, of Halton, and his nephew, George, 14 - of William or of George, below?
- (25) George Hessom (1878), In the 1891 census of Runcorn, Cheshire as George Heesom, 14, living with his uncle, Edward Hessom, 49, and, his aunt, Mary Lamb, 66, of Halton. Mary Lamb was in the 1841 & 1851 census as the sister-in-law of Thomas Hessom (1795). In the 1901 census of St. Matthew, Suffolk, as George Hessom, a 23 year old soldier/gunner, of Runcorn, Cheshire. He was single, and living with Corporal Richard Perry, 2nd Royal Artillery.
(24) George Hessom (1841), christened on 14 November 1841 in Halton, Cheshire, England. In the 1861 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Heesom, an 18 year old Carter, of Runcorn. He was single.


Heesom's of Liverpool & Birkenhead

(24) John Heesom (1815)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795)

John Heesom was christened on 17 September 1815 in Halton, Cheshire, England at St Mary's church, the son of Thomas Heesom and Mary of Halton. From Stephen Pickles: "We also believe that Thomas [John's father] became a gamekeeper in his latter years. This is from the latter two certificates of the three marriages of his eldest son John Hessom (1814) [sic], who apprenticed as a baker in Liverpool then set up shop on his own in Birkenhead. We have traced about 75 descendants of John Hessom so far."

John, the son of Thomas Hessom, married Jane, the daughter of Richard Gadd, at St Peter, Liverpool on 23 September 1838. He was 23 years old. They resided on Liverpool.

In the 1841 census of . . .

In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as John Hesson, a 35 year old baker, of Halton, living at 177 St. David's Place. Living with him were his wife, Jane, 34, and children, George, an 11 year old errand boy, Mary, 9, Thomas, 6, James, 4, and Jane, 1.

John then married Ellen O'Neill on 15 May 1853 at St. Peter's, Liverpool. They had moved to Birkenhead by 1856.

In the 1861 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as John Hessham [Hershon in Ancestry.com], a 46 year old baker, of Runcorn. Living with him were his new wife, Ellen, 36, and children, Thomas, a 17 year old baker, James, a 14 year old porter, all of Liverpool, Edward, a 13 year old porter, of London, William, 4 months, of Birkenhead, Mary, 19, Jane, 12, Catherine, 5, all of Liverpool, and Eliza, 3, of Birkenhead.

Thirdly, John Hessom married Elizabeth Upton on 27 August 1864 at St. Nicholas, Liverpool.






Birkenhead

Birkenhead is directly across the Mersey river from Liverpool, on the Wirral penisula.

In the 1871 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as John Hessom, a 56 year old bker, of Runcorn. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 45, of Burton, and children, James, a 24 year old single porter, Jane, a 22 year old single servant, both of Liverpool.

In the 1881 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as John Hesson, a 67 year old baker, of Halton, Cheshire, living at 6 Back Willington Place. He was a widower and living with his daughter, Jane, 32, and her husband, John Williams.

John died of chronic bronchitis on 15 March 1883 at 3 Willaston Place, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

His children were,
(25) George Heeson (1840)
(25) Mary Hesson (1842), in the 1851 and 1861 census
(25) Thomas Heeson (1844)
(25) James Heeson (1846)
(25) Jane Hesson (1850), in the 1851 and 1861 census
(25) Edward Hessham (1848), of London, in the 1861 census. Why wasn't he in that of 1851? How did he come to be born in London?
(25) Catherine Hessham (1856), in the 1861 census
(25) Eliza Hessham (1858), in the 1861 census
(25) William Hessham (1861), in the 1861 census, but not in that of 1871, implying an early death.

(25) George Heeson (1840)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815)

His father, John, was of Liverpool/Birkenhead. In the 1841 census . . . In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as George Hesson, an 11 year old errand boy, living at home with his parents, John and Jane Hesson.

In the 1861 census of Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire as George Heeson, an 18 year old carter, of Runcorn, Cheshire. He was living as a boarder with Joseph Humphreys and his family. A carter was a man who drove a cart, like a teamster. In the photograph at the right is a carter delivering beer.

George married Mary Jane [Ann?] Greenhatch [Greenlees?] in about 1868.

In the 1871 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Heason [Henson in Ancestry.com], a 26 year old carter, of [Halton? Aston?], Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Mary Ann [sic], 22, son, James, 2, mother [?], Esther Greenhatch, a 54 year old nurse and widow, of Jersey, and sister, Amy Greenhatch, a 19 year old dressmaker, all, except Esther, were of Liverpool. I'm guessing that Esther was George's mother-in-law. The name is clearly Greenhatch, not Greenlees.

In the 1881 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Heason [Hearon in Ancestry.com], a 34 year old carter, of Runcorn. He's a little young, he ought to be 41, but the children are correct. Living with him were his wife, Mary J., 31, a step-son, James Greenlees, 12, and children, Ann, 8, Edward, 6, George, 4, and Thomas, 18 months. All but George were of Liverpool.

I'm guessing that the 12 year old James Greenlees of the 1881 census and the 2 year old James Heason in the 1871 census are the same person. I have a James Greenlees, the son of Richard and Jane Greenlees of Everton, who was born on 29 March 1869 in Liverpool. I'll guess that he was Mary's nephew and was adopted after his parents' death. I don't see the Greenlees in the 1861 census.

Despite getting younger with each census, George died before 1891, and probably not long after the 1881 census based on the lack of children born after that time.

In the 1891 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Mary Jane Heason, a 41 year char woman. She was a widow. Living with her were her children, Edwd, a 16 year old shop porter, Thomas, 11, Ann, an 18 year old general servant and domestic. Mary's son George was living with his uncle, William Heeson, of Liverpool. A char woman was a maid who cleaned house. The word char is derived from chore.


Everton with St. George's church at the top of the hill

George's children were,
(26) Ann Heesom (1872), Ann Heasom, the daughter of George Heasom, a carter, and his wife Mary Jane, was born on 26 June 1872 and baptized on 11 September 1882 at St. Peter, Liverpool.
(26) Edward Heesom (1874)
(26) George Heesom (1876)
(26) Thomas Heesom (1879)
(26) William George Heesom (1882), William George Heasom, the son of George Heasom, a carter, and his wife Mary Jane, was born on 31 August 1882 and baptized on 11 September 1882 at St. Peter, Liverpool.

(26) Edward Heesom (1874)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840)

Edward Heasom, the son of George Heasom, carter, and his wife [Mary] Jane, of Everton, was born on 20 August 1874 and baptized on 8 January 1877 at St. Peter, Liverpool. This was the same time that his younger brother, George, was baptized.

Of Liverpool. In the 1881 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Heason, 4, living at home with his parents, George and Mary J. Heason. His father died soon after. In the 1891 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Edwd Heason, a 16 year old shop porter. He was living at home with his widowed mother, Mary Jane Heason, a 41 year char woman.

Edward, 22 [1878], the son of George Heeson, married Elizabeth Horrocks, 18, the daughter of John Horrocks, on 25 December 1896 at St. Peter's, Everton, Lancashire.

In the 1901 census of Everton, Liverpool as Edward Heeson, a 26 year old general laborer, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 27, and children, George, 1, and Joseph, 3 months.

In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, a 36 year old general laborer, of Liverpool. He was residing at 23 Amos Street. Living with him was his wife, Elizabeth, 32, and children George, 11, William, 9, Henry Ernest, 7, John Brimlow, 5, Elsie Jane, 4, Edward, 3, and Alice, 9 months. To the left is Amos street, numbers 1-25, circa 1965.

Edward apparently abandoned his family in about 1920.

I received an email from one of Edward's descendents.

"My name is Dave (David) Heesom and I recently came across your website. My grandfather was Edward Heesom b 1875 and married Elizabeth Horrocks. They had in total 13 children and my father, Harold was the 12th. Two of the first three children died when 12 months old or so. George was killed at the end of WW1 and Henry Ernest was killed in WW2. Another child died in hospital in 1918 aged 11 years. When I was young my Dad told me that his parents had died when he was young, and that he had been raised by relatives. I did not think to ask who it was that raised him. His mother, Elizabeth, died in 1928, in Liverpool. I cannot find any record of Edward dying in Liverpool. The only person called Edward Heesom who was born in 1875, died in Howden, a village near Hull, in Yorkshire. It seems that Edward deserted his family sometime after 1920, as the last child, Ivy was born then. My elder sister can remember my mother and father having a discussion one night, having read the 'Liverpool Echo' newspaper. This was about 1952 when my sister was about 5 years old. Apparently a person called Edward Heesom had placed a notice in the paper wanting to get in touch with his son, Harold. My Dad said to my mother with some feeling that his father was dead. So if this is true, then my father was deeply hurt by the abandonment. I will shortly be going to All Saints Church in Daresbury, where I will meet my brother John, (who now lives only 10 minutes away by car) and we will attempt to find the gravestones of the Heesoms at Daresbury. I have not had time yet to read the whole of your site yet having found it yesterday, but what I have read is very interesting." - Dave Heesom
Dave later wrote that his grandfather "went to live in Selby, Yorkshire. He married at the age of 57, a 21 year old by the name of Lily Lofthouse, on 16th January 1932. His father was George Heesom, deceased, and he [Edward] lived at 112 Millgate, Selby. Lily Lofthouse lived at 26 B***gate (can't quite make out the writing) Selby. They went on to have 2 children. He died in a nursing home near Doncaster in 1955. Within a few weeks, his widow had married again."

There was an Edward Heesom, born in about 1875, who died in the 2nd Quarter 1955 in Howden, Yorkshire.

Edward and Elizabeth's children were,
(27) George Heesom (1899)
(27) Joseph Heesom (1900)
(27) William Heesom (1902)
(27) Henry Ernest Heesom (1904)
(27) John Brimlow [Bimbow] Heesom (1905)
(27) Elsie Jane Heesom (1907)
(27) Edward Heesom (1908)
(27) Alice Heesom (1910)
(27) Daniel Heesom (1911)
(27) Agnes Heesom (1915), born in Liverpool, mother's maiden name Horrocks; like Daniel, she and her husband, Charles Hale, lived on the Isle of Man, for about 45 years; they were dance instructors and ran a bed and breakfast.
(27) Harold Heesom (1916)
(27) Ivy E. Heesom (c1920)

(27) George Heesom (1899)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

George Heesom was born in the 2nd quarter 1899 in West Derby, Lancashire. In the 1901 census of Everton, Liverpool as George Heeson, 1. In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as George Heesom, 11.

George Heesom, of 40a St George's Hill, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, a single 18 year old mill hand, enlisted in the 44th Training Battalion on 11 May 1917. He eventually served in the 2/5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) and was killed in action in France on 13 September 1918, aged 19. This was probably at Havrincourt. Private George Heesom was buried at the Vis-en-Artois British cemetery, Haucourt, in the Pas-de-Calais. The following is from the webpage of Paul Foster.

"George was born in May 1899 at home, eldest son and child of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom of 40a St George’s Hill, Everton, Liverpool. He had younger siblings, William, (Joseph who died as an infant), Henry Ernest, John Bimbow, Edward, Harold, Elsie Jane, Alice and Agnes. Following his education he worked as a mill hand.

George volunteered at the Technical School in Liverpool on 11th May 1917 at the age of 18. He was 5ft 3½in tall, with a 34in chest, weighed 112lbs, had brown hair and had scars on his right index finger.

He first served with 1/7th Battalion Manchester Regiment until Friday 5th April 1918 when he joined the Yorkshire Regiment with service number 35295, and was compulsorily transferred to the West Riding Regiment [2nd/5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's] on Friday 26th July 1918. He left from Folkestone, Kent, for Boulogne and was sent to Depôt in Etaples. He left to join the Battalion on Monday 5th August, arriving the next day.

George arrived on the battlefield as the war was turning inexorably against the Germans. General Erich Ludendorff wrote: “August 8th was the black day of the German Army in the history of the war. This was the worst experience I had to go through … Knowing that the next measure must be purely defensive, General Headquarters had early in August ordered a gradual withdrawal of our lines in the plain of the Lys, and the evacuation of the bridgeheads on the Ancre and Avre. They were evacuated on the 3rd and 4th of August.” It must have been an exciting time to arrive at the front, after four years of war it was clear that there was only one way the front would be moving — forward. George must have been relieved to arrive in time to join in the victory. George had time to chat to battle-hardened troops who had been serving at the front for many months, many longer, who told him about the reality of war and what fighting the enemy entailed. As the Germans withdrew, the British advanced across their part of the Western Front.

His first main action was against the area around Mory. George moved west of Courcelles and went into the trenches west of Béhagnies. At 9.00am on Sunday 25th August, under a creeping barrage, George and his comrades moved forward towards Sapignies and Béhagnies. Initially little opposition was encountered so the advance went well until the German machine gunners began sweeping the ground between Mory and Favreuil. The enemy was well positioned in Favreuil and put up a stout defence. It took a number of attacks before the village was captured but not before the Battalion had taken significant losses.

From 3rd September George began training in the Gomiécourt area to prepare for an attack and capture of Havrincourt. The Battalion marched from their camp into the assembly trenches ready to take part in the attack that began at 5.30am on Thursday 12th. It was an immediate success with many prisoners flooding back to the rear. During the advance George was killed, his body lost in the mêlée. General Whigham wrote: “On September 12th, the Division was called upon to repeat its former feat of capturing the village of Havrincourt. This village stand on very commanding ground, and formed a most formidable position in the Hindenburg front line. Its capture was essential to the development of the great offensive south of Cambrai, in which we have latterly been engaged. … Without the possession of Havrincourt, the grand attack of September 27th could not have been successfully launched.”"

George Heesom was killed in action at Havrincourt on 13 September 1918. The Armistice was declared just two months later.

(27) Joseph Heesom (1900)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

The son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom, was born on 22 December 1900 and baptized on 13 January 1901 at St. Ambrose, Everton, Lancashire.

"Baptism: 13 Jan 1901 St Ambrose, Everton, Lancs.
Joseph Heesom - [Child] of Edward Heesom & Elizabeth
Born: 22 Dec 1900
Abode: 34 Waterhouse Street
Occupation: Warehouseman
Baptised by: J. Ducker
Register: Baptisms 1898 - 1902, Page 63, Entry 561
Source: LDS Film 1656012"
In the 1901 census of Everton, Liverpool as Joseph Heeson, 3 months.

Not in the 1911 census with his parents. He was probably one of the children who died within the first 12 months.

(27) William Heesom (1902)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

The son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom, was born on 4 March 1902 and baptized on 13 April 1902 at St. Chrysostom, Everton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as William Heesom, 9.

William Heesom, who was born on 4 March 1902, died in September 1969 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. I have no information about a marriage or children.

(27) Henry Ernest Heesom (1904)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

Henry Ernest Heesom, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom, was born on 20 February 1904 and baptized on 24 April 1904 at St. Savior, Everton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Henry Ernest Heesom, 7.

Henry E. Heesom married Amanda L. Longley in the 3rd Quarter 1939 in Liverpool.

Henry Ernest Heesom, Private, R.A.O.C. [Royal Army Ordnance Corps], the son of Edward and Elize, and husband of Amanda L., of West Derby, Liverpool, was killed on 22 November 1942 and buried in Algeria in the Dely Ibrahim War cemetery. This sounds as if this occurred during Operation Torch. It started on 8 November 1942 with some of the landings occurring on the Algerian coast. By mid-November the Allies had moved into Tunisia, but they were halted due to German air superiority and pushed back eastwards towards Tunis. The Ordnance Corps set up depots for weapons supply, following the advance of the army.

I don't know of any children.

(27) John Brimlow Heesom (1905)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

John Brimlow Heesom, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom, was born on 13 April 1905 in Prescot, Lancashire, and baptized on 21 May 1905 at St. Benedict, Everton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as John Brimlow Heesom, 5.

Dave Heesom wrote me in March 2016,

"Hi Steve,
How are you?
I thought I would email you to correct a few things about my family, which I have read on your website.
My uncle, John Brimlow Heesom married Mabel Tanner, but had no children. If you input "n" at the end of the name, intead of "m", the marriage record will show up.
My aunt Alice married Thomas Butchard, one child, Collette.
My Dad also had a brother, Daniel born Dec 1911.
I have been unable to find any further information on him - no marriage, death, emigration, or military records.
Also, I was born in Gateacre and registered in Liverpool South, and not Prescot.
Regards,
Dave."
He died in September 1982 in Knowsley, Merseyside, at the age of 77. I have no information about a marriage or children.

(27) Elsie Jane Heesom (1907)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Elsie Jane Heesom, 4. An Elsie Heesom, born on 11 February 1907, died in the 2nd quarter 1991 in Warrington, Cheshire. Apparently she never married.

(27) Edward Heesom (1908)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, 3. I have an Edward Heesom, born in about 1909, who died on 31 January 1919, in Walton Park, West Derby, Lancashire.

(27) Alice Heesom (1910)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

In the 1911 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Alice Heesom, 9 months.

(27) Daniel Heesom (1911)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

The following information was provided by Dave Heesom. Daniel Heesom was born in Liverpool in 1911. His birth was registere in the West Derby, Lancashire records office in the 4th quarter of 1911; mother's maiden name Horrocks. He went to live in the Isle of Man, situated in the North Sea, just north west of Liverpool.

Daniel Heesom, 25 plasterer (journeyman), the son of Edward Heesom, a dry salter [?], married Margaret Jackson nee Hale, a 25 year old stores shop assistant, the daughter of Thomas Henry Hall, formerly the wife of Olaf Jackson, an electric tram car driver, in Douglas, Isle of Man on 3 July 1937. Was Margaret related to Charles Hale, who married Daniel's sister, Agnes? Daniel was divorced in 1940.

He joined the British Army, and was parachuted into Italy in 1941 and quickly captured and taken to Italy as a POW.

"Lance-Corpl. Dan Heesom, 6 Nursery Avenue, Onchan, who was reported missing on April 28th, has written home stating that he is a prisoner of war . . . When he joined up he was attached to a Lancashire Infantry Regiment, but later volunteered for duty with the parachutists, and apparently was captured when opering in that capacity. He is a plasterer in private life, and carried on business in Onchan in partnership with Mr. R. G. Kelly, son of his landlady. He is one of those who landed in South Italy, the first British parachutists to land in enemy county in this war." - from a newspaper clipping
He was moved to Germany as the allies advanced north in Italy in 1944.

"Cpl. Dan Heesom, 6 Nursery Avenue, Onchan, came home on Tuesday from a prison camp in Germany. He joined the Commandos in July 1940, and was taken prisoner on April 20th 1941 (Hitler's Birthday) when taking part in a rain on Bardia. They had succeeded in putting shelling batteries out of action and destroyed a German baracks, and were making their way back to the boats when word came that one man had been left behind sick. Heesom and the adjutant went back to get him and missed their boat.

They took cover behind a boulder on the beach in hope that a boat would turn up but next day were surrounded by the Jerries, and taken prisoner. They were handed over to the Italians and taken to P.G.52 where they remained until Italy capitulated. R.S.M. Jack Shimmin, Sartfell Road, Douglas, was camp leader. Next they went to Stalag 344 (Germany) [VIIIB per another article], and in February, 1944 were taken to Poland.

Cpl. Heesom saw a man shot there for trying to escape. He was caught at the wire and held at the point of a bayonet until the Commandant came up and shot him through the head.

In April they went west of Hamburg and at the Elbe were strafed by a British Typhoon resulting in 36 deaths. This, Heesom believes, was due to the fact that they were carryng American Red Cross parcels which from the air would look like ammunition boxes." - from a newspaper clipping

After the war he returned to Isle of Man and became a well known dance teacher and also a dance champion, as did his sister, Agnes Heesom Hale. He become the part owner, and then owner, of a dancing school, "The Heesom School of Dancing."

"We are looking at a photograph taken in 1948 or 1949 at the ballroom dancing classes that used to be held in Douglas at the New Victoria Hotel on Broadway.

They were run by Ruth Bird, Jack Kennish and Danny Heesom, all excellent dancers themselves.

The photo is one of the many in the personal archives of my friend and regular informant Fred Wade, of Groudle Road, Onchan, and he can offer the following names of some of those present — Wilf Critchley, Iona Corkill, Marshall Killey, Harry Barrow, Percy Morrison, Ernest Makin, Nora Gribbin, Lily Shropshire, Frank Curphey, Dorothy Gribbin, George Mitchell, Eileen Moore, Dorothy Corrin, Austin Cubbon, John Cain, Fyall Crossan and Mrs Crossan, Charlie Hale and Agnes Hall, and Mr and Mrs Welsh.

The classes lasted from 7.30 to 9pm and it cost a shilling to attend. The three teachers are seated centre in front of the table laden with trophies.

We are looking back 60 years but there could still be many people who recognise themselves and others. Fred Wade himself, now aged 84, can be seen clearly, back left, with ladies in front and behind him. Half-hidden on his left is his friend Marshall Killey.

As Fred says, in those days it was all strictly ballroom and if you wanted to cut a dash at the Palais de Danse and the Villa Marina and the Palace and Derby Castle Ballrooms, you had to know your quickstep, slow foxtrot and waltz, not to mention quite a few old-time dances.

This meant going to dancing classes like the one pictured — and the music would usually be strict tempo 78" records by Victor Sylvester.

Fred says: 'I was never any good as a dancer. I met my wife Elin when I asked her to dance at the Villa and I was no better than a wooden doll.

'It's a wonder we ever finished up married — and to this day she keeps reminding me of my dancing prowess.

'It's what they do Fred." - from "Isle of Man Today" of 19 October 2007

Daniel Heesom died in 1985.

(27) Harold Heesom (1916)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

Harold Heesom, mother's maiden name Horrocks, was born in the 4th quarter 1916 in West Derby, Lancashire.

Harold attended the St. George's School starting in 1922, at the age of 6. In 1925, at the age of 9, he transferred from the Infants to the Boys Department.

"Admission and Withdrawal: 9 Jan 1922 St George's School Infants Department, Everton, Lancaschire, England
Harold Heesom - [Child] of Edward Heesom
Born: 23 Oct 1916
Abode: 40a St. George's Hill
Last Attendance: Easter 1925
Cause of Leaving: Transf'd to Boy's Dept.
Register: Admissions & Withdrawals 1917-1932, Page 21, Entry 453
Source: LDS Film 12147880"

Harold Heesom married Mary Atkinson in the 2nd quarter 1941 in Prescot, Lancashire. Dave Heesom, the son of Harold, wrote,

"My father served in the second war. He was a tank driver in the 7th army. He fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and after the war finished for a short time in Palestine. My brothers and sisters are;
Harold b 1942
Maureen b 1946
Then myself b 1948
Joan b 1952
John b 1956

My Dad was a plasterer, but when he left the army there was no work to be had plastering. He got a job driving buses for Liverpool Corporation (council). After a few years he took a job driving lorries delivering meat and packaged food. He died in 1968 shortly before I married."

"Heesom Harold Passed away peacefully in hospital on 27th December 2013, aged 98 years [1915]. Harold will be sadly missed by all his loving family & friends." - from the Warrington Guardian of 2 January 2014.

His children were,
(28) Harold T. Heesom (1942), born in Prescot, Lancashire, married Anthea M. Dixon in 1960 in Liverpool
(28) Maureen Heesom (1946), born in Prescot, Lancashire
(28) David E. Heesom (1948), born in Runcorn, Derbyshire
(28) Joan E. Heesom (1952), born in South Liverpool
(28) John S. Heesom (1956), born in Prescot, Lancashire, married Christine M. Thompson in 2nd quarter 1975 in Malton, Yorkshire, second he married Elaine Chappell in 2nd quarter 1999 in Plymouth, Devon.

(27) Ivy E. Heesom (1920)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840) (26) Edward Heesom (1874)

Ivy E. Heesom was born in the 3rd quarter 1920 in West Derby, Lancashire; mother's maiden name Horrocks.

"Admission and Withdrawal: 10 Aug 1925 St George's School Infants Department, Everton, Lancashire, England
Ivy Heesom - [Child] of Edward Heesom
Born: 9 Jul 1920
Abode: 40a St. George's Hill
Last School: None
Last Attendance: 06 Dec 1927
Cause of Leaving: Removed to Clubmoor
Register: Admissions & Withdrawals 1917 - 1932, Page 21, Entry 853
Source: LDS Film 2147880"
Clubmoor is a children's center in Liverpool.

Ivy Heesom, born in about 1920, died in the 1st quarter 1934 in Northwich, Cheshire.

(26) George Heesom (1876)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840)

George Heasom, the son of George Heasom, a carter, and his wife [Mary] Jane, of Everton, was born on 28 December 1876 and baptized on 8 January 1877 at St Peter, Liverpool.

In the 1881 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Heason [Hearon in Ancestry.com], 4. He was living with his parents, George and Mary J. Heesom. His father died soon after.

In the 1891 census of Liverpool as George Heesom, 14 [1877], living with his uncle, (25) William Heesom (1843), 48.

In the 1901 census . . .

(26) Thomas Heesom (1879)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) George Heeson (1840)

Thomas Heasom, the son of George Heasom, a carter, and his wife Mary Jane, was born on 7 September 1879 and baptized on 11 September 1882 at St. Peter, Liverpool. In the 1881 census of Everton, Lancashire as Thomas Heason, 18 months. In the 1891 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Thomas Heason, 11. He was living with his widowed mother,, Mary Jane Heason, a 41 year char woman.

Thomas Heesom, a 21 year old commercial travelor, of 12 Suke street, the son of George Heesom, carter/deceased, married Emma Elizabeth, a 20 year old factory worker, the daughter of William James, labourer, on 26 December 1899 at the church of St. Matthews in Toxteth.

In the 1901 census of Everton, Liverpool as Thomas Heesom, a 21 year old "Clothiers Traveliers Porter." Living with him were his wife, Emma E., 21, and child, Thomas, 0 years. Everton is a suburb of Liverpool, in the Walton-on-the-Hill parish.

In the 1911 census of Liverpool, West Derby, Lancashire as Thomas Heesom, a 31 year old "Commercial Travellers Porter." Living with him was his wife, Emma Elizabeth, 31. They had been married for 11 years. Their children were Thomas, 10, Henry, 9, Lilian, 7, Frank, 5, George William, 2, and Eric, 8 months. Also living with them were two brothers-in-law, Walter James, a 25 year old Packer, and Evander James, a 26 year old General Dealer.

Seven years late Thomas and Emma lost four of their sons.

"Hi Steve,

I have been researching my family for 2 years, and was in contact with you some time ago. With regards to Thomas, Frank, George William and Henry Heesom all of whom died in 1918, I have some further information for you. They all died within days of each other, and were buried on 13 Sept 1918 at the Parochial Cemetery, Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool.

Thomas was the first to die, on 5 Sept, at his home. His death was caused by acute inflammation of the wind pipe and larger air tubes due to pneumococcus. Frank died the next day in Alder Hey Hospital of acute pneumonia. Henry died on the 9 Sept of pneumonia in Port Sanitary Hospital, Bebington, Cheshire. George William died on 10 Sept of acute pneumonia in Alder Hey Hospital.

What are the chances of 4 brothers dying of pneumonia within days of each other? I think that they died of influenza. They died at the time of the second wave of the epidemic, which killed mainly young people. The deaths were routinely attributed to pneumonia apparently, as they did not know what is now known about the epidemic.

Their father, Thomas Heesom, was an uncle of my father, Harold Heesom(1916-1968).

Regards, Dave Heesom"
"Hi Steve,

A quick correction to my previous e-mail. Thomas Heesom died in Mill Road Infirmary, not Alder Hey Hospital.

Regards, Dave

Thomas and Emma's children were,
(27) Thomas Heesom (1901), the son of Thomas and Emma was born on 15 January 1901.

"Baptism: 3 Feb 1901 St Ambrose, Everton, Lancs.
Thomas Heesom - [Child] of Thomas Heesom & Emma
Born: 15 Jan 1901
Abode: 104 Cornwall Street
Occupation: Porter
Baptised by: J. Ducker
Register: Baptisms 1898 - 1902, Page 64, Entry 568
Source: LDS Film 1656012"
Thomas Heesom, 17, died in July-September 1918 [actually 5 September 1918], in the West Derby district. I have two other Thomas Heesoms:
- Thomas Heesom, a 17 year old cook's boy, arrived in New York City from Liverpool arriving on 11 September 1918 onboard the LAPLAND. He had been engaged at Liverpool on 31 August 1918. He was 5' 6'' and weighed 130 pounds.
- Thomas Heesom, born in 1901, died in 1906 in Runcorn.
(27) Henry Heesom (1902), died on 9 September 1918
(27) Lilian Heesom (1904)
(27) Frank Heesom (1905), the son of Thomas and Emma was born on 5 September 1905. Frank Heesom, 13, died in July-September 1918 [actually 5 September 1918], in the West Derby district.
(27) George William Heesom (1909). George W. Heesom, 10, died in July-September 1918 [actually 10 September 1918], in the West Derby district.
(27) Eric Heesom (1910)

(25) Thomas Heeson (1844)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815)

Thomas, the son of John Hessom, bread baker, and Jane Hessom formerly Gadd, was born on 11 July 1844 in Gomez Buildings, Fletcher street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire.

Transcription of birth certificate:
When and where born: Eleventh of July 1844 11:45 P.M. Gomez Build. Fletcher Street
Name: Thomas
Sex: Boy
Father: John Hessom
Mother: Jane Hessom formerly Gadd
Occupation of father: Bread Baker
Informant: Jane Hessom, Mother, Gomez Buildings, Fletcher Street
When registered: Twenty first of August 1844
Registrar: G. Edgar Depy. Registrar

In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Thomas Hesson, 6, living at home with his parents, John and Jane (Gadd) Hesson. He was residing at 17 St. David's Place, Liverpool.

In the 1861 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as Thomas Hessham [Hershon in Ancestry.com], a 17 year old baker - just like his dad, living at home with his parents. They were residing at 26 Cable street. According to another researcher, Stephen Pickles (who provided the Daresbury tombstone photographs above), Thomas was a baker working for Master Baker Robert Wood.

Thomas Hessom, 23, the son of John Hessom, married Eliza Emily Kegg, the daughter of John Kegg and Eliza Evans, on 15 March 1868 at St Nicholas church, Liverpool. She was born on 14 October 1843 in Liverpool.

In the 1871 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as Thomas Hessom, a 26 year old Baker, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Emily, 27, of Liverpool, and children, John, 2, and George, 10 months, both of Birkenhead. They lived at 9 Bridge End lane, Birkenhead.

"Hessom, Thomas, grocer, 10 Chapel street, Birkenhead" - from "The Commercial Directory and Shippers Guide" of 1877.

Thomas died in Shanghai, China on 19 June 1879, at the age of 34. What would a Liverpool baker be doing in Shanghai? Apparently, soon after the 1877 directory above was published, he had shipped out as a sailor, probably as ship's cook. Below is a painting of the commercial district, the Bund, and waterfront in Shanghai, circa 1879. Stephen Pickles says that he "drowned off the coast of Shanghai while on the SS STENTOR.


SS STENTOR

She was a British steamship built at the Carsdyke East yard by Scott & Company of Greenock. She had a tonnage of 2025grt, a length of 314ft 1in, a beam of 35ft 2in, and a service speed of 10 knots. One of five similar vessels, she was completed in 1875 and operated by the Ocean steamship company, of Liverpool, commonly called the Blue Funnel line. Ships of the Blue Funnel fleet all had names from classical Greek legend or history. In Homer's Iliad Stentor was a herald of the Greek forces. His voice was extremely loud; see stentorian. Aristotle said, "For who can be the general of such a vast multitude, or who the herald, unless he have the voice of a Stentor?"

At left is a better photograph of STENTOR's sister ship, ANCHISES.

SS STENTOR was transferred to a Dutch subsidiary, Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij Oceaan, of Amsterdam, in 1891. In 1896 she was sold to E. Nathan of Singapore and renamed Charterhouse. She remained there until 1900 when she was sold to Lin Ho Puah of Singapore with out a change of name. On 30 September 1906 during a passage from Haihow to Hong Kong she foundered during a typhoon off Hainan Head. The Captain & 65 others were lost. 26 survivors including 2 women were rescued by the German steamer KOI-SI-CHANG, after forty three hours on a raft.

In the 1881 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as Emily Hessom, widow, a 35 year old Stewardess Laborer, of Liverpool. Living with her were her children, John, 12, of Rock Ferry, George, 10, Alfred, 7, and Emily T., 1, all of Birkenhead.

"Thomas Hessom] was drowned in Shanghai off the ship SS Stentor 19 June 1879. This meant that some of the boys were put in the Seamans Orphanage in Liverpool. Their mother appears to have got a job as a Stewardess to support them. I managed to access to their archives some years ago and found a few documents you may like. It was in the Orphanage that he first came across my grandmother!" - from Keith Birmingham

In 1884 Emily married William Coop Ramsden. I believe that before this time she put some of her children into the orphanage. In 1881 her son Joseph applied for a place in an orphanage. George may have entered an orphanage in 1881.

In the 1891 census of Everton, Lancashire as Emily Ramsden, 43, the wife of William Ramsden. Also living with them were children, Emily H., 11, and Alfred H. Ramsden, 16. I suspect these were Emily and Alfred Hessom.

In 1901 Emily Ramsden, 52, was living next door to her son, Alfred James Hesson, a 25 year old brass finisher, of Birkenhead, and his wife, Emily, 20, of Liverpool.

Emily died in 1901 in Prescot, Lancashire at the age of 57. She was living in a convalescent home at the time of her death. She was buried on 4 July 1901 in the West Derby cemetery, Lancashire. Emily's second husband, William Ramsden, is next found in the 1911 census living with George Hessom.

Thomas and Emily's children were,
(26) John Hessom (1868)
(26) George Hessom (1870)
(26) Joseph Kegg Hessom (1872)
(26) Alfred James Hessom (1874)
(26) Emily Jane Hessom (1875), the daughter of Thomas and Emily, was baptized on 30 November 1875 at Holy Trinity, Birkenhead. She died in 1876.
(26) Thomas Hessom (1877)
(26) Emily Thomasina Hessom (1880), In the 1881 census with her mother. Emily Thomasene Hessom married John Humphrey Griffiths on 8 May 1900 at St. Chrysostom, Everton, Lancashire.br>

(26) John Hessom (1868)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) Thomas Heeson (1844)

He was born on 20 December 1868 in Rock Ferry, Cheshire. In the 1871 and 1881 census living with his parents. He died in 1890, in London.

(26) George Hessom (1870)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) Thomas Heeson (1844)

The son of Thomas and Emily Hessom, was baptized on 10 July 1870 at St. Paul, Birkenhead. In the 1871 and 1881 census, living with his parents. There was also a George Hessom, a 9 year old scholar, at the Liverpool Seamans Orphan Institution, in Newsham Park, West Derby, in the 1881 census of West Derby, Cheshire, of Birkenhead. That sounds a lot like our George.

In the 1891 census . . .

George Hesson, a 23 year old Mariner, the son of Thomas Hessom, a baker/deceased, married Ellen Cresswell, 23, the daughter of Charles Cresswell, a Mariner/deceased, on 6 September 1893.

In the 1901 census . . .

In the 1911 census of Everton, Lancashire as George Hessom, a 40 year old [1871] seaman, of Birkenhead. Living with him were his wife, Ellen, 40, and children, George J., 11, Ellen Winifred, 10, Emily Elizabeth, 6, and Jessie, 4, all of Liverpool, and step-father, William C. Ramsden, a 57 year old widower.

George Hessom, secretary, of Everton, died in 1913 in Lancashire at the age of 43.

His children were,
(27) George Joseph Hessom (1899), "Hessom, George J.," 19, a crewmember, Asst. Troop Deck Std, of the BRITON, arriving in New York City on 6 November 1918, he died in 1923 in Liverpool, at the age of 24
(27) Ellen Winifred Hessom (1900), she died in 1964
(27) Emily Elizabeth Hessom (1902), she died in 1983
(27) Jessie Hessom (1906), she died in 1981
(27) Mabel Hessom (1909), she died in 1910

(26) Joseph Kegg Hessom (1872)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) Thomas Heeson (1844)

Joseph Hessom, the son of Thomas and Emily [Kegg] Hessom, was born on 17 March 1872 and baptized on 24 July 1872 at Holy Trinity, Birkenhead. He may have been in the Seaman's Orphanage in 1881. In the census of 1891 . . .

Joseph Hessom, a 26 year old seaman, was listed as a passenger on the ULTONIA, of the Cunard Line, arriving in Liverpool from Boston on 2 May 1900. In the census of 1901 . . . Joseph Kegg Hessom, 30, was issued a Second Mate's Certificate in July 1902. Joseph Kegg Hessom, a 33 year old master mariner, the son of Thomas Hessom, cook and baker, married Louisa Williams, 27, the daughter of Isaac Williams, steward on 2 January 1906. In the census of 1911 . . .

I suspect that, as a sailor, Joseph had no children.

(26) Alfred James Hessom (1874)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) Thomas Heeson (1844)

Alfred James Hessom, the son of Thomas and Emily Hessom, was born on 23 January 1874 in 10 Chapel street, Birkenhead, Cheshire. In the 1881 census with his mother. He's probably in the 1891 census as Alfred Ramsden, his step-father's name.

Alfred James Heesom, a 24 year old brass finisher, the son of Thomas Hessom, deceased, married Emily Chapman, 20, the daughter of John Chapman, labourer, on 5 August 1900 in Everton. In the 1901 census of South Everton, Lancashire as Alfred J. Hesson, a 25 year old brass finisher, of Birkenhead. Living with him was his wife, Emily, 20, of Liverpool.

In the 1911 census of West Derby, Lancashire as Alfred James Hessom, a 35 year old Fountain Pen Nib maker (gold), of Birkenhead. Living with him were his wife, Emily, 30, and children, Joseph, 5, and Harry, 2, all of Liverpool.

He died in 1912 in Liverpool. His children were,
(27) Alfred James Hessom (1904), he died in 1905 in West Derby, Lancashire
(27) Joseph Hessom (1906), he died in 1986 in West Derby, Lancashire
(27) Henry "Harry" Hessom (1909), he died in 1974. From an email to another researcher:

"I am one of the daughter's of Henry Hessom. My late father was one of 3 sons born to Alfed James Hessom and Emily Hessom nee Keg [actually Chapman], Great g/father Thomas Hessom Wife Emily nee? [Keg]. I think my G/grandfather could have been born in Cheshire possibly Runcorn."Ellison
(27) Matthew Hessom (1913), he died in 1958 [1962] in Liverpool

(26) Thomas Hessom (1877)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815) (25) Thomas Heeson (1844)

Thomas Hessom, the son of Thomas and Emily Hessom, was baptized on 11 March 1877 at St. Paul, Birkendhead. He died in 1877 in Birkenhead.

(25) James Heeson (1846)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795) (24) John Heesom (1815)

James Hessom is pictured to the right. In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as James Hesson, 4, living with his parents John and Jane. In the 1861 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as James Hessham [Hershon in Ancestry.com], a 14 year old porter, of Liverpool, living at home with his parents.

In the 1871 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as James Hessom, a 24 year old Porter, living with his parents.

James, the son of John Hessom, 29, married Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Butcher, on 25 December 1875 at St. Mary, Birkenhead.

In the 1881 census . . .

In 1891 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as James Hessom, a 44 year old Train Weigher [!], of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife Elizabeth, 45, of Chester, and children, Henry, a 14 year old shop boy, James 9, Emma, 7, all of Birkenhead, and Charles, 5, of Middlesex, London.

In the 1901 census of Birkenhead as James Hessom, 54, of Liverpool. In the 1901 census of Poulton Cum Seacomb as Elizabeth, 50, of Birkenhead, a "visitor."

In the 1911 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire as James Hessom, a 64 year old Grain Clerk, of Liverpool. Living with him was his wife, Elizabeth, 63. Also living with him was his daughter, Emma Owens, and grandson, Elgar William Owens, 5 months.

-- (26) Charles Hessom, died in 1966
-- (26) Henry Hessom (1877), in the 1891 census, 14, of Birkenhead. Father? In the 1901 census as Henry Hessom, 24, of B'head, living with James Hessom. He died in 1950.
-- (26) Frederick Hessom (1879), the son of James and Elizabeth, was baptized on 29 June 1879 at St. Paul, Birkenhead. He died in 1884
-- (26) James Hessom (1881), the son of James and Elizabeth, was baptized on 9 October 1881 at St. Paul, Birkenhead. In the 1891 census as James Hessom, 9, of Birkenhead. In the 1901 census of James Hessom, 19, of B'Head. James Hessom, the son of James, 23, married Florence Grace McElroy, the daughter of William, at St. Mary, Birkenhead on 24 July 1905. He died in 1957
-- (26) Emma Hessom (1884), the daughter of James and Elizabeth, was baptized on 9 March 1884 at St. Paul, Birkenhead. In the 1901 census of Birkenhead as Emma Hessom, 17, of Seacombe, living with James Hessom. He died in 1932
-- (26) Charles Hessom (1886), the son of James and Elizabeth, was baptized on 8 August 1886 at St. Paul, Birkenhead. In the 1901 census of Birkenhead as Charles Hessom, 15, of Seacombe, living with James Hessom.
-- (26) John Heesom (1888), in the 1891 census, aged 3, of Birkenhead.

(24) James Heesom (1826)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795)

Of Moore. James, the son of Thomas and Mary Heesom, was christened on 22 October 1826 in Halton, Cheshire, England. Unfortunately there's another James Heesom, born the same year, in a nearby region. I believe that (24) James Heesom (1826), of Liverpool, who married Maria Rowe. The researcher for the Dixon family has the James Heesom of Halton as being her husband. It's a hard call, especially since the James Heesom of Halton also married a Maria.

In the 1841 census of Norton, Cheshire as James Hessom, 14, living at home with his parents Thomas and Ann.

In the 1851 census of Norton, Cheshire as James Heeson, a 25 year old farmer's servant, of Moore, Cheshire. (22) William Heesham had lived in Moore.

In the 1861 census as James Heesom, 36, of Moore. I can't tell who his wife was [Maria?], but I believe he had children James, 2, and Thomas, 0, both of Halton.

In the 1871 census . . .

In the 1881 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 56 year old canal bank laborer, of Moore. He was living in Astmoor, the son-in-law of _____. Living with him were his wife, Maria, 44, of Newton, Devon, and children, John, an 18 year old chemical laborer, Elizabeth, 8, Sarah, 6, and Maria, 3, all of Halton.

James died in January 1885 in Cheshire.

In the 1891 census as Maria Heesom, 55, the head of the household, of Newton, Devonshire.

Their children were,
(25) James Heesom (1858), the son of James and Mariah Heasome, was baptized on 17 October 1858 in Halton, Cheshire. In the 1891 census as James Heesom, 32, of Halton, Cheshire.
(25) Thomas Heesom (1861)
(25) John Heesom (1863)
(25) Elizabeth Heesom (1873)
(25) Sarah Heesom (1875)
(25) Maria Heesom (1878)

(24) William Heesom (1837)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Thomas Heesom (1795)

William Hessom was baptised on 13 August 1837 in Halton, Cheshire, England, of Thomas Hessom and Ann in 1837 at St Mary's, Halton, Cheshire. In the 1861 census of Parr, Lancashire as William Heesom, a 27 year old railway laborer, of Moore parish, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Catherine, 26, of St. Helens, Lancashire and son, William, 6, of Prescot, Lancashire.

(23) William Heesham (1798)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757)

The "son of William and Hannah Hesham of Halton, Farmer," was christened on 25 February 1798 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England - Daresbury All Saints' register. I also have William Heesham, the son of William and Hannah, who was christened on February 1798 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.

His wife may have been Mary. A William Heesham married Mary Clarke on 5 November 1822 in Runcorn, Cheshire, England.

In the 1841 census . . .

Stephen Pickles: "We noticed one other headstone:

"Here lieth the Body of William Heesom of Keckwick
who departed this life January 1st 1846 aged 47 years.
Also William his Son who died April 7th 1894, aged 61 years.
Also Sarah Heesom who died Feb 13th 1899 aged 62 years. [William's wife?]
She has found the rest we toil to find.
Also Thomas Heesom of Runcorn who died August 3rd 1903 aged 66 years.
Thy will be done."
There may be others that we missed. We will be checking a transcription of monumental inscriptions for All Saints', Daresbury, in the next week or so. We are also planning a visit to the Chester Record Office, where we hope to inspect a will (proven 1849) by Thomas Hessom, carter, of Norton."

William children were,
(24) James Heesom (1824), perhaps
(24) William Heesom (1832)
(24) Thomas Heesom (1837)

(24) James Heesom (1824)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798)

Of Moore, Cheshire. James was the son of a William Heesom per his marriage certificate, below. I have a James Heesham, the son of William and Mary, who was baptized on 16 May 1824 in Daresbury, Cheshire. This fits rather well here.

In the 1851 census . . .

James lived on Leeds street, in Liverpool circa 1856. He married Maria, the daughter of James Rowe, on 14 November 1856 at St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire. Stephen Pickles has obtained their 1856 marriage certificate (http://www.lancashirebmd.org, 2053LP/33/43, Liverpool, Our Lady & St. Nicholas & St. Anne), from the Liverpool Register Office. His transcription follows.

Registration District: Liverpool
1856 Marriage solemnized at St Nicholas Church in the Parish of Liverpool in the County of Lancaster.
No.: 436
When Married: 14th (?) November 1856
Name and Surname: James Heesom / Maria Rowe
Age: Full / Full
Condition: Bachelor / Spinster
Rank or profession: Flatman / -
Residence at the time of Marriage: Leeds St / Leeds St
Father's Name and Surname: William Heesom / James Rowe
Rank or Profession of Father: Flatman / Farmer
Married in the Church of St Nicholas according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns...
This Marriage was solemnized between us, Jame Heesom, Maria Rowe, in the Presence of us
Matthew Heesom his X mark, [James' uncle]
Margaret Heesom her X mark. [James' aunt]
Stephen says that Maria's mother was Mary and that the Rowe's came from Newton, Devonshire. What was a flatman? I suspect this was a boatman who used a flat-bottomed boat. Note the occupations in the census records, below. A warehouse porter, porter and canal carrier, and canal bank laborer are all related. A flatman probably used his craft to transport goods up and down the canal.

In the 1861 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 36 year old warehouse porter, of Cheshire Moore. Living with him were his wife, Maria, 24, of Newton, Devonshire, and children, James, 2, and Thomas, 9 months, of Halton.

In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], a 46 year old porter and canal carrier, of Moor, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Maria, 35, of Newton, Devonshire, and children, James, a 12 year old laborer at a Bone [garbled], John, 8, Mary, 6, Edward, 4, and Mathew H., 1, all of Halton.

In the 1881 census of Astmoor, Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 56 year old canal bank laborer, of Moore, Cheshire. He was living in the house of his mother-in-law, Mary Rowe, 80. Also living there were his wife, Maria, 44, of Newton, and children, John, an 18 year old chemical laborer, Matthew Henry, 11, Elizabeth, 8, Sarah, 6, and Maria, 3, all of Halton.

James and Maria's children were,
(25) James Heesom (c1859)
(25) Thomas Heesom was born in about 1860, of Halton, not in the 1871 census with his parents
(25) John Heesom (1862)
(25) Mary Heesom was christened on 21 May 1865 in Halton, Cheshire, England
(25) Edward Heesom (1867)
(25) Matthew Henry Heesom (1870)
(25) Elizabeth Heesom was christened on 11 August 1872 in Halton, Cheshire, England
(25) Sarah Heesom was christened on 7 February 1875 in Halton, Cheshire, England
(25) Maria Heesom was born in about 1878, of Halton
(25) Ann Heesom was christened on 19 October 1880 in Halton, Cheshire, England.

(25) James Heesom (c1859)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798) (23) William Heesom (c1795) (24) James Heesom (1824)

In the 1861 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom, 2. In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], a 12 year old laborer at a Bone [garbled], living at home with his parents, James and Maria.

In the 1881 census . . . Note that he is not the James Heesom, a 23 year old [1858] carter or surryman, of Hatton, Cheshire, below.

In the 1891 census of Halton, Cheshire as James Heesom, 32.

(25) John Heesom (1862)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798) (23) William Heesom (c1795) (24) James Heesom (1824)

John Heesom was christened on 12 October 1862 in Halton, Cheshire, England. In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as John Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], 8. In the 1881 census of Astmoor, Halton, Cheshire as John Heesom, an 18 year old chemical laborer, living at home with his grandmother and parents, James and Maria.

In the 1891 census of Halton, Cheshire as John Heesom, 29, of Halton, but in the same census I have a John Heesom, a 27 year old lodger, also living in Halton and of Halton.

(25) Edward Heesom (1867)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798) (23) William Heesom (c1795) (24) James Heesom (1824)

Edward Heeson [sic], the son of James and Maria, was baptized on 3 November 1867 in Halton, Cheshire. In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as Edward Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], 4, living with his parents, James and Maria.

In the 1881 census of Lymm, Cheshire as Edwd. Heesom, a 14 year old servant/butcher, of Halton. He was living in the household of Margaret Dunbobbin, at Mill Row (Mill Stone), in Lymm.

(25) Matthew Henry Heesom (1870)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798) (23) William Heesom (c1795) (24) James Heesom (1824)

Mathew Henry Heasome was baptized on 20 February 1870 at Halton, Cheshire, the son of James and Maria. In the 1881 census of Astmoor, Halton, Cheshire as Matthew Henry Heesom, an 11 year old scholar, living at home with his parents, James and Maria Heesom.

He married Annie. At some point he moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire, where his son, Robert Stanley, was born in 1902.

(26) Robert Stanley Heesom (1902)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798) (23) William Heesom (c1795) (24) James Heesom (1824) (25) Matthew Henry Heesom (c1870)

The son of Matthew Henry and Annie Heesom. He was baptized on 30 April 1902 at St. Martin, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

"R. Stanley Heesom has been appointed general secretary of the British Sailors' Society." - from the "World's Press News" of 1945. He was also mentioned as general secretary in Whitaker's Almanack of 1949."Mr. Robert Stanley Heesom, general secretary, British Sailors' Society" - from the "Fairplay International Shipping Journal" of 1951.

"British Sailors Society. General Secretary: Stanley Heesom, OBE" - from "Shipbuilding & Shipping Report" of 1970. Sailors’ Society is an inter-denominational Christian organisation providing pastoral care to seafarers. The Society was formed in 1818 as the Port of London Society. Following mergers with two other societies, the name was changed to The British & Foreign Sailors’ Society. In 1925 it was changed to The British Sailors’ Society. In 1995 the name was changed to The British & International Sailors’ Society. The most recent name change took place on 1 December 2007 when the present name was adopted. The Society has close links with many of the mainstream Protestant Churches in the UK, such as the Church of Scotland and the Methodist Church in Great Britain. The headquarters are in Southampton, England.

O.B.E. is Officer of the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. Stanley apparently received the honor for his "good works."

Stanley retired in 1967, being replaced by Commander John Hough.

(24) William Heesom (1833)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798)

William, the son of William and Mary Heesham, was baptized on 4 November 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire.

(24) Thomas Heesom (1837)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) William Heesham (1798)

In the 1851 census of Norton, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 14 year old farmer's servant, of Heckwith [Keckwick?], Cheshire. His uncle, James, lived with him.

Stephen Pickles: "For what it's worth, we now think that the Thomas and Sarah on the third headstone were respectively the son and daughter in-law of William Heesom of Keswick [Keckwick]. Thomas Heesom married Sarah Bankes in 1861. You can find them together in the 1871 (and 1891) census in Runcorn (look under Husom if you're using ancestry - it's easy to mistake two ee's for a u)." Sarah Heesom died on 13 February 1899 at the age of 62. Thomas Heesom of Runcorn died on 3 August 1903 at the age of 66.

(22) John Heesham (c1750)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722)

He could also be the son of Edward. John Heesham married Mary. Possibly the John Heesom of Newton near Daresbury, who was born circa 1753, and died and was buried on 6 March 1827 in Middlewich, Cheshire, at the age of 74. John and Mary's child was,
(23) Mary Heesham who was christened on 12 January 1791 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.

John Heesham then married Hannah. Their child was,
(23) Humphrey Heesom (1798)

John Heesham then married Rosamund [Rosamond]. A third marriage? Their child was,
(23) Betty Heesham (1799) was christened on 11 August 1799 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England
(23) Thomas Heesham (1801) was christened on 18 January 1801 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England

(23) Humphrey Heesom (1798)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750)

I've updated the information below from emails I received for Reece Jones, a descendent of this line of the family.

Humphrey, the son of John Heesham and Hannah, was christened on 15 [22?] April 1798 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Humphrey's age as depicted in the census varied over the years, with his year of birth ranging from 1794 to 1801. Reece holds his birth as being in 1794. Interestingly, Humphrey started by claiming to be young in 1841, then aged rapidly through 1861, but returned to reality in 1871.

In 1828 living in Whitley. In 1830 living in Lymm, Cheshire. Humphrey married Ellen Warton.

In the 1841 census of Grappenhall, Runcorn parish, Cheshire as Humphrey Heesom [Huson in Ancestry.com], a 40 year old [1801] agricultural laborer. Living with him were his wife, Ellen, 40, and children, Thomas, 12, Mary, 10, Betty, 8, and James, 8 months. Their eldest son, John, was 13 and, under the surname Hissam, was working and living with farmer Joseph Hewitt, also in Grappenhall.

In the 1851 census of Hatton, Cheshire as Humphrey Heysam, a 54 year old [1797] agricultural laborer, of Newton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Ellen, 54, of Whitley, and children, John, 22, of Whitley, Thomas 20, of Lymm, and James, 10, of Hatton.

In the 1861 census of Daresbury, Hatton parish, Cheshire, England as Humphrey Heesom, a 67 year old [1794] agricultural worker, of Dutton, residing in "cottages on Hatton Common." Living with him were his wife, Ellen, 68, of Whitley, and son, John, a 33 year old unmarried agricultural worker, of Lower Whitley.

In the 1871 census of of Daresbury, Hatton parish, Cheshire, England as Humphrey Heesom, 73 [1798], of Dutton. He was living with his son, John, an unmarried man, 45, an agricultural laborer, of Whitley. Also living with them was John's mother, Ellen, 73, of Whitley, and a nephew, of John, James Heesom, 9, of Hatton.

Humphrey died in Cheshire in October-December 1878 at the age of 80. His children were,
(24) John Heesom (1828)
(24) Thomas Heesom (1830)
(24) Mary Heesom (1831)
(24) Betty Heesom (1833)
(24) James Heesom (1841)

(24) John Heesom (1828)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humprhey Heesom (1798)

Born in Whitley. In the 1841 census of Grappenhall, Cheshire as John Heesom, 13, living with his employer, Joseph Hewitt, as an agricultural worker. In the 1851 and 1861 census of Hatton, Cheshire John Heesom, an agricultural worker, living with his parents, Humphrey and Ellen Heesom.

In the 1871 census of Hatton, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 45 year old agricultural labourer, of Whitley. His parents, Humphrey and Ellen, and little brother, James, 9, were living with him; that is, John was listed as the head of the household vice his father. He was through all these years a single man. They all lived in a cottage on "Hatton Common," as they had at the time of the 1861 census.

John married Rebecca (Ratcliffe?) Mousdale [Moulsdale/Moulesdale] in the 4th quarter 1873. She was the widow of Charles Moulsdale, who died in 1866. She had 3 children by him, John (1852), Alice (1858) and George (1860). Note that John's little brother, James, married Rebecca's sister-in-law, Sarah Mousdale, but before 1861. I suspect that the family pushed John, a confirmed old bachelor of 43, into marrying Rebecca to provide support for the widow and companionship for him in his old age.

In the 1881 census of Hatton, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 56 year old laborer, of Whitley. Living with him was his wife, Rebecca, 48, of Lymm, and a step-son, George Mousdale, a 21 year old labourer, of Appleton.

In the 1891 census of Appleton, Runcorn, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 65 year old Highway Labourer and widower, of Whitley.

John Heesom, born circa 1826, died in the 1st quarter 1906 in Runcorn at the age of 80. John had no children of his own that I can find.

(24) Thomas Heesom (1830)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798)

Born in Lymm in 1831, per Reece Jones. In the 1841 census of Grappenhall, Runcorn parish, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom [Huson in Ancestry.com], 12, living with his parents, Humphrey and Ellen Heesom. In the 1851 census of Hatton, Cheshire as Thomas Heysam, 20, of Lymm, living with parents

Thomas married Mary Moores. In the 1861 census of Hatton, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 31 year old agricultural laborer, of Whitley. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 26, of Sutton, and children, Thomas, 5, James, 3, and John, 9 months, of Hatton.

In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 40 year old agricultural laborer. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 38, and children, John, 10, William, 8, Mary, 6, Joseph, 4, and Ellen, 2.

In the 1881 census of Halton in Runcorn, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, a 50 year old labourer, of Lymm. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 46, of Sutton, and children, John, a 20 year old laborer, Anna, 9, and Henry, 8. All the children were of Hatton, Cheshire.

In the 1891 census of Stockton Heath, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom [Fleeson in Ancestry.com], a 63 year old general labourer. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 57, and children, Thomas, a 36 year old carter, Mary, a 26 year old domestic servant, Joseph, a 24 year old bricklayer labourer, and Harry, a 17 year old Apprentice Spade Making.

In the 1901 census of Stockton Heath, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 74 year old domestic garderner, of Lymm. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 65, of Sutton, and children, Thomas, a 45 year old carter for a brewery, Joseph, a 34 year old general labourer, and Harry, a 27 year old [garbled] makes wool [?], of Hatton.

I have a Thomas Heesom, born circa 1830, who died in the 1st quarter 1908 in Runcorn, Cheshire, at the age of 78.

In the 1911 census of Stockton Heath, Hatton, Cheshire as Mary Heesom, a 74 year old widow. This was Mary's birthplace. Living with her were her son, Thomas, 53, Joseph, 44, and Harry, 37, all general laborers and bachelors of Hatton.

I have a Mary A. Heesom, born in about 1833, who died in October-December 1915 in Warrington, Lancashire. There's another Mary Ann, born in about 1838, which aligns with the 1911 census, who died in April 1910 in Warrington.

His children were,
(25) Thomas Heesom (c1856) of Hatton, in the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Thomas Heesom, a 24 year old carter, of Hatton, a boarder living a 11 Navigation street. He did not marry.
(25) James Heesom (c1858)
(25) John Heesom (1860)
(25) William Heesom (1863), he may have died in 2nd quarter 1873 in Runcorn
(25) Mary Heesom (1865)
(25) Joseph Heesom (1867), he did not marry. He died in July-September 1926 in Warrington, at the age of 60.
(25) Ellen Heesom (1869)
(25) Anna Heesom (1872)
(25) Henry "Harry" Heesom (1873), he did not marry.

(25) James Heesom (1858)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) Thomas Heesom (1830)

James Heesom, the son of Thomas and Mary Heesom, was born in 1858 in Hatton, Cheshire. Hatton is served by the Daresbury All Saints church. In the 1861 census of Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesom, 3, of Hatton living with his parents Thomas and Mary Heesom. In the 1871 census of Millington, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 12 year old farm servant, of Hatton. He was living with the John Sproston family, a "Farmer of 50 acres."

James Heesom married Sarah.

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire, as James Heesom, a 23 year old carter or surryman, of Hatton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 24, of Hatton, and children, Mary E., 3, of Hatton, and John J., 11 months, of Warrington. James lived at 1 Bridgewater street. A Joseph Gibbons, 27, also lived at the same address. A surryman or lurryman drove a horse drawn cart, called a surry or lurry, the early version of today's lorry. A surry was more often, however, a pleasure cart, of two seats and four wheels, i.e. the "surrey with a fringe on top" of the musical "Oklahoma!"

In the 1891 census of All Saints parish, Runcorn, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 32 year old Warehouse Porter, of Hatton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 33, and children, Mary E., 13, Thomas Hy, 7, Annie, 4, and Sarah, 1, and boarders, Thomas Owens, 25, and Bernard Cooney, 41. They were living on Bentinck street.

Sarah Heesom, 42, died in the 1st quarter of 1900 in the Runcorn district, Cheshire.

In the 1901 census of All Saints parish, Runcorn, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 42 year old Dock Warehouseman, of Halton [sic]. Living with him were his daughters, Mary, 22, Sarah, 11, and Gerty, 8. He was living on Bentinck street.

In the 1911 census of Manchester, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 52 year old Gay Gardener, a boarder, of Hatton, Cheshire.

James' children were,
(26) Mary E. Heesom (1878)
(26) John Thomas Lightfoot Heesom (1881)
(26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1883)
(26) Annie Heesom (1887)
(26) Sarah Heesom (1890)
(26) Gerty Heesom (1893)

(26) John Thomas Lightfoot Heesom (1881)
(25) James Heesom of Warrington (c1851)

John Thomas Lightfoot Heesom, the son of James and Sarah Heesom, was born on 17 January 1881 and baptized on 5 June 1881 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as John J. [sic] Heesom, 0, of Warrington, the son of James, 23, and Sarah Heesom, 24, both of Hatton, Cheshire. They were living on Bridewater street.

John Thomas L. Heesom died in January-March 1882 in Warrington.

(26) Thomas Henry Heesom (1883)
(25) James Heesom of Warrington (c1851)

Thomas Henry Heesom, the son of James and Sarah, was baptized on 24 June 1883 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1891 census of All Saints parish, Runcorn, Cheshire as Thomas Hy Heesom, 7. He was living with his parents, James, 32, and Sarah Heesom, 33.

In the 1901 census . . .

Thomas Henry married Beatrice Dutton on 29 September 1904.

"29 Sep 1904 Thos Henry Heesom, 21, B, labr, 33 Woodside Rd: [son of] Jas Heesom, labr
Beatrice Dutton, 22, S, 32 Woodside Rd: [daughter of] Jas Dutton, labr
Wit:- Edward Geo Holtham; Clara Lydia Maria Holtham Banns"

In the 1911 census of Llanfrechfa Upper Monmouthshire, Wales as Thomas Henry Heesom, a 27 Colliery Timberman, of Warrington. Living with him were his wife, Bertrice Bleas, 29, and children, Edna Annie, 5, Hilda Sarah, 3, and Phylliss Martha, 1. I believe Thomas' job was to provide shoring in the coal mines.

Thomas H. Heesom died on 16 October 1943 in Manchester, Lancashire.

"Heesom Thomas Henry of 194 Oak-avenue Newton-le-Willows Lancashire died 16 October 1943 at the Royal Infirmary Manchester Administration Liverpool 5 December to Beatrice Heesom, widow. Effects L237 13s. 7d." - from the Nation Probate Calendar
His daughters were,
(27) Edna Annie Heesom (1905), daughter of Thomas Henry Heesom and Beatrice Dutton, born 18 August 1905 in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, married Robert Reginald Ridyard in December 1929 in Ormskirk, Lancshire, died in 1972 in Southport, Lancashire.
(27) Sarah Hilda Heesom (1907), daughter of Thomas Henry Heesom and Beatrice Dutton, born 13 April 1907 in Pontnewydd, Wales, died in 1972 in Southport, Lancashire.
(27) Phyllis Martha Heesom (1909), daughter of Thomas Henry Heesom and Beatrice Dutton, born 4 May 1909 in Pontnewydd, Wales, died in 1995 in Warrington, Lancashire(1909)

Thomas Henry Heesom of Altrincham

Thomas Henry Heesom (c1932)

He was born in about 1932. His wife was Wendy. He died in 2011 in Altrincham. This is due east of Warrington, in Cheshire.

"Thomas Henry Heesom. Suddenly on 22nd November 2011, Henry aged 79 years. Adored Husband of Wendy, much loved Dad of Carol, David and Jane and partners Chris, Judy and Simon. Dearly loved by Grandchildren Craig, Kate, Amy, Steven, Jennifer, Ben and Rebekah. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral service at St. George's Church, Altrincham on Monday 5th December at 11.00am, prior to committal at the Altrincham Crematorium."
His children were,
Carol Heesom
David Heesom
Jane Heesom


(25) John Heesom (1860)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) Thomas Heesom (1830)

Of Hatton. He was baptized on 16 September 1860 in Daresbury, Cheshire, the son of Thomas and Mary Heesom. Reece Jones says he was born in 1851 in Cheshire, but I think he's mistaken there. In the 1861 census of Hatton, Cheshire as John Heesom, 9 months, the son of Thomas and Mary. In the 1871 census of Halton, Cheshire as John Heesom, 10, living at home with Thomas and Mary Heesom.

In the 1881 census of Hatton in Runcorn, Cheshire, as John Heesom, the 20 year old son of Thomas and Mary, living at home. He was a laborer.

John, aged 26, the son of Thomas Heesom, married Mary Ann, the daughter of George Savage, on 10 February 1887 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire. Note that Arthur James Heesom, the son of Matthew married Ann Savage, the daughter of James in 1883 in Latchford.

In the 1891 census of Halton, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 29 year old carter, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Mary A., 22, of St. Heath, and children, Thomas, 3, and Mary, 1. Both the children were of Latchford parish, Warrington.

In the 1901 census . . .

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as John Heesom, a 50 year old general laborer, of Hatton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Mary Ann, 42, of Stockton Heath, Cheshiere, and children, Mary, a 21 year old seed sorter, John, a 19 year old general laborer, George, a 16 year old general laborer, Florence Victoria, a 13 year old pin porter, Harry, 9, Lily, 7, and Annie, 3. All the children were of Warrington. John and Mary Ann had 9 children, one of whom had died.

John Heesom died and was buried on 3 February 1917, aged 57 [1860], in Warrington, Lancashire. Note that there's also a John Heesom, born circa 1861, the son of Matthew out there. That John married Martha Nash.

John's children were,
(26) Thomas Heesom (1887), he might have been born April-June 1887 in Warrington. I have a Thomas Heesom, born in about 1887, who died in October-December 1953 in Newton, Lancashire, at the age of 66.
(26) Mary Heesom (1889), she might have been born July-September 1889 in Warrington.
(26) John Heesom (1891), he was baptized on 28 October 1891 in Warrington.
(26) George Heesom (1894), he was baptized on 30 October 1894.

"Marriage: 27 Aug 1938 St Mary, Great Sankey, Lancs.
George Heesom - 43, Postman, Bachelor, 8 S. Mary Street, Latchford, Warrington
Ruby Emma Alice Salisbury - 45, Servant, Spinster, 13 Ridley Drive, Sankey
Groom's Father: John Heesom, Deceased, Carter
Bride's Father: William Salisbury, Deceased, Labourer
Witness: Albert John Page; Horace Humphrey Dakin
Married by Banns by: E. McGowan
Register: Marriages 1938 - 1945, Page 4, Entry 7
Source: LDS Film 2147231" - from Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Records
I have a George Heesom, born about 1895, who died in April-June 1958 in Warrington, at the age of 63.
(26) Florence Victoria Heesom (1897), she was baptised on 28 July 1897. She married a Smith in March 1920.
(26) Harry Heesom (1901)
(26) Lily Heesom (1904), she was baptized on 31 January 1904.
(26) Annie Heesom (1908), she was baptized on 5 January 1908.

(26) Harry Heesom (1901)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) Thomas Heesom (1830) (25) John Heesom (1860)

Harry, the son of John and Mary Ann Heesom, was born on 29 April 1901 in Latchford and baptized on 14 May 1901. In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Harry Heesom, 9. He married Agnes Thompson. He died in March 1981 in Warrington, at the age of 79.

(24) James Heesom (1841)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798)

In the 1841 census of Grappenhall, Runcorn parish, Cheshire as James Heesom, 8 months, living with his parents, Humphrey and Ellen. In the 1851 census of Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesom, 10, of Hatton.

James Heesom married Sarah Mousdale before 1861. Jame's big brother, John, married Sarah's sister, Rebecca Mousdale, sometime after 1871.

In the 1861 census of Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 20 year old laborer. Living with him was his wife, Sarah, 20.

In the 1871 census of Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesham, a 28 year old agricultural laborer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 29, of Aston, and children, Ellen, 7, John C., 4, and Ann, 1, of Hatton.

In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as a James Heesom, a 38 year old Size and Hair Dryer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 41, and children, James, a 19 year old Size and Hair Dryer, Ellen, 17, and Charles, a 14 year old Labourer, Ann, 10, and Arthur, 4, all of Hatton, Cheshire.

In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 50 year old labourer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 52, of Aston, and children, John C., 23, Arthur, 17, both of Hatton, Alma L., 8, of Latchfield, Ann J., 4, of Warrington, Helen, a 25 year old Fustian Cutter, married, of Runcorn, and her children, Harry Heesom, 1 8/12, and Charles J. Heesom, 6/12, both of Warrington. Was Helen the Ellen above, and were her children illegitimate?

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 59 year old tanner, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 60, of Aston, and children, Alma, 18, and Ann J., 13, of Warrington.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom [Heeson in Ancestry.com], 70, a widower and a grandfather, of Hatton. He was living with Richard and Ellen Hinton, 45, who was, I suppose, his daughter. There was a son for Ellen, named Harry, who was of the right age to be the boy of the 1891 census if we assume he was subsequently legitimized.

I have a James Heesom, born in about 1841, who died in 1914, at the age of 73, in Warrington.

His children were,
(25) James Heesom (1862)
(25) Ellen Heesom (1864)
(25) John Charles Heesom (1867)
(25) Ann Heesom (1871)
(25) Arthur Heesom (1875-7)
(25) Alma L. Heesom (1883)
(25) Ann J. Heesom (1887)

(25) James Henry Heesom (1862)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) James Heesom (1841)

Of Warrington. I have a James Henry Heesom who was born in Warrington in the 1st quarter 1863. However, I also have a James Henry Heesom of warrington who died in the 2nd quarter 1863.

In the 1871 census of Latchford, Cheshire as James Heeom, 9. He was living with his uncle John Heesom, a single man, a 45 year old agricultural laborer. Also living with John were John's parents, Humphrey, 73, and Ellen, 73. So, James was the grandson of Humphrey Heesom.

Rose Heesom, a descendent, writes,

"My husband's grandfather was James Henry Heesom B 1863 D 1909 a carter on the ship canal. My husband's father was Frank Heesom B 1897 D 1965 a master window cleaner and post officer worker married to Louisa Gleave (nee Carless). "

In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 19 year old Size and Hair Dryer [?], of Hatton, living on Thelwall Lane. He was living with his parents, James, 38, and Sarah, 41, Heesom, of Hatton. Hatton is a small village 6 kilometers south of Warrington, between Daresbury and Stretton.

James married Mary Ellen Taylor.

In the 1891 census as James Heesom, 28, of Hatton [?]. He married Mary Ellen. They had a daughter, Jessie, in 1894 and a son, Frank, in 1896, in Latchford.

In the 1901 census of St. James parish, Warrington, Lancashire of James Heesom, 38, of Warrington. Living with him was his wife was Mary E. [1872], and son, Frank, 4. What happened to Jessie?

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 49 year old carter on the Manchester canal, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Mary Ellen, 39, and son, Frank, a 15 year old Engine Driver in the Iron Works, of Warrington.

Their children were,
(26) Jesse Heesom (1894)
(26) Frank B. Heesom (1896)

(26) Jesse Heesom (1894)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) James Heesom (1841) (25) James Henry Heesom (1862)

I have a Jepie [Jessie?] Heeson, child of James and Mary Ellen, born on 23 April 1894 and baptized on 6 May 1894 in Warrington, Lancashire. I lose track of her after this.

(26) Frank B. Heesom (1896)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) James Heesom (1841) (25) James Henry Heesom (1862)

He was baptized on 17 April 1896 in Latchford, Cheshire, the son of James and Mary Ellen Heesom. I have a Frank Heesom, the son of James and Mary Ellen, who was christened on 17 April 1896 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire. In the 1901 census of St. James parish, Warrington, Lancashire as Frank Heesom, 4, of Latchford.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Frank Heesom, 15, the son of James and Mary Ellen Heesom.

I have a Frank Heesom, born in April 1896, in Warrington, who married an Elsie Domville in 1922. If this was our Frank, then he divorced Elsie in 1937.

Divorce Court File: 3540. Appellant: Elsie Heesom. Respondent: Frank Heesom. Type: Wife's petition for divorce [wd]. Date: 1937 - from The National Archives (UK)
What of Louisa Gleave (nee Carless)? I have a Louis Heesom who died in 1993 in Warrington. She appears to have been the second wife.

A Frank Heesom earned a medal while serving in the South Lancashire Regiment, circa 1914-1920.

Frank died in the 1st quarter 1965 in Runcorn.

"Heesom Frank of 115 Thelwall New Road Thelwall Warrington died 10 February 1965 Administration Manchester 21 April to Louisa Heesom widow. L2532." - from Nation Probate Record

(25) John Charles Heesom (1867)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) John Heesham (c1750) (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) (24) James Heesom (1841)

John Charles Heesom was born 1st quarter 1867 in Runcorn.

In the 1871 census of Hatton, Cheshire as John C. Heesham, 4, living with his parents, James and Sarah. In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as a Charles Heesom, a 14 year old Labourer, of Hatton, Cheshire. In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire as John C. Heesom, 23, of Hatton, still living with his parents.

In the 1901 census of . . .

In the 1911 census of . . .

John C. Heesom, born in about 1867, died in the 2nd quarter 1944 in Warrington.


Appleton, Grappenhall, Latchford

Appleton is just northeast of Stretton. Grappenhall is just north of Appleton. Latchford is further north, on the river. Wilderspool appears to be a district, on the river, opposite Warrington.

(23) John Heesom (1806)
(21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) ??

John Heesham married Catherine Bate on 10 November 1823 in Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Later evidence shows that Catherine was of Higher Walton. A daughter, Nancy, was born two weeks later. In 1825 John, aged 19, was living in Daresbury, which is halfway between Runcorn and Latchford. It would seem odd that just 24 years after his birth John would 5 years off in his own age.

John apparently lived in Daresbury through 1825, when his son Thomas was born there. He then moved to Wilderspool in 1828, when John was born there, but in 1834 he was living in Warrington, where his son Joseph was born. Matthew, however, was born circa 1838 back in Wilderspool. James appears to have been born in Daresbury, circa 1841. After 1841 John was in Wilderspool.

In the 1841 census of Wilderspool, Appleton township, Great Budworth parish, Cheshire as John Heesom [Hussom in Ancestry.com], a 35 year old carter, of Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Catherine, 35, and children, Thomas, a 15 year old gardener, John, 13, Mary, 10, Joseph, 7, Matthew, 4, and James, 1. Wilderspool is today in the Warrington district. It is on the Cheshire side of the Mersey river, opposite Warrington.

In the 1851 census of Appleton, Cheshire as John Heesom [Heenan in Ancestry.com], a 46 year old waggoner at the brewery, of Aston [possibly crossed out for Hatton], Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Catherine, 46, of Higher Walton, Cheshire, and children, Thomas, a 25 year old laborer at the brewery, of Aston, and John, a 23 year old tanner, Mary, a 20 year old dressmaker, Joseph, a 17 year old laborer, Matthew, a 14 year old [garbled] maker, James, 11, and Elizabeth, 1, all of Wilderspool [?].

I have a Catherine Heesom who died and was buried on 28 May 1856 in Daresbury, Cheshire.

In the 1861 census of . . .

His children were,
(24) Nancy Heesham (1823), was born on 24 November 1823 and baptized on 18 December 1825 in Daresbury, the daughter of Johhn and Catherine.
(24) Thomas Heesom (1825), of Daresbury
(24) John Heesom (1828) of Wilderspool
(24) Mary Heesom (1831) of Wilderspool
(24) Joseph Heesom (1834), of Warrington
(24) Matthew Heesom (1838), of Wilderspool
(24) James Heesom (c1841/3), of Daresbury
(24) Elizabeth Heesom (1850) of Wilderspool

(24) Thomas Heesom (1825)
(23) John Heesom (1806)

He was baptized on 18 December 1825 at Daresbury, the son of JOhn and Catherine Heesham. At the age of 15 he was a gardener. At 25, still living at home, he was a laborer at the brewery; of Aston.

In the census of 1881 for Knutsford Nether, Cheshire as Thomas Heesom, of Moore, a 56 year old Agricultural Laborer/Teamsman. Moore and Daresbury are quite close and I suppose it is possible that Thomas was born in Moore, but baptized in Daresbury.

(24) Joseph Heesom (1834)
(23) John Heesom (1806)

He was baptized on 2 March 1834 in Warrington, Lancashire, the son of John and Catharine Heesome.

In the 1861 census of Appleton, Cheshire as Joseph Heesom [Husom in Ancestry.com], a 27 year old brewer's laborer, of Widerspool. Living with him were his wife, Ellen, 26, of Latchford, and children, William, 6, and John, 5, of Wilderspool.

Their children were,
- (25) William Heesom (1855) of Wilderspool
- (25) John Heesom (1856) of Wilderspool

(24) Matthew Heesom (1838)
(23) John Heesom (1806)

He was born in 1838 in Wilderspool, Lancashire. He married Sarah Smith. She was born in 1835 in Newton.

In the 1861 census of Grappenhall, Cheshire as Matthew Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 24 year old basket maker, of Wilderspoll. Living with him was his wife, Sarah, 26, of Newton. Note that (23) Humphrey Heesom (1798) lived in Grappenhall at the time of the 1841 census; an uncle?

In the 1871 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Matthew Heesom [Husom in Ancestry.com], a 34 year old hamper maker, of Appleton, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 36, of Newton, and children, John , 9, Arthur James, 8, Frederick Smith, 4, and Annie Mary 2, of Latchford.

In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Mathew Hesom, a 43 year old basket maker. Living with him were his sons, Arthur, 17, and Frank, 9. Mathew was listed as a widower.

In the 1891 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Matthew Heesom [Husom in Ancestry.com], a 52 year old basket maker, of Wilderspool. Living with him were his second wife, Charlotte, 47, of Warrington, Lancashire, and children, Frank, an 18 year old railway servant, of Latchford. Also living with him were his father-in-law, James Livesey, 81, and brother-in-law, Edward Livesey, 33.

In the 1901 census of . . .

Their children were,
(25) John Heesom (1860)
(25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)
(25) Frederick Smith Heesom (1867) of Latchford, died young
(25) Annie Mary Heesom (1869) christened on 25 July 1869 in Latchford, died young
(25) Frank Heesom (1872)

(25) John Heesom (1860)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838)

John Heesom was born on 26 April 1860 [?] in Latchford, Cheshire, England. In the 1881 census of Whitley, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 19 year old Farm Servant. He was living in the household of John Edwards.

He married Martha Nash. She was born on 10 December 1866 in Runcorn.

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as John Heesom, a 40 year old brewery carter, of Hatton, Cheshire.

John died on 17 February 1917, lost at sea. Was he really serving in the Navy at his advanced age?

His children were,
(26) Maud Heesom was born in 1889 in Cheshire. She married Claude Brunt. She died in 1942 in Liverpool.
(26) Edith Heesomn(1886), the daugther of John Heesom married Martha, was christened on 5 December 1886 in Runcorn, Cheshire, England.
(26) John Heesom was born in 1892 in Widnes.
(26) Frank Heesom was born in 1894 in Widnes.
(26) Frank Heesom was born in 1896 in Widnes.
(26) Frederick A. Heesom was born in 1897 in Widnes.
(26) William H. Heesom was born in 1899 in Widnes.

(25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838)

He was born on 27 March and baptized on 5 June 1864 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire, England, the son of Matthew and Sarah Heesom. In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Arthur Hesom, a 17 year old Cotton Factory Hand. He was living with his father, Mathew, 43, and brother Frank, 9.

Arthur Heesom, the son of Matthew, married Ann Savage, the daughter of James, on 4 August 1883 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire. He was 20 years old.

In the 1891 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Arthur J. Heesom, 27. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 30, and children, Frank, 6, Sarah, 4, William, 2, and Eliza A., 0.

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Arthur Jas. Heesom, a 37 year old general laborer. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 40, and his children Sarah, 14, William, 12, Eliza Ann, 10, Jessie, 8, Arthur, 6, Eva, 4, Fred, 2. Where's Frank?

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Arthur Heesom, 47. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 50. The following children of Arthur were also living in Warrington in 1911, but I cannot tell if they were living in the same house as Arthur and Ann. These included Frank, 26, William, 22, Eliza, 20, Jessie, 18, Arthur, 16, Eva, 14, and Fred, 12.

I have an Arthur Heesom of Lancashire who died in 1921. That would be just 57 years old. However, a family researcher of this line says he died on14 June 1943.

His grandson may have been another Arthur James Heesom, below. The following are the children of Arthur/Arthur James/James Arthur and Ann/Annie Heesom,
(26) Frank Heesom (1885)
(26) Sarah Heesom (1887), baptized on 30 January 1887 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire. Another document says this was Grappenhall. She married James Griffiths on 26 September 1908
(26) William Heesom (1889)
(26) Eliza Ann Heesom (1891), baptized on 22 February 1891 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire. Another document says this was Grappenhall.
(26) Jessie Hessom (1893), baptized on 9 May 1893 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire
(26) Arthur Heesom (1895)
(26) Eva Hessom (1897), baptized on 12 January 1897 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire
(26) Frederick Heesom (1899)


(26) Frank Heesom (1885)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838) (25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)

He baptized on 21 June 1885 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire, the son of Arthur and Ann. He married and had 4 daughters, still living. He died in 1968, at the age of 83.

Edith and Harry Heesom are his daughter and youngest son - per the webpage of Paul Foster.

(26) William Heesom (1889)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838) (25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)

He was born on 12 February 1889 and baptized on 3 March 1889 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire, the son of Arthur and Ann. Rifleman William Heesom, 2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died on 10 October 1915, aged 26, at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Folkstone. He was buried in the Warrington cemetery, Cheshire. The following is from the webpage of Paul Foster.

"Bill was born in 1889 the second son of Arthur and Ann Heesom, of 128 Knutsford Road, Warrington. He had elder siblings Frank and Sarah, and younger siblings Bill, Eliza Ann, Jessie, Arthur, Eva and Fred. Following his education he was employed as a moulder.

He volunteered in 1912 in the Territorials and was mobilised at the outbreak of war. Bill was 5ft 3½in tall, with a 36½in chest, weighed 114lbs, had a sallow complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair.

Bill was sent for training first in Winchester, Hampshire, then to Sheerness, Kent. Whilst in camp in Sheerness he was given five days confined to barracks for using a light in his barrack room at 10.30pm and for gambling. Bill left for France on Tuesday 26th January 1915 and joined the Battalion with a draft whilst they were serving in the La Bassée sector. He settled down to normal front line duties in the cold, wet, grim trenches of northern France. German snipers were a constant problem that was finally sorted out by Lieutenant L C Rattray who formed a Battalion sniper section: “Thanks to their enterprise and accurate shooting, we soon got the upper hand of the German snipers, and this ascendancy was maintained throughout the campaign and in very section of the line before the Battalion had been three days in the trenches.”

The first offensive that Bill participated in was the Battle of Aubers Ridge on Sunday 9th May. The Battalion was in support of the Northamptonshire Regiment and went forward into No Man’s Land to wait for the barrage to lift. Whistle were blown and the men rose to charge towards the German lines. The barrage had been woefully ineffective as the German wire remained intact and their front line suffered little damage. Enemy machine gunners poured a curtain of lead at the attacking forces and it became clear that to continue would be suicide. At 7.30am orders were given for the Battalion to withdraw to their trenches. Bill remained in the front line as a further disastrous assault was made and it was with some relief when he marched back to his billet early on Tuesday 11th. The roll call confirmed the heavy toll on the Battalion, eleven officers and two hundred and forty men were killed, wounded or listed as missing. Bill returned to normal duties of serving in the front line, or in reserve, training or resting behind the line. However, he was invalided to a hospital in Etaples on Wednesday 30th June 1915 then transferred to a camp to recuperate on Friday 2nd July. He was sent to 1st Infantry Base Depôt in Le Havre on Sunday 18th and rejoined the Battalion four days later. Bill was given five days confined to barracks on Saturday 7th August for urinating near his billet and not using the latrines! Bill training with the Battalion to prepare for the next major offensive, The Battle of Loos, where the British would use gas for the first time.

Bill moved into the trenches near Hulluch ready to take part in the battle that began at 5.50am on Saturday 25th September when the gas was discharged, coupled with smoke. Unfortunately the gas also blew back into some sections of the trenches occupied by the Battalion and those of the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as they awaited orders. Over two hundred men were put out of action as a result. The gas and smoke drifted slowly towards the enemy lines as the advance began. The German artillery was pounding the area and their machine gunners were able to enfilade Bill and his comrades. In the terrible fight one of Bill’s young comrades, 18 year old Rifleman George Peachment was awarded the Victoria Cross: “For most conspicuous bravery near Hulluch on 25th Sept., 1915. During very heavy fighting, when our front line was compelled to retire in order to re-organise, Pte. Peachment, seeing his Company Commander, Captain Dubs, lying wounded, crawled to assist him. The enemy’s fire was intense, but, though there was a shell hole quite close, in which a few men had taken cover, Pte. Peachment never thought of saving himself. He knelt in the open by his Officer and tried to help him, but while doing this he was first wounded by a bomb and a minute later mortally wounded by a rifle bullet. He was one of the youngest men in his battalion and gave this splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice.”

Bill was badly wounded and evacuated from the field to a hospital in Wimereux where it revealed he had a fractured spine, a wound to his right shoulder and abdomen and a perforated liver. His parents, Arthur and Ann were sent a telegram to inform them of his wounds that probably arrived at the same time they discovered that his brother, Arthur, had been killed on the same day that Bill had been wounded. Bill was taken by hospital ship to Folkestone, Kent, on Friday 1st October and admitted to The Royal Victoria Hospital in the town. His parents were been able to take the train to Folkestone and were with him when he died. They had lost two of their sons in two weeks.

His brother, Rifleman Arthur Heesom, died on Saturday 25th September and is commemorated on the Menin Gate."

(26) Arthur Heesom (1895)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838) (25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)

Was this Arthur James Jr? There is also an J.R. Arthur Heesom of Latchford in the 1901 census that I haven't been able to pull out yet. In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Arthur Heesom, 8, the son of Arthur Jas. and Ann Heesom.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Arthur Heesom, 16, the son of Arthur and Ann Heesom

Rifleman Arthur Heesom, 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, died on Saturday 25 September 1915 at the age of 20. He was commemorated on panel 53 of the Menin Gate. I pulled the following from the webpage of Paul Foster.

"Arthur was born in January 1895 the third son of Arthur and Ann Heesom, 128 Knutsford Road, Latchford, Warrington. He had older siblings Frank, William, Eliza Anna and Jessie, and younger siblings, Evan and Fred. After his education Arthur was employed as a gas stove maker.

Arthur was sent for training at Grayshott, Bordon and Aldershot from where he left for France, arriving in Boulogne on Sunday 20th May 1915. He entrained to northern France and marched across the border into Belgium where he was provided with training for the front line and re-kitted. Arthur undertook a series of tours of duty in the front line, but until the end of July did not participate in any major action. A large mine was blown at Hooge on Thursday 22nd July and a week later he marched into the line close to the crater and ‘Sanctuary Wood’: “The crater itself was untenable, owing to constant trench-mortaring and ‘straffing’, and the trenches, dry but the crest dilapidated beyond measure, ran up to the lip on either side, with no definite connection round the crater. The sector had an evil reputation for being subject to incessant sniping and bombing, besides trench-mortaring and shell fire: but on the night of 29th/30th, when the two battalions took over from the very tired and worn 7th Rifle Brigade and the 8th K.R.R.C., there was ominous silence. No notice was taken by the enemy of the noise inseparable from a relief, and even a few bombs thrown by the new-comers into the German trenches — in places only 15 feet away — provoked no reply. Half an hour before dawn the trench garrison stood to arms, and there was a still complete quiet. Then at 3.15 a.m., with dramatic suddenness, came the carefully planned German stroke. The site of the stables of the château was blow up, whilst a sudden hissing sound was heard by the two companies of the 8th Rifle Brigade on either side of the crater, and a bright crimson glare over the crater turned the whole scene red. Jets of flame, as if from a line of powerful hoses, spraying fire instead of water, shot across the front trenches of the Rifle Brigade, and a thick black cloud formed. It was the first attack on the British with liquid fire. At the same time fire of every other kind was opened: trench-mortar bombs and hand-grenades deluged the front trenches, machine-gun and shrapnel bullets swept the two communications trenches the 300 yards of open ground between the front and support lines in Sanctuary and Zouave Woods; high-explosive shells rained on these Woods, whilst the ramparts of Ypres and all exits from the town were bombarded anew.

The surprise was complete, and would probably have led to an entry even at the strongest part of the line. Most of the 8th Rifle Brigade in the front trenches were overwhelmed, the rest fell back gradually over the fire-swept open ground to the support line. The enemy did not follow: he at once set about consolidating the trenches he had secured, and trying to increase his gain by attacking the 7th K.R.R.C. in front, flank, and rear. There was desperate trench fighting, in which parties again brought up Flammenwerfer, but rapid fire was turned on to them at 20 yards range, and the attempt to use them broke down. In the end, however, after several counter-attacks, all but a small sector of the K.R.R.C. trenches were lost.”

Arthur was relieved from the line on Saturday 31st, lucky to have survived when so many of his friends and comrades were left on the battlefield.

He continued to on tours of duty; on Friday 24th September Arthur was again in the line at Hooge in preparation for the attack on Bellewaarde the next day which was a diversionary attack for the Battle of Loos where his brother William was about to fight. At 4.19am a mine was blown under the German line, only a short distance in front of Arthur, whistles were blown and he went over the top attacking the German line when he was shot and killed.

His brother, Rifleman William Heesom, was mortally wounded on the same day and died on Sunday 10th October 1915 and is buried in Warrington Cemetery, Lancashire."

(26) Frederick Heesom (1899)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838) (25) Arthur James Heesom (1864)

The son of Arthur James and Ann Heesom, he was baptized on 14 November 1899 at St. James, Latchford, Cheshire. He may have been named in honor of his uncle Frederick who died young. He married Doris and had a daughter, still living. Frederick is pictured to the right as an Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy, during World War I.

(25) Frank Heesom (1872)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) Matthew Heesom (1838)

He was born in 1872 in Latchford. In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as Frank Hesom, a 9 year old Scholar. He was living with his father, Mathew, 43, and brother Arthur, 17.

In the 1891 census of Latchford as Frank Heesom, 18.

(24) James Heesom (c1841/3)
(23) John Heesom (1806)

He married Sarah.

In the 1841 census of Wilderspool, Appleton township, Great Budworth parish, Cheshire as James Heesom, 1, living at home with his parents, John, a carter, and Catherine. Wilderspool is today in the Warrington district. It is on the Cheshire side of the Mersey river, opposite Warrington.

In the 1851 census of Appleton, Cheshire as James Heesom, 11, living with his parents, John, a waggoner at the brewery, and Catherine.

In the 1861 census of Daresbury, Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 20 year old agricultural laborer, of Hatton. Living with him was his wife, Sarah, 20, of Aston.

In the 1871 census of Daresbury, Hatton, Cheshire as James Heesham, a 28 year old agricultural laborer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 29, of Aston by Sutton, and children, Ellen, 7, John C., 4, and Ann, 1, of Hatton.

In the 1881 census of Latchford, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 38 year old size [?] and hair dyer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 41, of Hatton, and children, James, a 19 year old Size and hair dyer, Ellen, a 17 year olf [garbled, fushian?] cutter, Charles [John C?], a 14 year old laborer, Ann, 10, and Arthur, 7 [4?], all of Hatton.

In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire (this is just the other side of the river from Cheshire) as James Heesom, a 50 year old laborer, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 51, of Aston, and children, John C., 23, and Arthur, 14, laborers, of Hatton, Alma L., 8, of Latchford, Ann J., 4, of Warrington, and a married daughter Helen, a 25 year old [garbled, fushian?] cutter, of [garbled] Cheshire. Below Helen were two sons that I assume were hers, Harry, 20 months, and Charles J., 6 months, of Warrington. Were these latter two illegitimate?

Warrington

Just across the river from Daresbury, Moore, Grappenhall, etc. In medieval times Warrington was important as a bridging point of the Mersey river.

Warrington's expansion coincided with the Industrial Revolution. It became a major manufacturing center for steel wire, textiles, brewing, tanning and chemicals.

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 59 year old tanner, of Hatton. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 60, of Aston, and children, Alma, 18, and Ann J., 13, of Warrington.

Their children were,
(25) James Heesom (1861)
(25) Ellen Heesom (1864)
(25) John Charles Heesom (1867), of Runcorn, he was buried on 14 June 1944 in Warrington, Lancashire, at the age of 77
(25) Ann Heesom (1870)
(25) Arthur Heesom (1874/7), of Hatton/Latchford, he may have died in December 1921 in Salford, Lancashire
(25) Mary Elizabeth Heesom (1878). She was christened on 22 April 1878 in Halton, Cheshire, England. Did she die before the 1881 census?
(25) Alma L. Heesom (1883)
(25) Ann J. Heesom (1887)

(25) James Heesom (1861)
(23) John Heesom (1806) (24) James Heesom (c1841/3)

James Heesom, the son of James and Sarah, was baptized on 15 September 1861 in Daresbury. He married Annie, born 1870 in Mount Pleasant, Chesire. In the 1891 census of Newtown, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 27 year old coal miner, of Middlewich. Living with him were his wife, Annie, 21, and children, Percy, 3, of Mount Pleasant, Cheshire, and Gladys M., 8/12. He died 1897 in Wolstanton, Staffordshire. Their child was Gladys Heesom, born 1890 in Kidsgrove. She married William H. Simm. She died in 1954 in Kidsgrove. Son Percy died in July-September 1960 in Bournemouth, at the age of 72.

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(22) James Heesom of Warrington (c1776)

The father of William.

(23) William Heesom of Warrington (1806)
(22) James Heesom of Warrington (c1776)

William, 25, born in 1806, the son of James Heesom, married Elsie Morgan, 24, the daughter of Enoch Morgan, on 17 December 1831 at St. Luke's Chapel of Ease, Holy Trinity church, Warrington, Lancashire. A William Heesom died in 1873 in Warrington.

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(23) Joseph Heesom (1812)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757)

Joseph Heesom was born circa 1812/13 in Moore (or Moor), Cheshire. Also as Hesom, Hessom and Heesham. Keith Heesom is researching this line. A Joseph Heesham, the son of William and Betty Heesham, was christened on 19 April 1812 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Moore is a township in the chapelry of Daresbury All Saints, parish of Runcorn. I suspect that Joseph was born in Moore and baptized in Daresbury.

Joseph Hesom, 21, registered an intent to marry Hannah Welsby, 21, scheduled for 27 September 1834, and did so on 28 September, in Warrington, Lancashire. This was 6 months after their first son, William, was born [the scamp!].

Marriage: 28 Sep 1834 St Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire, England Joseph Hesom - (X), of This Parish Hannah Welsby - (X), of This Parish
Witness: Thomas Caldwell, (X); Betty Caldwell, (X)
Married by Licence by: Horace Powys
Register: Marriages 1833 - 1837, Page 77, Entry 229
Source: LDS Film 1532962 - from Lancashire Online Parish register

In the 1841 census . . .

In the 1851 census of 117 Church street, Warrington as Joseph Hessom, a 39 year old victualer of Moor, Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 40, of Padgate, Lancashire, and children, William, an 18 year old Bookmaker's Apprentice, James, 14, Joseph, 12, John, 10, Betsy, 8, Henry, 6, Mary Ann, 5, and Edward, 2, all of Warrington. Also living in the house were Jane Hankinson, Servant, Seline Lawless, Nurse, Thomas Siler, Lodger, and Henry Simpson, Lodger.

Hannah died soon after this.

In the 1861 census of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Hesom, a 49 year old Placeman at the Chemical Works, born in Moor, Cheshire. He was a widower. Living with him were his children, Henry, a 16 year old laborer, and Edward, a 12 year old Fustian Cutter. The boys were of Warrington.

In the 1871 census of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Hessom, a 59 year old laborer, born in Moore, Cheshire. He was a widower. Living with him was Martha Cunliff, 46, a servant.

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, 69, a widower with no occupation, of Moore, Cheshire. Also living in the house was his daughter, Betsy Jackson, 38, her husband, Richard, 42, and children, Ellen, 13, and Hannah, 11 month; and his grandchildren (?) Joseph Heesom Lawless, 17, Sarah Ann Lawless, 13, and William Lawless, 2.

Joseph Heesom died and was buried on 30 October 1881 in Warrington, Lancashire at the age of 68 [1813].

Their children were,
(24) William Heesom (1834)
(24) James Heesom (1836)
(24) Joseph Heesom (1838)
(24) John Heesom (1840)
(24) Betsy Heesom (1843), Elizabeth Heasom, the daughter of Joseph and Hannah Heasom, was christened on 29 January 1847 in Warrington, Lancashire. She married Richard Jackson.
(24) Henry Heesom (1844)
(24) Mary Ann Heesom (c1846), she apparently married a Lawless
(24) Edward Heesom (c1849)

(24) William Heesom (1834)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

Of Warrington. William Heesom, the son of Joseph and Hannah, was baptized by T. V. Bayne on 1 March 1834 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire. Later records indicate that he was born in Moore or Keckwick. Keckwick is near Daresbury and Runcorn. It's a small village of about 8 dwellings including 4 farms. At this time the family was living at Padgate. Joseph Sr. was a laborer.

In the 1841 census . . .

In the 1851 census 117 Church street, Warrington, Cheshire as an 18 year old Bookmaker's Apprentice, living at home with his parents, Joseph and Hannah.

The following may be a confusion with the son of (23) William Heesham (1798), who was of Keckwick. This William was born in November 1832. How are we to separate the two? I think the fact that the William below was first shown as of Moore might be important.

In the 1861 census of St. Mary parish, Parr, Lancashire as William Heesom, a 27 year old laborer on the railway, born in Moore Parish, Cheshire. Living with him was his wife, Catherine, 26, of St. Helens, Lancashire, and son, William, 6, of Prescot, Lancashire.

In the 1871 census of St. Helen's, Parr, Lancashire as William Heesom [Husom in Ancestry.com], a 39 year old Railway laborer and Grocer, of Kickwick, Cheshire. Living with him was his wife, Catherine, 38 and children, William, a 14 year old apprentice to a boiler maker, Margaret, 6, Mary, 4, Thomas 2, and James, 1, all of St. Helens, Lancashire.

In the 1881 census of Parr, St. Helen's borough, Lancashire as William Heesom, a 46 year old Platelayer [?] on the Railway, of Kickwick, Cheshire. Living with him was his wife Catherine, a 44 year old shop keeper, of St. Helens, and children, William, a 23 year old boiler maker, Margaret, a 16 year old assistant in the shop, Mary, a 15 year old assistant in the shop, Thomas, a 14 year old apprentice glass maker, James, 12, Lizzy, 9, and Annie, 4, all of St. Helens, Lancashire.

In the 1891 census . . .

He died on 7 April 1894 at the age of 61. Their children were,
(25) William Heesom (1855), born 2nd Qtr 1855 in Warrington, Lancashire, living with his parents through 1881
(25) Margaret Heesom (c1865)
(25) Mary Heesom (c1866)
(25) Thomas Heesom (c1867), a Thomas Robinson Heesom was born in about 1866 and died in 3rd Qtr 1872 in Warrington, Lancashire
(25) James Heesom (c1869)
(25) Elizabeth Heesom (c1872), married Robert Luter, died in 1931 in St. Helen's, Merseyside
(25) Annie Heesom (c1877)

(24) James Heesom (1836)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

James Hissom, the son of Joseph and Hannah Hissom, was christened on 21 August 1836 in Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1851 census of 117 Church street, Warrington as James Hessom, 14, of Warrington, living with his parents, Joseph and Hannah Hessom. In the 1861 census . . .

James Heesom, 26 [c1838], the son of Joseph Heesom, married Ann Rollinson, 22, the daughter of Thomas Rollinson, on 17 January 1864 in Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1871 census of Warrington, Lancashire as James Heesom, a 33 year old puddler [worked in a steel mill], of Warrington. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 28, and children, Thomas, 5, and Joseph, 0, all of Warrington.

His children were,
(25) Thomas Heesom (1866)
(25) Joseph Heesom (1871)

(24) Private James Heesom (c1837)
(23) James Heesom (c1805)

A James Heesom, the son of James and Sarah Heesom, was christened on 28 January 1838 in Warrington, Lancashire. There was also a James Heesham, the son of James and Sarah Heesham, christened on 16 January 1838 at Stretton (new Warrington). James Hyssom and Sarah Gill were married on 1 August 1836 in Stretten [sic], Cheshire.

There is a Private James Heesom of the 7th Hussars (Queens Own) on the Indian Mutiny Medal Roll, 1857-1859. See The British Empire: 7th Hussars for more about that unit.

"The regiment was deployed to India in late 1857 as part of the response to the Indian Rebellion. Cornet William Bankes died fighting off his attackers in an incident at Musa Bagh in March 1858 and Major Charles Fraser saved three non-swimmers from the regiment stranded in the middle of a sandbank on the River Rapti in December 1858. The regiment's title was simplified in 1861 as the 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars." - from Wikipedia


7th Hussar Privates on patrol, c1850
"After the Indian Mutiny, the 7th spent more than a decade in India, the first four of which they were stationed at Umballa. In 1863 they moved to Peshawar on the North-West Frontier." The 7th Hussars were based at the Sialkot cantonment in 1865 when, it is claimed, they were the first amongst the English to play the game of polo. The 7th was ordered back to England in 1870. "The men were given the option to remain in India by transferring to other regiments, or sailing home; 58 men stayed behind" in Sialkot.

I have a James Heesom who died on 12 August 1872 in India at the age of 35 [i.e. born circa 1837] and was buried the next day at Sealkot [Sialkot], India - from "India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948." Sialkot is in northeast Punjab in present-day Pakistan.

I am unaware of any children.


(24) Joseph Heesom (1838)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

Of Warrington. Joseph Heesom, the child of Joseph and Hannah, was baptized by George Roberts on 22 July 1838 at St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire. They lived on Church street. Joseph Sr. was a laborer. In the 1851 census of 117 Church treet, Warrington, Cheshire as Joseph Heesom, aged 12, living with his parents.

In the 1861 census of Portsea, Hampshire as Joseph Heesom, a 22 year od certificated teacher, born in Warrington, Lancashire. Living with him was his wife, Ellen Hendley Heesom, 23, also of Warrington.

Joseph Heesom, born in about 1838, died in 4th Qtr 1866 in Portsea Island, Hampshire, at the age of 28. I don't know if he had any children.

(24) John Heesom (1840)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

John Heesom was baptized on 18 October 1840 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Anna [Hannah?]. In the 1851 census of Warrington, Lancashire, aged 10, living with his parents.

In the 1861 census as . . .

(24) Henry Heesom (1844)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

Of Warrington. Henry Heessom [sic], the son of Joseph and Hannah, was baptized on 26 July 1844 in Warrington. In the 1851 census of Warrington as Henry Hessom, 6, living with his parents. In the 1861 census as Henry Hesom, 16, also at home.

Henry Hessom, 21, the son of Joseph, married Ann Chadwick, 19, the daughter of Andrew, on 1 October 1865 in Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1871 census of . . .

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Henry Heeson, a 35 year old plasterer, at 19 Tilley street. He was living with his children, Joseph, 15, Alice, 10, Elizabeth, 7, William, 5, Harry, 3, and Margaret, 1. An Ann Heeson, of Manchester, was also living in Warrington at this time.

In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Henry Heesom, a 47 year old Plasterer, of Warrington. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 45, and children, Alice, a 20 year old cottage weaver, Elizabeth, a 17 year old Fustian Cutter, William, a 15 year old apprentice plasterer, Harry, 13, Mary Ann, 7, Albert, 5, and John Edward, 3, all of Warrington.

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Henry Heesom, a 56 year old Plasterer. Living with him was his wife, Ann, 54, and children, Alice, a 29 year old Cotton Weaver, Harry, a 23 year old Plasterer, Albert, a 14 year old Plasterer's apprentice, Mary A., a 16 year old Cotton Weaver, and John E., 13, all of Warrington.

Ann Heesom died at the age of 75 [1847] and was buried on 14 March 1922 in Warrington, Lancaster.

Henry's children were,
(25) Joseph Heesom (1866)
(25) Alice Heesom (c1871)
(25) Elizabeth Heesom (c1874), Elizabeth Heesom, the daughter of Henry, married Jonathon Starkey, the son of Robert, on 2 July 1893 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire.
(25) William Heesom (1876), William, the son of Henry and Ann Hessom, was born on 14 June 1874 [I think this is a mistake] and baptized on 30 June 1876 in Warrington, Lanncashire.
(25) Harry [Henry] Heesom (c1878)
(25) Margaret Heesom (c1880)
(25) Mary Ann Heesom (c1885)
(25) Albert Heesom (1886), Albert, the son of Henry Heesain, was born on 25 June 1886 and baptized on 9 July 1886, at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the son of Henry and Ann.
(25) John Edward Heesom (1888), was born on 21 March 1888 and baptized on 30 March 1888 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the son of Henry and Ann. John Edward Heesom died and was buried on 6 July 1897 at St. Thomas, Stockton-Heath, Cheshire.

(25) Joseph Heesom (1866)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Henry Heesom (1844)

In the 1871 census . . .

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, 15, living with his father Henry and Ann.

Joseph married Jane Ann Lane.

In the 1891 census of Warrington as Joseph Hessom, a 24 year old Plasterer, of Warrington. Living with him was his wife, Ann J., and children, Harriet, 3, and, William, 1.

In the 1901 census of Warrington as Joseph Heesom, 34. Living with him was his wife, Ann J., 36, and children, Harriet A., 13, William, 17, and Alice, 9, Henry, 7, Joseph, 3, and Elizabeth, 1.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, 45. Living with him were his wife, Jane Ann, 46, and children, Harriet Ann, a 23 year old weaver, William, a 21 year old bricksetter, Alice, a 19 year old cardboard box maker, Henry, a 17 year old apprentice to a bricksetter, Joseph, a 13 year old errand boy, Elizabeth, 11, Elsie, 9 and Albert, 7.

His children were,
(26) Harriett Ann Heesom (1888)
(26) William Heesom of Warrington (1889)
(26) Alice Heesom (c1892)
(26) Henry Heesom (1893)
(26) Joseph Heesom (1897)
(26) Elizabeth Heesom (1899)
(26) Elsie Heesom (1902)
(26) Albert Heesom (1904)

(26) Harriett Ann Heesom (1888)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Henry Heesom (1844) (25) Joseph Heesom (1866)

She was born on 25 June 1888 and baptized on 25 June 1888 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the daughter of Joseph and Jane Ann.

In the 1891 census of Warrington as Harriet Hessom, 3. In the 1901 census of Warrington as Harriet A. Heesom, 13. In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Harriet Ann Heesom, a 23 year old weaver. She was living at home with her folks.

(26) William Heesom of Warrington (1889)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Henry Heesom (1844) (25) Joseph Heesom (1866)

He was born on 26 June 1889 and baptized on 1 September 1889 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Jane Ann.

In the 1891 census of Warrington as William Hessom, 1. In the 1901 census of Warrington as William Heesom, 17. In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as William Heesom, a 21 year old bricksetter, living at home with his folks.

William's younger brother, Henry, visited him in 1829 at 57 Brittania Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

(26) Alice Heesom (c1892)

(26) Henry Heesom (1893)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Henry Heesom (1844) (25) Joseph Heesom (1866)

He was born on 14 October 1893 in Bank Quay, Warrington, Lancashire.

In the 1901 census of Warrington as Henry Heesom, 7. In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Henry Heesom, a 17 year old apprentice to a bricksetter.

Henry Heesom, a 17 year old bricklayer, single, joined in the 4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment in 1910 for 4 years service.

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Henry Heesom, a 17 year old apprentice bricksetter, living at home with his parents, Joseph and Jane Ann Heesom.

Henry married Agnes Pemberton on 27 September 1920 at St. Elphin's, Warrington.

Henry, age 35, arrived from Liverpool at St. John, New Brunswick on 30 March 1929 onboard the DUCHESS OF YORK. Henry Heesom, born 14 October 1893 in Warrington, England, entered the United States at Niagara Falls, New York on 5 May 1929. His brother, listed as his "departure contact" was William Heesom. The ship's passenger list says that Mrs. H. Heesom was living at 9 Allen Street, Warrington. Henry's brother, Mr. W. Heesom, 57, was living at Brittania Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario. Was he just visiting? I suppose he didn't bring his wife because of the young age of their children.

He died in March 1975 in Warrington. His children were,
(27) Henry Heesom (1921), he died in 2005
(27) Geoffrey P. Heesom (1924), he died in 1926
(27) Dorothy Heesom (1927), she died in 1965

(26) Joseph Heesom of Warrington (1897)
(25) Joseph Heesom of Warrington (1866)

He was born on 10 December 1897 and baptized on 2 Januar 1898 in Warrington, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Jane Ann.

(26) Elizabeth Heesom of Warrington (1899)
(25) Joseph Heesom of Warrington (1866)

She was born on 30 November 1899 and baptized on 3 December 1899 in Warrington, Lancashire, the daughter of Joseph and Jane Anne.

(26) Elsie Heesom (1902)
(26) Albert Heesom (1904)

(24) Edward Heesom (c1849)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812)

Of Warrington. In the 1851 census of Warrington as Edward Hessom, 2. In the 1861 census as Edward Hesom, 12.

In the 1871 census of . . .

Edward Heesom married Mary Ellen.

An Infamous Edward Heesom (c1850)

In 1878 the Heesom name became infamous when "At Chester Assizes, last week, a woman named Heesom was put upon her trial for causing the death of her mother and two of her children by administering arsenic to them." This was part of a life insurance scam. The woman was Ellen Johnson, the paramour of Edward Heesom of Lower Walton, near Warrington, in Lancashire. She killed her infant daughter, Sarah, and mother, Lydia Sykes.

"Edward Heesom, labourer, and Ellen Johnson, a woman who lived with him as his wife, were charged at Warrington on Tuesday with the wilful murder of Sarah Heesom, their child, at Walton Inferior, Cheshire, on the 3rd of October, and with the murder of Lydia Sykes, the female prisoner's mother, at the same place, on the 5th of November. It was proved that insurances were effected by the prisoners in the Prudential Assurance Company on the lives of the deceased persons, and that the premiums were paid by the female prisoner, although both prisoners immediately after the deaths came to draw the amounts of the insurance. The county analyst said that there was enough arsenic in the stomach of Lydia Sykes to kill three people, and that the child also was poisoned with arsenic. The magistrates committed the prisoners to Chester assizes on both charges." - from the "Pall Mall Budget"

In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Edward Heesom, a 32 year old Master Fustian Cutter, of Warrington. Living with him was his wife, Mary E., 32, and children, Ellen, 4, Joseph, 3, and Elizabeth A., 1, all born in Warrington. Also living with him was Elizabeth Rudge, 22, general servant.

In the 1891 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Edward Hessom, 42.

Edward's children were,
(25) Ellen Heesom (c1877)
(25) Joseph Heesom (1878)
(25) Elizabeth A. Heesom (c1880)
(25) Maggie Heesom (1882), was born on 12 August 1882 and baptized on 25 August 1882 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the daughter of Edward and Mary Ellen.
(25) Anne Heesom (1884), Anne Hasom [sic] was born on 18 August 1884 and baptized on 31 August 1884 at St. Elphin's, Warrington, Lancashire, the daughter of Edward and Ellen.

(25) Joseph Heesom (1878)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Edward Heesom (c1849)

He was born on 7 January 1878 in Warrington, Cheshire. In the 1881 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, 3, the son of Edward and Mary E. Heesom.

In the 1891 census as . . .

In the 1901 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, 23, a boarder with James F. Naylor, his future brother-in-law. Joseph's profession was a [garbled]. James was a Foreman Fustian cutter and I suspect Joseph was something in the same line.

Joseph married Alice Hart Naylor on 21 December 1902. In the 1911 census as Joseph Heesom, 33. Living with him was Alice, 31. I can't get in to see the actual document, but I've also found the folllowing in the 1911 census of Warrington; they could be Joseph's children: Joseph, 6 [1905], Mary Ellen, 7 [1904], Jane, 4 [1907], Peter, 2 [1909], and Albert, 7 months [1910].

In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Joseph Heesom, a 33 year old Wire Netting Weaver. Living with him were his wife, Alice, 2, and children, Mary Ellen, 7, Joseph, 6, Jane, 4, Peter, 2, and Alice, 4 months, all of Warrington. Where is Albert?

Joseph died on 13 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire at the age of 69. Joseph and Alice's children were,
(26) Joseph Heesom (1905)
(26) Mary Ellen Heesom (1904)
(26) Jane Heesom (1907)
(26) Peter Heesom (1909)
(26) Alice Heesom (1911)
(26) Albert Heesom (1910)
(26) Edward Heesom (1912)
(26) Hannah Heesom
(26) Elizabeth A. Heesom

(26) Albert Heesom (1910)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Edward Heesom (c1849) (25) Joseph Heesom (1878)

Albert Heesom was born on 18 August 1910 in Warrington, Lancashire. In the 1911 census of Warrington, Lancashire as Albert Heesom, 0.

Albert Heesom, who was born on 18 August 1910, died in the 1st quarter 1981 in Warrington, Lancashire - from the "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007." Alison Heesom writes,

"One problem I do see is that up until the point we left England my Great Uncle Albert was still alive. He definitely didn't pass away in 1981. My mom does say that he and his wife may have a son named Albert and possibly even a grandson of the same name. She wasn't sure if either of them had died around that time."

(26) Edward Heesom (1912)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Joseph Heesom (1812) (24) Edward Heesom (c1849) (25) Joseph Heesom (1878)

Of Warrington, Cheshire, England. He was born on 11 August 1912 in Warrington. Edward Heesom married Alice, the daughter of William Blears and Ellen Smart, in September 1934 in Warrington. He died on 30 January 1990 in Warrington, Cheshire, at the age of 77. Their children were,
(27) Irene Heesom
(27) Jean Heesom
(27) Betty Heesom
(27) Keith E. Heesom (1947), born in 3rd Qtr 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, he married Christine A. Greaves in 2nd Qtr 1969 in Manchester, Lancashire
(27) Roy K. J. Heesom (1951), see the Canada page for more about Roy.
(27) Ian P. Heesom (1953), born in 1st Qtr 1953 in Warrington, Lancashire, he married Barbara Jones in 2nd Qtr 1974 in Leigh, Lancashire, he married Amanda B. Foster in May 1985 in Leigh, Lancashire

(23) Matthew Heesham (1815)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757)

Matthew's father was of Daresbury/Moore, Cheshire. Matthew Heesham, the son of William and Betty Heesham, was baptized on 7 May 1815 in Daresbury, Cheshire - from "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000." Still living as late as 1856 when he witnessed his nephew James' wedding, above.

He married Catherine Davies of Liverpool.

In the 1841 census . . .

In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Matthew Hesem, a 37 year old boiler maker, of Cheshire. Living with him were his wife, Catharine, 30, of Liverpool, and children, Wm, 9, Eliza, 6, Margt, 3, Matthew, 5 months, all of Liverpool, and mother-in-law, Margt Davies, 67, of Wales.

In the 1861 census . . .

Matthew Heeson, 52 [1815], died in the 1st quarter 1867 in Liverpool, Lancashire.

His children were,
(24) William Hessom (1842)
(24) Eliza Hesem (1845)
(24) Margaret Hesem (1848)
(24) Matthew Hesem (1851), he apparently died young.

(24) William Hessom (1842)
(16) John Easam (c1550) (17) Thomas Easam (1586) (18) William Esum (1631) (19) Richard Heysam (c1665) (20) Edward Heysum (c1690) (21) Edward Heesham (1722) (22) William Heesham (c1757) (23) Matthew Heesom (1815)

William Hessom was born in the 2nd quarter 1842 in Liverpool, Lancashire. In the 1851 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as Wm Hesem, 9, the son of Matthew and Catherine Hesem.

In the 1861 census . . .

William Hessom married Margaret Waring on 9 March 1868 at St. Nicholas church, Liverpool, Lancashire.

In the 1871 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as William Heeson, a 30 year old boiler maker, of Liverpool. He was living in the home of his father-in-law, William Waring. With William was his wife, Margaret, 26, of Liverpool.

In the 1881 census of Liverpool, Lancashire as William Heeson, a 38 year old boiler maker. He was living at 52 Ashfield street in the home of his mother-in-law, Mary A. Waring, a 60 year old widow. With William were his wife, unnamed, 32 [1849], and children Mathew, 9, Elizabeth, 8, John, 7, Mary, 5, and Margaret, 2. Note that William's father, Matthew, was also a boiler maker.

In the 1891 census of Liverpool as William Heeson, a 48 year old boiler maker, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Margaret, 45, and children Matthew, a 19 year old carter, John, a 17 year old carter, Mary Ann, 15, Geoffrey, 10, William, 9, Richard, 7, and Catherine, 5.

In the 1901 census if Kirkdale, Lancashire as William Heeson, a 59 year old Engineer at the Cunard Works, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Maragaret, 46, of Liverpool. They were living on Elstow street. Where were their younger children?

William's children were,
(25) Mathew Heeson (1872), the son of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 28 February 1872 and baptized on 24 March 1872 at St. Peter's church, Liverpool. At his birth the family lived on Ashville street. Matthew, 25, the son of William Heeson, married Elizabeth, the daughter of David MaCartney, on 11 September 1897, died on 23 April 1907. In the 1901 census of Kirkdale, Lancashire as Matthew Heeson, a 29 year old commercial clerk, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 29, and children, Elizabeth M., 2, and Mabel, 3 months. Matthew Heeson, 35, died in 1907 in West Derby, Lancashire. Their children were Elizabeth Maud (1899-1992), Mabel (1901-1991), and Matthew William, (20 Octoboer 1902-1975).
- (26) Elizabeth Maud Heeson (1899)
- (26) Mabel Heeson (1901)
- (26) Matthew William Heeson (1902) was born 3 September 1902 in West Derby, Lancashire. Matthew William Heeson, who was born on 3 September 1902, died in the 3rd quarter 1975 in Liverpool, Lancashire.

(25) Elizabeth Heeson (1872), the daughter of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 4 May 1872 and baptized on 1 July 1872 at St. Peter's church, in Liverpool
(25) John Heeson (1873), the son of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 13 October 1873 in Kirkdale and baptized on 30 November 1873 at St. Peter's church, Liverpool. He died in 1904 at the age of 31.
(25) Mary Ann Heeson (1875), the daughter of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 22 June 1875 and baptized on 15 August 1875 in Liverpool. Mary (Polly) Heeson, 18, the daughter of William Heeson, married Thomas Taylor, 23, the son of John Taylor, on 25 December 1886 at Padgate, Lancashire.
(25) Margaret Heeson (1878), the daughter of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 29 November 1878 and baptized on 9 December 1878 in Liverpool. Margaret Heeson, 22, the daughter of William Heeson, married Thomas George Fairclough, 22, the son of Thomas George Fairclough, on 14 September 1903 at St. Martin in the Fields, Liverpool.
(25) Geoffrey Heeson (1881), Jeffrey Heeson, the son of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 28 November 1881 and baptized on 5 December 1881 at St. Peter's church, Liverpool. Jeffrey Heeson, 27, the son of William Heeson, married Jane Hurst, 27, the daughter of Thomas Hurst, on 6 August 1906 at St. Martin in the Fields, Liverpool. In the 1911 census of Kirkdale, Lancashire as Geoffrey Heson, a 33 year old carter, of Liverpool. Living with him were his wife, Jane, 32, and children, Thomas, 3, and William, 1, all of Liverpool.
(25) William Heeson (1884), the son of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 3 March 1884 in Kirkdale and baptized on 17 March 1884 at St Peter's church, Liverpool. William Heeson, 21, the son of William Heeson, married Julia Hooten, 21, the daughter of Edward Hooten, on 20 October 1904. He died in 1931 in Liverpool, at the age of 47.
(25) Richard Heeson (1884), no baptismal record, in 1906 he served with Ellerman Shipping Line, married Annie Wood on 5 August 1912 in Liverpool, he died in 1954, at the age of 70.
(25) Catherine Heeson (1885), the daughter of William and Margaret Heeson was baptized on 17 March 1890 at St. Peter's church, in Liverpool . . . I can't see the original document so this may be a mistranscription. Catherine Heeson, 24, the daughter of William Heeson, married Joseph Allen, 26, the son of Joseph Allen, on 2 January 1915 in St. Mary's church, Kirkdale, Lancashire.
(25) Thomas Heeson (1886), the son of William and Margaret Heeson, was born on 4 April 1886 and baptized on 28 April 1886 at St. Peter's church, Liverpool. Where was he during the 1891 census? Thomas Heeson, 29, the son of William Heeson, married Mary Allen, 25, the daughter of Joseph Allen, on 11 May 1916 in St. Martin of the Fields, Liverpool.


Great Budworth Parish

Northwich

Northwich is southeast of Runcorn. It lies in the heart of the Cheshire Plain, at the confluence of the rivers Weaver and Dane. Witton cum Twambrooks was a township in Witton chapelry of Great Budworth Parish; it is today part of Northwich. Middlewich is south of Northwich, beyond Davenham.

In earlier times the town got any importance it may have had from it's location at the confluence of two rivers and the local salt brines, from which salt was harvested. The town's name probably came from this trade since a "wych-house" was a medieval term for a place for making salt. Northwich is the northern most of a set of -wich towns in Cheshire, which also include Middlewich, Nantwich and Leftwich. Salt-making was recorded in these villages in the Domesday Survey. Liverpool is said to owe its rise in prominence to its role in exporting the salt dug in the great Cheshire salt mines.

In 1540 the town was described, "Northwich is a pratie market town but fowle, and by the Salters houses be great stakes of smaul cloven wood, to seethe the salt water that thei make white salt of." The salt was transported down the Weaver river to Frodsham, where it was trans-shipped to ocean going vessels in the coastal trade.

During the Civil War the town was garrisoned by the forces of Parliament.


Witton cum Twambrooks

Witton cum Twambrooks is a township in Witton chapelry, Great Budworth parish, Northwich Hundred. It lies just east of Northwich town, just past the salt works.


Medieval Salt Making

Salt was made from brine, found along the seacoast or in salt springs, as at Northwich. This brine was boiled in kilns or spread in salt pans in the sun to extract the salt through evaporation. The salt was then stored in rough clay pots for transport in river barges.

The salt springs drew their saltiness from salt deposits far below the surface, laid down 220 million years ago when the region was beneath the ocean. Salt mining of these deposits began in 1670.


(15) Robert Heysame of Great Budworth (c1555)

Robert Heysam, of Great Budworth, married Elizabeth Bromfild on 6 June 1584 at Great Budworth, Cheshire. This village was a little over a mile north of Northwich/Witton.

(15) William Heesam of Witton (c1530)

Cisselie Heesam, the wife of Willm, was buried on 28 June 1582 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Willm Heesam was buried on 27 August 1585 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. William might be slightly older than I show him, but I don't think he could have been old enough to be the father of Robert and Edward, below.

(15) Robert Heesam/Hesam of Witton (c1530)

The wives of Roberti Heesam [names unknown] died and were buried on 6 March 1566 & 6 March 1572 at Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Robtus Heysame was buried on 8 April 1604 at Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Robert/Roberti was the father of the children below, though the span of years implies that we're talking about two Roberts.

(16) Emma Heesam (1561), baptized 18 Januuary 1561 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, Eme Heesam married Robert Beckett on 12 October 1589 in the same place.
(16) Homphrey Heesam of Witton (1565)
(16) Sibell Heesam (1568), baptized 12 April 1568 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(16) Margreat Heesam (1572), baptized on 2 October 1572 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(16) Catherin Heesam (1575), baptized on 26 October 1575 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(16) Robert Highsam of Witton (1577)
(16) John Hesam (1580), baptized on 10 August 1580 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, a John Heesam was buried on 24 March 1602 at the same place.
(16) Anne Heesam (1583), baptized on 20 November 1583 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, buried on 6 March 1591 at the same place.
(16) Ellen Heesam (1589), baptized on 11 May 1589 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(16) Homphrey Heesam of Witton (1565)
(15) Robert Heesam of Witton (c1530)

Homphrey Heesam, the son of Robert, was baptized on 16 September 1565 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Jone Hesam, the wife of Hom. Hesam, was buried on 14 March 1600 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. The father of the children below,
(17) Elizabeth Heesam (1597), baptized 30 May 1597 in Wittom-cum-Twambrooks
(17) Robertus Hysam (1603)

(17) Robertus Hysam (1603)
(15) Robert Heesam of Witton (c1530) (16) Homphrey Heesam of Witton (1565)

The son of Humfri Hysam, he was baptized on 25 December 1603 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks.

(17) Thomas Heson (c1605)

He might fit as a son of Humphrey since Middlewich is fairly close to Witton. Thomas Heson, of Middlewich, married Agnes Unshall on 18 February 1632 in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

(16) Robert Highsam of Witton (1577)
(15) Robert Heesam of Witton (c1530)

Robert Heesam, the son of Robert, was baptized on 14 December 1577 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. A churchwarden of Witton in 1608, a fairly responsible position.

"In 1619 Mark Shaw of Witton was presented at the Bishop's Visitation 'for fidlinge vpon the ixth of may beinge a Saboth day draweinge younge people to dance he likewise fidled vpon the 4th of Iuly beinge a Saboth daie as he passed through the street Contemptiously.' The case was dismissed, as it was established that Shaw had only played after evening prayer, which was usually considered tolerable by the ecclesiastical courts. Robert Highsam, one of the churchwardens of Witton in 1608, was in more serious trouble 'for sufferinge the sabaoth to be prophaned with piping & dauncing in his quarter whereupon did insue fighting & bloodshed at tyme of dyvine service twise'. He was also separately presented in the same year 'for ayding on the sabaoth daie to fetch bann dogges to bayte the beares on the next daie folloueing'. The fact that Highsam was a churchwarden would make his fault more reprehensible, as it was his responsibility to report such behaviour on the part of others." - from "Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society" page 123
He was dismissed.

(15) Edward Hesam/Heesome of Witton (c1550)

Edward Highsam was buried on 8 January 1612 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. The father of,
(16) William Heesome (1580), baptized on 20 July 1580 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(16) Edward Highsam of Witton (1581)
(16) Richard Heesam (1585), baptized on 10 January 1585 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Richard Heesan was buried on 1 February 1585 at the same place.
(16) Alles Hooson (1590), the daughter of Edward Hoosan, baptized on 25 March 1590 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(16) Edward Highsam of Witton (1581)
(15) Edward Hesam/Heesome of Witton (c1550)

He was baptized on 12 March 1581 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. He married Helena Lealand. I also have an Edward Highsam who married Elizab. Gorste on 5 August 1617 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Edward Highsome was buried on 12 June 1666 or 13 April 1668 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. The father of,
(17) Edward Highsam (1618), the son of Edwardi Highsam & Helena Lealand, baptized on 11 January 1618 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(17) Elizabeth Hysam (1618), baptized on 8 November 1618 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(17) Richard Heighsam (1622), baptized on 29 December 1622 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(17) Ellena Highsam (1625), baptized on 30 July 1625 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(18) Richard Heesome (c1630)

"Richard Heesome lab & Emm his w . . . 1 0" - from "Northwich Hundred Poll Tax 1660 and Hearth Tax 1664" by G. O. Lawton. His children included,
(19) Caterena Heesom (1659), the daughter of Ricardus, baptized on 27 February 1659 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Ricardus Heesome (1660), baptized on 14 February 1660 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Guelilme Heesum (1663), baptized on 2 May 1663 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Margrett Heesome (1664), baptized on 27 November 1664 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Emma Highsome (1666), baptized on 16 March 1666 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Katherina Highsome (1669), baptized on 26 February 1669 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Maria Heesome (1672), baptized on 27 December 1672 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Alicia Highsome (1676), baptized on 01 July 1676 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(19) Elizabetha Highsom (??), buried on 22 September 1680 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(19) Richardi Highsom (1660)
(18) Richard Heesome (c1630)

Richardus Heesome was baptized on 14 February 1660 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Richardus Heesom was buried on 18 December 1709 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. The father of the children below,
(20) Martha Highsom (1690), baptized on 6 April 1690 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(20) Edwardus Higsesom (1684)

(20) Edward Heesom (1684)
(18) Richard Heesome (c1630) (19) Richardi Highsom (1660)

Edwardus Higsesom was baptized on 8 August 1684 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, the son of Richard.

"Known pupils, 1660-1726

1. A Catlogue of the Schollars of Witton School*
. . .
Edwd Heesom
* . . . Undated but c. 1696. " - from "A History of Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich" by Marjorie Cox and L.A. Hopkins
The Witton School was founded in 1557 as a grammar school for the education of boys "infra villam de Wytton iuxta Northwyche". The school was open to "all the scollers of what estate, condicion or degree so every they be." There was also a provision to fund the education of students too poor to pay the enrollment fee of 4d. It gained a reputation as a hotbed for Puritanism in the early 17th century.

An Edwardus Heasom was buried on 21 December 1729 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Edward's children were,
(21) William Heesom (c1710??)
(21) Richard Heesom (c1710)
(21) Catherina Heesom (1712), baptized on 26 April 1712 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(21) Ellena Heesome (1713), baptized on 6 December 1713 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(21) Edwardus Heesom (1715), baptized on 18 July 1715 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(21) Maria Heesom (1717), baptized on 5 May 1717 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(21) Hellena Heesom (1727), baptized on 14 August 1727 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(21) William Heesom (c1710??)
(18) Richard Heesome (c1630) (19) Richardi Highsom (1660) (20) Edward Heesom (1684)

William Heesom, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom was buried 2 April 1789 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks.

(21) Richard Heesom (c1710)
(18) Richard Heesome (c1630) (19) Richardi Highsom (1660) (20) Edward Heesom (1684)

Richard Heesom, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Heesom was buried 23 July 1790 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. However, I also have a Richard Heesom who was buried on 11 October 1778 in the same place. The father of,
(22) Edward Heesom (1741)
(22) Margaret Heesom (1743), baptized on 11 September 1743 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(22) Petr. Heesom (1746), baptized on 25 May 1746 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(22) Mary Heesom (1748), baptized on 26 June 1748 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(22) Randle Heesom (1750), baptized on 2 December 1750 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(22) John Heesom (1756), baptized on 8 November 1756 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, a John Heesom was buried on 21 March 1883 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(22) Edward Heesom (1741)
(19) Richardi Highsom (1660) (20) Edward Heesom (1684) (21) Richard Heesom (c1710)

Edward Heesom was baptized on 26 December 1741 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, the son of Richard. Edward Heesom married Elizabeth Painter, the daughter of Thomas Painter, on 20 May 1770 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England. At the time of his marriage he was a carpenter - per Bruce Heesom. Elizabeth was baptized on 15 April 1753 in Over, St. Chad, Cheshire. Their children were,
(23) Esther Heesom was christened on 3 February 1771 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(23) John Heesom was christened on 23 September 1772 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England. He died on 18 January 1783.
(23) Peter Heesom was christenened on 20 July 1774 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(23) Edward Heesom was christened on 17 May 1776 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(23) Thomas Heesom was christenend on 21 June 1778 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(23) Richard Heesom was christened on 4 June 1780 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(23) William Heesom was christened on 23 March 1783 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England. In the 1851 census of Rudheath, Cheshire as William Heesom, a 67 year old lodger with Richard Holland, and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Holland. In the 1861 census of Leftwich, Davenham, Cheshire are William Heesom, a 76 year old lodger with John Proffit. He died in April-June 1873 in Northwich, Cheshire, at the age of 88.

". . . William Heesom, late of Davenham, in the county of Chester, Labourer, deceased (who died on the 8th day of May, 1873, and whose will was proved in the District Registry at Chester of Her Majesty's Court of Probate, on the 29th day of May, 1873, by John Darlington and William Holland, the executors therein named) . . ." - from "The Edinburgh Gazette" of 5 August 1873

(23) James Heesom (c1781)

He married Mary Fairhurst on 27 January 1808. In the 1841 census of Middlewich, Cheshire as James Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 60 year old agricultural worker. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 50, and children, James, 15, Lucy, 15, Nancy, 14, Jane, 12, Marcia, 4, and William, 1.

Their children were,
(24) Emma Heesom (1808)
(24) Margaret Heesom (1813)
(24) Elizabeth Heesom (1815)
(24) Mary Heesom (1820)
(24) James Heesom (1822), his wife was Mary and daughter, Emma (1858)
(24) Lucy Heesom (1826)
(24) Nancy Heesom (1827)
(24) Jane Heesom (1829)
(24) Maria Heesom (1836), christened on 30 November 1836 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England.
(24) Marcia Heesom (1837)
(24) William Heesom (1840)

(22) Joseph Heesom (c1735)

The husband of Mary.

(23) Edward Heesom (1765)
(22) Joseph Heesom (c1735)

The husband of Mary. I have an Edward Heesom, the son of Joseph and Mary Heesom, was buried on 6 November 1829 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. The father of,
(24) Joseph Heesom (1794), baptized on 30 November 1794 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Apparently he died young.
(24) Frances Heesom (1798), baptized on 11 November 1798 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(24) Joseph Heesom (1802), baptized on 28 March 1802 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, the son of Edward and Mary was buried on 3 June 1810 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(24) Richard Heesom (1810)
(22) Joseph Heesom (c1735) (23) Edward Heesom (1765)

He was baptized on 13 May 1810 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. He married Jane Chorley on 19 March 1839 in Great Budworth. Their daughter was Mary Ann Heesom, born 1840, died 1913.

In the 1861 census of Witton-cum-Twambrooks, Cheshire as Richard Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 50 year old labourer at the salt works. Living with him were his wife, Jane, 41, and children, John, a 15 year old bricklayer labourer, Joseph, 13, and William, 9 months, all of Witton.

Richard died in 1895, at the age 0f 85.

(25) Joseph Heesom (1847)
(22) Joseph Heesom (c1735) (23) Edward Heesom (1765) (24) Richard Heesom (1811)

I have a Joseph Heesom who was born in April-June 1847 in Cheshire. Could he have made himself younger in later census?

In the 1851 census of . . .

In the 1861 census of Witton-cum-Twambrooks, Cheshire as Joseph Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], 13. He was living with his parents, Richard Heesom, a 50 year old labourer at the salt works, and Jane, 41, both of Witton, and siblings, John, a 15 year old bricklayer labourer, and William, 9 months, all of Witton.

In the census of 1871, 1881 . . .

He married Kate or Catherine.

In the 1891 census of Witton, Northwich, Cheshire as Joseph Heesom, a 40 year old bricklayer, of Northwich. Living with him were his wife, Catherine, 40, and children, Sarah, 15, Frederick, 13, Elizabeth, 8, Ada, 6, and Catherine, 3/12.

Joseph's wife apparently died before the 1901 census.

In the 1901 census of Northwich, Cheshire as Joseph Heesom, a 50 year old widower and bricklayer. Living with him were his children, Elizabeth, an 18 year old servant, Ada, an 16 year old servant, and Catherine, 10.

In the 1911 census of Northwich, Cheshire, as Joseph Heesom, a 63 year old widower and bricklayer, of Northwich. Living with him were his daughters Elizabeth, 28, and Catherine, 20.

His children were,
(25) Sarah Heesom (1876)
(25) Frederick Heesom (1877), born October-December 1877 in Northwich, Cheshire.
(25) Elizabeth Heesom (1883), baptized on 28 January in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(25) Ada Heesom (1885), baptized on 24 May 1885 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(25) Catharine Heesom (1891), baptized on 9 April 1891 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks


(21) Richard Heesom (c1710)

(22) Randle Heesom (1750)
(21) Richard Heesom (c1710)

The husband of Emma or Amey. Randle Heesom was listed in Land Tax Assessments of Northwich Hundred, Cheshire, circa 1815-1819. Randle Heesom, the son of Richd., was buried on 1 May 1829 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks.

The father of,
(23) William Heesam (1784), the son of Randle and Amey, was born on 9 August 1784 and christened on 22 August in Davenham, Cheshire, England.
(23) Peter Heesom (c1793), the son of Randle and Emma, died on 27 August 1793 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks
(23) Ellen Heesom, the daughter of Randle and Amey, was born on 8 November 1794 and christened on 21 December in Davenham, Cheshire, England.
(23) Elizabeth Heesom (1799), the daughter of Randle and Emma, was baptized on 4 August 1799 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks

(23) William Heesom (1784)
(21) Richard Heesom (c1710) (22) Randle Heesom (1750)

The son of Randle and Amey Heesam, was born on 9 August 1784 and christened on 22 August in Davenham, Cheshire, England. In the 1851 census of Leftwich, Davenham, Cheshire as William Heesom, 67, of Rudheath. The brother-in-law of Richard Holland. His wife was Elizabeth, I assume William's sister. Apparently he was single.

In the 1861 census of Leftwich, Davenham, Cheshire as William Heesom, a 76 year old laborer, of Cheshire. He was a lodger with John Proffit. Rather than married or single, the census says William was Un.

William Heesom, 88, was buried on 8 May 1873 at St Wilfreds, Davenham, Northwich, Cheshire - from Monumental Inscriptions Cheshire. Also on the same tombstone was William Holland, nephew, and Emma and Amy Earlam.

(24) James Heesom (1821)

In the 1841 census of Dutton, Great Budworth, Cheshire as James Heesom, a 20 year old agricultural laborer, of Cheshire. I believe he was working for Joseph Nichles, of Marsh House Farm.


(24) William Heesom (c1835)

He was buried on 26 December 1895 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks.

(24) Thomas Heeson (1852)

He was baptized on 15 July 1852 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks and buried the same day.

(23) Richard Heesom (1814)

in the 1891 census of Witton, Northwich, Cheshire as Richard Heesom, a 77 year old general laborer, of Northwich. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 66, and son, William, a 30 year old tailor, of Northwich.

He died and was buried on 10 April 1895 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks, Northwich, Cheshire.

(24) William Heesom (1851)

A tailor.

(24) John Heesom (1844)
(23) Richard Heesom (c1815)

He was born, the son of Richard and Jane Heesom, on 4 November 1844 and baptized on 24 November 1844 in Witton-cum-Twambrooks.

(25) George Arthur Heesom (1880)

He was born in January-March 1880 and baptized on 18 April 1881 [sic] in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. He died in April-June 1881 in Northwich.


Peover

Peover Superior and Peover Inferior are in the Great Budsworth parish, due east of Northwich.

(15) Jacobi Heasone (c1530)

The father of Elizabetha Heasone, who was baptized in September 1560 in Over [Peover], Cheshire.

(16) Isabell Heisam (1584)

Isabell Heisam, parents unknown, was baptized on 9 November 1584 in Lower Peover, Cheshire.


Bowdon, Cheshire

A suburb of Manchester.

Ellin Heesom (c1680)

Ellin Heesom married John Ackerley on 9 March 1702 at St. Mary's church, Bowdon, Cheshire, England.


The Heesom Family of Astbury, Cheshire & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Astbury, pictured below, and Newbold Astbury are in eastern Cheshire, near the border with Staffordshire. On the map to the left, look just south of Congleton. Smallwood, which you'll read about below, was a couple of miles further south. The grandson of Peter Hesom emigrated to America, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There is also a Heesom family, of Joseph Heesom (1843) and his wife Sarah, of Yorkshire, who settled in Illinois. I don't know, however, where Joseph fits in this genealogy.

(22) Peter Hesom (c1766)

Peter might be the son of one of the Heesom's of Northwich/Great Budworth, which is just to the northwest. Peter Hesom, a 21 year old widower [!], of Smallwood, Astbury, Cheshire, married Martha Mountford, 21, on 14 December 1787 in Astbury. Their children were,
(23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788)
(23) Sophia Heasom (c1790), was buried on 10 July 1871, aged 81. This might be a second wife for Peter, below, of course.

(23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766)

Peter Hesom was christened on 25 May 1788 in Astbury, Cheshire, the son of Peter and Martha. Peter Heesom of Astbury married Hannah Bromley on 12 May 1819 in Astbury, Cheshire. Or did he marry Ann Broadhurst.

In the 1841 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Peter Hesom, a 50 year old [c1791] agricultural laborer. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 50, and children, Elizabeth and Hannah, both 15 [c1826], Phoebe, Ellen and Thomas, all 10, and Peter, 5 [c1836]. The girls were silk weavers and Thomas was an agricultural laborer.

In the 1851 census of Newbold Astbury as Peter Easom, a 63 year old laborer, of Astbury. Living with him was his wife, Hannah, 60, and children Hannah, a 23 year old silk worker, and Phebe [sic], a 20 year old silk worker. Ancestry.com annotates that Hannah was Ann Broadhurst [?]. Son Peter, 17, was living with the Wallworth family as a farm laborer.

In the 1861 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Peter Hesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 73 year old Laborer, of Smallwood. Living with him was his wife, Hannah, a 69 year old Dress Maker, and children, Hannah Atkinson, a 34 year old factory worker, and her children Mary H., 4, and Ellen, 2, and son, Peter, a 28 year old laborer, all of Astbury.

Peter's wife, Hannah, died before the 1871 census.

In the 1871 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Peter Heasom [Hersom/Easom in Ancestry.com], an 82 year old widower and retired laborer, of Brookhouse Green, Cheshire. Living with him was his daughter Hannah, a 45 year old silk worker, her husband, Joseph Atkinson, 36, and children were Mary H., 14, Ellen, 12, and Lucy, 4.

Peter Heasom [sic] died and was buried on 2 January 1878 in Astbury, Cheshire. He was 89 years old. His children were,

(24) Elizabeth Hesom (1822), baptized on 28 October 1822 in Astbury, she married George Fryer on 10 February 1845.
(24) Hannah Hesom (c1824), Hannah Hesom, 28, the daughter of Peter, married Joseph Atkinson, 22, on 15 June 1856 in St. John, Burslem, Staffordshire [?]
(24) Peter Hesom (1830), was baptized on 8 [3] February 1830 in Astbury, Cheshire, the son of Peter and Hannah. He must have died young.
(24) Phoebe Heesom (c1831)
(24) Ellen Hesom (c1832)
(24) Thomas Heesom (c1831)
(24) Peter Heesom (1834), he moved to America

(24) Thomas Heesom (c1831)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788)

In the 1841 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Thomas Hesom, 10, living with his parents. In the 1851 census of . . .

Thomas married Emma Crawford.

In the 1861 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Thomas Heasom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 30 year old agricultural laborer, of Astbury. Living with him were his wife, Emma, 29, and children, Priscilla, 2, and Hannah, 1, all of Congleton.

In the 1871 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Thomas Heasom, a 41 year old agricultural laborer, of Astbury. Living with him were his wife, Emma, 40, of Congleton, and children, Alice, 8, Joseph, 7, Christa H., 6, Dan, 4, Jennet, 2, and Mary, 11 months, all of Astbury.

In the 1881 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Thomas Heasom, a 51 year old agricultural laborer, of Astbury. Living with him were his wife, Hannah [?], 50, of Congleton, and children, Alice, an 18 year old fustian cutter, Jennet, 12, Mary, 10, Jessie, 8, and Frank, 4, all of Astbury.

In the 1891 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Thomas Heasom, a 61 year old farm servant, of Astbury. Living with him were his wife, Emma, 60, of Congleton, and children Janett, a 22 year old silk spinner, Polly, a 20 year old silk spinner, and Frank, a 14 year old farm servant, all of Astbury. Living nearby with the Hogg family in North Rode, Cheshire was Dan Heasom, a 24 year old coachman/groom, of Astbury. Thomas' sister, Elizabeth, also lived in North Rode.

In the 1901 census of Newbold Astbury as Thomas Heasom, a 71 year old "ordinary agricultural laborer," of Astbury. Living with him were his wife, Emma, 70, of Congleton, and children Joseph, a 37 year old agricultural laborer, Frank, a 24 year old blacksmith, and Jesse, a 28 year old Striker in the Blacksmith shop. Also living with them was a grandson, John C. Heasom, 4, of Chester.

In the 1911 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire, as Emma Heasom, an 80 year old widow, of Congleton. Living with her was her son, Frank, a 34 year old blacksmith, and his wife, Mary, 42, and child, Martha Lilian, 2. A grandson, John Carter Heasom, a 14 year old farm laborer was also listed. Whose son was he?

There is a photograph of Thomas' gravestone in Ancestry.com which I cannot access. It is located in St. Mary's cemetery, Astbury, Cheshire.

His children were,
(25) Priscilla Heasom (1859)
(25) Hannah Heasom (1860)
(25) Alice Heasom (1863), Thomas and Emma Heesom, were the parents of Alice, baptized on 6 July 1862 in Astbury, Cheshire.
(25) Joseph Heasom (1863)
(25) Christa H. Heasom (1865)
(25) Dan Heasom (1866)
(25) Jennet Heasom (1869)
(25) Mary (Polly) Heasom (1870) (25) Jesse Heasom (1873)
(25) Frank Heasom (1876)

(25) Joseph Heasom (1863)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Thomas Heesom (c1830)

He was born on 19 August 1863 in Congleton, Cheshire. In the 1871 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Joseph Heasom, 7, of Astbury.

In the 1881 census of . . .

In the 1891 census of Old Rode, Cheshire as Joseph Easom, a 28 year old farmer's servant, of Astbury.

In the 1901 census of Newbold Astbury as Joseph Heasom, Joseph, a 37 year old agricultural laborer. He was back living with his folks. He died on 4 March 1904 in Astbury, Cheshire.

There is no indication of any marriage or any children.

(25) Dan Heasom (1866)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Thomas Heesom (c1830)

He was born on 29 December 1866 in Brownlow Newbold, Cheshire. In the 1871 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Dan Heasom, 4, of Astbury. In the 1881 census . . .

In the 1891 census of North Rode, Cheshire as Dan Heasom, a 24 year old coachman/groom, of Astbury. He was living with the Hogg family.

He married Mary Elizabeth Pollie Carter on 26 March 1894. Their son was John Heasom, bon in 1896.

In the 1901 census . . .

(26) John Heasom (1896)

He was born on 28 April 1896 in Chester, Cheshire.

(25) Jesse Heasom (1873)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Thomas Heesom (c1830)

He was born on 6 January 1873 in Brownlow Newbold, Cheshire. In the 1881 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Jessie Heasom, 8, of Astbury.

In the 1891 census . . .

He worked as a Striker for the London and North Western railroad circa 1894 to 1901.

In the 1901 census of Newbold Astbury as Jesse Heasom, a 28 year old Striker in the Blacksmith shop.

In the 1911 census of High Legh, Cheshire as Jesse Heasom, a 36 year old gardener laborer. Living with him was his wife, Harriet Ann, 31, and children, Thirlar [?] Maud, 7, and John, 2/12.

Jesse Heasom, born circa 1873, died in January-March 1949 in Bucklow, Cheshire, at the age of 76.

(26) John Heasom (1911)

(25) Frank Heasom (1876)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Thomas Heesom (c1830)

Frank Heasom was bon in July-September 1876 in Congleton, Cheshire.

In the 1881 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Frank Heasom, 4, of Astbury. In the 1891 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Frank Heasom, a 14 year old farm servant. In the 1901 census of Newbold Astbury as Frank Heasom, a 24 year old blacksmith, still living at home with his folks.

I have a Frank Heasom, 29, the son of Thomas, who married Mary Pentington [Penlington], the daughter of John, on 16 April 1906 in Wybunbury, Cheshire.

In 1911 Frank, a blacksmith, and his wife, Mary, 42, and daughter, Martha Lillian, 2, lived with his widowed mother, Emma, in Newbold Astbury.

There is a Frank Heasom, born about 1876, who died on 14 December 1940, in Macclesfield, Cheshire. His will was probated on 19 May 1941.

(24) Peter Heesom (1834)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788)

Peter Heasom was baptized on 13 July 1834 [born in June?] in Astbury, Cheshire, the son of Peter and Hannah. In the 1851 census of Newbold Astbury, Cheshire as Peter Heeson, a 17 year old farm laborer/servant, of Astbury.

Peter and Hannah were married in 1852 and moved to America in 1857 according to the 1900 census. But this must be wrong because their son, Henry, was born in 1864 in England.

In the 1870 census of Baldwin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Peter Heasom, a 35 year old [1835] Laborer, born in England. Living with him were his wife, Anna, 30, and children, Albert, 7, Henry, 5, and Charles, 3 months. Baldwin township is just south of Pittsburgh. I think Pittsburgh may have engulfed Baldwin township, vice the family moving, as indicated below.


Monongahela wharf, Pittsburgh, 1850

In the 1880 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Peter Heasom, a 45 year old laborer. Living with him were his wife, Anna, 40, and chidren Albert W., a 17 year old laborer, Henry, 15 who works in an iron mill, Charles B., 10, and Walther, 7.

Could this be the Peter Heesem, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shown on a List of Street Railway Patents? Peter had a patent issued, No. 616,102, for a [Railway] Car Fender in December 1898. - from the "Transit Journal" of 1899.

In the 1900 census of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Peter Heesom, aged 66, and born in April 1834 in England. Living with him were his wife, Annie, 60, born in November 1839 in England, and son, Walter, a 26 year old clerk in a Hardware store, born in June 1873 in Pennsylvania. They had four children, all still living.

"Heesom, Charles, clk, 1600 Sarah
Heesom, Henry H., clk, 125 7th, h 2700 Oakley ay
Charlotte Ann White Hessom, the daughter of William White of Scotland and Ann Lambert of England, born in England on 12 April 1870, died 03 May 1948 in Wheeling, West Virginia, aged 78. Widow of Henry H. Hessom.
Heesom, Peter, 2706 Quincy
Heesom, Walter D, clk, 125 7th, h 2706 Quincy
- from the "Pittsburgh Directory" of 1900

In the 1910 census of Pittsburgh, Pennsylavania as Peter Heesom, aged 76, and born circa 1834 in England. His wife was Annie, 70.

Annie died in 1915 and Peter followed her in 1923. Both were buried in the South Side cemetery in Pittsburgh. This cemetery was south of the Monongahela river. Many descendants were buried there as well.

Peter's children were,
(25) Albert William Heesom (1863)
(25) Henry Heesom (1865)
(25) Charles Heesom (1870)
(25) Walter Heesom (1873)

(25) Albert William Heesom (1863)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834)

Of England. I have an Albert William Heasom [sic] who was born in April-June 1863 in Congleton, Cheshire, England. Congleton is just north of Astbury. According to the 1900 census, he emigrated in 1866.

In the 1870 census of Baldwin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Albert Heasom [sic], 7, of England. He was living with his parents, Peter and Anna Heasom.

In the 1880 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Albert W. Peter Heasom, a 17 year old laborer, living at home with his parents Peter and Anna.

Albert W. Heesom, 31, married Elizabeth Allfsort on 21 June 1894 in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.

In the 1900 census of Ward 27, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Albert Heesom, a 37 year old laborer in the steel works, born in England in May 1863. Living with him were his wife, Anna E., 36, born in England in March 1864, and child La Rule. J. A. [a girl], 4, born in July 1896 in Pennsylvania. They had been married for 6 years.

In the 1910 census . . .

In the 1920 census of Ward 16, Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Albert Hessom [sic], 56. Oddly he was listed as a "Negro," but born in England. I think the wrong column in the form got marked [or read]. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 55, of England, and children, Garule [sic], 23, and Harold, 25.

In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Albert W. Heisen [sic], 66. Living with him were his wife, Annie A. [sic], 66, son-in-law Harold F. Lane, 34, and daughter, La Rule J. Lane, 33.

In the 1940 census of Ward 16, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Elizabeth Heasome, a 76 year old widow. She was living with her son-in-law Harold Lane, 45, and her daughter, Larule Lane, 43.

(26) Harold Heesom (c1895)

I don't see him except in the 1920 census.

(26) La Rule Heesom (c1897)

She married Harold F. Lane.

(25) Henry H. Heesom (1865)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834)

Of England. In the 1880 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Henry Heasom, 15 who works in an iron mill, living at home with his parents, Peter and Anna. He was born in England.

Henry H. Heesom married Charlotte Ann White, the daughter of William and Ann Lambert.

In the 1900 census of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Harry Hessom, a 36 year old clerk in a Hardware store, as was his little brother Walter, below. Harry was born in May 1864 in England. Living with him was his wife of two years, Charlotte, 29, born in April 1871 in England. Oddly, the census says Harry emigrated in 1866, while his parents did in 1852. One of those numbers is wrong. They had no children.

In the 1910 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Harry H. Heesom, a 43 year old [garbled] workman in a Hardware store. Living with him was his wife, Charlotte A., 39, and children, Margaret H., 6, and Howard L., 3. They had been married for 12 years and Charlotte had 5 children, 2 of whom were still living.

In the 1920 census of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Henry H. Heesom, 54. His wife was Charlotte A., 49, and the children mentioned below.

In the 1930 census . . .

Henry died in 1938. Charlotte died on 3 May 1948 in Ohio county, West Virginia.

"Charlotte Ann White Hessom, the daughter of William White of Scotland and Ann Lambert of England, born in England on 12 April 1870, died 03 May 1948 in Wheeling, West Virginia, aged 78. Widow of Henry H. Hessom."
Both were buried inthe South Side cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Their children were,
(26) Walter Howard Heesom (1902), died in 1906. Might be Henry's first son.
(26) Margaret H. Heesom, 16 (c1904)
(26) Howard Lampert Heesom, 13 (1906)

(26) Howard Lampert Heesom (1906)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834) (25) Henry H. Heesom (1864)

He was born on 11 July 1906. In the 1910 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Howard L. Heesom, 3. In the 1920 census of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Howard L. Heesom, 13.

In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Howard L. Heesom [Huson in Ancestry.com], a 23 year old clerk in a Utility company. Living with him was his wife, Elizabeth E., 23. They had been married for two years.

Howard L. Heesom married Virginia Jeffers Potochnick in 1945 in Ohio county, West Virginia. He died on 21 February 1977 in Dade county, Florida. The last address I have for him is Boca Raton, Florida.

(25) Charles B. Heesom (1870)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834)

Of Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Baldwin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Charles Heasom, 3 months, living with his parents, Peter and Anna. In the 1880 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Charles B. Heasom [Hesson in Ancestry.com], 10, living at home with his parents, Peter and Anna.

In the 1900 census of Pittsburgh as Charles Heesom, a 30 year old [March 1870] Druggist [?]. His wife was Amalie, 28 [February 1872], and son, (26) Walter M., 11 months [June 1899]. The city directory of Pittsburgh in 1900 called him a clerk, and shown him as living at 1600 Sarah.

In the 1910 census of Knoxville, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Charles Heeson [sic, Hesson in Ancestry.com], a 40 year old clerk in a drug store. Living with him were his wife, Mollie, 38, and son, Walter, 10. They had had only one child. Rooming with them were Harry and Eva Corbel.

In the 1920 census as Mollie Heasom, a 47 year old widow. Living with her was her son, Walter, 20. Also living in the house were boarders, Addie, Pearl and Mable Oliver.

In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Amalie Heesom [Helson in Ancestry.com], a 58 year old widow. Living with her was her son, Walter, a 30 year old clerk in an Electric company, and daughter-in-law, Anna, 22.

(26) Walter Miller Heesom (1899)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834) (25) Charles B. Heesom (1870)

Walter was born on 26 Jun 1899, the son of Charles and Amalie. In the 1900 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter M. Heesom, 11 months, born in June 1899. In the 1910 census of Knoxville, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter Heeson [sic, Hesson in Ancestry.com], 10. Living at home with his parents, Charles and Mollie.

Walter Miller Heesom of Pittsburgh registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. He was working as a clerk at the Carnegie Steel Company. His nearest relative was his mother, Mollie.

In the 1920 census as Walter Heasom, a 20 year old timekeeper in a steel mill. He was living with his mother, Mollie. Also living in the house were boarders, Addie, Pearl and Mable Oliver.

Walter married Anna. She may have been born on 23 May 1907 and died in August 1983 in Pittsburgh.

In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter Heesom [Helson in Ancestry.com], a 30 year old clerk in an Electric company. He was living with his mother, Amalie, and his wife, Anna, 22.

He died in February 1968 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania at the age of 68. The last address I have for him is in Pittsburgh. Anna M. and Walter M. were buried in the Jefferson Memorial Park cemetery in Pleasant Hills, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. An Amile Heesom was also buried there.

(25) Walter D. Heesom (1873)
(22) Peter Hesom (c1766) (23) Peter Hesom Jr. (1788) (24) Peter Heesom (1834)

Of Pennsylvania. He was born on 26 [14] June 1873 in Pennsylvania, the son of Peter and Annie. In the 1880 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter Heasom, 7, living at home with his parents, Peter and Anna.

In the 1900 census of Pittsburgh Ward 27, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter Heesom, a 26 year old clerk in a hardware store [1873]. He was living at home with his parents, Peter and Annie. The address, per the 1900 city directory, was 2706 Quincy.

He married Hattie Willis Snee. She was born on 26 November 1875, in Pennsylvania. Her mother's maiden name was Hager. By 1880 the 4 year old Hattie W. Snee was living with Richard and Melissa Hughes, her step-parents. While its doesn't say so, I assume Melissa was Hattie's mother, a Harger, and that it was Richard who was the step-parent. She was still living with the Hughes in 1900.

In the 1910 census . . .

Walter Hayden [sic] Heesom, 23, registered for the draft in 1918. His wife was Hattie W. He was a slender man with brown eyes and gray hair.

In the 1920 census of Knoxville borough, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania as Walter D. Heesom, a 45 year old foreman in a Wholesale Hardware store. Living with him was his wife, Hattie, 44, and his children, Thelma S., 14, and Elsie May, 12. His parents were born in England.

In 1922 Mrs. Walter Heesom was a member of the Hospital Garments committee of the Knoxville branch of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Red Cross.

A Mrs. Walter Heesom was a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Red Cross, circa 1922.

In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh, Allegeny county, Pennsylvania as Walter D. Heesom [Hersom in Ancestry.com], a 56 year old foreman in a hard-ware store. Living with him was his wife, Hattie W., 54, and children, Thelma S., 25, and Elsie M., 23.

Walter died on 9 May 1944. His last address was in Pittsburgh. Hattie Willis Snee Heeson [sic] died on 7 March 1959 in Orange, Pennsylvania. Both were buried in the South Side cemetery in Pittsburgh.


(26) Thelma S. Heesom (1905)

She was born on 26 May 1905 in Pennsylvania. She arrived in New York from Southampton, England on 17 August 1929 aboard the ROTTERDAM.

(26) Elsie May Heesom (1906)

She was born on 25 June 1906 in Pennsylvania. She married a Stahl. She died on 25 July 1988 in Orange.


Other Heesom's in America:

Bill Heesom 33 CA, [86 of Stockton] Bill Heesom married Beth Hoghton and had three children.
Nicola Lee Heesom NJ
Harry R Heesom 49 PA, of Apollo, Pennsylvania
Christabel M Heesom NC
Rupert A Heesom 43 MI
Nicola L Heesom


Chester, Cheshire

On the river Dee, near Pulford.

(23) John Heesom (1786)

John Heesom married Sarah Sparrow on 11 May 1829 at St. Martin church, Chester, Cheshire, England.

In the 1841 census of Chester, St John the Baptist parish, Cheshire as John Heesom, a 55 year old Army p[rivate?], of Cheshire. Living with him was his wife, Sarah, 55.

In the 1851 census of Northwich, Cheshire as John Heesom, 65, of Northwich. Is that the right man?

In the 1861 census of . . . should be about 75 years old.

I have a John Heesom who died and was buried on 10 February 1867 at St. John the Baptist, Knutsford, Cheshire, aged 79 [1788]. Knutsford is northeast of Northwich.


Unidentified Heesom's in Cheshire

(24) ?? Hessom (c1809)

?? + Catherine (c1838). Their child was,
Eliza Hessom was christened on 6 October 1839 in Halton, Cheshire, England.

Darren Lea Heesom (1968)

He was born on 8 May 1968 in Warrington, England. An English former professional association football player. He played 38 matches in the Football League for Burnley. He is the manager of the Winwick Athletic junior football team of Warrington. His wife appears to be Manusha Inishta.

He may be employed now by the Carlsberg Tetley brewery in Golborne, Warrington.



Shropshire

Pontesbury is eight miles south of Shrewsbury. This is fairly far off the beaten path for our family.

Nicholai Heighsam (c1543)

His children were,
Johanna Heighsam was christened on 7 January 1573 in Pontesbury, Shropshire, England.
Nicholaus Heisame. "21 Apr 1601 Nicholaus Heisame sep." - Marriages, Pontesbury Parish Registers, Hereford Diocese, Shropshire.
Anna Heisame. "18 Dec 1603 Anna Heisame, vid. sep." - Marriages, Pontesbury Parish Registers, Hereford Diocese, Shropshire.

Richi Heighsam (c1532)

His child was,
"02 Dec 1562 Anna Heighsam, f. Richi sep." - Marriages, Pontesbury - Parish Registers, Hereford Diocese, Shropshire.


Staffordshire

This family is interesting because they used the Heysham spelling of the name which may mean they were part of the Merchants of Lancaster Line. They were also close to eastern Cheshire, and Alexander Heysham (c1535) of Prestbury.

(14) Thomas Hessam/Heysham (c1500)
(1) Ralph de Gernet (c1050) (2) Vivian Gernet of Halton (c1080) (3) Brian Gernet de Hesham (c1110) (4) Adam Gernet de Hesham (c1140) (5) Thomas Gernet de Hesham (c1180) (6) Robert de Hesham (c1200) (7) Adam de Hesham (c1230) (8) John de Hesham (c1270) (9) Adam de Hesham (c1300) (10) David de Hesham (c1320) (11) Thomas de Hesham (c1350) (12) William Hesam (c1400) (13) Thomas Hessam (c1440)

Of Butterton, a small village 10 miles northeast of Stoke-On-Trent, on the Staffordshire Moors. He might be part of the Great Budworth Parish/Northwich family of Heesam's.

The descent shown is a wild guess based on Thomas' use of both the Hessam and Heysham surnames.

Thomas lived through the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII, 1509-1547, Edward VI, 1547-1553, Mary, 1553-1558, and the first years of the reign of Elizabeth. At about this same time (14) John Heysham (c1500) was living at Highfield. Thomas' will:

"1565 - Thomas Hessam/Heysham, gent., Butterton, Stafford; city of London 26 Morrison - from "Index of Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Caterbury, 1558-1583" Volume III, The British Record Society
City of London refers, I think, to where the will was filed, though he could mean that Thomas kept two addresses. Note in the will below that Thomas "Laid downe [30s] in London ton." 26 Morrison refers to the Morrison register, a subsection of the volume, named for the first will in it, that of Thomas Morrison, clerk. From the "Documents Online" page of the British National Archives, with a probate date of 16 August 1565:
Testam. Thome. Heysham
"In the name of god Amen, the Sixth Daye of Julie the yere of our Lord god one Thousande ffive Hundred three score and five I Thomas Heysham beinge meke of boddie But of ffull and perfecte Remembrance doo make my last will and testament in manner and fforme followinge.
First I bequeathe my Soull to my Savio'r and onelie Redemour Jesus Christ trustinge by that onelie passion and redemption to be purged and delivered from all my Sinnes and to Be reconciled to the favour of god the ffather and to be made in [Jesus methe hym] of his ever Lasting Kingdome.
Item, I give and bequethe to my Brother John Hessam twentie poundes.
Item, I bequeth to my Cosin John Taylour [Thomas' mother may have been a Taylour] twentie poundes who hath taken grete paynes withe [mem] my sicknes.
Item, I bequeth to my mother my best [risniye] Cloake Together w'th thirtie three shillinges of reddie money w'ch I Laid downe in London ton [town]
For my ffather in Lawe to his Brother and Sisters for their Childrens portions, Item, I give to them CCCd Mr.[?] George Honnesbie owinge me.
Item, I begueth to my Brother Henrie tenne poundes to be bestowed of him as Shall Seme best to my Executors Provided nevertlesse that iff my saide Brother Henrie will not obey the honest [precentes] of my Executors Then I will that tenne poundes besides further money as they have bestowed uppon him shalbe delivered and distributed by [xls] [einsis] [yere] amongst the poore of the parrisshe of Button [Butterton].
Item, I bequeth to my Sister Elene tenne poundes to be paid to her at xxi [21] yeares.
I bequeth to my Sister Anne xl xjs xijal [I think this is short hand for ten pounds, eleven shillings, twelve pence].
Item, I bequeth to my Brother Roger [Essferd] xls.
Item, I bequeth to three of my Brother John's Daughters ffive poundes to be devided equally amongst them.
Item, I bequeth unto my sister in Lawe Margaret my Seconde Cloake withe an old angell [?].
Item, I bequeth to my Sister in Lawe Elizabeth an olde angell.
Item, I bequeth to my Father in Lawe xxd in a Tocken of good will.
Item, I bequeth to Elizabethe Hollande and Jane Dorman either of the [] an [yuglisshe] Gowne.
Item, I give to my ffellowe [kinsersham] my [feirde] gowne w'th an old angell.
Item, I bequethe to my m[other] my ringe withe the signett of my name and also my best gowne.
Item, Also I give to my systers my ringe of golde withe a white stone in it.
Item, I give to Jane [Distare] my littell ringe with the red stone.
Item, to William [Desstare] the three ringes that are [yoyend] to get [hers].
And ffurther I doo of this my last will and testament make and ordaine myne Executors my saide Brother John Hessam and my saide Cosen John Taylour to see this my last will and testament doon [done?] and performed accordinglie.
In wittness whereof [perme] Thomass Heysham This was acknowledged by the testator Thomas Heysham to be his last will and testatment the same beinge redd by me unto him he then beinge in perfect memorie, [witnesses signed]
The will was probated in London, but this was in latin and far too hard to decipher, except to say that John Hessam and John Taylour were made Executors. This is one of the earliest documents that used the Heysham name, though oddly Thomas Heysham's brother was clearly, and consistently, shown as John Hessam.

Butterton is a small village on a steep declivity about 10 miles northeast of Stoke-On-Trent, on the Staffordshire Moors. There are a wonderful series of photographs of the region at Butterton in North Staffs.

Thomas may have migrated from Lancashire, Cheshire or York. I don't see any members of the Heysham family in Staffordshire before him, and very few after. I'm assuming that before the industrial revolution people rarely migrated north.

(14) John Hessam (c1500)

He had three daughters.

(14) Roger Heysham (c1500)

(14) Henry Heysham (c1500)

Apparently a reprobate, at least according to his older brother.

(14) Elena Heysham (c1500)

(14) Anne Heysham (c1500)

(15) Alexander Heysham (c1535)
(14) Thomas Hessam/Heysham (c1500) ??

He might be a son of Thomas Heysham, of Staffordshire, or of one of his several brothers. Alexander Heysham married Margaret Tayler on 5 June 1564 in Prestbury, Cheshire. While Prestbury is in Cheshire, it is just across the border from Butterton, Staffordshire.


Derbyshire:

I found only one early reference to Derby, that is before 1600.

John Essam (c1535)

John Essam married Issabell Cooke on 29 August 1563 in Pinxton, Debry, England - from the Parish register.


Nottinghamshire:

See the Heyshams of Yorkshire page for a family of merchants who settled in Newark-on-Trent.


Lincolnshire:

Nicholas Ezum (c1540)

Nicholas Ezum married Alices Welles on 16 October 1568 in Coleby Kesteven, Lincoln. North Kesteven is the parish. Coleby is near Lincoln.

James Esam married Catherine Timberland on 25 March 1647 in Coleby Kesteven, Lincoln.

Margret Eashame (c1547)

Margret Eashame married Thomas Pearsone on 26 June 1568 in Gainsborough, Lincoln. Gainsborough is a town within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is on the river Trent.

George Esam (c1575)

George Esom married Cicelie Paulmer on 21 September 1605 in Gainsborough, Lincoln.

Joyce Esam (1606)
George Esam (c1575)

Joyce, the daughter of George Esam, was baptized on 24 June 1606 at Gainsborough, Lincoln. She died on 24 July 1606.

Sisley Esam (c1611)
George Esam (c1575)

Sisley Esam married Edward Hutcheson on 4 July 1632 at Gainsborough, Lincoln.

Francis Esam (c1590)

Anne Esam (1620)
Francis Esam (c1590)

Anne, the daughter of Francis Esam, was baptized on 2 April 1620 at West Rasen, Lincoln.

Joseph Hishon (c1655)

His son was William Hishon, christened on 5 December 1685 in Gainsborough, Lincoln, England.

Sarah Hessam

She married James Cook on 21 August 1695 in Boston, Lincoln, England.

John Haysham (1816)

In the 1841 census of Burgh in the Marsh, Lincolnshire as John Haysham, a 25 year old agricultural laborer, born in Lincolnshire. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 25, and children Edward, 1, and Henry, 2.




Warwickshire:

The map to the right shows Warwickshire as it exists today. Before the reorganization of England's counties much of West Midlands was part of Warwickshire as well and included the great city of Birmingham, just off the map to the west. Warwick, at this earlier time, was sandwiched between the counties of Staffordshire and Leicester, to the north, Northampton to the east, Worcester to the west, and Oxford and Gloucester to the south.



(18) John Hieson (c1643)

(19) Edward Hieson (1673)
(18) John Hieson (c1643)

Edward, the son of John Hieson, was born on 4 June 1673 and baptized on 26 June in Ilmington, Warwickshire. Ilmington is in the south of Warwickshire, just west of Shipston-on-Stour in the map to the right.

(19) Mary Hieson (1674)
(18) John Hieson (c1643)

Mary, the daughter of John Hieson, was born on 1 May 1674 and baptized on 3 June in Ilmington, Warwickshire.

(19) James Heson (c1686)

Jas Heson married Elizabeth Randal on 13 March 1716 in Southam, Warwickshire. I'm willing to believe that that the "n" in the spelling could be a transcription error. Southam is a "modest market town of a single street." In the days of the stagecoach Southam became an important stop between Coventry and Oxford. A large fire in 1741 destroyed most of the old town.

In the view below of eastern Warwickshire, Southam is at the bottom of the map, near the Itchen river. Another place of interest for the Hesom family of Warwickshire is Willoughby, northeast of Southam, on the Leam river. Follow that river west to Leamington and Leamington Priory. To the northeast of Willoughby is Rugby.



(20) Anne Hysam (c1725)

Anne Hysam married Matthias Hanson on 17 October 1755 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

(21) Sarah Heeson (c1747)

Sarah Heesom married Danie Grove on 19 February 1777 at Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwickshire.

(21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715)

Thomas was the son of I don't know who.

Thomas Hesom married Elizabeth Mayo on 21 December 1772 in Willoughby, Warwickshire, England. They had a son, Thomas, born in Willoughby on 22 August 1773. Well, that's eight months . . .

Thomas Hesom died and was buried on 9 July 1796 in Willoughby. He was about 50 years old. With all of those children you would have thought it would have been Elizabeth who went first.

His children were,
(22) Thomas Hesom (1773), many records for him, but no children
(22) Edward Hesom (1775), I suspect he died young
(22) Margaret Hesom (1777), baptized on 24 August 1777, in Willoughby, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom
(22) Joseph Hesom (1780), he died young
(22) William Hesom (1782), I suspect he died young
(22) Mary Hesom (1785), baptized on 16 January 1785 in Willoughby, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom.
(22) Joseph Hesom (1787), many records for him
(22) George Hesom (1789), I suspect he died young
(22) James Hesom (1793), many records for him
(22) Elizabeth Hesom (1795), baptized on 12 October 1795 in Willougby, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom. She married Matthew Jephcot.

(22) Thomas Hesom (1773)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

I have a Thomas Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, baptized on 22 August 1773 in Willoughby, Warwickshire.

Thomas married Mary Ellard.

In 1813 Thomas Hesom, no occupation listed, was on the Jurors List for the parish of Willoughby, Rugby division, Knightlow hundred. A Matthew Jephcott was on the same list. Thomas was also on the 1815 list, shown as a farmer. In the 1817 list he was joined by his brother, James Hesom, a mason. Also on the lists of 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1823, 1825, 1831, and 1836

Thomas Hesom was the executor of Thomas Ellard's will. Note that Elizabeth Jephcot Hesom, below, lived next door to the Ellards.

1824. "Thomas Ellard (1738-1822) [5793]. Thomas was born in 1738 in Wolfhampcote. He was baptised on 1 October 1738 in Wolfhampcote. He married Anne Allwood [8024] on 27 July 1765 at St Nicholas in Willoughby. He married Diana Clevers [5179] on 3 October 1813 at St Nicholas in Willoughby. He made a will on 26 March 1822 in Rugby, Warwickshire. He died in November 1822 in Willoughby. He was buried on 17 November 1822 in Willoughby. His estate was probated on 23 April 1824 in Litchfield, Staffordshire. It was proved in the Diocesan Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry on 23 April 1824 by Thomas Hesom one of the Executors and Sworn to be under Two hundred Pounds. It was Examined with Probate 24 Dec 1830 by Rich Webb and John Savage."
Wolfhampcote is a ghost town, south of Willoughby.

In the trust deed below are the names of Hesom, Jephcot and Ellard.

1827-1834, "The last trust deed bears date 26th November 1827, whereby the trust estate became vested in Mathew Jephcott, John Malin, Charles Cowley, Thomas Cock, William Ellard, William Dester, Thomas Hesom, Thomas Hancock, William Crupper and John Cock, all of Willoughby, on the same trusts. All were alive in 1834; but Mr. Dester declined to accept the trust." - from "Parliamentary Papers, Volume 21, Part 2"
Thomas Hesom's share of the estate was part of a 6 acre property in Sawbridge, in the parish of Wolfhamcote [Wolfhampcote], Warwickshire. Most of the other men involved in the trust deed, above, were also freeholders of the parish.

In 1832 Wilkinson, the schoolmaster, was seised in his demesne as of fee and expelled there from. The property was the freehold of

". . . J. Malin, and M. Jephcott, and of C. Cowley, Thomas Cock, W. Ellard, W. Dester, T. Hesom, T. Hancock, W. Crupper, and J. Cock . . ." - from "Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer, Volume 2"
The case is more complicatd than I want to get into.

I have a Thomas Hesom, of Willoughby, in the 1832 Electoral Register of the parish of Wolvey, Warwickshire under the title "List of Votes Tendered." In 1837 this vote was registered in Willoughby parish.

On 5 October 1832 "T. Hesom, Willoughby, Warwickshire, farmer" was listed as a bankrupt - from "The Metropolitan, Volume 1." A family researcher, Kathy Chater, writes,

"If a person fell into debt before 1869 it was dealt with according to the amount of the debt. For debts of over £100 the debtors could apply for bankruptcy which would wipe out the debt and allow the person to continue trade, enabling him in time to pay off his debts. If however the amount was for less than £100 the debtor could be sent to prison until the debt was repaid. In London there were prisons exclusively for debtors and prisoners were often joined by their wives and families though they were charged for accommodation by the warders which added to the debt. Often prisoners died in prison being unable to secure sufficient funds to repay the debt. Outside London the debtors were imprisoned with all other types of criminal, and rarely had their families with them.

We found Thomas and Mary Hesom together in Willoughby on the 1841 census. Mary was the oldest child of Zaccheus and Ruth Ellard. Zaccheus was the youngest brother of William Ellard (1731-?) [5785] who is on our direct line. Ruth Ellard nee Hart [5788] mentions Thomas and Mary Hesom in her will.

On the 1851 census Thomas’ wife Mary nee Ellard was still in Willoughby as a farmer’s wife aged 78 years but Thomas was not with her. We then found Thomas Hesom [9128] in Coventry Goal [sic] in Holy Trinity as an insolvent prisoner.

The Goal is on three schedules the first having the governor and his household together with the prison staff. The second lists convicts and miscreants while the third schedule lists 4 “misdements” 3 “for trial” 1 “small debt” and 6 “insolvent” so it appears that debtors were separated somewhat from the more serious criminals.

All but one of the Debtors were married and the census does not show any family members resident with them. The debtors are given as a grocer, 2 ribbon manufacturers, a weaver, a printer, a farmer and a wine merchant and their ages ranged from 21-77.

Thomas is entered as Thomas Hesom Mar [referred to his "condition"] 77 farmer Warwickshire.

As yet we don’t know if he died in the prison but we do know that his death is registered in the December quarter 1858 in the Rugby district. (Rugby 6d 304) four years after Mary’s death (December quarter 1854 Rugby 6d 283). Both are buried in Willoughby with no extra note in the register to indicate where he died. There is no existing headstone for either of them.

As Thomas and Mary did not have any children it is difficult to see how they would have been able to find sufficient money to pay the debt off. It would have been difficult for Mary to visit the goal regularly if at all, even though Coventry is only about 10 miles from Willoughby.

Thomas Hesom had been an overseer of the poor for several years during the 1820s, He was an executor to Thomas Ellard’s will, and was named as a land owner in the Land Evaluation book for Willoughby in 1824. A farmer could be put out of business by an accident, illness or economic pressures but we have not found a reason for Thomas’ plight.

In another section this researcher says that "I have the children of Thomas and Elizabeth but they don't include a James." Her website is Trees, but it is undergoing revision and cannot be accessed except as cached pages.

In the 1841 census of Willoughby, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, a 65 year old farmer, born in Warwickshire. Living with him was his wife, Mary, 65.

In the 1851 census of Coventry, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesum [sic], a 77 year old insolvent. He was listed as a prisoner at Bayley Lane.

I don't know of any children for Thomas.

(22) Edward Hesom (1775)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

Edward Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 23 July 1775 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. I suspect he died young.

(22) Joseph Hesom (1780)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

Joseph Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 9 January 1780 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. Apparently he died young - see Joseph Hesom, born in 1787, below.

(22) William Hesom (1782)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

William Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 19 May 1782 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. I have a William Hesom who died in the 2nd Quarter of 1838 in Coventry, Warwickshire.

(22) Joseph Hesom (1787)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

Joseph Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 27 May 1787 in Willoughby, Warwickshire.

Joseph Hesom married Elizabeth Jephcott on 3 February 1811 in Willoughby, in the presence of Matthew Jephcott and George Hancock - Joseph's father had died in 1796. Elizabeth was born in about 1791. At the same time Matthew Jephcot, who was Elizabeth's brother, married Joseph Hesom's sister, Elizabeth.

"The Bell in Warwick Lane [a pub], Coventry was kept by Mattew Jephcot in 1841 and his wife Elizabeth nee Hesom in 1851 . . . Mathew's sister Elizabeth Jephcot married Joseph Hesom, Elizabeth's brother." - from "Still More Inns" website.
Joseph Hesom and Elizabeth Jephcot had a daughter, Anne, on 4 June 1811 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. A little soon for propriety. I have one reference that indicates that Thomas Hesom was the landlord of the Jephcott's Bell Inn in 1841. There is an inn called The Bell in Coventry today, but it is not on Warwick lane. Confusingly, there appears to be a more famous Bell Inn on Warwick Lane in London.

In 1819 Joseph Hesom, no occupation listed, was on the Jurors List for the parish of Willoughby, Rugby division, Knightlow hundred. His brothers Thomas and James were also shown. He was not on the list of 1820, but was back on in 1821, though still no occupation.

In 1820 Joseph and James Hesom, below, were freeholders in Willoughby.

"Hesom Joseph - Willoughby Hesom James - ditto" - from "The Poll of the Freeholders of Warwichshire" 1820

Joseph was a bricklayer and had a daugther, Jane, who, on 17 October 1843, married Samuel Rathbone at St. Michaels, Coventry, Warwickshire - from the Index of Marriages.

"Vol 16 - Page 527 - Lio/Bn B - Date 17.10.1843 - Groom's name Rathbone, Samuel - Age, status, profession fa., bac., brewer - Address Hertford Street - Father's name, profession Richard Rathbone, victualer - Bride's name Hesom, Jane - Age, status fa., spin. - Adress Hertford Street - Father's name, profession Joseph Hesom, bricklayer - Witnesses Richard Bayliss, Elizabeth Rathbone (x)" - from "St. Michael's Conventry - Marriage 1838-1846"

Joseph died before 1841 when his wife was listed as head of the household in the census of that year. This was Elizabeth Jephcot.

In the 1841 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as Elizabeth Hesom, a 50 year old widow. Living with her were her children, William, a 20 year old bricklayer, and Joseph Hesom, 11, of Warwickshire.

In the 1851 census of Willoughby, Warwickshire as Elizabeth Hesom, a 61 year old widow, of Willoughby. She was a farmer; that is, I think, she managed the farm left to her by her husband. Living with her was her daughter, Jane Rathbone, 26. This is the link to Elizabeth's husband because we know that Jane, the daughter of Joseph Hesom, married Samuel Rathbone.

In the 1861 census of Willoughby, Warwickshire as Elizabeth Hesom, a 72 year old widow, living alone. She was a pauper, receiving relief. She was born in Willoughby. Note that the Ellard's lived "next door" to her.

In the 1871 census of Willoughby, Warwickshire as Elizabeth Hesom, an 82 year old farmer's wife and now a widow, living alone. She was born in Willoughby.

The children of Joseph Hesom and Elizabeth Jephcot included,
(23) Anne Hesom (1811), the daughter of Joseph Hesom and Elizabeth Jephcot, was baptized on 4 June 1811 in Willoughby, Warwick
(23) Elizer [Elizabeth] Hesom (1812), the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Hesom, baptized on 21 December 1812 in Willoughby, Warwick. She apparently died young.
(23) Lucy Hesom (1815), the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 9 July 1815 in Willoughby, Warwick
(23) William Hesom (1817)
(23) Thomas Hesom (1819)
(23) Jane Hesom (c1820), who married Samuel Rathbone on 17 October 1843 at St. Michaels, Coventry, Warwickshire
(23) Elizabeth Hesom (1821), the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 26 August 1821 in Willoughby, Warwick
(23) Joseph Hesom (c1830)

(23) William Hesom (1817)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787)

William Hesom, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 25 December 1817 in Willoughby, Warwick. In the 1841 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as William Hesom, 20, of Warwickshire, living at home with his mother, Elizabeth.

William Hesom, a bricklayer, the son of Joseph, a bricklayer, married Elizabeth Freen [Treen], the daughter of Edward, a tailor, on 5 August 1844, in the presence of Thomas Hesom [his uncle or his brother?] and Lucy Hesom [his sister].

In the 1851 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as William Hesom, 32. Living with him were his wife, Elizah, 30, and children, Ed, 6, Sarah, 3, and Wm, 10 months.

In the 1861 census of Aston, Warwickshire as William Heasom [sic], a 41 year old brick layer, of Willoughby. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 40, and children, Edward, a 16 year old laborer in a carriage works, Sarah, 14, William, 11, Jane, 9, George, 7, Lucy, 4, and Arthur, 2.

In the 1871 census of Saltley, Aston parish, Warwickshire as William Hesom, a 56 year old bricklayer, of Willoughby. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 52, of Rugby, and children, Sarah, a 23 year old milliner, Laurie [was this Jane, above?], a 19 year old milliner, and William, a 20 year old farrier, all of Rugby, George, a 16 year old brick layer, of Aston, and Lucy, 14, Arthur, 11, and James, 8, of saltley.

In the 1881 census . . .

William's children were,
(24) Edward Hesom (1844)
(24) Sarah Hesom (1846)
(24) William Hesom (c1847), William Hesom was buried on 30 January 1847 in Rugby, St. Andrew, Warwickshire
(24) William Joseph Hesom (1850)
(24) Jane [Laurie] Hesom (1851)
(24) George Hesom (1853)
(24) Lucy Hesom (1856)
(24) Arthur Hesom (1859)
(24) James Hesom (1862)

(24) Edward Hesom (1844)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817)

In the 1851 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as Ed Hesom, 6. In the 1861 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Edward Heasom [sic], a 16 year old laborer in a carriage works. He was living at home with his parents, William and Elizabeth Hesom.

In the 1871 census of . . .

In the 1881 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Edward Hesom, a 36 year old brick layer, of Rugby. Living with him were his wife, Harriet, 24, and children, Lucy, 13, Drucila, 5, and Alice, 1.

In the 1891 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Edward Hesom, a 45 year old brick layer, of Rugby. Living with him were his wife, Harriet, 35, and children Dorie, 15, Edward, 8, Alice, 11, Alfred, 3, and William, 8/12.

In the 1901 census of . . .

Edward Hesom died in the 1st Quarter of 1905 at the age of 58 in Aston, Warwickshire.

In the 1911 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Harriet Hesom, a 54 year old widow. Living with here were her children, Joseph Edward, a 28 year old driller, William, a 20 year old riveter, Bertram, a 17 year old Lorry Boy [?], all at the Rly [?] Carriage Works, Rose, a 16 year old warehouse girl at Perrys Pencil factory, and Elsie May, 10.

His children were,
(25) Lucy Hesom (1868), she died young
(25) Drucila "Dorie" Hesom (1876)
(25) Alice Hesom (1880)
(25) Joseph Edward Hesom (1883)
(25) Alfred Henry Hesom (1887)
(25) William Hesom (1890)
(25) Bertram Hesom (1893)
(25) Rose Hesom (1895)

(25) Joseph Edward Hesom (1883)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817) (24) Edward Hesom (1844)

He was born in the 1st Quarter 1883 in Aston, Warwickshire. He served in World War I in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment, enlisting as a Private on 20 November 1915. He would have been 32 years old at the time. He received a 20% disability for an injury to his left leg incurred on 23 April 1918. This was at the time of the Battle of the Kemmelberg, between Armentières and Ypres. He was discharged on 12 February 1919. Both Joseph and his younger brother, William, were listed in the Birmingham Absent Voters Register of 1918. Significantly, his other brother, Alfred Henry, was not, having been killed in 1914.

He continued to live in Birmingham for the rest of his life. I don't believe Joseph ever married.

Joseph Edward Hesom died on 19 September 1959 in Birmingham, England. His will was probated on 13 October 1959.

"Hesom Joseph Edward of 109 Havelock Road Birmingham 8 died 19 September 1959 at Dudly Road Hospital Birmingham Probate Birmingham 13 October to Rose Williams (wife of George Frederick Williams). Effects L195." - from the National Probate Calendar

(25) Alfred Henry Hesom (1887)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817) (24) Edward Hesom (1844)

Alfred Henry Hesom was born in the 3rd Quarter 1887 in Aston, Warwickshire. He joined the pre-war British army, probably enlisting in nearby Coventry. In the 1911 census of Ceylon and India "Military" as Private Alfred Henry Hesom, 20, single, unit R. War. R. [Royal Warwick Regiment], of Birmingham, Warwickshire. The regiment was then stationed in Bombay, having served in the Northwest Frontier Expedition of 1908 under Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Radclyffe Vaughan. There were two operations during this Expedition, against the Mohmand and against the Afridi. It was known as "a sound county regiment." Note that World War II's Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, who vied so famously with Patton, was commissioned in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1908, in the quiet time after the Expedition. Montgomery did not like what he found.

". . . he disliked the imperialist social ambience, with its fixation on "good form," and wrote sardonically in his memoirs that "it soon appeared to me that a 'good mixer' was a man who had never been known to refuse a drink.'" - from "Montgomery: Lessons of Leadership from the Soldier's General" by Trevor Royle

The regiment sailed back to England in December 1912, arriving a month later, in January 1913. It was then based at Shorncliffe, Kent, near Folkestone. Calais is just across the channel. The regiment was attached to the 10th Brigade 4th Division.

Alfred H. Hesom served in World War I in the 2nd battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private in the Expeditionary Force.

2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regigment

They were based in Shorncliffe with the 10th Brigade, 4th Division when war broke out in August 1914. The 4th Division was held back from the original British Expeditionary Force by a last minute decision to defend England against a possible German landing. The fate of the BEF in France and the lack of any move by the Enemy to cross the channel, reversed this decision and the 2nd Warwicks proceeded to France on the 22nd of August 1914, arriving in time to provide infantry reinforcements during the confused retreat from Mons to Le Cateau as the BEF pulled back in the face of the German onslaught. They were in action at the The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne and at The Battle of Messines in 1914.

Alfred died of his wounds on 10 November 1914. The 2nd Battalion had been withdrawn from the Ypres salient on 7 November and on the 10th they were resting at Bailleul. The 1st Battle of Ypres was the culmination of the German's "Race to the Sea," an attempt to outflank the allies and cut the British army's lines of communication with the seaports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. This bloody battle stopped the German advance, but wiped out England's regular army. Britain was forced to conscript an army to replace them. Mobile warfare would not return to the Western Front until 1918.

(25) William Hesom (1890)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817) (24) Edward Hesom (1844)

William Hesom was born 3rd Quarter 1890 in Aston, Warwickshire. There was a Private William Hesom in the 5th Warwickshire Regiment in World War I.

In the Birmingham Absent Voters Register of 1918 as "Hesom, William 37487, Pte., 5th Worcester Regt." Also an Absent Voter in the 1919 register, but no army relationship was listed. In 1920 William and his brother Joseph Edward were living at 78 Cato street North. William apparently lived at 78 Cato street, Birmingham for the rest of his life.

William apparently did not marry. "Hesom or Heson William of 78 Cato Street North Saltley Birmingham 7 died 12 April 1965 at Summerfield Hospital Birmingham Administration (with Will) Birmingham 10 May to Elsie May Fitter widow" - from the National Probate Calendar.

(25) Bertram Hesom (1893)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817) (24) Edward Hesom (1844)

I have two Bertram Hesom's born about the same time, Arthur's son and Edward's. One was born in the 2nd Quarter 1893 in Aston, Warwickshire.

Bertram Hesom sailed to Brisbane, Australia, arriving on 7 October 1914, at the age of 20, onboard the THEMISTOCLES. He sailed on the BARRABOOL, arriving in Melbourne on 16 June 1922. Bertram Hesom, of 78 Cato Street North, Nechells, B'ham., a 27 year old laborer, traveling Third Class, departed Melbourne, Australia for England on the SOPHOCLES, arriving in Southampton on 31 March 1923. I'm assuming that Bertram was living/working in Australia, and that these were trips home.

I have Bertram Hesom living in Birmingham, England in 1927, with his mother Harriet and brother Joseph Edward at 78 Cato street.

Bertram and Edith Maud Hesom were living in St. Bartholomew's Ward, Birmingham in 1930. Edith Maud was born on 4 January 1902.

He died on 15 October 1941 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, at the age of 48.

"Hesom Bertram of 7 Blundell-road Sparkhill Birmingham 11 died 15 October 1941 at 1959a Bristol-road South Rubery Birmingham 31 Administration Birmingham 11 November to Edith Maud Hesom widow. Effects L543 2s."
I also have a Bertram Hesom of Aston who was born in the 4th Quarter 1891 and died in the 1st Quarter 1928 in Birmingham South Warwickshire. I think Edward's son was the 1893 man, while Arthur's was that of 1891.

Edith Maud Hesom continued to live in Birmingham for the rest of her life. She died in the 2nd Quarter 1973 in Birmingham at the age of 71.

I have a Brian Bertram Hesom living in Hyde Park, Wentwork, New South Wales, Australia in 1980. this must be a son of Bertram Hesom (well, this one or Arthur's son). A Brian B. Hesom married in 1972 in Birmingham.

(24) William Joseph Hesom (1850)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817)

William Joseph Hesom was born in the 2nd Quarter 1850 in Rugby, Warwickshire. His middle name honored his grandfather while his first name did the same for his father.

In the 1851 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as Wm Hesom, 10 months. In the 1861 census of Aston, Warwickshire as William Heasom [sic], 11. In the 1871 census of Saltley, Aston parish, Warwickshire as William Hesom, a 20 year old farrier, of Rugby, living at home with his parents, William and Elizabeth Hesom.

In the 1881 census . . .

In the 1891 census . . .

In the 1901 census of Rugby, Warwickshire a William Hesom, a 50 year old gas works laborer. I don't see any family with him.

In the 1911 census . . .

William Hesom, born in about 1849, died in the 4th Quarter 1911 in Aston, Warwickshire, at the age of 62.

(24) George Hesom (1853)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817)

George Hesom was born . . .

In the 1861 census of Aston, Warwickshire as George Heasom, 7. In the 1871 census of Saltley, Aston parish, Warwickshire as George Hesom, a 16 year old brick layer, of Aston, living with his parents, William and Elizabeth Hesom.

(24) Arthur Hesom (1859)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817)

Arthur Hesom was born in the 2nd Quarter 1859 in Aston, Warwickshire.

In the 1861 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Arthur Heasom, 2. In the 1871 census of Saltley, Aston parish, Warwickshire as Arthur Hesom, 11, living at home with his parents, William and Elizabeth Hesom.

In the 1881 census . . .

In the 1891 census of Saltley, Aston, Warwickshire as Arthur Hesom, a 31 year old wagon maker, of Saltley. Living with him were his wife, Mary Ann, 29, and children, Edith Kate, 11, and Mary Ann, 4.

In the 1901 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Arthur Heasom, a 41 year old wagon maker. Living with him were his wife, Mary A., 39, and his children, Mary A., 14, and Bertram, 9.

I don't know if this is our man, but there was an Arthur Hesom, a milk seller, living in Birmingham in 1903 and 1904.

In the 1911 census of Aston, Warwickshire as Arthur Hesom, a 52 year old wagon maker at the railway carriage works, of Shere Bham, Warwickshire. Living with him were his wife, Ann, 50, and children, Mary Ann, a 24 year old clerk at the bottle works, and Bertram, a 19 year old finish carpenter at the railway carriage works.

Arthur and Mary Anne Hesom were living at 364 Washwood Heath road, in Birmingham in 1935 through 1939. Arthur was alone at the same address in 1945.

Arthur's children were,
(25) Edith Kate Hesom (1880)
(25) Mary Ann Hesom (1887)
(25) Bertram Hesom (1891), born in the 4th Quarter 1891 and died in the 1st Quarter 1928 in Birmingham South Warwickshire.

(24) James Hesom (1862)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) William Hesom (1817)

James Hesom was born in the 1st Quarter 1862 in Aston, Warwickshire.

In the 1871 census of saltley, Aston parish, Warwickshire as James Hesom, 8, of Saltley. He was living with his parents, William and Elizabeth Hesom.

In the 1881 census . . .

In the 1891 census . . .

James Hesom, 32, married Ada Lydia King in September 1894 in Manchester, Lancashire. She was born in December 1865 in Pentonvill, Middlesex, the daughter of Frederick Albert King and Margaret Malcolm.

In the 1901 census . . .

In the 1911 census of South Manchester, Lancashire as James Hesom, a 49 year old coach trimmer, widowed, of Birmingham, Warwickshire. Living with him were his sister, Lucy, 53, and his son, William Frederick, 11, of Gorton, Lancashire.

James Hesom died in the 1st Quarter 1953 in Manchester, Lancashire, at the age of 90.

(25) William Frederick Hesom (1899)

He was born on 1 October 1899 in Chorlton, Lancashire. William F. Hesom married Mary R. Dickings in the 3rd Quarter 1924 in Chorlton, Lancashire. He died in the 2nd Quarter 1970 in Manchester, Lancashire, at the age of 70.

(23) Thomas Hesom (1819)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787)

Thomas Hesom, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth [Jephcott] Hesom, was baptized on 25 December 1819 in Willoughby, Warwickshire.

In the 1841 census of Crown street, Harbury, Warwickshire as Thos Hesom, 20-24. He was living in the house of John and Elizabeth Smith. He was not living at home with his widowed mother, Elizabeth.

In the 1851 census . . .

Thomas Hesom, wheelwright, the son of Joseph, mason, married Eliza Cleaver, the daughter of Richard [and Elizabeth] Cleaver, publican, on 19 June 1856 in Stretton on Dunsmoor, Warwick. She was baptized on 31 January 1824 in Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire.

In the 1861 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, a 40 year old wheelwright, of Willoughby. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 37, and children, Elizabeth, 4, Lucy, 3, and William Edward, 11 months, all of Princethorpe.

In 1868 Thomas Hesom, wheelwright, was listed in the Post Office Directory of Princethorpe, Stretton-on-Dunsmoor parish, Warwickshire.

In the 1871 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, a 51 year old wheelwright and carpenter, of Willoughby. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 48, and children, Lucy, 13, and William Edwd, 10.

In the Kelly's 1872 directory of Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, wheelwright, Princethorpe, Rugby.

In the 1881 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, a 60 year old wheelwright, of Willoughby, Warwickshire. Living with him was his wife, Eliza, 56. His children were living with their aunt and uncle, Jane and William Shepard, see below.

Eliza died sometime after the 1881 census.

In the 1891 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as Thomas Hesom, a 71 year old wheelwright, of Willoughby. Living with him were his daughter, Lucy, a 32 year old housekeeper, and son, William, a 30 year old wheelwright, and niece, Lucy Cleaver, 11. The following looks like a copy of the the 1891 census.

"Civil Parish of Princethorpe, Eccl. Parish of Stretton On Dunsmore, 1891
Schedule,Address,Ind,Name,Rel,Married/Single,Male Age,Female Age,Occupation,Status,Birthplace,Special

"39,Cottage,1,Thomas Hesom,Head,W,71,,Wheelwright,Employer,Willoughby Warwickshire
Lucy Hesom,Dau,S,,32,Housekeeper,,Princethorpe Warwickshire
William Hesom,Son,S,30,,Wheelwright,Employed,Princethorpe Warwickshire
Lucy Cleaver,Niece,S,,11,Scholar,,Princethorpe Warwickshire,,"

"46,Three Horse Shoes Public Hse,1,William Shepherd,Head,M,76,,Licensed Victualer,Employer,Hunningham Warwickshire
Jane Shepherd,Wife,M,,66,,,Leamington Hastings Warwickshire
Elizabeth Hesom,Niece,S,,34,Barmaid,Employed,Princethorpe Warwickshire"
144,128 Shrubland St,1,Joseph Hesom [see next below],Head,M,61,,General Labourer,Employed,Draycott Warwickshire,, ,,,Eliza Hesom,Wife,M,,53,,,Willoughby Warwickshire,, ,,,Joseph Hesom,Son,S,22,,Carpenter & Joiner,Employed,Leamington Warwickshire,, ,,,Elizabeth Hesom,Dau,S,,15,Board Schl Pupil Tchr,Employed,Leamington Warwickshire,,

Thomas Hesom died in the 4th Quarter 1900 in Princethorpe, Warwickshire at the age of 81. He was buried on 2 December 1900 in Stretton on Dunsmore.

Thomas' children were,
(24) Elizabeth Hesom (1856), baptized on 7 September 1856 in Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwick. In the 1881 census of Princethorpe as Elizabeth Hesom, with her siblings, Lucy and William, were living with their aunt and uncle, Jane and William Shephard. Elizabeth was a barmaid, Lucy a dressmaker, and William a tailor. In 1891 census of Princethorpe as Elizabeth Hesom, 34, was living with William Shephard and his wife, Jane, Licenced Victualer. She was a barmaid. She died on 5 October 1925.
(24) Lucy Hesom (1858), baptized on 4 April 1858 in Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwick. She died in 1951.
(24) William Edward Hesom (1860)

(24) William Edward Hesom (1860)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Thomas Hesom (1819)

William Edward Hesom, the son of Thomas and Eliza Hesom was baptized on 1 July 1860 at Stretton on Dunsmore. His father was a wheelwright of Princethorpe. In the 1861 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as William Edward Heasom, aged 0. In the 1871 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as William Edwd, 10, living with his parents, Thomas and Eliza Hesom.

In the 1881 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as William Hesom, a 20 year old tailor, living with his aunt and uncle, Jane and William Shepard.

In the 1891 census as William Hesom, a 30 year old wheelwright, living at home with his father.

In the 1901 and 1911 census of Princethorpe, Warwickshire as William Hesom, a 40/50 year old publican. His sisters, Elizabeth, 44/54, and Lucy, 42/52, were assisting him; all were single. He was managing the the Three Horseshoes. He died in 1924. I don't know of any children.

The Three Horseshoes

This 300-year old pub is still in operation today.


(23) Joseph Hesom (c1830)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787)

He was born in Draycott, Warwickshire in 1830, according to the 1911 census and the record of his death. Draycote is about two miles southwest of Rugby.

In the 1841 census of Queens street, Rugby, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, 11, of Warwickshire. He was living with his mother, Elizabeth, a 50 year old widow, and brother, William, a 20 year old bricklayer.

In the 1851 census of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire as Joseph Hesom, a 21 footman, of Warwickshire. He was a servant, living in the house of Major General Samuel Smith of the East India Company and his wife, Mary. The footman's role was less essential than the cook, maid or butler so they were mainly for show, indicating the wealth of the household.

In the 1861 census of Leamington Priors, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 31 year old footman, born in Draycote. He was a servant, living in the house of Mary Eliza Smith, a 60 year old fundholder. I assume Mary was the widow of General Smith, above.

Joseph married Eliza in about 1866, a year before the birth of Adele. I have a Joseph Hesom who was married Eliza Hancock in the 4th Quarter 1865 in Warwick, Warwickshire.

In the 1871 census Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 41 year old Ge--edery [?] Attendant, born in Draycote, Warwickshire. Living him were his children Adele, 4, and Joseph J., 2, both of Leamington. A visitor, Sarah Ball, 52, was visiting. Eliza Hesom, 33, was visiting John Herbert, her brother-in-law, in Willoughby, Warwickshire.

In the 1881 census Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 51 year old gardener, born in Draycote, Warwickshire. Living with him was his wife, Eliza, 43, and children, Joseph, 12, and Elizabeth, 5, both of Leamington.

In the 1891 census Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 61 year old general laborer, born in Draycote, Warwickshire. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 53, of Willoughby, and children Joseph, 22, and Elizabeth, 15, both of Leamington.

In the 1901 census of Leamington Priors, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 71 gardener, specified as not domestic, of Draycote. Living with him was his wife, Eliza, 63, of Willoughby.

In the 1911 census of Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, 82, of Draycott, Warwickshire.

I have a Joseph Hesom, born in 1830, who died in the 3rd Quarter 1912 in Warwick, Warwickshire.

His children were,
(24) Adele Hesom (c1867)
(24) Joseph J. Hesom (1869)
(24) Elizabeth Hesom (c1876)

(24) Joseph J. Hesom (1869)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Joseph Hesom (c1830)

He was born in 1869 in Leamington, Warwickshire. Leamington is several miles southwest of Draycote. I have a Joseph Hesom whose birth was registered in the 2nd Quarter 1869 in Warwick, Warwickshire.

"We think his name was Joseph also, he was married to Emily, that's as far back as I have got" - Gary Hesom

In the 1871 census of Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph J. Hesom, 2, born in Leamington. He was living with his father, Joseph. His mother, Eliza, was visiting with relatives. In the 1881 census of Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, 12, born in Leamington. He was living with his parents, Joseph and Eliza.

In the 1891 census Leamington, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 22 carpenter and joiner, born in Leamington. He was living with his parents, Joseph and Eliza. Gary Hesom writes of Joseph,

"My Aunt also confirmed that my great great grandad you have found is also correct. My grandads father was a carpenter."

The banns were read for the marriage of Joseph Hesom, the son of Joseph Hesom, and Emily Reeves, the daughter of William Reeves, between 26 January and 9 February 1895 in Leamington Priors. Their wedding took place at All Saints church, Leamington on 20 April 1896 - from the Warwickshire Parish Register. There is some confusion on dates and years between the various references.

In the 1901 census of Aston Manor, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, a 30 year old journeyman carpenter, born in Leamington, Warwickshire. Living with him was his wife, Emily, 28, born in Knowle, Warwickshire, and children, Joseph, 2, and Emily, 6 months, both of Birmingham. The family were boarders with the family of George Cooper.

I have evidence of Joseph's residence in Leamington, Warwickshire through at least 1912, though Gary Hesom, below, says he died when (25) Joseph was just 10 years old, or in 1908.

His children were,
(25) Joseph Hesom (1898)
(25) William Hesom (c1900), died age 10
(25) Emily "Ruby" Hesom (c1901)
(25) Dorothy Hesom (c1903)

(25) Joseph Hesom (1898)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Joseph Hesom (c1830) (24) Joseph J. Hesom (c1869)

He was born in the 4th quarter of 1898 in the district of Aston, Warwickshire. In the 1901 census of Aston Manor, Warwickshire as Joseph Hesom, 2. He was living with his parents, Joseph, a 30 year old journeyman carpenter, of Leamington, and Emily, 28, of Knowle. Also living with them was Emily, 6 months. Both children were of Birmingham. The family were boarders with the family of George Cooper and a woman named Jelly, a sister-in-law of George Cooper.

"We dont know the Coopers or Jelly, but they may have shared a house in Aston. My grandad was certainly born there. Emily Hesom, who was my grandad's sister, was known to my Aunt and Dad as Ruby, but it should be the same person as she was 18 months younger than my grandad." - Gary Hesom
"My Grandads father died when he was 10," per Gary Hesom, which would have been in about 1908. Joseph was put into one of the childrens homes that had been set up around the country by Dr. Thomas Banardos.

Banardos Childrens Homes

Barnardos was founded by an Irish man, Dr Thomas Barnardo, who was born in Dame Street, Dublin. He had planned to become a medical missionary in China, but after a visit to the slums of London's East End he instead set up a school whose motto was, "no destitute child ever refused admission." By the time of his death in 1905, Dr Barnardo had established a large network of homes caring for about 8,000 children.

In the 1911 census . . .

He joined the army at the age of 15 - he was probably eager to get out of the orphanage. Like many others he lied about his age. He was in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps during the first world war he was injured twice but was lucky and survived the war. I have a Private Joseph Hesom in the Kings Rifle Corps - from the National Archives. The medal roll at the public record office has spelt the name Heson.

Kings Royal Rifle Corps

In World War I the KRRC was expanded to twenty-two battalions and saw much action on the Western Front, Macedonia and Italy. Over 12,000 soldiers of the regiment were killed while eight members won the Victoria Cross and over 2,000 further decorations were awarded. After 1918 the unit returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine and Ireland. In 1922 the regiment was reduced from four to two battalions with the third and fourth being disbanded. In 1926 the regiment was reorganized as one of the first mechanized infantry regiments.

Joseph Hesom married Mabel Wall in April-June 1924 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Gary Hesom writes,

"My grandmother's maiden name was Wall and she had a brother, James William Wall, who was killed in the first world war, June 1918, aged 19. My grandad was a postman and got a commendation from the post office for helping put out a fire during bombing of Birmingham in October 1940."
I have a Joseph Hesom who was postman of Acock's Green, Birmingham - from "The London Gazette" of 4 May 1928.

The Birmingham Blitz

The German attack on Birmingham began in August 1940 . . .

I have a Joseph Hesom, born on 1 December 1898, who died in the 2nd Quarter of 1977 in Thanet, Kent, England.

His children were,
(26) James Joseph Hesom (1925)
(26) Mabel Hesom (1927), a Mabel E. Hesom was born in the 1st Quarter 1927 in Birmingham, Mother's maiden name was Noll [Wall?]
(26) William Hesom (c1928)

(26) James Joseph Hesom (1925)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Joseph Hesom (c1830) (24) Joseph J. Hesom (c1869) (25) Joseph Hesom (1898)

I have a James Joseph Hesom who was born on 19 August 1925 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire. His mother's maiden name was Wall. James J. Hesom was married to Rose M. Billington in December 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. James died in August 2006.

"My Uncle Jim died a few years ago. James Hesom was in the Navy during the Second World War. He was the oldest child of my Grandad Joseph. He had 2 sons and 2 daughters, one who died a couple of years ago. Between them they have one boy." - Gary Hesom

(26) William Hesom (1937)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Joseph Hesom (c1830) (24) Joseph J. Hesom (c1869) (25) Joseph Hesom (1898)

William Hesom was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire on 25 September 1937. His mother's surname was Wall. He married Ann Gregory in January-March 1962 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. William's son, Gary, wrote,

"Just wanted to let you know my father passed away on the 30th November 2012, his funeral will be held at Streetly Crematorium on 14th December 2012. It was sudden and he had not been ill, unfortunately he suffered a brain aneurism and died while on a life support machine. Just wanted to let you know so it could be added to your records."

(27) Gary Hesom (1962)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) Joseph Hesom (1787) (23) Joseph Hesom (c1830) (24) Joseph J. Hesom (c1869) (25) Joseph Hesom (1898) (26) William Hesom (1937)

Gary was born in December 1962. Of Pietermartizburg, South Africa.

"My family are all from Birmingham England which originally was in Warwickshire now West Midlands. I have 2 sons so hopefully the name will continue a little longer. We pronounce our name Hee-som." "I have info on my grandad's time in the first world war if you wanted it."
Gary appears to have been in the military, the 11 General Support Company, Second Battalion, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, serving at Shaibah Airfield, Iraq, in 2003.

(22) George Hesom (1789)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

George Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 25 December 1789 in Willoughby, Warwickshire.

(22) James Hesom (1793)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742)

James Hesom, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hesom, was baptized on 10 February 1793 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. The brother of Thomas and Joseph Hesom of Willoughby, Warwickshire.

James married Mary in about 1810. The descendents of James Hesom include the Hesom's of South Africa.

In 1817 James Hesom, mason, was on the Jurors List for the parish of Willoughby, Rugby division, Knightlow hundred. His elder brother, Thomas, was also listed. He was not on the list of 1818, but was back on for 1819. In the 1820 and 1821 lists, an in 1822, 1823 and 1824 as a freeholder. In the 1832 list as of Rugby, but with no occupation shown.

In the 1825 Quarter Sessions Records as James Hesom, bricklayer, freehold. His brother Thomas was a farmer, with a copyhold.

In the 1841 census of Lenton, Northamptonshire as James Hesom, a 50 year old builder [1791]. He was not born in Northamptonshire. James's wife was in the 1841 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as Mary Hesom, 45, living on Chapel street. Living with her was her son, George, a 25 year old builder. Is it significant that both James and George were listed as builders?

In the 1851 census . . . By this time their son, George, was dead and, apparently, so were James and Mary.

James' only known child was,
(23) George Hesom (1811)

(23) George Hesom (1811)
(19) James Heson (c1686), perhaps, (20) Unknown Hesom (c1715) (21) Thomas Hesom (c1742) (22) James Hesom (1793)

George, the son of James and Mary Hesom, was born on 1 July 1811 and baptized on 22 December 1811 in Willoughby, Warwickshire. In the 1841 census of Rugby, Warwickshire as George Hesom, a 25 year old builder [1816]. He was living with his mother, Mary, 45.

George married Elizabeth Wade on 28 September 1841 at St. Andrew, Rugby, Warwick. Elizabeth was born in 1817. George Hesom died in the 2nd Quarter 1849 in Barnet, Middlesex.

Elizabeth then married Owen Owens on 15 April 1850 in St. Botolph Aldgate, London. Her father's name was Jonathan Wade. Owen's father was David Owens. She died in 1852.

Their two sons, George and Robert, emigrated together to "Natal with the Byrne Settlers (in the NILE under Lidgett's scheme) with their Stepfather," Owen Owens, and their aunt, Alice Wade.

British Emigrants to Natal

"Immigration to the area known as Natal began in earnest at the end of the 1840s when it acquired colonial status, and coincided with the exodus of the Dutch from the colony and the economic downturn in Britain . . . John Lidgett and Richard Hackett brought Wesleyans on the ships Hebrides, John Bright, Herald, Nile and Choice." - from "Ancestors onthe Move: A History of Overseas Travel: by Karen Foy.


British Emigrants Enroute to Natal c1850

In 1850 John Lidgett had acquired 10,000 acres for his Natal, South Africa settlement scheme. He divided the land into 60 acre allotments for sale to the immigrants. He transported the settlers to South Africa aboard his ship, the NILE.

NILE

The "Nile" was a brig, 130 ft. long, of 237 tons, with a draft of ten and a half feet. She was commanded by Captain Sinclair. See George Thomas Franklin for a description of another settler family's experience aboard the NILE and in Natal.

In Natal

The immigrants landed in Durban. It took over a week by ox wagon from there to Houtboschrand, where they were settled on allotments. The area soon became known as Lidgett’s Town, and ultimately Lidgetton.

George and Robert Hesom may have initially settled in Deighton.

"From about the mid-1880's to the mid-1890's [Vicar Thomas] Brayhirst concentrated on farming at Deighton. When he made his will in Nov. 1898 he was managing the Dudley Coal Mine near Dundee. He died four years later at the age of 84.

It appears that Owen Owens's stepsons Robert Hesom and George Hesom* were both associated with Brayhirst in business at one time or another. From the Hesom papers in the Kit Bird collection one learns that George at one stage traded with Brayhirst among the Boers of northern Natal and the Transvaal. Robert, according to his obituary in the Natal Witness 1 Feb. 1884, went into partnership with Brayhirst in 1865 [sic] as a butcher, shortly before opening his own business." - from "British Settlers in Natal, 1824-1857" by Shelagh O. Spencer, pg. 32

George's children were,
(24) Elizabeth Anne Hesom (1842), the daughter of George and Elizabeth, was baptized in March 1842 in Rugby, Warwickshire
(24) Mary Hesom (1842), the daughter of George and Elizabeth, was baptized in March 1842 in Rugby, Warwickshire
(24) George Thomas Hesom (1843), born in Rugby, Warwickshire, later of South Africa
(24) Robert Hesom (1845), born in Rugby, Warwickshire, later of South Africa

Other Hesom's of Warwickshire

(25) Harriet Hesom (1894)

The daughter of William and Harriet Hesom, she was baptized on 5 December 1894 in Ashted, Warwick, England.

(23) David Hysom (c1814)
(22) Thomas Hysom (c1785)

David Hysom, the son of Thomas Hysom, married Charlotte Morris, the daughter of John Morris, on 28 March 1844 in Newbold-Pacey, Warwickshire. This was in the Stratford-on-Avon registration district. Could David's father be Thomas Hesom (1773), the son of Thomas Hesom (c1742)?

A daughter, named Emma, the daughter of David Hysom and Charlotte Morris, was born on 15 February 1844 in Newbold Pacey.


Norfolk

Nicholas Hessham

A Nicholas Hessham, of Norwich diocese [Norfolk], had a dispensation for plurality. - from "Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland." This sounds like a cleric who was allowed to hold two benefices at one time. Unfortunately I cannot get into this document to see the date of this citation. See also on the Heyshams of Yorkshire page, Nicholas Hessham was also a name used for the Hanseatic merchant.

Joan Hissom (1560)

Joan Hissom married John Amis on 10 September 1586 at Saint Clement, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

William Haysham (1620)

William Haysham married Margaret Smith on 19 September 1646 at St Lawrence, Norwich, Norfolk, England.


Suffolk

(13) William Hysham (c1450)

"In 1481 Richard Norton sued William Hysham of Wetheringsett [Suffolk], clerk, and Humphrey Everton and Anne his wife, previously the wife of Reignald Brook, esquire, administrators of the said late Reignald." - from the "History of Parliament" by Anne Holt.

Jone Haysom (c1530)

Jone Haysom married Robert Hakon on 23 September 1560 in Hacheston, Suffolk, England.

Roger Hasham (c1640)

Roger Hasham married Alice Parker on 19 June 1670 at Saint Mary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.


Worcester

I've learned to distrust variants of the name that include "a" in the first syllable. This seems to indicate someone of the Haysham, Haysom, Hysom family of southwestern England. Via DNA analysis we know they are not part of our family. I've also seen Hasham in New England for a family originally known as Haversham.

(14) Robert Hassham (c1517)

"Hassham, Robert, Whychford. . . W.I.", will of 1577 - from "Calendar of Wills and Administrations in the Consistory Court of Worcester."

(14) James Hasham (c1525)

Of Whichford. "James Hasham, husbandman, Wchford. . . W.I.", will of 1584 - from "Calendar of Wills and Administrations in the Consistory Court of Worcester, 1451-1600." This is in the neighborhood of Evesham, which was on occasion known as Esham, and, perhaps, Hasham. Whichford is a parish in the hundred of Kineton, in the county of Warwick, 5 miles southeast of Shipston-on-Stour. It comprises the township of Stourton and the hamlets of Ascott and Whichford.

Peter Hisom (1624)

Peter Hisom was christened on 6 March 1624 at All Saints, Worcester, Worcester, England.

Steve Hissem
San Diego, California