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Robert Thornton Heysham settled in Australia in the 1850's after his India service, and after gaining his inheritance. However, he had no children.

There is a Haysom family that settled in Melbourne, Victoria and another in Perth, in western Australia. They are probably descendents of the Haysom/Hysom family of Dorset and Somerset, and so probably not related to our family.

The following are descendents of the Heesom family of the East Riding, Yorkshire. As such, they should be part of the G2a3b1 haplogroup, and related to the Hissem family of America.

The Heesom's of Yorkshire Who Emigrated to Australia

(24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)
(15) Raphe Hesome of Barnsley (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) Georg. Hesom (c1600) (18) Edward Esume (1644) (19) William Hesome (1680) (20) Thomas Hesome (1713) (21) Thomas Heesom (1744) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810)

Of East Riding. John Underwood Heesom was christened on 17 December 1837 at Elloughton With Brough, Yorkshire, England, the son of Jacob Heesom and Sarah Underwood.

In the 1841 census of Elloughton, Yorkshire as John Easom [?], 3. In the 1851 census of Elloughton, Yorkshire as John Heesom, 13, of Elloughton.

John married Mary Jane Sherwood in 1858 at Welton, Yorkshire and soon after emigrated to Australia, arriving at Geelong on 24 February 1859 onboard the JESSIE MUNN. Mary was born in Welton, Yorkshire in 1839, the daughter of John and Rebecca Sherwood.

John did odd jobs in Geelong, including road work, running a merry-go-round, and driving a carriage.

Mary Jane died on 27 April 1869 at the age of 29 and was buried in the Geelong Western Public cemetery. John then married Mary Blake, a dressmaker at Geelong.

In 1876 land became available for settlement in Hazelwood and John settled in what is now Hazelwood Pondage. "They built a wattle and daub home and separate kitchen, as was the fashion in those days and so began to settle into farm life . . . Water was obtained from Eel Hole Creek about [sic] quarter of a mile away and in the beginning it was the children's job to carry the water to the house." - from Helen Heesom.

John settled in the Boolarra district, in the Latrobe valley of Victoria, Australia.

". . . family; details of early life at Scrubby Forest; Hazelwood run, Bennett's creek; list of early settlers and settlement of the Boolarra district; particular reference to Nicol Brown, William Hillier, John Heesom, John Shields and John McMillan; . . ." - from "Sources of Victoria's Heritage"
Boolarra is a small township located in the Latrobe Valley, in central Gippsland. Gippsland is a large rural region in Victoria, Australia. It begins immediately east of the suburbs of Melbourne and stretches to the New South Wales border. Boolarra is at one end of the Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which travels for 13 kilometres through temperate rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest in the Strzelecki Ranges. Scrubby Forest, Hazelwood and Bennett's creek were squatting runs.













In a local man's rememberance of the early settlement of Morwell, also in the Latrobe Valley, mention is made of "Gooding's Post Office which was situted on the farm known as Heesom's."

John was listed in the electoral rolls from 1909 to 1919.

- 1909 for Balaclava district, Victoria, Australia.
- 1914 & 1919 for Henty district, Victoria - Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936
Balaclava is today a suburb of northern Melbourne. Henty is an agricultural district west of Melbourne, today known for its wines. John was also a member of the Morwell Water Trust.

When better land with a river frontage became available, the family moved to Middle Creek, Yinnar. Later John and Mary retired to Black Rock where they bought a property. This property was later left to Martha while the Middle Creek farm went to Edmund.

Mary died on 16 January 1912 at the age of 80. John U. Heesom died in Sandringham, Victoria, Australia on 11 May 1923 and buried in the Cheltenham cemetery, next to Mary. For more, see "The Story of the Heesoms" by Ruth Place.

John's children with Mary Jane Sherwood were,
(25) Sarah Rebecca Heesom (1862), died at 21
(25) Ann Heesom (c1862), died young
(25) Jessie Heesom (c1864), died young
(25) Thomas Heesom (1864), died at 21
(25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

John's children with Mary Blake were,
(25) Martha Heesom (1871)

(25) Sarah Rebecca Heesom (1862)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)

She was born in 1862. She died on 26 January 1883 in Hazelwood, Latrobe City, Victoria at the age of 21, from TB. She was buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

(25) Ann Heesom (1862)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)

1909 in Balaclava - Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936. However, according to another family researcher in Australia, she died young.

(25) Jessie Heesom (c1865)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)

According to another family researcher in Australia, she [he?] died young.

(25) Thomas Heesom (1864)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)

Thomas was born in 1864. He died on 12 February 1885 in Hazelwood, Latrobe City, Victoria at the age of 22, from TB. He was buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

(25) Edmund "Ted" Heesom (1865)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837)

Edmund, the son of John Underwood Heesom and Mary J. Sherwood, was born on 8 August 1865 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Edmund bought "about 150 acres 5 miles south of Yinnar along Whitelaw's track, at the foot of the Budgeree Hills." - from Helen Heesom. There, after clearing the land, he started a dairy herd.

p> He married Jessie Irvine in November 1894 in Willow Grove, Victoria. She was born in 1870.

Edmund was listed in the Electoral Rolls for 1909, 1914, 1919, 1924 in Gippsland - Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936. Jessie Heesom was listed in the electoral rolls for 1909 and 1914, in Gippsland - Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936.

Edmund had inherited his father's farm at Middle Creek when the old man died in 1923.

Jessie Irvine Heesom died on 7 June 1919 in Sandringham, Bayside City, Victoria.

"HEESOM.-On the 7th June, at Sandringham
Jessie, dearly beloved wife of Edmund Heesom of Pine Grove, Yinnar, South Gippsland, and loving mother of Mary, Edith Thomas, John, and Ethel, aged 49 years.

Nearer, my God, to Thee." - from the Melbourne Argus of 9 June 1919
Jessie was buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

The following was a caption to a photograph I cannot copy. Edmund was the elected representative of Morwell, a town in Gippsland.

"GIPPSLAND COUNCILLORS WAIT ON STATE MINISTERS.
Representatives of shires and boroughs of Gippsland formed a deputation which waited yesterday on most of the State Ministers with various requests. In tho group are, from left to right:
-First Row-Councillors T. W. Murphy (Bairnsdale), J. R. Coate (Lakes Entrance); T. Hodgd (Tambo), W. Wilson (Berwick), A. Inglis (Mirboo), E. S. Whittakers (Traralgon), and W. C. Kingston (Warragul).
Second Row-J. S. Lister (Rosedalo), R. Stockdale (Narracan), W. Grose (Omeo), and J. Allan (Toora).
Back Row-S. Purdy (Maffra), E. Heesom (Morwell), J. Arohibald (Bruthen), Mr. Lind, M.L.A., Councillor A. E. Rodwell (Orbost), Mr. S. Langslow (Health department), and Mr. C. S. Ogllvy (Warragul)." - from the Melbourne Argus of 5 August 1926
He died on 26 April 1930 in Boolarra, Latrobe City, Victoria. He was buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

Edmund's children were,
(26) Mary Jane Sherwood Heesom (1895)
(26) Edith Myra Heesom (1898)
(26) Thomas Edmund Heesom (1899)
(26) John "Jack" William Heesom (1900)
(26) Jessie Ethel Heesom (1901), a teacher, unmarried
(26) Robert Heesom (1903), he died young

(26) Mary Jane Sherwood Heesom (1895)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837) (25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

Mary Jane Sherwood, the daughter of Edmund Heesom and Jessie Irvine, was born on 10 February 1895 in Yinnar, Victoria. She married William Earl. She died on 12 December 1966 in Geelong, Victoria.

(26) Edith Myra Heesom (1898)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837) (25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

Edith Myra, the daughter of Edmund Heesom and Jessie Irvine, was born on 1 June 1898 in Yinnar, Victoria. 1919 in Gippsland - Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936. A housekeeper, she did not marry. Edith died on 6 December 1978 in Geelong [Traralgon], Victoria.

(26) Thomas Edmund Heesom (1899)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837) (25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

Thomas Edmund, the son of Edmund Heesom and Jessie Irvine, was born on 8 December 1899 in Morwell, Victoria. He became a teacher, then later an accountant. At the end of his life he was working at the Mint.

Thomas married Maud Agnes Tracy on 1 December 1924 in Ascot Valley, Victoria. Another researcher shows a marriage to Ada Lauretta Harwood. "The Story of the Heesoms" says he married three times.

Electoral Rolls of Victoria:

1924 in Euroa, Echuca
1931 in Sandringham, Henty
1936 in Kyabram, Echuca
1937 in Ferntree Gully, Flinders 1942 in Elsternwick, Balaclava
1963 in Ferntree Gully, La Trobe
1968 in Knox, La Trobe
1972 in Croyden, La Trobe

Thomas died in 1976 in Croyden, Victoria. I don't know of any children.

(26) John "Jack" William Heesom (1900)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837) (25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

John William, the son of Edmund Heesom and Jessie Irvine, was born on 14 August 1900 in Morwell, Victoria, Australia. A local Councilor. He became a teacher like his elder brother, but also farmed.

John married Freda Heinrich of Madalya, near Yarram.

In the Morwell, Gippsland district, Victoria Electoral Rolls, of 1931, 1936, 1937, 1954. Heesom Crescent in Churchill was named for John.

John William died on 7 July 1958, at the age of 58, in Yinnar South, Latrobe City, Victoria, Australia. Freda died on 24 October 2002. Both were buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

John's children were,
(27) John "Jack" Edmond Heesom (1934), I believe he was born on 17 April 1934, married Helen Jean Whitelaw in 1955. Jack died on 22 December 2001. Helen was born on 25 October 1936 and died on 6 April 2013.
- (28) Heather Heesom (1956)
- (28) Lynne Heesom (1957)
- (28) Jenny Heesom (1959)
- (28) Ian "Sam" Heesom (1967)

Of Yinnar. His wife is Michelle Fairbrother. A carpenter by trade, Ian works with one of the local builders at Dinner Plain. He is an overnight supervisor at the Alpine School. He likes motor bike riding, Golf and Fishing. A member of the Mid Gippsland Football League. Michelle Heesom works for Crystal Creek and they have the catering contract at the school so she cooks lunches, 4 days a week as well as doing overnight supervision. Trent Heesom is their son.

-- (29) Trent Heesom (1994)
(27) Margaret Heesom (c1930), married Geoff Whitelaw in 1955
(27) William "Bill" Frederick Heesom (1938)

He was born on 15 April 1938. He married Beth Hoghton [or Edith?]. Father of Leanne, Janet, Craig and Robyn. Grandfather of Beau, Alice, Kaesha, Dylan, Thomas, Connor, and Jade. He died on 26 November 2006 and was buried in the Hazelwood cemetery.

"E.M HEESOM & The Trustee for William Frederick Heesom Estate is a Family Partnership based in or near Jumbuk, Yinnar & Yinnar South in Victoria, Australia. E.M HEESOM & The Trustee for William Frederick Heesom Estate is a registered Australian Business . . ."

- (28) Leanne Heesom, married Phil Ormerod, children are Kaisha and Dylan
- (28) Janet Heesom, married Hue Taysom, children are Beau and Alice
- (28) Craig [William?] Heesom, married Maria Mansfield
-- (29) Thomas Heesom
-- (29) Connor Heesom
-- (29) Jade Heesom
- (28) Robyn Heesom, Team Manager for Phil Webster's Car #53, Moe Engines Racing
(27) Edmund "Ted" Heesom (c1930), married Christine Renshaw
- (28) Katherine Heesom
- (28) Peter Heesom
- (28) Paul Heesom

(26) Robert Heesom (1903)
(21) Thomas Heesom (1743) (22) Thomas Heesom (1773) (23) Jacob Heesom (1810) (24) John Underwood Heesom (1837) (25) Edmund Heesom (1865)

Robert, the son of Edmund Heesom and Jessie Irvine, was born and died in 1903 in Yinnar South, Victoria.

Heesom Strays of Australia

(27) Thomas Ian Heesom (1936)

Thomas Ian Heesom married Clare Elizabeth Randall, the daughter of Albert Lewis Randall and Barbara Clare Allnutt.

Thomas Ian Heesom was in the Australian Army Apprentices Association Graduation List, graduating in 1955, as a vehicle mechanic. He was also in the Officer Cadet School list, graduating in December 1957, as RAEME (Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). Col. Sgt [Color Sergeant] T. I. Heesom won the Governor General's Medal for his performance as well as the Field/Tactics prize. Color Sergeant is roughly equivalent to the U.S. Navy's Chief Petty Officer, the seventh step in enlisted ranks.

Thomas Ian Heesom was in the Electoral Rolls for 1963, of Liverpool, Werria, New South Wales, Australia. In the 1968 rolls, of Sandringham, Isaacs, Victoria. In the 1977 and 1980 rolls, of Fraser, Australian Capital Territory.

"Thomas I. Heesom, born in 1936 in Victoria, Australia and in 1957 was commissioned in to the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). In 1965, as a captain, he was posted to Vietnam as senior EME on HQ AAFV and concurrently commanded the Australian Workshop at Bien Hoa in supoort of IRAR attached to 173rd Abn. Bde.

After staff appointments with RAEME HQ he attended the Royal Military College of Science, UK during 1969-70 and was subsequently posted to lieutenant colonel management positions in computing, material and logistics with Department of Defense. Tom resigned from the Regular Army in 1978 but continued service with the Reserve until 1986 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During 1983-89 he worked as logistics and project programming manager with Plessy/Siemens. In 1987 he introduced the International Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE) to Australia and served as director until 1990.

He holds the Vietnam Medal, National Medal w/clasp, Defense Force Service Medal w/clasp, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and from July 4, 1991, the Emblem of the US Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Tom currently runs his own logistics consultancy and resides with his wife, Clare, in Coffs Harbor, a coastal town in northern New South Wales." - from "173rd Airborne Brigade: Sky Soldiers" by Jame R. Bradley

The Australian force in Vietnam comprised two companies of infantry, an armored personnel carrier unit, a field battery of artillery, and engineers from the 3rd Field Troop, Royal Australian Engineers, presumably Tom's unit. Being too small to operate independently, the Australian force was placed under the command of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade. Bien Hoa is about 25 kilometers east of Saigon. Lt Col T.I. Heesom wrote an historical note on 1 ALSC Det. RAEME, Bien Hoa, South vietnam in 1982.

Tom's wife, Clare, works at Southern Cross University in the Learning Assistance and Academic Support office in Coffs Harbor. Clare Elizabeth Heesom was a graduate of the University of New England in 2009 - any relation?

Below is a photograph of Tom, in the center, in later life.


(26) Bernard Anthony Heesom (1925)

Bernard was born on 24 June 1925 in Warrington, Cheshire, England. His mother was a Holan. Berard [sic] A. Heesom married Mary Littlewood in 1950 in Warrington. She was born on 11 April 1929 in Warrington, Cheshire. She died on 19 July 1994 in Campbelltown City, South Australia. He died on 24 June 2000. He was buried in Enfield Memorial Park in Adelaide, South Australia.

(28) Greg Heesom (c1965)

Mr Greg Heesom, National Manager, International Humanitarian Law, Australian Red Cross. Legal Counsel for the Asia Pacific Forum Secretariat, Level 8 Piccadilly Tower, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Christine Heesom

Of Gippsland. She may work at the Shire Council.

Mike Heesom

Of New South Wales.


The Haysom's of Wiltshire & Hampshire Who Emigrated to Australia

The Haysom's of this part of England are of a different DNA haplogroup, R2, than those of East Yorkshire and therefore not related.

(21) Henry Haysome (1752)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718)

Henry Haysome was baptized on 3 May 1752 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire. He married Hannah. He died on 31 March 1808 in Burghclere, Hampshire. Their children were Elizabeth, Richard, Susannah, Henry, John, and William.

(22) William Haysome (1785)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718) (21) Henry Haysome (1752)

William was born on 8 June 1785 and baptized on 27 May 1787 in Burghclere, Hampshire. He married Ruth Chalice in about 1808. Ruth was born on 4 August 1789 in Turnham Green, Middlesex, England. Ruth died in August 1856 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. William died in April 1858 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England.

His children were Henry, Charles, John, William, Thomas, George, Edward, Maria, and Elizabeth. Those that emigrated to Australia were,
(23) Henry Haysom (1809)
(23) William Haysom (1816)
(23) George Haysom (1822)
(23) Edward Haysom (1825)

(23) Henry Haysom (1809)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718) (21) Henry Haysome (1752) (22) William Haysome (1785)

Henry was born on 8 October 1809 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. He married Jane Langfield on 11 November 1832 in Chieveley, Berkshire, England. Jane was born on 10 March 1811 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. They emigrated to Australia. Henry died on 26 May 1872 in Fitzroy [Melbourne], Victoria, Australia. Jane died on 22 February 1896 in North Carlton, Victoria.

William Haysom (1834)

William, the son of Henry Haysom and Jane Langfield, was born in 1834 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Harriet Haysom (1835)

Harriet, the daughter of Henry Haysom and Jane Langfield, was born in 1835 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Ruth Haysom (1837)

Ruth, the daughter of Henry Haysom and Jane Langfield, was born in 1837 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Mary Jane Haysom (1840)

Mary Jane, the daughter of Henry Haysom and Jane Langfield, was born in 1840 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Henry Haysom Jr. (1842)

Henry, the son of Henry Haysom and Jane Langfield, was born in 1842 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Elizabeth Haysom (1846)

Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry and Jane Haysom, was born on 27 September 1846 in St. James, Melbourne, New South Wales.


(23) William Haysom (1816)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718) (21) Henry Haysome (1752) (22) William Haysome (1785)

William was born on 14 July 1816 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. He married Jane Crocker on 23 March 1842 in East Woodhay. He died on 12 May 1869 in Undalya, South Australia. They had no known children.


The Haysom's of Perth, Australia

(23) George Haysom (1822)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718) (21) Henry Haysome (1752) (22) William Haysome (1785)

William was born on 8 September 1822 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. He married Harriet Smith on 23 April 1842 in East Woodhay. He died on 19 May 1868 in Perth, Western Australia. They had no known children.

(23) Edward Haysom (1825)
(19) Henry Haysum (c1688) (20) Richard Haysum (1718) (21) Henry Haysome (1752) (22) William Haysome (1785)

Edward Haysome was born on 10 April 1825 in East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. He married Elizabeth Iles on 23 March 1847 in England. They emigrated and had a family in Perth, Australia. He died on 14 May 1864 in Guildford, Western Australia. Their children were Charles, Henry, Ruth Maria, Ellen H., Elizabeth, George B., Harriet and Edward.

Steve Hissem
San Diego, California