Romsey Parish Records for Emery's

This came from, Reminiscences of a Newburyport, Nonagenarian by Sarah Anna Emery (1879) pg. 149-50.



NEHGS REGISTER OCT. 1935 pgs. 376-7

John and Anthony Emery both carpenters, came from Romsey, co., Hants, England, embarked of the James at Southampton in 1635 for New England. The former settled at Newbury, Massachusetts and the latter at Kittery, Maine. In Jan. 1935 Miss Marian K. Dale a former assistant of Miss Lillian J. Redstone and now engaged in independent genealogical research, examined the parish records of Romsey, with the object of obtaining all entries at the proper period under the name Emery and its variants. Miss Dale states that the vicar of Romsey said to her: "Almost everybody who have searched the register has been looking for Emery's". It seems a pity that this work should be constantly repeated and therefore the results of Miss Dale's search are set forth below. The Romsey Registers begin in the year 1569 and were examined for all entries until 1635 and for burials until 1640.

1594 Jun. 16 - - John Emery buried
1597 Oct. 24 - - Thomas Emery and Thomasine Carter married
1599 Nov. 29 - - John Emery s/o John Emery baptized
1601 Aug. 29 - - Anthony Emery s/o John Emery baptized
1601 Sep. 7 - - - Ellin Emery baptized
1604 Oct. 6 - - - Hugh Emery s/o John Emerye baptized
1610 Sep. 14 - - Margery Emory buried
1624 Nov. 7 - - Helena d/o John Emmorie baptized
1626 Nov. 1 - - - Anne Emry buried
1627 Jun. 25 - - John Emry buried
1628 Feb. 3 - - - John s/o John Emry baptized (1628/9)
1631 Sep. 18 - - James s/o Anthony Emry baptized
1632 Mar. 18 - - Anne d/o John Emry baptized (1632/3)

As the registers contain no Emery entries between 1569 and 1594 it seems certain that this family came to Romsey from some other parish about the latter date.

Miss Dale also examined Emery wills and administrations (1502-1652) in the various probate registries for Hampshire at Winchester and found nothing which related to the Emery family of Romsey.

A copy of a Hampshire subsidy roll (1620-28) in the office of Alfred Trego Butler, Windsor herald at the College of Arms, lists Emery's in the parish of N. Baddesley, Besterns, Liphan, and Middletown and Forton but none in Romsey.

Miss Dale also examined the Romsey portion of the Hampshire subsidies of 36 Elizabeth (174/418) and 40 Elizabeth (174/448), Rentals and surveys and 33 Elizabeth (D. L. Misc. Br. 116) and court rolls of Romsey 3,31,35,40 Elizabeth (Portf. 201/42,43,46) all in the public record office, and the account rolls of the manor of Romsey 1358-50 (Harleian rolls I,13,Fo 22 and I, 14) in the British Museum, and found no reference to Emery.

From the entries in the register it appears that the emigrants were the brothers John and Anthony Emery, baptized 1599 and 1602 respectively sons of John who was buried in 1627.

Both brothers married before coming to New England.

James son of Anthony baptized in 1631 was with his father at Kittery.

Of the children of John Emery, emigrant, Helena, baptized in 1624 was doubtless Eleanor who married John Bailey of Newbury and Anne baptized 1632/3 married Newbury, November 25, 1653 James Ordway.

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