Name: Henry Hussey
Birth: ABT 1343
Residence: Sittingbourne, Kent
Change Date: 19 APR 2013
Henry Hussey, son of Mark Hussey and Margery Verdun LeBlount Hussey, was born about 1343. He was shown as "age 6 and over" in 1349 at the time of the death of his grandfather, Henry Hussey. Sir Henry Hussey supported the opponents of King Richard II in Sussex, according to "The Loyal Conspiracy" by Anthony Goodman. It seems that the court was thereafter prejudiced against him.
Although he was proved to be the heir of his father and grandfather in several inquisitions, Henry Hussey was wheedled out of his inheritance, in violation of the English custom of progeniture, according to "Pedigrees from Plea Records."
His uncle, Henry Hussey inherited Standen Hussey manor, Freefolk manor, Hascombe manor and Harting manor to the exclusion of Henry Hussey. Even his mother's portion of the Verdun lands, which would appear to have been his due, seems to have been settled during his minority in 1357 on his mother and her third husband "and the heirs of their bodies." Henry Hussey took his uncle, Henry Hussey, to court and won the case, but the king reversed the court's decision July 10, 1367 and "pardoned Sir Henry Hussee for his outlawry," according
to "Patent Rolls."
Henry Hussey was married about 1368, wife's name Margaret.
When she died she was buried in the chancel of St. Mary the Virgin in the church of Sittingbourne, Kent. He was remarried about 1370, wife's name Christian.
On May 10, 1372 Henry Hussey gave an assignment of his rights to Eling manor to William Wykeham, Bishop of
Winchester, expectant on the death of Sir Hugh de Camoys, who held the property for life. He released his interest in Paddington manor in 1373 to John de Kyngesfold, according to "History of Surrey." On August 7, 1374 he nominated attorneys in Ireland and before October 19, 1377 granted to Sir John de Arundel the reversion of all lands of his heritage in Somersetshire, Huntingdonshire, Sussex and Cambridgeshire "held for life by Elizabeth, who was the wife of Sir Ralph Spigurnel," according to "Complete Peerage."
In 1385 Henry Hussey, possibly, and others were commissioned to "inquire about the malefactors who entered
the king's free warren in the Isle of Sheppey, Kent and hunted therein without license and took away hares, conies, pheasants and partridges," according to "Patent Rolls."
His uncle, Henry Hussey died in 1384, and in 1393 Henry Hussey again contested the loss of his inheritance by
instigating a suit against Henry Hussey, his cousin, and son of Henry Hussey. The suit was filed for recovery of 1/3 of Harting manor. In the legal proceedings Henry Hussey traced his lineage through his father and his grandfather for the court, but again to no avail because his cousin was called into military service. On the day of the trial Henry Hussey was in the king's service guarding Sandgate Castle, and, under English law, had the king's protection for one year.
Henry Hussey apparently gave up the legal struggle to obtain his inheritance afterwards. In 1407 he was a resident of Sittingbourne, Kent. He wrote his will January 22, 1407-08 requesting burial in the chancel of St. Mary the Virgin next to his wife. Among pious bequests he gave 10 shillings for a pilgrimage to Walsingham and 20 shillings for a pilgrimage to Bridlinton, Yorkshire and "33s 4d. for masses for the repose of his soul at Aylsford and Canterbury, Kent. To Mark Hussey, his son, he bequeathed his coat of armor and his great silver-handled poniard (dagger) and two horses; he directed that all his goods wheresoever in Kent should be divided into three parts of which his "wife, Christian, was to have one part and my sons and daughters another part, together with the residue of my own part," according to "Complete Peerage."
It appears that the will was proved in 1408.
Father: Marcus Hussey b: ABT 1317
Mother: Margery Verdon b: ABT 1319 in Alton, Staffordshire
- Mary Hussey b: ABT 1389 in Holbrook, Somerset
- John Hussey b: ABT 1385
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Author: Arlee Gowen
Title: The Hussey Millennium
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Title: The Hussey Manuscript