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Kessey family

Kessey

Origin of the surname
The surname Kessey (an adaptation of "Casey") was adopted by the family of Thomas Casey in the 1850s. He arrived in Australia as a convict in 1818 and several of his sons also fell foul of the law and spent time in gaol. It was common, at that time in Australia's history, for ex-convicts to hide their origins as much as possible, even from their own descendants. It is likely that this was the main reason why Thomas Casey adopted the surname Kessey for his family.

There are no "Kessey" birth records in NSW prior to 1857. The birth record for Thomas' son William, born in 1853, uses "Casey". From 1857 onwards, however, the "Kessey" spelling is used almost invariably. It was used on the marriage certificate when Thomas' son John married Mary Ann Hanrahan on 27 August 1857 and on their pre-nuptial agreement dated two weeks earlier. Perhaps the change was prompted by the stigma implied by that agreement; it was designed to ensure that Mary Ann, not her future husband, would retain ownership of the land given by her parents as a wedding gift.

The new spelling was used a few months later when the birth of  Thomas' granddaughter was registered - Mary Ann (daughter of Thomas junior and his wife Sarah Ann Grose). The new spelling thereafter became the norm. The only subsequent aberration was the spelling "Kasey" on the 1858 birth registration for James (eldest son of John and Mary Ann Hanrahan).

Australia
Thomas Kessey was born Thomas Casey and was transported to Australia as a convict under his birth name in 1818. He had been convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing two sheep. The court transcript indicates that he was living on his father's farm but does not give his father's name. Oral history records that his mother's maiden name was Langford.

He was transported to Australia on the convict ship General Stewart under captain Robert Granger, arriving at Sydney on the last day of 1818. Also aboard was another of my ancestors: Isaac Kemp.

Robert Granger was an incompetent and cruel captain. The voyage of the General Stewart was a nightmare for all on board, particularly the convicts. Many convicts died and many more were hospitalised in Sydney after the ship arrived on New Year's Eve after five and a half months of misery.

Thomas was described on the ship's indent as just 5 feet tall, round face, fair to ruddy complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair. He was 20 years old.

Two years later he was working as a storekeeper at the NSW Commissariat. He was later promoted to Overseer of Town Carts, for which service he was allocated one convict helper.

In 1826 he started a carrying business in partnership with an ex-convict, William Boyle. They carried goods between Sydney and Bathurst, a very difficult journey over the recently-conquered Blue Mountains. He met his future wife, Judith Grady, during this time and they were married at Kelso, near Bathurst, on 22 December 1832.

After serving his time, Thomas settled in the Bathurst district of NSW near Rockley and raised a large family of four sons and eight daughters.

Kessey ancestors
Our Kessey ancestors include:

Kessey stories

The following Kessey family stories are published on this website.

Kessey Clan

The Kessey clan is descended from Thomas Cassey and his wife, Judith Grady.

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  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
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Thomas Cassey
(b. 1794, d. 1882)
Judith Grady
(b. 1815, d. 1883)
Thomas Kessey
(b. 1833, d. 1903)
Sarah A. Grose
(b. 1838, d. 1889)
MaryAnne Kessey
(b. 1859, d. 1900)
Charles Graham
(b. Abt 1855)
Herbert Graham
(b. Abt 1898)
?
Louisa Kessey
(b. 1861, d. 1927)
Thomas Gardiner
(b. Abt 1858, d. 1888)
Ernest E. Gardiner
(b. 1883, d. 1937)
Edward E. Gardiner
(b. 1918, d. 1991)
Olive A. Daunt
(b. 1919, d. 2013)
Dulcie L. Gardiner
(b. 1920, d. 2007)
Clarence Rashleigh
(b. 1920, d. 2009)
Mabel M. Gardiner
(b. 1885, d. 1958)
Sydney H. Vane
(b. 1871, d. 1936)
Leslie V. O'Sullivan
(b. 1893, d. 1939)
Maureen M. O'Sullivan
(b. 1929, d. 2006)
Robert C. McLean
(b. 1925, d. 2000)
Ian C. McLean
(b. 1967)
Lesley T. O'Sullivan
(b. 1931, d. 1954)
Myrtle M. Vane
(b. 1904, d. 1998)
William R. Miers
(b. 1900, d. 1964)
Bertie S. Vane
(b. 1910, d. 2001)
Dorothy A. Gohdes
(b. 1908, d. 1942)
Nola M. Vane
(b. 1934)
Joan M. Vane
(b. 1936)
Vera I. Horton
(b. 1925, d. 1997)
Alice Vane
(b. 1916)
Edward A. Vane
(b. 1923, d. 1981)
Marjorie Fuller
(b. 1925, d. 1960)
Unknown Vane
(b. 1947, d. 1947)
Gary Vane
(b. 1954)
Judy A. Watts
(b. 1925)
Irwin A. Vane
(b. 1971)
Thomas P. Vane
(b. 1925, d. 2001)
Edwin A. Vane
(b. 1926)
Eric A. Vane
(b. 1927, d. 1973)
Phyllis Stein
(b. 1930)
Karen J. Vane
(b. 1955)
John L. Vane
(b. 1929, d. 1971)
Eva L. Gardiner
(b. 1887, d. 1951)
James B. Betts
(b. 1879, d. 1961)
James A. Betts
(b. 1907, d. 1986)
Dorothy Brown
(b. 1910)
Emily E. Betts
(b. 1910, d. 1985)
Herbert A. O'Brien
(b. 1905, d. 1983)
Leslie A. Betts
(b. 1913, d. 1987)
Eva A. Betts
(b. 1915, d. 1995)
Reginald A. Osborne
(b. 1910, d. 1986)
William Thomson
(b. 1861, d. 1919)
William Thomson
(b. 1889, d. 1889)
Bertie S. Thomson
(b. 1891, d. 1909)
Lewis J. Thomson
(b. 1892, d. 1967)
Bertha A. Thomson
(b. 1895, d. 1993)
Mavis Irvine
(b. 1920)
Oliver L. Thomson
(b. 1898, d. 1983)
Phyllis I. Irvine
(b. 1900, d. 1982)
Unknown Thomson
(b. 1920, d. 1920)
Arthur W. Thomson
(b. 1899, d. 1988)
Vera Scott
(b. 1900, d. 1961)
Arthur W. Thomson
(b. 1923, d. 2005)
Vena Thomson
(b. 1924)
Mary Thomson
(b. 1928)
Noel Thomson
(b. 1930)
Dot Thomson
(b. 1932)
Nancy Thomson
(b. 1934)
Kevin Thomson
(b. 1936)
Albert Milliner
(b. 1905, d. 1938)
June Milliner
(b. 1926)
Kevin Todd
(b. 1925)
Debra L. Todd
(b. 1960)
Scott Todd
(b. 1962)
Ralph Wald
(b. 1925)
William T. Kessey
(b. 1863, d. 1943)
Emily T. Kessey
(b. 1872, d. 1872)
Eva M. Kessey
(b. 1876, d. 1877)
John Kessey
(b. 1836, d. 1902)
Mary A. Hanrahan
(b. 1828, d. 1907)
James Kessey
(b. 1858, d. 1944)
Mary J. Press
(b. 1867, d. 1951)
Mary G. Kessey
(b. 1891, d. 1941)
Garnet Martin
(b. Abt 1890)
James H. ("Harold") Kessey
(b. 1893, d. 1957)
Eva T. Hade
(d. 1966)
Terrence Kessey
(b. 1923, d. 2001)
Elizabeth V. Peate
(b. 1925, d. 2001)
Michael P. Kessey
(b. 1954, d. 1955)
Moya Kessey
(b. 1924)
Fabian Kessey
(b. 1928)
Beatrice S. ("Beat") Kessey
(b. 1895, d. 1951)
Harold Martin
(b. Abt 1890, d. 1967)
Dick Henry
(d. 1961)
Joseph A. ("Joe") Kessey
(b. 1899, d. 1970)
Joy V. Kessey
(b. 1929)
John H. Kessey
(b. 1902, d. 1974)
Cynthia V. Collins
(b. 1906, d. 2001)
?
Madeline R. Kessey
(b. Abt 2005)
?
Horace M. Kessey
(b. 1928, d. 2015)
Judy Kessey
(b. 1954)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Jane Langridge
(b. 1945, d. 2013)
Nita C. Bye
(b. 1932, d. 1974)
Dimity Unknown
(b. Abt 1960)
Halvene T. Kessey
(b. 1934, d. 2005)
Reginald B. Fleming
(b. 1929, d. 2016)
John H. Hull
(b. 1936)
Luke J. Hull
(b. 1987, d. 1989)
Kristy Holyoake
(b. Abt 1986)
Alice Hull
(b. 2012)
Mark Hull
(b. 1962)
Jennie Hull
(b. 1970)
?
Emma J. Hull
(b. 1993)
Mia McMillan
(b. 2014)
David Roberts
(b. 1975)
April Roberts
(b. 2001)
Kate Roberts
(b. 2003)
?
Halvar L. Dugan
(b. Abt 1930)
Alice M. Williams
(b. Abt 1927)
Kevin Dugan
(b. Abt 1951)
Tony Dugan
(b. Abt 1953)
Hilton D. Kessey
(b. 1909, d. 1977)
Josephine V. Shannon
(b. Abt 1916, d. 1983)
Philip J. Kessey
(b. 1860, d. 1934)
Elizabeth O'Neill
(b. ca. 1865, d. 1907)
James D. Kessey
(b. 1889, d. 1954)
Patrick P. Kessey
(b. 1913, d. 1970)
Phil I. Hanrahan
(b. 1912, d. 1977)
Noel A. Kessey
(b. 1918, d. 1987)
Helen D. Kessey
(b. 1924, d. 1998)
Nathan Kessey
(b. 1984)
Lyall Kessey
(b. 1919)
Edna M. Kessey
(b. 1922, d. 1938)
Kevin Kessey
(b. 1922)
Ronald L. Kessey
(b. 1923, d. 2007)
John Kessey
(b. 1924)
Philip E. Kessey
(b. 1894, d. 1955)
Lillian
(b. 1895)
Garnet W. Kessey
(b. 1925, d. 1978)
Sybil Kessey
(b. 1895)
Ena M. Kessey
(b. 1896)
?
John S. Kessey
(b. 1898, d. 1961)
Les Lenihan
(b. 1930)
Gordon J. Kessey
(b. 1901, d. 1973)
Jane Rawson
(b. 1902)
Gordon M. Kessey
(b. 1925, d. 1982)
Rose Williams
(b. 1865, d. 1955)
Keith J. Kessey
(b. 1910, d. 1940)
Edward T. Kessey
(b. 1912, d. 1912)
John M. Kessey
(b. 1863, d. 1940)
Thomas Kessey
(b. 1865, d. 1939)
Ivy M. Kessey
(b. 1901, d. 1990)
John H. Kessey
(b. 1902, d. 1958)
Alma L. Gee
(b. 1910)
Laurence E. Kessey
(b. 1937, d. 2012)
Louisa Kessey
(b. 1907, d. 1907)
Elizabeth Kessey
(b. 1867, d. 1953)
Eileen Pender
(b. 1897)
Ruby A. Pender
(b. 1906, d. 1906)
Emily Kessey
(b. 1870, d. 1876)
Ethel M. Kessey
(b. Abt 1877, d. Bef 1902)
James Kessey
(b. 1840, d. 1927)
Mary J. Pendergrass
(b. 1853, d. 1923)
Harold A. Kessey
(b. 1873, d. 1880)
Beatrice B. Kessey
(b. 1874, d. 1941)
Ernest H. Gunning
(b. 1869, d. 1957)
Arthur Kessey
(b. 1876, d. 1877)
David Barry
(b. 1875)
David Barry
(b. 1911, d. 1911)
Norman A. Barry
(b. 1916, d. 1916)
Leslie T. B. Kessey
(b. 1880, d. 1880)
Sydney S. Kessey
(b. 1881, d. 1952)
Vincent A. Kessey
(b. 1884, d. 1886)
Ivy C. Kessey
(b. 1886, d. 1886)
Amelda Kessey
(b. 1888)
Ernest G. Kessey
(b. 1889, d. 1966)
Amelia M. Slater
(b. 1894, d. 1960)
Mabel A. Kessey
(b. 1892, d. 1964)
Ernest J. Ross
(b. 1916, d. 1991)
Nancy E. Ross
(b. 1918, d. 1974)
Kenneth L. Ross
(b. 1923, d. 1924)
Nola J. Ross
(b. 1925, d. 1960)
Ronald A. Ross
(b. 1933, d. 2010)
Hugh Lewis
(b. 1895)
Olive Kessey
(b. 1896)
Ann Kessey
(b. 1841)
Elizabeth J. Budge
(b. 1860, d. 1903)
Mark Lauff
(b. 1860)
Mary A. Budge
(b. 1861)
William J. Budge
(b. 1862, d. 1866)
Emily Budge
(b. 1867)
Unnamed Budge
(b. 1869, d. 1869)
Mary A. Budge
(b. 1871)
Ada Budge
(b. 1872)
Anne Budge
(b. 1875)
Henry Budge
(b. 1878)
James Budge
(b. 1881)
Mary-Ann Kessey
(b. 1842, d. 1897)
John Moriarty
(b. 1840)
Mary Moriarty
(b. 1867)
Ernest Moriarty
(b. 1877, d. 1885)
Unnamed Moriarty
(b. 1879, d. 1879)
Louisa Moriarty
(b. 1881, d. 1883)
Agnes Moriarty
(b. 1883, d. 1883)
Margaret Kessey
(b. 1845, d. 1923)
George Haines
(b. 1840, d. 1919)
Alice J. Haines
(b. 1879, d. 1961)
Edgar F. Wade
(b. 1875)
Minnie Haines
(b. 1885)
Julia Kessey
(b. 1847, d. 1901)
George J. Gunning
(b. 1845, d. 1931)
Ernest H. Gunning
(b. 1869, d. 1957)
Beatrice B. Kessey
(b. 1874, d. 1941)
Elizabeth J. Gunning
(b. 1871, d. 1938)
Daniel J. Reedy
(b. 1861, d. 1956)
Julia Gunning
(b. 1876, d. 1876)
Robert P. Gunning
(b. 1885, d. 1958)
Letitia M. McNab
(b. 1881, d. 1951)
Elizabeth Kessey
(b. 1849, d. 1932)
Ellen Kessey
(b. 1851, d. 1852)
William S. Kessey
(b. 1853, d. 1928)
Annie
(b. 1853)
Arthur W. Kessey
(b. 1875, d. 1875)
Henrietta Cole
(b. 1855, d. 1906)
William H. Kessey
(b. 1879, d. 1881)
Unnamed Kessey
(b. 1880, d. 1880)
George B. Kessey
(b. 1881, d. 1922)
Henrietta W. Kessey
(b. 1883, d. 1969)
Myrtle R. Kessey
(b. 1890, d. 1974)
?
Dorothea W. Kessey
(b. 1914, d. 2003)
Mabel G. Kessey
(b. 1892, d. 1980)
Mary A. Cole
(b. 1870)
Victor Kessey
(b. 1909, d. 1979)
Ella R. Ablett
(b. 1911, d. 1967)
Samuel Ward
(b. 1855, d. 1885)
Eva M. Ward
(b. 1881)
Edith L. Ward
(b. 1882)
Jane Kessey
(b. 1859, d. 1942)
Ethel M. McNamara
(b. 1880, d. 1881)
N Sutton
(b. 1880)
Jane McNamara
(b. 1887)
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  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
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