Bury held Livesey and was succeeded by a son, William, who adopted the name of Livesey and was a juror at Lancaster in 1246. His son
Henry gave lands to Stanlaw Abbey and is mentioned as appearing at Lancaster Assizes with his son William in 1292. In 1336 the Manor of
Livesey was settled by William on his son Henry de Livesey when he married Cicely de Sutton. John de Livesey followed in succession
and died about 1389 when John, Duke of Lancaster, granted the wardship of his son John de Livesey to Richard Hoghton and Richard
Whalley. Geoffrey succeeded and together with Hugh and James Livesey was the subject of legal proceedings instituted by Robert
Shireburn in 1469 at Lancaster.
~ LIVESAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ~
|Arms of Livesey - Argent a lion rampant gules between three trefoils vert.
This interesting and unusual surname is of either English locational origin from “ Livesey “, in Lancashire or possibly in a few cases derives
from an old English pre 7th Century words “Leof”, dear, beloved, plus the element “ sige”, victory. Livesey in Lancashire, recorded has
“Liveseye” in the 1227 Feet of Fines and ”Livshey” in the 1243 Lancashire Inquest, is composed of the Old Norse element “hlif”, protection,
shelter, plus the old English “ e.g.”, island, hence “island with a shelter”. The name which is very prominent in Lancashire can also be
found as Livesey, Livesley, Livezey, Livezley and Livzey. The Lancashire church registers earliest entries of the name appears on October
27th 1552 when Agnes Levesey was christened at Great Harwood. Ales, daughter of Evan Lyvesey was christened at Brindle Lancashire on
March 22nd 1582. Henry, son of Christopher Leiuesley was christened at Ormskirk, Lancashire on June 30th 1661. Ellen Leivesley, daughter
of John and Ann Leivesley was christened at Leigh, Lancashire in 1835. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of
James Levesey, who held Levesey as a manor, which was dater 1549, in Baine’s History of Lancashire, during the reign of King Edward VI,
known as “The Boy King”, 1547-1553. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was
known as Poll Tax.
Through out the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original
The Livesey family was in trouble again in 1483, when Peter Worthington indicted for assault, Geoffrey and Robert of Livesey, John of
Nether Darwen, Oliver of Blackburn, and fourteen other Liveseys. It appears that Richard, son of Peter Worthington, and others had been
indicted the previous year by John de Livesey in connection with the death of Adam, his brother and heir, and probably the assault was
connected with this event. John succeeded Geoffrey and died about 1504, when his son Giles inherited the estate. He married Alice,
daughter of John Talbot, of Samlesbury, in 1494, and died in 1521, his son James being 19 years of age. James married Alice Rishton of
Ponthalgh and had a son, Richard, who contributed to the national fund for defense against the Armada in 1588. On his death at
Samlesbury in 1591, his grandson, James, inherited his estates, together with those of his father, John, who had married Jennet, the coheir of
John Isherwood of Pleasington, and acquired lands in Turton, Great Lever, Pleasington, Wheelton and Chaigley. James recorded his
pedigree in 1613 and died childless in 1619. The Manor passed to Ralph, younger son of John Livesey of South Wykeham, Lincs. A brother of
James Livesey of Livesey. Another Ralph followed and was Governor of Blackburn Grammar School for many years.
Another branch of the Livesey family was found at Sidebight in Rishton, and descended from Thomas, brother of Giles, and a son of John
Livesey who died about 1504. A further branch were the Liveseys of Sutton. Source: Lancashire Life Magazine, September 1958.
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|'Twas the First-Day of Census
It was the first day of census, and all through the land; the pollster was ready,
a black book in hand.
He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride;
His book and some quills were tucked close by his side.
A long winding ride down a road barely there; toward the smell of fresh bread wafting,
Up through the air.
The woman was tired, with lines on her face; and wisps of brown hair
She tucked back into place.
She gave him some water, as they sat at the table; and she answered his questions --
The best she was able.
He asked of her children. Yes, she had quite a few; the oldest was twenty,
The youngest not two.
She held up a toddler with cheeks round and red; His sister, she whispered, was
Napping in bed.
She noted each person who lived there with pride; and she felt the faint stirrings of
The wee one inside.
He noted the sex, the color, the age.
The marks from the quill soon filled up the page.
At the number of children, she nodded her head; and saw her lips quiver for the
Three that were dead.
The places of birth she "never forgot"; was it Kansas? Or Utah? Or Oregon –
They came from Scotland, of that she was clear; But she wasn't quite sure just how long
They’d been here.
They spoke of employment, of schooling and such; they could read some, and write some,
Though really not much.
When the questions were answered, his job there was done; so he mounted 'his horse and he
Rode toward the sun.
We can almost imagine his voice loud and clear;
"May God bless you all for another ten years."
Now picture a time warp -- its' now you and me; as we search for the people on
Our family tree.
We squint at the census and scroll down so slow
As we search for that entry from long, long ago.
Could they only imagine on that long ago day; that the entries they made would affect us this
If they knew, would they wonder at the yearning we feel; and the searching that makes
Them so increasingly real.
We can hear if we listen the words they impart; through their blood in our veins and their
Voice in our heart.
You got it from your father,
It was all he had to give.
So it's yours to use and cherish for as long as you may live.
If you lose the watch he gave you
It can always be replaced,
But a black mark on your name, Son,
Can never be erased.
It was clean the day you took it
And a worthy name to bear.
When he got it from his father,
There was no dishonor there.
So make sure you guard it wisely;
After all is said and done,
You’ll be glad the name is spotless
When you give it to your son.
LIVESEY is a scattered civil parish adjoining Blackburn, on the south-west, with stations at Mill Kill, Cherry Tree and Feniscowles, on the
Lancashire and Yorkshire and London and North Western joint railway. The Leeds and Liverpool canal also passes through and crosses the
river Darwen by an aqueduct of one arch. It is in the Darwen division of the county, lower division of Blackburn hundred, Blackburn
union, county court district and petty sessional division and in the rural deanery and archdeaconry of Blackburn and diocese of
Manchester. The church of Immanuel, at Feniscowles, erected in 1835—6, is a building of stone in the Early English and Perpendicular
styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, south porch and a western tower with spire containing one bell: there are three stained windows
presented by the late John Tattersall esq. and a monument to Sir William Feilden bart. ob. 21 May, 1850, who gave the land and stone for
this church, and also endowed it with £1,000: there are 350 sittings, of which 150 are free. The register dates from the year 1837. The living
is a vicarage, net yearly value £295, with residence, in the gift of the vicar of Blackburn, and held since 1873 by the Rev. Alexander Gallaber
M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. St. Andrew’s, LIVESEY, is an ecclesiastical parish, formed 12th December, 1877; the church, erected in
1877, at a cost, including site, of upwards of £6,000, is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of apsidal chancel and nave,
and will seat 550 persons. The register dates from the year 1877. the living is a perpetual curacy, net yearly value £226, in the gift of five
trustees, and held since 1877 by the Rev. John Cadman Webb, of St. Bees: the vicarage house was built in 1894 at a cost of £2,500. The church
of St. Francis, at FENISCLIFFE, erected in 1890, at a cost of £6.000, is a building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, from designs by Mr. C.
E. Deacon, architect, of Liverpool, and consists of chancel with chapel, nave, aisles, organ chamber and vestries. The living is a vicarage, net
yearly value £250, in the gift of the Bishop, and held since 1902 by the Rev. William Herbert Pidgeon B.A. of St. Catharines College,
Cambridge. The Vicarage house was built in 1896, from plans by Mr. J. H. Stones, architect, of Blackburn. The Congregational church at
Mill Hill, in this township, erected in 1859—60 at a cost of about £6,000, is of red and white brick in the Italian style, and has a tower with
spire reaching a height of 135 feet: there are sittings for about 950 persons. The old chapel is now used as a Sunday and day school, to
which in 1885 an infants’ room and class-rooms were added at a cost of about £700; further extensions were made during 1903, a new girls’
and infants’ school being built and class-rooms added at a cost of £2,500. There is a Free Methodist chapel at Waterfall, Livesey, and a
Primitive Methodist chapel in Bentham street. Within the township are several extensive cotton factories, and two large paper mills, brick,
the and drainpipe manufactories. Livesey Hall, formerly the seat of the family of that name, is a long structure of grey stone, picturesquely
broken in outline by three projecting gables and a porch, and lighted by strong and in many places mullioned windows, chiefly without
transoms: it was built at three different times, the central or oldest portion being the work of James Livesey esq. who begun it before 1608;
the east wing was built by Ralph Livesey esq. in 1666; and the west wing in 1689 by his son, Ralph, who in 1749 leased the hall and estate,
and died in 1766; the principal front faces south, and on the wall above the main entrance is a carving of the arms of Livesey, a lion
rampant between three trefoils: the west wing, now much dilapidated, has a separate entrance, on the lintel of which vs inscribed
for Ralph Livesey, Ann, his wife, and Porter, their son: the principal staircase has spindled balustrades, and angle posts with spherical
finials: from the back of the house Witton Park, and beyond it the wooded hill of Billinge, are visible; and from the west the embattled
parapets of Hoghton Tower; in 1802, John Bell Livesey sold the possessions of the family in Tockholes, Pleasington, Balderatone and
Livesey, to Henry and William Feilden esqrs. of Witton and Pleasington: the east wing is now occupied as a farmhouse, but the rest of the
building is uninhabitable. Capt. James Hawley Gilbert Feilden, of Witton Park (who is lord of the manor), and Sir William Leyland Feilden
bart. of Feniscowles House, Scarborough, are chief landowners. The area is now (1904) 1,752 acres of land and 22 of water; rateable value,
£13,171; the population in 1901 was 1,739. The population of the ecclesiastical parishes now is St. Andrew, Livesey, 4,677; Emmanuel,
Feniscowles, 1,067; St. Francis, Feniscliffe, 6,692.