|If so, you may be related to a family who lived near Blackburn at the beginning of the 13th century. In the time of King John, Adam de
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.
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 defence 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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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
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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.
|Arms of Livesey - Argent a lion rampant gules between three trefoils vert.
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