As in other counties, Purseys in Hampshire begin to appear at around the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Currently, there seem to be two distinctive groups – those centred around Basingstoke, and those coming from the east of the county – in and around Eversley.

Those from Basingstoke descend from brothers William (m Lydia Barnes) and John (m Mary?). Their father is I believe, William Pursey who died in 1832 in Basingstoke and whose wife was Sarah Fry.

William was a soldier whose war record shows him to been at Salamanca where he suffered a pelvic wound. Subsequently, he became a builder and yeoman. He died in 1832 leaving a will. [A copy is at Hampshire records office – please send me a copy, if you’re visiting.]

William and John had 11 children between them although only one surviving son – John, who married Frances Porter (née Harmsworth). They in turn had daughters only – Lucy, Jane and Ann. John died in Lincolnshire in 1904.

William and Lydia also produced three daughters – Sarah, Elizabeth and Bridget. Sarah had a son George, born 1839. Another boy – William, born 1837, is shown living with William and Lydia in the 1841 and 1851 censuses. William married Mary Anne Harrington in Battersea, London in 1863 but had no children. George appears on the 1861 census but not thereafter.

At this time, it seems that this line of Purseys has died out. [I am grateful for an article by Noreen Morris – A Builder from Basingstoke – for much of the content of this article and the accompanying tree.]

The Eversley Purseys are a much more complicated proposition. Seemingly starting from one Michael Pursey – hardly a traditional Pursey name – there are Purseys, Percies and Pusseys. This tree (currently posted under Berkshire) needs much more work!