Husband: Jeffrey Estye died at age: 77
Born: 1515 in: England
Died: 06 Dec 1592 in: Hintlesham, Suffolk Co., England
Ref. Multiple - type=secondary Occupation:
Married: in: England
M Child 1 John Estye
M Child 2 Edmond Estye
M Child 3 William Estye
M Child 4 Thomas Estye
Buried: 25 Apr 1609 in: Freston, Suffolk Co., England
Spouse: An Eastie
M Child 5 Richard Estye
M Child 6 Jeffrey Estye
F Child 7 Ann Estye
M Child 8
died at age: 69
Born: 1552 in: Hintlesham, Suffolk Co., England
Died: 7 Nov 1621 in: Freston, Suffolk Co., England
Buried: 10 Nov 1621 in: Freston, Suffolk Co,. England
Spouse: An Arnold d. 26 May 1623
Married: 1 May 1586 in: Freston, Suffolk Co., England
The following is from the ESTES TRAILS issue published January 1986:
Will of Jefferye Estye, parish of Hintlesham, Suffolk County, husbandman, 6
December 1592, proved 12 October 1593. Mentions sons John, Edmund, William,
Thomas, Richard, Jefferye, and Christopher. Grandchildren: Jefferye son of
Edmund; Margaret Estis and Susan Estye, daughters of son Edmund; John, Robert,
Jefferye, Anne, Katherine, and Elizabeth, children of son William; Elizabeth,
Jefferye, Thomas, Robert, and Eliazbeth, children of son Thomas; John son of
son Jefferye who was made executor. Son Edmund, supervisor. "My great
shall remayne to Yonge Jefferye Estye, the son of Christopher Estye, if his
father bring him up to learnings so that he shall be able to use it, or else
to Edmund his brother. If he be brought up to reade it or for default
hereof, so remayne to one of the rest of the kindred that can reade and that
it be not sould out of kindred."
Consistory Court, Norwich, Clarke, 328
Some Speculation on the ancestry of the Estey name:
Information recieved from Ralph B. Esty speculates that Jeffrey's father was a
Richard son of Richard who died in 1484 in the county of Essex, England. His
will made in
Kilmedon leaves his property to his son Richard. Further information from
Karl Gelpke's book puts Richard's death at June 7, 1484 leaving a wife, Joan,
son Richard and two daughters, Joan and Agnes. His will was proved on October
11 that year according to records at the Archdeaconry of Essex.
Speculation on the ancestry of the Estey line has the possibility of Italian
roots in the 10th century.
A common story that seems to be told by many people of Estey lineage is that
they descend from the House of Este` or Villa d'Este` in Italy. The
following is from information sent to me by Ralph B. Esty and the World Book
Encyclopedia [Author(s) unknown]:
"THE ITALIAN ESTE FAMILY GENEALOGY
(Este, Estie, Easty, Estey, Esty)
Early History Records from Italy
Este-City of Italy, in the Provence of Padua. It stands on the slopes of
the Euannanean Hill, 20 miles south-west of Padua. It is enclosed by medieval
walls, has a ruined castle, a cathedral, and two other churches, one with a
leaning bell tower. A Roman town, it became the seat of the Este Family in
the 10th century, and in 1408 it surrendered to Venice. The House of Este (
Villa d'Este` ), a noble Italian family, ruled in Ferrara.
D'Este; House of Padova, Ferrara, Modena, Reggio. One of the most famous
families of Italy. Origin of name, Ateste, the "At" was dropped.
was given by the Emperor Ottona in the year 981. Their government was spread
from Padova to Ferrara, Reggio and Modena. Power ended in 1806 and the last
personality of the family was Beatrice, wife of Ferdinando of Austria. She
died in 1806. Members of the family were also Dukes of Baviera, and
Sassonia. Duke Brunswick York of Cambridge Cumberland. Dukes of Modena,
Reggio and Mirandola. They were great warriors and poets. They built the
Villa d'Este` in Rome.
I Alberto (Oberto) Azzo II Margrave (b. 996 d. 1097 in Burgundy,
France) was the true founder of the Este' family, which took its
name from the township and castle of Este. He married Kunegonda, a sister of
Welf III, Duke of Carinthia. Welf being without children adopted
their son, Welf, as his heir. Alberto married second,
Gersende, daughter of Herbert I Count of Maine. They had a son Folco I.
II Family power passed to Folco I (d. ca. 1136)
III Succeeded by Obizzo I (d. 1193). During Obizzo's time the Estensi
first acquired political importance through a marriage
contract with the Marcheselli family one of the two families who were in
contention for power in Ferrara. The Torelli family was the
other and for the years to follow were the rivals of Este for
control of the city.
IV Azzo VI (1170-1212) Obizzo's grandson was the next to take the seat of
Este power and expanded its sphere of influence to include Pope
Innocent III, who created him margrave of Ancona. Azzo's early death
saw the family power weakened and the Torelli's took advantage of this when
Azzo's son Azzo VII was expelled from Ferrara in 1222. In this void
Salingguerra Torelli siezed power.
V Azzo VII (1205-1264) regained power in 1240 with an alliance with
the Guelph League formed by Pope Gregory IX. At the end of a four month
siege of the city it was occupied and Salingguerra Torelli was imprisoned.
VI Obizzo II an illegitimate son of Azzo's son Rinaldo, who died a
prisoner of Emperor Frederick of Apulia was the next to recieve power.
He was made perpetual lord by the people of Ferrara and also the first of
the Este to chosen lord of Modena in 1288 and of Reggionell'Emilia in 1289.
VII Obizzo's son Azzo VIII (d. 1308) caused the family power to fade due
to his designs on Parma and Bologna. This drove Modena and Reggio
into revolt in 1306 compormising the Este` authority at home and
excluding his brothers Aldobrandino and Francesco from all share of power,
thereby making them his enemies. Azzo had aligned with the Venetians,
the brothers were supported by Pope Clement V, who was overlord
of Ferrara. Power was fully returned to the Estensi by 1317 .
VIII Information I have at this point is a little vague, (a possible French
side of the family took power here for a time) a Francesco D'Estee.
IX Niccolo III (Nicolas) ( in power 1388-1441) completed the
establishment of the Este` Dynasty through wise and prudent rule.
X Leonello d'Este ( in power 1441-1450) d. 1450 was able to devote
his time to creating a colorful court and introducing Renaissance culture.
XI Francesco d'Este` in 1434 migrated to Burgundy, France and thence
to England. This migration is believed by some to be the beginning
of the Estee family in England.
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The following excerpt is from Karl A. Gelpke's book "Esteys of England and
America" and gives a convincing argument that the Estey name or derivatives
thereof existed in England before the time of Francesco d'Este's migration
from Burgandy to England in 1434.
" THE ENGLISH EASTIES
The name Esty ( Easty, Eastie, Eastye, Estye, Eastdye) is not a common one
in England, nor is it a very ancient one. It is a geographical surname and
refers to those who lived in or came from the East. When more than one person
in a village bore the same given name, an additional entry was made in the
records to distinguish between them. One such place names were preceded by a
preposition as "de, atte, or in", i.e., de Este or East. By the
15th centuries, these prepositions had been dropped or absorbed into the
The geographical position of East Anglia, home of the Esteys, prompts
interesting speculation as to the origin of the English Easties, some of whom
were blond people. This part of England took the brunt of marauding and
invasion by blond savages of Denmark and the Scandinavian countries in the
pre-Conquest era. It is also the area where Flemish workers relocated to
pursue their textile skills when the royal decrees of Edward III prohibited
exportation of unfinished cloth, which previously had been finished in
Flanders -- then too, the French Huguenots fled persecution, with many
emigrating to East Anglia during the reign of Elizabeth I. They were
craftsman and textile workers with notable concentrations in East Anglia,
e.g., Colchester in Essex. Franche Comte (Burgundy) where the Esty name was
of sufficient importance to warrant a coat of arms (1) is close enough to the
Rhine River to encourage emigration to the Netherlands, Flanders, Belgium, and
East Anglia by this route, if the forces of economics, politics, or religious
persecution were burdensome enough.
It has been suggested that the name is of Italian origin and related to the
illustrious and powerful medieval house of d'Este whose family seat was at
Este , Venetia, Italy. This ancient town is older than Rome and was
established by Ateste after the taking of Troy. The d'Este dynasty was
founded by Albert Azzo II in 1097 and flourished until the 17th century. It
was renowned as a patron of the arts; Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and
Mantegna were at one time court painters for the family. The portraits of
Isabella and Beatrice d'Este by da Vinci testify to the beauty and nobility of
the women of this ancient house. The history of medieval and renaissance
Italy saw much of this family, which first reaches prominence in the wars
between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. The Guelph cause supported by the
d'Este s triumphed and the family glory reached its peak in the 13th century.
In the 15th century Leonello (1407-1450) became ruler and reigned wisely and
virtuously, the while supporting art and literature. It is Leonello's natural
son, Francisco, born 1434, who fled to Burgandy, France and thence to England
about 1470, who raised interesting speculation as to the Italian origin of the
English Esteys. Similar ideas have been prompted by the presence of Italians
in England before Henry III (1216-1272) at which time they operated as
tradesmen, merchants, bankers, silk workers, and engineers. In 1290 a serious
racial conflict arose between this group and the money-lending class at Bury
St. Edmonds, Suffolk. The Italian merchants were victorious and the county
came under their control and domination.
Any or all of these facts could have contributed to the Eastie name (2) or
family, but the documented history of the family commences in Essex and
Suffolk Counties in the 14th century, where we find their economic status to
be that of yeoman, farmer stock, which in the next several generations,
occasionally produced alderman, guild leaders and divines. The successes of
Edward III in this century, including victories at Crecy and Poitiers
produced the patriotic pride which melted away the lingering jealousy and
hatred separating the Normans and Englishmen since the conquest. Now they
became a united people and given names originating with both races were used
in the same family, e.g. the Esteys used Jeffrey, William Richard (of Norman
origin), and Edmund of Anglo-Saxon origin. First names, therefore, are not a
useful clue to the Estey genesis but it is interesting to note the complete
lack of Italian names .
Early reference is made in England to an Esthy family who lived in
Colchester, Essex County about 1300, at the East Hedges. John, who lived at
the East Hedges, became John Easthy, later John Easthey (See Colchester Red
Book, Gurney). In the Subsidy Return of 1327 for Berghholt, Suffolk (Villat
De Bergholte) Johanne Est was taxed 2 shillings 6 pence.
The name Atte Esthey or de Esthy is noted at this time in the Kelvedon,
Essex area. Nicholas Esthey was vicar of St. Mary's Dedham, Essex in 1368,
thereby preceding Francisco's flight by four generations. Dedham is only 8
miles from Freston/Ipswich/Hintlesham/Woolverstone (Samford Deanery) area,
where the yeoman family lived before (and after) the Puritan Migration.
Richard (Ricus)Esthey of Kelvedon, Essex County, died there on June 7, 1484,
with his will being proved on October 11 of that year (Archdeaconry of Essex).
He left his wife, Joan, a son Richard, and two daughters, Joan and Agnes.
One Thomas Estey of Alverston, Essex, died on August 26, 1517, leaving a
widow, a son William, and other unnamed children. A widow, Agnes Esty, of
Southease, Sussex, died there in 1562 (Lewes' Book A - No. 122). Those
families later appearing in Kent, Sussex, Suffolk and Cambridge may have come
from Essex, for the same given names are used throughout and give a thread of
continuity to the procession of generations ( 3 ).
1 Rietstaps General Armory -- blue field with gold lions standing on their
rear paws facing each other, with a red cross above them.
2 * The name is not included in the 5 volumes of Gipp's Publication of the
Suffolk Institute of Archeology nor in P. Reavey's HISTORY OF ENGLISH
FAMILY NAMES. In Robert Surtee's HISTORY OF DURHAM, London, 1840, an Este
pedigree is noted and the statement made that George III was a descendant.
From C.G. Leland's ETRUSCAN MAGIC AND OCCULT REMEDIES - Esta, connected
with light. Greek Dictionary - ESTIA = hearth, fireside, altar. If the
name is of Saxon origin, its derivation as follows is suggested: EAST = Esth,
Island = Eye.
Burke's GENERAL ARMORY - Estee or Estele (Leicestershire) - a red lyon
(rearing) on a silver shield with a silver cinquefoil on its shoulder.
The material marked (*) and the reference to Nicholas Esthey on page 3
supplied by Mrs. Julia Cooley Altrocchi.
3 Mildred Campbell - ENGLISH YEOMAN, page 267, cites an Este viz. Thomas
East's (Este) - THE PASSIONS OF THE SPIRIT, 1594. ";
End of excerpt