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Guide to Sessay, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Parish History

Sessay St Cuthbert is an Ancient Parish which includes Hutton Sessay within the parish boundary.

The church of ST. CUTHBERT is modern, having been rebuilt on an old site in 1847–8 and restored in 1883. It consists of a chancel measuring internally 18 ft. 6 in. by 17 ft. 2 in., nave 45 ft. by 21 ft. 8 in. with a south aisle 10 ft. 7 in. wide, west tower 8 ft. square and a south porch.

In the centre of the chancel floor is a brass inscription to Master Thomas Magnus, Archdeacon of the East Riding, parson of the church, who died in 1550. Above is the figure of a priest in surplice, stole and a cope which has the word 'iesvs' on the morse. A scroll contains the prayer 'Jesu fili dei miserere mei.' A shield below the inscription contains the arms of Magnus: Bendy a fesse with a leopard passant between two cinquefoils thereon. In the chief are the words 'As God wyll' in black letter. In the corners of the stone are small brasses containing alternately the Paschal Lamb and a spray of columbine. The tiles on the floor of the chancel contain a D with a viscount's coronet and a shield of Dawnay impaling Bagot, apparently for William Henry seventh Viscount Downe (1846–57), who married Mary Isabel daughter of Richard Bagot, Bishop of Bath and Wells.

On the threshold of the porch is a slab containing the matrices of an inscription and a small figure.

In the churchyard are the stem and base of an old cross, with a restored top.

There are three bells, the tenor of which contains the inscription 'Laudationem loquetur os meum' in Lombardic characters. The second is inscribed 'Renovatur 1720 Thomas Dawney Armiger,' with a (reversed) shield of Dawnay, and in a foliated band below is the maker's name, E. Seller, Ebor. The treble bears the inscription ihc : edmund : darel : et : 1 : ux(or) : ei(us) : g : d : scs : cuthbertus.

The communion plate is modern, given by Viscount Downe in 1847, and consists of chalice, paten and flagon, all of silver-gilt.

The registers begin in 1612.

From A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1 (1914), pp. 446-449. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64783&strquery=Sessay Date accessed: 14 May 2011.

SESSAY (St. Cuthbert), a parish, in the union of Thirsk, wapentake of Allertonshire, N. riding of York, 6¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Easingwould.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Records

Online data content from chapelry registers of Sessay exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding **Chapelry** and comprising the whole ancient parish of Sessay to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the Sessay page.

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes. This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813. Church of England records began in date.

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Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Thirsk Poor Law Union, Yorkshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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THE top two in the Hunters York & District Senior League went head to head at Savile Park, and it was premier division leaders Sessay who triumphed in a low-scoring encounter,.

Their four-wicket win over Castleford means that they now lead the table by 44 points.

David Wainwright top-scored for the home side with 29 in a total of 142-9, with Tim Hall taking 3-18.

The visitors then lost six wickets, all to spin, with both skipper Wainwright (3-24) and Eddie Morrison (3-50) taking three before Liam Carver wrapped up the win with an unbeaten 29.

Studley Royal took advantage of the result at Castleford to climb above them into second place, despite being held to a draw at home by promotion rivals Dunnington.

Dave Brent took 5-36 as the hosts finished on 174-9, Charlie Scatchard (42) being the top scorer in a match reduced to 30 overs a side.

Adam Sutcliffe replied with 67 for the visitors, who had reached 142-8 by the close, Dan Craven finishing with 4-33.

Malton & Old Malton left it late to secure their third win in five matches, victory at home to Driffield Town coming with just four balls to spare.

The visitors' 200-9 included a half-century from Luke Ramsey (66) and scores of 38 and 33 from Kevin Woodcock and Grant Halder, with Stuart Watmore taking 3-52.

Nicky Johnson (3-58) took three of the four wickets to fall in the home side's reply but Neil Johnson (65) and Michael Linsley, who narrowly missed out on fifty the previous week, finished unbeaten on 53, helping their side move further clear of the relegation places.

Bolton Percy boosted their hopes of Premier Division survival with a first victory since mid-May.

York's Tom Spearman was entitled to feel a little hard done by, ending up on the losing side despite an unbeaten 89, and the fact that it came in a total of 163 was largely due to the bowling of Tom Atkinson (3-27) and Mark Riley (3-14).

That was in response to the visitors' 225-9, which included a top score of 36 from Tom Dean as both Nick Kay (3-44) and Ted Patmore (3-66) were among the wickets.

Matthew Webb's third century of the season was not enough to ensure Whitkirk victory as visitors Goole Town battled back for a share of the points.

Webb made 131 in a total of 243-7, Ben Lamb (5-64) taking the majority of the wickets. Richard Mann top-scored for Town, who reached 201-8 by the close, with Jonny Ineson having taken 3-23.

Beverley Town and Pickering remain fifth and sixth respectively, despite the latter coming out on top as the pair met at Mill Lane.

Kieran Bowes claimed 5-30 as visitors Beverley were dismissed for 150, Tom Norman the top scorer with 41.

Jamie Roe 4-24 in the response but, despite losing eight wickets, the hosts made it home thanks to an unbeaten 34 from Isaac Christopher, following 34 from Dave Greenlay.

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