Foreward and apology
My research into the Easy family started in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. It was the era of letter-writing (you know, that paper based technology before email and social media). I cannot remember exactly who or how, but I asked someone in England whether they could get me a list of the addresses of all Easys in Cambridgeshire. They did and mailed it to me. I then did a mass mail out of a photocopied letter explaining who my grandmother was and why I knew no relatives. I got two useful responses. They were family trees by two different independent genealogists, Eric Smith and Graham Easy. In making contact with each of them they generously shared their knowledge with me, making this document possible.
For a long time I wandered libraries looking in books and taking notes on my notepad (again, a paper-based technology and not the things they call notepads today). Luckily I was working at a University at the beginning of the 1990s and I discovered the internet. It was text-based in those days. No fancy browser thingies. So I started interacting with other genealogists through that.
Then came browsers and I was in heaven. In 1996 I got a free web site through something called Geocities and wrote the piece on the Easy family that sat here for 21 years. Geocities were bought out by Yahoo, so I paid to keep my site. Yahoo then split off a part of itself for small business, so that is who I pay now.
In January 2017 I changed this page to add this foreword. People were reading it and noticing discrepancies. Yep, stuff I had already discovered and had never changed due to nostalgia for this 20 year old piece of research. The information that I have now is far, far richer and more comprehensive. Instead of “correcting” my old research here I would prefer it if you would look me up on ancestry.com (I’m glong31) and I will happily give you access to my current research (even a free Ancestry.com account should let me make you a tree guest and see my research – I hope). We can then discuss things over current data. I apologise for any confusion this old article of mine may have caused to any readers. NOTE: I don’t want to remove it because it actually has led relatives to find me.
So below is my old piece of research. It has issues, but it should give you an idea of my particular branch of the Easy family
NOTE: Lines of asterisks are used to delineate the various generations as in this family with often identical names they can become quite confusing.
The origins of the Easy surname have not really been established. A Hugh de Essi appears connected with the barony of Eassie in Angus, Scotland, before 1200, an Adam Easy appears in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327, and a John de Esey appears in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1395.
Meanwhile Simeon’s younger brother William (the one born in June 1839), married Sarah Ann Coulson (born 1844 in Milton) in June 1860 in Chesterton. The offspring of this union were Elizabeth Coulson Easy (1860), Lizzie Easy (1865), Matilda Easy (1870), William Easy (1872), David Henry Easy (1874), Simeon Easy (1876), Naomi Easy (1879), and Florence Lilian Easy (1881). William died in December 1918 in Chesterton aged 85 years, his wife Sarah Ann having died earlier in March 1883.
Elizabeth Coulson Easy – died September 1861, age 1 year.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Easy – nothing is known beyond the 1881 census.
Matilda Easy – married Arthur Townsend, 25 July 1890, St George, Hanover Square, London and mothered Horace William Townsend (born 2 January 1893).
William Henry (Harry) Easy – married Nell Hall (1893, Chesterton) and fathered Lillian Easy, Ruth Ellen Easy, Mildred Easy (my grandmother), May Easy, Harold Easy, David Easy, George Easy, and Cornelius Easy (Great Uncle Corny). His occupation was farmer. My father has told me that William (my father’s grandfather) was a bit of a lady’s man and was infamous for impregnating the daughters of employees. Another family legend concerns the day a bull gored William while he was alone in one of the paddocks. Apparently my grandmother, Mildred, who was then married, woke up early the same morning with a foreboding feeling and sent a telegraph to the farm to enquire about the health of her father. Needless to the say the telegraph set the farm hands to searching for William (simply to be able to give it to him) and he was found badly wounded and rushed off to a doctor. Needless to say he lived and a family story was born.
David Harry Easy – married Bertha Howard and fathered Eric Maxwell Easy, William J Easy and Leonard Albert Easy. A farmer in Landbeach, Cambridgeshire and of Rectory farm, Milton, he passed away 23 June 1950.
Simeon Easy – married Elizabeth ?, farmed Benet Farm, Milton, and died 21 July 1958.
Florence Lilian Easy – married 1909 in Chesterton.
Naomi Easy – nothing is known beyond the 1881 census.