Fact: The name of the Devon town Woolfardisworthy is sometimes pronounced Woolsery - in fact both names are given on the current UK Ordnance Survey maps - map reference SS332211.
The name of the hamlet of Axworthy would have been pronounced Axsery and could well have evolved to Essery.
Axworthy is a hamlet in the Parish of
Thrushelton in West Devon, north of Tavistock in the Lifton
Hundred near the Cornish Border - map reference SX476882. Old
maps show Axworthy as Arkeswrthi in 1238, Assworthe
in 1244 and Assworthi in 1330.
There is a hamlet with the name Essworthy approximately 1.5 miles SSE of Hatherleigh shown on the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps at map reference SS545025 - this is an alternative and possibly more likely place for the name to have originated.
My branch of the family has been traced back to the village of Little Torrington in North Devon and I hold documented evidence of the line back to one Thomas Essery who was born in that village in 1800. The recorded line stretches back to one Anthony Essery who was buried in Little Torrington in 1715 but I have yet to satisfy myself of the authenticity of the line this far back.
It is estimated that over 50% of the England & Wales population of ESSERYs resided in the valley of the River Torridge in North Devon right up until the middle of the 19th Century. This valley contains the villages of Little Torrington and Sheepwash, both of which had significant populations of ESSERYs
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Updated: 3rd March 1998