I have some interesting imfo regarding the background on our surname .
A Phillippe Cessier was born in Calais France circa 1620. It seems that he traveled to the New World to the islands of Martinuique and St. Christopher and returned to Calais where he Married a French Huegenot and later moved to Mannheim Germany . I have some suspicions about Phillippe's ethnic background but nothing to back it up , yet .
His wife being Protestant , and presumbably , he being too , they moved to Amsterdam , Holland . The Dutch were tolerant of diverse religions and mixed marriages . In 1690 he , his wife , and his wife's family boarded the Dutch vessel , The Guilded Otter , and sailed to The Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam , present day New York City .
They settled on Manhatten Island and he and fellow immigrants founded the village of Harleem .
Phillippe , helped survey lots off for the settlers in Harleem and also negotiated a contract with an individual to look after the villiage's goats and sheep .Phillipe was named a magistrate - a judicial official .
Phillippe died and his widow , their children , and his wife's family moved to Long Island . Phillippe had at least 8 sons and some immigrated to Maryland , Va and NC .
In 1754 a Sandefuer and Dunning Casia , Kasia
enlisted in the NC militia during the French and Indian War .
Some internet researchers maintain that there was a Tuscarora Chiefton by the name of Cashie - pronounced Quishia - and that the aforementioned individuals were his sons - nothing has ever been been produced documentation wise to back this up , however . However , Native American websites ahve disputed this and indeed the Sate of NC resputes it also .
It seems that a writer fabricated , or rather fictionalized a story about about a Chief Cashie in NC , this was in 1857 . The story was based loosely on the legend of a Chief Cocklemaker , that inhabited the NC coast in the early 1700's . Incredibably the story may have historical basis , but it has nothing to do with Kizziah , Quishia or anything of the sort . The writer simply took the name of the Cashie River that flows into the NC Atlantic Coast -true the name may have a Croatan Indian origin , but thats it .
The name has been Anglizized into its various forms , complicated by the fact that most of the family were illiterate and the name was pronounced phonetically .Its easy to see how public scriveners transcribed the name to Keziah , Kizziah , Kissia etc . considering the popularity of the name Keziah and Kizziah , from the book of Job , final , chapter , naming one of Job's beautiful daughters , Keziah , and the transformation is complete .
As an aside its interesting to note that in one of the Probate records of Tuscaloosa , Co. , Ala. , the name is spelled Cessier in some places . One wonders if the scrivener knew some French .
Alas there was no Chief Cashie , but if you want to further the fiction , for consideration as a minority or whatever , so be it .
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