Thanks so much for the information. A good thread. My mother's maiden name was Essenhigh, so I am directly descended. I did know about Canterbury, in particular St. Peter's church where there are apparently references to Essenhoogh/Essenhoy. Hope to visit the church some time. I see you are of Dutch descent - any connection to Essenhoogh in your family? I am currently searching through some records of the French Protestant church in Netherlands, online.