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* Causier Family of Dunchurch, Dodderhill & Droitwich*

Updated October 4, 2008

The content of this webpage is based on my own research, which I began in 1989, together with a wealth of material kindly given to me by John B. Causier of Willenhall. As well as this I have benefited from sharing information with others interested in researching the Causier family, such as Myriam Wraith, Kathy Mallon, Jenni Brannan and Yvonne Anderson. I am also grateful to Bill Corser for his welcome advice and contributions, particularly through the work he has done as part of his one name study into his surname and its variants; of which Causier is one. Any mistakes or errors herein, however, remain my own.

The Causier lineage set out here begins with John Cawzer/Cawsier, who was buried at Dunchurch in Warwickshire on 8th May 1662. Then the main branches of the Causier family descend from John Cawsier's grandson William Causier, who would appear to have settled at Dodderhill near Droitwich in Worcestershire, where he married Alice Cressell in 1683. Although these and other details for the early part of the family tree still require further research, this ancestry is by far a more sensible and realistic line of descent than the tenuous attempts found elsewhere to trace things back through spurious links with a family in Worcester and ultimately to Armentières in France.

The Causier family seem to have been concentrated in the Droitwich area for many generations, though now the name is sadly all but extinct there. Today branches of the Causier family may be found in other parts of England, such as Birmingham and the Black Country Towns, as well as in Leicestershire and Yorkshire, whilst yet others have travelled overseas to Canada, America and Australia.

Please see below for copies of a number of linking Causier family trees; a series of Causier family photographs; some related material including information on the Christian name Sacheverell; and a few interesting links to others sites dealing with the Causier name.


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  • The Earlier Causiers (9 KB)
    This chart shows the descent of the Causiers of Dodderhill and Droitwich from John Cawzer/Cawsier (d. 1662) of Dunchurch, through his son John Cawzer/Causier (b. c.1620) and grandson William Causier (1658-1693), down to Sacheverell Causier (c.1746-1809) and his bother William Causier (c.1749-1793) together with their children.
  • Descendants of Sacheverell Causier & Sarah Hunt (5 KB)
    Chart showing the descendants of Sacheverell Causier (c.1770-1797) and Sarah Hunt (d. 1809).

Family Photos

  • Unknown Causier? (37 KB)
    This picture of an apparently unidentified member of the Causier family appeared in the 1994 Droitwich: A Pictorial History by Lyn Blewitt and Bob Field. A detail of a larger photograph taken in 1903, it supposedly showed pipes being laid in Queen Street for carrying brine from the pits in the Vines to the Brine Baths in the town. The gentleman pictured is described in the caption as having the name 'Causier' and as being the foreman. However John Causier of Willenhall believes that he was actually called George William Day, and although not a Causier himself the confusion seems to have arisen because he had married a Ruth Elizabeth Causier. The pipes were also merely sewer pipes, and not for brine. Many thanks for clearing this up John.
  • Mary Jane Causier (39 KB)
    Photograph of Gran'ma Causier, Mary Jane Causier née Pritchard (1867-1955), taken in the garden of 71 Alton Road, Bournbrook.
  • Mary Jane & Thomas Causier (27 KB)
    A photograph of Gran'ma and Gran'dad Causier, Mary Jane Causier (1867-1955) and Thomas Causier (1868-1943), on holiday - possibly taken at Llandudno.
  • Thomas & Mary Jane Causier (20 KB)
    Another photograph of Gran'dad and Gran'ma Causier, Thomas Causier (1868-1943) and Mary Jane Causier (1867-1955), on holiday - probably also taken at Llandudno.
  • Jeanie Causier's Wedding (22 KB)
    Photograph of my Nan and Grandfather, Jeanie Causier (1900-1969) and Henry William Riley (1898-1927), taken on their wedding day, 15th April 1922, in the back yard of 71 Alton Road, Bournbrook.
  • Thomas Causier junior (34 KB)
    A studio portrait photograph of Uncle Tom, Thomas Causier (1894-1967).
  • Alfred Causier (22 KB)
    A studio portrait photograph of Uncle Alf, Alfred Causier (1897-1969), shown wearing his Royal Flying Corps Uniform (276918, 3rd A/M 24th Sqd R.F.C./R.A.F.) presumably taken at the outbreak of the Great War.
  • Arthur Causier, Walter Riley & Albert Causier (17 KB)
    A photograph of my Dad, Walter Albert Riley (1925-2008), with two of his mom's brothers - Uncle Arthur, Arthur Causier (1911-1974), and Uncle Albert, Albert Causier (1907-1982). Taken during the Second World War with all three in uniform.
  • Alfred Causier's Wedding (28 KB)
    A photograph of Uncle Alf, Alfred Causier (1897-1969), and Aunt Alice, Alice Burlton (1896-1960), taken on their wedding day, 3rd May 1924. On the left at the back are Alf's father and mother - Thomas Causier (1868-1943) and Mary Jane Causier (1867-1955).
  • Thomas & Edith Causier (24 KB)
    A studio photograph of Uncle Tom, Thomas Causier (1894-1967), and Aunt Edie, Edith Alice Causier née Westbury (1901-1973), with their two children Betty, Betty Edith Causier (1923-1998), and Donald, Donald Thomas Causier (1926-1982).

Related Files

  • The Sacheverell Name (39 KB)
    This gives the background to the christian name Sacheverell and its origin from the surname of Dr Henry Sacheverell (c. 1674-1724), as well as its popularisation in the wake of the 18th century 'Sacheverell Riots' which were also named after him.

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