Zephalonius, a Hoy there.
I'm interested in Hoy(e)s of N Essex.
Over the past 17 years I have traced my ancestors as they made their way around a very small area where Essex, Cambs and Suffolk join, - from Helions Bumpstead to Schudy Camps to Castle Camps (1530-1588) thence to Wixoe and Birdbrook then up to Bradley 1780 then Stetchworth 1820, Cambridge and then to London 1875.
A fairly well defined path and I'm totally at a loss to explain an apparent connection with Gestingthorpe.
In 1592 at Castle Camps and then exactly 50 years later,1642, at Gestingthorpe two boys were baptised Zephalonius Hoye. As far as I can tell these two were the only Zephalonius' ever registered in England!
Yet I believe there was another earlier one - an "illustrious" ancestor who perhaps fought at the defence of Cephalonia about 1485 - after the fall of Byzantium to the Turks. Perhaps he was a mercenary in the service of Venice, who managed to keep control over their trading post, perhaps he earned the nickname Cephalonius Hoye.
What do your contributors think?