Henry Jessey was born in West Rounton in the North Riding of Yorkshire on 3 September 1601 and died in London at Woodmongers' Hall in Duke's Place on 4 September 1663. He was buried on 7 September 1663. Jessey was educated from 1618 at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was said to have been especially skilled ‘in the Original Tongue, the writings of rabbies, and his knowledge and exact observations of Scripture’ (W[histon], n.p.). He went through the familiar Puritan process of sudden dedication to Christ in September 1622, when he was just twenty-one years old. He took his degree in the summer of 1623, but the death of his father shortly afterwards made him nearly penniless until he left Cambridge, in November 1624, to become chaplain to the Gurdon family at Assington in Suffolk.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.