When William J. Usher was born on 3 April 1815, in Coles Creek, Calhoun, Mississippi, United States, his father, William Usher, was 32 and his mother, Sarah Daniel Watkins, was 24. He married Sarah J. Barrow about 1840, in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. He died on 29 July 1870, in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.
English: occupational name from Middle English usher ‘usher, doorkeeper’, Old French (le) ussier, huissier, Anglo-Norman French usser, from Late Latin ustiarius, a derivative of classical Latin ostium ‘door, gate’. The term was also used in the Middle Ages of a court official charged with accompanying a person of rank on ceremonial occasions, and this may be a partial source of the surname. This name has been in Ireland since 1302, when John le Ussher was constable of Dublin Castle, and has sometimes been used as an equivalent of Hesson .
Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): from a southern Yiddish pronunciation of the Yiddish male personal name Osher (Hebrew Asher ).
History: Hezekiah Usher (died 1676) is buried in King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, MA.