Sissey is a rare surname: only thirty-four people of that name were recorded in the 1881 UK census, signifying that it is a derivative of another surname. The name is also recorded as Sisey, Sissy, Sizzie, Sissea, and Siggee, although these are equally rare. In the early nineteenth century, a scattering of families with the Sissey surname were living generally in the eastern counties of England, most notably in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, and Essex.
The Sissey family finds its place into this history when, in 1864, William Moss (1843–1916) married Eliza Gregory. Her mother was Sarah Sissey whose family originated the Fens near Cambridgeshire.
The painting shown below, titled ‘The Death of a Pauper’ is by Alexandre Antigna