The following is a small bit of information on a Robert Rasey, who lived in Wiltshire in the 1660's and who was associated with my ancestor, Henry Willis.
Henry Willis was born 1628 in Warminster, Wiltshire.Warminster is located on the far western edge of Wiltshire.Henry's father, grandfather, and great grandfather also lived in Warminster.They were all members of St. Denys church.
Henry Willis and Robert Rasey were Quakers. Many from Wiltshire converted to Quakerism in 1656 when George Fox travelled to Wiltshire and gave a speech before several thousand people.
The following is a reference to a Quaker book of Sufferings that associates Henry Willis with Robert Rasey: " ... on 5 February 1660/61 Henry Willis, Robert Rasey, Edward Jay and William Amor came to 'Salisbury to visit their Friends in Prison, were had before the Mayor, who tendered them the Oath of Allegiance, and sent them to Prison for refusing it'" (Source:"The English Origins of Henry Willis of Westbury, Long Island," by George I. Willis, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 118, Number 2, April 1987, pages 65-74)
The word "Friends" means Quakers, but the four men mentioned above may have been friends as well as Friends. In July 1666, the William Amor mentioned above married Elizabeth Willis (baptized 1636 at St. Denys), a younger sister of Henry Willis, at the Wiltshire Monthly (Quaker) Meeting. (Source:Quakers of Wiltshire, LDS reel no. 1484613, Book 622, page 15).William Amor died in Devizes, Wiltshire on November 19, 1668 (Source:"Quakers in Wiltshire," LDS No. 1239400).Henry Willis apparently also lived in Devizes before moving on to London (Stepney, Spittalfields) in 1667, the year after the great London fire, according to the 1760 recollection of a grandson and also confirmed by other written records.Henry and his family lived on Brick Lane, where he worked as a carpenter.He continued to practice his Quaker religion at the Devonshire Monthly Meeting and he continued to be persecuted.Henry Willis moved from London to Long Island, NY in 1674.
I have not done any research on Robert Rasey.I do not know if he was also from Warminster.According to St. Denys pew rental records, a Richard Reason and a John Reason were members of that Church in the mid 1600's, and a Christian Reasey was a member in 1715.