Beardsley Family History

Beardsley Family History

The Beardsley family roots apparently go back to Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England where the first know ancestor, William Beardsley, was born in 1605. The source of this information is a book entitled, "Beardsley Genealogy - The Family of William Beardsley - One of the first settlers of Stratford, Connecticut" published by Nellie Beardsley Holt in 1951. Parish registers in St. Mary's church, which date back to 1588, contain the following entries: the marriage of William Beardsley and Marie Harvie on January 26, 1631 and the baptism of their son John on November 2, 1633.

In 1635, William, Marie and their three children boarded the ship "Planter" with 116 other passengers and sailed to Massachusetts. The passenger list identified the family as follows: Wm. 30, a mason, Marie 26, Marie 4, John 2, and Joseph 6 mo. On December 7, 1636 William took the oath of office in Massachusetts and was made a freeman. In 1639, William and Marie became one of the first settlers in the Pequonnock Plantation, which later became known as Stratford, Connecticut. William was active in the affairs of the settlement and served as Deputy to the General Court at Hartford from 1645 to 1659 and was one of the founders of the First Congregational Church of Stratford.

William and Marie had six additional children born after arriving in America, Samuel (b. ca. 1636/7), Sarah (b. ca 1640), Hannah (b. ca 1642), Daniel (b. 1644), Ruth and Rebecca. William died in Stratford in 1661. No record of Marie's death was found but she was still listed as an inhabitant in 1668.


William BEARDSLEY

* BIRTH: 9 MAR 1603, Ilkeston, Derby, England
Another source gives 1605 (Cutter book on CT genealogy). This source also says that family tradition places his birthplace in Stratford-on-Avon, but this has been discounted.

* DEATH: 6 JUL 1661, Stratford, Fairfield co., CT
* BURIAL: Union Cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield, CT
* IMMIGRATION: 1 JUN 1635, from England on the "Planter"
* WILL: 28 SEP 1660, Stratford, Fairfield co., CT

Father: William (Hugh) BEARDSLEY
Mother: Unknown


Family :

MARY (Marie) HARVEY\HARVIE
* MARRIAGE: 26 JUN 1630, Ilkeston, Derby, England

1. Mary BEARDSLEY
2. John BEARDSLEY
3. Joseph BEARDSLEY
4. Samuel BEARDSLEY
5. Sarah BEARDSLEY
6. Hannah BEARDSLEY
7. Daniel BEARDSLEY
8. Thomas BEARDSLEY
9. Ruth BEARDSLEY
10. +Rebecca BEARDSLEY




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