Born:  09 MAR 1603  St. Alban’s, Hertsford, England

Marriage:  16 JAN 1630/31  to Mary Harvey in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England

Birth of Daughter:  1631
Name:  Mary Beardsley

Birth of Son:  1633
Name:  Captain John Beardsley

Birth of Son:  NOV 1634
Name:  Joseph Beardsley

Immigration:  01 JUN 1635
Note:  He was unquestionably of decided non-conformist principles, and resolved on emigration to America in pursuance of his religious convictions. According to the record of him at the time of his embarkation, he came to London with a certificate from the minister of St. Albans, Hertfordshire , and according to attestations from a justice of the peace, with thirty-six other emigrants sailed from London on the ship “Planter,” commanded by Captain Travice , April 2, 1635 . On the ship’s list he was described as thirty years old, and by occupation a mason; and he was accompanied by his wife Marie , aged twenty-six, daughter Marie , four, son John , two, and son Joseph , six months.

Freeman: 07 DEC 1636
Place:  Massachusetts

Moved to:  Hartford and Wethersfield Connecticut

Birth of Son:  NOV 1638
Name:  Samuel Beardsley

Moved to:  OCT 1639
Place:  Stratford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut
Note:  With seventeen others, he set forth westward into the wilderness and founded the new settlement (seventh in chronological order in Connecticut ) of what is now Stratford, Fairfield county . This place, originally known by its Indian name, Cupheag , was designated Stratford by the general court in 1643 . To Beardsley has always been attributed the principal part in the selection of the name, and hence has arisen the presumption that he either came from or was in some way intimately identified with Stratford-on-Avon , Shakespeare ‘s home in England , but this has not been established. He had the second choice of town lots, the minister, Rev. Adam Blakeman , having the first. Throughout the remainder of his life he was a conspicuous citizen of Stratford .

Religion:  He was one of the founders of the First Congregational Church

Birth of Daughter:  1640
Name:  Sarah Beardsley

Birth of Daughter:  1642
Name:  Hannah Beardsley

Birth of Son:  1644
Name:  Daniel Beardsley

Office:  1645
Details:  Was elected, with Thomas Sherwood, one of the first deputies to the general court. In that body he represented Stratford for eight sessions.

Office:  1649
Details:  He was appointed to assist in securing provisions for the soldiers drafted to serve in the war against the Dutch

Office:  1651
Details:  He was “propounded for an assistant to join with the magistrates for the execution of justice in the towns by the seaside.”

Will: 28 SEP 1660

Death: 06 JUL 1661

Burial:  Union Cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut

Probate:  06 JUL 1661

Source:  Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.


Parents are unknown

Mary Harvey     

Birth:  05 JUN 1605  Derbyshire, England

Death:  28 SEP 1661  Stratford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut

Parents are unknown

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