William  Beamsley

William Beamsley (abt. 1607 - 1658)

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Ensign William Beamsley
Born about in Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married before in Boston, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusettsmap
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William Beamsley migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origin

According to the Great Migration Begins page 2 The origins and parents of this person are unknown. See GMB 139-42


" BEAMSLEY, WILLIAM, Boston 1632, freem. 25 May 1636, ar. co. 1656, by w. Ann had Ann, b. 13 Feb. 1633; Grace, 10, bapt. 20 Sept. 1635; Mercy, 9, bapt. 10 Dec. 1637; Samuel, and Habakuk, tw. 24 Jan. bapt. 7 Feb. 1641, both d. Apr. foll. Hannah, bapt. 17 Dec. 1643, "a. 4 days old;" beside Elizabeth and Mary, both, perhaps, b. bef. com. from Eng. and [vol. 1, p. 148] by w. Martha, wh. had been, I presume, wid. Bushnell, had Abigail, b. 8 Feb. 1646, wh. prob. d. young. In his will, made 14 Sept. pro. 28 Oct. 1658, provis. is made for wid. and for Ann, w. of Ezekiel Woodward; Grace, w. of Samuel Graves of Ipswich; Mercy, wh. m. 17 Oct. 1656, Michael Wilborne, and next Andrew Peters, of lpswich; Hannah, w. of Bushnell, wh. after m. 16 Oct. 1661, Abraham Perkins; Elizabeth w. of Edward Page; Mary w. of Robison, wh. after m. Thomas Dennis; and for Edward Bushnell, perhaps s. of his w. by her former h. The ch. made sale of the est. in Nov. 1668, when perhaps his wid. was dec." A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 Volume #1, Pgs 144 - 155 Beadle - Beighton by James Savage. [1]


William Beamsley[2]


Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England[2][3]


With the Winthrop Fleet, 1630


Ensign William Beamsley was an innkeeper and distiller and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston.
farmer, town officer


1632 Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony


Admitted to First Church, Boston, 2nd August 1635, William Beamsley, laborer[4]


8 Jan 1636/37 Granted sixteen acres at Muddy River, (based on order of 14 Dec 1635) In the Boston Book of Possessions, Beamsley held two lots: house and house lot, about half an acre; and sixteen acres at Muddy River. On 6 July 1650 he purchased from William Phillips a lot in the Mill Field, and on 25 Jan 1655/56 he purchased an adjoining parcel from widow Mary Hawkins; on 25 Apr 1656 he sold the combined lot to Henry Shrimpton.


29 September 1658[3]
28 OCT 1658, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age: 52-53
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts[2]


Will #196 In the probate court, Pemberton Square, Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 14th September 1658. William Beamsley made "my 2nd wife full executrix and administratrix of all my houses, lands, orchards, goods and chattels whatsoever that she shall enjoy and possess the same unto her own proper use as long as she shall live provided she shall let Mercy have that chamber wherein she now lies for her own, and that there shall be with all conveniency made therein a chimney & she to enjoy it during her widowhood and I desire that my wife may take the charge and care of her and see that she wants neither meat, drink nor clothing during the time of her widowhood, and further my will is that after my wife's decease my whole estate shall be then prized and set to sale, the whole estate that is then left to be equally distributed amongst all my children, namely Anne Woodward, Grace Graves, Mercy Wilborne, Hannah Beamsley, Edward Bushnell, Elizabeth Page and Mary Robison..." Recorded 28th of October 1658.[4]


  1. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/bk1/144-155.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Public Member Trees
  3. 3.0 3.1 Winthrop Society
  4. 4.0 4.1 Peters
  • Ancestry Family Trees (Provo, Utah, USA: The Generations Network) Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Trees
  • Public Member Trees, The Generations Network, Inc.; (Provo, Utah, USA; Date: 2006) Ancestral File Number: 2VJ5-GL Record for Hannah Beamsley
  • Winthrop Society Note: NS702593

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