William Beardsley migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 1, p. p. 222-227) Join: Puritan Great Migration Project Discuss: pgm
William Beardsley migrated from England to the American Colonies in 1635.
Neither the names of William's father and grandfather have been proven. Some researchers have suggested that John Beardsley could have been named “Thomas John Beardsley” or “Thomas Beardsley”. However, middle names were not used at that time, and no other data has been found to prove, dispute, or change that which is suggested. Similarly, his son may have been William or Hugh; probably not “William Hugh”. Recent ‘new’ Parish marriage records now appearing on-line only confuse the issue. Corroborating records could confirm these Parish marriage records, but none have been found to date, and their existence is unlikely. [NFD]
There seems to be no evidence which would support the tradition that William Beardsley was born in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. He was most likely born in Derbyshire (where he was married) or in Hertfordshire (where the passengers of the ship "Planter" received a certificate just before emigration). He was most likely born in 1604 or 1605 (based on his age, 30 years old, when he emigrated in 1635).
No evidence for the following birth information: 09 MAR 1603 Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England
26 Jan 1631/2 to Mary Harvey at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England (St Mary's ?)
"A Mason Wm Beardsley ... 30" was aboard the Planter, Nicholas Trarice, Master, which embarked on 02 April 1635 from England. The passengers brought a certificate from the Minister of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, [Rev. Adam Blakeman]. The ship arrived at Boston, Massachusetts.
Death and Legacy
William Beardsley's will was dated 28 September 1660 and was proved on 06 July 1661at Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was buried at the Union Cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
William & Mary Beardslee Plaque
In the year, 1939, the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Stratford, Connecticut, the descendants of William and Mary Beardsley, placed a bronze plaque as a memorial which reads as follows:
To honor the memory of
William and Mary Beardsley
and the other first settlers of
Stratford who landed near this spot
in the year, 1639.
Erected by the Beardsley Family Association.
This plaque is on a boulder, placed in Sandy Hollow, near the spot where the first settlers landed. The boulder came from a Beardsley homestead, located near enough to Sandy-Hollow, to make one visualize that undoubtedly the children of William and Mary Beardsley, played upon this rock. [Find A Grave]
Note: The "Beardsley Rock:" Plaque
"He [Evert Lewis Beardsley] lived, and died, in the house which was built by his ancestor, Henry Beardsley, in about 1760, and which has always remained in the family. It is situated on Lundy’s Lane, formerly called Rockly Land, and now known as Linden Avenue. The “Beardsley Boulder”, which was placed in Sandy Hollow, Stratford, 1939, by the Beardsley Family Association, came from this Beardsley Homestead, and was donated, by Evert. This boulder has a bronze plaque on it, commemorates William Beardsley and his wife Mary, and the other first settlers of Stratford."
Will Proved: 06 JUL 1661 Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
The Planter 1635
Founders of New England: Records of Ships Passenger Lists from England to New England between 1620 and 1640. This set of ships passenger lists includes ships to Virginia (a catch-all phrase to mean almost anywhere along the coast), Barbadoes, Bermuda, West Indies and of course New England
Lorine's Note: This set of records consists of various passenger lists, names of individuals ready to sail to New England, and names of those taking the Oath of Allegiance (in preparation for sailing). It is not always obvious when each ship left. Researchers will have to determine whether or not a ship made more than one sailing each year it is mentioned. The original spelling has been maintained, so you will see "Landen" for "London", etc. Note that common words found are "uxor" meaning "wife", "mr" for "Master" (of the ship)
Finding the names: You can browse each list, starting with the one below (scroll down). To browse the passenger lists of all ships I have online for this 20 year period to New England see the list of all known ships that made the voyage. I hope to find passenger lists for every ship on the list, so if you have a ship list, please consider donating it to Olive Tree.
2n Aprilis, 1635.---Theis under written names are to be transported to New England imbaqued in the Planter Nic's Trarice Mr bound thither the p'ties have brought Certificate from the Minsiter of St Albens in Hertfordshire, and Altestacon from the Justtices of peace according to the Lords Order. First Names; Surnames ;Ages
Jo: Tuttell A Mercer 39
Joan Tuttell 42
John Lawrence 17
Wm Lawrence 12
Marie Lawrence 9
Abigall Tuttell 6
Symon Tuttell 4
Sam Tuttell 2
Jo: Tuttell 1
Joan Autrobuss 65
Marie Wrust 24
Tho: Greene 15
Nathan Huford servant to Jo: Tuttell 16
Wm Beardsley A Mason 30
Marie Beardsley 26
Marie Beardsley 4
John Beardsley 2
Joseph Beardsley 6mo:
Allen Perley Husbandman 27
Mary Chitwood 24
Tho: Olney Shoemaker 35
Marie Olney 30
Tho: Olney 3
Geo: Giddins Husbandman 25
Jane Giddinss 20
Tho: Savage Taylor 27
Richard Harvie A Taylor 22
ffrancis Peabody Husbandman 21
Wm Wilcockson Lynen wever 34 34 [I believe this is the father and mother of phoebe/ phebe Wilcoxon m/ John Birdsey Jr.]
Margaret Wilcockson 24
Jo: Wilcockson 2
Ann Harvie 22
Willm ffelloe A Shoemaker 24
ffrancis Baker A Taylor 24
Tho: Carter 25 Servant to Geo: Giddens pred.
Michell Willmson 30 Servantto Geo: Giddens pred
Elizabeth Morrison 12 Servant to Geo: Giddens pred.
From Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut:
William Beardsley, the BEARDSLEY immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1605.
He came to this country in 1635 in the ship "Planter" with his wife Mary, aged twenty- six, children Mary, aged four, John, aged two, and Joseph, aged six months. According to the family tradition, he was a native of Stratford-on-Avon. the home of Shakespeare, and it is believed that he gave the name of Stratford to the settlement in which he made his home, now Stratford, Connecticut. One of his descendants who settled in western New York named the town in which he located Avon in honor of the Beardsley who came with Rev. Adam Blakeman from St. Albans, England, and settled first at Hadley, Massachusetts. In 1638 he removed to Hartford. Connecticut, and in the following spring to Stratford, of which he was one of the first settlers. He was deputy to the General Court seven years. He was a mason by trade. His will was dated September 28, 1660, and proved July 6, 1661. His inventory, dated February 13, 1660-01, amounted to three hundred and thirty-three pounds fifteen shillings eight pence. He died at the age of fifty-six years, leaving several young children.
1. Mary, born 1631 : married Thomas Wells.
2. John, born 1632 ; captain ; died November 19, 1718.
3. Joseph, born 1634; mentioned below.
4. Samuel, born. 1638; had land in what is now Bridgeport.
5. Sarah, born 1640 ; married, June 8, 1668, Obadiah Dickinson.
6. Hannah, born 1642 ; married Nathaniel Dickinson.
↑Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 1, A-B, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999. Pages 222ff
↑ Hotten, John Camden, (1874) The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants ... London: Hotten, Archive.org (Page 45).
Planters of the Commonwealth - Banks, Charles Edward, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md., USA 1979
The Great Migration Begins and/or The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 - Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) 1999
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
John Beardsley :
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 500 markers, haplogroup I1-A4636*, FTDNA kit #B2385 +
Y-Chromosome Test 2270 markers, haplogroup I-A4636
Source: ?? Marilyn Scribner. Marilyn posted a message regarding Beardsleys to one of the message boards. The message I found had nothing to do with William. She's been on the profile forever. I would suggest removing her altogether, replacing "No evidence for the following birth information: 09 MAR 1603 Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England" with - Many Ancestry and other trees suggest a baptism of 9 Mar 1603 in Stratford (etc). The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the county of Warwick ...Vol. 1 Births, Transcribed by Richard Savage contain no entries for anyone named Beardsley or any name that remotely resembles Beardsley . Link https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015082240592;view=1up;seq=179