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John Walter Beardsley (1837 - 1921)

Rev. John Walter Beardsley aka Beardslee
Born in Port Clinton, Ohiomap
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Husband of — married 23 Jul 1863 in Bridgewater, Connecticutmap
Husband of — married 22 Feb 1866 in Constantine, Michiganmap
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John Beardsley is a descendant of the immigrants William Beardsley and Mary Harvie.


John was born in 1837, baptized at New Fairfield, Connecticut, 23 Mar 1845, with other children of the family. He is the son of Walter Beardsley and Selina Beardsley. [1]

John Walter Beardslee was born on November 23, 1837, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beardslee. He was a graduate of Rutgers College in 1860 with an A.B. degree, New Brunswick Theological Seminary graduate of 1863, and received both a D.D. and L.L.D. from Rutgers College in 1884 and 1907. He was licensed by the Classis of New Brunswick in 1863 and served as a pastor in Constantine, Michigan from 1864-1884, and for the North Reformed Church in West Troy, New York from 1884-1888. He became a professor at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, in 1888, and remained there until 1917. John W. Beardslee passed away New Brunswick, New Jersey, on March 31, 1921. [Hope College]

Trained at Rutgers University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary, he was a pastor in Constantine, Michigan (1864-84). and in Troy, New York (1884-88), for twenty-four years. His teaching career extended thirty-three years - as professor at Western Theological Seminary (1888-1917), and as lector at New Brunswick Seminary (1917-21). In 1913 the library and its building at Western Seminary was named "Beardslee Memorial Library" on the occasion of his twenty-fifth year as professor. He died at age eighty-four in 1921. [Servant Gladly]


  • Beardsley Genealogy: The Family of William Beardsley, One of the First Settlers of Connecticut. Compiled and edited by Nellie Beardsley Holt and Charles Eleazer Holt. Published at West Hartford, Connecticut, 1951. John Beardsley/Beardslee is Holt Record #1162, Pg. 433.
  • Hope College; Digital Commons, Holland MI[2]
  • Servant Gladly: Essays in Honor of John W. Beardslee III; Jack D. Klunder and Russell L. Gassero, Editors; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids MI; 1989
  • 1880 US Census: Constantine, St. Joseph County, MI, 25 Jun 1880, Enumeration District 191, Pg. 37
  • Find A Grave Memorial # 49809116; Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland MI


  1. Information from Beardsley family researcher Nick Dann, 5 Jul 2015.
  2. Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W88-0009. Beardslee, John W. (1837-1921). Papers, 1872-1917. 0.25 linear ft." (2012). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 89., May 18, 2012.

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