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Mary (Harvey) Beardsley (1605 - 1674)

Mary "Marie" Beardsley formerly Harvey aka Harvie, Beadsley
Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [uncertain]
Sister of [half] and [half]
Wife of — married 26 Jan 1632 in Ilkeston, Derby, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Stratford, Fairfield County, Colony of Connecticutmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Mary (Harvey) 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. 222)
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Mary (Harvey) Beardsley migrated from England to the American Colonies.
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Mary Harvey was baptized on 5 June 1605 at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, a daughter of Richard Harvey and Ellen (Elliot).[1]


"Marie Beadsley .. 26" and her husband, "A Mason Wm Beardsley ... 30," along with their three eldest children: Marie aged 4, John aged 2, and Joseph aged 6 months, sailed 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].[2] Two of Mary's siblings were also aboard the Planter, Richard Harvey and Ann Harvey.[1]


Mary (as "Maria Harvey") married on 26 January 1631/2 at Ilkeston, to William Beardsley (as Gulielm9).[3][1]

Death and Legacy

Mary's date of death is unknown. She was last known living with certainty on 28 March 1674 when she appears on a list of the inhabitants of Stratford.[4][1] Mary is assumed to have died at Stratford, where she lived.

A plaque was dedicated to William and Mary Beardsley on the 300th anniversary of the founding of Stratford (see William's profile for details). The plaque was placed on a boulder from the Beardsley homestead, which was located near Sandy Hollow.


Children of Mary and William Beardsley:[1]

  1. Mary Beardsley, b abt 1631; [m Thomas Welles ?][5][6]
  2. John Beardsley, b abt 1633; m Hannah Unknown[7]
  3. Joseph Beardsley, b abt 1634; m Unknown Unknown[8]
  4. Ruth Beardsley, b say 1636; m Joseph Smith of Jamaica, L.I.
  5. Samuel Beardsley, b say 1638; m Abigail Clark, daughter of John Clark of New Haven.
  6. Hannah Beardsley, b say 1642; m Nathaniel Dickenson[9]
  7. Daniel Beardsley, b abt 1645, d 7 Oct 1730 Stratford; m Ruth Goodwin, daughter of Thomas Goodwin.
  8. Rebecca Beardsley, b say 1646; m 1) Israel Curtis, 2) James Beebe
  9. Sarah Beardsley, b say 1648; m Obadiah Dickenson

Research Notes

Place: Union Cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States[citation needed]

More likely, Mary was buried on the homestead or at the first church at Fairfield, CT. The Pequannock (now Stratfield) Church was not formed until 1691.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Anderson, Robert C., (1995) "William Beardsley," Featured name. Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. NEHGS AmericanAncestors (Volume 1, A-B, Page 225).
  2. Hotten, John Camden, (1874) The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants ... London: Hotten, (Page 45).
  3. Phillimore, W.P.W., (1910) Derbyshire Parish Registers. Marriages. Vol 7. London: (Vol 7, Pages 3-4).
  4. Orcutt, Samuel. A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City ... v.1. (1886): page 179.
  5. Jacobus, Donald L., (1930) History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, (Vol 1, Pages 45-46).
  6. Anderson reports this marriage is claimed only by secondary sources (ie. Jacobus), but no primary record has been found.
  7. Hannah was treated by John Winthrop, Jr on 25 Nov 1667, "married for 11 years and unable to conceive"
  8. Anderson reports the evidence for a marriage to "Phebe Dayton, of Brookhaven, L.I.," is apparently for a couple from the "first three decades of the eighteenth century" see Stratford LR 2:479, "Phebe, d. Joseph, Jr. & Phebe b 23 Jan. 1729/30."
  9. Anderson cites NEHGR 152:170-71
  10. A Brief History of First Church Congregational of Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • Flinders, Stephen, (2007) Ilkeston Families of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Courtby, Day, Flamstead, Harvey, Hellot, Horsley, Lowe & Par, Volume I. Copy Print and Design, 64 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England
  • Richardson, Douglas, (Jan 1992) "The Widow Frances (Albright) Wells, Wife of Thomas Coleman." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. NEHGRS (Vol 146:34)
  • Beardsley, I. H. (Isaac Haight) (1902) Genealogical History of the Beardsley-lee Family in America. Denver, CO: John Dove, Printer.
  • Holt, Nellie Beardsley, (1951) Beardsley Genealogy: The Family of William Beardsley, One of the First Settlers of Stratford, Connecticut. Blue Hill, ME: J. Harness Beardsley, (Page 1).
  • Banks, Charles Edward, (1979) Planters of the Commonwealth. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.
  • Orcutt, Samuel, (1886) A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Conn. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor.
  • New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series Cutter, William Richard Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996. Original: 1915 (3rd Series), Reprint 1996
  • The History of the Town of Catharine, Schuyler County, NY. -Mary Louise Catlin Cleaver Tuttle Publishing Co., Rutland, Vermont 1945
  • Adams, Sherman W. and Henry R. Stiles, (1996) The History of Wethersfield, Connecticut, Genealogies and Biographies. Picton Press 1996
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (Page 148) and U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s..
  • Source: Author: James Savage Title: A Gen. Dict. of the First Settlers of New England Publication: Name: Genealogical Publ Co, Inc., Baltimore ;

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The last definitive record of widow Mary Beardsley I've found is:

"A list of the Inhabitants of Stratford, drawn up by the townsmen and recorded by order from the Govenor and Mr. Jones and Mr. Stowe 27th March, 1668, as followeth and diligently recorded by order from the present townsmen this 28th March, 1668: ... 89. Widow Bearslye, wife of William, half proprietor of house lot and accommodations." (A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Vol. I)

posted by Patrick Griffith

As an example:

10 October 1700, Daniel Beardsley acknowleges a deed of exhange between Isaac Nichols, Jr. (d. bef. 5 November 1695), and widow Mary Beardsley and himself. (; this is probably the fourth, undated, transaction at

posted by Patrick Griffith

Directly below is:

'Widdow Mary Beardsly by way of Division hath one Acre of land & eight rod bee itt itt more or less Nvmbr [Number] 29th:: lying att ye norwest end of ye towne bounded uppon ye north with the land of Sergt Richard Haruey south with ye [la]nd of Widow Titterton east with another rang of lotts west wth a High way [b]y written Curtifycate undr ye hands of ye suruayors yt layd itt out & recorded March: first: 1680/81. pr Joseph Curtiss Recordr'

None of them give dates of acknowledgement. All these dates are when they were recorded (as above), which of course were not necessarily anywhere near the dates of the transactions. Even a date of acknowlegement need not be.

posted by Patrick Griffith
"Anderson reports she was living on 28 March 1674." (citing Stratford Land Records).

Records pertaining to widow Mary Beardsley are at: and

... the latter containing the record ('according to daniels [^ 'beardsly'] information') bearing the date 28 March 1674.

posted by Patrick Griffith
I agree with Kenneth, the identity of Mary's mother is in doubt. The majority sentiment appears to be that her mother's maiden name should be Elliot, not Horsley, but I do not see sufficient evidence to overturn the present identification.
posted by John Beardsley
She is currently shown as daughter of Ellen Horsley, but shouldn't this mother be listed as uncertain?

Better yet, perhaps connect her with Ellen Elliott as the mother instead. I think that is probably what Anderson would recommend. Frankly, I am very suspicious of Ellen Horsley being born in Ilkeston to parents who lived in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
I am fine with Harvey AKA Harvie. My memory isn't the greatest, but I believe I PPP'd her as an immigrant ancestor who was part of the PGM.
posted by John Beardsley
LNAB changed. Has anyone found her baptism record?
posted by Jillaine Smith
Remember that we use their conventions not ours, so Harvie may be the correct spelling of Marie's name at the time of her birth. John, you ppp'd it at Harvie. You probably had a reason. I've looked for that baptismal record and I'm not finding it. Do you really want to change it?
posted by Anne B
I cannot access last name at birth, I think due to her being PPP in the PGM or Questional Gateway Ancestor projects. I have no objection to the change if the proper manager with the ability is paying attention to this conversation.
posted by John Beardsley