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Boosey Family and the Sandemanian Church

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The Sandemanian church is a non-conformist protestant movement which began in Scotland in 1730’s and spread into England and to the USA. The church was founded by John Glas (1695-1773) (and is also known as the Glasite Church) but much of the teaching was developed and promoted by his son-in-law Robert Sandeman (1718-1771), who founded churches in England and in North America.

The churches were close knit communities, and many families were members of the church for several generations.

See the Boosey Family category for individual profiles.

This page is part of the History of Nonconformists in London and surrounding counties, part of the TopicsTeam, a topic of the England Project.

History of the Boosey family

Nathaniel Boosey (1702-1775) lived and died in Bocking, Essex England and was a malterster. He had 8 children who survived to adulthood. He was a wealthy man and gave property and money to his children in his will when he died. He was a nonconformist and was buried in the Bocking Independent Burial ground. His third son

John Boosey left Bocking and moved to London. He set up a lending library and book publishing business in London. He joined the London Sandemanian church in 1765 and became a deacon and an elder. He married Mary Livermore in 1765 in London. Her family were also from Essex and her brother had joined the Sandemanians. John was also an elder at the Sandemanian Church in Old Buckenham, Norfolk. He had 2 children and both their children were listed as Sandemanians in the London congregation. When Mary Livermore died leaving 2 small children, John married Mary (Hawker) Chater (1730-) who was a widow, having been married to John Chater (abt.1734-abt.1771) another Sandemanian preacher. They married in September 1772 and he was described as a widow from Old Buckingham, Norfolk. His father Nathaniel Boosey died in 1775 and John was the only child not to be mentioned in the will, so there may have been conflict with his father.
Thomas Boosey was born in 1767. Thomas was friends with John Juniper, who left Thomas £20 in his will, stating they were both Sandemanians [1]. His father John Boosey had been selling the essence of peppermint that John Juniper was producing.
Thomas Boosey, the son of Thomas Boosey was born in 1795 and was member of the London Sandemanian Church. He married Elizabeth Chater in 1816. She also came from a Sandemanian family and she was also a church member. Thomas was a Deacon and later an Elder in the church. They had 14 children and many of them married within the church, to other Sandemanian families.
Elizabeth Boosey married Patrick Sandeman Reid (1819-1897) who was from a Sandemanian family in Newcastle. She was not on the London membership list.
Mary (Boosey) Reid became a Sandemanian and married another Reid brother, Christian John Reid JP (1816-1891).
Thomas Boosey (1820-1839) became a Sandemanian just before he died, aged 19.
Hannah Chater Boosey did not become a member and died young, aged 19
Caroline Boosey became a Sandemanian and married Charles Blair Leighton who was also a Sandemanian.
Frances Boosey became a Sandemanian in 1841
Harriet Boosey became a Sandemanian in 1843
Rachel Boosey also became a Sandemanian in 1843 and married her cousin William Boosey
Charlotte Boosey (1830-1910) became a Sandemanian in 1860
John Boosey (1831-1893) did not join the church
Ellen Boosey did not join the church but did married another Reid brother, Andrew Reid
Edward Cunningham Boosey did not join the church
Emily Boosey became a Sandemanian in 1860 and married George Buchanan, a Sandemanian from Edinburgh in 1864
Mary Boosey was born about 1769, the daughter of John Boosey and Mary Livermore. Mary married Edward Barnard in 1791 who became an elder in the London Church and the nephew of John Barnard who was one of the founders of the London Sandemanian meeting house. She became a Sandemanian member in 1796 and she was buried in Bunhill Fields, a nonconformist burial ground.

Links to other Sandemanian families


Mary Boosey married Edward Barnard in 1791

Thomas Boosey married Elizabeth Chater in 1816

Two sisters married into the Reid family, the men were cousins:-

Caroline Boosey married Charles Blair Leighton in 1849

Ellen Boosey married Andrew Reid

Emily Boosey married George Buchanan in 1864


According to Masters and their Apprentices list, John and Thomas both had apprentices

The lists include

MasterOccupationApprenticeDate BoundDate Freed
Boosey JohnBooksellerBoosey Thomas S5 march 17829 Jan 1792
Boosey John Leighton William4 May 1789.
Boosey Thomas Wanostrocht Vincent5 December 17969 January 1804
Boosey Thomas Wass Benjamin10 January 1803

This shows that Boosey John had his son as an apprentice but also Leighton William who was the son of Archibald Leighton a member of the Sandemanian Church. Boosey Thomas had two apprentices. The first was Wanostrocht Vincent who may have been a Sandemanian because Two of his daughters married sisters from the Chater family, another Sandemanian family. The second apprentice was Benjamin Wass is may be related to John Wass who was an Elder in the church, born 1751, admitted into the church 1783 and died 1831.

In 1809 Thomas Boosey (1795-1871) began an apprenticeship with William Limbery Grosvenor

Sandemanians and the publishing trade

Many of the families associated with the London Sandemanian church had links with the book trade. John Boosey (abt.1736-1820) established a book publishing business and lending library in the 1760's, with a specialism in books from europe. His son Thomas Boosey continued the business

Sandemanians_and_the_publishing_trades including the Boosey family.

Pre Sandemanian links

Mr Boosey had John Barnard as an apprentice in 1712, when he paid the dues for an apprentices indenture. [2]

Both families were from Essex

Boosey Family and the Sandemanian Church

This template has been added to individual profiles with links to the church.

==Links to the Glasite/Sandemanian Church==

The Boosey family were one of the key families in the Glasite or Sandemanian Church in London. The category "Boosey Family and the Sandemanian Church" has been added to this profile to help identify relevant people.

The aim is to collect the names of the family members of the Boosey family who were associated with the church. Not all will have become formal church members but are within 1-2 generations of a known member.

Links to other pages

An introduction to the Sandemanian Church includes an overview but also details of the categories used for the various families
Research into the London Sandemanian Church and the questions I am seeking to answer
Histories of other Sandemanian Families
The arrival of Sandemanianism in London with details of the people involved and the impact on the nonconformist community

Histories of other Sandemanian Families
Barnard Family and the Sandemanian Church
Chater Family and the Sandemanian Church
Deacon Family and the Sandemanian Church
Leighton Family and the Sandemanian Church
Peat Family and the Sandemanian Church
Rutt Family and the Sandemanian Church
Vincent Family and the Sandemanian Church
Young Family and the Sandemanian Church

Other pages with details of Sandemanians
Sandemanian Church London membership list
London Sandemanian marriages and other links between families
Sandemanians and the bookbinding, paper and publishing trades
Grosvenor Family Stationers business
Reid and Sons Silversmiths
London Nonconformist Glass Cutters, the Leathley, Chater and Hayward Families
Sandemanian Church, Old Buckenham, Norfolk
The letter from the London Sandemanian Church to the Edinburgh Church in 1855, including signatories to the letter

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