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Where did the English Beasley family come from? What is the English Beasley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beasley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beasley family history?

Beasley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Beasley, in the county of Lancashire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beasley has been recorded under many different variations, including Beazley, Beasley, Beasely, Beesely, Beesley, Bezley, Beasey and many more.

First found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beasley research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beasley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Beasley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beasley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beasley or a variant listed above:

Beasley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Beasley, who landed in America in 1724
  • John Beasley settled in New England in 1751
  • Richard Beasley settled in New England in 1753
  • Bennet Beasley, who landed in Virginia in 1755
  • Bennet Beasley who settled in Virginia in 1755

Beasley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Beasley, who landed in New York in 1830
  • William Beasley, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Berry Beasley, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • George Beasley, who landed in America in 1841
  • Moses Beasley, aged 55, arrived in New York in 1854


Beasley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Richard Beasley U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Richard George Beasley U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Beasley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. Beasley was a teacher of Spoon Cove, Newfoundland in 1857

Beasley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Beasley, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Beasley, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Ann Beasley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Joseph Beasley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Charles Beasley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849


Beasley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Henry Beasley landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Patriot
  • Henry F. Beasley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • James Beasley, aged 22, a gardener, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Caroline Beasley, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • John Beasley, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874


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  • David Muldrow Beasley (b. 1957), American politician, 113th Governor of South Carolina (1995-1999)
  • Frederick Jerome Beasley (b. 1974), American NFL football player
  • Jamar Beasley (b. 1979), American soccer player
  • Major-General Rex Webb Beasley (1892-1961), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 81st Division (1942-1945)
  • Aaron Bruce Beasley (b. 1973), former American college and professional NFL football player
  • Allyce Beasley (b. 1954), American actress
  • Bruce Beasley (b. 1939), American abstract expressionist sculptor
  • John Albert "Jack" Beasley (1895-1949), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for West Sydney (1928-1946)
  • Simon Beasley (b. 1956), former Australian rules footballer
  • Dame Christine Joan Beasley DBE (b. 1944), British nurse, Chief Nursing Officer for England (2004-)

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  • My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.
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The Beasley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beasley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 May 2015 at 10:56.

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