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

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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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  • Bruce Beasley (b. 1939), American abstract expressionist sculptor
  • Allyce Beasley (b. 1954), American actress
  • Aaron Bruce Beasley (b. 1973), former American college and professional NFL football player
  • Major-General Rex Webb Beasley (1892-1961), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 81st Division (1942-1945)
  • Jamar Beasley (b. 1979), American soccer player
  • David Muldrow Beasley (b. 1957), American politician, 113th Governor of South Carolina (1995-1999)
  • Mrs. C. W. Beasley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1940, 1956 (alternate), 1964 (alternate)
  • C. J. Beasley, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996
  • Andrew T. Beasley (b. 1887), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1919-22
  • Alta M. Beasley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
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Beasley Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Dennis Beasley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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