An American Family History

The Beardsley Family


also spelled Beardslee


Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

Israel Beardsley was born on March 13, 1721 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. His father was Josiah Beardsley.

He married Elizabeth French. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel French-1687)

He lived at Dorset and Manchester, Vermont

Israel Beardsley
Abiah Beardsley (married, Nathaniel Mallory)
Catherine Beardsley (1753, married John French-1746),
Mary Beardsley (1755, married Joseph French son of Samuel French-1710)
Abigail Beardsley (married Elijah French, son of John French 1720),
Hannah Beardsley(1758),
Price Beardsley (1761), and
Jerasha Beardsley.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.




Fairfield County, Connecticut originally consisted of the towns of Rye, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, and Stratford. Woodbury (1673) , Danbury (1687), Ridgefield (1709), Newtown (1711), and New Fairfield (1740) were added later. In 1751, part of Woodbury was included in Litchfield County.

from Beardsley Genealogy The Family Of William Beardsley One Of The First Settlers Of Stratford Connecticut by Nellie Beardsley Holt

Israel [Beardsley] (Josiah, Joseph, Willie), born at Stratford Connecticut, 13 March 1721; no records have been found of his death but his mother's will dated, 1774, names, "My loving grandchildren, Mary and Price Beardslee, son and daughter of my son Israel Beardslee, dec'd;

Married Elizabeth French, bapt. at Stratford, 31 July 1726, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Price) French; she married, second, — Bates as her name appears in Manchester, Vermont probate records, 1780 when Israel's mother's estate was settled.

He lived at Dorset and Manchester, VT.


ii. Adiah, died at Malorytour, Leeds co, Ontario, Canada, 15 March 1828, ae. 82 years; married, Nathaniel Mallory died, 1808, ae 56 years, son of Daniel and Sarah (Lee) Mallory; 13 Ch

iii. Katherine, bapt. at Stratford, Conn. 23 Feb. 1753; d. at Manchester, VT. 30 Sept. 1819; John French of Stratford, b. 23 Dec. 1746, son of John and Elizabeth (Nichols) French; res. Dorset and Manchester, VT. 7 ch.

iv. Mary, b. at Stratford, Conn. 1755; d. at Manchester, VT. 17 March 1839; m. Joseph French, 13 May 1777, b. at Stratford, 6 July 1748 d. at Manchester, 14 July 1813, m. of Samuel and Elizabeth (Loring) French. 10 ch

v. Abigail, d. at Dorset, 13 May 1777, Elijah French b. at Stratford, 12 Sept. 1751; d. at Dorset 18 Sept. 1830, s.of Samuel and Elizabeth (Loring) French, both Manchester, VT. 10 Ch.

vi. Hannah, bapt at Stratford, Conn. 10 Dec. 1758. vii. Price, b. 19 May 1761

viii. Jerasha, Probate records at Manchester VT. tell that a guardian was appointed for her, Nov. 4 1783, and that she was about 14 years of age.

The American Flag was adopted in 1777.

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