Although my Beamsley lineage daughters out in the second generation, there is a lot of information about William Beamsley, the immigrant ancestor, to be found in books and archives. He arrived in Boston in 1632, and was admitted to the Boston church on 5 April 1635. He was admitted as a freeman on 25 May 1636. The Boston records show him serving many civil roles such as constable, fenceviewer, water bailey, highway surveyor, and he was admitted to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery company in 1656/57.
About 1632 William Beamsley married Anne Unknown, probably in England, and his six children were all born in Boston. Around 1645 he married a widow and had another child, and took in her children (three of his step children are named in Beamsley’s will).
Beamsley owned much land he had acquired over time in Boston. This was all described in his will. His daughters are all named with their husbands in a deed dated 1668 which sold his house and land to Key Alsop of Boston. [“Ann Woodward with Ezekiell Woodward her present husband, Grace Graves with Samuell Graves her present husband, Mercy Wilborne alias Peterson with Andrew Peterson her present husband, Hannah Beamsley alias Perkins with Abraham Perkins her present husband, Elizabeth Page with Edward Page her present husband, Mary Roberson alias Dennis with Thomas Dennis her present husband, [and] Edward Bushnell all formerly of Boston” Suffolk Deeds 5:519- 522] note: Elizabeth and Mary are step daughters.
I descend from the daughter Ann (Beamsley) Woodward named above, and from two of Ann’s daughters- Margaret (Woodward) Andrews and Prudence (Woodward) Marshall.
For more information on William Beamsley:
The Ancestry of Margaret Brooks Thelfall, by John Brooks Threlfall, Madison, Wisconsin: 1985, unpaginated, see ancestor number 390.
Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins, by John Brooks Threlfall, Madison, Wisconsin: 1990, pages 13 – 16.
Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts: 2001, Volume 1, pages 139 – 142.
My Beamsley lineage:
Generation 1: William Beamsley, born about 1605 probably in Lincolnshire, England, died 29 September 1658 in Boston, Massachusetts; married first about 1632 in England to Anne Unknown who died between 1643 and 1645; married second about 1645 to Martha Hallor, widow of Edward Bushnell, who died before 16 November 1668. Six children with Anne, one child with Martha.
Generation 2: Anne Beamsley, born 13 February 1632/33 in Boston, died about 1679 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married in January 1650 in Boston to Ezekiel Woodward as his first of three wives. They had nine children together, and I descend from two daughters.
Generation 3: Margaret Woodward m. William Andrews
Generation 4: John Andrews m. Elizabeth Story
Generation 5: Abigail Andrews m. Jeremiah Burnham
Generation 6: Abigail Burnham m. Isaac Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
Generation 4: Rachel Andrews m. Zachariah Story
Generation 5: Deborah Story m. Westley Burnham
Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 7: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 8: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)
Generation 6: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 7: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham (see above)
Generation 3: Prudence Woodward m. Benjamin Marshall
Generation 4: Benjamin Marshall m. Bethiah Goodhue
Generation 5: Elizabeth Marshall m. David Burnham
Generation 6: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings
Generation 7: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen (see above)
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