The Beasley/Baysley/BeselieFamily

[This section is a work in progress. There may be genealogical errors. It is not meant to be a complete Smith Family Tree, rather portions relevant to the History of Rockleigh Borough. Corrections or clarifications are welcome: ewa1@columbia.edu]
Much of the Sneden Family presented here has been provided courtesy of Sneden and Beasley descendents:
John Aitken Sneden, Jr., Alfred Leonard Beasley.

 

If you arrived here by web search, you likely have a keen interest in the Besly/Beselie/Beasley Family.

This section has yet to be appended to the Beasley Family page on
www.rockleigh.org

There are serious problems finding appropriate primary sources and there may be genealogical errors. Some of the conclusions presented are based on circumstantial or deductive evidence. While perhaps likely, they need to be considered at this time as hypothetical.

This is not meant to be a complete Beasley Family Tree, rather those portions relevant to the History of Rockleigh Borough, NJ.

Corrections or clarifications are welcome: ewa1@columbia.edu]

Much of the Beasley Family presented here has been provided courtesy of Beasley descendents and researchers:
 John Aitken Sneden, Jr., Alfred Leonard Beasley, Sharilyn Whitaker

EW April, 3/2005

 

Possible Origins of the Beasley Family

 
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    • The Huguenot Beselie family of colonial Philipsburgh, NY, is fairly well documented.  Documentation for Beasley descendants after 1820 in New York and New Jersey is available.  However, being strong Loyalists and finding themselves on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War outcome, Beselie family roots withered as family members scattered. Beselie/Beasley documentation in the Post Revolution period understandably is scant.  New York City Marriage and Birth records for Brooklyn begin in 1866, Deaths in 1847. Records of the "Old Brooklyn" DRC church have yet to be discovered. While Deeds and Titles are still housed in the Brooklyn Municipal Building, the US census record provide the only complete set of documents of this period.

      Information in the first census of 1790 consisted of householder's name, number of male children, male adults, and total females. With subsequent census enumerations, the age groups became increasingly refined. Beginning with the 1850 census, each member of the household was named with age, sex, occupation,  and place of birth. However, the spelling of the family name can change according to the enumerator. The Post Revolutionary period between 1790 and 1850 can be addressed by aligning and logically grouping census information in a spreadsheet so that the progression or decline of each family becomes clear over ten year intervals.  Of course, this only applies to male heads of household. This method of family tracking overcame what to this point had been presumed insurmountable; for the first time, plausible connections have been made between the Pre and Post Revolution members of the Beselie/Beasley Family.  One to two small bits of otherwise insubstantial data could move plausible to definitive.

      Comments, corrections, omissions are encouraged. [ewa1@columbia.edu]

 

 

 Possible Besly/Beselie/Beasley Origins
in New York and New Jersey:

Huguenot Jean Besly (c.1597 - c.1681), of the Isle de Re (two miles off the coast of Rochelle, France) married Louise Sauton (?-?). Jean and Louise appear to have had three sons:

    i.. Etienne Besly/Beselie (c.1645 Ars, Isle de Re, France -?),
   ii. Louis, and
  iii. Isaac.*

There is no evidence of a son,  Jean Besly/Beselie (c.1645 -<1689). Yet, there are reports in the French National Archives of a Jean and an Etienne Besly, fugitives from the Parish of Ars, Isle or Re, emigrating to New York about 1681 - about the same time that the elder Jean Besly died. The records in the French Archives further state that one Jean Besly, merchant, abandoned his property and household goods, which were sold to meet his debts. There is a similar record about the same time for Etienne Besly.

"Jean Besly marchand demeurant cy devant en la ville de saint Martin
en L'isle de R
é, est aussy fugitif du Royanne et a laissé.
-Une maison, une piece de terre y joignant situe
éan lien
des
prises en l'Isle de Ré..."

"Jean Besly, merchant living formerly in the city of St. Martin
in Isle of Re, is also a fugitive of the crown and at large.
-One house, one piece of land there adjoining the

seizure on the Isle of Re..."

* Madeleine Winslow: Photocopy of official c. 1687 record of the sale
of abandoned property and household goods of Jean Besly of Ars, Isle de Re.
Courtesy of Sharilyn Whitaker

 

Persecution of the Huguenots in France during the seventeenth century

Persecution of the Huguenots in France during the seventeenth century.

1i.      Etienne Besly/Beselie  (c.1645, St. Etienne d'Ars, Isle de Re, France -?), "merchant of LaRochelle", possible son of Jean Besly & Louise Sauton, married Elizabeth de Cruzeau, and had sons Jean, Etienne, and daughters Marianne and Elizabeth, twins, (only Elizabeth surviving), and another daughter Marianne the next year.* He emigrated in 1681 with presumed brother, Jean, to New York. However, no solid evidence has been found to place Etienne in NewYork or New Rochelle, NY.**

* Personal communications of Sharilyn Whitaker from communications and writings
of Georganna Klass Willits, Madeleine C. Winslow,  and John Williams.
** Charles E. Baird: History of the Huguenot Emigration to America.

1ii.     Jean/John Besly/Beselie (c.1645, Rochelle, France <1689, Croton Point, NY), a fugitive Huguenot from the Isle de Re, two miles off the coast of Rochelle, France, possible, but unproven, son of Jean Besly & Louise Sauton, [Alternatively, it has been postulated that Jean was brother of Oliver Besly of Isle de Re.] With presumed brother or cousin, Etienne (c.1650), he emigrated to New York in 1681. 

Jean married c.1670 Grace (Grees) Cerant of/or Heering, presumably of French birth. Because no record of this marriage can be found in the early New York church records, it is likely that they were married before they embarked for America. Upon arrival, they moved north along the Hudson and settled "among the aborigines" near Croton Point, just north of the Croton river.*

* John Williams, RootsWeb discussion
http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/Dutch-Colonies/1999-09/0938447275

Jean/John and Grace had two sons and a daughter before John died in 1689:

    i. Jane/Jannetje (?-?) who became the 2nd wife of Francois Guillaumes,
   ii. Jan Beselie (c.1684-?); and
  iii. Frans/Francis/Frenk Beselie (b. abt. 1686, bp.1 Jun 1695, d. aft. 1750).*
/***

Widow Grace (Grees) married on 19 Feb 1689, at Croton Point by permission, bachelor Robert Willemszen/Williams of "Old England", the first inhabitant of Croton Point. William, accepting Jan and Francis, moved the family moved across the Croton River to a leasehold of Philipsburgh Manor.

Robert & Grace had four children which were:

    i. Grace Willemse (?-?)*;
  
ii. Jan Willemse (?-?)* poss. m Zara/Sara --?--
[Children: Jan (bp. 27 Apr 1728-?)];
  iii. Rachel Willemse (?-?)*;
  iv. Maria Willemsze (c.1690, bpt 12 Aug 1698 - c.1732) wed c.1706 Englebert Hoff of Cortlandt Manor, nine children; [Likely a daughter of Robert Willimse with a prior wife.]
 iiv. Robert Willemse (1693, bpt 12 Aug 1698 Philipsburgh, NY -?) m.(1) 28 Mar 1714, Tarrytown DRC, Maritie Jurckse (c. 1693 in Haverstraw, NY- bef 1723), daughter of Johannes Paulis Jurckse & Jannetje Dareth,
[Children: Jane (1734-?) m. Gregory Storm] m.(2) on 28 Aug 1723 Jannetje van WERT (c.1698 in Philipsburgh, NY -?) at ODC-Sleepy Hollow, NY;
iiiv. Helena Willemse (1698, bpt 12 Aug 1698  Philipsburgh, NY -?) m. 29 Nov 1719 at ODC-Sleepy Hollow, NY Jan Beljee,.**
/***

* Grenville C MacKenzie: Families of the Colonial Town of Philipsburgh, Westchester County, NY. Vol I.
m/s. Westchester County Historical Society, Elmsford, NY
and the NY Genealogical & Biographical Soc., NYC, NY
** Grenville C MacKenzie: Settlement of Philipsburgh .
m/s. Westchester County Historical Society, Elmsford, NY
*** Sharilyn Whitaker, "Grace Cerant Research Group", personal communication

Out of convenience, Huguenots gravitated to the Reformed Dutch branch of Protestantism which shared the same Calvinist ideology as the Reformed French Church. Francis Beselie was baptized at the closest RDC which happened to be the newly established RDC at Tappan - a springtime boat ride across the Hudson.


1 Jun 1695
, Frans, Jan Beesingh, Grees; Wolffert Ecker, Maritje Sybouts
*

* Baptism Record of the Tappan Reformed Dutch Church,
Tappan, Rockland County [1694-1899]

2 i.          Jan "John" Beselie/Beesly (c.1684-?), son of Jean/John Beselie & Grace Cerant, m. c.1707* Annetji "Antie" Hercksen/Syboutsen (bp.19 Mar 1684 -?), dau of Hercx/Herckse Sybouts (b.1644) & Marytje Rycken Van Lent Ecker (b.1649) of the "Poor Bowery", Newtown, NY.

Old Dutch Church at Philipsburgh Manor (Estb. 1697)

 

The membership roles of the Philipsburgh Manor (Sleepy Hollow) RDC (1697-1778) show Antje Sybout, wife of Jan Beesly, a member from Cortland Manor.

*Jan and Jannetji Beesly were listed on 16 Jun 1707
as sponsors at the baptism of Greesje Hoff,
daughter of Engle & Maria Hoff. Tarrytown RDC, Tarrytown, NY

Children Jan Beselie & Annetji Syboutsen included:

    i. Marytje (bp.2 Aug 1709, Tarrytown RDC -?)*,
   ii. Jan (bp.21 Mar 1711, Tarrytown RDC - poss. dy)*,
  iii.  Annatji "Anna" (1719- ?) m. on 17 Sep 1737 at Tarrytown RDC Albert(us) Van Texel/Tassell (25 May 1714-?), son of Jan Van Tassell & Catharina Springsteen of Brooklyn.
[Children: Annatji Van Tassell (c.1745), John Van Tassel (b.1747), Albert Van Tassell (b.1748)];
  iv. Jan, (13 Jun 1724-?).*

* Baptism Record of the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown DRC
(established 1697),
Tarrytown, Westchester Co, NY
** Annetji Beesly was listed on 3 Feb 1760
as a sponsor at the baptism of Dirrik Van Sleyk,
son of Henderik Van Sleyk & Elizabeth Van Benthuyn.
Coxsackie RDC, Coxsackie, NY

2 ii.         Francis "Frank" Beselie/Beesly (c.1686, bpt. 1 Jun 1695 at RDC Tappan, NY*, - >1750), son of Jean/John Beselie & Grace Cerant, m. c.1709 Hilletje Sybout/Syboutsen/ Hercksen-Cranckheit (30 Apr 1693 - >1750), likely daughter of Hwecx/Herckse Sybouts & Maritje Ryken/Lent., of "Poor Bowery", Newtown, NY.  Some time between 1711 and 1714 Francis Beselie settled his family on a leasehold in Ossining, just north of that of his mother, Grace, and step-father, Robert Williams.**

*Reformed Dutch Church, Tappan, NY, established in 1694
** Grenville C MacKenzie: Settlement of Philipsburgh .
m/s. Westchester County Historical Society, Elmsford, NY

Both Francis and Hilletje were living at Ossining in 1750 and had children:

    i. Jannitje (bp. 6 Nov 1711, Tarrytown RDC-?);
   ii. Sybout (bp.1714-?) m. 1745 Zara de Melt of New York.
[Children:  i. Seybout (bp. 5 Jul 1746 -?) ii. Maragrietye  (bp.24 Aug 1748-?); iii. Fransus (9 Jun 1750), iv. Johannis (bp.26 Oct 1754) ];
  iii. Mary (bp. 1715-?) m. c.1735 John Daniels of Croton Point.
[Children: Rachel Daniels (20 Jun 1738-?) m. c.1758 Edward Avery of Dutchess Co];
  iv. John/Jan (bp.1718 -?);
   v. Rachel; vi. Hilletje (bp 26 Jun 1722-?) m. 3 Dec 1743 Johannes Krankheit/Cranckheyt (b. 1720, Philipsburgh -?) , four children
[i. Hilletje Krankheit (b. 1744), Timothy Krankheit (b.1749), Hiletje Krankheit (b.1749)' Magdalene Krankheit (b. 1765)]:
 vii. Abraham (bp.31 Oct 1724-?);
viii. Frans/Francis (15 Apr 1727-dy);
  ix. Jacobus/James (bp 27 Jul 1729-?), mariner, poss. m. in Tarrytown RDC, NY, Maritie Ecker (b.18 Mar 1754);
   x. Lea (bp 19 Jun 1731-?); poss.
  xi. Francis (1734-<1830).

* Baptism Record of the Tarrytown Reformed Dutch Church,
Tarrytown, Westchester Co, NY

3 iv.     John/Jan Beselie (Beeslie) (bp. 24 Jun 1718, Ossining -<1790), son of Francis Beselie & Hilletje Sybouts-Cranckheit, wed Helena "Lena" Conklin (1716-?), daughter of John Conklin (son of John Conklin "of Flushing and Rye") & 2nd wife Lydia -?-.

John and Lena resided in Ossining where they had children:

    i. Lena;
   ii. Annatie (bp 6 Jun 1741-?);
  iii. Francis (bp.1742-?);
  iv. Jane (bp. 1744-?);
   v. Abraham (bp 1747), removed to Digby, Nova Scotia;
  vi. John (? -<1785) remained in Philipsburgh.*

* Baptism Record of the Tarrytown Reformed Dutch Church,
Tarrytown, Westchester Co, NY

John, a Loyalist, was arrested in 1775 and his property in Ossining was confiscated. In 1785 he was living in Brooklyn., but seems to have died before the 1790 Federal census.

Grenville C MacKenzie: Families of the Colonial Town of Philipsburgh,
Westchester County, NY
. Vol I.
m/s. Westchester County Historical Society, Elmsford, NY
and the NY Genealogical & Biographical Soc., NY, NY

3 vii.    Abram/Abraham Beselie (bp.24 Oct 1724, Tarrytown -1777), son of Francis Beselie & Hilletje Sybouts-Cranckheit, wed on 18 Jan 1747 at the Tarrytown RDC Catherine Luer (c.1748, Hooghduytsland -<1810) and settled in Philipsburgh.

Children of Abraham & Hilletje Syboutsen include:

    i. Catrina (bp. 1748-?);
   ii. Marrettye (bp. 25 Oct 1749-dy),
  iii. Maritie "Mary" (bp.28 Oct 1753-?);
  iv. Francis (c.1754 - aft. 1820);
   v. unknown son, poss. Thomas;
  vi. William (c.1758 - bef.1810),
 vii. John (bp.1760 - bef.1820).

In the second half of the 16th century, most of the Philipsburgh Beselies were Loyalists. Abraham was a scout for Gen. Burgoyne's troops in the Hudson Valley. At the time that the British troops were escaping or surrendering in the vicinity of Saratoga, Abraham contracted small pox and died. Several Philipsburgh Beselies moved to Brooklyn.*

On 15 July 1783 Catherine fled to New York City and on 24 September 1783 embarked for Annapolis, NS, with two of her sons, Francis and William, on a ship mastered by Abraham's brother, James.

  • No 94
    The Memorial of Catherine Beasley
    Rec'd 19 Jan'y, 1786   
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    •  
      Rejected
       
      Annapolis Nova Scotia the 5th of January 1786
      A true statement of the Estate of Catherine Beasley
      Late of the Province of New York Taken and Confiscated in
      Consequence of the Deceased Husband[s] loyalty and attach-
      ment to the British Government &c &c &C
       

    • ...To the Honorable Commissioners appointed by His Majesty for looking into the losses and Confiscations of Loyal Subjects, &c &c  &c
       

      Catherine Beasley late of Westchester County in the Province of New York but now of Annapolis in the Province of Nova Scotia, Maketh Oath and saith that She resided in the City of New York from 15th of July 1783 till the 24th of September. Then embarked for Nova Scotia...
       

      The Memorial of Catherine Beasley Widow of Abraham Beasley of Westchester County and Province N York, who became a Guide to Some of General Burgoyns Army making their Escape in N York, at various times, by which means your Memorialists Husband, took, the small pox and leaving her; in the greatest want, and destitute of any help, to assist her, and two helpless Children, your Memorialist, having four sons Grown to the state of Manhood, all entered into His Majesties Service, two of whom was taken by the Rebels, and can not hear whether they are living or dead, the other two, since the Peace Came to this place, where your Memorialist took refuge to--as She could not remain Peaceable, upon her own possessions, Most humbly begs that She may be assisted by His Majestys Most Gracious Act &c &c &c
      And she will ever Pray

      Catherine  X  Beasley (Her Mark)

      Annapolis January 19th 1786

      * No 94. The Memorial of Catherine Beasley of 19 Jan'y, 1786
      Public Records Office, London, England

Her claim for assistance was rejected by the Crown. The hardships in Annapolis were more than she could endure. She returned to New York, accompanied by Francis and William, on the vessel "Peggy", again mastered by James Beselie. They settled in Brooklyn to rebuild their lives, living, it appears from the 1790 census, in the household of her son, William and his wife, no children. The 1800 census shows William (under 45), and suggests his wife and mother (both over 46), a daughter and a son both under ten. The 1810 census indicates the absence of William and his mother, but his widow and two daughters are listed.

4 iv.     Francis Beselie/Baisley/Baseley (c.1754->1820), son of Abraham Beselie & Catherine Luer.  Francis is listed 20 Jan 1783 on the Muster Roll of Capt. Caleb Fowler's Company of the Loyal American Regiment.  In 1784, he was living in Annapolis, NS. By 1787, Francis had returned to Brooklyn. He appears to have married by 1790, his wife's name unknown [Sarah Ann Leonard of Annapolis, NS, is a possibility]. He appears in the 1790-1820 Brooklyn census enumerations (see below).

The approximate ages of Francis (b.<1755), his wife (bet.1755/8) and children can be determined reasonably by the jumps in the age brackets in each ten-year census.

Analysis of consecutive census enumerations reveals four  probable sons of Francis Baseley. Three of the four male children are identifiable as:

    i. Abraham (<1795 - <1830);
   ii.  David (1790> - <1800).
  iii. Leonard (bet.1794/9 - 1843),
  iv. a fourth male child may have died young.

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    • In the 1790 census Francis, while unnamed, appears to be accounted for (poss. with a wife) among the household of his uncle, Francis, but not in the 1800 census.  [1]

      In the 1800 census Francis Baisley is named head of household (age over 46), wife name unknown (age 26-46), three male children (two under 10, one 10-15), two girls (one under 10, one 10-15). [2]

      The 1810 census list Francis Baisley (no age indicated), one male under ten, two (10-15), one daughter under 10, two young women 16-25, wife not indicated. [3]

      The 1820 census list Francis Beseley and another male over 45 and one woman over 45. [4]

      1. 1790 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 3
      2. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 7
      3. 1810 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 2
      4. 1820 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 26

5 i.        Abraham Baseley (b.<1795, d.<1830), identified as a probable son of Frances Beselie/Baisley (b. c1754).  In the census 1800 and 1810, Abraham seems  to be counted in the household of his father, Francis. In 1820, he is listed in his own household with a family. He seems to have died by the 1830 census. His widow seems to have died before the 1840 census. Is is plausible that one of his orphaned daughters, Elizabeth Beasley, (1818-1900) would be taken into the household of her uncle, Leonard Baysley, and later marry Abner Conklin of Palisades, NY.

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      In the 1800 census, Abraham (under 10) is counted in the household of his father Francis. [1]

      In the 1810 census, Abraham is (under 15) is counted in the  household of his father Francis.[2]

      In the 1820 census, Abraham Baseley (26-45) is listed of head of his own household with wife (26-45) and 2 daughters under 10.[3]

      In the 1830 census, Abraham is absent, listed are Mrs Beasely, his widow, (51-60) and one daughter (16-20).[4]

      1. 1790 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 3
      2. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 7
      3. 1820 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 26
      4. 1830 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, p 369 (Image 23)

5 ii.   David Beasely  (b.1790><1800, d. ?) identified as probable middle son of Frances Beselie/Baisley (b. c.1754).

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    • In the 1800 census, David (under 10) is counted in the household of his father Francis. [1]

      In the 1810 census, David is (10-20) is counted in the  household of his father Francis.[2]

      In the 1820 census, David Baisley (26-45) is listed as head of household with is wife (16-25), no children.[3]

      In the 1830 census, David Beasely (30-40) is listed of head of his own household with wife (30-40) and 2 boys under 10, one young man (20-30), one girl under 10, one girl 10-15, and young woman 21-20.[4]

      1. 1790 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 3
      2. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 7
      3. 1820 US Census, New York,  Kings, Brooklyn (Image 3)
      4. 1830 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 370 (Image 25)

5 iii.     Leonard (Baisley, Beasley, Beselie) Baysley (c.1792 - 3 Jun 1843, Brooklyn, re-interred on 14 Aug 1868 in Green-Wood Cem, Brooklyn, NY*), identified as probable youngest son of Frances Beselie/Baisley (b. c.1754), was a marketman from "Long Island." Leonard married on 18 Dec 1816 at Tappan RDC Elizabeth Snidon [sic] (10 Oct 1798, Rockland, NJ -?) daughter of 2nd Samuel Sneden & Elizabeth Gesner-Conklin. [see Sneden Family]

 Dec. 18,1816 Leonard Baysley van Long Island mit Elizabeth Snidon van Tappan.”  *

* Record of Marriages, RDC, Tappan, NY

In the post-Revolutionary period, ? Basiley and Samuel Sneaden had built houses on  portions of adjacent estates close by the East River in Green Point section of Bushwick.


"On the river bank (between India and Java streets) was the old [pre-Revolutionary] Abraham Meserole house. Upon this estate was erected, in later times, a building known as the Baisley house, which was used for many years as a tenant house for the farm. It [was located] on H, near Franklin street." —Stiles: , "History of Brooklyn",Vol II, p 407.

Leonard and Elizabeth raised the following children:

    i. Elizabeth Beasley (1818 -1900) not accounted for in the early households of Leonard, thus poss. an adopted niece, perhaps the orphaned daughter of Abraham Baisley & Mary; 
   ii.
Sarah Ann Beasley (1820-1902*); 
  iii. 
Leonard Beasley, Jr  (1823-1887);
  iv. Jacob S. Beasley (3 Jan 1826, Brooklyn - int.11 Nov 1868*, Lot 17867 Green-Wood Cem, Brooklyn) m. Sarah -?- and lived in Brooklyn, NY; and
   v.
Samuel Beasley (1830-1911).

* Headstone, The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Summer View of Brooklyn
An 1820 painting by Francis Guy from the window at 11 Front Street,
the same location as the 1853 Coleman painting, below.
Brooklyn Historical Society Museum

Winter Scene in Brooklyn
A
n 1853 painting by Louisa Ann Coleman,
 depicts "Old Brooklyn" just east of the Fulton Ferry as it was in 1817-1820.
Front Street to the left and Fulton Street to the right.
Museum of the City of New York

 

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    In the 1800 U.S. census, Leonard (under 10) is counted in the household of his father, Francis. [1]
     

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    In the 1810 U.S. census, Leonard (10-20) is counted in the  household of his father Francis.[2]
     

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    The 1820 U.S. Census lists a Leond Baseley, age 16-26, residing in Brooklyn with one female, age 16-26. [No dau. Elizabeth <10.] The adjacent head of household is a Mrs Baseley (over 45) with 3 girls (all 10-16) and a young woman (16-26).[3]
     

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    The 1830 U.S. Census lists Leonard Beasley (30-40) residing on District Street (near Smith) in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn with two boys under five (Jacob 4 & Samuel, <1), one boy 5-10 (Leonard, Jr), one girl 5-10 (Sarah Ann, 10), and a woman 30-40 (Elizabeth, 32). [No dau. (Elizabeth) 11-20.][4]
     

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    The 1840 census for Brooklyn, NY, lists Leonard Baysley with 1 male 5-10 (Samuel, 9), 1 male 10-15 (Jacob, 14), 1 male 15-20 (Leonard Jr, 17), 1 male 40-50 (Leonard, ~48), 1 female <5 (?), 1 female 15-20 (Sara, 20), 1 female 40-50 (Elizabeth, 42). [5]
     

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    1. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 7
    2. 1810 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 2
    3. 1820 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 26
    4. 1830 US Census, New York,  Kings, Brooklyn , page 365 ( Image 15,  District Street)
    5. 1840 US Census, New York, Kings,  Brooklyn, 6th Ward, page 686

Excerpts from Last Will and Testament of Leonard Beasley, probated 17 Nov 1843.

“To wife Elizabeth $500 and lands. Balance of estate to children [not named]. Executors: said wife and son Leonard. Witnesses: Nathan B. Morse, counselor at law and John Stoothoff, both of Brooklyn.

Petition by said widow, of Rockland Co., NY shows testator died at Brooklyn 3 June 1843leaving said widow and said son, and daughters Elizabeth, wife of Abner Conklin; Sarah, wife of Cornelius Stoothoff; and sons Jacob, and Samuel, said Leonard, Jacob and Samuel being minors."

PRO: 17 Nov 1843, pp 389-395.

  • Record of Leonard Beasley land purchases: [show / hide]

    • Recorded at the Municipal Building in Brooklyn. [show / hide]

      • From Isaac Cornell, Jr. to Nelson L. Hurd on 8 April 1826 (recorded 19 April 1826, involving Lots #61 and #62, Liber 19/p. 341).

      • From Isaac Jr., and Maria Cornell to Leonard Beasley on 8 April 1826 (recorded 2 May 1826, involving Lot #63, Liber 19/p. 341)

      • From Nelson L. Hurd to Samuel Sneden on 11 May 1827 (recorded 1 June 1827, involving Lot # 61 and 62)

      • From Samuel Sneden and wife, Elizabeth, to Jacob Sneden on May 7, 1830 for $200 (recorded December 8, 1830, involving Lot # 61)

      • From Samuel and Elizabeth Sneden to Leonard Beasley on June 5, 1832 (recorded 5 Jun 1832, involving Lot #62, Liber 33/p. 354)

      • From Jacob and Cornelia A. Sneden to Leonard Beasley on 24 July 1835 (recorded 27 July 1835, involving lot # 61, Liber 52/p. 200)

       

    • Recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office, in New City, Rockland County, NY. [show / hide]

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      From John Willsey& Elizabeth Hendrix-Willsey of Orangetown  to Leonard Beasley on September 9, 1835 for $2000.
      [Note: John Willsey and Elizabeth Beasley were 2ndcousins: his mother, Phebe Gesner, was Elizabeth Beasley's g-aunt and Nicholas Gesner's sister. Also, John Willsey's granddaughter, Ada (through his son John Gesner Willsey), would marry John Beasley, grandson of Elizabeth through Leonard, Jr. The "Old" c. 1789 Willsey/Bolting House on the 19 acre tract (less the "New" (c.1740) Willsey House of Capt. John Willsey) was likely that which housed Elizabeth and her son, Samuel, after the death of Leonard Beasley.]

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      From Elizabeth Beasley of Brooklyn, NY, and her children (Elizabeth & Abner Conklin of Harrington, Bergen Co., NJ; Sarah A. & Cornelius G.Stoothoff of Brooklyn, NY; Leonard & Elizabeth Beasley of Brooklyn; and Jacob & Sarah Beasley of Brooklyn) on 12 October 1858 to Samuel Beasley, her son, 19 acres in Palisades, Orangetown, NY.

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      From Elizabeth Beasley of Brooklyn, NY, on 23 September 1862 for $800 to Samuel Beasley, her half of the Conklin-Sneden house and 23 acre share the "Sneden Fields".

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      From Samuel S. Sneden on 28 October 1862 to Samuel Beasley his half of the Conklin-Sneden house and remaining 24 acre share of the "Sneden Fields".

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      [Note: It is likely that Samuel Beasley sold his 19-acre Palisades, NY, farm by the mid 1860s, to Francis Bolting as listed in the 1870 census and shown on the 1874 Serviss map. The "Old" Willsey/Beasley house became the Bolting House in the 1860's and was razed in 1952 for the Palisades Interstate Parkway.]

In the fall of 1843, a few months after the death of Leonard, Elizabeth and her younger unmarried children (Leonard, Jacob, and Samuel) moved to Closter road, Palisades, NY, to reside in a dwelling on the John Willsey farm (her second cousin) which would subsequently become the Bolting House (no longer standing, but just north of her g-uncle, Nicholas Gesner). This was just across the state line from her daughter Elizabeth Conklin and her husband, Abner, who were living with or next to her parents, Samuel Sneden, Jr, & Elizabeth Conklin, in Harrington Twp, NJ.

In the 1850 census [NY, Rockland Co, Orangetown, page 202] lists Elizabeth Beasley (52) as head of household with Samuel Beasley (19).

Elizabeth married secondly in Dec 1853 at Tappan RDC to Daniel Duryea (5 Nov 1804 - bef.1858) of Orangetown.  In 1858 Elizabeth was described as a widow residing in Brooklyn. Most of the Beasley family were interred in the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.

6iv.   Elizabeth Beasley (17 July 1818, Brooklyn - 15 Feb 1900, int. Rockland Cem, Sparkill, NY), likely orphaned daughter of Abraham Beasley & Mary -?- and "adopted" by Leonard Baysley & Elizabeth Sneden. Elizabeth wed c.1839 Abner Conklin (8 Aug 1815 - 25 Dec 1897, int. Rockland Cem, Sparkill, NY), a builder of "British-style" houses and son of Mathias Conklin & poss. Marytje Wagel of Tappan, NY. Abner served in the Civil War.

Abner Conklin and Elizabeth Beasley had two children:

    i. Elizabeth Sneden Conklin (8 Aug 1843*-?),
 
 ii. Emeline Conklin, (14 Mar 1844* -dy).

The 1840 Federal census lists Abner Conklin and his wife (likely Elizabeth Beasley, with no children) living adjacent to Samuel Sneden - Elizabeth's step grandfather.

About 1850, Abner bought a parcel of land in Palisades (78 Closer Road) from Maria Lawrence and built a hip-roofed, timber-framed, clapboard-sided house in the Greek Revival style. Conklin family heirs lived in the Conklin House in Palisades, NY, well into the 20th century. 

* Baptized 16 Sep 1844 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades M.E. Methodist Church
Records of the Palisades M. E. Church,. m/s Palisades Free library, Palisades, NY

The 1850 Federal Census, Harrington Township, Bergen Co, NJ, lists Abner Conklin (28, carpenter), Elizabeth (wife, 28), Emeline (9), Elizabeth (7). They are living between Joseph DuBous and Jacob Sneden on Snedens Landing Road.

In the 1860 Federal Census, Rockland County, Orangetown (Nyack P.O.) Abner Conklin is listed as age 48, house carpenter, with wife Elizabeth, 40; and daughter Elizabeth, 17.

In the 1880 Federal Census for Rockland County, N.Y., Orangetown (House 19, Family 20), Abner Conklin is listed as age 60, carpenter, with his wife Elizabeth (60); daughter Elizabeth, age  (36, dressmaker); son-in-law David Powles (37, carpenter); and Elizabeth's & David's son, Edwin Powles, age (9). Abner Conklin was the Census enumerator for Orangetown in 1880.***

* 1850 Federal Census, Harrington Township, Bergen Co, N page 285 [Image 17]
** 1860 Federal Census, New York, Rockland County, Orangetown,
*** 1880 Federal Census, New York, Rockland County, Orangetown, Dist. 53, page 2.

7ii.    Elizabeth Sneden Conklin (8 Aug 1843, NJ*-?), dau of Abner Conklin & Elizabeth Beasley wed 24 Nov 1864 David Powles (1842/43, NJ - ?) of Harrington Twp, NJ, who served as a Private "With Distinction" between 1862-1863 in the 22nd NJ Infantry. The family lived with Abner & Elizabeth Conklin on Closter Road in Palisades, NY.

One child,  Edwin Powles (c.1871, NJ-?), Storage Manager,  m. Martha -?- (1881, NJ-?) and resided on Berkley Place, Brooklyn. 
[Children: i. Harold Abner (26 Jun 1900, NJ - May 1968, FL), Garage Mechanic, m. Barbara -?- (1898, NY-?); ii. Edwin (c.1904-?)]
.***


* Baptized 16 Sep 1844 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades M.E. Methodist Church.
** 1880 Federal Census, New York, Rockland County, Orangetown. Dist. 53, page 2.
*** 1920 Federal Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn. ED 566, page 12A.

2ii.    Sarah Ann Beasley (28 Nov 1820, Brooklyn -  7 Sep 1902 [int.10 Sep 1902, Lot 17867, Green-Wood Cem., Brooklyn]), dau. of Leonard Baysley & Elizabeth Sneden, m. in 1843 Cornelius G. Stoothoff (bp. 8 May 1821, Flatlands, NY - 20 Jun 1896, int. 23 Jun 1896, Lot 17867 Green-Wood Cem., Brooklyn), Ferry fare collector, son of Garret C. Stoothoff (1797, Flatlands -1845) & Jane Duryea (1796-?), resided 1880* and 1896 at 234 Clermont Ave, Brooklyn.

Daughter: Eliza Jane (1850-1928).

3i.     Eliza Jane "Lydia" Stoothoff (c.1850* - int. 8 Nov 1928, Lot 17867 Green-Wood Cem., Brooklyn), daughter of Sarah Ann Beasley & Cornelius G. Stoothoff,  m. 29 Nov 1870 Edward W. Loder (1849-?), dry goods man, and resided with her parents in 1800 and 1896 at 234 Clermont Ave, Brooklyn.*

Children:

    i. Cornelius S. Loder (c.1874*- int. 7 May1948, Lot 17867 Green-Wood Cem., Brooklyn), Financier, m. c.1908 Alice G. -?- (1876**-?) {?? 3 Nov 1915 Eliza J. -?- of Maplewood, NJ}, resided in 1920 at 7 Central Ave, Leonia, NJ, then on Oak Tree Place in 1930*** [Children: Allen G (1909**-1994, Sparta, NJ), Elizabeth "Eliza" J. (1915**-?1957, FL)]; and
   ii. Edith Loder (1877**-?).

* 1880 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Dist 199 , Page 22 (Image 22)
** 1920 US Census, New Jersey, Bergen, Leonia, Dist 56, Sheet 1A (Central Ave)
*** 1930 US Census, New Jersey, Bergen, Leonia, Dist 135, Sheet 3A  (Image 5)

2iii.    Leonard Beasley, Jr  (25  Jun 1823, Brooklyn - 22 Feb 1887), son of Leonard Baysley & Elizabeth Sneden, NYC Policeman, m. on 24 May 1849 Ann Eliza Roe (20 Jul 1827 - 21 Aug 1909) dau. of Samuel Rider Roe & Sarah Messinger/Messenger and lived in Brooklyn, NY.

Children:

  i. Leonard  3rd (27 Feb 1850 -6 Feb 1917), store clerk, m. 6 Aug 1874 Rosellen Wright (?- 17 May 1936)
[Children: i. Mary (1876-1900) m. 1898 Rev. Francis L. Strickland of Manhattan; ii. Grace (1878-1941) m. 1889 Charles F. Wright; iii. Leonard (1882-1930) m. 1905 Edna F. Revere, iv. Harry L. Beasley (1886-1940, int. Green-Wood, Brooklyn) m. Louise W. Cornelius ];
   ii. Mary Eliza  (1852-dy);
  iii. Cornelius (7 Mar 1854-dy);
  iv. Irvine (25 Apr 1856-dy);
   v. Cyrus (25 Nov 1858-1892),
  vi. Sarah Ann (2 Jun 1862 - 25 Jun 1901),
 vii. Frank (4 Oct 1864-?),
viii. John (18 Jun 1867-?).

The 1870 Federal Census for NY, Kings Co, Brooklyn lists Leonard Beasley (47, late police), Ann E (43), Leonard (20, store clerk), Anne E (18), Cyrus (12), Sarah (8), Frank (6), John (3).*

The 1880 Federal Census lists on Van Buren Street: Leonard Beasley (57, Carpenter), Ann E. (53 , wife, keeping home), Cyrus (21, Clerk in ?? Fac.), Sarah R. (18), Frank (13, Help in Brokers Office), John (13, At school).**

* 1870 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn...
** 1880 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Dist 238, Page 16 (Image 12)

2v.    Samuel Beasley (13 Aug 1830* - 7 Jul 1911, int. Rockland Cem., Sparkill, NY), son of Leonard Baysley & Elizabeth Sneden, moved from Palisades to Brooklyn with his mother and remained there at least until 1862 when his uncle, Jacob Sneden, died.

On 23 September 1862, his mother, Elizabeth Beasley, sold to Samuel for $800 her share of the Conklin-Sneden house and farm of 23 acres. On 28 October 1862, his uncle Samuel S. Sneden sold the remaining half of the house and his 24 acres to Samuel. By 1867 Samuel had returned to the family home (Conklin-Sneden House) with his wife, Sarah A. Matthews (Feb 1839, Brooklyn, NY- 28 Apr 1923, of cerebral hemorrhage, int. Rockland Cem, Sparkill, NY) and three children.

Samuel and Sarah had five children*:

    i. Samuel Webster Beasley (1861*, Brooklyn, NY-?), lived 1911 at Hackensack, NJ.
[Children: Howard W. Beasley (22 Dec 1892, Blauvelt) never married; Irving Blauvelt Beasley (18 Feb 1894, Blauvelt - ?) m. Elizabeth Hovey]
;
   ii. Julia E. Beasley (16 Jan 1864*-17 Jan 1899 of pneumonia, Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY) of Palisades, NY;
  iii. George W. Beasley (1867-1932);
  iv. Lavinia Beasley (1868*- 4 Jan 1899 of "la grippe", Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY) m. Nelson Odell (1841-?) of Haverstraw, NY; and
   v. Clinton Beasley (1871*-?), in 1911 lived at Tremont, NJ.**

*1880 Census, Harrington Township, NJ,  p30.
**Reginald McMahon: "A History of the Jacob Conklin House, Rockleigh, NJ" 1977
m/s Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge, NJ.
 

His presence in Rockland, NJ, is indicated by the census of 1870 and the Walker map of 1876. While listed as Farmer, Samuel appears to have established Beasley's General Store in Norwood on the south side of Central Avenue, just west of the Erie RR Line. Samuel established a cider mill (Samuel Beasley's Cider Mill) on the property. 

"Samuel Beasley...had a cider mill and stored the cider in a vault... Some of the cider was treated so it would not get to be hard cider, and some was allowed to turn to vinegar. A horse was used to run the tread mill to grind the apples."*

* From the Handwritten notes of Newt Sneden, 1973.
Courtesy of John A. Sneden, Jr.

Samuel Beasley also sold portions of the 47-acre farm, primarily north of Willow Road, so that by 1878 it had been reduced to 16 acres.*

*Reginald McMahon: "A History of the Jacob Conklin House, Rockleigh, NJ" 1977
m/s Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge, NJ.

The 1880 census lists Samuel Beasley (House 265; Family 272, Harrington Township; his occupation- Farmer)*. The Beers map of 1891 indicates his continued residence. On 7 July 1902, Samuel and Sarah sold the Conklin-Sneden house and moved to Hackensack.** Samuel was the last of the Conklin descendents to live in the old Conklin-Sneden homestead

*1880 Census, Harrington Township, NJ,  p30.
**Reginald McMahon: "A History of the Jacob Conklin House, Rockleigh, NJ" 1977
m/s Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge, NJ.

3iii.   George W. Beasley (1867*, Rockleigh, NJ - 15 Jan 1932 of gall bladder & liver disease, int. Rockland Cem, Sparkill, NY), lived in 1911 at Bayonne, NJ, wed Amy J. -?- (25 Nov 1874 - 17 Dec 1941 of cerebral embolus, Rockland Cem., Sparkill, NY). 

Children:

    i. Elsie A. (c. 1914-?), and
   ii. Marian (1916-?).

He was listed in the 1920 census*** (age 53) as living at 210 High Ave, Nyack, NY, with wife, Amy J., and proprietor of a bus line.*

* [While  Samuel W. is often listed as operator of a bus line in Nyack,
the 1920 census lists George W. as proprietor].

 


 

4 v.     William Beselie (c.1758 - <1810), son of Abraham Beselie & Catherine Luer, returned from Annapolis, NS, by 1787 with his mother, Catherine, and brother, Francis. By 1790 he had married either Mary --?-- and established a household in Brooklyn with his mother, Catherine, apparently in residence. By 1800 he had young children and appears to have either died before the 1810 census wherein his household appears to be listed under Mary Baisley, Widow. [Alternatively, he may have m. 2nd in NYC Sarah Pelton (28 Oct 1768, NYC - 14 Dec 1857, East Fishkill, NY) of Brooklyn, wid. of Charles Adams and daughter of Phillip Pelton & Jame Van Nostrand of Queens and, after 1810, moved back up the Hudson to East Fishkill, NY.]

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    • The 1790 census lists William Basily as heard of household with his wife and likely mother, no children.[1]

      The 1800 census lists William Baisley (under 45), his wife and mother (both over 46), a daughter and a son (both under ten) and three teen-aged girls which were likely borders.[2]

      The 1810 census indicates the absence of William and his mother, Catherine Luer, but lists Mary Baisley "Widow" (over 46), and two daughters (under ten).

      The 1820 census lists Mrs Baseley (over 46), three girls (10-15), one girl (16-15) - one of the younger girls is likely a border.[3]
       

      1. 1790 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 2
      2. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 3
      3. 1810 US Census, New York,  Kings, Brooklyn, page 1

4 vi.     John Beselie/Basily (bp.1760- <1820), son of Abraham Beselie & Catherine Luer, did not flee to Nova Scotia; instead, he settled in Brooklyn. He is listed on the 16 January 1783 Muster Roll of the Colonel Beverly Robinson's Company of the Loyal American Regiment as taken prisoner 16 July 1779. He was likely repatriated and, subsequently, he appears in the census enumerations of 1790 - 1810.

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    • The 1790 census lists John Basily with a wife, two male children under fifteen and likely a wife and daughter.[1]
       

    • The 1800 census lists John Baisley 26-46, two male children (one under 10, two 10-15), two daughters under 10, wife 26-45.[2]
       

    • The 1810 census list John Baisley 26-45, two male children (one under 10, one 10-15, 2 girls under 10, wife over 46.[3]
       

    • The 1820 census is silent on this household.
       

    • 1. 1790 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 3
      2. 1800 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 7
      3. 1810 US Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, page 2

Two of the three male children are identifiable as:

    i. David (b.<1800);
   ii. John (1802 in Brooklyn-?), undertaker,  m. Mary --?- (1815-?). Children: John, Jr (1842-?), George H. (1843-?), Sarah (1850-?)*

* 1860 US Census: NY>Kings>Brooklyn>page 20 (image 20)