Rev. John Beardsley

M, #78337, (23 April 1732 - 23 April 1809)
Father*John Beardsley1 b. s 1700
Mother*Keziah (–?–)1 b. s 1702
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of David/3f Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:29 Jul 2017

Child with Catharine/4f Brooks:

Rev. John Beardsley Jr. was born 23 Apr 1732 at Ripton (now Huntington), Connecticut. The birth was recorded at nearby Stratford.2,1 He married (1) Sylvia Punderson, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer Punderson, his pastoral predecessor at Norwich and Groton, Connecticut.2 "She died soon after they settled [1766] at Poughkeepsie."2
     He married (2) Catharine/4f Brooks, daughter of David/3f Brooks and Mrs. Anne Deane.2,3 According to a newspaper death notice which identifies her not by name but only as the wife of Rev. Beardsley and eldest daughter of David Brooks of Stratford, deceased, she died at Poughkeepsie 5 Feb 1774, a. 23.3 The notice relates that she worthily sustained the character of a good wife, especially in her parental care and tenderness of his children by a former wife. On the 15th ult. she was delivered of a still-born son, and was soon after taken with a violent nervous putrid fever, which on the 5th inst. put a period to her mortal life. She behaved during the last conflict with a fortitude and resignation becoming the character of a Christian, who considers the grave as a passport to a better world. This is the second loss of the kind that Mr. Beardsley has sustained during his short residence at Poughkeepsie.3
     He married (3), before 12 Feb 1775 (when "Gertrude Beardsley" was a baptismal sponsor), Gertrude Cannell, daughter of Bartholomew Cannell of Poughkeepsie.2 He married (4), before 6 Feb 1786 (when John Beardsley and wife Anna signed a deed in New Brunswick), Anna (–?–).2 He married (5), 11 Jun 1800 at Gagetown, New Brunswick, Mrs. Mary Quain, a widow.2 He died 23 Apr 1809, on his 77th birthday.2, and was interred beneath the chancel of Trinity Church, Kingston.2
     John Beardsley studied at Yale and King's Colleges and was ordained, 1761, as an Episcopal priest. He spent four years as a minister in Connecticut, then removed to Poughkeepsie in 1766 to serve a ministry there. After the New York Provincial Committee of Safety arrested him as a Tory and confiscated his property, he fled with his family to the safety of the British lines around New York City, where they arrived 16 Dec 1777. He became chaplain of Beverly Robinson's Loyal American Regiment, and joined the regiment's 1783 self-exile to New Brunswick when the Revolutionary War came to a close. He was the first clergyman at St. John, NB, was rector of an Episcopal church at Maugerville for 18 years, and was also chaplain, 1793-1802, of the King's New Brunswick Regiment. He organized the first Masonic Lodge in New Brunswick, then in 1802 retired to Maugerville on a British Army chaplain's half-pay pension. Two sons (neither by Catharine Brooks) survived him.2
     See "John Beardsley, A.M." in Records of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, New York, accessible online via Google Books; United Empire Loyalists' Assocation of Canada biography at

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Beardsley b.
  2. [S1728] Records of Christ Church Poughkeepsie, 267-270, "John Beardsley, A.M."
  3. [S59] Providence Gazette, 12 Mar 1774, "Mrs. Beardsley Died."