John Mills Beasley (1818 - 1904)

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John Mills Beasley
1818 - 1904
updated February 06, 2019
John Mills Beasley, father to 15 children, was born around 1818 at Creighton Berkshire, Berkshire, England United Kingdom. He was born to William Beesley and Mary Herbert, with siblings William, Sarah, Thomas, James, Elizabeth, and Mary. He was baptized in England United Kingdom. John's partner was Elizabeth Baulch, and they gave birth to James Beasley, Emma Jane Beasley, Annie Louisa Beasley, Lettia (Letty) Lavina, Alfred John Joseph Beasley, Charles Edmond Beasley, Reubon Jason Beasley, Samuel Fredrick Beasley, William Beasley, Susan Maria Beasley, Matilda Harriet Beasley, Leith Joseph Beasley, Edith Mary Beasley, and George Francis Beasley. He was the parent of William Beasley with an unlisted partner. John died around July 9, 1904 in Kirkstall, VIC Australia at 86 years old.


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John Beasley was born at Creighton Berkshire, in Berkshire, Berkshire County, England United Kingdom


John Beasley died in Kirkstall, VIC Australia 3283

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at Tower Hill Cemetery, in Tower Hill, VIC Australia 3282


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anlo saxon

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in West Berkshire County, England United Kingdom

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Kirkstall, VIC Australia 3283





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The Minimum sentence for transportation offence was 7 years
Aug 07, 2014 · Reply
Johns conduct record shows. Prison "HULK" Good, Surgeons Report ORDERLY, on his arrival he was sent to Jericho convict station as a second class prisoner & his probation period of 18 months was extended by one month on 27th July for the offence at Jericho of "Absent from work" being found asleep under a tree. he was given 1months hard labour & placed in 3rd class. he then was assigned to several land owners and in 1844 was ordered to Fingal Convict Station for 4 months for refusing wages of 5 Pounds ($10) per annum. Recommended for pardon 1848 , given conditional pardon 1849.
Aug 07, 2014 · Reply
Johns first son William died on 6th July 1904 & John died on the19th July 1904. in his will he left all his possessions to his next son James-- Livestock (9 pounds ) $18, Buggy 15 pounds($30) Buggy harness (1 pound) $2. Cash (140 pounds )$280.
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John Mills Beesley convicted for Housebreaking and stealing cheese, convicted at Reading 5th Jan,1841 sentenced to 10 years, spent about 8 months on Prison Hulk " YORK" then sent to VDL now Tasmania Convict no.4156 ,arrived 19th Feb 1842 in the Prison Ship "TORTOISE" where he served the rest of his sentence . He got permission to Marry in Longford Tasmania in 1847 while still serving sentence and was given a conditional pardon 1849 after serving 7 years & 4 months. During this period his surname was changed to BEASLEY He moved to Victoria ( Belfast ) now known as Port Fairy , and moved around the area and had 14 children . Unsure why he changed his name to Beasley , probably was given the spelling by a clerk called a" Port Name" as both John &Elizabeth signed their Wills with an X .

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In 1818, in the year that John Mills Beasley was born, on October 20th, the Treaty of 1818 - between the U.S. and the United Kingdom - established the boundary between the U.S. and British North America as the 49th parallel north. The treaty also allowed for joint occupation and settlement of the "Oregon Country" - known currently as the Pacific Northwest of the United States and British Columbia in Canada.

In 1823, when he was merely 5 years old, on February 20th, British explorer James Weddell's expedition to Antarctica traveled 532 miles south of the Antarctic Circle - the southernmost position any ship had reached before. It would be more than 80 years before anyone sailed farther. The region of the Southern Ocean that he explored was later named the Weddell Sea.

In 1838, by the time he was 20 years old, on January 11th in New Jersey, Samuel Morse and two others first publicly demonstrated Morse's new invention - the telegraph. Patented by Morse in 1837, the electrical telegraph used a code developed by him and his assistant, Samuel Vail, and sent a message two miles. In 1844, Morse broadcast from Washington DC to Baltimore Maryland the message "What hath God wrought" and the telegraph took off.

In 1865, at the age of 47 years old, John was alive when on April 9th, Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union Army at Appomattox Court House. Lee's surrender led to a series of surrenders in the Confederacy and in 1866 President Johnson issued a "Proclamation—Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America".

In 1904, in the year of John Mills Beasley's passing, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

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