BEESLEY / BEASLEY – Stephen 40th Regiment

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40th Somersetshire Regiment

Bronze Star

 

 

NameBEESLEY / BEASLEY – Stephen
Regiment (s)40th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1754
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th May 1842 / 24 years 3 months / Chelmsford Essex England
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 6 in
Fair / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 2 years 8 months
Length of Service7 years 340 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 6th May 1850 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsBronze Star for battle of Maharajpore 29 December 1843
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Taunton England
Pension Districts1850 Bristol
1851 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem – Temporary 2 years until 21st June 1852
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1818 ?  Wivelscomb Somerset England – likely 1816
Date/Place of Baptism16th June 1816 Wiveliscombe Somerset (Anglican)
Father
Date/Place of Birth
BEASLEY James
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Hannah
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HAYWARD Mary Jane
1826 Somerset England
Date/Place of Marriage16th December 1850 St. Philip and Jacob Bristol Gloucestershire England
Children by 1st WifeLewis BEASLEY
B 2 June 1853 Milford Adelaide South Australia
D 20 June 1853 Milford SA
Josiah BEASLEY (mother Mary Ann Haywood)
B 19 April 1856 Magill South Australia
M HANLIN Emily Denison 29 October 1884 Christ Church North Adelaide
D 11 October 1909 Mile End Hindmarsh SA
Agnes BEASLEY born 15 October 1859 Magill SA
(mother Mary Ann Haywood)
D 10 June 1861 aged 19 Months Magill SA
Sidney BEASLEY B 5 April 1863 Magill Adelaide SA
(mother Jane Hayward)
M GOLDSWORTHY Zealia 27 January 1891 Wesleyan Church Border Town SA
M 5 June 1911 Maggie Gardner nee Richards St. Matthew Church Kensington SA
D 10 June 1919 Unley SA buried Magill (St. George) Anglican
Ernest BEASLEY b 10 October 1865 Woodforde Magill Adelaide SA
M 10 October 1889 Annie Goffie Pike St. James Church Blakiston Mt Barker
D 2 April 1910 Oakbank Nairne SA
Madora Ellen BEASLEY B 9 May 1870 Woodforde Magill Adelaide SA
Bp St George Magill, Adelaide SA 13 August 1870
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
Not applicable
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express and Telegraph Monday 16 July 1888 page 2 Death notice of Stephen
The Express and Telegraph 18 May 1887 page 4 Death Notice Mary Jane
Departure from Western
Australia
Discharge document states in Adelaide South Australia 4th June 1886 but he was in Adelaide as early as 1853
Date/Place of Death/Burial15 July 1888 age 70 Magill, Norwood SA
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
17 May 1887 age 62 Magill SA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationHe was discharged suffering from ‘heart disease and constitutional debility.’
In the 1851 Census HO 107/1954/665 Stephen Beasley and his wife Jane are living at 15 Barley Fields in the parish of St Philip and St Jacob Bristol. Stephen is working as a labourer at and iron foundry.
Throughout her life Mary Jane was called by the alternate names of Jane, Mary Ann and Haywood.
There is possibly another child Alice Adelaide Beasley daughter of Stephen Beasley of Magill who married Joseph William Pratten 1 January 1874 and died in childbirth 11 March 1878 aged 26 years. No birth has been found but it must have been not long after their arrival in WA. His pension must have terminated before his departure for South Australia as his pension was not paid there.