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One Besly in 1543 at Calverleigh near Tiverton.
Please, if you have published trees of these families online - can you update/correct them.   I have done a lot of transcription corrections on the census copies on Ancestry.com so you can now see these for yourselves when searching for elusive family members. Cheers. 

       

                                                                                                                                       

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                                                           c. 22 Aug 1802                               7 May 1835                                          23 Mar 1817
                                               Holy Trinity, Exeter, Devon                                                                               Exmouth, Devon
                                                        d. 16 Dec 4Q 1867                                                                                               d. 1885
                                                        Steyning, Sussex




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                                                                                                                                I                                                                                                                               Ellen Huntley Besley nee Liffiton
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                               Frederick - Arthur c. Camberwell St Giles                         I                       Robert & Margaret c. Haggerston St Mary       Edmund and Mark c. Highgate St Michael     Herbert & Ernest c. Chapel Royal, Brighton
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              I                              I                              I                             I                            I                          I                             I                         I                          I                           I                             I                           I                          I
  Frederick John        Charles Robert                Ellen                    Edward             Ann Huntley             Arthur            Robert Frederick       Margaret               Claude                Edmund         Mark Beauchamp         Herbert          Ernest Wallace
  b. 12 Feb 1836          b. 30 Jan 1837       b. 15 Oct 4Q 1838     b. 8 May 1840       b. 16 Jan 1842   b. 28 Aug 3Q 1843         abt 1845              2Q 1847               1Q 1849                 3Q 1853                4Q 1856                2Q 1861               2Q 1864
                                                                     Lambeth                                                                                               Teinmouth, Devon       Upper Clapton, Hackney                 Highgate               Highgate             Steyning             Steyning
  c. 11 Mar 1836          c. 14 Nov 1838        c.  14 Nov 1838        c. 5 Jun 1840        c. 9 Mar 1842       c. 11 Sep 1843        c. 30 Oct 1847     c. 30 Oct 1847     c. 23 Jul 1849         c. 5 Oct 1853         c. 1 Jan 1857       c. 31 May 1861    c. 13 May 1864
    Camberwell              Camberwell             Camberwell            Camberwell          Camberwell          Camberwell            Haggerston         Haggerston    Clapton Common          Highgate              Highgate              Brighton              Brighton
     d. 2Q 1909         d. 16 Nov 4Q 1896                                 d. 21 Mar 1Q 1909                                   d. 3Q 1851             d. 3Q 1851          d. 2Q 1853            d. 3Q 1851             d. 4Q 1936            d. 1Q 1943           d. 4Q 1935      d. 20 Jan 1Q 1929
       Croydon               Paddington                                      Hurlingham MDX                                      Hackney                Hackney            Edmonton             Hackney         Newton Abbot, Dev.    Willesden           Paddington         St Geo H Sq.
                                bur. 20 Nov 1896                                   bur. 25 Mar 1909                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bur. 24 Jan 1929
                                Mortlake St Mary                                  Putney Vale Cem.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Putney Vale Cem.
m.27 Jul 3Q 1864         m. 2Q 1866          m. 9 Jun 2Q 1857   m. 9 Jul 3Q 1864        m. 2Q 1865                                                                                                                                                        m. 3Q 1899           m.
        London                  Croydon                 Edmonton              Pancras                Steyning                                                                                                                                                  Eastbourne, Sussex
                                                           St Michael, Highgate   Parish Church
Sarah Louisa Dolan    Emily Gordon       Mark Beauchamp   Maria Fillingham      Henry Wallace                                                                                                                                                     Helena Mary          Eugenie
       abt 1845                   abt 1844                  Peacock                Cuming                   Stroud                                                                                                                                                           A J Monfort           abt 1856
Queens Co. Ire.                                                                                                       b. 1829                                                                                                                                                             abt 1859  
                                                                                                                               Poole, Dor.                                                                                                                                                      Kensington    Kitchin  Herts
            I                        d. 2Q 1921                                     d. 24 Aug 3Q 1932
            I                      Kensington                                     Putney Bridge
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            I               Cecily Evelyn Gordon              Lilian Emily Gordon              Sybil Augusta Gordon           Muriel Edith Gordon           Robert William Edward Gordon          Arthur Charles Gordon
            I                   b. 5 Jan 1Q 1868                     b. 7 May 2Q 1869                     b. 5 May 1Q 1874                  b. 30 Jul 3Q 1876                               4Q 1878                               b. 12 April 2Q 1881
            I                        Kingston                           Kingston, Surrey                            Kingston                             East Sheen                                 Richmond                                  East Sheen
            I                    c. 14 Apr 1868                         c. 15 Dec 1869                           c. 5 May 1874                         c. 25 Oct 1876                                                                               c. 20 Jul 1881
            I          Christ Church, Subiton Hill     Christ Church, Subiton Hill      Christ Church, Subiton Hill     Christ Church, East Sheen                                                           Christ Church, East Sheen
            I                                                                      d. 3Q 1957                                                                         d. 22 Feb 1Q 1831                     d. 27 Mar 1Q 1904                          d. 23 Jun 1901
            I                                                                                                                                                                      Chelsea                                      Clutton                         Wedelfontein, South Africa
            I                m. 8 June 2Q 1892                   m. 23 Jun 3Q 1898                          m. 2Q 1905                            m. 1Q 1911
            I       Christ Church, Lancaster Gate     Christ Ch. Lancaster Gate                      Steyning                               Chelsea
            I             Henry Royston Parker        Arthur Cecil Herbert Nickisson                                               Philip Henry Marcus  Dorehill
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                Frederick Charles Phillip                      Maud Ellen                         Florence Merivale                   Louise Margaret                          Ernest Arthur                                  Frank
                            b. 4Q 1877                                b. 2Q 1879                                   3Q 1880                                 2Q 1882                                b. 5 Mar 1885                            b. 23 Nov 1887
                              Reigate                                    Croydon                                     Redhill                                   Kenley                                      Kenley                                       Kenley
                         c. 24 Oct 1877                                                                             c. 14 Jul 1880                                                                        c. 21 Apr 1885                            c. 17 Jul 1888
                    St. Matthew, Redhill                                                                    St. Matthew, Redhill                                                                All Saints, Kenley                      All Saints, Kenley
                                                                                                                                                                           d. 3Q 1928                                d. 1Q 1940                                 d. 3Q 1965
                                                                                                                                                                             Chelsea                                  Edmonton
                                                                           m. 3Q 1914                                                                                                                               m. 2Q 1910
                                                                              Croydon                                                                                                                                Hambledon
                                                                       Henry T Chandler                                                                                                             Frances Roma Louise Lobb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marguerithe Langton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           b. 4 Nov 1910
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Belgrave Terrace, Stockwell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           c. 20 Sep 1911
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Croydon St James


NOTES:
ANN HUNTLEY BESLEY 1842: 1851 - 9 yrs, with family. 1861 - 19 yrs, with parents. 
ARTHUR BESLEY 1843:  Died along with Robert and Claude.
ARTHUR CHARLES GORDON BESLEY 1881:  1891 - 9 yrs, with father and siblings.
CECILY EVELYN GORDON BESLEY 1868:  1871 - 3 yrs, with parents. 1881 - 13 yrs, with parents.   1891 - 25 yrs, with father and siblings.  Marriage - 25 yrs, spinster, of 46 Queens Gardens, Edward and CN Besley witnesses.  1901 - Evelyn, 30 yrs., with widowed mother in Hove along with her 2 children.
Husband HENRY ROYSTON PARKER:  Marriage - 27 yrs, bachelor, Gent., father Henry, deceased gent. , The Park, Royston, Cambridgeshire.
CHARLES ROBERT BESLEY1841 -  4 yrs, with Ann Liffiton (17 yrs), Andover Place. Tonbridge School: Summer Term 1849: Besley, Charles Robert. 1849-52. Son of Frederick Besley. Wharfinger at Nicholson's Wharf, London.  1851 - 14 yrs, boarder, (along with brother Frederick) at the Grammar School, High St., Tunbridge, Tonbridge, Kent - (separate accommodation to brother Edward).  1861 - 24 yrs, with parents. 1871 - 34 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling No 1 Gloster Row Melcombe Regis, with wife, 2 young daughters and servant (nurse).  1881 - 43 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling Mooresfort, Mortlake, Surrey, with wife and five offspring plus 5 servants.   1891 -  54 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling 46 Queens Gardens, Paddington, with  3 offspring and 7 servants - wife and 2 offspring visiting in Great Yamouth.    Died aged 59 yrs - resident of 40 Queens Gardens, Paddington.
Probate 23 Feb 1896: Charles Robert of 40 Leinster Gardens, Hyde Park, Middlesex, gentleman. died 16 November 1896. Probate London 23 February to Emily Besley widow. and Mark Beauchamp Peacock the younger, gentleman. Effects £31,159 4s 8d.
Wife EMILY GORDON abt 1844: Father: Lord Cecil James Gordon-Moore 23.02.1806  Mother: Emily Moore. 1871 - 26 yrs.  1891 - 47 yrs, married, visiting Cookson family ?ilmont House, North Quay, Great Yarmouth along with Lilias and Robert - Cookson a managing brewer with loads of servants, including footman and groom!  1901 - 50 yrs, own means, widow, dwelling Hove, with 2 unmarried daughters, a married daughter (Evelyn) and her two children Henrietta MG (8) and Henry G (4) plus 4 servants.   1911 - 65 yrs, widow, visiting Fanny Blanche Daucer (unmarried, 55 yrs, b. Penang Straits) at 2 Roxburgh Mansions, Kensington Court. By 1911 Emily had given birth to 6 children of which 4 were still living.  Died aged 77 yrs.
CLAUDE BESLEY 1849: c. Clapton Common, St Thomas. 1851 - 3 yrs, seems she/he and 2 other siblings (Robert and Margaret) left with servants, at ?ingle Villa, ? Newington, Hackney.
EDMUND BESLEY 1853:  1861 - 8 yrs, with parents.  1871 - 19 yrs, C Clerk, 76 Wood Street, St Albans, London.  1901 - 48 yrs, Single, butler, lodging 205 Clarence Rd., Bristol, Gloucester.   Died aged 83 yrs.
EDWARD BESLEY 1840: 1841 -  1 yr, with Ann Liffiton (17 yrs), Andover Place.   Tonbridge School: Summer Term 1849: Besley, Edward. 1849-54. Son of Frederick Besley. Wharfinger at Chamberlain's Wharf, London.  1851 - 10 yrs, boarder, Bordyke House, Hadlow Rd., Tunbridge, Tonbridge, Kent - (separate accommodation to other two brothers).  1871 - 30 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling Cedar Lodge, Lime Grove Park, Putney, with wife, her sister Caroline Cuming (33 yrs, single) and 3 servants.   1881 - 40 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling Cedar Lodge, St Johns Rd., Putney, with wife and 3 servants.    1901 - 60 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling Putney, with wife, her sister Ann Cuming (49 yrs, single) 2 visitors and 3 servants.
Probate:  Edward Besley of 32 Hurlingham Court, Hurlingham, MDX and of Chamberlains Wharf, Tooley St., Surrey, died 21 Mar 1909 at 32 Hurlingham Court. Probate London 7 May to Maria Fillingham Besley widow and Ernest Wallace Besley wharfinger. Effects £30,456 12s 11d - resworn £30,728 12s 11d.          
Wife MARIA FILLINGHAM CUMING abt 1842: 1871 - 29 yrs.   1881 - 39 yrs.  Died aged 91 yrs. 
Probate: Maria Fillingham Besley of 32 Hurlingham Court, Putney Bridge MDX, widow, who died 24 August 1932. Probate London 21 October to the Reverend Canon Walter Phillip Besley, Clerk (not closely related at all) and Edward Percy Wallace Stroud retired cultivation protector.  Effects £32,551 18s 7d.
ELLEN BESLEY 1838: 1841 -  2 yrs, with Ann Liffiton (17 yrs), Andover Place. 1851 - 12 yrs, with family.   1857 - 18 yrs, daughter of Frederick Besley, gent., married by licence to 22 year old Mark Beauchamp Peacock(son of Mark Beauchamp, solicitor) - both signed and both of Highgate -  Witnesses Frederick and Ellen Besley and A E Peacock.  Executor of will of Uncle Robert Besley (Lord Mayor of London).
PEACOCK, Mark Beauchamp, Esq., of Springfield Place, Essex.  Only son of Mark Beauchamp Peacock, Esq., of Springfield Place, who d. 1862, by Antonina Eliza, who d. 1865, dau. of the late Anthony Parkin, Esq., of Ashurst Lodge, Kent ; A. 1834; m. Ellen, eldest daughter of the late Frederick Besley, Esq., and has, with other issue, a son, * Mark Beauchamp, called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn 1897; educated at Trinity Coll., Oxford (B.A. 1883, MA. 1886); b. 1860; m. 1912 Ella Mary Daphne, only dau. of Henry Fawcett, Esq., of Bruadfield. Yorkshire, and of Hove, and has a daughter, Dorothy Edith Beauchamp. Mr. Peacock was educated at Eton and at St. John's Coll., Oxford, and called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn 1859. — Residence; Belgrave House, Marine Parade, Brighton.
ERNEST WALLACE BESLEY 1864:    Died aged 64 yrs.
Probate: Ernest Wallace Besley of 5 Queen St., Mayfair. Middlesex died 20 January 1929. Probate London 22 November to Leonard Nicholas Savery Pasmore and Archibald Besley Pasmore, solicitors. Effects £24,428 2s 3d.
ERNEST ARTHUR BESLEY 1885:  1901 - 16 yrs, clerk for Lloyds.  1911 - 26 yrs, insurance office inspector, married, visitor in Gayford household, 61 Cheltenham Rd., Southend on Sea, Essex.  September 1911 - 18 Clarence Rd. insurance inspector.  Died aged 54 yrs.
FLORENCE MERIVALE BESLEY 1880:  1881 - 9 mths, living with parents. 1901 - 20 yrs, music teacher, living with parents.
FRANK BESLEY 1887:  Birth registered 1Q 1888 Croydon.  1901 - 13 yrs, deaf from childhood, living with parents.  1911 - 23 yrs, unmarried, apprentice bootmaking, living with widowed mother. Died aged 77 yrs.
FREDERICK BESLEY 1802: 1835 - Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post of Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England) Thursday, May 14, 1835; Issue 3634, Exeter, Wednesday, May 13, 1835 - Married May 7 at Littleham, Mr. Frederick Besley, (son of the late Mr. T. Besley, of this city,) to Ellen, 4th daughter of Mr. John Liffiton, of Exmouth.   1838 & 1840 - Gentleman, Cold Harbor Lane. Camberwell.  1841 - 36 yrs, Jn A ?, in household of James Henidge, Godshill, New Church Isle of Wight (postmaster), along with wife Ellen.   1842 - Wharfinger, Camberwell Grove.   1843 - Wharfinger, Andover Place.  1847 & 1849 Wharfinger, Upper Clapton.  1851 - 47 yrs, wharfinger and warehouseman, lodging Victoria House, 54 King St,   (Brighton), with wife and two daughters.  1861 - 58 yrs, wharfinger, dwelling 4 Brunwick St., Hove, with wife and 5 children and 4 servants.  Died aged 67 yrs.
Partnerships Dissolved:  6th May 1851, Page 342   Nicholson John Ismay, Beasley & Co, of Lyon’s Quay and Somer’s Quay, Lower Thames Street, wharfingers and warehouse keepers 29th Sept. {1860}     THE LONDON GAZETTE, OCTOBER 4, 1867:   NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore existing between us the undersigned, Frederick
Besley, Frederick John Besley, Charles Robert Besley, and Edward Besley, as Wharfingers and Warehouse Keepers, in the city of London, and in the borough of Southwark, under the style or firm of Frederick Besley and Sons, has been dissolved by mutual consent, as from the 29th day of September, 1867.  Fredk. Besley. C. R. Besley. F. J. Besley. Edward Besley.
Probate 21 Feb 1868:  £60,000.  The will with a codicil of Frederick Besley - formerly of Oak Lodge in the County of Middlesex but late of Lower Thames St., in the City of London and of Brighton in the County of Sussex, wharfinger deceased you died 16 Dec 1867 at Brighton aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oaths of Ellen Besley of Redhill in the County of Surrey, widow the relict, and Charles Robert Besley of Mooresfort Surbiton in the County of Surrey aforesaid wharfinger, the son, two of the Executors.
Wife ELLEN HUNTLEY LIFFITON 1817: 1841 - 24 yrs.  1851 - 34 yrs. 1861 - 45 yrs.  1881 - 63 yrs, living at Pinehurst, Sylvian Hill, Croydon, Surrey, with youngest son and 2 servants.
The fourth child of tailor John Liffiton and Ann Huntley of Exmouth.  1817 From the Exmouth  Ebenzer Chapel Register: Ellen Huntley Daughter of Jon and Ann Liffiton Baptised March the 23, 1817  1885 1841 - 24 yrs.  1851 - 34 yrs. 1861 - 45 yrs.  1881 - 63 yrs, living at Pinehurst, Sylvian Hill, Croydon, Surrey, with youngest son and 2 servants.  Died on 3 November, 1885 of throat cancer in London, England.
FREDERICK JOHN BESLEY 1836:  1841 -  5 yrs, with Ann Liffiton (17 yrs), Andover Place.  Tonbridge School: Christmas Term 1848: Besley, Frederick Robert. 1848-1851. Son of Frederick Besley. Wharfinger at Nicholson's Wharf, London.  1851 - 15 yrs, boarder, (along with brother Frederick) at the Grammar School, High St., Tunbridge, Tonbridge, Kent - (separate accommodation to brother Edward).  1861 - 25 yrs, with parents.  Marriage - bachelor, of Inner Temple, Esq. Wharfinger, at St Dunstan in the West, London - by lic.  1871 - 35 yrs. wharfinger, dwelling Viewfield, Reigate Rd., Reigate Foreign, Surrey, with wife and 3 servants.   1877 - 1880 Gentleman dwelling Oxford Rd.   1881 - 45 yrs - JP for County of Surrey and Wharfinger, dwelling Pembroke House, Oxford St., Reigate Foreign, with wife, 3 offspring and 4servants.    1885 - 1888 Wharfinger living Kenley.   1901 - 65 yrs, retired wharfinger, dwelling 66 Sydenham Rd Nth., with wife and 3 offspring.  Died aged 73 yrs.
Wife SARAH LOUISA DOLAN abt 1845:  Marriage - spinster of Inner Temple, daughter of Peter, farmer.  1871 - 26 yrs.  1881 - 35 yrs.  1901 - 54 yrs.  1911 - 65 yrs, widow, dwelling ??????????? , with unmarried daughter Louise Margaret and son (Frank). At this time they are living in a 9 roomed house, she was married 47 yrs, had 6 children of which one has died.
FREDERICK CHARLES PHILIP BESLEY 1877:   1881 - 3 yrs, living with parents. 
HERBERT BESLEY 1861:  1871 - 9 yrs, pupil at school, Silwood Place, Brighton.  1881 - 19 yrs, living with mother at Pinehurst, Sylvian Hill, Croydon, Surrey, with 2 servants.   1891 - 29 yrs, own means, boarding (along with brother Mark) at 28 East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire.   1901 - 39 yrs, dentist (own account), dwelling Horn Lane, 6 Grafton Terrace, Acton, with wife.   1911 - 49 yrs, dentist (own account), dwelling 20 A Parade Mansion, Golders Green, with wife of 11 years. No offspring.   Died aged 74 yrs. 
Wife EUGENIE abt 1856:  1901 - 36 yrs.  1911 - 54 yrs. shop assistant.
LILIAN EMILY GORDON BESLEY 1869:  1871 - 1 yr, with parents. 1881 - 11 yrs, with parents. 1891 - 21 yrs, visiting with mother and brother in Great Yarmouth.   Marriage - 28 yrs, spinster, Leinster Gardens, father Charles Robert, deceased, gentleman, banns, Lancaster Gate Christ Church, Westminster,  witnesses Emily and SG Besley.   Died aged 88 yrs.
Husband ARTHUR CECIL HERBERT NICKISSON: Marriage - 28 yrs, father John, deceased Gent., 33 Brunswick Gardens, Kensington.
LOUISE MARGARET BESLEY 1882: 1911 - 20 yrs, single, insurance clerk, living with widowed mother and brother.
Probate: Louise Margaret Besley of 230A London Rd., Croydon Surrey, spinster, died 24 July 1928 at Brompton Hospital, Chelsea, MDX. Probate London 20 Sept to Harry Thomas Chandler secretary. Effects £336 3s 11d.
MARGARET BESLEY 1847: 1851 - 3 yrs, seems she and 2 other siblings (Robert and Claude) left with servants, at ?ingle Villa, ? Newington, Hackney.
MARK BEAUCHAMP BESLEY 1856:  1861 - 5 yrs, with parents.   1891 - 34 yrs, own means, boarding (along with brother Herbert) at 28 East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire. 1901 - 44 yrs, living on own means, 34 The Avenue, West Ealing with wife, mother-in-law (Ellen Monfort, 62 yrs, widow b. Warmsley, Herts) and 1 servant.  1911 - 54 yrs, private means, boarding 20 Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, with wife of 12 yrs - no offspring.  Died aged 86 yrs.
Wife HELENA MONFORT:  1901 - 42 yrs.   1911 - 52 yrs.
MAUD ELLEN BESLEY 1879:  1881 - 2 yrs, living with parents.
MURIEL EDITH GORDON BESLEY 1876:  1881 - 4 yrs, with parents. 1891 - 14 or 16 yrs, with father and siblings. 1901 - 24 yrs., with widowed mother in Hove. 1911 - 34 yrs, own means, boarder at Norfolk Hotel, Harrington Road, South Kensington, with husband 49 yrs, Major (retired) Royal Artillary.  Died aged 54 yrs. Husband died shortly after - 2Q 1931 - aged 69 yrs. Probate 30 April to Edward Augustus Blount and Mary Dorehill, spinster. Effects £860 12s 11d.
Probate: Muriel E G Dorehill of Cadogen Court (wife of Phillip Henry Marcus  Dorehill) died 22 Feb 1931 probate 30 April to Edward Augustus Blount and Cecil Francis Blount, executors. Effects
£1655 1s 1d.
ROBERT FREDERICK BESLEY abt 1845:  1851 - 6 yrs, seems he and 2 younger siblings (Margaret and Claude) left with servants, at ?ingle Villa, ? Newington, Hackney.
ROBERT WILLIAM EDWARD GORDON BESLEY 1878: 1881 - 2 yrs, with parents.   1891 - 12 yrs, visiting with mother and sister in Great Yarmouth. Died aged 25 yrs.
Probate: Robert Edward W G Besley of 15 Palmeira Ave Hove, died 27 Mar 1904 at Nordracht - on- Mendip. Probate 18 June to Emily Besley widow and Sybil Augusta Gordon Besley, spinster. Effects
£861 15s 5d.
SYBIL AUGUSTA GORDON BESLEY 1874:   1881 - 7 yrs, with parents. 1901 - 26 yrs., with widowed mother in Hove.



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                   Thomas                     Robert                   William                          Henry                          Frederick                         Jane                George Nicholas              Charles
               14 Nov 1791             14 Oct 1794               abt 1798                 c. 15 Jun 1800              c. 22 Aug 1802            c. 27 Dec 1804         b. 22 May 1808         b. 27 Sep 1810
         St Peter Cathedral                                       c. 15 Jun 1800         Holy Trinity, Exet.         Holy Trinity, Exet.      Holy Trinity, Exet.        c. 5 Jan 1809           c. 31 Dec 1812
                                                        Exeter            Holy Trinity, Exet.                                                                                                                          Holy Trinity, Exet.         St Mary Major
                   d. 1878                       d. 1876                                                                                                    d. 1867
               bur. 26 Aug               bur. 18 Dec                                                                                            see above
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           m. 17 Dec 1814          m.                                                                                                                                     
             St Mary Major 
      Mary Hart Edmonds    Eliza Courtney                                                                               
                  abt 1791                    abt. 1797                                                                                           
                    Exeter              St Pancras MDX                                                                                        
                d. 2Q 1853            d. 20 Sep 1876
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       Mary Edmonds                  Elizabeth Hart            Emily Edmond                Jane Edmond                 Livia Edmond                Harriet Jane Hart                              Edward
        b.. 30 Oct 1816                  b. 17 Oct 1818              b. 3 Dec 1820                 c. 19 Mar 1822                b. 19 Mar 1822                      b. 7 Jul 1824                       Thomas Edmonds 
     St. Martins Exeter           St. Martins Exeter       St. Martins Exeter                         All Hallows Goldsmith St.                               c. 21 Sept 1825                        b. 11 Aug 1826
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All Hallows Goldsmith St.
     d. 30 Oct 4Q 1895                                                                                                                                           d. 4 Nov 4Q 1914                          
            Lambeth                                                                                                                                                        Wandsworth                      d. 25 Oct 1879                         d. 18 Sep 1901
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clevedon, Som                       3Q Camberwell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          m. 4Q 1847                          m. 4Q 1857
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Exeter                                 Lambeth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dorcas Hayward                   Julia Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           abt                                           abt 1835
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Weymouth, Dor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         d. 2Q 1855                      d. 26 Nov 4Q 1913
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Newington                           Camberwell 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bur. 30 Jul
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                                                                all b. to Julia c. St John the Evangelist                                                                                                       
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      Florence Mary     Edward Oliver Haywood    Emily                        Amy                   Constance                     Lily                  Maud Harper           Edward Hughes                 Helen                      Nora                    Lolo Julia  
           4Q 1852                         4Q 1848                 3Q 1858                  3Q 1859                   4Q 1860                      1862             b. 28 Oct  2Q 1864      b. 21 Jan 1Q 1866     b. 12 Sep 4Q 1867          2Q 1869                   3Q 1870   
  Exeter St Petrock                  Exeter                  Lambeth                 Lambeth                 Lambeth                  Lambeth                  Lambeth                     Lambeth                     Lambeth                 Lambeth                  Lambeth
                                                                           c. 11 Sep 1858                                                                         c. 17 Jan 1862         c. 30 Dec 1865           c. 28 Feb 1866            c. 11 Oct 1867
                                                                                 Brixton                                                                                     Brixton
                                               d. 2Q 1855                                                                             d. 2Q 1878         d. 19 Jan 1Q 1901          d. 1Q 1866                  d. 3Q 1866                  d. 4Q 1868        d. 26 May 2Q 1937  d. 27 Apr 2Q 1952
                                               Newington                                                                           Camberwell           Sydenham Hill            Bedminster                  Lambeth                     Lambeth              Camberwell        Dulwich, London
                                               bur. 3 May                                                                                                                                                                               bur. 18 Aug 1866            bur. 10 Nov
                                           Nunhead Cem.                                                                                                                                                                              Nunhead Cem.          Nunhead Cem.     
                                           Linden Grove                                                                                                                                                                                Linden Grove           Linden Grove
                                                                              m. 4Q 1883             m. 3Q 1887                                           m. 15 Sep 1892                                                                                                                                                  m. 25 Apr 1908
                                                                                                                                                                          Dulwich, London                                                                                                                                          St. Mgt., Westminster
                                                                       Leonard Nicholas                                                               Thomas Addenbrooke                                                                                                                                      Thomas Addenbrooke
                                                                        Savery Pasmore                                                                   b. Stourbridge, Wor.                                                                                                                                         b. Stourbridge, Wor.
                                                                                                                                                                            d. 23 Jan 1936                                                                                                                                                   d. 23 Jan 1936
                                                                                                                                                                            Sydenham Hill                                                                                                                                                   Sydenham Hill                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                      _________I_________
                                                                                                                                                                     I                                     I
                                                                                                                                                         Lilian Besley                  Guy Besley
                                                                                                                                                         18 Sep 1893                      4Q 1895
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Camberwell
                                                                                                                                                           d. 1Q 1977                   d. 7 May 1915
                                                                                                                                                        Taunton, Som                     Belgium

NOTES:
AMY BESLEY 1859: 1861 - 1 yr, with parents.  1871 - 11 yrs, living with family. 1881 - 21 yrs, visitor at Thr Granges, Withycombe Rawleigh, Devon, in household of John Wood, 66 yrs, magistrate, b. London and wife Harriet S, 42 b. Exeter.
CONSTANCE BESLEY 1860: 1861 - 5 mths, with parents.  1871 - 10 yrs, living with family.  Died aged 17 yrs.
EDWARD THOMAS EDMONDS BESLEY 1826: 1841 - 14 yrs, living with parents and siblings. 1858 - newspaper reporter, Holland Crescent, Barrington St.  1861 - 34 yrs, barrister in practice, living 15 Holland Crescent, Brixton, Lambeth, with wife and 3 children, plus domestic servant and nursemaid. 1871 - 44 yrs, barrister in actual practice, dwelling 4 Belgrave Villas, with wife, 6 children 3 general servants and a nursemaid. 1881 - 54 yrs, Barrister, dwelling Thomas's Hill Rose Mount, Camberwell, Surrey, with wife and 4 children, plus 3 servants. 1891 - 64 yrs, Barrister, dwelling Rosemount, Sydenham Hill, Dulwich, with wife and 3 addult daughters, plus 3 servants.   1901 - 74 yrs, Barrister KC, dwelling 65 Sydenham Hill, Dulwich, Camberwell,  with wife and 2 youngest daughters. Died aged 76 yrs.
Probate: Besley - Edward Thomas Edmonds of Rose Mount 65 Sydenham Hill, Kent, died 18 Sept 1901: Probate London 2 November to William Wallett West retired Lieutenant - colonel, the Rev. William Blackmore, clerk, Thomas Addenbrooke, banker's clerk, and Nora Besley, spinster. Effects  £81,602 4s 2d.
Wife DORCAS HAYWARD:  Died aged 24 yrs of Doddington Grove, Newington.
Wife JULIA HUGHES abt 1835 Weymouth, Dorset. 1861 - 25 yrs. 1871 - 35 yrs. 1881 - 45 yrs.  1891 - 55 yrs.  1901 - 65 yrs. 1911 - 75 yrs, widow, private means, dwelling 65 Sydenham Hill, (14 rooms) Dulwich, Camberwell, with unmarried daughter Nora and grandaughter (Phillis Kng 5 yrs) - married 44 yrs, had 9 children of which 4 were still living by this time.   Died aged 78 yrs.
Probate: Besley - Julia of Rose Mount 65 Sydenham Hill, Kent, widow, died 26 December 1913.  Administration London 10 February 1914 to Emily Passmore (wife of Leonard Nicholas Savery Passmore) Effects  £13,298 0s 9d.
EDWARD HUGHES BESLEY 1866: Died aged 7 nonths Belgrave Villas Barrington Road, Brixton.
EDWARD OLIVER HAYWARD BESLEY 1848:  Died aged 6 yrs 6 mths. 26 Paddington Green, Newington.
ELIZABETH BESLEY 1818: 1841 - 20 yrs, living with parents and siblings.
EMILY EDMOND BESLEY 1820: 1841 - 20 yrs, living with parents and siblings.
EMILY BESLEY 1858: 1861 - 2 yrs, with parents. 1871 - 12 yrs, living with family.  1881 - 22 yrs, living with parents.
FLORENCE MARY BESLEY 1852: 1861 - 8 yrs, living in Yatton, Somerset with aunt Mary. 1871 - 19 yrs, living with family.
GUY BESLEY ADDENBROOKE 1895:  1901 - 5 yrs, with recently widowed father, sister and grandmother at 71 Sydenham Hill, Dulwich, Camberwell.  1911 - 15 yrs, boarderat a School in Clifton, Bristol - 1 Albert St.
HARRIET JANE HART BESLEY 1824: 1841 - 15 yrs, living with parents and siblings. 1871 - 41 yrs, artist, lodger in household of John and Louise Harris, 16 Rodney Terrace, Cheltenham St Mary, Gloucester.
Probate: 18 Nov 1879. Effects under  £1000. The Will of Harriette Jane Hart Besley, formerly of Cheltenham in the county of Gloucester, but late of Clevedon in the county of Somerset, spinster, who died 25 October 1879 at Clevedon, was proved at the Principal Registry by Edward Thomas Edmonds Besley of Rose Mount Sydenham Rise Lordship Lane, Dulwich in the county of Surrey, Esquire, Barister at Law, the brother, the sole Executor.
HELEN BESLEY 1867: Died aged 1 yr 8 mths. Belgrave Villas Barrington Road, Brixton.
HENRY BESLEY 1800:
JANE EDMOND BESLEY 1822:
LILIAN BESLEY ADDENBROOKE 1893: 1901 - 7 yrs, with recently widowed father, brother and grandmother at 71 Sydenham Hill, Dulwich, Camberwell.  1911 - 17 yrs, boarder at a school in Burnham, Somerset.   Married 3Q 1927 John W Parkin.  Died aged 83 yrs.
LILY BESLEY 1862: 1871 - 1871 - 1 1/2 yrs, living with family.  9 yrs, living with family.  1881 - 18 yrs, living with parents. 1891 - 29 yrs, with family.  Died aged 39 yrs.
Probate: Lily of "Brookfield" 71 Sydenham Hill Surrey (wife of Thomas Addenbrooke) died 19 Jan 1901, Adm. London 28 March to the said Thomas Addenbrooke, bank manager. Effects  £286 5s.
LIVIA EDMOND BESLEY 1822: 1841 - 20 yrs, living with parents and siblings. 1871 - 42 yrs, artist painter, dwelling Ivy Cottage, South End Row, Hampstead, St John, London  - lodger.  Died aged 92 yrs.
Probate: Besley - Livia Edmonds of 54 Holmewood Gardens, Brixton, Surrey, died 4 November 1914.  Probate London 25 November to Alice Maud Linton, spinster.   Effects  £439 3s 10d.
LOLO JULIA BESLEY 1870: 1871 - 7 mths, living with family.  1881 - 10 yrs, living with parents.  1891 - 20 yrs, with parents.   1901 - 30 yrs, with parents. Marriage lic. 23 Mar 1908.    1911 - 40 yrs - husband 51 yrs, mother-in-law Emma, widow. 72 yrs. Been married 3 yrs - no offspring - both nephew and niece off at boarding schools. 2 servants.  Seems Lolo knew how to grow money - more than doubled what her husband left her.
Probate: Lolo Julia Addenbrooke of 30 Alleyn Park. Dulwich, London, widow, died 27 April 1952. Probate London 3 July to Archibald Besley Passmoresolicitor, Lilian Besley Parkinwidow, and Margerie Besley Passmore spinster. Effects  £25,673 12s 8d.
MARY EDMOND BESLEY 1816: 1861 - 39 yrs, Ladies School, dwelling Rock House, Yatton St, Yatton, Somerset with 8 yr old niece Florence in residence as well as pupils. Died aged 79 yrs.
Probate: Besley - Mary Edmonds of 40 Loughborough Park, Brixton, Surrey, died 30 Oct 1895: Probate London 8 November to Thomas Edmonds Besley QC. Effects  £25 5s.
MAUD HARPER BESLEY 1864: Died aged 1 yr.
NORA BESLEY 1869: 1881 - 11 yrs, living with parents.  1891 - 21 yrs, with family.   1901 - 31 yrs, with parents.  1911 - 41 yrs, with widowed mother.  Died aged 68 yrs.
Probate: Nora Besley of 167 Sydenham Hill, London, spinster, died 26 May 1937, probate London 23 July to Lola Julia Addenbrooke, widow, and Archibald Besley Pasmore, solicitor. Effects  £28,285 7s 1d.
ROBERT BESLEY abt 1797: 1841 - 45 yrs, Type founder, dwelling St James, Clerkenwell with wife. 1851 - 56 yrs, Type founder, dwelling Jacksons Lane, Hornsey, with wife and three servants. 1861 - 60 yrs, Type founder, employing 150 men, dwelling The Priory, Jacksons Lane, Hornsey, MDX, with wife and three servants. 1871 - 74 yrs, retired Type founder, (Aldersman of London), dwelling Victoria Rd Wandsworth with wife and 4 servants.
Probate: 18 January 1877. Effects under  £. The Will and codicil of Robert Besley, late of Victoria Rd, Wimbledon Park, in the county of Surrey, esquire, an alderman of the city of London, who died 18 December 1879 at Victoria Rd,  was proved at the Principal Registry by Edward Thomas Edmonds Besley of 5 Brick Court Temple in the said city, Barister at Law, the nephew, Henry de Jersey of 13 A Gresham St West in the city, gentleman and Ellen Peacock (wife of Mark Beauchamp Peacock) of St Catherines near Guildford in the county of Surrey, the niece, the Executors.
Wife ELIZA abt 1797: 1841 - 45 yrs. 1851 - 56 yrs. 1861 - 60 yrs. 1871 - 70 yrs.
Probate: 15 February 1877. Effects under  £300. Administration (with Will) of Harriette Eliza Courtney, otherwise Eliza (wife of Robert Besley), formerly of 14 Newgate St. in the city of London, but late of Victoria Rd, Wimbledon in the county of Surrey, who died 20 September 1877 at Victoria Rd, Wimbledon, was grteded at the Principal Registry under certain limitations to Henry de Jersey of 13 A Gresham St West London, Esquire, one of the surviving Executors of the will of the said Robert Besley, the sole Executor and Principal Legatee.                                                 
THOMAS BESLEY 1763:
Wife JANE ANDREW STRONG:
THOMAS BESLEY 1791: 1841 - ? not with wife and family. 1851 - 59 yrs, newspaper proprietor, dwelling 99 North St., St. Thomas, with wife and daughter Emily, also grandson Edward 2 yrs.  Died aged 87 yrs - of 12 Hanover Place, Clapham Rd.  Buried Norwood Cemetry, Norwood Rd., Lambeth.
"There is a glimpse of a Besley firm specifically concerned with printing broadside ballads in Robert Thompson's thesis on the broadside ballad trade (1975) in a list of stockists of such sheets and of ephemera who had set up in places like Birmingham, Coventry and Bristol at some stage near to the end of the eighteenth century.2  The Besley concerned must have been Thomas (born 1760) though by 1816, according to the Exeter street directory, there were two Thomas Besleys in operation, father and son, the elder at Bell Hill (later called Bell Hill, South Street) and the younger in the High Street.  Henry, another son, born in 1800, was taken into partnership by his father - Thomas senior - in 1825 until 1834 when the partnership was apparently dissolved and the father died; after which the firm printed under Henry's name until 1872 and as Henry Besley and Son between 1873 and 1897."
Wife MARY HART EDMONDS abt 1791: Daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Edmond.1841 - head, 45 yrs, newspaper editor, dwelling Exeter St Kerrians with 5 older children. 1851 - 60 yrs.
WILLIAM BESLEY abt 1798: Christened aged 2 yrs.


            
                                              Robert                             m.                    Ann Hawks               m.            Mary                            m.                         Emma
                                            abt 1804                                                       b. 1807                              abt 1804               5 Mar 1Q 1860              abt 1820
                                     Taunton, Somerset                                                                                         Wiltshire      St Anne Soho Westminster        Holborn
                                                                                                            d. 2Q 1838
                                                                                                        bur. 22 Apr 1838
                                                                                                  St Matthew, Bethnal Green
                                                   ____________________________________________________________________________
                                                   I                                                                      I                                                                   I
                                              Robert                                                     Charles Hawkes                                             Robert Hawkes
                                         b. 5 Jun 1832                                                   b. 2 Mar 1835                                                b. 3 Apr 1837
                                         c. 21 Jul 1832                                                  c. 12 Sep 1841                                              c. 12 Sep 1841
                            Piccadily St James Westminster                          Bromley, St Leonard St Mary                          Bromley, St Leonard St Mary
                                       bur. 29 Jul 1832
                                          Westminster
                                                                                                             m. 27 Jul 3Q 1856
                                                                                                 St Pancras Parish Chapel, Camden
                                                                                                          Elizabeth Mary Hooten
                                                                                                                  b. 4Q 1840
                                                                                                                  Marylebone

                   ________________________________________________________I______________________
                   I                                                    I                                             I                                            I
        Charles Hawks                       Elizabeth Priscilla Hawkes                Arthur Hawkes                        Walter Hawkes
             2Q 1857                                       3Q1859                                  2Q 1862                          b. 7 Oct 4Q 1864
             Holborn                                       Shoreditch                          Finsbury, St Luke                    Finsbury, St Luke
       c. 24 May 1857                                                                                                                           c. 7 Dec 1864
Queen Sq., St Geo Martyr
                                                           m. 22 Dec 1894                                                                   m. 1 Nov 4Q 1891
                                                          St Mary, Islington                                                        Bansbury, St Andrew, Islington                                                                 
                                                        John Edwin Moses                                                            Florence Margaret Dooley
                                                                                                                                                           d. 1Q 1901
                                                                                                                                                           Kensington
                                                            _________________________________________________________I
                                                            I                                                                                                        I
                                          Florence Elizabeth Martha                                                                         Walter Hawkes
                                            b. 2 or 6 Mar 2Q 1892                                                                     b. 30 Nov 1893 1Q 1894
                                                      Islington                                                                                            Pancras
                                                  c. 5 Mar 1894                                                                                   c. 5 Mar 1894
                                   Haverstock Hill St Andrew, Camden                                                     Haverstock Hill St Andrew, Camden
                                                    d. 4Q 1981
                                                    m. 3Q 1919                                                                                      m. 3Q 1918

                                                Thomas Hogben                                                                           Jessie Grace Blackman


NOTES:
ARTHUR BESLEY 1862: Registered Arthur Haux Beasely. 1881 - 19 yrs, general labourer, with widowed mother and younger brother.
CHARLES HAWKS BESLEY 1835:  Marriage - bachelor, publican, full age, banns, father Robert (cooper), of Camden Row, signed his name.  1857 - publican, 54 Gloster St., Queen St.  1864 - potman, Tabernacle Walk.
Wife ELIZABETH MARY HOOTON 1840: Marriage - minor, illiterate, father Gillus (deceased), of Little King St.  1861 - 24 yrs, b. St Lukes, laundress, dwelling Finsbury, married with 2 cildren and mother, Priscilla Hooton (50 yrs, b. Salisbury, Wilts). 1881 - 44 yrs, widow, laundress, dwelling Clements St., Islington West, with 2 sons and 2 boarders.
CHARLES HAWKS BESLEY 1857: 1861 - 4 yrs, with mother and grandmother.
ELIZABETH PRISCILLA BESLEY 1859:  1861 - 1 yr, with mother and grandmother.
FLORENCE ELIZABETH MARTHA BESLEY 1892:  Died aged 89 yrs.  1901 - 9 yrs, living (along with brother) with Aunt and Uncle (Richard 32 and Hetty A 31 Barker) in Camberwell.  1911 - servant.
ROBERT BESLEY abt 1804:  1832 - cooper of Bromley.  1851 - cooper, dwelling St George the Martyr, with wife Mary and Son Robert, also appears a Thwack famil also in residence.  1861 - 58 yrs, cooper, dwelling Westminster, St Anne, with wife Emma and her daughter.
Wife ANN HAWKS 1807:  Died aged 31 yrs, of Busby St.
Wife MARY abt 1804: 1851 - 47 yrs.
Wife EMMA abt 1820: 1861 - 41 yrs, with daughter Susan Adams aged 9.
ROBERT HAWKES BESLEY 1837:  1851 - 13 years, with family.
WALTER HAWKES BESLEY 1864:  1881 - 17 yrs, bakers assistant, with widowed mother and older brother.  Marriage - 27 yrs, bachelor, at Bansbury St Andrew, Islington, baker, both resident Cumberland St., father Charles Hawkes, banns, witnesses James and Edward Dooley.  March 1894 - 23 Gospel Oak Grove, baker.
Wife FLORENCE MARGARET DOOLEY: Marriage - 26 yrs, spinster, father Thomas Lawrence (deceased).  Died aged 36 yrs.
WALTER HAWKES BESLEY 1893: Admitted Lyndhurst School 10 Jul 1899 aged 5 yrs. Parent Walter H Besley.  1901 - 7 yrs, living (along with sister) with Aunt and Uncle (Richard 32 and Hetty A 31 Barker) in Camberwell. 1911 - 17 yrs, plumbers mate, living with Aunt and Uncle (Richard 42 and Hetty Annie 41 Barker), "Mizpah" Rodney St., Ramsgate.
Probate: Walter Hawkes Besley of 125 Hulme Hall Rd., Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire. Administration Birmingham 21 April to Jessie Grace Besley widow. Effects £692 0s 10d.



                                                                     William                     m.                       Ann
                                                                                                     I
                                                                                         Benjamin William                      m.                   Susan Holcombe  (later Blake) ?
                                                                                           b 15 Nov 1796                                                    abt 1813
                                                                                           c. 16 Jul 1797                                                      Naples
                                                                                  St Luke Finsbury, Islington                                          d. 2Q 1872
                                                                                                                                                                      London

                                                                                                                                        I
                                                                                                                                  Benjamin                      m.                   Margaret Friend Elford
                                                                                                                                b. 3Q 1842           2 Aug 3Q 1876                    4Q 1847
                                                                                                                              City of London             Hertford                 St Geo. Hanover Sq.
                                                                                                                                d. 1Q 1917                                               d. 6 Aug 3Q 1886
                                                     all b. Peckham                                                      Kensington                                                    Camberwell
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                             Benjamin Elford                                 Percy Edgar                                     Ethel May                                 Harold Tertius
                                  2Q 1877                                         3Q 1879                                        2Q 1881                                      2Q 1884
                                Camberwell                                    Camberwell                                    Camberwell                                 Camberwell
                              c.16 Sep 1877                                c.17 Aug 1879                                                                                   c. 27 Jul 1884
                            Peckham St Jude                           Peckham St Jude                                                                  East Dulwich St John the Evangelist
                                d. 1Q 1951                               d. 14 Dec 4Q 1960                               d. 2Q 1897                                     d. 1967
                              Hammersmith                                       Fulham                                          Hertford                                      Australia
                                m. 4Q 1915                                                                                                                                         m. 26 Nov 1911
                              Hammersmith                                                                                                                               Canonbury St Paul, Islington
                            Elizabeth Barnes                                                                                                                                 Violet Bertha Ashford
                                                                                                                                                                                             1886 - 1982


Notes:
BENJAMIN WILLIAM BESLEY 1796: 1861 - 60 yrs, surveyor, dwelling 2 St Mildreds Court, Poultry St Mildred, with wife and son as well as 2 adult offspring of Susans (Susan and Charles Holcombe).
Wife SUSAN HOLCOMBE abt 1813. 1851 - 38 yrs, housekeeper of offices, dwelling 2 St Mildreds Court, Poultry St Mildred, with son Benjamin and 3 children from previous marriage? 1861 - 48 yrs, housekeeper.  1871 - 58 yrs, Susan Blake, widow, housewife b. Naples, dwelling 2 St Mildreds Court, Poultry St Mildred, with son Benjamin and unmarried daughter Susan Holcom aged 36 yrs.
BENJAMIN BESLEY 1842: 1851 -  8 yrs, with mother Susan? and 3 older Holcombes.  1861 - 18 yrs, clerk in a Building Society, living with parents and mothers older offspring. 1871 - 28 yrs, commercial clerk, living with widowed mother.   Marriage - father Benjamin William.  1877 and 1879, residing 10 Devonshire St - clerk.   1881 - 38 yrs, Building Society clerk, dwelling 9 Lancroft Terrace, Lancroft Rd., Camberwell, with wife and 2 young children.  1884 - Landcroft Rd, E Dulwich - clerk. 1891 - 48 yrs, widower, living alone in St Sepulchre Newgate.  1901 - 58 yrs, widower, dwelling 28 Hosier Lane, St Sepulchre in 2 roomed abode.  1911 - retired commercial clerk, dwelling 30 Hosier Lane, West Smithfield with 2 unmarried sons. Had fathered 4 cildren of which one had died by this time.   Died aged 76 yrs.
Probate: Benjamin Besley of 24 Bravington Rd., Paddington, MDX died 13 January 1917 at Marylebone Infirmary, Notting Hill Gate, MDX. Administration London 15 Septemberto Benjamin Elford Besley, labour exchange officer. Effects £10 13s 6d.
Wife MARGARET FRIEND ELFORD:  Daughter of Edward Elford and Eliza Mortimer. 1881 - 33 yrs.   Died aged 38 yrs - 130 Landcroft Rd.
BENJAMIN ELFORD BESLEY 1877: 1881 - 3 yrs, with parents.  1891 - 13 yrs, visiting with Susan Holcombe, unmarried housekeeper, dwelling 2,3,4 St Mildreds Court, St Mildreds, London, along with brother Percy.    1901 - 23 yrs, shipping clerk, boarding 37 Highbury Park, Highbury, Islington in Mata household (along with brother Percy.  1911 - 33 yrs, commercial clerk, living with widowed father and brother Percy.  Died aged 74 yrs.
ETHEL MAY BESLEY 1881: 1891 - 9 yrs, nephew of Mary Caple (widowed sister of Margaret Elford), dressmaker living 87 Port Vale, Bengeo, Hertford, along with brother Harold.   Died aged 15 yrs.
HAROLD TERTIUS BESLEY 1884: 1891 - 6 yrs, nephew of Mary Caple (widowed sister of Margaret Elford), dressmaker living 87 Port Vale, Bengeo, Hertford, along with sister Ethel.
PERCY EDGAR BESLEY 1879: 1881 - 1 yr, with parents.   1891 - 11 yrs, visiting with Susan Holcombe (55), unmarried housekeeper, dwelling 2,3,4 St Mildreds Court, St Mildreds, London, along with brother Benjamin.  1901 - 21 yrs, grain clerk, boarding 37 Highbury Park, Highbury, Islington in Mata household (along with brother Benjamin.  1911 - 31 yrs, commercial clerk, living with widowed father and brother Benjamin.
Probate: Percy Edgar Besley of 48 Avonmore Rd., Fulham, London died 14 December 1960. Probate London 16 January Agnes Emma Hill, widow.  Effects £623 111s 1d.    


      ?????          William Henry Montague Hollcombe bachelor m. Susan Besley spinster x St Pancras Parish Chapel, Camden, MDX 20 Oct 1833



                            James Besley                          m.                          Sarah
                                                                            I

                                                             James William Besley                           m.                             Lucy Ann
                                                                  b. 31 Jan 1808
                                                                   c. 2 Jan 1809
                                             Christ Church, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
                                                                     d. 1Q 1878                                                                 d. 4Q 1904
                                                                     Kensington                                                                  Paddington
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   Eleanor Lucy          Louisa Maria              Eliza                    Daniel               Lucy Ann            Caroline           Margaret Martha    Charles James     Williiam Henry
                               b. 22 Jun 1837                                28 Sep 4Q 1840         4Q 1843              4Q 1845                 3Q 1847              2Q 1850             1Q 1853
      Lambeth                                          Westminster          Marylebone              Ealing                  Ealing                    Ealing                   Ealing                 Ealing
  c. 14 Jun 1835         c. 23 Jul 1837                                   c. 1 Aug 1841
St Mary Lambeth       St Mary Soho                                    St Mary Soho
                                 d. 4Q 1838                                        d. 2Q 1881          d. 3Q 1902
                                                                                          Gloucester           Paddington
                                 bur. 24 Nov
                         All Souls, Kensal Green
   m. 2Q 1868                                                                    m. 1Q 1873
   Westminster                                                               Chipping Sodbury
     John Cole                                                                     Jane Ellison

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              Annie Lucy J        Elizabeth Eleanor       Caroline Alice         James Daniel
         b. 13 Apr 2Q 1874         4Q 1875                  1Q 1877                2Q 1878
          Chipping Sodbury    Chipping Sodbury    Chipping Sodbury    Chipping Sodbury
                                                                                                        Gloucester
               d. 2Q 1971                                                                        d. 3Q 1944
             Hammersmith                                                                   Canterbury, Kent
                                                                                                        m. 4Q 1901
                                                                                                           Fulham
                                                                                                        Susan Noble
                                                                                                          abt 1876
                                                                                                      Glasgow, Scot.
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         Doris Mary       Freda Violet       Cyril James      Leonard Charles      John Francis
           3Q 1903           4Q 1904            4Q 1906             1Q 1908               2Q 1910
       Hammersmith          Ealing                Ealing                 Ealing         Walthamstow Essex
                                                         d. 3Q 1915
        m. 3Q 1926
         West Ham
     William P Bailey

NOTES:
ANNIE LUCY J BESLEY 1874: 1881 - 6 yrs, with parents. 1891 - 16 yrs, Drapers assistant in Mallett household, 188a Sloane St., Chelsea, North London. Died aged 97 yrs.
CAROLINE BESLEY 1845:   1851 - 5 yrs, with father and siblings.  1861 - 15 yrs, with family.  1881 - 35 yrs, dresmaker, with mother and 2 sister - one visiting with child.   1891 - 45 yrs, dressmaker, living with mother and other unmarried sister.  1901 - 55 yrs, with widowed mother and unmarried sister, in Paddington.  1911 - 65 yrs, living with widowed brother William and 2 of his offspring in a 4 roomed house in 11 Letterstone Rd., Fulham.
CAROLINE ALICE BESLEY 1877: 1881 - 4 yrs, with parents.
CHARLES JAMES BESLEY 1850:  1851 - 1 yr, with father and siblings.  1861 - 20 yrs, with family.   1871 - 20 yrs, law clerk, living with family.   1881 - 30 yrs, medical executioner, lodging 2 York Place, Stockton on Tees
CYRIL JAMES BESLEY 1906:  1911 - 4 yrs, with family.   Died aged 8 yrs.
DANIEL BESLEY 1840: 1841- 6 mths, with parents.  1851 - 10 yrs, with father and siblings.  1861 - 20 yrs, solicitors general clerk, lodger Victoria Terrace, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire. 1871 - 30 yrs, solicitors general clerk, dwelling Hill House, Old Sodbury, Gloucester.   1881 - 40 yrs, ? employ, dwelling Copnor Villa, 104 Howard St.,  Barton St Mary., Glou. with wife, 4 children and 2 visiting Ellisons.   Died aged 40 yrs.
Wife JANE ELLISON: 1881 - 30 yrs, dressmaker.
DORIS MARY BESLEY 1903:  1911 - 7 yrs, with family.
ELEANOR L BESLEY: 1841- 6 yrs, with parents.  1851 - 15 yrs, with father and siblings.   1881 - 45 yrs, married, (with daughter Daisy E Cole aged 7 b. Portsea) visiting mother and 2 sisters.
ELIZA BESLEY:  1841- 2 yrs, with parents.  1851 - 12 yrs, with father and siblings.
ELIZABETH ELEANOR BESLEY 1875:  1881 - 5 yrs, with parents.  1891 - ? 17 yrs, b. Clifford Chambers, Glouc., servant in Person household, Stratford on Avon.
FREDA VIOLET BESLEY 1904:  1911 - 6 yrs, with family.
JAMES BESLEY: 1809 - labourer.
Wife SARAH:
JAMES WILLIAM BESLEY 1808: 1837 - Tailor 1841 - 30 yrs, dwelling St. James, Westminster, with wife and 3 children.   1851 - 44 yrs, married, tailor, dwelling Ealing Grove, Ealing, with 7 children.   1861 - 54 yrs, tailor, dwelling 1 Craven Terrace, Paddington, with wife and 5 offspring.   1869 - tailor, 23 Chilworth St.  1871 - 64 yrs, tailor, dwelling 64 ?? Paddington, with wife and 4 offspring. Died aged 71 yrs.
Wife LUCY A: 1841 - 30 yrs.  1861 - 50 yrs, dressmaker. 1871 - 65 yrs, dressmaker.  1881 - 70 yrs, widow, dresmaker, dwelling 12 Craven Rd, Paddington, with 3 daughters (1 married with her daughter) and a servant (also a dressmaker).   1891 - 80 yrs, widow, dressmaker, dwelling 343 Edgware Rd, Paddington with 2 daughters.  1901 - 70 yrs (should be 90), widow, boarding house keeper living with 2 unmarried daughters and 3 boarders, 22 Eastham Terrace, Padfdington.  Died aged 94 yrs.
JAMES DANIEL BESLEY 1878:   1881 - 4 yrs, with parents.   1911 - 33 yrs, assistant to assessor and collector of Government Taxes and Land Valuation Officer, dwelling 8 Colebrook Rd., Walthamstow, Essex, (3 rooms) with wife, and all five of the children born to them in ther 9 years of marriage.  1915 - 9 Dec. - enlisted Royal Berkshire Regiment aged 37 yrs, accountants clerk at the time, dwelling 9 Markhouse Ave., Walthamstow.   Died aged 66 yrs.
Probate: James Daniel Besley of 41 Greenhill Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent died 3 September 1944 at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury. Administration Llandudno 9 December to Susan Besley, widow. Effects £740 8s 11d.
Wife SUSAN NOBLE: 1911 - 35 yrs.
JOHN FRANCIS BESLEY 1910:  1911 - 10 mth, with family.
LOUISA MARIA 1837:  Died aged 17 months South Molton St., St George Hanover Sq. 
LEONARD CHARLES BESLEY 1908:  1911 - 3 yrs, with family.
LUCY ANN BESLEY 1843:  1851 - 7 yrs, with father and siblings.  1861 - 17 yrs, with family.   1871 - 25 yrs, dressmaker, living with family.   1881 - 37 yrs, dresmaker, with mother and 2 sisters - one visiting with child.   1891 - 47 yrs, dressmaker, living with mother and other unmarried sister.  1901 - 57 yrs, with widowed mother and unmarried sister, in Paddington.   Died aged 58 yrs.
LUCY BESLEY: 1911 - 20 yrs, living with widowed father.
MARGARET MARTHA  BESLEY 1847:  1851 - 3 yrs, with father and siblings.  1861 - 13 yrs, with family.   Adult baptism 1 Feb 1869 St Peter, Paddington - residing with parents 23 Chilworth St.  1871 - 23 yrs, dressmaker, living with family.
WILLIAM HENRY BESLEY 1853: 1861 - 8 yrs, with family.   1871 - 18 yrs, law clerk, living with family.   1881 - 29 yrs, landscape painter,  visitor in Kinnear household, 55 Preston St., Sussex.   1911 - 58 yrs, widower, house painter, dwelling in a 4 roomed house at 11 Letterstone Rd., Fulham. with older unmarried sister and 2 of his kids.
WILLIAM JOHN BESLEY:  1911 - 29 yrs, house painter, living with widowed father.

       

                               Lord Mayor of London

                                    ROBERT BESLEY                       m.                        Eliza Courtney
                                        c. 14 Oct 1794                  24 Mar 1821                      abt 1797
                                              Exeter                St. James, Clerkenwell         St Pancras, MDX
                                    d. 18 Dec 4Q 1876                                                 d. 20 Sep 3Q 1876
                                          bur. 23 Dec                                                              bur. 26 Sep
                                     St Mary Battersea                                                   St Mary Battersea


NOTES:
ROBERT BESLEY 1794:  Married by licence.  1841 - 45 yrs, type founder, dwelling Goswell Street, St James, Clerkenwell, with wife.
1851 - 56 yrs, Type founder, dwelling Jacksons Lane, Hornsey, with wife and three servants. 1861 - 60 yrs, Type founder, employing
150 men, dwelling The Priory, Jacksons Lane, Hornsey, MDX, with wife and three servants. 1871 - 74 yrs, retired Type founder,
(Aldersman of London), dwelling Victoria Rd., Wandsworth with wife and 4 servants.   Died aged 85 yrs, of Victoria Rd., Wimbledon Park.
Probate: 18 January 1877. Effects under  £45,000. The Will and codicil of Robert Besley, late of Victoria Rd,
Wimbledon Park, in the county of Surrey, esquire, an alderman of the city of London, who died 18 December
1879 at Victoria Rd,  was proved at the Principal Registry by Edward Thomas Edmonds Besley of 5 Brick Court,
Temple in the said city, Barister at Law, the nephew, Henry de Jersey of 13 A Gresham St West in the city, gentleman
and Ellen Peacock (wife of Mark Beauchamp Peacock) of St Catherines near Guildford in the county of Surrey,
the niece, the Executors.
Wife ELIZA COURTNEY abt 1797: Spinster at time of marriage of St P.  1841 - 45 yrs.  1851 - 56 yrs.   1861 - 60 yrs.  1871 - 70 yrs. 
Died aged 78 yrs of Victoria Rd., Wimbleton Park.
Probate: 15 February 1877. Effects under  £300. Administration (with Will) of Harriette Eliza Courtney, otherwise Eliza
(wife of Robert Besley), formerly of 14 Newgate St. in the city of London, but late of Victoria Rd, Wimbledon in the
county of Surrey, who died 20 September 1877 at Victoria Rd, Wimbledon, was grteded at the Principal Registry
under certain limitations to Henry de Jersey of 13 A Gresham St West London, Esquire, one of the surviving
Executors of the will of the said Robert Besley, the sole Executor and Principal Legatee.


























              Besley, Robert (1794-1876)

"Civic activist and Lord Mayor was born in Exeter on 14 October 1794. Here he began his business life in his
father’s shop where, as an apprentice, he learned the skills of printing.  It was here too that his brother managed
the Devonshire Chronicle as a newspaper of West Country Liberalism. These two elements - printing and a
Liberal politics - would inform the rest of his business and civic activities.

In 1820 he joined the firm of Messrs. Thoregood, typefounders, based in Fann Street, where he later became
head. Other interests included Chairman of the Scarborough and Whitby Railway Company and Chairman of
Griffin’s Wharf. In 1854 he began his representation of the Aldersgate ward on the Common Council and from
1861 to his death he was Alderman. By 1864-5 he was Sheriff and in 1869-70, Lord Mayor. In between he was
Governor of the Queen’s Anne Bounty and of Stone lunatic asylum. He died at Victoria Road, Wimbledon Park
on 18 December 1876, and was buried at Battersea cemetery."

"Robert Besley (1794–1876) was an English typographer, creator of Clarendon (typeface) in 1845 and the Lord
Mayor of London in 1869.

Besley joined the Fann Street Foundry in 1838. The Fann Street Foundry was also home of
typographer William Thorowgood, creator of Grotesque.When Besley created Clarendon he had it patented,
as England just passed a bill allowing that. The typeface became so popular, though, that the copyright was
soon broken by people creating knock-offs. Still known as the first Registered typeface.  He then went on to
become Sheriff of the City of London in 1863 and the Lord Mayor of London in 1869."




























Opposite this tablet a drinking fountain was erected in 1878 in memory of Robert Besley Esq. Alderman of this ward and Lord Mayor of London, 1869 - 70. Removed 1934.
The Corporation of the City of London EC1, Aldersgate Street, 107.

Robert’s business career started in the family firm where like his brothers, he served his apprenticeship to acquire his knowledge of print management. It is also undoubtedly where he learnt the other company principals of partnership, integrity and possibilities, principals that would also inform his business and civic achievements.

It was ambitious possibilities that took the young Robert to London, joining The Fann Street Foundry in 1820 where he would later became head. As a printer and typographer Robert had a huge influence, creating the popular Clarendon typeface, which in 1845 became the very first typeface to be registered.
As a man of business, Robert Besley became Chairman of the Scarborough and Whitby Railway Company and Chairman of Griffin’s Wharf. But it was arguably as a civic activist that he made his greatest contribution, serving in such roles as Governor of the Queen’s Anne Bounty, set up to support the incomes of poorer church clergy.

And then, following a year serving as Sherriff of the City of London, Robert Besley became Lord Mayor in 1869.
Robert finally past away in 1876 at his home in Wimbledon Park, having reached the grand-old-age for the time of 82.


                                            George  
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                                            George                       m.                         Mary Dellaway
                                                                    3 Dec 4Q 1838                  
                                           Croydon                  Croydon
                                         d. 4Q 1865

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                   George                          Ann                         Thomas                         Jane                            Eliza                            Emma
                  abt 1839                     abt 1843                     abt 1846                     abt 1848                      abt 1850                       abt 1853
                 Croydon                      Croydon                      Croydon                      Croydon                      Croydon                        Croydon
                                                                                    m. 4Q 1864
                                                                                Croydon St John
                                                                                Emma Roadnight
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       Thomas                     George                    Albert                    William                       Annie                    Emma                         Alice                           John                         James  
       4Q 1865                   4Q 1867                  2Q 1870                 2Q 1872                   1Q 1875                 3Q 1879                    4Q 1881                     3Q 1883                     4Q 1888
       Croydon                   Croydon                  Croydon                  Croydon                   Croydon                 Croydon                     Croydon                     Croydon                     Croydon
     d. 2Q 1889               d. 2Q 1931             d. 3Q 1880                                               d. 1Q 1890
      Croydon                                                  Croydon                                                   Croydon
                                      m.4Q 1898                                             m. 4Q 1893
                                        Croydon                                                  Croydon
                                 Sarah Jane Herod                                      Ellen Hayes
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   Edith Ann     Frank George   Florence Emily   Albert Joseph L          William                     John                    Thomas                    James                      Mary                          Emma
    4Q 1899          1Q 1901           4Q 1904              3Q 1907               4Q 1896                2Q 1899                 1Q 1902                  4Q 1904                 1Q 1906
    Croydon          Croydon           Croydon              Croydon                Croydon                 Croydon                 Croydon                  Croydon                 Croydon                     Croydon
                                                                              d. 4Q 1907

NOTES:
ALBERT BESLEY 1870:  1871 - 5 yrs, with parents.   Died aged 10 yrs.
ALBERT JOSEPH L 1907:  Died in infancy.
ALICE BESLEY 1881:   1891 - 10 yrs, living with parents.   1901 - 19 yrs, housemaid, living with parents.
ANN BESLEY abt 1843:  1851 - 8 yrs, with parents.  1861 - 17 yrs, with family.
ANNIE BESLEY 1875:  1881 - Amy! 6 yrs, living with parents.  Died aged 15 yrs.
EDITH ANN BESLEY 1899:  1911 - 11 yrs, with family. 
ELIZA BESLEY abt 1850:  1861 - 10 yrs, with family.
EMMA BESLEY abt 1853:  1861 - 7yrs, with family.
EMMA BESLEY 1879:  1881 - 2 yrs, living with parents.   1891 - 12 yrs, living with parents.   1901 - 22 yrs, laundress, living with parents.
EMMA BESLEY 1910:
FLORENCE EMILY BESLEY 1904:  1911 -  yrs, with family. 
FRANK GEORGE BESLEY 1901:   1911 - 10 yrs, with family. 
GEORGE BESLEY: 1838 - labourer.
GEORGE BESLEY:   Marriage - son of George (labourer), banns, both illiterate, both full age, both dwelling Old Town.  1841 - George Beasley, 25 yrs, agricultural labourer, dwelling Hill St, Old Town, Croydon, with wife and young son.   1851 - 34 yrs, labourer bricklayer, dwelling Dar?? Croydon, with wife and oldest 4 children.   1861 - 47 yrs, agricultural labourer, dwelling Union ?? Croydon, with wife and 5 children.
Wife MARY DELLAWAY:  Daughter of John, labourer. 1841 - 22 yrs.  1851 - 31 yrs.  1861 - 40 yrs.
GEORGE BESLEY abt 1939:  1841 - 19 months.  1851 - 11 yrs, with parents.
GEORGE BESLEY 1867:  1871 - 3 yrs, with parents.  1881 - 13 yrs, living with parents.  1901 - 34 yrs, general labourer, dwelling 40 Sumner Rd., Croydon with wife and baby..  1911 - 42 yrs, house painter, dwelling 49 Sumner Rd., Croydon (4 rooms), with wife of 12 yrs, and 3 of the 4 surviving children born to them.   Died aged 63 yrs.
Wife SARAH JANE HEROD:  1911 - 40 yrs.
JAMES BESLEY 1888:  1891 - 3 yrs, living with parents.   1901 - 12 yrs, housemaid, living with parents.    1911 - 23 yrs, carman, living with parents.
JAMES BESLEY 1904:
JANE BESLEY abt 1848:  1851 - 2 yrs, with parents.  1861 - 12 yrs, with family.
JOHN BESLEY 1883:  1891 - 7yrs, living with parents.   1901 - 17 yrs, Wood dealer timbers, working on own account from parents home.   1911 - 28 yrs, house painter, living with parents.
JOHN BESLEY 1899:
MARY BESLEY 1906:  
THOMAS BESLEY abt 1846:  1851 - 5 yrs, with parents. 1861 - 17 yrs, agricultural labourer, with family.   1871 - 26 yrs, labourer, dwelling 23 Pump Pail? Croydon, Surrey, with wife and 3 young children plus 2 lodgers.   1881 - 37 yrs, bricklayers labourer, dwelling 49 Uniom St., Croydon, with wife and 5 offspring.   1891 - 46 yrs, labourer, dwelling 59 Old Town, Croydon, with wife and 5 offspring.   1901 - 56 yrs.  bricklayers labourer, dwelling 59 ??, Croydon, with wife and 4 offspring.  1911 - 68 yrs, labourer, dwelling 59 Old Town, Croydon, with wife of 48 yrs in a 4 roomed house, along with 2 adult offspring. Had 9 children - 3 of which died pre 1911.
Wife EMMA ROADNIGHT:  1871 - 25 yrs.   1881 - 35 yrs.   1891 -  45 yrs.  1901 - 56 yrs.   1911 - 68 yrs.
THOMAS BESLEY 1865:   1871 - 5 yrs, with parents.   1881 - 15 yrs, errand boy, living with parents.  Died aged 23 yrs.  
THOMAS BESLEY 1902:
WILLIAM BESLEY 1872:  1881 - 9 yrs, living with parents.   1891 - 19 yrs, labourer, living with parents.
Wife ELLEN HAYES:  Daughter of Jeremiah Hayes.
WILLIAM BESLEY 1896: