George m. Elizabeth Blue indicates either they died young or had no offspring
I I I I I I
John Mary George John Robert Thomas
29 Mar 1752 30 Jun 1754 14 Aug 1757 6 May 1759 13 Feb 1761 10 Jul 1763
St Pauls, Exeter St Pauls, Exeter St Pauls, Exeter St Pauls, Exeter St Pauls, Exeter St Petrock, Exeter
d. 1759 d. 1834
bur. 19 Apr bur. 2 Nov
Exeter St Sidwell
m. 14 Nov 1785 m. 26 Sep 1790
Exeter St David Exeter St Sidwell
Catherine Blake Jane Andrew Strong
bur. 21 Aug 1831
Exeter St Sidwell
I I I I
John Robert Mary Ann I
31 Dec 1786 17 Feb 1788 25 May 1794 I
Exeter St David Exeter St David Stoke Damerel I
I I I I I I I I
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 below
m. 17 Dec 1814 m. m.
St Mary Major
Mary Hart Edmonds Eliza Courtney Ellen Huntley Liffiton
abt 1791 abt. 1797 23 Mar 1817
Exeter St Pancras MDX Exmouth
d. 2Q 1853 d. 20 Sep 1876
I I I I I I I
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 All Hallows Goldsmith St. c. 21 Sept 1825 b. 11 Aug 1826
d. 4 Nov
d. 30 Oct 1895 4Q 1914 All Hallows Goldsmith St.
4Q Lambeth Wandsworth d. 25 Oct 1879 d. 18 Sep 1901
Clevedon, Som 3Q Camberwell
m. 4Q 1847
d. 26 Nov
I I I I I I I I
Edward Oliver Hayward Florence Mary Emily Amy Constance Lily Nora Lola Julia
4Q 1848 4Q 1851 3Q 1858 3Q 1859 4Q 1860 1862 2Q 1869 3Q 1870
Exeter St Petrock Lambeth Lambeth Lambeth Lambeth Lambeth Lambeth
? c. 1851
d. 2Q 1878 d. 19 Jan 1910
Camberwell Sydenham Hill
m. 4Q 1883 m. 3Q 1887 m. 15 Sep 1892 m. 25 Apr 1908
Dulwich, London St. Mgt., Westminster
Thomas Addenbrooke Thomas Addenbrooke
Lilian Besley Guy Besley
18 Sep 1893 Oct 1898
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.
EDWARD THOMAS EDMONDS BESLEY 1826: 1841 - 14 yrs, living with parents and siblings. 1861 - 34 yrs, barrister in practice, living 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. 1901 - 74 yrs, Barrister KC, dwelling 65 Sydenham Hill, 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 JULIA HUGHES abt 1835 Weymouth, Dorset. 1861 - 25 yrs. 1871 - 35 yrs. 1881 - 45 yrs. 1901 - 65 yrs. 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.
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.
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.
HENRY Besley 1800:
JANE EDMOND BESLEY 1822:
LILY BESLEY 1862: 1871 - 1871 - 1 1/2 yrs, living with family. 9 yrs, living with family. 1881 - 18 yrs, living with parents.
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.
LOLA JULIA BESLEY 1870: 1871 - 7 mths, living with family. 1881 - 10 yrs, living with parents. 1901 - 30 yrs, with parents. Marriage lic. 23 Mar 1908.
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.
NORA BESLEY 1869: 1881 - 11 yrs, living with parents. 1901 - 31 yrs, with parents.
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: Died aged 73 yrs.
Wife JANE ANDREW STRONG: Died aged 60 yrs.
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. 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.
Henry Besley m. Caroline m. Redelpha Sadd
15 Jun 1800 abt 1813 1846 abt 1821
Holy Trinity, Exeter Cambridge Cambridge
d. 18 Jul (3Q) d. d. 1898
I I c. Exeter St Mary Major
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Henry John Lucy Ann John Caroline Harriet Robert Henry Robert Henry Alice Elizabeth Alice Eliza George Henry George Henry Charles Edward Henry Henry Walter Henry
8 Mar 1835 1836 3Q 1838 2Q 1840 4Q 1841 3Q 1843 2Q 1847 1Q 1850 2Q 1852 1Q 1854 3Q 1856 1Q 1863
c. 1835 c. 1836 c. 1840 c. 1841 c. 1843 c. 1847 c. 1848 c. 1849 c. 1852 c. 1854 c. 1856 c. 1859 c. 1863
d. 2Q 1841 d. 5 Mar 1883 d. 4Q 1843 d. 4Q 1843 d. 4Q 1843 d. 6 Dec 1897 d. 1Q 1849 d. 1Q 1853
Exeter Dartmouth Exeter Exeter Exeter Exeter Exeter Exeter
m. 3Q 1872 m. 1868 m. 4Q 1889 m. 2Q 1878
Exeter Exeter Bedminster
Amy Piper George Henry Horrell Ada Annie Cottrell
abt 1852 abt 1821 abt 1856
Exeter Frome, Som.
d. 3Q 1884 d. 3Q 1892
m. 3Q 1885 m. 1Q 1895
Emma Mordant Ashford Eliza Isabel Esterford nee Golding
d. 28 Nov 1924
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I I I I I
Edward Charles H William Henry Frederick Amy Mordaunt Marion
4Q 1873 1Q 1876 4Q 1882 3Q 1886 4Q 1887
Exeter Exeter Exeter Exeter Exeter
d. 4 Q 1886
m. 3Q 1896 m. 1912
Croyden Lewisham, Kent
Douglas Robert Pinnock
I TO USA
Exeter St Edmund
ALICE ELIZA BESLEY 1850: 1851 - 1 yr, with family.
AMY MORDAUNT BESLEY 1886: 1891 - 4 yrs, with family. 1901 - 14 yrs, with widowed mother and siblings. To USA 1920.
CAROLINE BESLEY 1840: 1841 - 1 yr, with family. Died 30 Nov 1843.
1843 BDM "West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser" 8 Dec - Died at Exeter on the 30th ?? , Caroline, second daughter of Mr. Henry Besley, printer, South St, aged 3 yrs.
CHARLES EDWARD H BESLEY 1856: 1881 - 24 yrs, Exeter, Stationers Accountant, dwelling 486 Caledonian Rd., London, Middlesex. 1901 - 44 years, pianoforte dealer, dwelling 34 Padwell Rd, Southampton with wife, her father, her two daughters and his brother Walter.
Wife ADA ANNIE COTTRELL abt 1856: 1881 - 25 yrs.
Wife ELIZA ISABEL GOLDING: Daughter of Bartholemew B Golding. 1901 - 50 yrs.
Probate: Eliza Isabel Besley of Bevois Four Marks, Alton, Hampshire, (wife of Charles Edward Henry Besley) died 28 November 1924. Probate London 20 April to Isabel Hayden Heard (wife of Percy Albert Heard), and Marian Charlotte Howard (wife of Frank Howard). Effects £271 19s 1d.
EDWARD CHARLES BESLEY 1873: 1881 - 7 yrs, with parents in aunts household. 1891 - 17 yrs, chemists assistant, dwelling 241 High St., with Aunt Sophia Piper.
FREDERICK BESLEY 1882: 1891 - 8 yrs, with family. 1901 - 18 yrs, printers apprentice, living with stepmother and half sisters in Strand, Kenton.
GEORGE HENRY BESLEY 1852:
GEORGE HENRY BESLEY 1854: 1861 - 7 yrs, with family.
HARRIET BESLEY 1841:
HENRY JOHN BESLEY 1835:
HENRY BESLEY abt 1799: 1841 - 42 yrs, Printer, dwelling South St., St. Mary Major, with wife and 3 children. 1851 - 50 yrs, Printer and Publisher master employing 2 men and two apprentices, dwelling 76 South St., Exeter with wife, three children and 2 servants. 1861 - 61 yrs, publisher, boarder in a hotel in 60 Chapel St., Penzance, Cornwall. 1871 - 70 yrs, publisher, lodging Union Hotel, Chapel St., Penzance. 1881 - 81 yrs, retired printer and publisher, dwelling 89 South St., Exeter St. Mary Major, with wife, youngest son and 1 servant. Died aged 87 yrs.
Probate: 27 Aug 1886. Estate £1057 18s, 8d. The will of Henry Besley late of the City of Exeter, Printer who died 18 Jul 1886 at South St, in Exeter, was proved at Exeter by Redelpha Besley of South Street, widow, the relict (during widowhood) and Thomas Clement of High Street Exeter, Chemist, two of the executors.
Wife CAROLINE abt 1813: 1841 - 28 yrs.
Wife REDELPHA SADD abt 1821: 1851 - 30 yrs. 1861 - 40 yrs, dwelling South St., Exeter with 3 children. 1871 - 50 yrs, in household of daughter Alice and husband, dwelling 72 Barthoe St, Kentish Town, London. 1881 - 60 yrs.
JOHN BESLEY 1834: 1841 - 2 yrs, with family.
LUCY ANN BESLEY 1837: 1841 - 4 yrs, with family. 1851 - 14 yrs, with family.
Probate: 31 March 1883. Estate £512 0s, 9d. The will of Lucy Anne Besley late of 6 Carlton Terrace, Dartmouth in the county of Devon, spinster, who died 5 March 1883 at 6 Carlton Terrace, was proved at Exeter by Henry Besley of 89 South Street in the city of Exeter, painter, the sole executor.
MARION BESLEY 1887: 1891 - 3 yrs, with family. 1901 - Marienne, 13 yrs, with widowed mother and siblings.
ROBERT HENRY BESLEY 1843:
ROBERT HENRY BESLEY 1848: 1851 - 3 yrs, with family. 1861 - 13 yrs, with family. 1881 - 33 Exeter, Devon, England Litho & Letter Press Printer Employing 12 Men & 6 Boys, dwelling 241 High St Exeter St Stephen, with wife and 2 children in the home of his wife's sisters, Sophia PIPER 39 yrs, and Emma 38 yrs, unmarried Jewelers Employing Two Female Assists & Three Men. 1891 - 43 yrs, Master Printer, dwelling 27 the Strand, Kenton, Devon, with wife and 3 children.
Probate: Besley - Robert Henry of South Street, Exeter and of Starcross, Devon, printer and stationer, died 6 Dec 1897 at Starcross. Probate Exeter 4 February to Emma Mordaunt Besley, widow, and Thomas Clement Milton, chemist and druggist. Effects £4679 18s 5d.
Wife AMY PIPER abt 1852: 1881 - 29 yrs.
Wife EMMA MORDANT abt 1858: 1891 - 33 yrs. 1901 - 44 yrs, widow, living on own means, dwelling Harpridge, Strand, Kenton with 3 children.
WILLIAM HENRY BESLEY 1876: 1881 - 5 yrs, with parents in aunt's household. Died aged 10 yrs.
WALTER HENRY BESLEY 1863: 1881 - 18 yrs, artist painter, living with parents. 1901 - 57 yrs, ?actor, dwelling Southampton with brother Charles.
BESLEY, Henry. Printer, bookseller, bookbinder. 76, Bell Hill, South street 1825d-1875d; 89, South Street 1876d-1920d; 89 and 90, South Street 1921d-1939d; 3/5 Guinea Street 1914d-1942d [precise numbers vary]; 22, Combe Street 1943d-1946d; Courtenay Road 1946d to date. Trading as T. Besley and Son 1825d-1828d; as Thomas and Henry Besley 1828d-1834; as Henry Besley 1834-1872d; as Henry Besley and Son 1873d-1897d; as Besley and Dalgleish 1902d-1911d; as Besley & Copp Ltd. 1912d to date. Born: 1800, Bap. 15/6 Holy Trinity, Exeter, son of Thomas, printer of Exeter. Married: Caroline Lifton of Exmouth 2/4/1834, Littleham EFP 3/4/1834 2e, child Henry John bap. 8/3/1835; married Redelpha (born Cambridge 1820/21) children born 1847/8, 1839/40 incl. Robert Henry alive 1886. Died: 18/7/1886, Exeter, inquest 19/7, buried 21/7, St. Mary Major. Not freeman of Exeter. Taken into partnership by father Thomas I 1825d. Business transferred to him 9/5/1834 EFP 15/5/1834 2c. Continued publication of directories, route books 1844-77, hand books 1846-74. Published series of vignettes, largely engraved after George Townsend (1813-94) until 1860s when succeeded by J.W.Tucker and then by S.R.Ridgway, larger series 1848-71 and smaller series 1853-75 which was numbered, Cornwall prints from 1 to 99 and the Devon ones from 100. They were issued in booklets or used to illustrate guidebooks. Employed two men and two apprentices, housemaid and nurse 1851. Published diocesan directories in 1880's. Trial for infringement of sheet almanacks Besley v. Carlyon 1854. Advert for Route book of Devon EFP 2/7/1846 4a. Premises described as Directory Office 1835d. Imprints: Single prints (Somers Cocks) c1850: 915. Sources: Somers Cocks pp.9-10; Census 1851 RG9/1868/338b; Peeps at Exeter.
BESLEY, Thomas I. Printer, also bookseller and stationer 1823d, bookbinder. Southgate Street 1801d-1811d; Holy Trinity 1803; Bell Hill 1816d-1832d; 76, Bell Hill, South Street 1822d-1834d. Trading as T.Besley & Son 1825d-1828d; as T. & H.Besley 1828d-1834d. Succeeded by Henry Besley. Born: 1760. Married: Jane Andrew Strong 26/9/1790 St. Sidwell. Children: Thomas marr. 1814, printer in Exeter; Robert born 14/10/1794, died 1876, typefounder in firm of Thorowgood and Besley, Lord Mayor of London 1869/70; William bap. 15/6/1800 Holy Trinity aged 2½; Henry bap. 15/6/1800 Holy Trinity, partner and successor; Charles bap. 27/9/1810; Frederick bap. 22/8/1802. Died: 27/10/1834 aged 74 EFP 30/10/1834 2d. Not freeman of Exeter. Firm claimed to be established 1750 but no evidence found. Published directories from 1828, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset sheet almanacks 1828. Collection of 58 ballads in British Library. Advert for journeyman EFP 7/1/1815 4d. Published map of Exeter EFP 3/7/1828 2d. Handed over to son Henry, then a partner 9/5/1834 EFP 15/5/1834 2c. Imprints: [1800?]: Mullins; 1815: Letters; 1825: Charity; 1826: Charity; 1828: Exeter. Sources: Exeter militia list 1803.
BESLEY, Thomas II. Printer and bookseller, also stationer and library 1823d. High Street 1816d-1827d; no. 30 1818; no. 223 1820-1823d; Mary's Yard 1828d-1832d; North Street 1833d-1853d; no. 99 1851. Born: Exeter 1790/1, son of Thomas 1760-1834, printer of Exeter. Married: Mary, born Exeter 1790/1. EFP 22/12/1814 4b. Children: Henry died 1853? Not freeman of Exeter. Printed Caution to travellers broadsheet on coach accidents 16/5/1818. Apprentice wanted EFP 3/6/1819 4e. Proprietor of Exeter news and county chronicle (Saturdays) Oct. 1821-1853 EFP 18/10/1821 1c. Publishing book EFP 12/4/1827 4e. Advert EFP 30/10/1834 2b. Premises described as Chronicle Office 1835d. Sources: Census 1851 1869/232.
BESLEY'S DEVONSHIRE CHRONICLE AND EXETER NEWS. Newspaper. Full title of Devonshire Chronicle and Exeter News 11/2/1837-25/11/1850.
BESLEY'S EXETER NEWS AND DEVON COUNTY CHRONICLE. Newspaper. Published 10/1821-14/4/1827. Proprietor: Thomas Besley II. Continued as: Devonshire Chronicle and Exeter News.