Lydia Dealy Van Benthuysen Beasley


Lydia Dealy was born in March 1693. She was the daughter of New York residents John and Elizabeth Ober Dealy.

In February 1707, she married Albany native Baltus Van Benthuysen at the New York City Dutch church. However, most of their five children born between 1708 and 1721 were christened at the Albany Dutch church. Following Van Benthuysen's early death, she married forty-five-year-old newcomer John Beasley in the Albany church on November 1, 1723. That marriage produced two more children who became Albany residents. She was an occasional baptism sponsor who later joined her husband as members of St. Peter's Anglican church.

In 1720, Van Benthuysen's will named her sole executrix but specified that his brothers would be trustees and tutors of his children.

These Beasleys settled down in Albany's first ward where Beasley was a schoolteacher. With several grown children living in the community, they were Albany mainstays for the next thirty years.

John Beasley seems to have left the Albany scene during the 1750s. However, both he and Lydia Dealy Van Benthuysen Beasley were listed as communicants at St. Peter's as late as 1768.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Lydia Dealy Van Benthuysen Beasley is CAP biography number 5402. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/15/06