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My ancestor, Philip Chesley left England for what is now the state of New Hampshire in about 1633. His ship was the "James" and left from Gravesend and arrived in Salem, Mass, with a company of settlers under the command of a Capt. Thomas Wiggins.
I've hit a brick wall trying to find any information on him or his family in England.
If anyone has any information on the Chesley's in England, or can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it. |banghead||banghead|
13-07-2008, 6:20 AM
Hi Dan, Looking on "FAmily search" there is a little confusion on Philips birth date & marriage date to Elizabeth Leighton. One says married in New Hampshire c1645. Another says 1631 to same Elizabeth of Welford Gloucester.
a birth 1606 Dover Strafford New Hampshire.All seem to have the same death date 1674...Oyster River Parish Strafford N.Hampshire.
there are 2 or 3 FAmily trees on An''''''''''''''''''''''y with info if you can check it. If not, give me a hoy! & I'll check them for you & maybe get a contact foryou.
cheers Wendy ;)
Hi Wendy...... I think what has caused alot of confusion on Philip Chesley is the fact that he named his son Philip Chesley, and he was born 1645-46 in Oyster River, N.H. Philip Chesley Sr. arrived in the U.S. in about 1633, and his 1st wife was Elizabeth Leighton,(so 1631 in Welford,Gloucester may very well be right), and his second wife was Joanna ? (Philip named his son Philip, and he named his son Philip, there are no less than 5 Philip Chesley's in my line!)
Some family members think that he came from Welford Gloucester, England.
Whats really held me up over the years trying to find information on Philip Chesley's family in England, is the fact that there was another Philip Chesley close to the same age, who arrived in York, County, Virginia during the same general time period.
Any leads or information on Chesley's in England would make my day.
14-07-2008, 5:18 AM
I guess you've seen the Family trees mentioned above.One describes notes from a book written by an early settler re-Philip b.1604 says he was killed by Indians.
I'll have a go at early England folks for you, but don't get too hopeful.
14-07-2008, 7:03 AM
Dan i'll send what I've found by P.M. Too long here & may not be helpful.
Hundreds of Chesleys abound in UK but early records don't seem to.
Not knowing for sure where your chap came from makes difficulties.
Wendy.. Thanks for the information, I'm pretty sure that the Thomas Chesley in wills proved proved 1653-1656 may well be Philip's father. At any rate its gives me a place to start. I have my complete, American, Chesley line from Philip Chesley 1608- 1675 to the present date. The UK records has been my main stumbling block.
Philip Chesley came over on the ship, "James", but the passenger lists for that trip are incomplete.
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