- This article is about a Canadian clergyman, for the New York politician see John Beardsley (New York).
A graduate of King's College, New York, he received ordination in England and returned in 1762 to serve Anglican congregations in Poughkeepsie, New York and Fishkill, New York. in 1778, he served as chaplain to Beverley Robinson's Loyal American Regiment
Beardsley arrived in Canada as a loyalist. He is remembered as a loyalist clergyman and father of freemasonry in New Brunswick.
- Lorenzo Sabine. Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution, with an Historical Essay. 2 volumes. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1864, Vol. 1, pp. 222-223.
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