Chesley Family History

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Chesley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Kent named Chesley, from the Old English personal name Cæcca + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. Possibly an Americanized form of German Schüssler (see Schuessler).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Chisley, Hesley, Hensley, Checkley, Chumley, Wheeley, Charley

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Chesley Family Origin

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Chesley Family Occupations

What did your Chesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Chesley occupation in the UK was Coalminer. 50% of Chesley's were Coalminers. Coalminer and Potters Hollow Ware (Presser) were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Chesley.

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  • Coalminer

  • Potters Hollow Ware (Presser)


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Chesley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Chesley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Chesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chesley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Chesley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Chesley. For the veterans among your Chesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chesley Life Expectancy

What is the average Chesley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Chesley in 1942 was 26, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chesley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chesley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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