Beardsley, who reported the first American case of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis to be found in the American medical literature, left few other traces behind him.
He is mentioned by Bronson in his "Medical History and Biography," referred to by Russell in the "Connecticut State Medical Transactions" for 1892, and Dr. Walter Steiner, of Hartford, gave an account of him before the Connecticut State Medical Society in 1908. He was born in 1748 and lived in Southington, Conn., in Hartford Couty, but he was a member of the New Haven County Medical Society. At one time he had a drug store and practiced medicine as far as his health would permit. In 1789, his health was too poor for him to continue at work and he went to Savannah. He died of consumption on May 10, 1790, at the age of 42. There is an obituary in the Connecticut Journal in
RUHRÄH J. HEZEKIAH BEARDSLEY1748-1790. Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(1):146–149. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940010157012