Jacob Bayley (Bailey) (1726 - 1815)

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Birthplace: Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Newbury, Orange, Vermont, United States
Occupation: soldier; politician
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About Jacob Bayley (Bailey)

Revolutionary War General. He moved to Hampstead, New Hampshire, and was a Captain with the British in the French and Indian War, later receiving promotion to Colonel. He settled in Newbury, Vermont in 1764 and was one of the founders of the town, serving as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and Justice of the Peace. In 1776 he was named to Vermont's Council of Safety and appointed Brigadier General of the Vermont Militia. That year he began work on the famed Bayley-Hazen Military Road to connect Newbury to St. Johns, Quebec. Later in 1776 Bayley was appointed Commissary General of the Continental Army's Northern Department. He was friendly with the St. Francis Indians, who provided him important intelligence on Burgoyne's army during its invasion. This enabled Bayley to keep Generals Schuyler and Gates informed about the size and movement of Burgoyne's force, which played a key role in Continental Army's victory at the Battle of Saratoga, where Bayley commanded a division.

Jacob Bayley was a founder of Newbury, Vermont.

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Jacob Bayley's Timeline

July 19, 1726
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 1, 1755
Age 29
March 1, 1815
Age 88
Newbury, Orange, Vermont, United States
Newbury, Orange, Vermont, United States