About John Baylies
John Baylies, son of Thomas Sargent Baylies and his. first wife, Bethia (Godfrey) Baylies, was born in Dighton, Massachusetts, May 19, 1796, and died in New Bedford, Massachusetts, March 14, 1863. He was a merchant and auctioneer of Taunton until 1833. then moved to New Bedford, where for ten years he was keeper of the Jail and House of Correction. Later and until his death he was engaged as a merchant and auctioneer. He was very popular, noted for his wit and humor, the sales he "cried" always being well attended. He served Bristol county for ten years as commissioner, was a member of the Masonic Order and an Odd Fellow, popularly known as "Colonel" from his connection with the Old State Militia. He married Mary, daughter of John and Hannah (Keith) Shaw, of Middleboro, Massachusetts.