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William Bailey

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England
Death: Died in Probably Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Palmer Bailey; Z. William Bailey; Permillia and Grace Bailey
Husband of Grace Bailey
Father of John Bailey; William Bailey, Jr.; Abigail Toms; Samuel Bailey; Mercy Stepney and 3 others

Occupation: Weaver of silk ribbons
Managed by: Scott Wayne Conrad
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About William Bailey

WILLIAM BAILEY, the ancestor of the branch of the Bailey family whose record appears in the following pages, probably became a resident of Newport, R. I., soon after the settlement of the town. The partial destruction of the town records during the war of the Revolution leaves but meager gleanings concerning the lives of the early settlers of Newport. It is a matter of record, however, that June 14, 1655, William Bailey of Newport, bought of Gabriel Hicks certain land bounded partly by the sea, etc. Also, March 5, 1656, "he, called William Bailey, Sr., with Gabriel Hicks, sold Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, twenty-one acres in Newport."

The tradition among the older members of the family is that he was a resident of London, and that his occupation was that of a weaver of silk ribbon.

His parentage, the place of his nativity, date of birth and death are alike unknown. His death, however, is known to have occurred some time previous to July 20, 1670.

Notes THE EARLY RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND, edited by The Librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Providence, RI: E. L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers, 1901.

http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=l blackwell&id=I05108

Careful here, it is easy to mistake this William Bailey with his son William, they were both married to women named Grace, the son to Grace Parsons. Both died in Newport, Rhode Island. The son is probably the one that bought land from Gabriel Hicks, but possibly not. The Stewart Bailey book by Walter C. Bailey, printed about 1927 by the Barnhart-Van Trum Company added more information, though the author was wrong about the Bailey's that came over on the "Bevis" in 1638 being our direct ancestors. Most information found on FTM, LDS, Ancestry.com and other places relied on Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" for early family information. This resulted in confusion on the first 2 William Bailey's that had both married women named Grace. The " Bailey Genealogy" complied by William Perry Johnson in 1967 from records in North Carolina as well as Rhode Island cleared up that problem and we now have what I think will prove to be the most accurate and complete Bailey study ever. Taken from the Family Tree online---recorded by Lester Odenwald

Notes

Birth place also seen as E. Myng, Crewherne, Somerset, England

Disconnected from parent William Bailey April 2014

Sources

  1. THE EARLY RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND, edited by The Librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Providence, RI: E. L. Freeman & Sons, State of Rhode Island
  2. William Perry Johnson, "Bailey Genealogy" Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, Vol. 8, No. 1(Spring 1967), pp. 1835-1840.

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WILLIAM BAILEY, the ancestor of the branch of the Bailey family whose record appears in the following pages, probably became a resident of Newport, R. I., soon after the settlement of the town. The partial destruction of the town records during the war of the Revolution leaves but meager gleanings concerning the lives of the early settlers of Newport. It is a matter of record, however, that June 14, 1655, William Bailey of Newport, bought of Gabriel Hicks certain land bounded partly by the sea, etc. Also, March 5, 1656, "he, called William Bailey, Sr., with Gabriel Hicks, sold Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, twenty-one acres in Newport."

The tradition among the older members of the family is that he was a resident of London, and that his occupation was that of a weaver of silk ribbon.

His parentage, the place of his nativity, date of birth and death are alike unknown. His death, however, is known to have occurred some time previous to July 20, 1670.

He married Grace Parsons, daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Parsons of Portsmouth, R. I. This would indicate that he probably came to this country while a young man and unmarried. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth married Thomas Lawton, and died some time subsequent to 1677.

Concerning Hugh and Elizabeth Parsons, the parents of Grace, the following appears upon record: Hugh was born 1613 and died 1684. July 3, 1662, he and his wife Elizabeth sold eighteen acres to Wm. Wood. Hugh was made freeman in 1663, and Aug. 10, 1667, enlisted in a troop of horse.

The date of his marriage to Elizabeth, who was the widow of Wm. England, is not known, nor is her maiden name known.

The children of Hugh and Elizabeth Parsons were Grace above mentioned, who married Wm. Bailey, and Hannah, who married first Henry Matteson of East Greenwich, from whom descended the numerous family of Mattesons of East Greenwich and West Greenwich, and secondly Charles Hazelton.

July 20, 1670, Hugh Parsons declares, "that, having taken into my custody the estate of my grandchild, Hugh Bailey, left and given him by his deceased father, William Bailey, I covenant in the sum of oe100, that at my death and death of present wife, my aforesaid grandson shall be true and absolute owner of all my land I now possess, with buildings, etc." Also April 15, 1672, "If said Hugh die before decease of wife or self, then above mentioned land shall return to my daughter Hannah or her next heir, and to daughter Hannah, to bring up grandson, is given a cow." In the will of Hugh Parsons, which was dated January 11, 1684, and proved March 14, 1684, he gives to his grandson, Hugh Bailey, at decease of wife, his house and land, and a third of his stock of movables, but if Hugh Bailey die before he enjoy it, then to his heirs. Wife to bring up grandson, and he to be helpful to her. Hugh Parsons was deputy in 1678. He and his wife were both born about 1613. He died in 1684 as above indicated, his wife some time later.

Taken from Family Tree online-- recorded by Lester Odenwald From Bailey/Shattuck/Fowler/Van Horne genealogy by Walter S. Bailey: William Bailey, a resident of London, England, is said to have been a weaver of silk ribbon. The date of his emigration to Newport, Rhode Island, is not known exactly, but it was shortly after the town was first settled. Records show that on June 14, 1655, he bought land, part of which bordered on the ocean at Newport, from Gabriel Hicks. The following year, William Bailey and Gabriel Hicks also sold 21 acres to Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. William died before July 20, 1670, for on that date his father-in-law, Hugh Parsons, declared that, "Having taken into custody the estate of my Grandson Hugh Bailey, I covenant in the sum of 100 pounds that at my death and the death of my present wife, my aforesaid Grandson shall be true and absolute owner of all my lands; with buildings, one third of all stock and movables, etc... My wife to bring up my Grandson and he to be helpful to her." This was also repeated in Parson's will dated January 11,1684. (Found in Genealogy.com LLC WFT Vol 53, ED 1 Tree # 2926, date of Import: November 19,2000)

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7096/lawton.html

William CHARLES and Richard BULLGAR witness to deed of George PARKER to Henry PEARCY of 16a in portsmouth 29 Jan 1653. [p.356] William CHARLES, Thomas NICHOLS, William GARRARD witness to deed of Thomas LAITON to William BALLEY of Newport 60a in portsmouth 13 Aug 1661. [p.392-393 See BAILLY gen. in NC Gen.] THE EARLY RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND, edited by The Librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Providence, RI: E. L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers, 1901.

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William Bailey's Timeline

1606
1606
Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England
1622
1622
Age 16
England
1625
1625
Age 19
Probably England
1628
1628
Age 22
London, Middlesex, England
1639
1639
Age 33
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1644
1644
Age 38
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1648
1648
Age 42
<Rhode Island>
1650
1650
Age 44
<Rhode Island>
1676
July 20, 1676
Age 70
Probably Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1955
February 21, 1955
Age 70