About William Bailey, Sr.
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.
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
- 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
- William Perry Johnson, "Bailey Genealogy" Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, Vol. 8, No. 1(Spring 1967), pp. 1835-1840.
William Bailey, Sr.'s Timeline
Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England
Probably Portsmouth, Portsmouth Colony (Present Newport County), (Present Rhode Island)
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
July 20, 1676
Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations