John Bayless, Jr.

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John Bayless (Bayles), Jr.

Birthplace: Jamaica,Long Island,NY
Death: Died in Jamaica, Long Island, NY
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bayless, I and Rebecca Bayless
Husband of Ruth Baylis and Ruth Baylis
Father of Elias Baylis; Rebecca Muirhead and Samuel Bayless
Brother of Thomas Baylis; Rebecca Stillwell; Elias Baylis; Jonathan Bayles; Damaris Bayles and 5 others
Half brother of Mary Bayles

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About John Bayless, Jr.

d bef Sep 1696 Jamacia, Long Island

Early records name him John Bayles, Jr. or John Baylies.

He was a Justice of the Peace, fence inspector, a delegate to the Governor, and tax assessor. Before 1700 he was Captain of the Militia on Long Island, New York. His family moved to Jamaica before him. On October 4,1662 he was in Southold. At that time he made a petition to Connecticut and was made a Freeman of Connecticut in Jamaica. He then moved there and lived for the rest of his life according to some reports. There are records of him selling land in Jamaica to George Woolsey on Feb. 15, 1664, granting 40 acres in Jamaica to Gerret Claessen on March 4, 1686. He was chosen "Captain" at a Town Meeting on Oct. 8, 1689, appointed by the Town Meeting to lay out lots in 1695, and reported as deceased at a Town Meeting on Sept. 8, 1696. He was also a contributor to the minister's salary. There is a record of four children: Samuel, John, Elias, Daniel, and Sarah.

There is some question about where he died. One record says Washington County, Tennessee but goes on to list his burial as in Jamaica, Queens County, New York.


Born: About 1642 Died: About 1696

Married: Ruth Rusco, 12 March 1655.

It appears that John Bayless, son of John and Rebecca Bayless, was less adventurous than his father. He remained in Southold when the family moved to Jamaica but joined them a year later and married there in 1655. His name appears often in Jamaica records as fence inspector, tax payer, recipient of land and in purchases and sales of property. He was a delegate to the Governor, Tax Assessor and Contributor to the Minister's salary. There is a record of five children - Samuel, John, Elias, Daniel, and Sarah. Daniel is our direct ancestor.(8)

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John Bayless, Jr.'s Timeline

November 24, 1642
Jamaica,Long Island,NY
Age 24
January 24, 1679
Age 36
September 8, 1696
Age 53
Jamaica, Long Island, NY
September 1696
Age 53