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John Bayless (Bayles), Jr.

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

Son of John Bayless and Rebecca Bayless
Husband of Ruth Bayless
Father of Rebecca Muirheid; Daniel Bayless, Sr.; Elias Baylis; Samuel Bayless; John Bayless and 9 others
Brother of Thomas Baylis; Rebecca Stillwell; Elizabeth Hubbard; Elias Baylis; Jonathan Bayles and 5 others

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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.


JOHN BAYLESS

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)


John Bayles (2) seems to have been much less adventurous than his father. It seems that he did not move to Jamaica with the rest of the family in 1661, as Oct. 4, 1662, he was still in Southold, where he signed a petition to Connecticut. [P & W 780 ]

He must have decided soon after to join the family, as May 12, 1664, he was made a Freeman of Connecticut in Jamaica. [Assembly Journal] Less than a year later he m. Ruth Rusco in Jamaica and thereafter seems to have lived out his life quietly in Jamaica. His name appears often in the Records as fence inspector, taxpayer, recipient of allotments of land and in various purchases and sales of property. He was a delegate to the Governor, Tax Assessor and contributor to the minister's salary. The evidence for his daughter Sarah is scanty, but seems conclusive. On Sept. 24, 1751, John Lake of Amwell, Hunterdon Co., N. J., made a will in which he referred to his wife Sarah and names as executors his wife and his brother-in-law Daniel Baley (Bailis).

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John Bayless, Jr.'s Timeline

1642
November 24, 1642
Jamaica,Long Island,NY
1660
1660
Age 17
Setauket, Suffolk Co. NY
1667
1667
Age 24
1667
Age 24
Jamaica, Queens County, New York
1671
April 11, 1671
Age 28
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
1673
October 3, 1673
Age 30
England
1678
January 24, 1678
Age 35
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
1679
January 24, 1679
Age 36
1682
1682
Age 39
Long Island, NY