Annie Maria Bayley

The Bayley family has been traced back to Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall who were married in Newport, Shropshire, England in 1787.1 Thomas’ parents have not been uncovered yet, but Elizabeth is most likely the daughter of John Hassall and Elizabeth Ward who were married in Newport 30 December 1745. They had seven children listed in the register as having been christened there, Elizabeth being the youngest.2

John Bayley, 1789-1859, son of Thomas and Elizabeth, was christened on 2 January 1789 in Newport.3 In the same parish register, eighteen months later, “Thos and Eliz Bailey” were the parents of Sarah, christened 26 May 1790, who was probably a younger sister to John. No other children have been found so far for Thomas and Elizabeth Bayley.

John Bayley, born 1789, was residing in London when he married Jane Smith in St. Lawrence Church, the parish church in Gnosall.4 Jane was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Smith.5 John and his wife Jane, born in Wilbrighton, Staffordshire,6 were the parents of at least five children: John Horatio Robert, George, Anne, Enoch and Samuel. John Sr. was a mercer in 1816, but by 1828 he was a schoolmaster in Wolverhampton.7

John Horatio Robert Bayley, 1816-1885, was known as John H.R. Bayley or John Bayley. He was the oldest son, born in Wellington, Shropshire, in 1816 and christened there in All Saints Church.8 Like his father, John was a school teacher. In 1835 he married Margaret Morris in Old Swinford, Worcestershire.9 John H.R. and Margaret had six children: Hamlet Ambrose, Laura Fidelia, Werner, Marion, Ada Jane and Pauline Edith.

Hamlet Ambrose Bayley, 1836-1904, like his father and grandfather, was a school master. In 1859 he married Esther Ashcroft, daughter of William Ashcroft and Hannah Smith.10 Hamlet and Esther had three children, Annie, Howard and Neville, all three of whom eventually moved to the United States. Esther died in 187911 and about 1894 Hamlet moved to Pittsburgh where his children were living and where he later died.12

Hamlet’s oldest child, Annie, 1860-1927, married Charles Edward Miller, son of William Charles Miller and Lucy Swainson of Liverpool, in 1882.13 They left for Canada where they homesteaded in Manitoba, later moving to Pittsburgh, London, Wyoming and Montana.

Descent Reports and Family Group Sheets
Descendants of Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall, nine generations with sources and index
Direct Descent from Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall to Author
Family Group Sheet for John H.R. Bayley and Margaret Morris
Four generation pedigree chart for Annie Bayley Miller

Biographical Sketches
John Horatio Robert Bayley
Children of J.H.R. Bayley and Margaret Morris
Hamlet Bayley, b.1836, eldest son of J.H.R. Bayley and Margaret Morris
Children of Hamlet Bayley and Esther Ashcroft

Certificates and Documents
Marriage record of Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall, 14 May 1787
Marriage record of John Bayley and Jane Smith, 1 Feb 1812
Baptismal records of John Bayley and Jane Smith, 1789
Baptismal record of John H.R. Bayley, 1816
Baptismal record of Margaret Morris Bayley, 1814
Record of death for Hamlet Bayley, 1904

Gravestone of Hamlet Bayley
Gravestone of Charles and Annie Bayley Miller
Ferncliff Mausoleum, burial site of Neville and Elizabeth Alter Bayley
Gravestone of Howard and Cora Sponsler Bayley

Obituary of Hamlet Bayley, 1836-1904
Selected poems from Harvest Sheaves, by J.H.R. Bayley
Newsclipping of closure of Roton Point Park by Neville Bayley

The photograph above is of Annie Maria Bayley, the great great granddaughter of Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall and also my great grandmother. Annie, 1860-1927, was the daughter of Hamlet Bayley and Esther Ashcroft and the wife of Charles Edward Miller. She was about sixteen years old when this picture was taken in Birmingham by J. Sunderland, photographer.

  1. Record of Marriage for Thomas Bayley and Elizabeth Hassall, Bishop's Transcripts of St. Nicholas Parish Registers, Newport, Shropshire, England. FHL MF 510671. This information is from researcher Barbara Torley.

  2. Their children were Thomas, 1746; John, 1752; Sarah, no date; Richard, no date; Elizabeth, Nov 1762, buried 26 Jan 1767; Ann, 6 Apr 1766; and Elizabeth, 17 Apr 1768. Information from researcher Barbara Torley. FHL Microfilm 510671, Bishop's Transcripts of St. Nicholas Parish Registers, Newport, Shropshire, England

  3. Record of Baptism for John Bayley, 1789, Parish Church of Newport, Shropshire, Parish registers, 1569-1883. FHL MF 918785. Mother is Elizabeth Bayley, father is Thomas, 1789 Jan 2, Jno., S. of Thos. & Eliz. Bayley. p123. Another film gives a better picture of the parish record: FHL MF 510671.

  4. Marriage Certificate of John Bayley and Jane Smith, 1 February 1812; Parish Registers, 1572-1900, Parish Church of Gnosall, Staffordshire. MF copies of original records in the Staffordshire Record Office, England. FHL MF 1470995: Marriages 1754-1812. John Bayley of the Parish of Clarkenwell London, aged 21 years & upwards and Jane Smith of this Parish aged 21 years & upwards were Married in this church by License this First Day of February in the Year One Thousand eight Hundred and Twelve by me W L____ Curate. This Marriage was solemnized between us, John Bayley/Jane Smith, In the Presence of Harriet Smith, Thomas Smith.

  5. Record of baptism for Jane Smith, 16 Nov 1789. Parish Registers, 1572-1900, Parish Church of Gnosall, Staffordshire; Baptisms: 1752-1853. MF copies of original records in the Staffordshire Record Office, England. FHL MF 1470948, Nov 16, 1789, Jane daughter of Thos. & Mary Smith.

  6. 1851 Census, England, Staffordshire, Walsall, H0107/2023/514/p.49, E.D. 2d, FHL MF 87428, Place of birth appears to be Willbrighton [Wilbrighton], Staffordshire. In the 1861 census her place of birth is also given as Wilbrighton.

  7. Occupations for John Bayley come from the baptismal records of his children.

  8. Record of Baptism for John H.R. Bayley, 1816. Baptism Records of All Saints Church [Church of England], Wellington, Shropshire, p.79, record #629. FHL MF 2355579, County at the time was Salop, now Shropshire.

  9. Record of Marriage for John Bayley and Margaret Morris, 1835. Parish Registers, Parish Church of Old Swinford, Church of England, Worcestershire, England, 1602-1961, p.68, Record #202. FHL Br. MF 527943. Both parties signed their names (no marks); neither were previously married, and they were married by banns.

  10. Marriage Record for Hamlet Bayley and Esther Ashcroft, 1859,(Free BMD. England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 [online database based on data from the GRO, London, England]. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2004. Accessed via, Marriage was recorded by the GRO in September 1859 so the marriage probably took place within the previous 4 months.

  11. Year of Esther's death would have been 1879. On the back of an old family picture, her date of death was noted as 23 June 1879.

    Correspondence from Merridale Cemetery Office, Wolverhampton, Lancashire, England, 1979, notes the interment on 23 June 1879 in the Merridale Cemetery in Wolverhampton, of Esther Ashcroft, Burbury St., Wolverhampton, who died in Birmingham, wife of Hamlet Bailey, Accountant. Plot was purchased by her father, William Ashcroft. Esther died about seven months after her father, but when he wrote his will it was thought she might die before he did.

  12. Record of death: Hamlet A. Bayley, 1904: Registry of Deaths in the City of Pittsburgh, PA, Bureau of Health, Dept. of Public Safety. FHL MF 505877: Registration of Deaths in the City of Pittsburg, vol. 118-120, 1903-1904. Record is in vol. 119, p.478.

    Website: Find A Grave: Memorial #90789961, created by "Graves." Hamlet A. Bayley.

  13. Record of Marriage for Charles Edward Miller and Annie Maria Bayley, January 25, 1882, Certified copy from the General Register Office, London, 13 July 2004, vol. 8c, p.889. Marriage was solemnized at the Register Office, District of Chorlton, County of Lancaster, England. He was 25 and a bachelor, she was 21 and a spinster.

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