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Descendants of Walter BAYLEY


 First Generation


1. Walter BAYLEY was born about 1600 in England. Walter married Jeane about 1625 in England. Jeane was born about 1605 in England.

 They had the following children:

+          2 M       i.  Walter BAYLEY was born on 25 Nov 1637. He died between 1705 and 1717.



Second Generation


2. Walter BAYLEY (Walter) was born[1] on 25 Nov 1637 in Piddlehinton, Dorset, England. He died between 1705 and 1717 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. Walter married[2].  Margaret RASCAR  in 1669 in Fordington, Dorset, England. Margaret was born about 1645 in England. She died on 8 Dec 1719 in Elizabeth City County. Walter was a carpenter and probably of the Episcopal faith since that was the state church of England and Virginia at that time. He was granted 450 acres of land in 1695 for the importation of nine persons into the Colony. Vizt: Walter Bayley, Margaret, his wife, his three children and Nigros Rose, Jenney, Robin, and Jamey. On 21 Apr 1696 Walter received a patent of 106 acres on the Back River adjoining the land of Eaton's Free School[3]. On 2 May 1705 Walter Bayley received 150 acres, escheat land late in possession of John Powell, dec'd[4].


      In 1692 Mr. Walter Bayley was sworn for the Grand Jury.


      In early 1694 Walter Bayley petitioned the court, saying that Grayes Swamp, being a dangerous place for miring and destroying cattle, which could be prevented in if there was a dam at the mouth. It would also be beneficial for watering the cattle in case of droughts. Walter would make the dam at his own cost if he was given permission to get logs and earth on the west side of the Swamp from Eaton's free school land. Permission was given.


      On 18 Mar 1697/8 Walter sold a 1/2 acre town lot to William Hudson for 2 pounds 5 shillings signed by Walter and Margaret Bayley, his wife. Walter had bought the land from Richard Street of Elizabeth City County for 350 lbs of tobacco on 18 Nov 1694.


      At a court held the 19 Jun and 20th of Aug 1699 Mr. Walter Baylery was one of the Justices, he and three other toke the oath of Justices of the Peace and the oath enjoined by law that year. Later in 1699 he was paid 400 (?what, shillings, lbs of tobacco) for pulling down the Old Church and setting up benches in the court house. Walter had a servant named Cornelius Callahan, aged 18 in 1699, who was ordered to serve his Master, Mr. Walter Bayley, according to Act (I'm guessing 7 years). That year he was also appointed overseer of the highways, especially for clearing the road to Hampton Towne.


      On 9 Jan 1716 Margaret Bayley, widdow of Parish and County of Elizabeth City sold a lot in Hampton to Henry Irwin, Gent. This land was formerly granted to Walter Bayley, dec'd by deed of 18 Oct 1702 and deserted. It was surveyed 25 Mar 1712 by Wm Lowery for Mr. Bayley, son to sd Walter Bayley and by John Bayley and Judith his wife sold to sd Margt Bayley[5].


      Will of Margt. Bayley, Wido of Eliz City Co being weak in body...To grandaughter Margt. Bayley, daughter of son Walter and her lawful heirs, three young negroes now with her sd father named Martin, Nell, and Janey with reversion to two granddaughters Mary Bayley and Betty Bayley, daughters of sd son Walter Bayley. To Sarah Bayley, daughter of son Walter, two negros called Jenny and Sarah with reversion to Mary and Betty. To grandson Christopher Needham, son of Thos. Needham one negro man called Thos. Oxford (sic). To dau Margt. Needham, two Negro women, Judey and Cuckow. To sons Walter Bayley and John Bayley one shill to each, they being already Preferred. Son Walter and Daughter Margt Needham, to be Execs. Dated 8 Dec 1719, Signed: Margeret Bayley, Wit: Saml. Selden, John Selden, Thos. Jones, Proved 20 Jul 1720 by Jno Selden and Thos. Jones. Cert for probate granted Margt Needham, she giving bond and Ordered recorded[6].


Walter and Margaret had the following children:

+          3 F         i.  Margaret BAYLEY was born about 1680-1685. She died after 3 Sep 1730.

               4 M      ii.  Walter BAYLEY Jr. was born about 1682 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. He died before 18 May 1722 in Norfolk County, Virginia[7]. Walter married Mary Etheridge 28 Apr 1713 Norfolk County. Will dated 8 Jan 1720, proved 18 May 1722.

               5 M     iii.  John BAYLEY was born about 1685 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. He died on 25 Mar 1720 in Elizabeth City County[8]. John married Judith ?. 



Third Generation


3. Margaret BAYLEY (Walter, Walter) was born about 1680-1685 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. She died after 3 Sep 1730 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Margaret married Thomas NEEDHAM son of Thomas NEEDHAM and Anne HAYES about 1708 in Elizabeth City County. Thomas was born about 1675 in Elizabeth City County. He died in 1740/1743 in Pasquotank County. In Margaret's will dated 3 Sep 1730, probated 1736[9] she divides slaves she received from her mother, Margaret Bayley, among her children with the the specification that Thomas Needham, her husband desires to have his life time in the sd Negros which the sd Executor, Margaret Needham freely consents to[10].


·       16 May 1700-Thomas on Jury in Elizabeth City County.

·       1704 & 1705 "A True & perfect Rent Roll, Land in Elizabeth City Co., Va.  

·       1713 Witness to Will of Katherine Forgison, Elizabeth Cty. Co., Va.


         Thomas was a planter and probably of the Episcopal faith since this was the state church of Virginia at that time. They left Virginia in about 14 Mar 1732 when they purchased 336 acres in Pasquotank County, North Carolina for 190 pounds from Cornelius Jones. It was in the Dismal Swamp area on the north side of Pasquotank River, south of Beaver Dam Swamp and along Raymond Creek[11].


         On 18 Mar 1717 Thomas and Margaret, his wife of Co of Eliz City sold a 1/2 acre lot in Towne of Hampton on South Hampton R, recorded 15 Jun 1717, p.18[12]. (See Needham Family).





[1] FHL # 962788 Item 6, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.

[2] FHL #1279496, .England Marriages, 1538-1973

[3] Land Bk 8, p. 406 (Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County Virginia 168-1800 by Blanche Adams Chapman, p. 139) and page 141,

[4] Land Bk. 9, P. 650

[5] Elizabeth City County Virginia Deeds, Wills, Court Orders, v. 1-1634, 1659, 1688-1701; v. 2. 1715-1721 compiled by Rosemary Corley Neal, Heritage Books, Inc.

[6] Elizabeth City County Virginia Deeds, Wills, Court Orders 1715-1721 compiled by Rosemary Corley Neal, Heritage Books, Inc.

[7] Family group sheet sent to me by Randolph Co., NC Genealogical Society.

[8] Family group sheet sent to me by Randolph Co., NC Genealogical Society.

[9] Pasquotank County Wills, 1720-1941, (pages unnumbered) Pleas and Quarter Sessions, FHL Film #0019495

[10] Will of Margaret Needham dated 3 Sep 1736, Pasquotank Co., NC.

[11] Pasquotank Co., NC, Deed Book C, P 338,

[12] Elizabeth City County Virginia Deeds, Wills, Court Orders 1715-1721 compiled by Rosemary Corley Neal, Heritage Books, Inc.