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James Bailey III (1698 - 1766)

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Rev. James Bailey [uncertain] III
Born in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 13 Apr 1720 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 26 Feb 1722 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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Elizabeth and James Bailey's son James was b. 22 Mar 1697/8 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.[1][2]


James Baylie and Sarah Goddard married 13 Apr 1720 in Roxbury, Mass.[3]


Sarah and James' children, in Weymouth, Mass

  1. James, b. 15 Jan 1722[4]
  1. Sarah, b. 27 Apr 1724 .[5]
  1. Joshua, b. 24 Nov 1726[6]
  1. Thomas, b. 10 Oct 1728[7]

James Bailey was buried in Highland Cemetery, South Weymouth, MA.

  • Fact: Burial Highland Cemetery, South Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
  • Fact: He graduated at Harvard College in 1719, settled in Weymouth, MA where he had a large family. After teaching at Andover for 2 years at an annual salary of 44 pounds, he was ordained on 26 Sept. 1723 and settled as the first minister at Weymouth. After a pastorate there of over 42 years, died Aug. 22, 1766. He was greatly beloved and was a most useful minister of the gospel" (Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 4 by Cutter, William R., 1908). Note that Weymouth was the birthplace of Abigail Smith who married John Adams. Her father was Rev. William Smith.

"This unsigned ink and water-color drawing of the parsonage of Rev. William Smith, who settled in the First or North Parish of Weymouth in 1734, is mounted in a scrapbook kept by Elizabeth Hall Smith (1843-1911), a great-granddaughter of Isaac Smith, Abigail Adams' uncle, and was deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1925. The Revd. William Smith's house Weymouth is written in an unidentified hand on the reverse of the view (reproduced in the actual size of the original), with “1765) penciled in a later hand, although the drawing more likely dates from about 1800. In this house Abigail Adams was born in 1744, and here John Adams came to court her when he was a young lawyer beginning practice in neighboring Braintree. The larger forward section of this house was built about 1685 by one of Smith's predecessors, Rev. Samuel Torrey; after Smith was settled, the Parish negotiated with him for several years on the terms of his use of the parsonage house and wood lot. In 1738, after a committee had been appointed “to vew the House on said Pasonage to know what may be Proper to be acted with said House Betwen the Revd. Mr. William Smith and The Parish, it was agreed to sell the house to him, and he bought it for £45 in May 1738 (MS Records of the North Parish of Weymouth [microfilm in Massachusetts Historical Society], 27 March and 3 April 1738; “Diaries of Rev. William Smith and Dr. Cotton Tufts, 1738–1784,” Massachusetts Historical Society, Proceedings, 42 [1908–1909]:446). Almost at once Smith found himself in legal difficulties with Rev. James Bayley, minister of Weymouth's South Parish, over the rights to the Parish lands and house. The disputed claims were bitterly contested in the courts as the Weymouth Case” for decades; as late as 1761 John Adams, then a fledgling lawyer, expressed his opinion that “it cant be thought that Either Party to that deed entertained a Thought of dividing that House and Land among 50 ministers, that shall happen to settle within the Borders of that Town" (Diary and Autobiography, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961, 1:202). From "The Adams Papers, Digital Edition, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 1,

"...the General Court appointed a Committee of five to inquire into the matter and ascertain if the Town was able to support two ministers. Opposition to the new precinct gradually subsided and on June 5, 1723 the second precinct was created. The following month the Reverend James Bayley was officially called and accepted the post as the first minister" (no source given; posted to Find A Grave Memorial# 97457577, Created by: Jacki, Weymouth Massachu..., 2012).

Their first child was born in Andovcr, Mass. The others were born in Weymouth, Mass. Rev. James Bailey after his graduation from Harvard lived in Andover, Mass., where he taught school. He was probably studying theology at the same time. He was ordained first pastor of the Second Congregational Church of Weymouth, September 26, 1723. He died August 22, 1766, in the 69th year of his age and the 43d year of his pastorate, and was buried in the old burying ground on Pleasant street, South Weymouth (Ellsworth, A.F. Account of John Bailey of Salisbury, 1899).

The following is inscribed on his tombstone: Here lies interred ye remains of ye Rev. James Bailey, orn at Roxbury, took his first decree at Harvard College, 1719, ordained first pastor of the Second Church ot Christ in Weymouth, Sept. 26, 1723. After a lingering indisposition departed this life August 22d, 1766, in ye 6yth year of his age in ye firm and supporting belief of those doctrines of grace which he had for ye space of 43 years preached publicly and from house to house. Rev. Bailey's remains were moved (the descendants of Minister Hailey consenting) m the summer of 1890 his remains, with those of his family, together with the head stones, which had been somewhat shattered by the hand of the vandal, were carefully and tenderly removed to Highland Cemetery, and were there placed in the Dea. Nathaniel Bailey (son to Minister Bailey) lot.

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  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), James Bailey, 22 Mar 1697; citing ROXBURY,SUFFOLK,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0928294 IT 3.
  2. Essex Institute. Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Vol. I Births. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1925p. 18
  3. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 November 2017), James Baylie and Sarah Goddard, 13 Apr 1720; citing Marriage, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 741,320.
  4. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), James Bayley in entry for James Bayley, 15 Jan 1722; citing Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, pg 18; FHL microfilm 2,031,513.
  5. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), James Bayley in entry for Sarah Bayley, 27 Apr 1724; citing Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, pg 18; FHL microfilm 2,031,513.
  6. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), James Bayley in entry for Joshua Bayley, 24 Nov 1726; citing Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, pg 18; FHL microfilm 2,031,513.
  7. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), James Bayley in entry for Thomas Bayley, 10 Oct 1728; citing Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, pg 18; FHL microfilm 2,031,513.

  • Bailey, Franklin. The Genealogy of Thomas Ruggles of Roxbury (Boston, 1896) Page 22
  • Source: S005168 Title: Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts Author: George Walter Chamberlain, M.S. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore: Reprint, 1984

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Bayley-11 and Bailey-6137 appear to represent the same person because: Bailey is the correct spelling used on birth record, merge in Bailey-1637
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James is 18 degrees from Danielle Liard, 10 degrees from Jack London and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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