Monday, May 7, 2012

The Bailey’s raise a family of 9 in Haddam, Connecticut

Following Abia’s maternal line we find that William Henry Lee’s maternal grandmother Dorothy Bailey was the oldest child of John Bailey Jr. and Elizabeth Gerard.  Her oldest brother was John Bailey III (1688 – 1767) followed by Ephraim (b. 1690 & m. 1716). Elizabeth (1694-1726) only lived to be 30 years old.  After her came Lydia (b. 1696) and Mehitable (b. 1699).
Our Dorothy’s younger brother Jonathon Bailey (1700-1776) married Alice Smith, the sister of Dorothy’s husband Jonathan Smith III.  Both Jonathon Smith III and Alice are childrem of Jonathan Smith Jr. and Alice Leeki, whose family we will discuss in more detail in a future post.  Rounding out the Bailey household were Mary (b. 1705) and David (1710-1747).  David died leaving 5 children in the care of his wife Jane.  Interestingly in David’s case the estate did not all go to the boys when they came of age.  The 4 boys and their mother each got 1/6th , while the girls split 1/6th and the mother received “£10 to be her estate forever, and the use of my whole estate so long as she remains my widow relict.”ii

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