Our Bailey Heritage







by

 

Lionel Nebeker








Prepared for the


Morton/Bailey Family Reunion


Portland, Oregon






August 13, 1994









 



Our Bailey Heritage




Table of Contents




Chapter and Title                                                                                                Page



Part  1


i   Pedigree charts with parish & political maps………... ...........i




Part  2


1   A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLAND ............................................................. 1


2   DUFFIELD .................................................................................................. 13


3   STAKER ...................................................................................................... 17


4   BONIFACE .................................................................................................. 22


5   GREGG ........................................................................................................ 28


6   WHEATLEY .................................................................................................. 32


7   WIER........................................................................................................... 36


8   LOCKYER .................................................................................................... 38


9   HORNER ...................................................................................................... 40




Part 3


10   BAILEY ...................................................................................................... 44


11   HUTCHINS.................................................................................................. 60


12   NASH .......................................................................................................... 66


13   SANDFORD.................................................................................................. 70

 

14   DIAPER ...................................................................................................... 72


15   SPARKS ...................................................................................................... 74




Part 4 


16   EDWARD LOUIS SPARKS .......................................................................... 83


17   SARAH JANE SPARKS BAILEY ............................................................... 88


18   JOSEPH REGINALD BAILEY.................................................................... 94


19   FREDRICK WILLIAM BAILEY ................................................................. 96


20   LEONARD HAROLD BAILEY ...................................................................... 99


21   LILLIAN FLORENCE BAILEY MORTON ................................................ 108


TIME LINE ...................................................  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   118







 

 




Preface




We descend from a special family, not of kings but of

peasant farmers on the southern coast of England.  Honest

people who worked from sunup to sundown every day of their

lives with little thought of “getting ahead” in life. 

Unless you were part of the aristocracy there was no point

in even thinking about financial wealth.  But, these

people were wrapped up in the more important aspects of

life, eating, sleeping, loving, raising families, and

hoping they would remain healthy enough to work till the

day they died.  There is something about becoming affluent

that makes us forget the simple joys of living.


Our ancestors were primarily of Saxon descent. At one time

they were the conquerors of the Celtic inhabitants of

England; at another time they were the conquered people

under Norman domination. Eventually they became

“English”.  We wish we had even more history but our

ancestors were not privileged to learn to read or write

and left very little of their thoughts and actions for

future generations to read and ponder.


Until the reign of King Henry VIII virtually no records

were kept, except of the nobility and even these records

were incomplete and contained numerous errors.  However,

in the mid-1500’s the King demanded that the Church of

England begin to keep a record of all the baptisms,

marriages and burials in his realm.  Although the earliest

records are sometimes difficult to read (until the

mid-1600’s) still we are indebted to King Henry for the

records he caused to be preserved of our ancestors. 


England, and her colonies, did not adopt the Gregorian

calendar (recognizing the effect of the extra ¼ of a day

per year by the use of a “leap year” every four years) until

1752.  At that time an adjustment was made in the English

calendar to start each year on January 1st. Prior to that

time, the year began on April 1st and concluded on March

31st.  Someone born on March 31st of 1695 would have thought


 

they were born on the last day of that year.  However,

after the change in the calendar (when our representative

person was about 57 years old) they were told that they

were really born in the third month of 1696.  Such dates

are shown in this book as 31 Mar 1695/6.  This occurs only

for dates falling in Jan-Mar. and prior to 1752.  In

contrast, uncertain dates that occurred “sometime”

between 1695 and 1696 would be shown as 1695-6.  


This has been a wonderful experience to trace these

ancestors back into the earliest recorded histories.  We

have had some marvelous experiences as we have come to know

them better.  We only wish we had more stories to present. 

We sincerely hope each of their descendants will find this

interesting and meaningful and will treasure the Bailey

Heritage you have.  Now, we challenge each of you to carry

this work forward with your own families and descendants. 

Keep your heritage alive by writing down your thoughts and

memories for your children and grandchildren so that a part

of you will linger on to be treasured by them.