John Bayley, Sr. was born 30 August 1572 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England to Thomas Bayley (1547-) and Jane Billingsley (1551-1643) and died 2 November 1651 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes.

Research Notes

We advise genealogists use caution with this family. There appears to be multiple John Baileys and Eleanor Emerys in this time period. Many family records have them quite confused. This record track John Bailey Sr & John Bailey Jr who survived the 1635 Shipwreck.


1635 Shipwreck of Angel Gabriel

John Bailey Jr (and his father, John Bailey Sr) were believed to have sailed to America on the ill-fated Angel Gabriel. That ship was part of fleet of five that participated in the ongoing Great Migration to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It wrecked, Aug 15, 1635, on the coast of Bristol, Maine in an unusually powerful early season hurricane, dubbed the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635. Both Bailey's survived the shipwreck and settled in Newbury, Massachusetts. John Jr's daughter, Sarah, would marry Daniel Cheney.

The Angel Gabriel had a colorful history. A 240-ton English galleon built as a merchant ship, but outfitted for combat, it saw many skirmishes with the Spanish in the years 1617-1635. A memorial plaque was dedicated near Pemaquid Point, Maine (near Bristol) in 1965.


Offspring of John Bayley, Sr. and Elizabeth Knight (1591-?) or Susannah
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Bayley (1613-1691) 22 July 1613 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom 16 March 1691 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Eleanor Emery (1624-1700)



  • John Bailey Sr (1571-1651) - b. England and migrated to America with Son in 1635
  • Thomas Bailey (1549-1605) - c. Bromham Parish, Wiltshire, England, m. Baily Jane
  • William Bailey (1520-1569) - b. Wiltshire England, m. Catherine Leigh
  • Robert Bailey (1511-1556) - b. Bromham Parish, Wiltshire, England, m. Margaret Delves
  • Thomas Bailey (1465-1543) - b. Bailey Derbyshire, England, m. Agnes Cleaveland



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