Contributed by Lois Cummins
genealogists believe that the Baylis family actually originated in
France, most Baylis family researchers have concluded that almost
all of those who came to America between 1600 and 1800 emigrated
from England. Some families in America evolved from a single
immigrant ancestor, but that is not the case with the Baylis’.
Records indicate that there were several Baylis immigrants from
England during the early colonization period, with at least one from
The early Baylis
families in England were known as “yeoman,” and thus were not
entitled to a coat of arms, but in 1680 a family member was
described as a “Gentleman and Bailiff,” and would have been entitled
to a coat of arms. Thomas Baylis, who was born in 1761, was given a
“grant of arms” in the late 1700s. There is no conclusive proof,
however, that this Thomas Baylis was directly related to the
immigrant ancestor of the Baylis family that is connected to the
Erwins of America.
researchers have suggested that the Baylis name was first based on
the word “bailiff,” a court officer, which was itself derived from
the French word “baillif “ or “bailli,” and in turn from the Latin
word “bajulus,” a guardian. Some theorize that “Bailiff” merely
changed to “Bailiss,” while others suggest that “Bailiss” was
shortened from “Bailiffson,” and then eventually evolved into it’s
current form of “Baylis.”
The branch of
the Baylis family that we are concerned with has been traced to a William Baylis in Virginia. It is not known when or where he was
born, or the name of his wife, but Baylis family researchers know
that he died in 1754. The bond book, from 1753 to 1786, in the
William County Court House in Manassas, Virginia, states that the
will of William Baylis, deceased, was filed on May 27, 1754. Sons
John and William Baylis were named as executors. His will also
refers to a son Samuel and Samuel’s wife Ann.
The children of William Baylis were:
John Baylis, born about 1727; died September 24, 1765
Baylis, died in 1764; and married Ann Gough January 19,
Baylis, married Ann.
married Jane Blackburn in 1754, daughter of Richard Blackburn and
Mary Watts. She was born in 1733, and died in 1774.
John Baylis was a
member of the House of Burgesses of Virginia from 1761 to 1765,
representing Prince William County. He was also the "King's
Magistrate" during this same period. John Baylis was also active in
the Established (Episcopal) Church. From 1757 to 1763 he was a
vestryman of Dettington Parish in Prince William County. John Baylis
also had a distinguished military record. During the French and
Indian War he had the ranks of Captain, Major and Colonel, and is
mentioned in the writings of George Washington.
John Baylis was killed
in a duel at Dumfries, Virginia on September 24, 1765. The facts
about the unfortunate duel that led to his death are generally
agreed upon, but there are several versions of the circumstances
leading up to the duel. John Scott, the eighteen-year-old son of
Reverend James Scott, challenged John Baylis to a duel. At the
appointed time John Scott appeared with his brother-in-law, Cuthbert
Bullitt, as his second. Bullitt took the place of John Scott and in
the ensuing confrontation shot John Baylis in the groin. Baylis died
about five hours later at Rippon Lodge, where - it is believed - he
is also buried. While a jury acquitted Cuthbert Bullitt, feeling
against John Scott as the challenger of the duel was so high that
Scott had to leave Virginia. Bullitt also soon left Virginia and
settled in Kentucky.
The children of John Baylis and Jane
Ann Baylis, born August 1755; died October 01, 1782.
William Baylis, born August 20, 1758 at Dumfries, Prince
William Co., VA; died June 18, 1843, at Calhoun, Henry Co., MO.
Henry Baylis, born July 01, 1760 at Dumfries, Prince William
Co., VA. He died in 1835.
Lucy Chilton Baylis, born in 1762 at Dumfries, Prince William
Co., VA. She married Aquilla Dyson on December 16, 1779. Aquilla
Dyson was a descendent of Christopher Dyson, who was knighted by
Henry VII in 1489. He lived near Baltimore, fought in the War of
1812, and then, with his family, moved to Ohio where he is buried.
Both are buried in the Dyson Cemetery, William Clark Farm, Ava, OH.
Jane Baylis, born in 1764 at Dumfries, Prince William Co.,
VA. She married George Reno February 20, 1785 in Fauquier Co., VA.
Ann Baylis was born in August
1755, and died October 01, 1782. She married Thomas Randolph in
1770, son of John Randolph and Anne. He was born May 20, 1746, and
The children of Ann Baylis and Thomas
William Baylis Randolph, born March 16, 1778 in Prince
William Co., VA; and October 15, 1863. He married (1) Lydia Lupton
June 06, 1805. She was born May 25, 1777 and died May 20, 1829. He
married (2) Deborah Carroll April 10, 1831. She was born September
15, 1791 in County Antrim, Ireland, and died June 02, 1849 in
Columbinia Co., OH.
Carroll arrived in America with her family at the age of two. The
family settled near New Garden in Columbinia County, Ohio. She was a
Hicksite Quaker, and was heavily criticized for marrying outside of
the Friends Church, but she was not dismissed. Her family was
related to Charles Carroll, who settled in Maryland in 1688 with
Lord Baltimore. His son, Charles Carroll, Jr., signed the
Declaration of Independence, and when he died in 1833 at the age of
96 he was the last survivor of the signers.
Son Randolph, born about 1771, and died about 1771.
Daughter Randolph, born about 1774, and died about 1774.
Unknown Randolph, born October 01, 1782,and died the same
William Baylis was
born August 20, 1758 in Dumfries, Prince William Co., VA, and died
June 18, 1843 in Calhoun, Henry Co., MO. He married Elizabeth
Turner May 22, 1780, daughter of Hezekiah Turner and Henrietta Chunn.
She was born March 28, 1765, and died after 1841.
Revolutionary War pension records of May 15, 1818, William Baylis
enlisted in April 1777 in the Twelfth Virginia Regiment, commanded
by Col. James Wood. He fought at Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth
and Paulus Hook, NJ, where he was wounded. He later commanded a
company of militia at Yorktown, VA. He served under General George
Washington at Morristown. He resigned his commission as captain in
July or August of 1780.
The children of William Baylis and
Elizabeth Turner were:
John William Baylis, born in 1784 and died November 08, 1826.
He married Lucy Clayton Williams October 24, 1811.
Ann Blackburn Baylis, born March 11, 1785 and died October
27, 1842. She married John Fawcett March 11, 1817 in Shenandoah Co.,
VA. He was born January 22, 1786 and died March 13, 1862.
Henrietta Baylis, born about 1788, and married James Hathaway
January 02, 1812. James Hathaway was a captain in the War of 1812.
He was a widower with no children, and lived in Frederick County,
Jane Wyatt Baylis, born about 1790, and died in September
1834. She married Fortunatas Fleming Dulaney, a doctor.
Lucy Chilton Baylis, born about 1796. She married Charles
Susan Emily Baylis, born in 1803, and died August 26, 1835 on
the Isle of Wight, England. She married William Oakley.
Maria Turner Baylis, born in 1806, and married (1) Samuel
Lewis, and (2) John Ashby Tutt.
Elizabeth Martha Baylis, born about 1808, and married (1)
John McLean, and (2) George Lewis. George Lewis was a nephew of
George Washington. In his will Washington bequeathed a sword to each
of his five nephews, including George Lewis. George Lewis was a
captain in the Revolutionary War.
was born July 1, 1760 in
Dumfries, Prince William Co., VA. He died in 1835 and is buried in
Cemetery, Fawcett’s Gap, VA. He married Mary Sophia Edmunds
February 25, 1788 in Fauquier Co., VA, daughter of Captain Thomas
Edmunds. She was born March 8, 1770, and died June 17, 1842.
The children of Henry Baylis and Maria
John Edmunds Baylis, born December 10, 1788 in Fauquier Co.,
VA, and died December 08, 1873.
Helen Baylis, born March 17, 1790 in Fauquier Co., VA. She
married (1) Alexander Newman about 1810, and (2) George Ash March
Thomas Blackburn Baylis, born February 14, 1793 in Fauquier
Co., VA, and died September 13, 1869. He married Mary Katherine
Wilson February 03, 1825. She was born August 23, 1804 and died May
24, 1882. Thomas B. Baylis was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Emily C. Baylis, born April 10, 1795 in Fauquier Co., VA. She
married John Poland September 30, 1811. He was born August 22, 1786
and died about 1824.
Jane Baylis, born September 25, 1799. She married Mason
Anderson November 27, 1825.
Henry William Baylis, born December 23, 1807.
Lucy A. Baylis, born September 1810 near Opequon, VA. She
married George Newman.
John Edmunds Baylis
was born December 10, 1788 in Fauquier Co., VA, and died December 8,
1873. He married (1) Madelin Snapp February 1, 1813, the daughter
of John Snapp and Madelin Kellar. She died about 1826, and he
married (2) Katherine Moore Davis April 21, 1827. She died August
of John Baylis and Madelin Snapp were:
Emily Mary Baylis, born August 31, 1818 in Winchester,
Frederick Co., VA, and died April 03, 1888, in Rush Co., IN. She
married John Darby Downey December 21, 1837. He was born November
05, 1810 and died May 24, 1897.
Harrison Thomas Baylis, born November 28, 1820,and died
October 27, 1883. He married Ann Jane Fizer. She was born July 06,
1833 and died September 11, 1916.
The children of John Baylis and
Katherine Davis were:
Franklin E. Baylis, born February 17, 1828, and died August
Sidner Baylis, born February 22, 1830, and February
Sandford Baylis, born February 13, 1832, and died March 02,
1909. He married Amanda Elizabeth Rudolph. She was born June 15,
1844, and died June 25, 1892.
As a young man Sanford Baylis worked
in a sawmill at Fawcett's Gap, which was owned by Elkanah Fawcett, a
cousin. While working there he received an injury there that caused
him to be permanently lame. During the Civil War he operated a
Confederate Army supply house several miles south of Capon Springs,
on what is now the John Marshall Highway. While there he was shot
and killed by a Union spy. He is buried at Hebron Church Cemetery,
Mary Sophia Baylis, born August 17, 1834. She married Simon
Charles Davis Baylis, born September 29, 1837, and died
August 08, 1886.
Sarah Katherine Baylis, born April 10, 1840. She married
William H. Lewis October 17, 1856.
John Martin Baylis, born July 21, 1843, and died in 1848.
William Harvey Baylis, born August 22, 1844.
Charles Davis Baylis
was born September 29, 1837, and died August 08, 1886. He married
Elizabeth Loise Moncravie. She was born in 1845, and died in 1924.
The children of Charles Baylis and
Elizabeth Moncravie were:
Harrison Drew Baylis, born December 16, 1882 in Thurston Co.,
NE. He died November 07, 1943 in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS.
Charles Davis Baylis, Jr., born June 16, 1886, and died in
Harrison Drew Baylis
was born December 16, 1882 in Thurston Co., NE. He died November 07,
1943 in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS and is buried in the Riverview
in Cowley County.
He married (1) Myrtle Dell Wilmot June 18, 1908, daughter of
Charles Wilmot and Lydia Serrott. She was born May 16, 1887 in
Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS, and died in June 1917 during a
measles epidemic. He married (2) Elizabeth Somers July 13, 1923,
daughter of Patrick Somers and Mary Daly. She was born June 18, 1895
in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS.
As a child Harrison
Baylis moved with his family to Grainola, Osage County, Oklahoma. As
an adult he was a banker in Grainola, as well as a rancher, but he
was also active in prosecuting claims of the Indian tribes for lands
and royalties from the oil wells on their lands in Oklahoma. At the
time of his death he was referred to as "one of the finest and most
popular citizens of Arkansas City."
attended high school in Arkansas City, Kansas, and in 1917 graduated
as a registered nurse at the Arkansas City Hospital.
The children of Harrison Baylis and Myrtle Wilmot are:
Zeb Eugene Baylis, born October 10, 1910 in Wichita,
Sedgwick Co., KS. He married Mauricia Barbara Norton January 01,
1937. She was born December 19, 1918 in Guthrie, Logan Co., OK. Zeb
Baylis attended school in his early years in Wichita, Kansas, and
later graduated from the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington,
Missouri. As an adult he became Superintendent of Boat Landing for
Shell Oil Company at Toledo, Ohio. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Army
Engineers, and was first located at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and later
fought on Okinawa in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1945 and
resumed working for Shell Oil.
Katherine Willetta Baylis, born January 12, 1914 in Arkansas
City, Cowley Co., KS. She married Norman Otto Pierce, Jr., June 15,
1934. He was born November 02, 1908 in Denver, Arapahoe Co., CO.
Norman Pierce attended Culver Military Academy for one year, and
then went to Yale University where he majored in dramatics. After
college he went to work for Southwest Bell Telephone Company. In
1942 he joined the United States Marine Corps as an officer, and was
a major when he was released to inactive duty in 1946. He served
again for ten months in 1951 during the Korean War.
Howard Glenn Baylis, born September 14, 1915 in Grainola,
Osage Co., OK.
Howard “Glenn” Baylis
was born September 14, 1915 in Grainola, Osage Co., OK, and died
December 11, 1957 in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS. He married Lois
Ruth Cummins January 9, 1949 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS, daughter of
John Cummins and Goldie Erwin. Lois was born September 9, 1928 in
Madison, Greenwood Co., KS.
Howard Glenn Baylis
attended high school in Arkansas City, Kansas, and took a
pre-medical course at the University of Oklahoma. On July 2, 1943 he
joined the United States Army Air Force as a private, but shortly
afterward was accepted into a pilot training program. After a very
brief period he was flying combat missions in Europe. He was
discharged on February 26, 1946.
For the next three
years Glenn worked as a civilian flight instructor in Topeka,
Kansas. It was in Topeka that he met Lois Cummins, his wife-to-be.
They were married January 9, 1949, and moved to Oklahoma where Glenn
took over the operation of the Baylis family's 2200-acre cattle
ranch near Grainola in Osage County. Glenn and Lois Baylis operated
the ranch until Glenn’s death in 1957.
Virginia Lea “Ginger” Baylis
Christine Marie Baylis
Michael Glenn “Mike” Baylis, born December 15, 1953 in Cedar
Vale, Chautaugua Co., KS; He died February 7, 1953.
This branch of the Baylis family surname
ended when Michael Glenn Baylis died.