WELCOME TO THE BAYLISS LINE. This blog has been created for my family. By "my family" I mean all those who are related to the Bayliss family either by blood, marriage or even relationship. There are, of course, other Bayliss families not related to us but this blog has at its heart a very specific family who had their origins in Gloucestershire. I am connected to that family because my mother was a Bayliss and it was her curiosity that started my research back in the early 1990's. So, what are you likely to see on this blog? Well, as it is a blog, I want it to be as entertaining as possible rather that a dry listing of facts (that is for Ancestry.com). I will, hopefully, be posting entries on our ancestors and relatives, on the places where they lived, and the historical times they lived through. I have an extensive collection of photographs of people and places which I will, of course, be sharing.

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Friday, 3 June 2011


Condicote, Gloucestershire

The Dance family are our oldest known ancestors on the Bayliss line. The name was originally Dunce and Thomas Dunce, born in 1661, probably in Condicote, Gloucestershire was my 7xgreatgrandfather. Thomas had four known children, all born in Condicote. One of these children was Ambrose Dunce (1692 - 1736) who married Margaret. Of their eight known children we are interested in John (b.1719) who married Hannah Dancey from the village of Turk Dean an moved to the village of Lower Swell.

 Lower Swell, Gloucestershire.

Their son, Ambrose(b.1752), one of five children, married Jane Cook(b.1753) from Notgrove at Daglingworth. They had seven known children, one of which was named William (b.1792). It seems to have been about this time that the family started using the name Dance instead of Dunce. This may have simply been a case of  misspelling as mentioned in my previous post, it may have been a reluctance to keep using a name that was synonymous with stupidity or it may have been the combination of Dunce and the related family name of Dancey. We do know that William married Christiana Earls (1792-1838) and among their children was Hannah (1818-1889) who used the name Dance.  We have no pictures of any of the Dunce/Dance family but we can be pretty sure that they were agricultural workers. Hannah (who appears in later census forms as Anna, Ann and under her own name was probably working as an "Ironer" in nearby Cheltenham in 1840 when she met twenty year old Charles Bayliss from Brockhampton.  Charles was working as a plasterer (a trade which would continue in the family for many years) and the two were married at The Salem Baptist Chapel in Cheltenham the following year.  This is really the start of the Bayliss family as we can relate to it today, In future posts we will see how Charles and Hannah moved to the village of Charlton Kings, then to London, back to Gloucestershire and eventually settled in Upper Holloway, Islington.
Daglinworth Church where Hannah Dance
was baptised.


  1. This is brilliant and I feel I'm getting a better sense now of the family origins, now you've interpreted it from a series of dates and places.
    It's obviously not easy, and you're doing a great job.
    So different from looking at a family tree!

  2. I agree . . .

    . . . and I'm not even related!

    At least the family is admitting to no connection.

  3. ambrose would be my 8th great grandfather :-) thank you fvor writing this