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.
I'd like to ask anybody who reads this blog to give me some feedback. I'd really like this to be a two way thing. It sometimes unearths new information and, to be honest, it gives me encouragement. There will be two ways of providing feedback - either through the comment button (you will need a Google account for this) or via the e-mail address which appears on this page - alternatively, ring me. Now scroll down to read the latest entries.....and, of course, via Facebook.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Update to previous post.
An atmospheric view taken on Canvey Island in past times.
Well, my step-grandfather, Richard Barrett, has led me a merry chase for nearly twenty years. When I began the post on his marriage to my grandmother I was convinced that he had died in Islington in 1941 from broncho pneumonia which set in after a fall at his home. Before I had even finished that post I discovered that I had (not for the first time!) the wrong Richard Barrett. Within a few hours I found what I am 99% sure is the correct answer. I had always been convinced that both Esther and Richard had moved back to London at the start of the war. This may have been true but it now seems that they returned to the island as it was there, not in London, that Richard Barrett died in May 1943. His death was registered in Thurrock (the registration district which included Canvey Island until 1962) in that month. I will be applying for a copy of his death certificate in the near future and will report further then.