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.

Friday, 2 August 2013


I had hoped that by now I would have been able to post my article on Stanley Bayliss, the youngest of Herbert Bayliss's children with his wife Esther. Unfortunately  although I had facts and dates the promised personal recollections which I felt were so important did not arrive and during the wait I became distracted by another project. I am, however going to begin by posting items from my personal collection of family photographs. Some of these may have been seen before but in each case the picture will have a new caption. Photographs will be from all branches of the family and will include some from my paternal line which will be unfamiliar for the most part to those reading this blog who are descended from the Bayliss line.

My first choice is a picture which, when I first saw it, I instantly recognised as the above mentioned Stanley Bayliss. When I first showed the picture to Stanley's daughters I was shocked that they did not believe it was their father because I had no doubts whatsoever and the identity had been confirmed to me by my mother, Stanley's sister. So here is the disputed picture.

As far as I am concerned this is a picture of the young Stanley Bayliss (1918-2002). I have not clue as to the identity of the young woman. Neither am I sure of the location although my thoughts are that it might be the garden of  Stanley's mother's bungalow on Canvey Island which would be right for the period which I judge to be the late 1930's'

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