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William COLLEY
Barnabas Colley BAILEY


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1. Mary PARKES


Barnabas Colley BAILEY 3

  • Born: 26 Oct 1799, Elsecar, Yorkshire 4
  • Christened: 24 Nov 1799, Holy Trinity, Wentworth, Yorkshire 5
  • Marriage (1): Mary PARKES on 23 Sep 1821 in St Peter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire 1
  • Marriage (2): Mary QUINTON on 24 Jan 1861 in Holy Trinity, Willenhall, Staffordshire 2
  • Died: 5 Jun 1864, New Invention, Willenhall, Staffordshire 6 7
  • Buried: Holy Trinity, Willenhall, Staffordshire 8

bullet  Notes:

Barnabas was the oldest son, and a fourth generation coal miner. He lived in the Willenhall area in Staffordshire, and was appointed Mine Agent under John Bagnall and other ironmasters in 1837. He had five children with his first wife Mary Parkes (qv) - all married and had families. Their eldest daughter Hannah married William Butler, a widower who was the son of a coal miner in Ettingshall near Wolverhampton, and built up a substantial brewing business which was eventually sold to form part of the Bass Charrington Group in the 1960s. They lived at Compton near Wolverhampton. Next was Samuel, who with his younger brother Joseph established S&J Bailey & Sons, Consulting Engineers and Surveyors in Birmingham. The two brothers lived in Edgbaston, and the firm was taken on by Samuel's sons Thomas and Ernest. Barnabas and Mary's younger daughter Anne (qv) married Edwin Thomas (qv), a canal engineer. Their other son John was educated at St John's College Cambridge, ordained in the Church of England, and became a Curate in Walsall and Vicar in Yorkshire and Cowes. He married three times: the Bailey, Stevens and Thomas families were closely connected through marriage.

Barnabas' wife Mary died in 1860, and Barnabas a year later married Mary Quinton, the daughter of a farmer in Bloxwich. Barnabas died at the age of 65 in Willenhall, and left several houses and land in Lane Head and New Invention in Willenhall to his children.

Additional source:
Crockford's Clerical Directory
Will of Barnabas Bailey proved at Lichfield on 7-11-1864


Barnabas married Mary PARKES, daughter of John PARKES and Anne WOODWARD, on 23 Sep 1821 in St Peter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.1 (Mary PARKES was born on 28 Jun 1788 9, christened on 27 Jul 1788 in St Giles, Willenhall, Staffordshire,10 died on 23 Jan 1860 in New Invention, Willenhall, Staffordshire 8 11 and was buried in Holy Trinity, Willenhall, Staffordshire 8.)


Barnabas next married Mary QUINTON on 24 Jan 1861 in Holy Trinity, Willenhall, Staffordshire.2 (Mary QUINTON was christened on 29 Dec 1809 in All Saints, Bloxwich, Staffordshire 12 and died on 1 Jan 1875 in Wolverhampton (RD), Staffordshire 8 13.)



1 Church Register, St Peter Wolverhampton, FHL(L) ref Mf 1040899.

2 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Marriage MXB296094.

3 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1526220 (daughter Anne).

4 Church Register, Wentworth, FHL(L) ref Mf 1545839 (baptism).

5 Church Register, Wentworth, FHL(L) ref Mf 1545839.

6 Probate, National Probate Calendars.

7 GRO (England and Wales), FreeBMD Death Index 1864 Q2 Penkridge 6b 250.

8 Edgar F Thomas, Thomas Family History (Unpublished and undated).

9 Anon (Chase compilation), Chase Family Tree (Unpublished family record).

10 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1526220.

11 GRO (England and Wales), FRC Death Index 1860 Q1 Wolverhampton 6b 358.

12 Church Register, Bloxwich, FHL(L) Mf 1278869.

13 GRO (England and Wales), FreeBMD Death Index 1875 Q1 Wolverhampton 6b 450 (age 65).

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