Richard Bayley

Richard Bayley (often known as Richard Bailey) was the second of the five known children of Richard Bailey and his wife Margaret Haylock of Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.

Richard married Martha Dennis of Wicken in 1746, and the couple had two children before Martha's death in 1751. Richard, a widower with two small children remarried just eight months later to Frances Flower. Together they had another nine children.

Tragedy struck in 1785 when Richard, Frances, their son Richard and his wife Anne, all died within the space of about five weeks. In the parish register there is the note of 'coll' alongside their burial entries and four other villagers. I suspect this refers to their cause of death and most likely a contagious disease, such as 'cholera'.

Richard's daughter Peggy also died during this 'coll' period but this phrase is not noted against her burial entry.

Richard was buried just two days before his second wife.

Life Events


  • Circa 1725 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 25th July 1725 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Martha Dennis (17??-1751) on 30th September 1746 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • Frances Flower (1731-1785) on 30th March 1752 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Lidia Bailey (1748-?)
  • Thomas Bailey (1751-?)
  • William Bailey (1752-1801) married Mary Jackson (1759-1839)
  • John Bailey (1754-?)
  • Richard Bailey (1756-1785) married Anne Peacock (17??-1785)
  • James Bailey (1761-?)
  • Peggy Bailey (1763-1785) married William Fuller (17??-?)
  • Henry Bailey (1766-?)
  • Flower Bailey (1770)
  • Joseph Bailey (1772-?) married Mary Emmons (17??-?)
  • Isaac Bailey (1772-?) married Ann (17??-1793)


  • During April 1785 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England. Cause of death: Cholera.


  • Two days before his second wife on 4th April 1785 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Richard Bailey (17??-?)
  • Margaret Haylock (17??-1773)


  • Not yet known.
  • Not yet known.
  • Roger Haylock (16??-?)
  • Elizabeth Lord (16??-?)

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