The Bayliffe Family


The Bayliffe Family are linked to West Littleton in a number of ways including Eleanor Sarah Bayliffe who married William Osborne (see Osborne Family notes), and other residents of West Littleton are also linked with the family.

Henry Bayliffe married Betty Ely c. 1803.  Henry died 1848 aged 72 (buried 4th February 1848), and Betty died 1859 (buried 30th July 1859) aged 85 and are both buried at Seagry. 

Eleanor Sarah Bayliffe was born about 1817 in Seagry Wiltshire, daughter of Henry Bayliffe and Betty (Ely).   Eleanor Sarah was one of eight children born to Henry and Betty ~

  • Four sons Henry, George William, Charles and John
  • Four daughters Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, Eleanor Sarah

All of the children are named on their father’s will of 1828, with codicil of 1847, proved 1848.  The codicil additionally provides the married names of Elizabeth married to Edward Little, and Eleanor Sarah married to William Osborne.  Also Alice Bayliffe is named as the grand-daughter to Henry and Betty and the daughter of eldest son Henry.

Mary Bayliffe  second daughter, was born about 1813 in Glamorganshire, Wales, and can be traced through the census Her location at the time of the 1841 census is unclear, but in 1851 she is living in Upper Seagry with her mother Betty Bayliffe a widow aged 76 (a Land Proprietor).  Also in the household are Mary’s sister Ann Bayliffe aged 40, and Alice Bayliffe (22) the grand-daughter of Betty Bayliffe, and born in Seagry, Wiltshire.  The Census of 1871 – 1891 shows Mary Bayliffe living at various addresses in Bristol.  It is probable that she died at the beginning of 1901 in Bristol at the age of 88.  
A resident of West Littleton, Sarah Ely, is also linked to the Bayliffe family.  Research shows that she was the aunt of Eleanor Sarah Osborne (nee Bayliffe), and the sister to Betty Ely.  It is thought that Sarah Ely died in 1853.