Joshua BAILEY, b. 17 Jun 1735, Scituate, Massachusetts, was the 2nd child of 5 known children of Deacon Joseph BAILEY and his wife, Elizabeth WHITE, all children born in Scituate, a town first settled in 1633.
Check out this link for the free version of the History of Scituate Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831, by Samuel Deane. A fascinating account including details of life, land planning, parishes, rivers, roads, mills, and town records and mores!
How does one pronounce "Scituate"-? Answer: SIT-chew-it.
On 2 Oct 1756, Joshua married Abigail CLAP(P), b. 21 Aug 1736 in Scituate. Although I have yet to confirm her parents' details, the CLAP family were early settlers in Scituate, the original settler being Mr. , according to the previously mentioned History. More research is needed here. It may well be that her father is Benjamin CLAP(P), wife Grace____, but this is not yet proven.
I have been able to find only three children to date of Joshua and Abigail, all born in Scituate:
- Elijah, chr. 21 May 1758
- Miranda, chr 15 Apr 1759
- Grace [ancestor], b. 7 Feb 1765, m. Jabez HEALY, 2 sons known
I believe that this is the Joseph Bailey listed as a Revolutionary War Patriot, but this still needs more research to confirm. There were other Bailey men from Massachusetts, of course. I also have not confirmed a cemetery burial for Joshua, or his wife, Abigail.
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