Biography of William Baylies
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Baylies, William, is the second son of John and Mary (Shaw) Baylies, and was born in Taunton, Mass., January 22, 1825. John Baylies was born in Dighton, Bristol county, in 1796, became an auctioneer and merchant iu Taunton, and in 1833 removed to New Bedford. where he was keeper of the jail and House of Correction for ten years. He subsequently was engaged in business as an auctioneer aild merchant in the latter city until his death in 1863. He served as a county commissioner about ten years, was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and was active in the old State militia, being popularly known as colonel. His wile died in 1880. Their children were Charlotte (Mrs. Charles F. Congdon), deceased; John B. and William, of New Bedford; Ellen (Mrs. Benjamim F. Almy), of Johnson, R. I.; and Mary, Marion and Isabelle, all deceased. William Baylies came with the family to New Bedford in 1833 and finished his education in the private schools and Friends Academy. In 1845 he became a clerk for Alexander H. Seabury & Co., who had established a large flour, grain and provision business in the present stone building on Front street, foot of Union, in 1833. In 1859 Mr. Seahury retired from the active management and Mr. Baylies, Albert G. Cory and Nathaniel S. Cannon formed the firm of Baylies & Cannon. Mr. Cory died in 1861, Mr. Cannon in 1876, and Mr. Seabury in 1887. The firm name remained unchanged until 1887, since which time Mr. Baylies and two sons, Charles S. and Robert L., have continued the business alone. The original business of the house was to supply whale ships with provisions, but since the decline of that industry a large general wholesale trade in flour, grain, groceries, etc., has been built up. Mr. Baylies is also heavily interested in whaling ships. He is a trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank and a director of the First National Bank and the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company, and for several years was a member of the New Bedford City Guards. In 1859 he married Emily F. Leaman of Nantucket, Mass., and they have had five children: William, jr., an artist of New Bedford; Charles S. and Robert L., who are associated with their father in business; Theodore, a member of the staff of the New Bedford Mercury; and Frank, who died in 1886, aged fourteen.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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