The Bayley Family of County Carlow
who attended St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Bunclody

Thanks to Annette Code, who collects names and dates, we were able to track down the Bayley family who were adherents to St. Mary's Church of Ireland in Bunclody - and, without doubt, the family of Elizabeth Bayley  who married  Thomas Codd at Bunclody in 1808. The Bayleys were from Barragh (Moneygrath) a small townland of 55 acres whose renters included only four families at the time of the Tithes Allotment in 1825 - William Bayley, Aby Bayley, Michael Bourke, Denis Murray and John James. It is interesting that a John, Henry and Thomas James settled at Drummond in 1817 and a Benjamin James in 1821 - a few farms away from Thomas Codd. Coincidence?


Geoff Bayly of  Port Lincoln South Australia writes....

We have been very fortunate in finding my great grandfathers bible (1872) with some fantastic writings of his ancestors where we have traced the family into Co. Wexford and even back into Cromwell's Army in the 1600's. After the battles in  the south of this county  Captain William Bayly was given two areas of land for his services to Cromwell.

The first was the Townland of Upper Fearns and Aynemoe (Askinamoe) together with a John White. The second was the Skeahanagh or Farmley Estate in the Union of Enniscorthy and Shilelagh, Co Wexford. There was a gap of history for a while, but on the same estate William's great grandson John Bayly (1745) was born. We are missing 3 generations of family names.

 John married Anne of the Enniscorthy area who was born in 1747 - they both lived on the Skeahahagh Estate. Of their 14 children only 6 lived to be men and women. Towards the end of the 1700's the Bayly family were evicted from their estate by the Crown because they failed to enforce harsh penal laws on their tenants which were in force during the 1700's.

They moved up the River Slaney 15 km into Co Carlow and lived at Moneygrath in the Parish of Barragh on the banks of the Clashovey River.

 John's son William was one of the surviving children (1774-18/12/1839) who married Elizabeth Griffith (1787- 11/10/1859) and they had 11 children, one of which is Richard Griffith Bayly was my great great grandfather. RGB was born  14/3/1815 at Moneygrath in Co Carlow who in 1847-1852 was a registered auctioneer in Wexford.   At the age of 34 he married Rebecca Charlotte Roe of the city of Wexford on 13/12/1849. It was the first marriage at the Wexford Wesleyan Church - officiated by Revs HJ Giles and James Keys.

RCR was born 27/5/1822 in Wexford city - her grandmother was French and her maternal name was Harmon. Richard and Charlotte (as she was called) had two sons born in City of Wexford. They were William Roe Bayly 15/10/1850 and Robert Griffith Turner Bayly 18/6/1852. The family then emigrated from Ireland for Australia sometime after 19/9/1852 and before 23/3/1854.Can anyone help me  trace their movements in that time (18 months)? Did they travel to Liverpool first before going to Australia?. What ship did they travel in? When did they leave the UK and when did they arrive in Australia?


THE SCALE OF THE MAP ABOVE: KILDAVIN IS 2 MILES FROM BUNCLODY- BARRAGH (MONEYGRATH) IS ONE MILE FURTHER. BUNCLODY AND CARNEW ARE  SIX + MILES APART. THERE ARE NO CODD FAMILIES IN THE TITHE ALLOTMENTS OF BARRAGH (1825) In the Griffiths Valuations (1853) we see Edmund Bayley and Elizabeth Bayley at "Moneygrogh" Mary Codd is seen at Kilbrannish South.

The Church of Ireland at Barragh was destroyed - replaced by St. Paul's of Kildavin 1812. Records date from 1799 only and are missing between 1806 and 1830. Tithe Allotments Records of 1825 are HERE

The Bayley/Bayly Family of Carlow

Martha Bayley
(1778-1866) Thomas Bayley (1781-1860) and William Bayley (1784-1860) of Barragh (Moneygrath) were all buried at St. Mary's, Bunclody. Elizabeth Bayley (1787 -   ) (Thomas Codd) was contemporary to all of them.

John Bayley, John Bayley Jr., William Bayley and Thomas Bayley were all on the list of prospective emigrants to Canada in 1817 -surrounded on the list by Thomas Codd and James Codd. The Bayley family did not emigrate until 1834-5 - but when they did they located next to Thomas Codd - and appear in the 1842 Census of Drummond as John Bealey (family of 11 - all born in Ireland). John's son Thomas married Susannah Codd while John's daughter, Elizabeth married James Codd. John Bayley Jr. located at Con. 9 Lot 24 on Mississippi Lake, while John Bailey Sr. settled at Con. 10, lot 23 nearby.

Edward Cook who had also been on the 1817 list of Emigrants from Carlow and Wexford- and who came, it would appear, from the Hackettstown area (where some Codd families,
distantly related to those at Aghold, lived). Sarah Cook (probably nee Kimmitt) was widowed in 1837 - and married John Bayley in 1838. A daughter - also Sarah had married a boy from Camden - where many Killenure Townland folk had settled (Killenure being next to Aghold). Sarah Kimmitt Cook Bayley was, by 1861, using the surname Cook again - and was living with a daughter.

John Codd - son of Thomas Codd and Elizabeth Bayley - married Marietta Sealey - while Richard Cook, son of Edward and Sarah married her sister Alvina Jeanette Sealey. Richard and his family were buried at Boyd's Methodist Cemetery at Boyd's Settlement.

Note: On the List of Emigrants we see the Molton family (Wm. Molton #74)  - also spelled Moulton in the Griffith's Valuation. John Moulton settled at Con. 7 Lot 6 in 1820 - and presumably this is the Moulton family with marital links to the family of John  Codd/ Elizabeth Powers of Con. 3 Lot 19, Drummond. We see the following internet post as a further connection between te Moultons of Carlow and the Moultons (and the Warrens) of Drummond:

Seeking ancestors of Joseph Moulton born 1784 at Barnahask Parish, Rectory of Barragh, Bunclody, Wexford County. Married Ann Elizabeth Warren born 1790 in 1805. Emigrated to Canada 1819. This family was one of several apparently inter-related Moulton families from the same area of Wexford and Carlow Counties who arrived in Canada (Leeds and Lanark Counties, Ontario) between 1817 and about 1825.

I was unable to locate Barnahask in absolute terms, but was able to see that this was also an area whose inhabitants travelled to Bunclody  to register births, marriages and deaths.  Barnahask also had a Nugent family in te early 1800's - a surname which surfaces with the name Mary Ann Nugent - wife of John Codd (1787-1867) of Innisville.

Thomas Code/Code appointed an executor for his will in 1848- Sutton Frizell  Con. 3 Lot 12 Drummond ( 1842 Census of Drummond  ) - a name which I have had trouble tracing in Ireland - but which appears frequently in Lanark County. The surname Frizell is, however, seen at Clonegal - quite close to Moneygrath.

COMMONTARY: We would like to have concluded here that the Bayley family of Carlow was somehow connected to the Codd (or, failing that the Cook ) family before leaving Ireland - over and above the marriage between Thomas Codd and Elizabeth Bayley at Bunclody in 1808. While the presence of the Bayley family has been  pretty firmly established at Barragh (Moneygrath), no real Codd presence has been revealed if indeed it existed. Perhaps, however, this makes it more likely that the Codd family of Ballingate could be the more likely origins of Thomas Codd (1773-1844).

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