|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1716|
New York, USA
Married: 13 January, 1736 to Joanna Lake, daughter of John and Martina Lake
Daniel Bayless was about 42 years of age when he decided to move from New Jersey to some place in the South. There were nine children, all of whom were evidently born in New Jersey with the possible exception of Hezekiah.
Daniel Bayless moved from New Jersey to Cecil County, Maryland sometime between 1757-62. By 1771 he had moved to Loudon County, Virginia. It is said that each time he moved he would leave power-of-attorney with a friend until he could establish another residence. His occupation is given as surveyor but, like most people of that era, he probably was proficient in many trades.
In 1780-81 he, along with other settlers, started the long trek to Washington County, Tennessee, then North Carolina. This territory became part of Tennessee in 1796. Deed records at Jonesboro, Tennessee reveal that Daniel and three of his sons, Samuel, Reuban, and Hezekiah, were granted lands in Washington County as early as 1784.
Daniel Bayless was pastor of the Cherokee Baptist Church which was organized in 1783 and was the first Baptist Church in the Tennessee Territory. It is not sure when his pastorate began but he served until his death in 1800. His son, John, succeeded him as pastor and served until his death in 1823. It is assumed that all of these earlier members of the Bayless family are buried in the Cemetery of the Cherokee Baptist Church (five miles south of Jonesboro), although the inscriptions on the earlier markers are illegible and no census is available. There are dozens of Bayless markers that can be read and this cemetery is an interesting place to visit.
Johanna Lake Bayless (1714 - 1778)*
Daniel Bayless (1737 - 1822)*
Samuel Gilbert Bayless (1751 - 1825)*
Reuben Bayless (1754 - 1826)*
Hezekiah Bayles (1757 - 1835)*
Cherokee Community Cemetery
Created by: Sharon Allison
Record added: Mar 29, 2006
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