born at Townsend House, Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England to John Badily and Sarah his wife. He was always know as John Badley of Townsend. There are many facts and legend about him that survive, some passed down by oral tradition until the later part of the nineteenth century when these were committed to paper. It is said that he had quite a temper and when angered he was "feared by his tenants and bailiffs alike." One legend says that at the age of 90 he still had all of his own teeth and that they were so strong that at the age of 70 he could crack nuts with his teeth. Another story says that his strength was such that he could take a rope in his teeth and with a jerk of his head fling it over a fully laden hay swain. It is also said that on one occasion at Windsor, George III expressed admiration of him. He was married on the May 17, 1704 at Taxal, Cheshire, England to a Miss Elizabeth Radcliff. They had ten children, six sons and four daughters: the Reverend John Badley, Edward Badley, Sarah Badley, Anthony Badley, Elizabeth Badley, Radcliff Badley, Eleanor Badley, William Badley, Henry Badley, Ann Badley; nine of whom lived to over sixty years of age and when he died, at the age of 90, seven of them were still living. He signed his own will using the spelling of "John Badily" (bio by: David McJonathan-Swarm his 6 x great-grandson)
*the quotations are all taken from a handwritten copy made at Grasmere, (Westmoreland) Cumbria, England by Louise MacArthur of "Reminiscences of The Badleys" written by cousin Mary, the eldest daughter of Dr. James Payton Badley when she interviewed Uncle Henry, her father's brother, at Insetton and from MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS by J. H. Badley; London: George Allen & Unwin, 1955.
St Mary Churchyard
Metropolitan Borough of Dudley
West Midlands, England
Created by: D C McJonathan-Swarm
Record added: May 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8802253