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GEN Jacob Bayley

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GEN Jacob Bayley

  • Birth 19 Jul 1726 West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 1 Mar 1815 Newbury, Orange County, Vermont, USA
  • Burial Newbury, Orange County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 20912115

Revolutionary War General. He moved to Hampstead, New Hampshire, and was a Captain with the British in the French and Indian War, later receiving promotion to Colonel. He settled in Newbury, Vermont in 1764 and was one of the founders of the town, serving as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and Justice of the Peace. In 1776 he was named to Vermont's Council of Safety and appointed Brigadier General of the Vermont Militia. That year he began work on the famed Bayley-Hazen Military Road to connect Newbury to St. Johns, Quebec. Later in 1776 Bayley was appointed Commissary General of the Continental Army's Northern Department. He was friendly with the St. Francis Indians, who provided him important intelligence on Burgoyne's army during its invasion. This enabled Bayley to keep Generals Schuyler and Gates informed about the size and movement of Burgoyne's force, which played a key role in Continental Army's victory at the Battle of Saratoga, where Bayley commanded a division. During and after the Revolution, Bayley continued his involvement with Vermont's government, by serving as Newbury Selectman and Town Meeting Moderator, Orange County Probate Judge, Chief Judge of the County Court, and member of the Governor's Council. He died in modest financial circumstances, never receiving compensation for the personal expenses he incurred in support of the Revolution.

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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 12 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20912115
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for GEN Jacob Bayley (19 Jul 1726–1 Mar 1815), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20912115, citing Oxbow Cemetery, Newbury, Orange County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .