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 Henry Payton Badley

Henry Payton Badley

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Death Oct 1900 (aged 81)
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born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England the fifth child and fourth son of Mary Fisher (Badley) and John Badley, F.R.C.S.. He was given the middle
name "Payton" to distinguish him from his sibling the infant Henry who lived just two months and nine days in 1817. He never married and was an eccentric recluse. His brother John and he were living at Insetton when their uncle Anthony finally returned from America and settled at Box Hedge. Later John followed his brother William to America, married and settled there. He visited his brothers in Illinois but found life there to be far too uncivilized and returned to Insetton. He continued to wear a top hat and frock coat long after they were in fashion and amassed a large collection of books on early Christian fathers and 18th century divines which are now housed in the Birmingham Public Library. John Haden Badley, his nephew, speaks of him in his autobiography "Memories and Reflections" published in 1955. "He believed that there was an inverse relationship between the size of one's head and intelligence and would at time be observed checking out the hats of guests to assure himself that he possessed the smallest head!" He lived to be just short of his eighty second birthday, older than any of his siblings and was outlived by only his youunger brother Dr. James Payton Badley and died at Insetton, Bellbroughton, Worcestershire, England. (bio by: David McJonathan-Swarm)




*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.






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  • Created by: D C McJonathan-Swarm
  • Added: 23 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9929084
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Payton Badley (1 Nov 1818–Oct 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9929084, ; Maintained by D C McJonathan-Swarm (contributor 46611006) Unknown.