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William Bayley 1767
Berkley County, South Carolina

William Bailey and John, most likely a younger brother, purchased land in South Carolina in Berkley County, in that area between the Broad and Saluda Rivers known as the Little River District. This area became Laurens County in 1785, formed from part of Ninety Six District.

William Bailey appeared as "Bayley" on a March 1767 list of petitions for warrants of survey, and his plat was certified 14 March 1767:"Pursuant to a precept directed under the hand and seal of John Troup Esq. DSG dated the third day of March 1767 I have admeasured and laid out unto William Bayley a plantation or tract of land in Berkley County containing four hundred acres in the fork between the Broad and Saludy Rivers on a small branch thereof called Little Creek and is bounded all round by vacant lands and hath such shape form and marks as the above plat represents. Certified under my hand the 14th day of March 1767. Enoch Pearson, DS."

William Bayley 1767 Plat

Image courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

John Bayley's land bordered that of William Bayley, and his plat was certified 12 June 1767: "By virtue of a precept to me directed by John Troup Esq. DSG bearing date March the 3rd day of 1767 I have admeasured and laid out a plantation or tract of land to John Bayley containing two hundred acres situate lying and being on the Waters of Little River Butting and bounding to the NE on land owned by William Dendy, and to the SW on land held and laid out to William Bayley all the others sides bound on vacant lands and hath such shape form and marks as the plat above doth represent. Certified for this 12th day of June 1767. By me, Jno Caldwell, DS."

John Bayley 1767 Plat

Image courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History