I am seeking any information on the parents of one Thomas
Bayes, who was born in VA and moved north to Middletown,
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he bought sixty acres of land next to a landowner named John Jewel. John Jewel owned 200 acres of land. I believe that my ancestor Jewel Bayes, a reverend in the Methodist Episcopal church, was a
descendant of both of these men. I am interested in finding out just where Thomas Bayes was born in VA, and who his parents and siblings were. Thomas Bayes must have
been born sometime in the middle to late 1600s, so he would have been one of the earliest settlers of Virginia, which is my home state. Jewel Stephen Bayes married Nancy McMillen and they went west to Somerset County, PA. Their son Thomas was the father of my great-great grandmother,
Eleanor Bayes (1804), who was born in Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA. Eleanor married an immigrant named
Thomas McKibbin Jr and they moved west and settled in Waseon, Fulton, Ohio, where they are buried in the Bayes cemetery. Eleanor Bayes and Thomas McKibbin had a son named Robert Irvine McKibbin (1839) who married Nancy Jane Fairchild (b. 1842 in Mexico, Oswego, NY), whose family came to Stratford, Fairfield, CT in 1630. Robert fought with the Army of the Ohio in the Civil War, and he and his brother William and his brother-in-law William Garman (married to Jane McKibbin, his sister) marched with General Sherman, his wife's cousin, to Savannah, Georgia.
Some of the names in this Bayes family are Thomas, Hugh,
Jonas and John. If you know of a family in Virginia that
goes way back to the middle 1600s and that might fit in with my Thomas Bayes in Bucks County, PA, please let me know.
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