The Family of Mary & William Bailey

Mary Ann Bustard
b. about 1837
Broadclyst, Devon
d. ?
William George Bailey
b. about 1837
St Pancras, Middlesex
d. ?
(marriage index of first quarter)
St Pancras


including Lily Bailey
(Lily Finch Leicester)

William George Bailey was born about 1837 in St Pancras to George and Helen/Eleanor Bailey (maiden name Hill). According to the 1841 census, William is five years old and lives with his parents and James (3), Jane (2) and another James (20) and John (20). In 1851, William (age 15 and a French Polisher) was was living with his parents at 5 Beaumont Place in Saint Pancras. His siblings are listed on the 1851 census as James (13), Eleanor (7), John (5), Charlotte (2), Anne (1). The 1861 census shows George (47) and Eleanor (49) living with their children at No 24 Filzroy Place in St Pancras: Eleanor (17), John (15), Charlotte (12), Ann (10), and Emma (5). George's profession is listed as "Wood Sawyer". John Bailey is listed as a "French Polisher" (like his brother William). By the 1871 census, George and Helen Bailey live with her brother (William Hill - age 50 - Boot Maker) and their daughters, Anne (20 and domestic servant) and Emma (15 and dressmaker), at 138 Drummond Street in St Pancras. At age 69, Eleanor Bailey is listed as a widow receiving Parish Relief on the 1881 census. (Census research kindly found by Anthony Barrier)

Mary Ann Bustard was also born about 1837 in Devon to Mary and William Bustard. She had six siblings (one sister and five brothers). Her older brother is William, and her younger siblings are Frances, John, James, Thomas and Charles.

William and Mary married in 1861 and had eight children including Eliza Alice (Lily) who was to become Lily Finch Leicester.

In 1861, Mary and William Bailey were living with Mary's parents (William Bustard age 53 and Mary Bustard age 50) and Mary's siblings: James (18), Thomas (16), Charles (10).

The 1871 census, William G Bailey and Mary A Bailey (age 33) lived at 36 Burton Street in St Pancras with their children William J (age 9), Mary A. M. (age 7), Frances (age 5), Eliza W (age 3), Elizabeth (age 1). The census was taken the night of 2nd April 1871.

They lived at No 36 Burton Street, London, and William was a French Polisher according to the British census of 1881. It was taken the night of 3rd April 1881. William and Mary were both age 44. Their children are listed as Frances (15), Eliza (13), Elizabeth (11), Ada (9), Johnny (5). A nurse child called William Whintchester (age 2) is listed as living with them.

(A French Polisher = polished quality wooden furniture using French polish, wax or special lacquer. Victorian jobs translated:

On 17th December 1888, their daughter Lily (called Lillie Eliza Bailey on the marriage certificate) married William Frederick John Finch. He was the son of John Guard Finch (actor). Lily and William were both twenty-one years old.

The 1891 census says William G Bailey and Mary A (56) lived at 37 Burton Street with Elizabeth (21), Ada (18), Charles (15), Bertie (5), and William Whintchester (boarder age 12). It seems like Johnny is now called Charles.

On the 1901 British Census, Lily was called Eliza. According to the census, she had five siblings at the time: Frances, Elizabeth, Ada, Johnny, Whint.

Auntie Ada, Grandma Bailey (mother of Lily, Ada and Jack), Uncle Phil

Jack Bailey
Taken in London

Back Row: Jack Bailey, William Finch Leicester, ?
Front Row: Polly Bailey (née Taylor), Lily Finch Leicester (née Bailey)


1. William Bailey
b. 1862/3
St Pancras, Middlesex (1871 census)

2. Mary A M Bailey
b. 1864/5
St Pancras, Middlesex (1871 census)
3. Frances Bailey
b. 1865/66
St Pancras, Middlesex

4. Alice Eliza Bailey/ Lily Eliza Bailey
b.22 March 1868
St Pancras
d. 6 December 1964
5. Elizabeth Bailey
b. 1869/70
St Pancras, Middlesex
6. Ada Bailey
b. 1871/72
St Pancras, Middlesex
Uncle Phil (see above photo)

7. John Charles Bailey (Johnny/ Charles/Jack)
b. 18 August 1876
St. Pancras, Middlesex
d. 8 February 1955

married Mary Ann Taylor (Polly)
b. 13 August 1877
d. 14 January 1955

The 1901 census (in the parish of Fulham, London) lists John C Bailey is listed as head (age 25)
and his wife (age 23) is listed as Mary A Bailey.
Their daughter Dorothy P Bailey is 11 months old.
John's occupation is listed as a Turf Clerk (betting on horses?).
They lived at 6 Bloompark Road, Fulham. London.

In 19911, John Charles Bailey (age 35) and Mary Ann Bailey (age 32)
were living with their five children in a 6 room home at 19 Blackett Street, Putney.
Their five daughters are listed as: Dorothy Primrose Bailey (age 10), Lilian Mary Bailey (age 9),
Mina Violet Bailey (age 9), Kathleen Marjorie Bailey (age 6), Irene Phyllis Bailey (10 months).
Jack was a "Turf Clerk". They had been married for 11 years.

i. Dorothy Primrose Bailey (Dora) b. 25 April 1900 d. July 1993 (Southampton, Hamphire)
m.1924 (Wandsworth) Leonard Henry Hine b. 27 September 1878 d. September 2001

Dora and Leonard's daughter:
Phyllis Joan Daphne Hine b. 8 July 1926 d. 4 September 2009, Southampton
m. 1945 (Surrey) Bernard Davies (Bernard's son: Peter E Davies)
(daughter Jacqueline (Jackey) b. 30 April 1946 m. Stephen Matthews
and they had a daughter Karen Matthews /
divorced Stephen and married John Wakeley, son Scott Wakeley)

ii. Lilian Mary Bailey b. 25 August 1901 d. 1988
m. Harold Ernest F Palliser b. 11 January 1894, West Hamstead, Essex d. 1970, Exmoor, Devon

iii. Mina Violet Bailey b. 25 August 1901 d. April 1965, Chichester, Sussex
m. George Bennett b. 9 April 1900
Mina and George Bennett had two daughters:

June Bennett born 1931 m. ? and two sons (June disappeared from family)

Daphne Mary Bennett b. 1937, Hampstead, married Ray Turner and had two sons, Andrew Turner and Gary Turner.
Daphne divorced and changed her name to Daphne Wallace.
(Karen has been in touch with Daphne.)

iv. Kathleen Marjorie Bailey b. 2 March 1905 d. 14 July 1960

v. Irene Phyllis Bailey b. 30 May 1910 d. May 2005, Chichester, Sussex

William Whintchester (nurse child and boarder)
b. 1878/79
8. Bertie Bailey
b. 1885/86