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The Bayliss Symonds Family of NSW Australia

Updated August 14, 2007

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Over the last five years, I have been researching my father's family history, Joseph Bayliss arrived as a member of Captain Arthur Phillip's Foote Regiment as a soldier on the 2nd Fleet. His brother John arrived on the 3rd Fleet, both had served in India returned home to Kingswinford England and found their family,parents and siblings had perished through illness. The brothers decided to come to Australia both of the brothers married convict women and so our Bayliss dynasty was founded. Other names included in this research are Joseph Tuzo (it is expected that Joseph Tuzo came from Jersey in the Channel Islands) both he and his wife Rebecca Goldsby Dear were transported to Australia as convicts. Their daughters Priscilla and Johanna Tuzo, married brothers; the sons of Joseph and his convict wife Ann Taylor Price. When Ann arrived in Australia she could neither read nor write, years later she was able to sign her name as witness at a family wedding. Joseph and Ann were married at one of the oldest churches in Sydney, St. Phillip's in Grosvenor St, Sydney. Joseph and Ann are buried in the Pioneer Section of St. Matthew's Church at Windsor NSW Australia.

I have also been researching my husband's family his mother was Eileen May Hammond born in Tamworth NSW Australia, his father was Gerard Sinclair Heliarbird Symonds with connections to Jersey in the Channel Islands. My father in law Gerard came to Australia at a very early age his father was Jermyn D'Arcy Travers Symonds and his mother was Florence Anaise Le Gallais from Jersey in the Channel Islands. Florence later married into the Sykes family, Gerard arrived in Australia and stayed here until his death in September 1968.

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