Re: BADDELEY, BADDILEY, BADGLEY et al
Hello Nora and all interested researchers,
I have received a letter my aunt Lillian Badgley saved from her father George R. Badgley which originated in 1926.It speaks to the spelling variant history of Badgley as well as connection to William the Conqueror.
Here I quote:"Baggeley Hall is one of the grand old places of Europe.The early ancestors were among the Crusaders and their Crusaders Coat of Arms is impaneled in the wall of the great dining hall, also another coat of arms, and the effigy of Sir William Baggeley in armor is inlaid in the floor...His two children were Isabel Baggeley, who married Sir John Leigh, of Bouthes, descendants of the Leighs of Lynn, and John Baggeley.
This place was built by Sir William in the 14th century.Burkes book of the English Peerage says that Isabel took to sir John valuable estates, and because of this they combined the two names and called themselves Baggaleigh.This is the only authority we know of for the spelling of the name that way, but it is spelled in almost every conceivable way.Historians have spelled it 3 or sometimes 4 different ways in the same book, when writing of Sir William Baggeley and his descendants.Some of the ways are Bagley, Badgley, Baguley, Baggaleigh, Baggiley, Baggely, Bagueley, and Baggerly.
But the fact remains that all of the Chesire County family are the descendants of John Baggely, who came to England from Normandy with his cousin William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy in 1066.
The property passed entirely out of the Baggely family at the time of their coming to America."
Kimberly A. Taylor (daughter of Betty Ann Helfrich, nee Badgley)