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Captain James Bayley

1825 James Bayley b Bude Cornwall to Samuel, Jane Dadds
June 1850 m Elizabeth Morley
Jan 1851 Master Mariner's cert, 11 yrs service coast and foreign

1851 Census James, wife Eliz, mother now Jane Madron in Lelant, Cornwall
1851 birth dau Elizabeth
1853 birth son James
1854 birth dau Jane

1861 census wife, three chn, mother now widowed and a shipowner, Lelant. James absent.

Mar 1862, wife and three children without James arrive in Melbourne on Shackamaxen.

1863 birth dau Matilda Williamstown Melbourne
1865 birth son George

1871 Master's Cert of Service 16 yrs

Family legend has it James captained a ship to Melbourne. Crew deserted for gold rush and he was left to sort it out and stayed. I can't find any records for him from 1854 to 1863 but he obviously arrived in Melbourne and arranged for the family to follow him out.

Any suggestions as to how to find him much appreciated.

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