The Bayard family had deep roots in America. The first arrival was Ann Stuyvesant Bayard, sister of Director-General Peter Stuyvesant. She landed in New Amsterdam in 1647, approximately the same year her husband, Samuel Bayard, died.
Last Sunday week the House of William Bayard, Esq., at Greenwick [sic], was struck by Lightning, which occasioned considerable damage. In several apartments large Pier glasses were broken, and a quantity of silver plate contained in a chest was pierced and otherwise affected without doing the least injury to the chest.