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William R. Bailey, Friend

Frank J. Bailey, Jaqua

Neal Henry Bailey, Jaqua

In 1860 Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Wm. Bailey is 4, with Wm. 48 and Mahala 42 Bailey.  Siblings are David S. 21, Ellen 19, Rebeca 16, Ann 14, Thos 12, Hiram 10, Amanda 8, Clarrissa 6,Cramer 3, and Jno. J. ten months.

In 1870 William 57 and Mehalah 51 have Rebecca 26, Thomas W. 22, Amanda 18, Clarissa 16, William R. 14, Cramer 12, and John J. 10.

William R. Bailey, 26, married Esta E. Imel, 19, on Feb 21, 1883 in York County, Nebraska (obit says 1884)

William cash-claimed a quarter in 21, 4S 45W in 1890.

In 1900 York County, Nebraska, William R. Bailey, born March 1855 in Pennsylvania, has been married 18 years to Esther, March 1864 Illinois. They have Lucy M. July 1883, Mary J. Feb 1886, Levi M. Oct 1888, Rebecca M. Jun 1891, Frank C. Nov 1894, Celia B. Mar 1897, and Esther J. Jan 1900, all kids born in Nebraska. 

On the same page is Levi Imel, born Sep 1831 and Rebeca Feb 1836, both Pennsylvania.

He might be the William Ross Bailey born March 28, 1855 in Fayette County Pennsylvania, dying Nov 5, 1920 in York County Nebraska.  He and Esther Estella (Imel) Bailey, born Mar 19, 1864 in Carroll County, Illinois- July 2, 1948 are buried in Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska.

Esta Estella Bailey was born in Carrolll county, Illinois, March 19, 1864, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Imel. She died in Lincoln July 2, 1948, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Murdo Stewart Mrs. Bailey was 84 at her death. When 12 years old she came to Nebraska  with her parents and four sisters and a brother.   On Feb. 21, 1884, she was married to William Ross Bailey. He died in 1920 She is survived by six daughters and two sons, Lepha Mabel Campbell, Exeter; Meta Ann Chambers McCool Junction; Levi Harnson Bailey, Bradshaw; Foss Clifford Bailey, Greeley, Colo., Cecil Belle Holoch, Portland, Ore ; Edna Irene Grover, North Platte; Jessie Myrtle Lincoln and Olive F. Stewart, both of Lincoln; a sister. Mrs. Rosie Steyer, Oakland. Calif; 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren


In 1885 Butler County, Kansas, J. T. Bailey is 36, Anna A. 29, with Albert 4, Harry 3, Frank 1, and Addie Thomas, 14.

James T. Bailey married Lavina M. Barnes May 24, 1894 in Schuyler County, Missouri.

In 1900 Putnam County, Missouri, Frank Bailey, born Nov 1883 in Kansas, is with  James 51 and Lovina Bailey 50.

In 1910 Frank J. Bailey, 26, born in Kansas, and Myrtle L. Bailey, 22, born in Missouri, married five years, have Charles R. 4, born in Missouri.  The household preceding is Neal H. Bailey 29, Missouri, single, with his mother Mary B. Cake / Eaks and her husband John A. 55, both married twice, but she said she's not had any children ???.  John Cake's son Evie L. 19, Nebraska is also with them.

April 1912 "F. J. Bailey of Jaqua, Kansas became a new subscriber to the Rattler this week." (Frank probably got his mail delivered to the post office in Jaqua)

Wray Rattler 11-21-1912 Farmer Becomes Insane Frank J. Bailey, a young farmer near Jaqua, Kansas became violently insane and tried to commit suicide by taking poison. The county sheriff was notified, and Mr. Bailey was taken into custody immediately. He was brought to Wray last Saturday morning and was tried in the county court before a jury Saturday evening. The jury found him insane and Sheriff Devling took him to the asylum on the early train Sunday morning. He made an attempt to throw himself under the train before leaving Wray but was prevented from doing so by those who had him in charge. While on the train he tried to jump through the car window and after arriving at the asylum told the officers there that he would kill himself at the first opportunity. This is a very sad affair as he has a wife and two children, who are left to hold down their homestead and to provide for themselves without the help of husband and father.

(James Thomas Bailey was killed May 1917 in Schuyler County  Missouri being hit by a train.  To be buried in Lancaster, Missouri.)

Frank J. Bailey proved up 320 acres in 19, 20, and 30 of 4S 42W in 1913.

May 1914 "B.E. Devling was up from Hale, Monday, attending County court.  He is the conservator of the estate of Frank J. Bailey who was adjudged insane a year or more ago and sent to the asylum at Pueblo.  The final settlement of the estate was made, Monday."

October 1914 "Frank Bailey of Saint Francis passed through Armel one day last week."

In 1920 Cheyenne County, Kansas, Myrtle L. 32 is married to Aaron A. Smith 60, and his son Mack R. Smith 29, born in Kansas, is with them.

Myrtle L. and "Aron" A. are still farming in Cheyenne County in 1930.

In 1925 Cheyenne County, Kansas, Myrtie 37 is married to A. A. Smith, 65, and Charlie Bailey 19 is with them.

Buried in Saint Francis:

Smith, Aaron Andrew, 27 Sep 1859--11 April 1936,
h/o Ella R. HUTCHINS, and Myrtle L. BAILEY
s/o Aaron B. Smith and Mary K. DILLMAN

Smith, Aaron B., 11 Dec 1823--06 Nov 1903, h/o Mary K. Dillman,
s/o Martin Smith and Sarah SUTHERLAND

Dillman, Mary Katherine, 03 Jan 1827--01 Jan 1910, w/o Aaron B. Smith,
d/o William Dillman and Catherine CLARK

Smith, Matilda Jane, 18 May 1851--15 Jan 1930, w/o Jacob B. Confer,
d/o Aaron B. Smith and Mary K. DILLMAN

Charles Richard Bailey -1906-1971 is buried in Columbus, Nebraska, per # 20415428, with spouse Ruth R. (Louis) Bailey 1902-1985.

LaVerne Bailey, 85, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Cottonwood House in Columbus.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Ritter officiating. Interment will be in the Columbus Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the Gass Haney Funeral Home and on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10:30 A.M. at the church with a family prayer service at 10:15 A.M.

LaVerne L. Bailey was born August 27, 1927, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Richard and Ruth (Louis) Bailey. He graduated from Kramer High School in 1946. On August 20, 1946, LaVerne was united in marriage to Dorothy Mohrman in Columbus. They farmed between Monroe and Platte Center until 1957 when they moved to Columbus. LaVerne went to work for Behlens where he worked for several years. In 1965, LaVerne went to work for Loup Public Power. He continued to work for Loup as an operator at the power house until his retirement in 1990. After Dorothy passed away in 1993, Laverne married Sharlan Hanson Siems on March 6, 1999.

LaVerne is survived by:
Son: Dr. Dana (Nancy) Bailey of Columbus, NE
Grandchildren: Cara (Scott) Barnett of Columbus, NE
Justin (Amy) Bailey of Tulare, CA
Great Grandchildren: Anisten, Blake, and Reese Barnett
Brother: Eldon (Joan) Bailey of Salina, KS

LaVerne was preceded in death by:
Parents: Richard & Ruth Bailey
First Wife: Dorothy Bailey
Second wife: Sharlan Bailey
Daughter: Gina Askildson
Grandson: Joshua D. Bailey


Probably the son of Ben Bailey and Mary Brown, who were in Cedar County Missouri in 1880.  Ben is a laborer,  28, Mary 27, with Vina 2.

In 1900 Polk County, Missouri, "Neil" is a shoe repairer, born July 1880 in Missouri, and Mary M. Oct 1855 Missouri are with  grandmother Martha B. Fullington Oct 1837 Missouri. 

Maybe she's the Mary Fullington in 1870 Dade County, Missouri, age 15, with John Fullington 37 and Clarissa 80.

Henry N. Bailey proved up two quarters in 27, 4S 42W in 1913.

Henry Neal Bailey registered in Saint Francis, Kansas, born July 28, 1880, running a confectionary, mother Mary M. Spaun of Saint Francis.  Lost left foot."

In 1920 Wano, Cheyenne County, Kansas, Henry N. Bailey is 39, a confectioner, living with his mother Mary B. Shauna 64 and her husband Josephus Shauna 77.

In 1925 Henry N. Bailey is in Cheyenne County, Kansas, 43, living with his mother Mary Spaun 68 and her husband Josephus Spaun, 77.

They're still in Saint Francis in 1930, none of the three having an occupation.

Buried in Saint Francis are:

Brown, Mary Minerva, 15 Oct 1855--22 Nov 1933,
w/o Ben Bailey, John A. Eakes and Josephus J. Spaun,

Spaun, Josephus James, 04 Aug 1846--08 Jun 1934,
h/o Sarinda HAYWARD and Mary M. BROWN,
s/o Andrew Spaun and Sophia M. WOODRUFF

In 1940 Dade County Missouri, Henry N. Bailey, 58, born in Missouri, "unable to work" is with brother Tom Bailey , 56 and his family.

(Thomas B. Bailey was in Wano, Cheyenne County, Kansas in 1910, with wife Ella 24 and Luvena G. four moths.

Henry N. Bailey - July 28, 1880-March 2, 1943 is buried in Greenfield, Missouri # 64246862

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