Abner M. Bailey Biography

A. M. BAILEY, retired farmer, Kirby, Penn., is one of the pioneers of Whitley Township, where he was born on his present farm April 30, 1814. His father, Joab Bailey, was a native of Chester County, Penn., and when he was only twelve years of age came with his parents to Greene County, where he married Mrs. Jane Mundell, a native of Greene Township, this county. They lived on Muddy Creek a few years and then purchased the farm on Pleasant Hill in Whiteley Township, now owned by Abner M., and remained on that farm until their death. They were the parents of nine children, of whom only three are living, viz.: Abner M. and two sisters, Jane and Eliza A. Mr. A. M. Bailey was united in marriage the first time, in 1838, with Elizabeth South, born in Dunkard Township, this county, in 1816, a daughter of Enoch and Ruth South (nee Gregg). By this marriage he is the father of six children, four living - Benjamin, Presley, Ruth, wife of William Patterson, and Jane, wife of Jasper Morris; and Ellis and Joab E. (deceased). Mrs. Bailey died in 1849. In 1855, Mr. Bailey took onto himself a helpmate in the person of Mrs. Mary Cowell, who was born in Dunkard Township, this county, in 1824, a daughter of Thomas and Rachael Bowen (nee Fordyce). By this union, Mr. Bailey is the father of four children, two living, viz.: Abner J. and Elvador; and Elizabeth and Susan A. (deceased). Mrs. Mary Baley died in 1874. In 1877, Mr. Bailey was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Margaret Taylor, who was born in Washington Township in 1825, a daughter of Thomas and Angeline Taylor (nee McCaslin).Mrs. Margaret Bailey departed this life in 1885. Then Mr. Bailey was married the fourth time, November 24, 1885, to Mrs. Ruth A. Hoover, born in Jefferson Township , December 10, 1840, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Wickersham (nee Randolph). During the early years of his life Mr. Bailey was actively engaged in farming and stock-dealing, from which he has secured enough of this world's goods to keep him in comfortable circumstances the remainder of his days. In 1867 he was elected to the office of county tresurer and served one term very creditably. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.

Bates History of Greene County, 1888, Page 887

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