Carroll County Biographies

JUSTUS BAILEY
Mt. Carroll

One of the most beautiful and valuable farms in York Township belongs to the subject of this sketch. He is a man of note in his community, one who has signalized himself by persevering industry, and those qualities most essential in the make-up of a prominent and valued citizen. He came to this section of country during the days of its early settlement, had his full share of the difficulties and hardships of pioneer life, and is not reaping the reward of energy and perseverance.

Our subject is the son of Elijah Bailey, who was born in Shoreham, VT Jan. 7, 1787, where he was reared until approaching manhood; then removed with his parents to Warren County NY. In the latter place he was married to Miss Polly, daughter of Captain Samuel Patchin, a valiant old soldierof the Revolutionary War. Grandfather Patchin prior to this memorable struggle, had been a resident of the little town of Milton NY. While in the service he was captured by the British and held a prisoner of war in Quebec, Canada, for some time. Upon his release he returned to Milton, where he found his farm overgrown with weeds and the buildings destroyed by fire. He sold the land and removed to Hague, in Warren County, where the mother of our subject was born March 27, 1789.

To Elijah and Polly (Patchin) Bailey there was born a family of twelve children, seven daughters and five sons, of whom six survive. Elijah Bailey, upon the coming on of the War of 1812, enlisted and attained the rank of Major. After the war he came, in 1845, with his family, to this county, making the journey afer themanner of those days, by canal to Buffalo, thence by the Lakes to Chicago, and from there overland by wagon to York Township, where he arrived with his family on the 8th of August. He brought with him one team and had hired two others to bring his goods. He purchased a claim, upon which stood a small house, which he occupied with his family until he could substitute a larger and more modern one. This first humble structure is still standing and is still occupied. It was then one of the best in the township, was one and one half stories in height and occupied an area of about 22 x 28 feet. The parents spent the remainder of their days on that farm; the father dying in September 1855 and the mother about 1874.

Justus Bailey was born March 21, 1821 in Hague, Warren County NY and spent his boyhood and youth under the parental roof. At the age of 34 years he was married in York Twp. Feb. 21, 1855 to Miss Lucy A., daughter Josiah N. and Luch P. (Arbuckle) Melendy. The Melendy family is numbered among the pioneer families of Carroll County, and further mention of them is made in the biography of J.A. Melendy. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey began their wedded life in York Twp. and became the parents of nine children, seven of whom are living - Herbert C., Leslie E., married in the state of Oregon to Miss Winnie Emerson; Alvin J., resides in Pomona CA; Earl P married Anna Martin and is a farmer in York Twp.; Melville G and Mabel C are twins and Carrie B. Lulu died in 1876 aged 7 months and Fern died Dec. 4, 1888 when nearly 10 years old.

Mrs. Bailey is a member in good standing of the Baptist Church, attending services at York. Mr. Bailey politically, is a stanch Republican, and during the late war proffered his services as a soldier of the Union, but ws rejected on account of disability. He officiated as Road Commissioner for the long period of 16 years in succession, and held the office of Supervisor 6 years. He is one of the School Trustees of his district, and a man in favor of everything to elevate society and improve the ocunty. His farm, 360 acres in extent, is pleasantly located on section 2, and provided iwth a neat and substantial set of frame buildings, the most of which have been erected by himself. He has watched with the despest interest, the growth and development of Carroll County, and by his skill and his efficiency, has contributed his full quota in bringing it to its present condition.

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