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1860 Photo – Louisa Carrier Bailey

Scan_Pic1595  2One of my ‘finds’!  On back of this photo is written ‘Mrs. Edward Bailey, Madison, WI (sister of L. F. Carrier)’.  How much information is given in those few words.  From this I was able to piece together the very full life of Louisa Carrier Bailey and her amazing family!

I did a quick Ancestry search for Edward Bailey, with spouse of last name Carrier, living in Madison.  I didn’t find anything in Wisconsin, but found information for Iowa.  So I searched for L. F. Carrier and found him living in Strawberry Point, Clayton County, Iowa, with a family headed by Erastus Grannis in the 1860 census.  L. F. is listed as aged 23, born in New York.

After additions to Louisa with her place of birth, date of birth at about 1830 and husband Edward Bailey, a very interesting story evolved.

In the 1850 census of Lapeer County, Michigan, I found Edward Bailey, aged 16, living with his parents, Chancey Bailey, 55, born in Connecticut, and mother Amanda, 49, born in Vermont, and older sister, Havila H., aged 21, born in Michigan.

In the 1860 census of Strawberry Point, Clayton County, Iowa, Edward, 26, and Louisa, 22, born in New York, live with their two small children, Emma, 3, and Emerson, 9/12, a son, both born in Iowa.

The June 1863 US Civil War Draft Registration Records for Clayton County, Iowa, list Edward Bailey, 29, farmer, married, born in Michigan.  I don’t know if he was actually drafted, but there is at least a registration for draft.

By 1870 the family had moved to Kossuth County, Idaho, where they lived with Edward’s parents.  Chancey Bailey, 65, Amanda, 60, Edward, 36, Louisa, 35, Emma, 13, Emerson, 11, and son Hatsel, 4.  Hatsel was born in Iowa, so this was a fairly recent move for the family.

In 1880 the Bailey’s were in Martin County, Minnesota.  Two new children were born to the family, both born in Minnesota.  By this time Chancey Bailey, Edward’s father, had died, early in 1880.  Edward, 46, Louisa, 41, Emerson R., 21, Hatsel, 13, Guy, 5, Addie C., 1, and Amanda, 77.  Daughter Emma was married.

Twenty years later, in 1900, the family was back in Idaho, living in Canyon County, with daughter Addie’s family – Charles Leigh, born July 1871, 28, married 3 years, born in Minnesota, parents born NY and NY.  Addie Leigh, born August 1878, 21, married 3 years, 1 child born, 1 child living, Henry Leigh, born July 1898, 1.  Edward Bailey, born March 1834, 66, married 45 years.  Louisa Bailey, born October 1838, 61, married 45 years, 5 children, 4 living.  By process of elimination son Guy Bailey was deceased by this date.

Moving ever westward, in 1910 the family lived in King County, Washington.  Edward, 76, and Louisa, 72, married 53 years, lived two houses down from Charles Leigh, 39, married 12 years, Addie C., 32, four children born and living, Henry G., 11, born Minnesota, Chester C., 9, born Oregon, Edward M., 3, born Minnesota, and Hazel M., 4/12, born Washington.

What a pioneering family!  Louisa moved from sea to shining sea – beginning her life in New York and moving as far away as possible to Washington state!  Just think of what adventures, probable sorrows, as well, this family experienced!  Also think of the country they saw!  Beginning their marriage in Michigan about 1855 the family lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Idaho and Washington – and that is what we know from the census records.  Since Charles and Addie Leigh’s son Chester was born in Oregon, it’s very possible they also lived there a short time!  Did the family encounter native Americans?  Did they see the herds of buffalo famous on the great plains?  I wish we knew more of their lifetime experiences!

From The Kent Journal of June 5, 1913:  Mr. Edw. Bailey died Friday night at his home on the East hill at the age of 87 years. Mr. Bailey has been a resident of Kent for several years. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Chittenden’s undertaking parlors. Rev. Mr. Davis of the Baptist church preached the funeral sermon. Burial was made in the Kent cemetery.

Edw. Bailey was born in the state of Michigan, March 1, 1834, and died May 30, 1913. His wife and four children still living. Mr. Hatsel Bailey lived with his parents, Mrs. Charles Leigh, his daughter, in this town. In addition to these, a son, Emerson, is living in Iowa and daughter, Mrs. E. J. Johnson, living in Idaho. A large gathering of their neighbors attended the funeral, as the old couple had a great many friends.

Evidently Louisa was visiting her daughter, Emeline, in Idaho, when the end time came.  From The Kent Journal of May 4, 1916:  Mrs. Louisa G. Bailey departed this life April 16, 1916, at Parma, Idaho. She was born in Chautauqua county, New York, October 20, 1839.

Four children survive her, Mrs. Emeline Johnson of Parma, Idaho; Emerson R. Bailey of Dodge Center, Minn.; Hatsel H. Bailey and Mrs. Chas. Leigh of Kent.

She was laid to rest in the Kent cemetery beside her husband.

Sara Florence Williver Little Obituary

IMG_8234from The News-Journal, Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky

December 9, 1920

Mrs. Little of Near Saloma Succumbs

Mrs. Sara Florence Williver Little died at her home near Saloma last Monday, December 6, 1920.  Mrs. Little had been in declining health for several years, and her death was not unexpected, but came as a great shock to the family.

The deceased was born February 5, 1850, and in 1871 she was married to James Little, who preceded her to the grave a number of years ago.  To this union seven children were born, two of whom died.  Those surviving are H. A. Little of Louisville, Kentucky; Mrs. Laura Tharp of Indianapolis, Indiana; Mrs. Stella Miskell, Roy and J. Clifford Little of this county.

Mrs. Little made a profession of her faith when quite young and lived as a true and consecrated member of the M. E. church.  She was a tender and loving mother and a kind neighbor.  The entire community feels sharply the loss of this noble christian woman.

The funeral services were held Wednesday at Saloma, conducted by Rev. J. L. Piercy, and interment in the cemetery in that place.  To the surviving children and sorrowing friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


J. A. McKee Biography

from History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, by Perrin, 1882

Harrison County

J. A. McKee, farmer and fruit raiser; P. O. Cynthiana; was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in May, 1829; son of John and Eliza (Wilson) McKee.  he, a native of Bourbon County, born February 6, 1804; she, born in Fayette County, Kentucky, March 8, 1807.  Mr. McKee, after receiving a primary education at the schools of his native county, took a three years’ course at College Hill, near Cincinnati, graduating in 1852, when he commenced farming, making that occupation, in connection with fruit raising, the business of his life.  In fact, fruit raising is his specialty, he having upon his choice farm of 200 acres, known as “Cynthiana Nursery,” 5,000 peach and 1,000 apple trees, besides sixteen acres in grapes, and ten acres in strawberries.  His fruit is of the best varieties, having been selected with extreme care, both in regard to quality and adaptation to soil and climate.  Mr. McKee has also paid some attention to fine stock raising, but is now devoting himself, as stated above, almost entirely to his nursery business.  In 1854, he married Lydia J. Beatty, of Butler County, Ohio, who died in 1870, aged thirty-six years, leaving three children:  John B., Anna E., and Elwood D.  Mrs. McKee was the daughter of David E. Beatty, an advanced agriculturist of Butler County.  Mr. McKee, in 1874, married Mary R. Butler, daughter of Robert and Paulina (Findley) Butler, of Fleming County, Kentucky.  Himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and he is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, of Cynthiana, having been Secretary of the Grange at the point named.  Is a Democrat.

St. Lawrence Baptismal Records

St. Lawrence Baptismal Records

Daviess County, Kentucky

  • Teresa Johnson, daughter of Clement and Elizabeth Johnson, about 18 months old, baptized August 12, 1824, sponsor, Ann Johnson.
  • Susan Ann Head, daughter of William and Hannah Head, born September 8, 1823, baptized August 12, 1824, sponsor, Ally McDaniel.
  • Rachel Ann Head, daughter of Cecilius and Mary Head, born July 11, 1824, baptized August 12, 1824, sponsor, Mary McDaniel.
  • Robert Henning, son of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Henning, born January 7, 1825, baptized January 20, 1825, sponsor Ede Ann Henning.
  • Elizabeth Jane Head, daughter of William and Hannah Head, born March 22, 1824, baptized January 20, 1825, sponsor Ally McDaniel.
  • Charles McDaniel, son of Alexander and Mary McDaniel, born January 1825, baptized March 9, 1825, sponsor Ally McDaniel.
  • Henry Johnson, son of Clement and Elizabeth Johnson, born 1825, baptized July 14, 1825, sponsor Mrs. Lanley.
  • John Christopher Lanley, son of Charles Lanley and Teresa Clark, born 1825, baptized July 14, 1825, sponsor Susan Clark.
  • Mary Lanley, daughter of Charles Lanley and Teresa Clark, about 2 years old, baptized July 14, 1825, sponsor Susan Clark.
  • Margaret Johnson, daughter of Clement and Elizabeth Johnson, age 4 or 5 years, baptized July 14, 1825.
  • Rosalia Coomes, daughter of Charles and Frances Coomes, born January 27, 1825, baptized May 25, 1825, sponsor Teresa Coomes.
  • Martha Ann, daughter of Bridget, servant of Peter Higdon, born November 1825, baptized December 28, 1825, sponsor Catherine Higdon.

Isaiah Coulter and Mrs. Rosannah Burress 1818 Marriage

Scan_Pic1592Know all men by these presents that we, Isaiah Coulter and Spencer Farris, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally and firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 6th day of April 1818.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Isaiah Coulter and Mrs. Rosannah Burress, widow and relict of Charles Burress and for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Isaiah Coulter

Spencer Farris

Witness James Hughes, D. C.

Washington County, Kentucky Marriage Records

Isaiah Coulter is my 4th great-uncle.

Old Photo Postcards – 1904-1920

Scan_Pic1589 1Both postcards are of the same house – which looks like what we call a duplex today!  Each side is a mirror image of the other.  Three children stand in front of the house.

Scan_Pic1589 2Unfortunately we have no names or place names!

Scan_Pic1589 4And a woman stands behind the fence on the right side – possibly the mother?

Scan_Pic1591 1Both photos have this postcard stamp, known to be used between 1904 and the 1920’s.

Scan_Pic1590 1In this photo another group of three children are in front of the house.

Scan_Pic1590 2All three holding hands – probably siblings!

Scan_Pic1590 4And on the left side of the photo a man sitting on the steps, a little girl (possibly the one in the first photo) and a woman?  She is very short, if so!

Oh, these photos just want to tell us their stories, but it’s hard to know what they may be!  Do you recognize anyone in either photo?

Samuell Family in Georgetown Cemetery

IMG_2062To our Father and Mother – Washington and Nancy T. Samuell

There are two large stones and three smaller stones representing three members of the Samuell family in Georgetown Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  Washington Samuell, born December 1, 1796, and died January 6, 1867, married Nancy T. Gray, born October 29, 1809, and died October 15, 1865.  Their marriage occurred about 1825.

In the 1850 Scott County Census Washington Samuell is listed as 53, Nancy, 51, with children Eleanora, 18, Edmonia, 15, Richard, 14, James, 12, Joel, 8, and Washington, 3.  In the 1860 census Washington is 63, Nancy, 51, James, 21, Joel, 17, Washington, 13, Willie, 8, Mollie Gray, 21, and Edmonia West, 3.  I would hazard a guess that Edmonia West is a grandchild, and perhaps Mollie Gray is a niece?

The following two gravestones for Washington and Nancy are located behind their large stone.

IMG_2065Washington Samuell, born December 1, 1796, died January 6, 1867.

IMG_2066Nancy T., consort of Washington Samuell, born October 29, 1809, died October 15, 1865.

Nancy’s parents were Presley Gray and Agnes Singleton.  Presley was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, and served from that state.

Great-grandson Robert L. Samuell, became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution through Presley Gray.  His SAR application, dated 1904, has the double ‘L’ at the end of Samuell – an unusual spelling of the name!

IMG_2063Our Brother, Joel D. Samuell

Joel Samuell died April 11, 1861.  Daughter Edmonia died in 1857 at the age of 22.  I could not find that we took a photo of her stone – it might be there and we missed it.  Due to the inscriptions on the large stones it would lead us to believe they were placed by the children of the family.  If you look at the three smaller stones you will notice Washington Samuell’s stone looks as if it were set before he died – the letters on all the stones are raised – but his death date is set in the stone as if it were added after death.  It would be interesting to know if any descants of the Samuell family still reside in Scott County!

IMG_2067Joel D. Samuell, born May 31, 1842, died April 11, 1861