Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
BAILEY PEYTON MCDANIEL
was born in Smith county, Tennessee, May 12th, 1839. His father is of Scotch ancestry. The family emigrated from Tennessee to Illinois in 1846, and settled four miles west of Carlinville, in this county; where the father engaged in farming. He remained there until 1850, when he came to Carlinville, and afterward removed to Gillespie, where he died in 1863. He married Elizabeth Smith, who was a native of Tennessee; eight children were born to them, two of whom have survived the parents, viz.: William M., who is a merchant in the village of Gillespie, and the subject of this sketch, who is the youngest in the family. He attended the common schools of Macoupin county, and received a fair English education. The death of his mother, occurring as it did, when he was yet young, and his father not being in affluent circumstances, he was compelled at an early age to go out into the world and provide for his own support. During the late war he enlisted in August, 1862, in company "A" 97th regiment, Illinois Volunteers, Col. Rutherford commanding. The regiment was attached to the 16th army corps, under command of A. J. Smith. After the capture of Vicksburg he was on detached service in the office of the Provost Marshal, in the above named place, where he remained for thirteen months, or until August, 1864, when he was ordered back to his regiment. He remained with the regiment but a few days when he was ordered to report at Natchez, where he was detailed as Quartermaster, in which position he remained five months. He remained in the service until October, 1865, when he was honorable discharged. He returned to Gillespie, and engaged in the grain and stock business, in which he remained until 1876, when he removed to Carlinville and accepted the office of deputy, under Sheriff Heaton, and remained with him until December, 1878.
He was married January 14th, 1869, to Miss Mary K. Bartlett, who is a native of New Hampshire, but was a resident of Macoupin county at the time of her marriage. Five children have been born to them two of whom are living. In politics he is a democrat, and cast his first vote for Stephen A. Douglas in 1860. In 1878 he was a candidate before the democratic nominating convention for the office of sheriff, but was defeated by one vote. He is a member of the order of Free Masonry and Knights of Honor. He is in every way worthy of all confidence.
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