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History of Clinton County, Indiana.

With Historical Sketches  of  Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company - Indianapolis, Indiana


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BAILEY, Grover Cleveland
BAILEY, Tighlman


BAILEY, Grover Cleveland

Although yet a young man, Grover Cleveland Bailey, owner of Maple Heights farm, in Perry township, Clinton county, has proven himself to be capable of successfully carrying on a general farming and stock raising business with the best of his fellow tillers of the soil in this locality, for,
in the first place he is a persistent worker, is always doing something and in the second place he is a thinking man, laying his plans well, carefully considering every phase of his business. His methods of farming and his strong nature would give promise of large success in the future in his
chosen vocation.

Mr. Bailey is a descendant of one of our highly honored pioneer families and he was born on the old homestead in Perry township on November 10, 1884, the son of Silas BAILEY and wife. Here he grew to manhood and was taught the valuable lesson of general farming that has stood him
so well in hand after he took up the serious problem of life for himself. He received a good  common school education in the schools of his neighborhood. On December 13, 1905, he married Nola Belle KEYES, also a representative of one of our excellent old families, she being a
daughter of Stephen KEYES and wife.

To our subject and wife four children were born, namely: Dorothy Lucile, Mary Elizabeth,  Grace Louise and Mildred Druzilla. Mary Elizabeth died at the age of five months and eighteen days. Mr. Bailey's farm of fifty-five acres, although small, is one of the best and most productive in the country, and it is always in ship shape and produces a very comfortable annual income. He has a modern eight-roomed house, well furnished and standing by a maple grove. His wife is a member of the Methodist Protestant church. Both our subject and wife are highly respected by all who know them and have a host of friends thought the county. Silas Bailey, mentioned above, is one of our well-to-do farmers and public spirited citizens and an honored veteran of the great Civil war. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, March 10, 1838, was a son of William BAILEY, a native of Virgina, in which state the Baileys have resided since the old Colonial days. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent. This family has proven
themselves to be stanch American citizens and have always been ready to fight in our wars and uphold the law. Silas Bailey enlisted in the Eighty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry in 1862 and served for three years in a faithful and praiseworthy manner, taking part in a number of important campaigns and hard-fought battles and skirmishes, never showing the white feather in any of them. He served under General Rosecrans, fighting under that great commander at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and others; also served for a time under General Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign, and was in the memorable march to the sea.

Silas Bailey married in 1858 Elizabeth DEFORD, who was born in Indiana and who died at the old Bailey homestead in this county, November 19, 1912. To this union were born eleven children, of which only five are living: Sarah, Ollie, Effie, Pearl and Grover. Silas Bailey is the owner of two hundred and seventy-two acres of productive, well improved and desirable land in Clinton county, and has for many years carried on most successfully general farming and stock raising on a large scale. He has an attractive home, large, good barns.

The Baileys are loyal Democrats in their political affiliations.


Source: Pages 797-798 History of Clinton County, Indiana.. With Historical Sketches  of  Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph
Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company - Indianapolis, Indiana


It is with a degree of satisfaction that the biographer has an opportunity at this juncture to write the following biographical memoir of the pioneer farmer and well known citizen whose name appears above, who has been for many decades active in the affairs of Clinton county. The readers of this book, especially the younger generation, will doubtless gain inspiration from
perusing these paragraphs to lead more industrious, kindlier and worthier lives, seeing what the life of Mr. Bailey has accomplished, not only individually, but for the locality as well, affecting all with whom he has come into contact in an uplifting manner. He came with his parents to this section of the state in pioneer times and he assisted in bringing about the transformation of the locality in the wild condition in which it was found at the time of his arrival to its later day progress and improvement.

Nun Bailey, who has spent the major portion of his life in Perry township, he being now seventy-six years of age, was born on the old Bailey homestead in West Virginia in 1837. He is a son of Silas Bailey, and a grandson of Thomas BAILEY, a soldier in the war of 1812, in which war, William Bailey, a son of the latter, also fought. Thomas Bailey was a son of Jonathan Bailey,
a horse trader and dealer in old Virginia in the Colonial period and he bought and sold horses for the soldiers in the Revolutionary war. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He got hold of a good deal of continental money, but by reason of its depreciation he lost most of his fortune. However, the government later redeemed this scrip or continental money.

Silas Bailey married Sarah TROTTER, a native of West Virginia and a daughter of William TROTTER, also a native of that state. Silas Bailey and family removed to Ross county, Ohio, in 1838, thence to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1839, and soon thereafter came on to Clinton county where they established their permanent home in Jackson township. Seven children were
born to Silas Bailey and wife: Melinda, Jane, Nun (subject), William Thomas, a soldier in the Civil war; Dorothy, Barbara, M. Jehu and Henry E. William Trotter, maternal grandfather of our subject, was a soldier in the war of 1812. Silas Bailey, mentioned above, started for the California gold fields, intending to go by water, in 1852, but died of cholera at Cleveland, O., and there he was buried. He left a widow and six children.

The mother died at the age of sixty-three. The father of our subject was an exceptionally large man physically, being six feet and six inches in height. Our subject had an uncle Trotter who was over six feet and seven inches tall. He comes of a sturdy race on both sides of the house Nun Bailey was reared on the home farm where he found plenty of hard work to do when a
boy. He received a meager education in a log cabin school of the primitive type, the cabin being furnished with slab seats, sod floor, greased paper for window panes, and a large stove in one end. He was married on April 1, 1869 to Matilda ELY, who was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, and there reared to womanhood, receiving a good common school education. She was a
daughter of John ELY and wife, both natives of Ohio, from which state they came to Indiana in an early day and established the family home in Montgomery county where they spent the rest of their lives on a farm.

Mr. Bailey is owner of a valuable farm of one hundred and fifty-three acres which he has kept well improved and well cultivated, and which has retained its original fertility under his skillful management. He carries on general and mixed farming and stock raising. He has a comfortable home and such outbuildings and improved farming implements as his needs require. He family consists of five children: Laura, now living in this county; Guy, living in North Dakota; Jonah B.,  owns a good seventy acre farm in Perry township; Jesse C., lives in Colfax, and Bertha, married to Floyd FREDERICK. The death of the mother of the above named children occurred on March 30, 1899. She was a good Christian woman, kind and neighborly and raised her children well, proving to be a faithful helpmeet to her husband during their married career of forty years. She
was optimistic, always seeing the silver lining in the dark clouds that overcast life's skies for everyone. She was a worthy member of the Christian church, to which Mr. Bailey also belongs.

He is a staunch advocate of the church and school work and has encouraged both all his life. He has always been noted for his kindness, steady habits and spirit of helpfulness. His home is known far and near as a place of old-time hospitality.

Source: Pages 461-462 History of Clinton County, Indiana .. With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph
Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company - Indianapolis, Indiana



Prominent among the well known citizens of Clinton county is Tighlman Bailey, who was born in Ross county, Ohio, on the fourth day of June, 1828. He is descended from Scotch-Irish ancestry on the father's side and maternally is of German lineage. From the best information obtainable, it appears that the family settled originally in Virginia before the war of
the Revolution and in that state the subject's paternal great-grandfather became a planter of large means. Thomas Bailey, grandfather of the subject, was born in Morgan county, Va., where he lived and died, and where, like his ancestors before him, he became a wealthy planter. He married in his native state Rebecca WILLIAMSON, and had a family of eight children, namely: William, Elizabeth, Bazel, Mary, Nancy, Samuel, Hannah, and Silas. He was a patriot in the war of 1812, enlisting at the age of eighteen, and was present at the bombardment of Fort McHenry near Baltimore. William Bailey, father of the subject, was born August 8, 1795, In Morgan county, Va., and there married Drusilla BOHRER, daughter of Adam and Barbara BOHRER, both parents of German descent, the father having been born upon the ocean. William Bailey was by
occupation a miller. He lived in his native state until 1829, at which time he emigrated to Ross county. Ohio, where he followed agricultural pursuits until his removal to Clinton county, Ind., about the year 1839. On coming to Clinton county Mr. Bailey settled in Perry township, where he purchased eighty acres of land, to which he made additions from time to time until he became the possessor of over 380 acres. He died April 13, 1864; Mrs. Bailey departed this life in the month of January, 1859. The following are the names of their children -- Belle Jane, F. P., Samuel, Tighlman, Caroline, Sarah, Rose and Silas.

Tighlman Bailey accompanied his parents to Clinton county, Ind., when eleven years of age, and easily recalls many incidents of the journey, which was made to the new country in the middle of a bitterly cold winter. The father preceded the family and prepared, for their reception, a small log cabin, in size about sixteen by eighteen feet. In this primitive dwelling, surrounded by deep forests, in which numerous wild animals found shelter, life in the backwoods commenced in earnest. The early life of Mr. Bailey was one of unceasing activity and he found much to do in assisting his father in clearing the farm, in consequence of which his educational advantages were somewhat limited. On the fifteenth of June, 1856, he was united in marriage with Clara ELY, daughter of John and Hager (SHOBE) ELY. Mrs. Bailey's parents came to Indiana from Fayette county, Ohio, in 1837, and the father was for a number of years a teacher in the schools of Montgomery county. He was a man of fine intelltctual (sic) attainments, served as justice of the peace and in other official positions, and is remembered as a very earnest member of the Methodist church. He died March, I845, and his wife was laid to rest on the fifth day of December, 1847. The ELYs came originally from England and the SHOBE family is of German extraction. After his marriage, Mr. Bailey began the pursuit of agriculture on a farm of 100 acres in Perry township, and, later, he added to his original place until he now owns 150 acres, and is recognized as one of the most successful farmers in the community where he resides. In 1867 he identified himself with the Methodist Protestant church, and in 1870 he yielded to a desire of long standing and entered the ministry, in the active work of which he has been successfully engaged ever since, For a period of ten years he had regular charges, including four different circuits, and through his instrumentality over six hundred persons were converted and added to the church.

Mr. Bailey has a military record of which he feels deservedly proud, and few soldiers had a more thrilling experience than he in fighting for their country during the late rebellion. On the fourteenth of August, 1862, he enlisted in company I, Eighty-sixth Indiana infantry, and saw his first active service in Kentucky while under the command of Gen. Buell. He participated in the bloody battles of Perryville and Stone River, in the latter of which he was captured by the enemy and sent to the famous Libby prison at Richmond. After an incarceration of about one month he was exchanged, and, rejoining his command in Tennessee, took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where he narrowly escaped death a number of times on that hotly contested field. He was in the battle of Missionary Ridge and all the leading battles of the Atlanta campaign, where for a number of weeks his command was constantly exposed to the fire of the enemy. He had many narrow escapes at Buzzard's Roost and Kenesaw Mountain and other engagements. On account of sickness brought on by, exposure, he was compelled to leave the ranks, and at intervals was treated in the hospitals at Marietta, Chattanooga, Nashville and JeffersonviIle. After spending a short time at home on furlough, Mr. Bailey rejoined his regiment at Pulaski, Tenn., in season to take part in a
number of battles, including Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville, in the latter of which he was for two davs engaged in the hottest part of the fight. In the spring of 1865 he accompanied his command to Richmond to aid Grant, but at Jonesboro was ordered back and then returned to Nashville a short time thereafter, where, on the twelfth day of June of the same year, he was honorably discharged from the service. It will thus be seen that Mr. Bailey's military experience was in every way an honorable one, and, during his period of three years service he never shrank from nor hesitated to perform any duty, however dangerous. In civil life Mr. Bailey has a record which entitles him to the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens, and against his character as an upright and courteous Christian gentleman no breath of suspicion has ever been uttered.

Politically he is a prohibitionist.

Source: Pages 571 - 572 History of Clinton County, Indiana .. With Historical Sketches of
Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph
Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company - Indianapolis, Indiana