September 29, 2013

Bless Those Baileys

My 3rd great grannie was Miss Mahalia Bailey. I love that name. Miss Mahalia married her 1st cousin, Isreal Dillard. Not an uncommon practice at the time when travel was difficult and rural families often intermarried.

One of my favorite Bailey books is Kinfolks of Granville Co., North Carolina, 1765 - 1826 by Zoe Hargett Gwynn. 

I suspect Jeremiah Bailey was my immigrant ancestor on the Bailey side of the family. He is found in the 1790 North Carolina Census for Wake County, North Carolina in Newlight Township in the northern part of the county. Just a few miles from where I now live. There are many Bailey descendants still in the area. They tend to stick around.

Jeremiah Bailey, Sr. is listed in the list of Granville County Patriots of the Revolution published in the Oxford Ledger, June 8, 1926. So he must have been here prior to the Revolution and maybe even a participant. Interesting.

I still have a lot of work and proving to do on those Baileys. But I'm mighty intrigued by them!

I can't help but think of George Bailey from my very favorite Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey was all about family. 


  1. Congratulations on starting your blog! Look forward to your posts and hearing about your journey to find your ancestors.

  2. Bailey's are in my family tree lines and my step-daughter's mother was a Bailey; and Dillard's tie to my Mother's families that came to pre-Texas (Gonzales Co.). Nice blog you have! - Revis