52 Ancestor 52 Weeks Week 22 – Prince Albert Bailey
Interesting enough that I knew my second great grandfather’s name yet didn’t remember who shared the information. It was possibly his grandson and my great uncle Ocie who called me once a year. It was mentioned that Prince was from Mississippi and lived in Alabama. The name “Prince Albert” stood out in my mind.
In researching the records to find Prince Albert Bailey, the 1870 US Census of Clarke County, Mississippi revealed in the household headed by Margaret Bailey, twenty-eight, white, with seven children also living in the home was Prince Albert Bailey, a black servant, age 20, born in Alabama and a black domestic servant, Rachael Bailey, age twenty-seven. The household listed before Margaret was James M. Bailey, age thirty-three, white male born in North Carolina living alone. There is an untold story in this record between the families. My family’s Prince Albert Bailey lived his life in Hale and Marengo Counties Alabama. Yet he may have lived in Mississippi for a time while born in Alabama. The majority of the population of Marengo County came from South Carolina and Virginia. There are Bailey family lines that moved to the Faunsdale area from the previous mentioned states.
Prince Albert’s father, Peter Bailey was born 1831 in Virginia and died 1 Sep 1930 in Demopolis, Alabama. Marengo County numbered third in the production of cotton in the state of Alabama and by 1840, blacks outnumbered whites. Most of the blacks were enslaved and laborers for crops as well as mining. Interesting enough there is some research that shows some Bailey family lines moved to Mississippi from Alabama. Prince Albert married Adeline King in Demopolis and their children were Caroline, Mary (my great grandmother) and Lena.
Hoping this part of my journey fills in some blanks revealing some of the untold story.
Sources: Online: US Federal Census 1870, Dist. 2, Clarke, MS; US Federal Census 1880 & 1900 Gallion, Hale, AL; 1910 Prairieville, Hale, AL; Alabama Death Index 1908-59; Alabama Death & Burial Index 1881-1974; AL Genealogy Trails – Marengo Co. AL History, Bailey – James W. Bailey Jr. research (2000).