Wednesday, June 18, 2014

52 Ancestors - 52 Weeks - Missing Bailey

The last couple of weeks my blog has taken me to the Bailey Branch of the family.  We had Mary Bailey daughter of Prince Albert Bailey, son of Peter Bailey who was born about 1810 in South Carolina.  Peter was found based on death certificates of Prince and Merritt Bailey in Marengo County Alabama.  Then we find Rebecca Carr living according to the 1880 US Census, Spring Hill, Marengo County with her father Peter Bailey along with her three sons, James H., Freeman and Aaron Carr plus a daughter Daisy.  Later Rebecca born about 1830 in South Carolina is listed as divorced.  Also, in the 1880 Census living with Peter Bailey is a daughter Ann Bailey, age 35, single with a number of children all listed as Mulattoes.  Peter's wife is Matilda born about 1835, certainly too young to be these children listed mother.

On this portion of the journey, the fog has set in no allowing me to see what direction to head.
Now Captain Robert Bailey was a land owner that found Faunsdale that was later know as Baileyton in Marengo County.  Records show that Bailey families moved to the area from Virginia and South Carolina.  There was or may still be the Bailey Plantation in Berkeley, South Carolina and some notations of Sumter County, SC as well as Edisto Island, South Carolina.  Freedman listed in this area in 1866 were Pheobe Bailey, Mary Bailey, Peter Bailey and John Bailey.  Checking on Bailey Slaveholders and their location we came up with the following areas:

Amelia Co., VA      Baker Co., GA    Dougherty, GA   Halifax Co., VA    Halifax Co., NC and Marshall, NC.

There is a ton of research on Bailey families but little information that refer to the slaves they own so far.  There are will that list owner like James Bailey who died in 1826 and was son of James Bailey.  The appraisal done for his Will list he had 10 Negroes (no names) valued at $3,225.00.

So it appears very quickly that I reached the notorious brick wall for African Americans.  No way will this be accepted for with all the research and information on Bailey families, there has to be something of value that will taken me back.