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Zilpha Jane Griffith Bailey
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1858
Fannin County
Georgia, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1937
Oldfort
Polk County
Tennessee, USA

Zilpha Jane was the daughter of John M. Griffith & Jane Ann Rogers and the wife of Stephen Calvin Bailey. Some of her siblings were William 'Bill', Clint, John, Meredith 'Jay', Lucy, Paralee, Susannah and Mary. Her parents both died when she was young and when her older brother Bill came home from the Civil War and married Mary 'Pol' Mathis and took over the household, she and her sister Paralee both married Bailey brothers and left home.

Zilpha and Stephen were the parents of William Arthur, Theodocia, Thomas Dawson, Loretta, Rutha Jane, Henry Stanton, Luzenia (b/d same day), and Everett Prince.

Her husband, Stephen, died March 1900 leaving Zilpha to raise her seven children all alone in their little home on he banks of the Toccoa River in Fannin County, Georgia. When the Blue Ridge Lake and Dam were being built in 1926, they were forced to move since the backwater was to come up to their home. They loaded up all they could carry in a wagon pulled by oxen and came across the Kimsey Highway to Polk County. Each one of the sons purchased a farm in or around Benton, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

In writing about his mother, Everett said, "Mother was small of stature, but a tower of strength in our home, and continually stressed the moral and spiritual side of life. She was not a person to fret and complain when things went wrong. In fact,it seemed that adversity gave her a new determination and strength to cope with seemingly insurmountable problems. I can truly say that all that I am, and all that I ever hope to be, I owe to my sainted mother.




 
 
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 Parents:
  John M Griffith (1815 - 1863)
  Jane Ann Rogers Griffith (1825 - 1864)
 
 Spouse:
  Stephen Calvin Bailey (1853 - 1900)*
 
 Children:
  William Arthur Bailey (1880 - 1963)*
  Theodosia Ernest Bailey Miller (1882 - 1960)*
  Thomas Dawson Bailey (1886 - 1964)*
  Loretta Bailey Long (1890 - 1987)*
  Ruth Bailey Tarpley/Long (1892 - 1989)*
  Henry Stanton Bailey (1894 - 1944)*
  Luzena Bailey (1896 - 1896)*
  Everett Prince Bailey (1897 - 1993)*
 
 Siblings:
  William L. Griffith (1842 - 1881)*
  Albert Clinton Griffith (1853 - 1922)*
  Josaphine Paralee Griffith Bailey (1857 - 1924)*
  Zilpha Jane Griffith Bailey (1858 - 1937)
  Susanna Murcella Griffith Ledford (1859 - 1911)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery
Oldfort
Polk County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: Marian Presswood
Originally Created by: Cindy Womble Billman
Record added: Jun 10, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5531394
Zilpha Jane <i>Griffith</i> Bailey
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- Cindy Womble Billman
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014
With love to my grandmother.
- Marian Bailey Presswood
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013
Rogers family
- George Rogers Park
 Added: Feb. 6, 2010
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