|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1842|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1893|
Wallace T. Bailey, the eldest of the children of Wilson and Rachel (Ricker) Bailey, was born at the homestead in Independence township, Oakland county, Michigan, June 3, 1842, died just in the prime of his splendid manhood at his home in Orion township in the same county, June 23, 1893. He attended the district school near the home farm, and remained his father's farm assistant until the latter's death in 1862. He was then twenty years of age, and being the eldest son, he took charge of the homestead farm and operated it for his mother until their youngest son, Norris P., became of legal age. He was assisted in the management of the home farm and the land in Orion township by his brother, Wilson J., they operating as partners for one year.
After the division of the estate among the heirs, Wallace T. Bailey moved to the land in Orion township, where he and Wilson J. Bailey operated a tract of three hundred and twenty acres. On that tract Wallace T. Bailey erected a substantial frame farmhouse and other buildings, the brothers becoming successful stock raisers and general farmers.
Wallace T. Bailey was a man well known and highly respected for his moral character and his honorable, upright life. He was public-spirited, a friend of education and of the church, and active in all good works. He served as a school director and as a member of the township Board of Review; as trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Sunday school teacher, and in politics was a Republican. He was affiliated with Cedar Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Clarkston, Oakland county, and the Knights of Maccabees.
He married, in Independence township, Sarah Catherine Case, born at Newton, Sussex county, New Jersey, daughter of Moses and Maria (Edmondson) Case, granddaughter of John and Mary (Olmstead) Case. Sarah C. Case was but two years of age when in 1849 her parents with their four children moved from their New Jersey home to Michigan, becoming early settlers of Independence township, Oakland county, in that State, the family there becoming prominent. To Mr. and Mrs. Wallace T. Bailey three children were born: I. Cora C, of Pontiac, Michigan. 2. Mary Elizabeth, now deceased, married Ward Lessiter. 3. Grace M., married Ralph Purse, and resides in Detroit; they are the parents of two children: Gertrude M., and Stuart W. Mrs. Bailey survives her husband, and with her daughter, Cora C. Bailey, resides at No. 274 Perry street, Pontiac, Michigan. They are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source: "American Biography: A New Cyclopedia," 1922, Volume 10, pgs 326-328
Sarah Catherine Case Bailey (1847 - 1924)*
Cora C Bailey (1868 - 1927)*
Mary Elizabeth Bailey Lessiter (1871 - 1910)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 08, 2011
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