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William Wirt Bailey
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1844
Orange County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1916, USA

This is foot marker #3 in the lot photograph. Civil War Veteran in the 124th Regiment of the New York Volunteers, nicknamed the "Orange Blossoms" after Orange County. He rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was severely wounded, but survived the War. His letters written while in the service were published as Civil War: Letters Home by The Office of the Orange County Historian [NY], 1987. The letters give an account of his experiences. He spent a lot of time hospitalized due to diarrheal and respiratory illnesses, a common problem among the men.

During the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was shot through the mouth when a ball entered just below his left ear, passed through his oral cavity, and exited his right cheek bone. He wrote his father that no teeth were lost nor was his tongue damaged and that there was not much pain. However, since he was categorized in his pension record as "Army Invalid", there must have been permanent damage to the right side of his face. He spent about 11 days as a Confederate prisoner following the battle. He was discharged from the Army due this injury.

Most of his letters were signed "Wirt".

William was born in the Town of Wawayanda, Orange County, New York. He married first: Julia W. Pierson on 7 November 1867, officiated by Rev. Nathaniel E. Pierson, Ridgebury Presbyterian Church, witnessed by John W. Slauson and Mrs. Jesse Webb. He married second: Mary Boyd (her first husband was Dwight Berry), 21 November 1908 in Middletown, New York by clergyman, Theron Brittan. Nellie L Mapes and Amelia D Vail acted as witnesses.

From at least November 1908, William lived in Middletown and worked as a mail carrier. He received a military pension that continued to be paid to Mary after his death.

William's burial record in this lot doesn't survive. Cemetery records are held by the Town Clerk, Town of Wawayanda, Orange County, NY.

Extant markers in this grouping:

1. Mary P Bailey
2. Julia W Pierson (Bailey)
4. Mary Boyd
5. Clifford Unknown - Clifford Pierson?
6. Mother Unknown - Roxana Bixby Pierson?
7. Father Unknown - Reverend Nathaniel Pierson?

Records of the Ridgebury Presbyterian Church with Inscriptions of Nearby Cemeteries and Other Genealogical Notes,
William J. Coulter, compiler; appended by Mary Flynn,
The Orange County Genealogical Society,
Goshen, NY; 1993; Page 29.

Civil War: Letters Home,
William Wirt Bailey, writer,
Edna Raymond, transcriber [typescript],
The Office of the Orange County Historian [NY], 1986.

Orange County Building,
County Clerk's Office,
State of New York,
Marriages, Years 1908-1913
Page 124, Microfilm image 67.
Online at in the New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936 database.

1910 Census; Middletown Ward 4, Orange, New York; Series: T624; Roll: 1059; Page: 7B. Online at

Veterans Administration Veterans Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933; Series: M850; Roll 81, Baily, Uriah L - Bair, William W.,
Certificate No. 87151, Microfilm image 267.
National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, DC.
Online at in the United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 database.
Family links: 
  Benjamin Franklin Bailey (1814 - 1886)
  Julia W Pierson Bailey (1847 - 1907)
  Mary Seabolt Boyd Bailey
  Mary P Bailey (1876 - 1902)*
  William Wirt Bailey (1844 - 1916)
  Edwin Augustus Bailey (1849 - 1911)*
  Lewis Stewart Bailey (1866 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship

Wm. Wirth Bailey
Co. K. 124th Regt. N.Y.V.
July 9, 1844-Mar. 2, 1910

Ridgeberry Cemetery
Orange County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 02, 2010
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William Wirt Bailey
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William Wirt Bailey
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