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Richard Bailey, II
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Birth: 1765
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1845
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA

The Son of Richard Bailey I, (son of James & Lucy Bailey), and Elizabeth Belcher (daughter of Robert and Mary Obedience Clay Belcher) of Virginia.
The burial plot of his parents is where they lived near the old Leatherwood Dairy. The entrance is from Route 460 and the plot itself might be within the present-day borders of Tazewell County, Virginia.

He was the brother of John Bailey, James Bailey, Chloe Bailey, Micajah Bailey, Reuben Bailey, Archibald Bailey, Sarah Bailey, Eli Bailey, and Henry Bailey.

He married Isabel Ferguson on Micajah Ridge.
Isabel's sister Sarah married Reuben, Richard's brother. They were the daughters of Samuel Ferguson and Mary Jameson.

Richard & brothers Reuben, John, and James were among the fifty men who petitioned the governor of Virginia in 1793, following the murder of John Davidson.
Thier father and Samuel Ferguson, the sons of John Davidson, and other early settlers signed this petition, which was sent to the Governor and the General Assembly with a letter by Robert Crockett.

A transcription of the petition may be read online at New River Notes.

They were involved in the early establishment and industry of the county. Mercer county was formed as Mercer, Virginia in 1837 from existing counties.
Richard was hired to work with a group of men doing surveys in 1794/95, family historians think some of his tracts may have been chosen as a result of this work. He continued to acquire acreage and gave tracts to his sons and sons in law.
Richard and Isabel were generally considered the first white settlers of the area now known as Rock, WV.
Histories of the area contain mention of this family.*
Burial was on their private land, still privately owned, the graves of Richard and Isabel are unmarked.
The cemetery is on that land. This was the first cemetery at The Rock, and was called the Bailey cemetery; along with quite a few more that followed, in this county and surrounding counties.
It sits on a hill at the forks of Wright Mountain and River Roads.
Richard was one of the first people to be buried here.

Father of Samuel Bailey, Richard Bailey III, Elizabeth Bailey Shrewsbury, Jamison Bailey, Mary (Polly) Bailey Peters, Henry Bailey, Sarah (Sallie) Bailey Maxwell, John D. Bailey, Margaret (Peggy) Bailey Mooney and Eli Bailey.

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* The names change from Belcher to Belsher and Bailey to Baley or infinite other variations in the spellings depending on the source; as do the parents of Mary Clay, the number of brothers who traveled to Beartown, etc., etc.
More sources are given on the memorial of Isabel, though there are certainly more than those listed.

Family links: 
  Richard Peyton Bailey (1735 - 1818)
  Elizabeth Anne Belcher Bailey (1742 - 1820)
  Isabel Ferguson Bailey (1776 - 1850)*
  Samuel Bailey (1793 - 1873)*
  Richard Bailey (1795 - 1865)*
  Elizabeth Bailey Shrewsbury (1799 - ____)*
  Jamison Bailey (1799 - 1880)*
  Henry Bailey (1802 - 1884)*
  Sally Bailey Maxwell (1811 - 1864)*
  Eli Bailey (1820 - 1903)*
  John Payton Bailey (1763 - 1836)*
  Richard Bailey (1765 - 1845)
  Chloe Bailey Lusk (1767 - ____)*
  Reuben Bailey (1771 - ____)*
  Micajah Bailey (1773 - 1833)*
  Eli Bailey (1782 - 1825)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: there are no markers
Rock Cemetery
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: THE BONZ
Record added: May 21, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7475418
Richard Bailey, II
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