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John Payton Bailey, Sr
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Birth: 1763
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1836
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA

The log house which he built on the south of Bowyer's Branch 1789 now stands unguarded Davidson Bailey Fort at what is now Bluefield, Virginia. Grave is in the yard of what is now Whitethorn Elementary School. Since the State of WV wasn't interested in the value of their Revolutionary War history, they gave their tombstone to a cousin of Dianne Bailey Thompson. The Bluefield City Park moved there by the John Chapman Chapter - DAR.
In Bluefield, West Virginia, at the intersection where College and Stadium Drives meet; a large limestone boulder was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1937 during the Mercer county centennial celebration. It contains a bronze plaque and commemorates the Bailey and Davidson families. The location was chosen for proximity to a highway and is near the entrance to Bluefield College.
A traditional story relates that the families rolled a large boulder across the door of the fort, which is impossible to prove.

However, there is mention of a large rock in Tazewell county D.B. 2, pg. 338; in the transfer of a tract of land from Richard to John in 1813 of 65/66 acres - witnessed by Reuben, James, Micajah, & Samuel Bailey and Henry P. Davidson.

Nancy died after childbirth, probably in 1805. He was left with small children. John also had his mother listed in his census records and she lived with him until her death, and possibly his father also.
Family links: 
  Richard Peyton Bailey (1735 - 1818)
  Elizabeth Anne Belcher Bailey (1742 - 1820)
  Nancy Ann Davidson Bailey (1764 - 1806)
  Jonathan Bailey (1787 - 1871)*
  George C. Bailey (1794 - 1866)*
  Archibald Bailey (1798 - 1876)*
  Rebecca Bailey McComas (1800 - 1866)*
  James Madison Bailey (1800 - 1835)*
  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
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Whitethorn Elementary School, Bluefield, now Mercer Co., WV
Created by: Redriver
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
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