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Rev William Wofford Bailey
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Birth: Jun. 10, 1834
Georgia, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1909
Randolph County
Arkansas, USA

Son of:
Hosea "John" Bailey
(b: 1805 in South Carolina)
(d: 1850 in Blount County, Alabama)
and
Elizabeth "Eliza" (Land) Bailey
(b: 1815 in Greenville, Spartanburg, South Carolina)
(d: 1880 in Blount, Alabama)

Birth: 6 Oct 1834
Georgia, USA
per 1850 United States Federal Census, 1860 United States Federal Census, 1870 United States Federal Census, 1880 United States Federal Census, & 1900 United States Federal Census

Residence: 1850 (Age: 16)
Division 25, De Kalb, Alabama
1850 United States Federal Census

Marriage: 1853 (Age: 19)
to Margaret A (Griffith) Bailey
per 1900 United States Federal Census

Residence: 1860 (Age: 26)
Benton, Fulton, Arkansas, United States
per 1860 United States Federal Census

Residence: 1870 (Age: 36)
Roanoke, Randolph, Arkansas, United States
(Pocahontas Post Office)
per 1870 United States Federal Census

Residence: 1880 (Age: 46)
Janes Creek, Randolph, Arkansas, United States
per 1880 United States Federal Census

Residence: 1900 (Age: 66)
Janes Creek, Randolph, Arkansas
per 1900 United States Federal Census

Death: 24 Sep 1909 (Age: 74)
Ravenden Springs, Randolph, Arkansas, USA

Burial: Sep 1909
Ravenden Springs, Randolph, Arkansas, USA
Janes Cemetery, Find a Grave Memorial # 88752739

Source: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/50149360/person/13126613883/facts/facts

The Dream Town
1880, Ravenden Springs, AR


The town of Ravenden Springs was established in 1880 as the result of a recurring dream of a Methodist minister, the Reverend William Bailey. Bailey suffered from a stomach ailment for many years. One night, he reportedly dreamed that there was a spring near the bottom of the rock walls of Hall's Creek Canyon on which the Bailey's had lived for many decades. He dreamed that he climbed down the canyon, found the spring, drank from it, and was cured of his stomach problems. He dreamed the same dream for three successive nights. He then climbed down the canyon and repeated his actions from the dream. He continued drinking from the spring and soon was cured of his stomach ailment. Hence the nickname "The Dream Town" was soon applied to the community that grew up around the spring. Eventually, five springs were discovered in the canyon-each one, it was claimed, had a unique healing property: Stomach Spring, Eye Spring, Arthritis Spring, Kidney Spring, and Heart Spring. The Stomach Spring was later analyzed and found to contain water with some unusual amounts of trace elements-especially lithium, magnesium, aluminum, and iodine-along with carbonic acid.

The story of the dream and the spring was widely circulated, and an area railroad man, Captain R. D. Welsh, visited the spring. Welsh was impressed with what he found there and soon went to St. Louis, MO and organized a stock company. He then returned to the spring and laid out a town around it. Welsh's stock company built the forty room Southern Hotel above the canyon in 1883, and the spa town of Ravenden Springs was born.

Source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Margaret A. Griffith Bailey (1834 - 1907)
 
 Children:
  George Washington Bailey (1857 - 1939)*
  Allen A. Bailey (1865 - 1931)*
  Martha Caroline Bailey Miller (1866 - 1951)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Janes Cemetery
Ravenden Springs
Randolph County
Arkansas, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 19, 2012
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My mother's family lived in Randolph County, Arkansas (Baltz in Pocahontas and Layton/Melton in Engelberg) and I spent half of my life in Pocahontas (1992-2001).Last night I had a dream of Ravenden Springs for some unknown reason. I can't remember if I'v...(Read more)
- Mark Lager
 Added: Jan. 10, 2013

- Debbie
 Added: Jan. 7, 2013
 
 
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