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Pvt Thomas Andrew Bailey
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1827
Death: Dec. 24, 1916

September 3, 1827-October 17, 1919 June 1, 1832-February 16, 1897

Donated by Mrs. Billie Jeffcoat Peeks (great-great granddaughter)

Thomas Andrew Bailey was born September 3, 1827. He was married to Margaret Jane Carson on November 27, 1849. Margaret Jane was born June 1, 1832.

In the 1860's Thomas A. Bailey and family left Mississippi in a covered wagon on their way to Texas. There were three families, thirteen people in all, with their household goods crowded into the "two wagon caravan". They traveled the rugged and sometimes dangerous roads for six weeks before reaching Collin County, Texas.

They settled in Verona, where the men cut down trees to build log houses. The women cooked on open fireplaces. Mrs. Sallie Jeffcoat, daughter of T. A. and Margaret Jane Bailey, was asked to relate her memories of the journey to Texas. She laughed and said she and her brother Bob Bailey probably walked and/or ran half the distance from Mississippi to Texas because it was easier to walk than ride in the crowded wagons.

Her oldest brother, Wylie Bailey, was the life of the covered wagon group. He had a sense of humor, and he kept the group looking forward to Texas rather than backward to Mississippi, by the many witty things he said and did. At the end of each day, when camp was made for the night, everything that was killed that day (rabbits, squirrels, ducks, etc.) was put in one big kettle to cook for the following day's meal.

Thomas A. Bailey and his son-in-law, M. N. Stroup, erected the first cotton gin in the Verona community. M. N. Stroup was the father of Miss Hettie Stroup, long time Methodist missionary. T. A. Bailey was her grandfather. The Bailey's were faithful members of the methodist church and active in the affairs of the community. Their christian influence was of utmost importance to them. T. A. Bailey was also a Mason.

Margaret Jane Bailey died February 16, 1897. Thomas Andrew Bailey died October 17, 1919. They are buried in Verona cemetery, Collin County, Texas. Mrs. Bailey's grave is marked with a tombstone; Mr. Bailey's is not.

The sources of information include the Bailey bible and a newspaper article, written by Miss Hettie Stroup, of an interview with Mrs. Sallie Bailey Jeffcoat about her early days in Collin County. Mrs. Jeffcoat was an aunt of Miss Stroup and the maternal grandmother of Mrs. Ausburn,
"Bailey, EARLY SETTLERS OF COLLIN COUNTY." Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. Citing this Record

1850 Census Carroll County TN
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Thomas A Baily M 23 Tennessee
Sarah A Baily F 20 Tennessee
Larcena J Baily F 3 Mississippi
Mahala J Baily F 2 Tennessee
Family links: 
  Margaret Jane Carson Bailey (1832 - 1897)
  Laura Sena Isabelle Bailey Stroup (1847 - 1927)*
  Martha Jane Bailey Smith (1849 - 1937)*
  Samuel Wylie Bailey (1850 - 1939)*
  Louisa C Bailey Martin (1856 - 1935)*
  Sallie Manasseh Bailey Jeffcoat (1861 - 1954)*
  Thomas L Bailey (1866 - 1889)*
  D K Bailey (1869 - 1889)*
  Mont Thomas Bailey (1871 - 1948)*
*Calculated relationship
Co G 1 Mississippi Calvary CSA
Verona Cemetery
Collin County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: ben
Originally Created by: Will & Shelly
Record added: Mar 31, 2003
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