He married Esther Jane Stevens on 8 Jul 1858; Solemnized by her brother, J. Stevens, Minister of the Gospel, in Benton County, Iowa (per marriage record) Richard Bailey was born about 1836 in Ohio (spelled Baily on the 1860 census of Polk, Benton, Iowa). It is believed Richard enlisted in the US 13th Infantry, but has not been confirmed. The US was recruiting in Benton County in 1862. (A Richard Bailey was serving in the 13th US Infantry, Company H. This regiment was camped near New Port, Kentucky about October 1862.) He died in the Civil War (never came home, presumable killed in early 1863) and it is not known where he was buried. He enlisted when his wife was expecting Eva Elatin. The children never saw their father again. Richard Bailey sent a letter to his two little girls from Camp Burbank. This letter was all the family heard from Richard after he left: "Camp Burbank" "Kentucky" "October the 1st of 1862"
"My dear little daughters I have a little sheat of paper and a little envellop and I am going to use it in writing to my little pets. your mother must read it to you and learn you to remember your papaw and if you should not see him again and this is not lost you will have the pleasure reading the letter from him if you try and learn to read I hope you will commence to learn young and grow up kind good and obediant children and you will make happy your Father and mother who loves you so dearily I wish the time short when I can again return home and do my best to make you all happy and take pleasure in seaing you enjoy yourselfs and you little children growing up to be butiful good Christian women I send you some money in little bills so to your mother can spend it for you to what ever she thinks you kneed the most your paw can spare it well enough and he knows you need it worst than he does. I will send your mother a 50 cent bill and when I am home I will bring you all a present. I am well but lonsom because I cannot sea the Dear ones at home I have hope this will find you all well and happy Yours in love and hope To Emma and Eva From their Father Richard Bailey"
After Esther died, their two young daughters, Emma and Eva, lived with their maternal grandparents, until Grandpa Horace died about two years later; then the grandmother and the girls moved in with their maternal uncle, Rev. Julius Stevens (they are on the 1870 census of Mount Vernon, Linn, Iowa).
(Thanks to Ann Bowler for this information) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~