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Joel David Bailey
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Birth: Jan., 1838
Wisconsin, USA
Death: unknown
Elk Grove
Sacramento County
California, USA

JOEL D.BAILEY - Joshua T. Bailey, father of the subject of this sketch, was a native of VA. For a time he resided in
Ohio, and in 1832 emigrated to Wisconsin, where he carried on the business of smelting for six or seven years. He was married at Fort Mineral Point, Ohio County (now Fayette County), January 13, 1833, to Miss Susan Hughes, daughter of David and Sarah (Pense) Hughes, who was born February 28, 1815, in Licking County, Ohio. Her father emigrated from Ohio to Illinois in 1818. He served under General Harrison in the war of 1812 and died in Illinois in 1823. In 1828 Mrs. Bailey went to Wisconsin with her mother and stepfather, Samuel Townsend, who has been dead several years. Her mother is still living in Grant County, Wisconsin, at the age of ninety years, where she was a pioneer. She has had many experiences in pioneer life; she has gone out into the harvest field with the men and held her own, cutting grain with sickles, although a small woman, for she had a strong constitution and great strength. Mr. Bailey, with his son Joel, came to California in 1849. In 1853 he went back to Wisconsin after his family. His wife and two daughters, and Mrs. Bailey's sister-in-law, Susan Hughes, came with a party of twenty-two men, bringing with them some large heavy stock, such as horses, oxen, mules and cattle, also seven wagons to hold provisions; as soon as one wagon was emptied they discarded it. They were seven months in coming across, having to stop in order to allow their cattle to feed by the way. On arriving, Mr. Bailey bought land on the little dry hill close to where the family residence now is. The house was put up in 1854; it was built by degrees, a small portion being put up first in order that they might occupy it. He set out a fine vineyard of wine grapes in 1862. He died June 11, 1886. Mrs. Bailey is still living and enjoying good health at the present writing. She is seventy-two years old. They had eleven children, viz.: Mrs. Belle Plumer, resident in Lee Township, Sacramento County; Rachel Ann (deceased), wife of Mr. Ross, of this county; Joel D. Bailey, Joseph James (deceased), George W., resident in Templeton, San Luis Obispo County; Frank, resident in Arizona; William Henry (deceased); Mrs. Nellie Blair, wife of Albert Blair, of Sacramento; Charles H., resident near Hicksville, Sacramento County; Joshua T., resident in Brighton Township; and Edwin, who died young. Mrs. Bailey, in her girlhood, was in Wisconsin during the Indian troubles, and had to go to Fort Funk for protection in the month of April, and did not get out until the following October. She and another girl made cartridges for the garrison when the ammunition was exhausted. Joel D. Bailey, the subject of this sketch, came to this State in 1849 with his father, landing in Placerville the 10th of September. From that time he wandered about from place to place in the northern part of the State. When his father located on White Rock Spring, in Sacramento County, he was with him and remained there for about six months. Then he went to Yreka. In the winter of 1851-'52 he started for Wisconsin via Panama, stopping at Tehama on the Sacramento River. In 1853 he returned to California, crossing the plains with cattle and bringing them to this county. In 1857 he took up 160 acres adjoining his father's ranch. He was married September 27, 1871, to Nancy Newingham, a native of Hancock County, Illinois, born January 18, 1844. In 1852 she crossed the plains with her parents, Absalom and Mary Newingham, one sister and a brother. On the journey her father died of cholera. Arriving at Portland, Oregon, the family stopped there a short time, then came to Sacramento County in December 1852. Her mother is now the wife of R.H. Lee, and resides in Brighton Township. She started for the East in 1854, on the Yankee Blade, and when twenty-four hours out the steamer struck a rock and was wrecked; thirty lives were lost, but Mrs. Newingham and her family were saved. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have two sons: William Francis, born September 27, 1872, and Charles Augustus, born October 17, 1874."
Source: Davis, Hon. Win. J., An Illustrated History of Sacramento County, California. Pgs. 461-462. Lewis Publishing Company. 1890.
Family links: 
  Joshua Tatman Bailey (1804 - 1886)
  Susan H. Hughes Bailey (1816 - 1895)
  Elvira Bellrish Bailey Plummer (1834 - 1893)*
  Rachel Bailey Ross (1836 - 1887)*
  Joel David Bailey (1838 - ____)
  Joseph James Bailey (1840 - 1864)*
  Edwin Bailey (1845 - ____)*
  William Henry Bailey (1847 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Kaaren Crail Vining
Record added: Mar 29, 2012
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