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Isabel Ferguson Bailey
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Birth: 1776
Virginia, USA
Death: 1850
Virginia, USA

The daughter of Samuel Ferguson and Mary Jameson, granddaughter of John and Jane Erwin Jameson.
Sister of Sarah (who married Rueben Bailey).
Other siblings include: Samuel, Mary Jane, John, William, Thomas, Elizabeth Ferguson.

The wife of Richard Bailey, of Rock, WV; son of Richard Bailey and Elizabeth Belcher.

Isabel was the mother of Baileys born beyond the areas where her father and her father in law settled.
Richard took Isabel farther west, into lands which became the communities of Rock, Sandlick, Montcalm, Lashmeet, etc.

One parcel of land transferred by Richard and Isabel in 1837, 200 acres; "For natural love and affection" went to Joshua and Margaret Bailey Mooney of Giles county, Virginia (daughter & son-in-law).
Another 200 acres with personal property to Samuel Bailey, and the farm lands to Eli (sons). Previous to this, 86 acres, originally from Richard I, were transferred to George C. Bailey (nephew), and 50 acres were transferred to Harvey and John George (relationship not known, if any).

Her children: Samuel, Richard III, Elizabeth Bailey Shrewsbury, Jamison, Mary Bailey Peters, Henry, Sarah Bailey Maxwell, John Bailey, Margaret Bailey Mooney, Eli Bailey.

--- Note from aye ain't. I have one birth date as 21 Mar 1766, Fincastle county, Virginia (now, Tazewell county), death date, 1839, with the estimated marriage from 1788- 1790, Tazewell county (The Davidson Family Genealogy, by Harbaugh, bible records given by Lucien Ferguson to Eunice Perkins). There are varying dates from varying sources, of course. Another history gives her birthdate as 1776 and death date of 1837, marriage estimated as 1793. The volume Samuel and Mary Jameson Ferguson , Chapter 4, gives her birthdate as c. 1776 and death at 1850, with the notation the dates were given by Bailey researchers.
The sources agree with her death place as Rock, whichever date they cite. Compilations of the Bailey family history from published research of members of the family, the Walker, Davidson, and Ferguson families, various other historians, MUCH searching of vital records & comparing of lists of names/dates, Mercer county records, Tazewell county records, The Library of Virginia, histories, geographical data, transcriptions/photographs of Find a Grave members, census records, obituaries, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the West Virginia University libraries, New River Notes, and contributions made by members and relatives.
A very useful collection of sources as well as more information may be found by visiting the webpages (listed with permission).
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The frequent border changes of the varying counties, as (what is now) Mercer county evolved, are the reason several county names can be on records of individuals living at that time. The burning of courthouses added to the gaps in histories and the burning of Princeton may have completely destroyed family records held in private homes as well. I believe some of the records that people have not been able to find were lost in the Giles courthouse fire.
Most sources state "no record" for the dates for Isabel or her mother.
The marriage bond of the first Richard & Elizabeth Belcher were burned in the Dale Parish records in the home of a clergyman (per the research of Mary Ellen Howe).
Abstracts have been used for decades in the writings of these histories.
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There were multiple persons bearing the same names, and it is easy to be confused with the repeats of those in several generations - both male AND female first names. Scottish naming conventions of the time are partly the reason. Of Richard and Isabel's children:
The locations of the graves of John, Margaret, and Mary are still not known to me, they could be unmarked.

John Bailey is noted as having moved to Ohio.

Mary Bailey is believed to have married Christian Peters, the brother of Phillip Peters, #15102710.
[ NOTE: The image of the death record shows Phillip to have been 78 years old, and the entry for 31 Dec 1857. The informant was Christian Peters, brother ].
Elijah Peters, who died in 1853 at age 71 in Mercer county, has on the death record the same parents as Phillip, with Phillip as the informant, brother. They were born in Rockingham county, Virginia, to John and Frances Peters, noted on their death records.
Christian Peters was living in Mercer county with wife Polly in 1850, aged 61 years on this census, making birth date about 1789 for him and about 1805 for her.] He was still living in 1857, and informant upon death of Phillip.
These, the sons of John Peters, the brother of Christian Peters and Margaret Peters Walker.

Margaret Bailey Mooney was buried in Kansas
(but died in Missouri), according to some sources.
She supposedly was interred near the home of her son Ferdinand/Fernando Mooney.
A marker has not been found for Margaret.
Margaret's son has a memorial Ferdinand Cortez Mooney.

Family links: 
  Samuel Ferguson (1744 - 1825)
  Mary Jameson Ferguson (1746 - 1827)
  Richard Bailey (1765 - 1845)
  Samuel Bailey (1793 - 1873)*
  Richard Bailey (1795 - 1865)*
  Elizabeth Bailey Shrewsbury (1799 - ____)*
  Jamison Bailey (1799 - 1880)*
  Henry Bailey (1802 - 1884)*
  Sally Bailey Maxwell (1811 - 1864)*
  Eli Bailey (1820 - 1903)*
  Isabel Ferguson Bailey (1776 - 1850)
  William Leonard Ferguson (1777 - 1848)*
  Sarah Ferguson Bailey (1779 - 1848)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: There are no markers.
Rock Cemetery
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: aye ain't
Originally Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Jul 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20538483
Isabel <i>Ferguson</i> Bailey
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- Larry Bailey
 Added: Mar. 23, 2017
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 Added: Mar. 4, 2016

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 Added: Jul. 6, 2015
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