Mary Jane Bailey

Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Death 22 Jan 1887 (aged 56)
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
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Mary Jane Bailey, born 1830 in Gwinnett Co,. Georgia, daughter of William "Buck" Bailey and Elizabeth Agness Whitlow. She emigrated to Fort Smith, along with her son-in-law, Thomas J. Meek, brother, Wiley Bailey and other families from McLemore's Cove, Walker Co., Georgia.

Her obituary from the Fort Smith Elevator x 28 Jan 1887 shows "Mrs. Mary Bailey, [sister] of Wiley Bailey, died Saturday last at her residence in the Catholic Grove, this city, of cancer of the stomach and was buried in the city cemetery." Had one daughter (Fannie) by 1850. In a Loyalty Claim against the US, Mrs. Bailey claimed the child's father was Newton Ryan who "took off when the Yankees came." He went to Texas and was never heard from again. Fannie Bailey Meek's death certificate shows her father was Cincinnatus Brooks, Mary Jane Bailey's brother-in-law.

Mary Jane Bailey had two daughters, one of whom died as a child. The surviving daughter, Delilah Frances "Fannie", married Thomas J. Meek 25 Sept 1863 in Walker Co., Ga. during the War and was alive in Pottawatomie Co., OK in 1930. She was the great grandmother of actor, James Garner (James Scott Bumgarner).

Mrs. Fannie Bailey Meek was the daughter of Mary Jane Bailey and Cincinnatus Ney Brooks. He was the son of Major Jacob Brooks, who was agent to the Cherokee Nation in Northwest Georgia and author of the first Lexicon of the Cherokee dialect.

Fannie Meek pursued and won a claim against the United States via the Southern Claims Commission commenced by her mother, Mary Jane Bailey, for desecration of her homestead at Bailey's Crossroads in Walker County, Georgia during the Civil War. The file includes numerous depositions by family and neighbors, providing an abundance of genealogical information on the extended Bailey families in Walker County, Georgia.

Shawnee Morning News, x 20 July 1935, p.2, Col. 3 & 4:

"The funeral for Mrs. Fannie Meek, 87, who died Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs J.H. Scott, 521 North Broadway, will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 in the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with Dr. R.E.L. Morgan in charge.

Mrs. Meek was reared in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma 25 years ago. Her husband, Thomas J. Meek, died in Shawnee on May 1st, 1926. She was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. D.C. Rankin, Shawnee, Mrs. C.K. Hare, Cement, and Mrs. Michael Mullin, Callahan, Calif., and by ten grandchildren. Shawnee grandchildren are Miss Louise Rankin, Miss Frances Rankin, Charles Rankin and Randal Cole.

Bearers will be J.L. Roebuck, A.T. McKee, A.E. Medearis, H.I. Moore, Edwin Campbell, Tuttle and John W. Jones. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Gaskill's are in charge of arrangements."

Shawnee Morning News, x Sunday, May 2, 1926:


Father of Mrs. Rankin, Mrs. Scott Dies From Complications Following The Flu

Thomas Jefferson Meek of 412 North Beard Street, passed away yesterday afternoon about four o'clock following several weeks' illness from complications following an attack of flu-pneumonia.

Mr. Meek was born in Ringold, Georgia, January 11, 1844, where he spent his boyhood and young manhood. He lived for a short time in Arkansas and for the past eighteen years, with Mrs. Meek, who survives him, had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Agnes Rankin, in Shawnee. Mr. Meek was married to Miss Fannie Bailey in Walker County, Georgia, September 25, 1863.

Nine children were born to the union, six daughters and three sons, four daughters surviving. Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. J.H. Scott of Shawnee; Mrs. C.K. Hare of Cement, Okla., and Mrs. Michael Mullin of Oraville, Calif. There are eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild living. One sister also survives, Mrs. W.W. Webber who lives in Chicago.

Relatives from out of town are Mrs. Hare of Cement; Mrs. Charles B. Meek, Charles Edmund Meek, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Bumgarner, and little son, Charles Warren, great grandson of Mr. Meek, all of Norman; and Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Meek of Duncan, Okla.

Mr. Meek was a Confederate Veteran and a member of the Shawnee Camp. He joined the Army when he was eighteen years old and served throughout the War. He was wounded at Vicksburg. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South when he was ten years old and lived a consistent, upright Christian life.

Mr. Meek was an unusually fine and interesting character, a true Southern gentleman, with a commanding dignity but of gentle and kindly mien. He commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact, and was sincerely loved by a large circle of friends.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4:30 at the M.E. Church, South, the pastor Rev. W.D. Thompson officiating."

Both T.J. and Fannie Bailey Meek are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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