Julia Anne <I>Burton</I> Bailey


Julia Anne Burton Bailey

Lamar, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Death 9 Jul 1942 (aged 86)
Goodwill, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Lamar, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 15149346 View Source
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Now here was a courageous lady. Julia Ann married on March 11, 1875 to John Harrison Bailey, son of James M. and Sarah "Sally" Bailey. She was the daughter of Elias and Sarah "Sally" Stowers Burton. Julia and her husband were both 18 years of age. The Mother of 7 children, her first were a set of twins, Alexander and Bell Zora born in 1876; a daughter Emma Zella born in 1877; a son George Kelly born in 1879; a son William P. born in 1880; a daughter, Jossie born in 1881 and a son Blackburn born in 1883. Julia and her husband John lived in Rock District in a community later called Lamar. By 1883, her brother, John Burton, his wife Martha and their children: James, Martha L., Sarah and a new infant not yet named lived nearby. Julia's widowed Mother Sarah was living with her by this time. In April of that year there was a deadly epidemic of small pox throughout the district. John Burton was stricken and died on the 28th of April. Within days, John Harrison Bailey, Julia's husband, and her Mother Sarah were fighting for their lives from the same dreaded disease. On May 7th, Julia lost both her husband, and Mother on the same day. It would get even harder. Eight days later, Julia's young son William, aged 3 would pass on May 15th, and on May 19th , her brother John's infant would die. The nightmare continued. On June 1st her little boy George Kelly died at the age of 4 years. A widow at 25, Julia had buried her brother, husband, Mother, 2 children, and a neice in the matter of 34 days. At the time, she was 8 months pregant with her 7th child. That child, Blackburn was born on July 8th. On October 28th of that fall Julia's little neice Sarah died from the pox at the age of 1 year. Seven members of her family were gone. Julia was a strong woman. When able, she and her remaining children ranging in ages 7 years to a newborn moved to Sinai Mountain. That area would later be called Goodwill. She was a pioneer settler of that region of Rock District. She farmed her own land and kept her famly together. Julia never remarried. She lived the remainder of her life at Goodwill. She was highly respected, not only by her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, but by the community. She left many descendants. She was always referred to as "Big Grandma." Big Grandma lived to be an old lady dying on July 9th, 1942 in her 86th year. Her funeral was held on a Sunday afternoon at her home and then by her request, she was brought to Lamar and buried by her family that she had lost so long ago. She is remembered for her great courage during such a tragic time and her fortitude to carry on. Julia, "She Kept The Faith."

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