Wiley Bailey


Wiley Bailey

Walton County, Georgia, USA
Death 10 Jun 1894 (aged 67)
Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Muldrow, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 42342745 View Source
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WILEY BAILEY 1824 - 1894

Wiley Bailey was born 26 Sept 1824 in Walton Co. GA, son of William "Buck" Bailey, Jr. and Elizabeth Agness Whitlow. Mar. Lucinda Hinnard abt 1843 in Walker Co., GA. She was dau. of William Henry Hinnard and Lucinda Davis of Gwinnett & Walker Co., GA and Sebastian Co., AR.

Wiley Bailey first shows on the US census in 1850 & 1860 Walker Co., GA, then in 1870 & 1880 Sebastian Co., AR. He shows on the 1860 agricultural census of Walker Co., GA with 40 sheep, 40 swine and owned 200 acres of land. Served in the 6th Georgia Cavalry for the Confederate States of America, although he was allowed a claim as a Union man in Sebastian Co., AR in 1872 for depredations by the Union Army on his land at Bailey's Crossroads in Walker Co., GA during the Battle of Chickamauga.

The Fort Smith Elevator, x 30 July 1880 announced Wiley Bailey as a newly appointed Deputy U.S. Marshall. An article from the Fort Smith Weekly New Era newspaper indicated that Wiley Bailey was the jailor for Ft. Smith. Another article from the Fort Smith Elevator x. 28 Jan 1887 shows "Mrs. Mary Bailey, wife 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." This article was incorrect. Mary Bailey was Wiley Bailey's sister. Wiley Bailey also died of stomach cancer in Sebastian Co., AR, 10 Jun 1894, and is buried in Lee's Chapel Cemetery, Sequoyah Co., OK, alongside his wife, Lucinda Hinnard Bailey and several of their children.


1. William Fuller Bailey b. 1844 Walker Co., GA. Shows 1850 & 1860 in household of Wiley Bailey. Served in the 6th Georgia Cavalry (CSA) with his father. According to testimony of his sister, Mary Rozar, Wm. F. Bailey also served as a Union Scout. Records show that Wm F. Bailey took the oath of allegiance at Chattanooga, TN on 10 April 1864. Wm Bailey registered to vote in 1867 Walker Co., GA after the War. About the same year, he married Leeky Elvira Corn, dau. of Frank Corn & Lula Hinnard of the Upper Cove. In 1870, they were in Catoosa Co., GA.

Wm F. Bailey moved to Fort Smith & Indian Territory with his father in the mid-1870's but had returned close to home by 1880 where he shows in Marion Co., Tenn. Around 1885 or so, they, again, moved to Fort Smith, Sebastian Co. AR. A son, Wm F. Bailey, Jr. was born there 12 April 1888. Wm F. Bailey, Sr. died some time before 1900 in Arkansas and his widow, L. E. Bailey, remarried to John E. Mclean, who had been Clerk of the Court for Sebastian Co., AR. They removed to Houston, TX.

Wm F. Bailey's son, Wood Bailey was commissioned a Deputy US Marshal in the Western District at Fort Smith, AR in June 1889. He worked throughout the District enforcing warrants over a 75,000 square mile territory. A photograph and biography of Marshal Bailey can be found at the US Marshal's Museum in Fort Smith.

The son, Wm F. Bailey, Jr. was a professional baseball pitcher, 1907-26, for the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Terrapins, Chicago Whales, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. He suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach while pitching a game in 1926. He died a few weeks later, leaving his wife, "Sunny" Bailey and son Thomas Street Bailey bereaved. He is bur. at Forest Park Cem. in Houston, as is his mother, Leeky E. Corn Bailey Mclean, who died in 1936.

2. Louisa Palestine Bailey b. 1847, Walker Co., GA. Mar. James P. Hall, son of Silas and Sarah S. (Foster) Hall of Walker Co., GA. Moved to Scott Co., AR in 1872 and farmed on land near the Poteau River. James P. Hall d. 1924 and Louise Bailey Hall d. 1931, both bur. Kirk Cem. near Cauthron, AR. FindaGrave # 18073196, bio by K. Davis:

"Louisa Palestine (Bailey) Hall was the daughter of Wiley and Lucinda (Hinnard) Bailey of Bailey's Crossroads, Walker County Georgia. She and James P. Hall were married Feb. 27, 1867 and they remained in Georgia until the early 1870s when they joined her parents near Fort Smith for a brief stay before settling in Cauthron, Arkansas."

3. Alonzo P. Bailey, b. 1849, Walker Co., GA. Served in the 6th Georgia Cavalry as a teenager. Moved to Sebastian Co., AR with his father. A.P. Bailey shows on the 1870 census there as a farmhand for John Gardner. Died 1874 and is bur. in an unmarked grave in City Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR.

4. James Buchanan Bailey, b. 1851, Walker Co., GA. Mar. to Louisa Moody abt 1879 in AR. This family moved to Grayson Co., Texas in the mid-1880's, then back to Muldrow, Indian Terr. abt 1889. This James Bailey may be the same one who was sent to federal prison for one year in Chicago, IL for horse stealing in Grayson Co., TX. James Buchanan Bailey died 1900 at Ft Smith, AR. His widow, Louisa Moody Bailey, shows in the 1900 census of Sequoyah Co., OK near the family of Thomas Bailey (see below.) Louisa Bailey moved to Riverside, CA in 1907 with other family. She died there 21 Apr 1948 and is bur. in Olivewood Cem., Riverside, CA.

Three of Louisa Bailey's children followed her to Riverside: Clyde, Wiley and Bertha. Son William Bailey died of influenza in 1899. Dau. Lucidia "Lucy" Mae Bailey died 15 Jan 1905 in Fort Smith of labor pneumonia and is bur. Oak Cem. along with her father. This family lived in Grayson Co., TX in the mid-1880's (Bertha was born there) and there might have been a child who was born there and died as an infant.

Known issue:

a. Clyde Bailey (1880- 1938) mar. Muriel C. Bisset. Clyde was a teamster, along with his brother Wiley, before both formed an enterprise as ranchers. In 1925, they moved to Holtville, Imperial Co., CA where he d. 1938. He took in Wiley's son, Milton C. Bailey, after Wiley died 1925.

b. William Bailey (1881-1899). Died of influenza. DSP. Bur. Oak Cemetery at Fort Smith, AR.

c. Bertha Bailey (1888-1980) was b. 17 Oct 1888 in Grayson, TX. She mar. Thomas G. Carpenter 2 Jul 1910, Riverside, CA. They divorced about 1932. Louisa Moody Bailey lived with this family from 1911 until her death in 1948. Bertha and Thomas had 3 children: Wayne Gideon (1911-1948), Robert James (1913-1993) and Irene Louise (1921-1964).

d. Wiley Bailey (1889-1925) mar. Hazel L. Plantz abt 1914. She was from Toledo, OH, the dau. of Albert E. Plantz. Wiley served in the California National Guard 1914-5 for a period of time. He registered for WWI 5 June 1917 in Riverside. He reported on this registration that he was b. 6 Aug 1889 in Muldrow, OK. Wiley d. 13 Dec 1925, Holtville, Imperial Co., CA. Issue: Kenneth A. Bailey (1914-2000), Milton C. Bailey (1917-1981) and Donald James Bailey (1920-1979). Hazel Plantz Bailey d. 19 Mar 1976, Riverside, CA.

e. Lucidia "Lucy" Mae Bailey (1890-1905). Lucy Mae Bailey was b. Nov 1890 at Muldrow, OK. She died of labor pneumonia on 15 Jan 1905 in Fort Smith. Sick 5 days. DSP.

5. Mary Elizabeth Bailey, b. 23 Oct 1854, Walker Co., GA. Traveled with family to Sebastian Co., AR. Married Mr. Rozar about 1874. He may have died soon thereafter, as it appears from a lawsuit in the District Court of Orange Co. TX that she married to a Mr. Ashworth when this family lived in Texas.

Mary Bailey Rozar had two children: Adolphus "Dol" Rozar b. 13 Sept 1875 & Lillie Rozar b. 21 June 1877. Mary Bailey Rozar shows as a widow in 1900, Cherokee Nation:

Mary Rozar 46/GA Widowed 2 children born/alive
Adolphus 25/AR Son
Lucinda Bailey 71/GA Mother 10 children/5 alive
Horace Sora 25/AR Boarder

Daughter Lillie Rozar had mar. William J. "Buck" Gleason 24 Dec 1895 at Fort Smith and was living about one mile from her mother in Indian Territory, 1900.

Mary Bailey Rozar is mentioned several times in the Muldrow Press newspaper 1910-20. Mary E. Rozar, Dol Rozar Ashworth and Wm J. "Buck" Gleason are named as Ashworth heirs in a 1922 lawsuit concerning oil land near Houston, TX. See below.

She died 19 Jan 1928 and is bur. Paw Paw Cemetery near her brother, Thomas Wiley Bailey.

6. Absila Bailey, b. 1857, Walker Co., GA. Named for her Aunt Absilla Newsome, dau. of Nathaniel Newsome and Elizabeth Hinnard. Shows 1860 Walker Co., GA and 1870 Sebastian Co., AR in the household of her father, Wiley Bailey. Died in 1878. DSP. Likely bur. Oak Cem., Fort Smith.

7. Charlotte "Lottie" Bailey, b. 1858, Walker Co., GA, likely named for her cousin who married Chief Peter Maytubby. Shows in 1870 Sebastian Co., AR household of her father, Wiley Bailey. Died in 1877. DSP. Likely bur. Oak Cem., Fort Smith.

8. Lucinda Ann "Nettie" Bailey, b. 1859, Walker Co., GA. Shows as Lucinda, age 1, in 1860 Walker Co., GA and Nettie on the 1870 & 1880 Sebastian Co., AR census. Mar. Paul Buren Burch about 1882.

Their children were: Lucy b. 1882, Clayton b. 1885, Robert b. 1887, Fagan b. 1889, Joseph L. b. 1895, Bailey b. 1898.

Nettie died about 1916 and Paul Burch moved to Riverside, CA with Louisa Moody Bailey, widow of James Buchanan Bailey.

The 1917 city directory of Riverside shows:

Bailey Burch, clerk, resides with Paul B. Burch
Clayton Burch, wife Maud, irrigator, h. 140 Robertson
Fagan Burch, laborer, Riverside Portland Cement Co.
Paul B. Burch, laborer, resides 140 Robertson
Robert Burch, wife Myrtle, ranch hand, r. 181 Robertson

The 1920 Riverside Ward 6, Riverside, California, shows:

Head Louise Bailey F 59 Arkansas
Son Clyde Bailey M 39 Oklahoma
Hired man Paul Burch M 64 US

9. Julia Bailey, b. Dec, 1861, Walker Co., GA. Mar. Fagan Bourland, 11 Dec 1879, Sebastian Co., AR. Mr. Bourland was Mayor of Ft Smith, AR four times. They had three children: Morton Bourland, b. 17 Oct 1880, d. 14 Jul 1932, DSP; James Bourland b. 1 Jan 1884; and Cap Bourland b. 10 Jul 1887. Julia Bailey Bourland d. 2 Aug 1941.

10. Thomas Wiley Bailey, b. 8 Sept 1865, Walker Co., GA, d. 24 May 1947, Sequoyah Co., OK; bur. PawPaw Cem., Sequoyah Co., OK. Mar. Etta E. Hudlin abt 1888. Shows 1900, Muldrow, Sequoyah Co., OK with children: Robert Clifton Bailey b. 1889, Bula Bailey b. 1892, and Fay Bailey b. 1894.

The 1907 city directory of Fort Smith shows this family living at 700 Wheeler Ave. Thomas W. Bailey is a driver for the Big Four Mill & Elevator Co., Clifton Bailey is a clerk for McCray & Coulter, and Beulah G. Bailey is a student. This same directory shows that Mrs. Lee Bailey has moved to Riverside, California. This is Louisa (Lee) Moody Bailey, widow of James Buchanan Bailey, Thomas Wiley Bailey's brother.

Robert Clifton Bailey mar. in Fort Smith 4 Jul 1911 to Lucy Mae Patton. She was dau. of Robert B. Patton and Charlotte Whitlock. This family was Choctaw Indian. R.C. Bailey registered for the WWI draft at Cottonwood, OK 5 Jun 1917. Clifton and Lucy Mae Bailey had one dau. Bonnie Bailey. Both Bonnie and Clifton Bailey died of influenza in July 1919 and are bur. Paw Paw Cem., Sequoyah Co., OK. Lucy Mae Patton Bailey remarried to Patrick Graham 17 Feb 1921 in Fort Smith. She died Muldrow, OK 21 Feb 1985.

Malory Funeral Home in Sequoyah Co., OK shows: Faye Julia Parker b. 11 Mar 1894, Cottonwood, I.T. (Indian Territory), d. 15 Nov 1836, wife of John Jefferson Parker.

11. Robert E. Lee Bailey, b. 1869, Walker Co., GA. Made the trip from GA to AR as a boy. Shows in 1870 & 1880 household of his father, Wiley Bailey. Died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1885 from falling off a horse given to him by his father as a Christmas gift. He was almost 17 years old. Bur. City (Oak) Cem., Fort Smith, AR.

Biography of Wiley Bailey's son-in-law, James P. Hall, from
"Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas", The Southern Publishing Company, 1891, pg. 406:

Hon. James P. Hall is one of the well known farmers of this region, in connection with which work he operates a good cotton gin, of which he is the owner. He was born in Tennessee on November 11, 1839, a son of Alex F. and Sarah S. (Foster) Hall, who were also born in Tennessee. Although his opportunities for acquiring an education were poor, James P., by self-application became a well informed young man and in the conduct and management of his farm has always shown the best of judgement.

After starting out in life for himself at the age of eighteen years, he worked for wages for four years, then enlisted in Company C, Fifteenth Arkansas Infantry, and for four years served in the Confederate Army. He took an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Missionary Ridge, Ringold Gap, Chickamauga, the campaign through Georgia, Jonesboro and at Pulaski, Tenn, where he was taken prisoner and finally discharged at Camp Chase, Ohio in May, 1865. He then returned to his home in Arkansas, where he moved in 1859, and during a short residence in Booneville, Logan County, Ark, he was engaged in the mercantile business. At the end of five years he sold out and moved to this township, where he engaged in farming, $200 in debt, as his business venture in Booneville had proven a failure. He began improving the land, for which he went in debt, and now has an excellent tract of land comprising 300 acres, on which is a good house and barn, an excellent cotton gin, considerable stock and a good orchard.

He and his wife, whom he married in February, 1867, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is steward and trustee. His wife, formerly Miss Louisa P. Bailey was born in Georgia, and has borne her husband seven children, two sons and five daughters.

Mr. Hall is a Mason and a liberal supporter of public enterprises. In September, 1880 he was elected to the State Senate, serving four years, and he has also been Justice of the Peace for several years. He was a member of Cauthron Lodge #385 F&AM. He is a highly esteemed resident of this county, and is in every respect a model citizen.

Lucinda Bailey shown living with dau. Mary Bailey Rozar in 1900. Reports 10 children total and 5 dead. Deceased by 1900: Wm F. Bailey, Alonzo P. Bailey, Absilla Bailey, Charlotte Bailey, James Buchanan Bailey, Robert E. Lee Bailey. This would be 11 children total and 6 dead. By 1904, she was back in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she died, as the 15 Jan 1904 edition of the Fort Smith Daily News Record states:


Mrs. Lucinda Bailey, mother of Tom Bailey and Mrs. Fagan Bourland, died at her residence, 1404 South Ninth Street, Thursday evening at 5 o'clock, at the advanced age of 75 years. Mrs. Bailey was the widow of Wiley Bailey and has been a resident of Fort Smith for many years. The funeral took place Friday morning in the Lee Cemetery, near Muldrow.

Mrs. Bailey was one of the old-style Southern women whom to meet is to love, and there are a great many in this city who mourn for her and will miss the many kind deeds she so often performed for the sick and needy."

The Weekly Elevator, Fort Smith, Arkansas, x 15 Jun 1894:


Mr. Wiley Bailey, formerly a resident of this city, died at his home in the Cherokee Nation last Tuesday, aged 68 years. He died from the effects of cancer of the stomach. His funeral took place Wednesday."

Obit for Julia Bailey Bourland, dau. of Wiley Bailey:

Southwest American, Saturday, August 2, 1941:


Ten months illness ended in death at 6 a.m. Friday for Mrs. Fagan Bourland, 79 year old wife of a widely-known Fort Smith capitalist and former mayor.

Mrs. Bourland died at a local hospital, where she was taken three weeks ago when her condition became serious.

Funeral service will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday at the Putnam Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. L.L. Evans, pastor of the First Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Park Cemetery.

She had lived here 73 years. With her parents and nine brothers and sisters, Mrs. Bourland came to Fort Smith by steamboat from Memphis, Tenn., when she was six years old.

Mrs. Bourland, who before her marriage on December 11, 1880, was Miss Julia Bailey, born in Georgia a few miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn. Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Bailey.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bourland is survived by a son, James Bourland, Fort Smith, a brother, Thomas Bailey, Paw Paw, Okla., four grandchildren, Mrs. Earl K. Ward, Fort Smith, Mrs. A.K. Palmer, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. George Shankle, Fort Smith, Ark., and James F. Bourland, III, Bound Brook, N.J.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church.

The Arizona Republican, Wednesday Morning, April 28, 1897


A Desperate Woman Shoots Another at Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Ark., April 27 - Mrs. Fagan Bourland shot and killed Maude Allen this afternoon.

Bourland is a well-to-do merchant and has been associating with the Allen woman for two years.

Last Spring, Maude Allen wrote some very insulting and tantalizing letters to Mrs. Bourland, for which she was prosecuted, but acquitted.

Last August, Mrs. Bourland shot Maude Allen on the street, inflicting a serious wound, which however, did not prove fatal. This afternoon, Mrs. Bourland went to the Allen house while the woman was away and secreted herself in a closet. She sprang upon her when she returned and fired two shots. One cut an artery in the neck and the other lodged just above the heart. Death was instantaneous.

Mrs. Bourland went home and sent word to officers to come over after her."

Note: From later records it appears that Mrs. Allen was having an affair with Mr. Bourland. Mrs. Allen was the wife of Deputy Marshal James M. Allen. Mrs. Bourland was wife of future four term Mayor Fagan Bourland. Mrs. Bourland somehow managed to escape conviction on all counts.

Recorded District Court, Orange County, Texas, Vol. N, pp. 393-399:

Suit Pending in the District Court, Orange County, Texas

26 May 1923
No. 4391
Wm Winfrey, Et. Al.
The Unknown Heirs of William Ashworth

Now comes Mary E. Rozar and Dol Rozar Ashworth, two of the defendants in the above styled and numbered cause, and say:

1. That these two defendants demur generally to plaintiff's petition as plead in law, and say that same is insufficient as a matter of law to state a cause of action against these defendants, and pray judgment of said demurrer.

2. That they were not guilty of the injury complained of in the petition filed by the plaintiffs against them, and of this they put themselves upon the country.

3. Further answering on behalf, if required, these defendants deny all and singular, the allegations in plaintiffs' petition contained, and demand strict proof of the same and of this they put themselves upon the country.

/s/ W.M. Orgain
/s/ Thos. J. Watts
Attorney for:
Mary E. Rozar
Dol Rozar Ashworth


Page 3 of Ashworth Suit

Also came the following parties defendant in said cause who are the heirs and representatives of Henderson Ashworth, and a son of William Ashworth and Delaide Ashworth, that is to say: M. E. ROZOR, DOL ROZOR, BUCK GLEASON, Hannah Pollock joined by her husband, A.D. Pollock, Bell Griffin joined by her husband F.J. Griffin, Nat Atkins, Flora Hardin joined by her husband Chas. Hardin and Ovola Burgess a minor by H.C. Burgess, her guardian and next friend, Richard Atkins H.C. Burgess, L.H. Dunn, W.M. Orgain, Y.D. Carroll and Thomas J. Watts.

Special Collections and Archives, Sam Houston State University

Martin A. Row Papers, 1766-1957, 9.0 Boxes

Box 8, Folder 8: District Court of Orange County, Texas No. 4391, 1922, February 3; One pamphlet concerning William Winfree vs. Unknown Heirs of William Ashworth.


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