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 John Payton Bailey, Sr

John Payton Bailey, Sr

Birth
Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 30 Mar 1836 (aged 72–73)
Tazewell County, Virginia, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Whitethorn Elementary School, Bluefield, now Mercer Co., WV
Memorial ID 54383049 · View Source
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The log house which he built on the south of Bowyer's Branch 1789 now stands unguarded Davidson Bailey Fort at what is now Bluefield, Virginia. Grave is in the yard of what is now Whitethorn Elementary School. Since the State of WV wasn't interested in the value of their Revolutionary War history, they gave their tombstone to a cousin of Dianne Bailey Thompson. The Bluefield City Park moved there by the John Chapman Chapter - DAR.
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In Bluefield, West Virginia, at the intersection where College and Stadium Drives meet; a large limestone boulder was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1937 during the Mercer county centennial celebration. It contains a bronze plaque and commemorates the Bailey and Davidson families. The location was chosen for proximity to a highway and is near the entrance to Bluefield College.
A traditional story relates that the families rolled a large boulder across the door of the fort, which is impossible to prove.

However, there is mention of a large rock in Tazewell county D.B. 2, pg. 338; in the transfer of a tract of land from Richard to John in 1813 of 65/66 acres - witnessed by Reuben, James, Micajah, & Samuel Bailey and Henry P. Davidson.

Nancy died after childbirth, probably in 1805. He was left with small children. John also had his mother listed in his census records and she lived with him until her death, and possibly his father also.


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  • Created by: Redriver
  • Added: 2 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54383049
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Payton Bailey, Sr (1763–30 Mar 1836), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54383049, ; Maintained by Redriver (contributor 47269236) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Whitethorn Elementary School, Bluefield, now Mercer Co., WV.