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 Nellie M. <I>Taylor</I> Bailey

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Nellie M. Taylor Bailey

  • Birth 22 Dec 1897 Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1991 Bonesteel, Gregory County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Bonesteel, Gregory County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 67811088

NELLIE M. TAYLOR was born Dec 22, 1897 in Pierson, Woodbury Co., IA, and died Nov 21, 1991 in Bonesteel, Gregory Co., SD. She married ESLIE HULL BAILEY89, Dec 15, 1928 in Bonesteel, Gregory Co., SD, son of JAMES BAILEY and MARY HULL. He was born Apr 12, 1897 in Bonesteel, Gregory Co., SD, and died Mar 13, 1986 in Gregory, Gregory Co., SD.

Nellie Taylor was known as Nellie by nearly everyone her entire life. However following her death it was learned by her daughter Alice Bailey Humpal that her real name was Mary Ellen Taylor. It isn't known why she changed her name to Nellie. I did find a copy of the 1920 Federal Census (on-line) and the entire family was listed. At that time Nellie was 22 years old and still living with her parents, even at that age she was listed in the census as Nellie, so her parents must have either given her a nick name or something like that. Nellie's grandparents (William O'Connell and Elizabeth Sullivan) had a daughter named Ellen and called Nellie, there may or may not been a connection.

She was born Dec. 22, 1897 in Pierson, Woodbury Co., IA. She graduated from the Bonesteel Public School in 1915. Nellie taught school for a number of years and also lived for a few years in Fremont, Nebraska before she married Eslie Hull Bailey on Dec 15, 1928 in Bonesteel, Gregory Co., SD. It is unknown the exact dates she lived in Fremont, Nebraska, however in Feb 1920 she was living with her parents at Bonesteel (1920 Census) and she married Eslie in December of 1928. After her marriage she lived on a ranch a few five miles North of Bonesteel, SD. My father Bruce Richard Taylor worked for Eslie for awhile, I'm not sure how long, I believe it was for less than a year. He was very impressed with Eslie, Dad said he was an extremely hard worker. I remember the Bailey ranch and I especially remember the barn. I was a really little child but the barn was wonderful. There were "giant horses" in there. I remember going horse back riding at the Bailey ranch.

Nellie and Eslie children:
Alice (Bailey) Humpal b.Oct 19, 1929;
Edgar Bailey b. Aug 9, 1931-1998;
Irma Bailey b. Aug 29, 1933-1999;
Thomas Bailey b June 4, 1935; and
James Bailey b. Aug 25, 1938.

Nellie Taylor Bailey died Nov 21, 1991 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke, SD. Funeral services were held Nov. 23, 1991 at Immaculate Conseption Church in Bonesteel, by Father Bryan Sorenson.

Pallbearers were grandsons Steve Bailey, Lonny Fuhrer, Rod Thompson, Bill Bailey, Mick Humpal, and Jay Schmitz. Honorary Pallbearers were grandsons Jerry Schmitz, George Dooley, Tim Carmichael, John McConnel, Tim Bailey, Scott Humpall, Randy Humpall, and Jerry Connot.

She is buried in St Mary Cemetery in Bonesteel, SD beside her husband Elsie Hull Bailey. Edgar Bailey is also buried in St. Mary's Cemetery and Irma is buried in Naper, NE.
Burial: Nov 23, 1991, St Mary Cemetery, Bonesteel, SD
Residence: 1920, Pleasant Valley, Gregory, South Dakota
Social Security Number: 504-38-1600 SSN issued: South Dakota.

written by Keith Taylor

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  • Created by: Lloyd Taylor
  • Added: 2 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67811088
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie M. Taylor Bailey (22 Dec 1897–21 Nov 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67811088, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Bonesteel, Gregory County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Lloyd Taylor (contributor 47455528) .