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 Richard Bailey, II

Richard Bailey, II

Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 1845 (aged 79–80)
Rock, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Rock, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 7475418 · View Source
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The Son of Richard Bailey I, (son of James & Lucy Bailey), and Elizabeth Belcher (daughter of Robert and Mary Obedience Clay Belcher) of Virginia.
The burial plot of his parents is where they lived near the old Leatherwood Dairy. The entrance is from Route 460 and the plot itself might be within the present-day borders of Tazewell County, Virginia.

He was the brother of John Bailey, James Bailey, Chloe Bailey, Micajah Bailey, Reuben Bailey, Archibald Bailey, Sarah Bailey, Eli Bailey, and Henry Bailey.

He married Isabel Ferguson on Micajah Ridge.
Isabel's sister Sarah married Reuben, Richard's brother. They were the daughters of Samuel Ferguson and Mary Jameson.

Richard & brothers Reuben, John, and James were among the fifty men who petitioned the governor of Virginia in 1793, following the murder of John Davidson, the father in law of Richard's brother John.
Thier father and Samuel Ferguson, the sons of John Davidson, and other early settlers signed this petition, which was sent to the Governor and the General Assembly with a letter by Robert Crockett.

A transcription of the petition may be read online at New River Notes.

They were involved in the early establishment and industry of the county. Mercer county was formed as Mercer, Virginia in 1837 from existing counties.
Richard was hired to work with a group of men doing surveys in 1794/95, family historians think some of his tracts may have been chosen as a result of this work. He continued to acquire acreage and gave tracts to his sons and sons in law.
Richard and Isabel were generally considered the first white settlers of the area now known as Rock, WV.
Histories of the area contain mention of this family.*
Burial was on their private land, still privately owned, the graves of Richard and Isabel are unmarked.
The cemetery is on that land. This was the first cemetery at The Rock, and was called the Bailey cemetery; along with quite a few more that followed, in this county and surrounding counties.
It sits on a hill at the forks of Wright Mountain and River Roads.
Richard was one of the first people to be buried here.

Father of Samuel Bailey, Richard Bailey III, Elizabeth Bailey Shrewsbury, Jamison Bailey, Mary (Polly) Bailey Peters, Henry Bailey, Sarah (Sallie) Bailey Maxwell, John D. Bailey, Margaret (Peggy) Bailey Mooney and Eli Bailey.

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* The names change from Belcher to Belsher and Bailey to Baley or infinite other variations in the spellings depending on the source; as do the parents of Mary Clay, the number of brothers who traveled to Beartown, etc., etc.
More sources are given on the memorial of Isabel, though there are certainly more than those listed.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7475418
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Bailey, II (1765–1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7475418, citing Rock Cemetery, Rock, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by aye ain't (contributor 47409320) .