The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 Asa Fitch Bailey

Asa Fitch Bailey

Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 22 Mar 1906 (aged 94)
Gage County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 36, Lot 6
Memorial ID 92145543 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Asa Fitch Bailey, s. of Lieut. Caleb Bailey and Deborah Fitch, b. in May 1811 per his obituary at Nashua, NH, although in 1810 and 1820 his parents were residents of Bath, NH. He died Mar. 22, 1906 while residing with the family of daughter Cornelia D. (Bailey) Blakely.

Through his mother, Asa was a lineal descendant in the 7th generation of Rev. John Robinson of Sturton-Le-Steeple, Nottingham, England and late of Leiden, Holland. Rev. Robinson was the pastor at Leiden of the core group of Pilgrims that sailed in 1620 on the Mayflower and founded the Plymouth Colony. Rev. Robinson's 2nd son Isaac was his only child to immigrate to America, arriving at Plymouth, Mass. in Feb. 1631.

At an unknown date at Illinois, Asa m. Jeanette (q.v. Janet) Dickinson Ford, b. in 1823 at New York, dau. of currently unknown parents. She d. in 1894 while a resident of the City of Beatrice, NE. In the June 1885 state census, Asa and Jeanette were residing at the City of Beatrice. They had at least eleven children identified by censuses and possibly others who were b. and d. between sequential censuses.

In the June 1850 census, the Asa Bailey family was enumerated at Kenosha County, Wisconsin, followed in the June 1860 census enumerated at Racine County, Wisconsin. According to the 1918 pub. History of Gage County, Nebraska, Asa and family arrived at Gage County in 1863 settling along Cob Creek in the western portion of the county, later designated as Blakely Twp., named after Asa's son-in-law, William Blakely, who arrived as a single man at Gage County in 1857.

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, NEB
Vol. 4, No. 212
Friday, March 23, 1906

• Yesterday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock Asa F. Bailey departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eugene Mack, aged 94 years and 10 months.
• Mr. Bailey had been in feeble health for some time, and while the public was not aware of his condition, his demise was not a surprise to his friends and relatives.
• Asa F. Bailey was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, in May, 1811, and grew to manhood in the New England states. He removed to Illinois, where he was married to Janet P. Ford, and with her settled in 1840 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. He removed to Nebraska in 1863, settling on a homestead nine miles west of Beatrice on Cob Creek. Here he was one of the pioneers, and here he resided until advanced years made retirement necessary, and he removed to Beatrice, and for the past twenty-five years has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mack.
• Mr. Bailey was a finely educated man, and in his early life was a teacher. He was a great reader, and was a bible student.
• Mr. Bailey is survived by six children, his venerable companion having passed away some years ago. Of the children there remains Mrs. Nellie Blakely, Mrs. Eugene Mack of Beatrice, Mrs. James Shelley of Homersville, Mrs. Anna Pheasant of Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Russell Johnston and Mr. Clyde A. Bailey of South Dakota.
• Thus passes away probably the oldest citizen in Gage County.

Asa Fitch Bailey and Jennette Dickinson Ford had eleven identified children, the ten eldest b. at Wisconsin, the eleventh at Gage County, NE:

• i. Hiram F. Bailey, b. circa 1841, d. unm. in 1859 at Wisconsin. See note below in the gravestone inscription section.

• ii. Cornelia D. "Nellie" Bailey, b. Oct. 24, 1843, d. Dec. 23, 1936 at Beatrice, NE; m. Jan. 23, 1867 at Beatrice, William Blakely, s. of Daniel, b. July 3, 1821 purportedly at Roxbury, Litchfield, Conn. He d. Jan. 2, 1898 at Blakely Twp, Gage County, NE. Three children of the family.

• iii. Charles Bassett Bailey, b. June 15, 1846, d. Nov. 11, 1901 at DeWitt, Nebraska; m. in 1871 at Buchanan County, MO, Lydia Alicia Wild, dau. of William Wild and Lydia Elizabeth Hollingworth, b. Apr. 4, 1857 at Racine, Wisc. She d. Apr. 27, 1940 at Lincoln, NE. Three children of the family, but only one survived to adulthood to marry and leave descendants.

• iv. Harriet "Hattie" E. Bailey, b. Nov. 17, 1847, d. May 3, 1939 at Beatrice, NE; m. 1) Mar. 24, 1869 Eugene C. Mack, b. Mar. 20, 1842 at Ireland and d. Aug. 15, 1911 at Beatrice. She m. 2) in 1913, A.D. Sage, who d. in 1915.

• v. Henry Bailey, b. 1849, d. in infancy bef. June 1850 at Wisconsin.

• vi. Mary Emily Bailey, b. Jan. 31, 1851, d. in Nov. 1933 at Beatrice, NE; m. Jan. 1, 1870 at Gage County, NE, James William Shelley, b. Feb. 5, 1843 at Derbyshire, England. He d. Oct. 25, 1908 at Beatrice. Ten children of the family.

• vii. Anna M. Bailey, b. May 6, 1853, d. Jan. 22, 1943 at Tonaskit, Washington; m. May 6, 1873 at Gage County, NE, James Edward Pheasant, b. in Mar. 1847 at Illinois. He d. bef. June 1910. Six children of the family.

• viii. Myra I. Bailey, b. in June 1855, d. June 24, 1942 at Eugene, OR.; m. Oct. 16, 1879 at Gage County, NE, John Russell Johnston, s. of Insley D. Johnston and Eliza J. Douglass, b. May 28, 1852 at Indiana. He d. Mar. 26, 1938 at Fall River County, South Dakota. Five identified children of the family.

• ix. Clara Bailey, b. circa 1858 at Wisconsin, d. unm. in 1877 at Gage County, NE.

• x. Flora I. Bailey, b. circa 1862 at Wisconsin; was living in June 1870 at Gage County, NE but no further record found.

• xi. Clyde Allison Bailey, b. July 22, 1865 at Gage County, NE, d. Feb. 11, 1937 and interred at Chelan County, Washington; m. circa 1897, Emma Marie Cooksey, dau. of Henry Cooksey and Mary Jane Spencer, b. in Feb. 1875 at Holt County, MO. She d. Mar. 30, 1952. Eight identified children of the family.

Revised 4/3/2016


Asa F.
1811 - 1905 [*1]
Jennette D.
1823 - 1894
Hiram F. [*2]
1851 - 1859
1849 - 1850
1857 - 1877

[*1] Beatrice town records and his obituary clearly state he died Mar. 22, 1906, not in the year 1905.
[*2] 1851 must be an error for 1841, as a child named Hiram F. appears as the eldest child, age 9, in the 1850 census of the family at Wisconsin. If he was otherwise b. in 1851, he would not have been enumerated in the 1850 census.





  • Created by: Don Blauvelt
  • Added: 18 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92145543
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Asa Fitch Bailey (May 1811–22 Mar 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92145543, citing Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) .