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Bugler Bailey

GRAVESTONE: Lewis H. Bailey

Lewis H. Bailey’s gravestone is toward the northeastern corner of the Myrtle Cemetery in the little village of Myrtle (McKean County, PA) not far away from the town of Shinglehouse, PA on PA-Route 44.

TEXT on the stone says:


Lewis H. Bailey

Co. L

15 N.Y. Cavalry

From family sources I gathered at the time of the American Bicentennial, I have also learned a few more facts:

DOD: 28 Feb 1914, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY

WIFE: Anna Louise Rathborne (born: in Ode Castle, Sweden),  (died: 19 Jun 1906, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY), (buried beside Lewis in Myrtle Cemetery)

Lewis was father of Luella Consuella Bailey White (1864-1952) who would give birth to Clara May White Mix (1888-1965) (my great-grandmother).

His gravestone identifies his Civil War involvement. He was a bugler in the 15 N.Y. Cavalry, Co. L. with a rank of Private.

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Lewis is identified as living in District 111 of Sharon Township in Potter County in Pennsylvania. Here are the pertinent facts listed in that census:

BALEY, Lewis. White. Male. age 43. born about 1837. He is the head of his house. Married to: BALEY, Anna. Lewis was born in New York state. His father was born in New Jersey. His mother was born in Connecticut.

Later, I discovered the 1890 Civil War Census listed him as “Louis H. Bailey” who served as a “musician.” Apparently he enlisted in the Union Army twice. First he enlisted in Co. D. 9th NY Cav. in Oct. 1861 and was discharged 9 Apr. 1862. His second enlistment began on 22 Dec. 1863 and he was assigned to the military unit identified on his gravestone. He is listed as being discharged on 9 Aug. 1865.

Many of my notes from the time I was in high school are simple records of what I learned from my grandparents and great-grandparents, so I have no citations listed. Lewis’s parents are two of those unnoted bits of information: Lewis’s father supposedly was named Barvillai B. Bailey, probably born in 1833. Mother was Mary Jane Bailey, born 1845 and died 1902. I have no maiden name for her.

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in 1833, 1845, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1880, 1888, 1890, 1902, 1906, 1914, 1952, 1965


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Eleanor (Reed) Haynes

Eleanor (Reed) Haynes

PHOTO: Eleanor (Reed) Haynes

Today’s post highlights someone that’s related to me in TWO ways!

My great-great grandfather, William Truman (W.T.) Haynes, had a brother named Benjamin A. Haynes (1844-1927).(Their father was also named Benjamin, by the way.) The woman in this photo was Benjamin’s wife. So she and I would be related by marriage through Benjamin.

HOWEVER, W.T.’s daughter-in-law, [Laura] Vivien (Meacham) Haynes, my paternal grandmother’s mom, was a granddaughter herself of Eleanor’s brother Israel V. Reed. So we’re blood related on that side.

But on neither side is she actually a direct ancestor. Just thought it was interesting in retrospect.

Here are Eleanor’s facts:
Date of birth: 13 May 1845
(So I’m guessing this picture could be after 1900 sometime?)
Date of Death: 1 October 1916.

She and Benjamin had one child of which I am aware: Nora Haynes.

I came into this picture through Nora’s granddaughter Ellie (Elnora Avery) about 8 years ago, when she lived in the same senior living apartment building as my grandmother.

Another interesting tidbit (but only for those who grew up around these people), Ellie’s sister was Glenola, who was next door neighbor of Grandpa and Grandma Mix (ok… a quarter mile down the hollow, but still…) up Blauvelt Hollow!

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in 1845, 1916, Avery, Haynes, Photo, Reed


Letters From Ceres PA

Today, I wanted to highlight an item of interest being auctioned on most who follow my MixedGenes.

The seller has 3 handwritten letters addressed to John King (of King’s Run fame in Ceres Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania). As an historian I would LOVE to read these!

The seller (who has NOT paid me anything to highlight this, nor do I know him/her) has researched a bit into the 1840’s in the Ceres area and includes that info into the auction’s description.

As already stated all three of the letters are addressed to John King: they were written by John Keating, George Stewardson, and one from Robert Rove. The letters are dates 1842, 1845, and 1848. They address land concerns and financial transactions.

The price is already above what I can bid on, but for others studying the McKean and Potter County histories, these might be something you would find interesting. I have just one request: If you do bid on them, and win, please let me read a copy or a scan. THANKS!KING 01


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