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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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Grandpa’s Second Wife (Mix/Keesler)

Today’s post is a picture of John Elmer Mix, my great-great-grandfather. He was born 150 years ago (28 Aug. 1864) and died 25 Jan. 1951. According to the note MY grandfather (John Dayton Mix) wrote on the original of this photo, it was taken in 1940. The woman with him was his second wife, Winifred (Keesler) Mix.

John’s first wife, Mary (Knapp) Mix, died in 1932. He then married Winifred on 9 December 1934 in Wellsville, Allegany County, NY.

MIX JE+Win 1940


For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

– Grandpa’s Little Girl

– WILL: John E. Mix

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in 1864, 1932, 1934, 1940, 1951, Mix, Photo, Will


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WILL: John E. Mix

Today’s post is the Last Will and Testament of John Elmer Mix (DOB: 28Dec. 1864) (DOD: 25 Jan. 1951) as found in the office of the Register of Wills at the Potter County Courthouse, Coudersport, PA).

DECEASED: John Elmer Mix

RESIDENCE: Shinglehouse, PA

WILL SIGNED: January 3, 1951

DEATH: January 25, 1951

EXECUTRIX: Lena Mix Kemp


  • Winifred Mix (wife) age 69, Shinglehouse, PA
  • Lena Mix Kemp (daughter) age 57, Shinglehouse, PA
  • Leon E. Mix (son) age 54, San Diego, CA
  • Morton E. Mix (son) age 60, Oakland, CA


  • House and outbuilding on corner lot in Shinglehouse boro, bounded by (North) Honeoye Street, (east) Bailey Avenue, (south) self, (west) Friar. Appraised at $2,500.00.
  • Barn on lot in Shinglehouse boro, bounded by (North) Honeoye Creek, (East) Ruth James, (south) Honeoye Street, (West) O. Holcomb. Appraised at $500.00.

AFTER SALE of all lands and holdings Winifred received $554.04 and each of the three children received $554.03.

DOCKET: Volume “P” (page 396);  INHERITANCE TAX BOOK: Book #2, page 78, line 25;  WILL NUMBER: 4896.

Researched by Dayton D. Mix, August 11, 1995.

For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

– Grandpa’s Little Girl

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in 1864, 1951, Document, Mix, Will


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Grandpa’s Little Girl

Today starts a series of posts sharing pictures discovered in the family archives of my great-great-grandfather John Elmer Mix. Born 150 years ago last Thursday (28 August 1864), he lived until 25 January 1951. He lived his entire life in the Bolivar, Allegany County, New York area.

Today’s post is a picture of him with his granddaughter Mary Lue Mix. She was born in 1928 and looks 1-2 years old, so I’m guessing this was taken around 1930 or so.

Grandpa's Little Girl

For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix


Posted by on September 4, 2014 in 1864, 1928, 1930, 1951, Photo, Uncategorized


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Co. K, 207th PA Regt.

I stumbled upon an absolutely WONDERFUL website with information and archives from Tioga County, PA, and the surrounding areas:

On it, I also discovered Andrew J. Duryea, an ancestor of my wife’s! What a pleasant surprise to stumble upon his name in the summary of Company K of the 207th Regiment. Here is the pertinent section as posted at


Officers. – Captain, John J. Reese. First lieutenant, John Karr. Second lieutenants: Thomas D. Elliott, W. L. Reese. Sergeants: Daniel A. Evans, Samuel A. Mark, Edson D. Mitchell. Corporals: Michael C. Campbell, Elijah S. Kelsey.

Privates. – Daniel H. Brown, James H. Bellinger, Thomas Brainard, Simon Bacon, James H. Backus, Martin Bennett, Richard A. Brown, John M. Blackwell, William V. Borden, Frederick Campbell, Amos Campbell, Henry U. Cady, John Cole, Edwin Campbell, Thomas Crittenden, Luther S. Collins, Peter Champaign, James Carpenter, Chauncey F. Dartt, Charles L. Diminick, Lewis Deumaux, Jesse B. Doane, Hiram G. Davis, Reuben Dyke, John E. Dibble, Andrew J. Duryea, Darius L. Deane, James E. English, Richard W. Eliston, Samuel D. Evans, Edward English, Charles V. Goodwin, W. H. Harrison, Charles Houghton, Lyman Jaquish, Linas S. Jennings, Orlando Jones, David E. Johnson, Robert Kelsey, Charles E. Kelsey, Hiram Klock, Benjamin F. Kelsey, Lewis Kohler, Clarence Lloyd, Frederic J. Moyer, Eli Moyer, Thomas Morris, Joseph Morseman, James H. Morrison, Delos V. Miller, John Mosier, George McConnell, Elisha McCartny, Edward Osborn, Nathan Palmer, George M. Potts, James L. Plumley, Joshua S. Phenix, George E. Putman, William Putman, Arnine Reese, James L. Reese, Charles Stephens, Charles B. Sofield, Robert Satterly, John H. Schoonover, Samuel D. Satterly, Charles H. Strait, Alfred Schiefflein, Abram M. Sherman, John Snyder, Story Starkweather, George M. Tabor, Stephen J. Thomas, Charles Vanton, Benjamin C. Vanhorn, D. P. Whitehead, John Willard, Roswell Webster, Calvin West, Robert J. Wilson, Harley H. Webster, George P. Wilson, Elijah Warren, Asaph Wilkinson, Kenley Wilson.

The 207th regiment was chiefly composed of soldiers whose homes were in Tioga, Bradford and Lycoming counties. Companies A, D, H and K and parts of B, E and G were recruited in Tioga county. Company C was recruited in Clinton County, F in Cumberland and Franklin, I in Lycoming, and parts of B, E and G in Bradford, York and Lancaster. 

The regiment was organized at Camp Curtain, Harrisburg, September 8th 1864, with Robert C. Cox, of Tioga county, colonel; W. W. Snoddy lieutenant-colonel, and Victor A. Elliott, of Tioga, major; and on the 12th of September it started on the front. It did distinguished service, particularly in the closing scenes in and around Petersburg and Richmond. 


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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in 1864, Civil War, Military


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