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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:

BUGLER

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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BEERS, Bennetts, and Smethport

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the McKean County section dealing with BEERS 1890 Coverthe Smethport and Keating Township area. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes.

p. 254              included in the list of resident taxpayers of Keating Township in 1836-37: “… Levi Bennett (who sold the site for the poor farm to Col. Wilcox)…” as well as D.R. & O.R. Bennett

p. 254              Keating Township 1846: O.R. Bennett had one of five general stores, one of two taverns. (The other was the tavern of “Richmond & Bennett.”)  ALSO NOTED:Elijah Bennett had a store in December.”

p. 257              O.R. Bennett listed as merchant in Keating Township in 1852, as well as also being a “liquor dealer.”

p. 257              The Citizen, no. 1, vol. VI, Sept. 3, 1859 includes a hotel advertisement for “the Bennett House, by D.R. Bennett.”

p. 257              Bordell area (Coleville post-office): “In November [1880], thirty-five buildings were reduced to ashes, the Bennett House, the leading hotel, conducted by T.P. Hill, being among the number.”

p. 259              According to assessment of Smethport borough in 1856-57, the resident property owners included “… D.R. Bennett, O.R. Bennett (hotel keeper)…”

p. 260              O.R. Bennett elected assessor for Smethport borough Feb 11, 1853

p. 269              Smethport, Feb. 1, 1890: William Bennett installed as officer (first guard) in the newly formed Keystone encampment No. 77, Knights of St. John and Malta.

p. 273              “Some short time after [the first hotel, 1822] came Squire Crow from the Sinnemahoning country to compete with the Willard Hotel. The house which he erected occupied the site of the Bennett House. This last named hotel was erected in 1851 by O.R. Bennett. This house, and the Haskell store, built in 1857 by B.D. and Henry Hamlin, were destroyed by fire in May, 1862.”

p. 273              “In January, 1847, O.R. Bennett petitioned the court to open an inn at his house in Smethport. This petition was signed by Edward Hartnett, O.A. Holmes, B.D. Hamlin, Ferd. Hamilton, W.F. Ormsby, O.R. Bennett, Nathan Barrett, J.B. Taylor, Gideon Irons, Adam Brockham, W.F. Young and N.W. Goodrich.”

p. 273              “Gen. Hammer, of the Bennett House, leased [the newly built Grand Central Hotel] soon after [its completion in 1881] and after two years H.S. Sartwell conducted the house.”

p. 274              “The Smethport fire of May, 1882, originated in the Bennett House, destroying Haskell’s large store-building on the other side of the street, the banking office of Henry Hamlin in that building, the Bennett House and Sterrett & Rose law office.”

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in 1822, 1836, 1837, 1846, 1847, 1851, 1853, 1856, 1857, 1859, 1862, 1881, 1882, 1890

 

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