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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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Daniel Berry Baxter: Military Hero

DOB: 5 Mar 1816 in Janius, NY

PARENTS: Benjamin Baxter and Rachel Partridge Baxter

MARRIED: (1st) Mary Utley 1838-1841 (divorced)

MARRIED: (2nd) Julia A. Fairbank, 1849.

Occupation at death: Farmer

DOD: 31 Jul 1906 at Soldiers and Sailors Home, Bath, NY

BURIED: Wells Cemetery, in Little Genesee, NY (just outside Bolivar). Lot 11 #2

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Daniel Berry BaxterDaniel was my mother’s great-great grandfather. We’re related to Daniel through his son,  DeForest Abbott Baxter.

Much of this information was from his obituary. The rest was on file in the Bolivar-Richburg Library (Bolivar, NY)



—enlisted in Navy May 1832…served on the Man-of-War POTOMAC

—after discharge enlisted in USArmy in Mexican War, Co. A, 1st Miss. Rifles under Col. Frederick Davis


—enlisted 20 June 1861 private Co I, 27th NY infantry

—gunshot wound to L hand (lost little finger)

—discharged 19 March 1863

—reenlisted 29 Feb 1864 Co. A, 50th NY Engineers

—honorable discharge 13 June 1865


NATIONAL ARCHIVES: soldiers’ cert: 131067 Can:2399 Bundle: 26

Report from the RECORDS and PENSION OFFICE to the Commissioner of Pensions: 23 Jan 1894: “Daniel B. Baxter, Co. I, 27th Regt NY Inf. was enrolled Sept 20, 1861, and discharged Mar 19, 1863 on SCD. Again enr in Co. D, NY Engs Feb 29, 64 and MO [mustered out] June 13, 65. From enr. to dis. he held the rank of Pvt from enr 1864 to NW Pvt and during that period the rolls show him present except as follows: Feb 28, 63 sick in hosp Balt Md save to discharge. The medical records show him treated as follows: as David B. Baxter, Priv Co. I, 27 NY vols Jan 2-8, 63 GS [gunshot] wound, left hand; as Danl B. Baxter, Priv Co. A, Jan 9 to Mar 20, 63, vulnus sclopet, discharged from service Mar 20, 63. Nothing additional found.

Joined G.A.R. post 247 in Bolivar, NY 19 Nov 1888


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