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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


ELLIS B. BAILEY, farmer and stock-grower, was born in Greene County, Penn., November 21, 1824, and is a son of Eli and Peria (Gregg) Bailey.  His parents were natives of Chester County, Penn., were members of the Society of Friends, and of English descent.  His father was a farmer.  Mr. Bailey’s ancestors were among the earliest settlers in Greene County, and often had to flee to the forts for protection.  His father died in 1854, in Fayette County, where he had resided since 1837.  His family consisted of ten children, eight of whom grew to maturity.  Of these Ellis B. was the sixth.  He was reared in Fayette County, attended Madison College and had entered the senior year, when he left school and commenced farming and stock-growing.  He has made his own way in the world, and is among the wealthiest men of Greene County, owning over 1,000 acres of well improved land.  He is a man possessed of more than ordinary energy, his success in life having been due largely to his strong determination to succeed, coupled with a willing disposition to work.  His business life has not, however, all been sunshine.  He lost $23,000 by the failure of the Exchange Bank of Waynesburg, and $2,000 by the destruction of his wool in a big fire at Boston.  But every reverse in business seemed only to make him more determined, and to add new strength to his ambition.  He has devoted his time to farming, stock-dealing and buying land, and he has dealt considerably in wool.  He was never given much to speculating; but gave his business close attention and careful oversight, and has succeeded in accumulating a handsome fortune.  He was married in Fayette County, Penn., March 7, 1850, to Harriet, daughter of John and Sarah (Barton) Gaddis.  Her parents were Quakers, and of English descent.  Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have six sons and two daughters—William H., John E., Joseph E., George E., Eli F., Richard L., Sarah F., wife of Thomas H. Hawkins, and Anna R., wife of George F. Luse.  The two daughters and three sons are married; all are intelligent business men and good citizens.  In politics Mr. Bailey has been a Whig and a Republican.  He has served nine years as school director in Cumberland Township.  All the family are members of t he Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Bailey has been elder and superintendent of the Sabbath-school


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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