Thomas Bailey (c.1803 - c.1890)

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Birthplace: Giles Co., Virginia
Death: Died in Virginia, United States
Managed by: Paul Keenan, Jr.
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About Thomas Bailey

Thomas Bailey was the first settler on the head of Big Huff Creek. He was a farmer, in addition to which he dug "sang," hunted, and coursed wild bees for sport and profit. He surveyed the first land run out above Road Branch. He owned 1300 acres of land. He and his wife were members of the Guyandotte Baptist Church, and he was active in local and county affairs. He taught the first Sunday School on Big Huff. They had no literature, but had a Bible study class, reading a lesson and then discussing and commenting on it. He also taught spelling and reading in this Sunday School and gave rewards to the best students.

He and his father-in-law, Thomas Cooke, were watching at a deer lick on Road Branch when they heard a stealthy movement in the leaves. An instant later they saw a panther creeping towards them. As it sprang about ten feet and landed upon the smooth bark of a birth tree, one of them shot it. The body of the dying cat began sliding down the trunk, its claws cutting deep scars in the bark all the way to the ground, where it died. The scars were discernable sixty years later to men who first saw them as boys. Many years later Henry Toler cleared the land on which the tree stood.

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Thomas Bailey's Timeline

1803
1803
Giles Co., Virginia
1827
February 11, 1827
Age 24
Logan Co., Virginia
1829
March 6, 1829
Age 26
Virginia
1831
February 16, 1831
Age 28
Virginia, United States
1835
July 29, 1835
Age 32
Logan Co., Virginia
1837
1837
Age 34
Logan Co., Virginia
1840
1840
Age 37
Logan Co., Virginia
1842
1842
Age 39
Logan Co., Virginia
1844
1844
Age 41
Logan Co., Virginia
1846
April 22, 1846
Age 43
Logan Co., Virginia