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  • ID: I9632

  • Name: Richard Paton (Payton) Bailey Sr.

  • Surname: Bailey

  • Given Name: Richard Paton (Payton)

  • NSFX: Sr.

  • Sex: M

  • Birth: 22 Aug 1735 in Wigan, Lancasterhire, England 1

  • Death: 1818 in Tazewell County, Virginia 1

  • Burial: 1818 Leatherwood Farm, Route 460, Bluefield WV.

  • _UID: D9D996D775EAC8489D2836A8F1B461346BAA

  • Note:

    Note: RICHARD PATON BAILEY I was born 1735 in Lancastershire, England, and died 1818 in Tazewell County, Virginia. It is said he was killed in an Indian raid in Wythe Co. He married ELIZABETH ANNE BELCHER 1762 in Dale Parish, Chesterfield Co. Va. daughter of RICHARD BELCHER and MARY OBEDIENCE CLAY. ELIZABETH was born 1742 in Chesterfield Co. Va. and died 1820 in Tazewell County, Virginia. The grave of RICHARD BAILEY is marked with a Revolutionary war stone and is located on the Leatherwood Farm near US. Route 460 at the state line in Bluefield Wv. Though unmarked, it is said his beloved wife ELIZABETH is buried by his side. Richard was a spy during the Revolutionary war.

    It has not been determined when Richard Bailey came to America from England. In September 1764 he sold his 100 acres of land which he had bought from John Skelton in 1760 and moved with his family for the Black Water River section of Bedford County. We do know that John Goolman Davidson, an Irishman, born in Dublin, Ireland, a cooper by trade, from which he was generally called and known as "Cooper Davidson," came with his family from that part of the Valley of Virginia now known as Rockbridge County, and with him came Richard Bailey and his family, from the Blackwater section, then in Bedford, now in Franklin County, Virginia, and settled in the year of 1780 at the Beaver Pond Spring, a branch of Bluestone, now in Mercer County. A fort was built which was called and known as the "Davidson-Bailey Fort," the marks of the foundation of which may yet be seen near the residence of Mr. Harvey Bailey just west of the Beaver Pond Creek. Both Davidson and Bailey had considerable families, the latter had eight sons and two daughters. In his book "A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory" David E. Johnston indicates that Richard Bailey served as a soldier in the American Army during the Revolutionary War; however, it is believed that he served as a spy for the American Army on the western frontier at that time. These men as well as their sons and daughters, were a brave and courageous people, and maintained their position on the border at the settlement they had made from the day they came in 1780, until the close of the Indian wars in 1795. Tradition indicates that he traded a saddle blanket to the Indians for land around Bluefield, West Virginia. He was one of the original settlers of Mercer County, Virginia around 1780. According to Beverly E. Humphreys, a boulder that was used at the Davidson-Bailey Fort has been erected at the Bluefield College to mark the site. Richard Bailey and Isham Belcher were among the group that migrated to Franklin County, Virginia. The exact date of the migration is unknown. Richard's father, James, wrote his will in February 1765. The following September, Richard sold his land in Chesterfield and migrated to Bedford County, the same records show Isham sold some land of Richard Belcher, deceased, and left for Franklin County, Virginia. The earliest record of james Bailey was in Henrico County, Virginia, where he was named in John Nash's Sheriff's bond along with John and Richard Belcher. On November 1, 1760, Richard Bailey purchased 100 acres of land in the Skinquarter area of Chesterfield County, Virginia. In 1765, Richard Bailey sold his 100 acres and left with his family for Franklin County, Virginia. He lived very close to John and Richard Belcher. The following is research by Ann Waller Reedy, Historical & Genealogical Researcher, 500 Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia in November 1962: Franklin County, Va. Deed Book 1, p. 262 10 April 1787 - Richard Bailey of Montgomery County to John Jones of Franklin County, Pounds 45 - 125 acres being part of a tract of land containing 268 acres. Survey dated 20 April 1778 in Franklin County. Witnesses: John Arthur John X Chitwood Joseph X Henrick Co. Recorded Monday ____ Sept. 1787 Test. Ste. Smith, Cl. Cur. Deed Book 2, p. 109 10 April 1787 - Richard X Bailey of Montgomery County to John Arthur of Franklin Co, Pounds 60, 10 acres part of tract of 445 acres granted to Richard Bailey by Patent dated 21 Dec. 1762 in Franklin County on south side Blackwater River (in Bedford Co.) Signed - Richard X Bailey Witnesses: John X Chitwood Joseph X Hambreck Sary X Whealer Recorded June Court, Franklin County 1787 Assigned by James Cheatwood to Richard Bailey July 20, 1783 Amherst County, Virginia in the Revolution by Sweeny - p. 188 Soldiers of the French and Indian War service proved in Amherst County Court in order to obtain bounty land allowed by proclamation of the King of Great Britain of 1763 - Order Book 1773 - 1782 Richard Bailey served under Colonel William Byrd in 1760 - p. 404 According to Donna Beers, Richard Bailey died on July 6, 1812 in Beaver Pond, New Field, Virginia. From a series of segments by Barton Wyatt which were published in the Princeton Times during the summer of 1966: "The descendants of Richard Bailey made four important settlements, namely, Bluefield, Rock and along the Bluestone River, Beartown, and Baileysville in Wyoming County. Three of the Bailey brothers, Eli, Richard and Henry, settled t Rock in Mercer County about the years 1800 to 1810. The Baileys began to multiply nd replenish the earth at this point. The three brothers were then in their erly thirties and were lovers of adventure and hardwork. Within the first fifty years they had built a thriving, self-supporting community for a distance of twelve to fifteen miles along the Bluestone River from Clover Bottom to old River Side, now Montcalm. These pioneer settlers had cleared up the bottoms and mountainsides, built homes, planted orchards and vineyards, and were groiwing thousands of bushels of corn, wheat, rye, buckwheat and oats where today not one single bite of food is grown. Two of the Bailey brothers, Anos and Charles built the Tunnel Mill to do the community grinding. This mill served the community for many yers and was finally washed away by the Bluestone flood of 1872, which flood also washed away the old Rolland Mill above Spanishburg and the old Callahan Mill later known as the old Lilly Mill. Besides having the old Brush Mountain mill stoned for grinding corn meal and flour it had a carding machine for the carding of wool for making clothing. Every log cabin home in the community became a unique factory, making all the family needs in the way of clothing and shoes. The old time weaving loom, made in the community, was found in every home, with all the necessary equipment for the weaving of jeans for pants, lindsey for dresses and linen for shirts. This equipment consisted of a large and small spinning wheel, reels, winding blades, warping bars, flax breaks, hackles, scutching paddles, shuttles and other equipment too numerous to mention went along with the weaving in the home. There were no such terms as relief, poverty or hand out commodities in those precious old days. In the study of seven generations of Baileys the writer discovered some noticable tendancies. There is the tendency toward smaller familes of children. In those days it was not uncommon to find families of twelve to twenty children in multiple marriages. In most cases eight or ten boys and four or five girls. Today the family size does not go beyond three or four children with one boy and two or three girls. Unless the trends change seven more generations will end the Bailey family

    Father: James Bailey Sr. b: 24 Oct 1714 in Wigan, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Lucy Simms b: 1716 in Lancashire England

    Marriage 1 Elizebeth Anne (Annie) Belcher b: 1742 in Skinquarter, Dale Parrish, Chesterfield Co. Va.

    • Married: 1762 in Dale Parish, Chesterfield County, Virginia 

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