From The Biographies of Van Buren County Arkansas by Van Buren County HIstorical Society. Biograpghy submitted by Bert Stark, Jr.
Steve Bailey (1837-1905) arrived from Georgia in 1871. After living in INdepenence County, Ar for awhile, he settledin "Bailey Flat" about four miles north of Morganton in Van Buren County. He was born in Georgia. He married Nancy Thomas (1839-1902) and their children were: Louisa; James; Will and Warren, who were twins; Sallie; Mary Susan; Hannah; Julie and Lillie, who were twins; Marion; and Della. Steve was a farmer and was instrumental in organizing a new Masonic Lodge at Morganton and served as the first Worshipful Master after the lodge was chartered in 1879. Steve was a civil war veteran and is buried in the Colony Cemetery