Bailey, John S., was born in Urbana, N. Y., June 8, 1826. His grandfather Bailey was a native of England, and came to Philadelphia about 1774, and during the Revolutionary war he aided very materially the American cause by furnishing the soldiers with provisions. His son Barila was an officer, connected with William Henry Harrison on the frontier. Nicholas Bailey, father of John S., was born in Philadelphia in 1778, one of nine children, and at fourteen years of age he was apprenticed to learn the wheelwright trade, and served until he was twenty one years of age. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, ranked as corporal, often detailed to hunt deserters, and after the war he plied his trade. In 1821 he moved to Urbana, Steuben county, and from then until his death he followed the carpenter's trade and saw mill building. He sold his soldier's land for thirty dollars and took his pay in sole leather and built the first store in Hammondsport. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Perry of New Jersey, by whom he had these children: Lewis, Sarah, Nelson, John, Artemas, Edwin, Bradley and Margaret. Mrs. Bailey died in September, 1885, aged eighty five years. John S. Bailey remained with his father until twentyone years of age, when he engaged work on the canal, and a year later purchased a small tract of land, farming summers and lumbering winters. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, 161st Regt., hut was discharged soon after on account of sickness. In July, 1863, he was drafted, paid his draft, and in 1864 he again enlisted in Company C, 188th Regt., and served until the close of the war. He was at the battles of First and Second Hatcher's Run, Weldon Raid, and received a flesh wound in the leg at Hatcher's Run. In the spring of 1865 he was detailed to drive and care for the tent and provision wagons of General Gregory, and in 1867 he purchased his present farm. He married Eveline, daughter of John Clark, a pioneer of Pulteney, by whom he had these children: Arvesta, Franklin, Hettie who was drowned when nineteen years of age, Bandis, Eva, Chauncy, and Georganna.
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896