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An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California, Pages 628-629. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago, Illinois 1890.
Transcribed by: Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.
CHARLES KIMBALL BAILEY
CHARLES KIMBALL BAILEY, a rancher of Douglass Township, was born in Andover, Massachusetts, June 9, 1830, a son of Samuel and Prudence (Farmer) Bailey. The father, a Massachusetts farmer, lived to be seventy-five, and the mother sixty-three years. Grandmother Bailey was over eighty years old when she died, and her brother, Jesse Trull, was eighty-five years old. Grandfather Bailey also died at an advanced age. The Bailey, Farmer and Trull families are believed to be long settled in New England.
C. K. Bailey went to School more or less until the age of twenty years, but after he reached the age of fourteen he drove a market wagon in spare hours, and when there was no school. His father was a farmer and market gardener, and the son had early opportunity to learn the business. In 1851 he went to work in a grocery store in Lowell, and in June 1853, he came to California by the Nicaragua route. After one month in San Francisco he went to mining at Mokelumne Hill, and followed that business in that section for nearly ten years. After six years’ mining he could have wound up with about $8,000, but going into larger ventures the net result was about one-quarter of that amount when he quit, January 1, 1863.
Mr. Bailey was married at Mokelumne Hill, January 8, 1863, to Miss Mary E. Belknap, born in Missouri, March 4, 1846, a daughter of James D. and Rachel (Rhoads) Belknap. They came to California in 1850. The mother, a native of Pennsylvania, is now living in Tulare City, aged about seventy years, and grandmother Barbara Rhoads (?) is living in Kansas at the age of nearly 100 years.
In 1863 Mr. Bailey bought 160 acres of land in partnership with C. W. Carpenter, a comrade of six years’ standing, and in 1865, 208 acres adjoining on the Calaveras, in Douglass Township. In 1871 and afterward they added 3,300 acres north of that river, and over 1,500 acres in another county, for summer pasture. On the home place 368 acres are devoted to grain and horse raising. Of these he there raises annually about thirty-five head, besides a herd of 160 to 170 head elsewhere. Mr. Carpenter died in 1883, aged fifty-seven years, and bequeathed his property to Mr. Bailey’s children, but the will has been contested by his relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Bailey are the parents of five children, viz: Nettie Orilla, born July 28, 1866, now Mrs. L. M. Walker, of Delano, Kern County, has two children--Gladdis Orilla and an unnamed baby boy; Addie Mabel, born April 5, 1868, now Mrs. E. D. Middlekauff, of Stockton; Hattie Maud, born December 25, 1869, Edward Franklin, October 18, 1873; and Mamie Ethel, November 30, 1881.
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