Monday, September 4, 2017

Silas Bailey

Silas Bailey was my 3x Great-Grandfather.  I seem to know very little about Silas.
I believe he was born in New Jersey about 1795 or 6.  His parents are probably Eunice Buckbee and Nathaniel Bailey.

He moved to Tompkins County New York in the early 1800s where he met and married a local girl named Sarah Cornell.

They had the following children:
  • Septor,  born in 1820 in Tompkins County, New York
  • Sarah Catherine, born in 1830 in Chemung County, New York
  • Silas K.,  born in 1835 in Catherine, Schulyer County, New York
  • Charlotte R., born in 1840 in Chemung County, New York (my 2x Great-Grandmother-see blog post What Can I Learn About Charlotte R. Bailey Cornell)
  • Frederick L.,  born in 1846 in Chemung County, New York

Where Silas lived according to the records I have been able to locate:
  • 1830 US Federal Census – Veteran, Tioga County, New York
  • 1840 US Federal Census – Dryden, Tompkins County, New York
  • 1840 New York Index – Catherine, Chemung County
  • 1850 US Federal Census -  ?  Where were they??  I cannot find a record of the family...yet…
  • 1860 US Federal Census – Enfield, Tompkins County, New York
  • 1870 US Federal Census, Mortality Schedule – Dec. 1869 Catherine, Schuyler County, NY

Silas died, according to the US Federal Census, Mortality Schedule in December 1869 of Dropsy of the Heart at the age of 74.  The record confirms his birth in New Jersey and parents are not reported to be of foreign birth and he was listed as a Farm Laborer.  (Thanks to Causes of Death in the Late 19th Century mentioned in the Register of Deaths, 1893-1907 by Karin L. Flippin  that Dropsy was considered to be an unnatural accumulation of serous fluid around an organ such as the heart.)

Chemung Co-Tompkins County-Schuyler County 
(I always need a map as a reference.  Click on images to enlarge,)

I wonder if since Silas was a Farm Laborer they moved around following his getting work?  He stayed in Upstate NY but seemed to moved within and around several counties.

Thanks to my cousins Wendy and Madeline for knowing who Silas’ parents were.  This work definitely takes a village to piece together especially when we get back this far.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.

Enjoy the journey,

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