Biography of Robert Bailey
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Robert Bailey. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in our pages, was born in Kentucky, December 26, 1827. At the early age of seven he moved with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois, and when twelve accompanied them to Sangamon county, same State, where he resided until he was of age. In the year 1848 Mr. Bailey moved to Polk county, Iowa, and there abode until the Spring of 1850, when he crossed the plains with ox teams, reaching the mines in Placer county in October of that year. Here he worked until the Spring of 1852, in which season he transferred his habitation to Sacramento, continuing there until the Fall, when he once more moved and located near Bloomfield, Sonoma county. In the Autumn of 1855 Mr. Bailey returned to Iowa and thence to Missouri, where, purchasing a drove of cattle, he conducted them overland to California, arriving in the Fall of 1856. In November of that year he moved to his present ranch, and is considered one of the " solid men " and large land owners of Margin. At the present writing Mr. Bailey is constructing a splendid mansion, the main building of which will measure thirty by thirty eight feet, of two stories in height, to which will be attached an "Ell," of sixteen by twenty four feet, of the same height as the main portion; the cornices are to be of the kind known as the "bracket and dental;" hot and cold water will be laid on throughout the building; it is contemplated that it shall be lit with gas, while the front facade will be protected by a broad veranda. Mr. Bailey married, in November, 1851, Mary Hickman, a native of Massachusetts, who was born September 8, 1833. Their children are: Mary Ellen, born April 29, 1854; Alice Jane, born April 22, 1856; Laura Asenith, born November 5, 1860; Robert Henry, born January 3, 1863; William Hendricks, born July 14, 1864; Louis Clark, born March 10, 1866; Warren Grant, born January 23, 1868.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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