Joseph Bailey, who is successfully carrying on general farming and stock raising in High Point township, was
born in Cambridgeshire, England, May 7, 1841, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth ( Saunders) Bailey. They were the parents
of nine children, six sons and three daughters, of whom five are still living.
When eighteen years of age Joseph Bailey emigrated to the United States in company with a brother, who had previously
resided in this country. Our subject settled in Beaver county, Illinois, where he was employed at farm work for
fifteen years, after which he removed to Iowa, buying a farm in Lucas county. He lived there for seven years and
then removed to Wayne county, where he followed agricultural pursuits for a like period of time. He next removed
to this county, buying a farm on which he resided for twelve years and which he has since given to his son Joseph
It. He still owns an excellent tract of land on section 1, High Point township, and for seven years has made his
home there. He concentrates his attention largely on the raising of cattle and horses for the market and his business
yields him a good profit annually.
On the 24th of June, 1870, Mr. Bailey was married to Miss Virginia Arnold, a daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Ross)
Arnold, of Uniontown, Ohio, both of whom are deceased. Mrs. Bailey has two brothers and one sister living. To Mr.
and Mrs. Bailey have been born seven children, namely: Margaretta, who died when nine years of age ; Della, the
wife of Robert Sayres, of Des Moines; Grace, who married William Cartwright, a farmer of this county, by whom she
has three children; Herbert, who died when twenty two years old; George, who is farming with his father; Joseph
R., an agriculturist of this county; and Gladys, who lives at home.
Mr. Bailey attends the Methodist Episcopal church and can be counted upon to further all movements seeking the
moral advancement of his community. His political belief is that of the democratic party. He has gained a gratifying
measure of material prosperity and has also won the unstinted respect of his fellowmen.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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