NATHAN BAILEY, merchant, handling a general stock of dry goods and groceries, is a native of Randolph County,
Ind., and was born May 11, 1842; he was the son of David and Elizabeth (Freeman) Bailey, of English descent. David
Bailey was an early settler of Randolph County; he died March 19, 1860, in Tipton County, at the age of forty two;
his wife died previously in Randolph County. Nathan Bailey was reared on a farm, and spent his youth in Howard
and Tipton Counties; he attended the pioneer schools, and at the age of thirteen began working on the farm; in
1859, he made a trip to Iowa, and in the spring of 1860 was called home by his father's death; he then enlisted
in Company G, Thirty ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but soon after going out was taken sick and was
subsequently discharged on account of disability; he returned home and recruited, and in the spring of 1864 enlisted
in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty seventh Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, joining the Army of the Tennessee.
Their time was mostly spent doing guard duty, and upon their return home, while riding on the top of the train,
he was thrown off, fracturing both ankles and his right wrist; he was left at the hospital at Indianapolis, where
he was honorably discharged; he was compelled to use crutches for fifteen months, after which he worked at the
carpenter's trade; in 1867, he came to Windfall, where he operated a saw mill eighteen months; he then bought a
third interest in Richard Freeman's general store, and for a number of years made numerous changes. In March, 1878,
he and E. L. Pickering lost their goods, valued at $3,000, by fire, and subsequently he lost about $500 by burglars.
After this, he purchased a small grocery stock, and has since added dry goods and boots and shoes. Mr. Bailey was
married, June 6, 1869, to Miss Mary Olive Armstrong, of Windfall, Ind. She was born February 7, 1853, and is the
daughter of Jefferson and Margaret A. (Taylor) Bailey, both natives of Indiana, and of English and Irish descent.
They have two children, Attala J. and Bertie V. Mr. Bailey has been a life long Republican; he is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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