Biography of Joseph A. Bailey
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Bailey, Joseph A. (deceased), Potsdam, was born on the Bailey homestead in Potsdam, June 5, 1818, the oldest son of Ansel and Sarah (Akin) Bailey. He was educated in the old St. Lawrence Academy, and engaged in mercantile business in company with his cousin, William S. Akin, in Cardinal, Canada. He was there eleven years and then returned to the farm where he spent the balance of his days. He died February 7, 1885. His wife was Margaret, daughter of Peter Adams of Canada, who still survives him. They had nine children, six living: Ansel, a farmer of Potsdam; Sylvester, of the American House, Norwood; Bertha wife of Herbert Thompson of Porsdam; Hattie, wife of F. J. Higley; Eva and Anna who live at home. Mr. Bailey always took an active interest in the Republican party, but never aspired to public office. The farm now conducted by his widow contains 160 acres of land, devoted to dairying.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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