Biography of David Bailey
North Central Ohio Biographies

David Bailey. Widely known and highly esteemed throughout Ashland County, where he has spent practically his entire life, David Bailey is numbered among the prominent citizens of North Central Ohio. He was born in Highland County, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1847, the son of John and Sarah (Kinzer) Bailey.

John Bailey, born at Lynchburg, Va., spent his entire life is a farmer, and came to Ohio in 1809. He obtained a land grant in Highland County, and became one of the prosperous farmers of that section. He died in 1884 and his wife, a native of Highland County, died in 1889. Both are buried in the Quaker Cemetery. He was a Whig and later became a Republican in politics. Both he and his wife held membership in the Brethren Church. Their children were: William Y., who died in 1864; Lydia A., who died in 1915, was the wife of George Buzzard; Mary E., who died in 1918; Hannah J., married W. Harold, both deceased; John H., deceased; Joseph, who died in 1915; David, the subject of this sketch; and Sarah C., the widow of S. T. Smithson, of Highland County.

The boyhood of David Bailey was spent on his father's farm in Highland County and he attended the district schools. He is a graduate of the National Normal University, at Lebanon, Ohio, now known as Wilmington College, from which he received a degree in 1871. He then studied law at the Iowa State University, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1874. Mr. Bailey engaged in general farming on the homestead until 1879, at which time he came to Ashland and became an instructor of mathematics in Ashland College. He also purchased an interest in the Centennial Store in 1881, which was located on the present site of the Fries Store. The business was later conducted under the name of the Bailey Book Store, and in 1888 Mr. Bailey disposed of his interest to a Mr. Brandt. He has since been retired from active business and devoted his entire time to farming, having lived on the same farm on the Wooster Road out of Ashland for the past 36 years. Although 83 years of age, he is still enjoying life to the fullest extent. He devotes much of his time to writing and is especially interested in family geneaology, having traced the ancestry of the Bailey family back to the 17th century.

in 1881 Mr. Bailey was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth T. Moherman, of Ashland County, the daughter of Austin and Hetta (Wagner) Moherman. The former died in 1894 and the latter in 1915. Both are buried in Dickey Church Cemetery, Ashland. To Mr. and Mrs. Bailey were born four children: 1. F. M., born in 1882, a graduate of North Manchester College in Indiana, married Miss Elma Keener, of Ashland, and they have three children: David, Elizabeth, and John M. They live at Lakewood, Ohio. 2. Paul A., born in 1884, a graduate of North Manchester College, married Miss Cora Bartemess, and they have two children: Robert and Richard. They live at Ashland. 3. Georgia E., born in 1887, a graduate of Ashland College and Huron Road Hospital, Cleveland, now a registered nurse, lives at home. 4. Hetta H., a graduate of Ashland College. She is a stenographer and lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

Politically, Mr. Bailey is a Republican, and he is an ardent prohibitionist. He served as a member of the Township School Board for several terms. He served on the Board of Trustees of Ashland College for about 20 years. He has been a member of the Brethren Church (Progressive) for over 50 years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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