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Nancy Bailey

Female Abt 1788 - Aft 1860  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Nancy Bailey  [1, 2, 3
    Born Abt 1788  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1860  Penn, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • She last appears living with her son James in 1860 in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Other researchers claim she is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Portage, Porter, Indiana but no proof has ever been found.
    Person ID I107  My Family History
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 

    Father Thomas Bailey,   b. 1759, Louisa, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1825, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Nancy Gentry,   b. Abt 1760, Louisa, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1854, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 6 May 1780  Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • One source at LDS has their marriage 7 May 1780 in Lickinghole Twp., St James Parish,Goochland,Virginia
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Holston,   b. Abt 1791, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1849 and 1850  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1811  Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
    +1. Virginia Holston,   b. Abt 1812, Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Natural]
    +2. Hardin Holston,   b. Abt 1815, Stanford, Lincoln, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Natural]
    +3. William Holston,   b. Abt 1817, Stanford, Lincoln, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1863, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)  [Natural]
    +4. John Holston,   b. 1818, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1894, South Bend, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Natural]
    +5. James Holston,   b. Abt 1819, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1885 and 1900  (Age ~ 66 years)  [Natural]
    +6. Nancey Holston,   b. 30 Nov 1820, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1893, Auburn, Shawnee, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [Natural]
    +7. Abraham Holston,   b. 11 Jan 1825, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1912, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Natural]
    +8. Sarah Holston,   b. 11 Dec 1827, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1901, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Natural]
    +9. Waller Holston,   b. 11 Oct 1829, Paris, Edgar, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1911, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • According to Bert Holston's letter, Nancy Bailey was of Irish parentage and a relative of Bailey of the Barnum and Bailey Circus fame. He went on to say that she was "born on the water", the implication being that she was born on a boat on her way to America. This certainly is not borne out by other sources. All indications are that she was born in Albermarle Co. VA around 1789 to parents who were themselves born in Virginia.

      The other fact that Bert quotes is about her being "a relative of Bailey, the great circus man." The great circus man was actually named James A. McGinnis born in 4 July 1848, left home at age 12 after his parents died. After a couple of years as a bellboy at a hotel in Pontiac, Michigan, he joined the Robinson and Lake's Circus in 1861 under the circus' agent Mr. Frederick H. Bailey. He simply adopted his surname "Bailey" when he joined the circus. Thereafter he was known as James A. Bailey. Nancy Bailey was born between 1788 and 1793 in Lousia VA about 60 years before James A. Bailey was born in Detroit, Michigan. There can be no connection - yet another fanciful tale of family history.
    • (Research):The proof that this is the Nancy Holston who is the wife of John Holston that is quoted in Bert's letter is the Hardin Co., KY Will of Thomas Bailey which lists all of his children. Nancy is listed as "Nancy Holson" the last name missing the "t". However, spelling errors were common in recording deeds, wills, etc. in the 1800's and Holson is common variant of Holston. A lookup of the same time period in Hardin Co., did not reveal any "Holsons" living there and the names of the other children are the same, so one can conclude that this is indeed the Nancy Bailey who married John Holston of Elizabethtown, KY.

  • Sources 
    1. [S145] Letter written 7 Jan 1900 to Billy Holston, Bert Holston.
      "..... 3rd Nancey Jewell has two daughters live in Kansas, .."

      Bert's letter to his brother Billy indicates that Nancy was the 3rd born, married name was Jewell and lived in Kansas with two daughters.

    2. [S114] FamilySearch Individual Record, "España, matrimonios, 1565-1950," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FFD7-9BW : accessed 12 May 2013), Isidoro Puente Blanco and Canula Gomez Regato, 28 Oct 1889. (Reliability: 3).
      Submitted by Dennis R. Morgan, 6417 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123. According to Morgan Nancy Bailey was born Abt 1793 Kentucky died Abt 1891

    3. [S127] Bailey, Thomas - Will, 21 Oct 1825, (Name: Hardin County, Kentucky;), Hardin Co, KY Wills, Book D, page 70 (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S237] 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Database online. Year: 1850; Census Place: Penn, St Joseph, Indiana; Roll: M432_171; Page: 134A; Image: .
      Record for Nancy Holsten
      Nancy is living with her son, James in 1850. Her age of 62 as listed in the census would place her birth year as 1788. But in 1860 she is listed as 67 which would place her birth year as 1793, a 5 year difference.

    5. [S183] Rev War Pension Appl of Thomas Bailey, widow Nancy. # W-2991, (Name: Application made 2 June 1848 at Hardin Co., Ky. by Nancy, widow of Thomas Bailey.;), # W-2991 (Reliability: 3).
      Her maiden name was Nancy Gentry and they were married by license in Louisa Co, Va at home of Parson Douglass in May 1780. Her father was Nicholas Gentry....

    6. [S114] FamilySearch Individual Record.
      This citation has not been verified as yet. The record of the marriage was submitted by Dennis R. Morgan, 6417 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123. Morgan has date of marriage as 25 Nov 1811 Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky

    7. [S311] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850, Dodd, Jordan R., et al.., (Name: Ancestry.com; Location: Provo, Utah;).
      John Holston and Nancy Bailey, 24 Nov 1811