Bailey at the age ~ 65-1938
Alex "Pap" Bailey (1874 - 1939)
Alex "Pap" Bailey (1874 - 1939)
(Sons: Cletus & Charlie)
A young Alex Bailey - Year 1898
(The above photograph of Alex "Pap"Bailey
was probably made in 1899 when he was 25
years old . The photograph on the left with two of has eight
children was probably taken about 10 years later.
The third photograph is from about 1938 when he
was 64 years old. He died on Sept. 6, 1939 at the age of 65.)
Alex "Pap" Bailey's parents were John and Julie Anne Burton Bailey. His father died young leaving a young widow with several small children.: This is a facinating story: The Life of Alex Bailey's Mother and Family and the tragic death of his father and siblings. Alex Bailey had a twin sister, Belzora Bailey.
worked as the (second) shift foreman for the Buckeye Coal & Coke. Co. mine in Buckeye Hollow for many
years and was at this mines at the time of his death on
6 September 1939. He had worked in the coal mining industry for forty five years at the time of his death. He was born on March 7, 1872. He died at 12:30 AM in the morning
just after completing the evening shift at the
Buckeye Coal & Coke Company No. 1 mine ( a short distance from the coal tipple) in Buckeye Hollow, near Freeman, WV.
It is said
that Mr. Bailey owned the first automobile driven
on Sinai Mountain. He was a well respected coal
mining pioneer in the Goodwill, WV area. He spent 45 years of
his life in the coal mining business and loved
his chosen profession. He was known to loan money
to many friends and acquaintances with loan
recorded as a notation made on a scrap piece of
paper. At the time of his death he had thousands
of dollars outstanding in this type loan. When the
Historic Bramwell Bank indicated a declaring of
bankruptcy Mr. Bailey refused to withdraw his
money from that bank and accepted bankruptcy
payouts from the bank's payout plan over the rest
of his life.
it that one could walk through a mine that was
located just down the hill from the Bailey house
to the Buckeye Hollow No. 1 mine that was several
miles away. It was quite common for people to
travel from the Buckeye Hollow Coal Tipple to
Goodwell on the weekends using this route
throught the mines. Several of the Bailey
children and relatives lived in the Buckey Hollow
Coal Company houses and worked at the Buckeye No.
1 mine. They made this journey through the mine
to the Bailey house on weekends. Additionally,
from inside the Bailey Home one could hear the
rumble of coal mining cars passing through a mine
that was located well beneath the house.
Lucinda Taylor Bailey was th daughter of William Taylor and Mary A. Taylor.
Lucinda married A. L. Bailey on 28 Feb 1895.
"Pap" and Lucinda "Cindy"
Bailey had eight children: Charlie Lee (May 19,
1896) , Elmer "Buster" (1905 - 1972), Cletus (1902 -1949), Earnest
"Pete" (1898-Unknown), Della Mae Bailey Robinson (Jan
1, 1900 - 1972), Raymond (May 28, 1909 - 1986),
Garland (1907 - 1985) and Avis Elizabeth Bailey Petty (Aug. 3,
1911 - Jan 9, 2000 ). Alex and Cindy Bailey are
buried in the Bailey Cemetery that is located on
a hill top about 1/4 mile from the Bailey home
Bailey ( Mar 7, 1874 - Sept 6, 1939 ) -- Lucinda
Bailey ( May 12, 1873 - June 21, 1949 )
1880 Census, Mercer Co, WV: Alexander L. Bailey 1. 1880 Census, Mercer Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 634. Rock Township, page 028. Listed as Alexander L. Bailey, age 4, born in WV, in household of father, John H. Bailey. Twin of Belzora Bailey. 2. Ancestry.com Web Site, Henderson Bailey Search, 18 Apr 2002, submitted by Walter M. Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org. John Harrison Bailey; born abt 1856 in Mercer Co, WV; died on 7 May 1883 in Mercer Co, WV; son of James M. and Sarah (_____) Bailey; married Julia Ann Barton, daughter of Elias and Sarah (_______) Barton, on 11 Mar 1875 in Mercer Co, WV. Son, A.L. Bailey; born abt 1876 in Tazewell Co, VA (sic, Mercer Co, WV). This is Alexander L. Bailey; since 1880 Census indicates the same age as sister Belzora, they are twins.