The Alex Bailey Family of Sinai Mountain, Goodwill, WV

Alex Bailey and sons ~ 1908

..Alex Bailey at the age ~ 65 -1938

Alex "Pap" Bailey (1874 - 1939)

Alex "Pap" Bailey (1874 - 1939)

(Sons: Cletus & Charlie)

It is thought that the center photograph of Alex Bailey was probably made in about 1898 when he was 25 years old . The photograph 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 at the age of 65.

Alex 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.

Alex Bailey was the night (second) shift foreman for the Buckeye Coal and Coke Company mines 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 mines in Buckeye Hollow,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.

History has 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.

Alex "Pap" and Lucinda "Cindy" Bailey had eight children: Charlie Lee (May 19, 1896) , Buster, Cletus (1902 -1949), Earnest "Pete", 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 place.

Alex 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, baileywm@pa.net. 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.

ANOTHER VIEW OF ALEX BAILEY

Above: Alex Bailey Death Cert.------ Below: Lucinda Bailey Death Cert.

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