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Bailey, Daniel M. (Baily)

Born: 1796-12-11 New Hampshire

Died: 1871-11-06 Pekin, Illinois

Flourished: Pekin, Illinois

Alternate name: Baily

Daniel M. Bailey was a farmer, town official, and postmaster. Bailey arrived in Tazewell County, Illinois, sometime before 1835, setting near Pekin. He won election to the Pekin Board of Trustees in the first town elections held in July 1835. In December, he purchased approximately 630 acres of public land in Cincinnati Township, south of Pekin. Seven months later, Bailey acquired an additional eighty acres in Deer Creek Township, east of Pekin. In 1843, the congregation of the newly established Reformed Church of Pekin selected Bailey as a trustee. Bailey was postmaster of Pekin from February to May 1849. In 1850, he was a farmer and owned real estate valued at $4,000. In January 1856, he married Elizabeth Brown. In 1860, Bailey was farming and owned real property valued at $13,000 and a personal estate of $2,500.

History of Tazewell County Illinois (Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1879), 566, 591; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Tazewell County, 69:37, 40, 136, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Fitz Henry Warren to Abraham Lincoln; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, 18:186, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Tazewell County, 31 January 1856, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Tazewell County, IL, 68; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Pekin, Tazewell County, IL, 6; Gravestone, Lakeside Cemetery, Pekin, IL.