William Henry Bailey Family

DNA helix drawing

Bill and son, James Bailey
and James's daughter

William Henry Bailey was born September 8, 1871 in Sparta, WI to Charles E. Bailey and Rebecca Hall.[1] He died April 20, 1950 in Moose Lake, Carlton Cty, Minnesota. Obituary

Bill is described as being tall, handsome, determined and especially kind. He had a glass eye due to an unfortunate accident that occurred when he was in a high school play. One scene called for Bill to be shot with a pistol that had been loaded with blanks. Whomever loaded the gun apparently overdid it and when Bill was shot he lost his eye. Bill's generosity and sympathy for the plight of the European immigrants endeared him to those who had the privilege of his acquaintance. Bill suffered from senility in his elderly years and was committed to the Moose Lake Sanitorium where he died.

Mary Harmison Bailey
and possibly Mildred

Bill met his first wife, Mary E. Harmison "Mae" in High School. She was a school teacher in Eau Claire and Bill was a grocery clerk. They married9 on February 18, 1896 in a Presbyterian ceremony in Eau Claire. Both were twenty-five years old. Mary was the daughter of Calvin P. Harmison.

They are buried next to each other in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Because the family settled in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, I imagine that is where William may have been inspired by the lumber industry. Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire were prominent lumbering communities as evidenced by the fact that Mr. Weyerhaeuser used this area as a stepping stone before moving on to the state of Minnesota. Before the lumber industry wreaked havoc on Minnesota timberlands, the White Pine was king. The trees rose to incredible heights and you could hardly stretch your arms as wide as a tree and certainly not around it. For more of Bill's story, click here.

They had four children:

Mildred Agnes Bailey was born March 26, 1897 in Eau Claire, WI and died in June 27, 1967 in Marin Cty, CA where she is buried. She married John William Malaney who was born in Ohio about 1889. They lived in Missouri, Maryland5, Iowa 6, Seattle, Washington and then San Francisco, California7. John's family was from the east coast. John and Mildred had had one daughter:

Virginia Irene Malaney July 21, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri and died May 19, 2006 in San Anselmo, Marin, CA. Virginia was supposed to have become a nun but I have never found proof of that. She was married April 16, 1949 in San Francisco, California to Leo Samuel Gosliner who was born July 6, 1905 in San Francisco and died July 5, 1980 in San Francisco. They were divorced in February 1970 in Marin, CA. They had two sons. One son, a biologist, named a sea slug for her (Okenia virginiae).

In the 1920 Eau Claire census, Mildred and Virginia are shown as having the last name Mickelson and living with Nellie Harmison (Mildred's aunt).10

Florence Egan Bailey was born August 18, 1899 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, died February 12, 1985 in Duluth, St. Louis Cty, MN. She was a slender, very pretty girl who was soft-spoken. She married Guy Joseph Martin born February 21, 1896 in Michigan, died May 27, 1958 in Duluth, St. Louis County, MN. Guy worked at the pumping station for the Duluth, Mesabi and Iron Range Railroad. They had one son:

William Allan Martin, b: March 4, 1936 in Duluth, MN, d: February 17, 2012 [3, Duluth, MN. He was married to Dawn Ruse in June of 1955. Dawn was born August 7, 1935 in Duluth to Ronny and Magaret (Huttel) Ruse. She died October 2, 2004 in Hermantown, MN [4. They had three daughters and one son.

Vivian Frances Bailey (picture on right) was born January 8, 1902 in Duluth and died August 27, 1992 in Henning, Ottertail County, Minnesota at the age of 90. She was a lively and intelligent young lady and enjoyed reading and memorizing poetry. She could still recite much of what she memorized as a young girl. Her favorite poet was Longfellow. She had a terrific sense of humor right up until her death. She married Charles E. Olin in the Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on May 14, 1918. They lived in Duluth, Minnesota, then Superior, Wisconsin and eventually Minneapolis, Minnesota. They had ten children. Vivian and Charles divorced and she married on July 25, 1962 in Minneapolis to John Nicholas Eiden* who was born October 31, 1889 in Oregon and died in 1973 in Aitkin County, MN. Vivian was in the Order of the Eastern Star and John was a Mason too. They are buried next to each other in Aitkin.

Jim Bailey

James Hill Bailey was born June 6, 1906 in Duluth, Minnesota and died in Milwaukee in March of 1955 of a heart attack. He married a Justine Kathryn Premoch who was born April 2, 1912 in Milwaukee and died December 26, 1993 in Milwaukee. They lived in Milwaukee where he ran a boarding and rooming house. Jim was a good man with many of his father's personality traits. He was his own man and firm in his convictions. He and Justine had one daughter.[2]

Bill married a woman named Lillian Augustine after Mae's death. Lillian had 4 daughters. Her grandson, Fred, was raised by Bill and Lillian and as a result he took the Bailey name to honor Bill. I met him in Duluth many years ago and he was a nice gentleman with fond memories.


[1] Birth certificate shows his birth mother as Rebecca Arnold. This is incorrect, it should be Rebecca Hall. Arnold (Arnell) was the name of one of the Harmison grandmothers. No birth certificate was located in Sparta.

From the Social Security Death Index SS# 395-07-4234. The record says he was born June 10, 1905. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Number: 395-07-4234; Issue State: Wisconsin; Issue Date: Before 1951 (James H. Bailey)

Taken from an online article published by the Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/223320/publisher_ID/36/

Taken from an online article published by the Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/obituary/id/90693/

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X34H-YLR : accessed 7 October 2015), John W Malaney, Baltimore (Districts 251-500), Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0440, sheet 21A, family 174, line 28, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 870; FHL microfilm 2,340,605.

"Iowa State Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQH-WR4D : accessed 7 October 2015), Virginia I Malaney in household of John W Malaney, Dubuque (1st-2nd precinct), Dubuque, Iowa, United States; citing Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,429,311.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K98K-GBC : accessed 7 October 2015), Virginia Maloney in household of John W Maloney, Assembly District 22, San Francisco, San Francisco City, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 38-169, sheet 3B, family 471, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 304.

"California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPRY-DCK : accessed 7 October 2015), Virginia I Malaney and Leo S Gosliner, Feb 1970; from "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Marin, California, Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.

"Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRJL-51T : accessed 7 October 2015), W.H. Bailey and Mary E. Harmison, 18 Feb 1896; citing reference 00481; FHL microfilm 1,266,971. (Mary's father is shown as Isaiach Harmison, who was actually her grandfather)

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF2V-WB7 : accessed 7 October 2015), Nellie E Harmison, Eau Claire Ward 7, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 2B, family 38, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,984.

"Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRJH-LKS : accessed 7 October 2015), Mary E. Harmison in entry for Florence Egan Bailey, 18 Aug 1899; citing Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, reference cn 224; FHL microfilm 1,302,868.


Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Department of Health. (William Allan Martin)

"Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826–1926." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records. (Florence E. Bailey birth)

* I believe that this may be the family of John Eiden as the names John and Nicholas are passed down. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/families/p175.htm

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