George Bailey, the subject of this sketch, the eighth son of Jacob and Mary B. (Rubright) Bailey, was born in Trumbull, now Mahoning County, Ohio, on the 28th day of January, 1830. He was reared to manhood on his fatherâ€™s farm, received a limited education in such schools as the country afforded, and having early manifested a decided taste for mechanical pursuits, took up the carpenterâ€™s trade at the age of eighteen, and worked at the same at intervals until attaining his majority. He then began contracting and building, in which he met with encouraging success, working at the same in his own State until the spring of 1851. At that time he visited Huntington County, Ind., and the fall of the following year purchased a tract of timber land in Wells County, to which he moved in the fall of 1853, being at that time an unmarried man. During the summer of 1854 he worked at his trade, and until his marriage lived with his brother. He moved to his land in 1854, went to work with a will, and in due time cleared a good farm, upon which he lived until 1866, when he abandoned agricultural pursuits and engaged in the mercantile business at the town of Markle. He was thus engaged until 1869, at which time he disposed of his mercantile business and for some time thereafter was interested in a patent right, which did not prove successful. Losing by the last venture, he again took up the carpenterâ€™s trade, which he followed with good success until 1873, when he purchased his present farm in Union Township, where he has since resided. His place is under a high state of cultivation, supplied with good buildings, and is one of the best farms in Union. Mr. Bailey is a public spirited citizen, alive to everything that pertains to the good of the township, and has the esteem and confidence of all who know him. He has been twice married, the first time, October 19, 1852, to Miss Nancy J. Hersey, of Zanesville, Ohio, daughter of William and Emily (Linn) Hersey. Mrs. Bailey was born September 30, 1835, and was the mother of ten children, five of whom are now living; viz.: George H., James M., Sarah R., wife of William Pasco, Lottie J., and Martha E. Mrs. Bailey died April 3, 1881. December 29, 1881, Mr. Baileyâ€™s second marriage was solemnized with Miss Lona Mitten, daughter of James and Sarah (Price) Mitten, parents respectively of England and Ohio. Mrs. Bailey was born in the town of Warren, Huntington Co., Ind., July 7, 1849. Mr. Bailey is a Democrat in politics, and a worthy member of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Bailey is a member of the Baptist Church.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Union Township. Pages 852/3