submitted by Kenneth C. Wilde
| Levi Bailey, b. ca 1776 in Virginia, was probably son of William Bailey who on January 23, 1797 in Buncombe Co., NC (Deed Book 4, p. 101) for $100.00 gave Levi Bailey “6 cows and calves, 5-2 year old steers, 7-3 year old Heffers, and 1-3 year old bull, one mare and colt, 2 feather beads [sic] and a quantity of puter.” Levi had at least two dozen land transactions in Buncombe Co., NC, from 1797 through 1825. He appears on each Federal census for Buncombe Co., NC from 1800 through 1830. The 1820 census (p.94) shows him with six slaves. The 1830 census (p.295) shows him with ten slaves. I’ve been unable to locate him in 1840 but the 1850 Yancey Co., NC census shows him with wife Mary, b. ca 1782 in Virginia.
The minutes of Spring 1818 for Bull Creek Baptist Church also indicate his wife was probably a “Mary Baley” but that Mary is probably not the wife Mary that he had in 1850. It appears that in October 1835 he married Mary Peek, widow of James Peek.
Levi Bailey was Captain of The Buncombe County Third Regiment of the Detached Militia, organized in August 1814 (Re: Muster Rolls of the War of 1812, published under the direction of the Adjutant General). His 1st Lieutenant was Joseph Shepard. David Hughey was the Ensign.
Levi’s will was dated March 31, 1851 in Madison Co., NC.
Among his children were: Allen Bailey, b. ca 1796; Sarah Bailey, b. ca 1798, m. Rev. James B. McMahan, Methodist Minister, and lived in Yancey Co., NC.
Source of Publication:
“Old Buncombe County Heritage – North Carolina, Vol. I”
article #215, p. 142
Bailey, Levi & Descendants
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