Mercer Silas Bailey

Brief Life History of Mercer Silas

When Mercer Silas Bailey was born on 9 November 1841, in Laurens, South Carolina, United States, his father, Silas Mercer Bailey, was 36 and his mother, Margaret Beasley, was 31. He married Rosanna Lydia Abrams on 20 November 1860, in Clinton, Laurens, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in South Carolina, United States in 1870 and Hunter Township, Laurens, South Carolina, United States in 1900. He died on 19 February 1926, in Clinton, Laurens, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Clinton, Laurens, South Carolina, United States.

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Mercer Silas Bailey
Rosanna Lydia Abrams
Marriage: 20 November 1860
Joseph Abrams Bailey
Putsy Silas Bailey
William James Bailey
Toccoa Precious Bailey
Emma Floride Bailey
Connie M Bailey
Cassius Mercer Bailey
Mary Ellen Bailey

Sources (24)

  • Mes S Bailey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • M. S. Bailey, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965"
  • Mercer S Bailey, "Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901"

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U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English: status name for a steward or official, from Middle English bailli ‘manager, administrator’ (Old French baillis, from Late Latin baiulivus, an adjectival derivative of baiulus ‘attendant, carrier, porter’).

English: habitational name from Bailey in Little Mitton, Lancashire, named with Old English beg ‘berry’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

English: occasionally a topographic name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle, from Middle English (Old French) bailli ‘outer courtyard of a castle’ (Old French bail(le) ‘enclosure’, a derivative of bailer ‘to enclose’). This term became a placename in its own right, denoting a district beside a fortification or wall, as in the case of the Old Bailey in London, which formed part of the early medieval outer wall of the city.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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