William Smith Bailey

Brief Life History of William Smith

When William Smith Bailey was born on 28 February 1905, in Wellsville, Cache, Utah, United States, his father, William Adamson Bailey, was 36 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Kilfoyle Smith, was 27. He married Lillace Merle Clawson on 15 June 1927, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Hyrum Election Precinct, Cache, Utah, United States in 1940 and World for about 20 years. He died on 20 April 1987, in Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Hyrum, Cache, Utah, United States.

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William Smith Bailey
Lillace Merle Clawson
Marriage: 15 June 1927
Lylas LaVonne Bailey
Lylas LaVonne Bailey
Paul Burton Bailey

Sources (32)

  • William S Bailey, "United States 1950 Census"
  • William Bailey, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
  • William S Bailey, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

1913 · Franklin County is Formed

Efforts to realign Oneida County became the top priority on the political agenda as the county seat was fifty miles away from Preston. They succeeded in their efforts and the bill to create Franklin County was passed on January 30, 1913.


Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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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(This life story was written by his daughter, LaVonne, from notes taken during several personal interviews with him during the late 1970’s and is written primarily in "first person") I was born on Fe …

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