William Bailey was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, March 22, 1849, a son of John and Patience W. (Humphrey) Bailey. His father was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, and went to Coshocton County when a young man, where he married, and was one of the representative farmers of that county. He was a supporter of the Republican party and a prominent memeber of the Disciples Church. He died January 8, 1876. His widow is still living on the homestead. He was twice married, and reared nineteen children. His first wife was a Miss Richards, by whom he had eleven children, viz: Benjamin, of Arkansas; Robert, of California; Catherine, wife of Levi Beatty, of Illinois; Elizabeth (deceased); Mary Ann, wife of Thomas Anderson, of Mount Vernon; John (deceased); Lovie (deceased); Harriet, wife of William Sapp, of Loudonville, Ohio; Phoebe Jane, wife of Isaiah Purdy, of Killbuck Township; Edith, wife of Calvin Simmons, of Coshocton County; Ellen, wife of Henry Sapp, of Richland Township. By the second wife eight children were born: William; Susanna, wife of Fillmore Brilhart; Isabella, wife of Samuel Purdy, of Killbuck Township; Stewart, of Millersburgh; James, of Iowa; Lucy, wife of Charles Heyatt, of Iowa; Mark, of Richland Township, Holmes County; Sarah, widow of Albert Workman, of Tiverton Township, Coshocton County.
William Bailey was married in 1872 to Miss Lucy J., daughter of William White, and they have since resided on their present farm. They have three children: Clifford W., Cora L. and Annie W. Mr. Bailey has always supported the principles of the Republican party. He is an elder in the Disciples Church of Jones' Corners.
Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889