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Need Lookup in Obion County History Vol 1

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Re: Need Lookup in Obion County History Vol 1

Posted: 1566176959000
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The only Bailey biography in Volume 1 is Russell Bailey.

"Thomas Green Bailey, one brother, and his mother, Minner Finch Bailey, came to Obion County in a covered wagon from Mississippi in 1882.
Thomas worked as a logger for Gresson's Mill located between Lassiter's Corner and Samburg for many years. He married Elizabeth Griffin. They had thirteen children - six who lived to be grown: Willie, Sherma, Edith, Litton, Charley, and Ira Bailey.
Thomas was the first of four generations of loggers. He drove two yoke of oxen to haul logs. Willie, his daughter, cooked at the Gresson's Log Camp. Ira started going to the log woods riding on the log wagon when he was five or six years old.
Ira married Vera Beachum. They had four children: David, Russell, Bonnie, and Maurice. Vera died Sept. 28, 1936. Maurice was two months old. Thomas and Elizabeth came to live with Ira and help raise the children.
Russell and David, age seven and nine, went to the woods with their father Ira. Russell was a full time hand in the woods driving horses at the age of eleven. He is still a logger after forty years. In 1979 he formed the Bailey and Sons Logging Company, Inc. at Hornbeak.
Russell married Norma Jean Jenkins on Sept. 25, 1949. They have three sons: Russell Wayne (1-13-1951), Jerry Lynn (5-8-1952), and Donnie Joe (4-20-1953).
Wayne is a teacher at South Fulton High School. He logs in the summer. He logged when he was a teenager to help send himself to college at UTM. He is married to Jane Taylor, also a teacher at South Fulton. They have one daughter, Meredith Ann, and expect another baby in June.
Jerry is married to Linda Mathis. They have three children: Kathy, Jennifer, and Matt. Matt wants to be a logger, too, and will be the fifth generation of loggers. Jerry buys, hauls, cuts, and sells logs.
Donnie is the truck driver, and skids logs for his father. He lives at home with his parents in Hornbeak.
Logging is so much different in 1981 than it was in 1882; from oxen, mules, horses to a big log skidder; from an axe, and cross cut saw to a power saw.
Norma Jean Bailey is also involved in the family business. She is the bookkeeper and even drives a tractor or truck when needed.


Attached is a photo of Thomas and Elizabeth Bailey with unidentified grandchildren that was printed in the book.

I searched volume II as well and could not find anything on the Baileys.

Hopefully that helps.
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