Tampico Area Historical Society
15 Jul 2007
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Jacob Bailey, farmer and carpenter, section 5, Hopkins Township, is a son of Elias and Elizabeth (Trueax) Bailey, natives respectively of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who settled in Fulton Co., Pa., where they resided until their death. They had a family of eight children, viz.: Sarah, Levi, Ellen, John, Jacob, Elizabeth, Job and Jesse.
Mr. Bailey, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fulton Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1828, and lived in his native county till 28 years of age. At the age of 20 he was apprenticed for two years to learn the trade of carpenter, and joiner, which he followed till he came West. He came to Whiteside County in 1857 and remained two years, engaged at his trade and in millwright business. He then returned to Whiteside County, and purchased 60 acres of land in section 5, Hopkins Township, where he settled and has since lived. He is now the owner of 140 acres, most of which is in a good tillable condition. Since his return from Colorado he has engaged extensively in farming. He keeps about 20 head of short-horn cattle, four head of horses, and fattens annually from 30 to 40 head of hogs.
In politics Mr. Bailey is a Republican.