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31st Bailey Reunion Scheduled

The thirty-first reunion of the descendants of Edmond Bailey will be held at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville, N.C. (Yancey County) on Sunday, June 16, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The church is located on the town square.

Edmond, a soldier in the French and Indian War, was one of six members of a Virginia militia company to survive the Battle of Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh, Pa.) on July 9, 1755. He resided thereafter in Wilkes Co., N.C. Some of his children moved to Burke Co. (present Mitchell and Yancey) around 1800.

Among the children of Edmond were: (1) Ansel, married Elizabeth Bradley; (2) John, married Rutha Ellis; (3?) William, married Elizabeth Baker; (4) Mary, married Elijah Aldridge and David Cox (Sr.); (5?) a girl, married Isaac Cook (Sr.); (6) Charles; (7) Susannah, married Jarrod Simpkins.

For overnight reservations, you might contact the Nu Wray Inn (828-682-2329), The Terrell House (828-682-4502; no children under age 12,please); Colonial Guest Rooms (828-682-2304). Consult web-sites for each.

“Ticklers from the Toe” Coming this Summer

Ready for a few good laughs? Here is a collection of 256 humorous stories, some (as my
late lamented father would say), “funny enough to make a dog laugh!”

Presented in a format that is “easy on the eyes,” Ticklers is a collection of stories from the entire Toe Valley area, some about events as long as 200 years ago, others about happenings
in your lifetime. Some of them may be entirely true, others almost surely exaggerated in retelling over the years, and yet other maybe just told in good humor. Only those observed personally by me are claimed to be true!

A $10 Pre-publication discount available until May 1, 2013.