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30th Bailey Reunion Scheduled for June 17

The thirtieth reunion of the descendants of Edmond Bailey will be held at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville, N.C. (Yancey County) on Sunday, June 17, 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.

This year’s program will briefly review photos of previous reunions, learn of recently discovered and long-lost cousins, summarize family history from the 1500’s in England downward, review DNA evidence from 20,000 BC, and (most important’.) distribute massive amounts of family in written form (since future reunions are uncertain because of my health).

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.

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