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Andrew R. Bailey
Postmaster of Bailey, and a successful farmer of Pulaski County, Mo., was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1842, and is the eighth of ten children born to the union of David and Elizabeth (Early) Bailey, who were of Scotch and Irish descent, born in Connecticut and Pennsylvania in 1800 and 1804, and died in Ohio in 1862 and 1872, respectively. The father was a farmer, and became a resident of Ohio in 1805, and he and wife were worthy and consistent members of the Presbyterian Church. Andrew R. Bailey received his early education in Coitsville, Ohio, and remained with his parents until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company C, Fifty-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and after participating in the siege of Yorktown, the battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, being wounded in the latter engagement, he received his discharge in December, 1862, and returned home, where he was married in 1864 to Miss Artie M. Brownlee, who was born in Coitsville, Ohio, in 1847. Her parents, Thomas and Martha Brownlee, were of Scotch descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Bailey were born five children: Preston T., Mattie, Carrie L., Lester M. and Jennie E. In 1865 Mr. Bailey removed with his family to Mercer County, Penn., and in 1876 immigrated to Missouri, locating in Pulaski County, where he owns a fine farm of 417 acres. He has 125 acres under cultivation, and is in a prosperous condition financially. He votes the Republican ticket, and in 1864, while residing in Ohio, was elected to the office of assessor, holding the position one term, and after moving to Pennsylvania was elected to the same office, which he held three consecutive terms. In 1880 he was appointed census enumerator for Roubideaux and Piney Townships, in Pulaski County, and in 1879 was made postmaster of Bailey Post-office, which received its name from him. He and wife and three children are members of the United Presbyterian Church.[Source:  "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. M.]


William Barnes

William Barnes was born at Grey Abbey, County Down, Ireland, March 6, 1830. At eighteen years of age he became an American citizen, and since then has been a most loyal subject of his adopted country. His long life of genuine integrity and his sincere devotion to our American institutions entitle him to a place in this biographical history of Lawrence County.
The parents of Mr. Barnes were of good old Irish stock. The early ancestors had come to Ireland from England at the time of Cromwell's invasion. Thomas Barnes, father of William, was a man of a high standard of life, and of exalted character. Nor did his honesty and uprightness of purpose detract in any way from his popularity; for there were few men who were so popular and well liked in his neighborhood. To the poor and needy and to all who were in distress he was an ever-present friend-comforting, solacing and relieving. His untimely death was mourned by all who knew him. He died in the year 1839, at the age of forty-one. Mr. Barnes was trying to act as peacemaker between two parties to a feud. The knife that was intended by one combatant for his opponent, entered a vital spot in Mr. Barnes, killing him instantly. He was married to Jane Boyd, daughter of James Boyd, of County Down, Ireland. To this marriage were born six children: James, who married Annie Annesley of County Down; William, the subject of this sketch; John; Annie; Isabel, and Margaret, who married Henry Wolfe, of Sewickley, Pa.
William Barnes came to America in the year 1848, and settling near Pittsburg, Pa., where he worked at the construction of telegraph lines-an industry then in its infancy. When the Civil War began he entered the employ of the United States Government, building telegraph under Generals Schenck and Fremont in Maryland and West Virginia. But this sort of life was not congenial to one in whom all the home instincts were so strong. So in 1861 Mr. Barnes purchased the farm, which he still owns, situated one mile north of New Castle, in Hickory Township. On August 2, 1857, he was married to Martha (Stuart) Macklin daughter of John Stuart, of County Antrim, Ireland, and widow of Thomas Macklin, by whom she had two children-Margaret J., who married Robert Patton, and Thomas J., who died in infancy. On this above-mentioned farm, in a log house in the midst of partly cleared fields, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes established their home. To them have come seven children: John, deceased; Jane, deceased; Anna, who married Thomas Matthews; Mary Orr, who married G. P. Bell, of Lone Oak, Tex.; Martha, widow of Hosea Porter, of Brownwood, Tex.; William T., who married Maude Fenton, of Lowellville, Ohio; and Isabel, deceased. Because of the severe climate of this section, and looking for a location where the winters would be milder, the family moved to Lone Oak, Tex., in the year 1883. But they soon found that place unhealthy to them and after a few years returned. Mr. Barnes was educated in the Belfast College, Ireland, receiving a classical training that would fit him to enter any of the professions. He has chosen the farm as the sphere in which his life should be used, bringing to the pursuit of agriculture a trained and cultured mind. In the community he has always taken an humble place. Not ambitious for positions of honor, or petty places in politics, but ambitious for those things which make true greatness-purity of heart and life, honesty and integrity. The family are members of the Park Christian Church, New Castle.
[Source: 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania And Representative Citizens (1908)]


Robert Bentley
ROBERT BENTLEY, president of the Ohio Iron and Steel Company, and also of the Carbon Limestone Company, is one of the leading business citizens of Youngstown. He is closely identified with many of its important interests and may be taken as a typical representative of its commercial integrity. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, August 30, 1854, and is a son of Martin and Mary (McCurdy) Bentley. Extended mention of the McCurdy family will be found in this volume, in the sketch of the late Robert McCurdy, a brother of Mrs. Bentley. The late Martin Bentley, father of Robert Bentley, was the only son of Martin Bentley, cashier of the Western Reserve Bank, of Warren, Ohio, and his wife, Elizabeth Fitch, of New York City; he was born July 16, 1832, and died April 11, 1862. Like his father, he was a man of marked business ability. For a time he was assistant cashier of the Mahoning County Bank, and then a partner in the banking firm of Wick Brothers, of Youngstown.
The mother of Robert Bentley, who was reared and educated in Youngstown, Ohio, is a woman of superior qualities of mind, identified with the various charities of the city, and one of the first promoters of the City Hospital; she was also the founder of the first Woman's Club of Youngstown. She resides at No. 725 Bryan street. Her parents, Dr. Robert and Eliza McCurdy, were born in Ireland, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Dr. McCurdy came to the United States in 1843, and settled on a small farm near Crab Creek, Mahoning County. By his first marriage he had three daughters, Isabella, Catherine and Elizabeth, all of whom are now deceased. By his second marriage his children were: Mary, mother of the subject of this sketch; John, a prominent physician at Youngstown; Robert, deceased, a sketch of whom will be found in this volume; William and Thomas H., both deceased; and Samuel H. The mother of Mrs. Bentley died at the age of 35 years.
Four children were born to Martin Bentleyand his wife: James, who died in infancy, Robert, Eliza Henry, and John Martin. Robert Bentley was married October 16, 1895, to Augusta F. Zug, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two sons, Robert Bentley, Jr., and Martyn Zug Bentley. Eliza Henry, the only daughter, is a graduate of Vassar College, and for two years was a teacher in the Raven School at Youngstown. She is identified with the development of institutions connected with the welfare of the city. She married Rev. O. V. Stewart, a prominent Presbyterian minister, who died November 12, 1894. Their two sons are: Robert Bentley Stewart and James Wilbur Stewart. John Martin, the youngest son, is assistant auditor of the Carnegie Steel Company, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and resides in that city, together with his wife and two children, Harry Bentley and Josephine Bentley. The family belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Socially prominent, their beautiful home at No. 718 Wick Avenue, is one of the most hospitable in the city. In political sentiment, Mr. Bentley is a Republican.
[Source: 20th century history of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Ohio, and representative citizens (1907)]


Mrs. Phoebe Bost, Ex-slave
Story by Frank Smith
Topic: Ex-slaves, Mahoning County, District #5 Youngstown, Ohio
The Story of MRS. PHOEBE BOST, of Youngstown, Ohio.
Mrs. Phoebe Bost, was born on a plantation in Louisiana, near New Orleans. She does not know her exact age but says she was told, when given her freedom that she was about 15 years of age. Phoebe's first master was a man named Simons, who took her to a slave auction in Baltimore, where she was sold to Vaul Mooney (this name is spelled as pronounced, the correct spelling not known.) When Phoebe was given her freedom she assummed the name of Mooney, and went to Stanley County, North Carolina, where she worked for wages until she came north and married to Peter Bost. Phoebe claims both her masters were very mean and would administer a whipping at the slightest provocation.
Phoebe's duties were that of a nurse maid. "I had to hol' the baby all de time she slept" she said "and sometimes I got so sleepy myself I had to prop ma' eyes open with pieces of whisks from a broom."
She claims there was not any recreation, such as singing and dancing permitted at this plantation.
Phoebe, who is now widowed, lives with her daughter, in part of a double house, at 3461 Wilson Avenue, Campbell, Ohio. Their home is fairly well furnished and clean in appearance. Phoebe is of slender stature, and is quite active in spite of the fact that she is nearing her nineties.
[Source: Library of Congress, Submitted by Sandi Cummins]





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