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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN J. BAILEY is a very popular resident of the town of Tyrone, Schuyler County, and has made farming and stock-raising the principal occupation of his life. He has taken advantage of every method and idea that would enhance the value of his property, and this course has had a great deal to do with the competence which he now enjoys.

Mr. Bailey has made this section his home throughout life, and was here born December 6, 1847. The parental family included three children, of whom he was the second-born. He, like other lads of the neighborhood, carried on his studies in the schools taught in the district, and by applying himself to his books became well informed. He lived with his mother until his marriage, which occurred November 18, 1869, the lady on this occasion being Miss Emma R. Sanford, whose birth occurred in Wayne, Steuben County, N. Y., May 10, 1850, and who was the daughter of the late Russell and Laura K. (Chapman) Sanford.

Russell Sanford was the son of Ephraim Sanford, and was born in Wayne, Steuben County, this state, November 15, 1822. His wife was the daughter of Peter and Sally Chapman, and her birth occurred in Allegany County, N. Y., April 1, 1826. To them were born two daughters, Mary E. and Emma R. The latter was Mrs. Bailey. The mother died March 21, 1892, and was followed to the land beyond by her husband, who died July 17, 1893. They were highly respected residents of their community, and their loss to the residents of Wayne was deeply felt.

Soon after his marriage Mr. Bailey located upon the tract of land where he now makes his home. It is one hundred and fifty-five acres in extent, and the attention and care which the owner bestows upon it have made of it one of the most productive in the town.

To Mr. and Mrs. Bailey there have been born three children, of whom we make the following mention: Mary E., who was born August 28, 1870, is a well educated young lady, and in 1889 was married to John Carman, a resident of Bradford, N. Y. Ella M., born December 28, 1873, also attended the schools of this locality, and in 1893, after completing her education, was married to Clifford Boyce; their home is in Wayne. Lena S. was born September 24, 1877, and is at home with her parents.

Mr. Bailey adheres to the principles of Democracy, which appeal to him the most strongly. He seeks to instill into his neighbors the idea that improvement in any direction is for the public good, and while the incumbent of the office of Excise Commissioner for several years rendered efficient and satisfactory service.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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