The Bailey Family

(as published in the Richmond Review in 1951)

George A. Bailey & Alice M. Weeks-Bailey

George A. Bailey was born in Armada Township Sept. 19, 1848, the son of Mahlon F. and Phoebe Cudworth Bailey, who came to Macomb County in 1840. George Bailey spent his boyhood in Lenox Township and attended the public schools of Richmond.  In 1869, he married Miss Alice M. Weeks of Columbus, the daughter of David and Mary Weeks.  Their home was on Park street, where the Caryl Hermans now live. They had one son, Elton D. Bailey, born in 1877.  Elton Bailey was graduated from Richmond High School and from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State College), with a degree in mechanical and civil engineering.

Elton D. married Miss Lettie H. Claggett, the daughter of James and Jemima Harmon Claggett, also Richmond pioneers, in November 1901. The Claggett family came to Michigan from New York State in 1833. Mrs. Lettie Claggett Bailey, widow of Elton D. lives (in 1951) at the corner of Park and Parker streets, next door to the original Bailey residence.

Elton D. Bailey
1877 - 1922

Lettie H. Claggett Bailey
1878 - 1967

Another descendant of the pioneer Bailey family was Clarence Bailey, cousin of George, whose widow, Mrs. Helen Bailey, and son, Eugene, live on Ridge street.

Clarence was a Richmond businessman for years. Mrs. Bailey is the former Helen Hunt, daughter of a pioneer Richmond family. Eugene, a graduate of Richmond High School, is the proprietor of the Palace Recreation, N. Main street. His sister, Dorothy,(Mrs. William H. Knapp) lives in Toledo. Another sister, Frances, died in April, 1951.