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Bailey, Myron W.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 25, credited to Richford, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, CPL, Co. H, 3rd VT INF, m/o 2/5/62

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VITALS

Birth: 02/09/1835, Waterville, VT
Death: 01/16/1899

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jim Fouts
Findagrave Memorial #: 74551048

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/17/1862; widow Mary L., 3/27/1899
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: ALS 59
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT

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Biography

Bailey, Myron W., of Saint Albans, VT, son of Richard and Sally (Barrows) Bailey, was born at Waterville, Feb. 9, 1837.

Commencing his education at the common schools, and at the Bakersfield Academy he afterwards attended the People's Academy at Morrisville, where he prepared for college, but ill health obliged him to resign his hope of a liberal education. In the spring of 1857 he commenced the study of law in the office of Hon. Homer E. Royce, and continued the same under Waldo Brigham until the summer of 1858, when he entered the law department of the University of Albany, where he graduated in May, 1859, and was admitted as an attorney and counselor at law in the supreme court at Albany, N. Y., and at the April term was admitted to the bar of Franklin county. He then commenced the practice of his profession at Bridport and continued until June, 1861.

When the war began he determined to serve his country, and enlisted in Co. H, 3d Regt. Vt. Vols., and was mustered into service July 16, 1861, and soon after went to the front with his regiment, which was stationed near the Chain Bridge. He was present at the battle of Lewinsville, Va., Sept. 11, 1861, but in the last of the month while on picket duty he was severely wounded in the lower part of the back, the result of which was a paralysis of the lower limbs, and he was discharged Feb. 5, 1862.

He has held many town offices and has been judge of probate for Franklin county and district from Dec. 1, 1867, up to the present time, and was railroad commissioner from 1872 to 1878.

He is a member of the Masonic order, and is a past officer of Missisquoi Lodge, No. 9.

Judge Bailey married Mary L., daughter of Sherman W. and Catharine Sears. Their children are: Carrie M. (wife of E. W. Thompson), and Katharine S. (wife of Eben E. McLeod).

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 10.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1871, ii:425

Myron W. Bailey, although credited to the town of Richford, where he was engaged in the practice of law, when the war broke out, is a native of Montgomery. Through his exertions a large proportion of the enlistments in Co. H., 3d regiment, were made, and although not a commissioned officer, he was none the less deserving. He was mustered into service, corporal of company H., 3d regt. He was mustered into service corporal of company H, 3d regiment, July 16,'61 and received injuries in the line of duty, the following winter, which necessitated his discharge, Feb.5,'62. His injuries were of the spinal column and his lower limbs became totally and permanently paralyzed, which confirms him an invalid for all time. Through the opposition of some of his superior officers, his pension was delayed for a number of years; but he now obtains for total disability. He has exhibited a will and energy of a high order in contending against his misfortunes, and moves himself about with artificial supports of his own contrivance, strapped to his lower limbs, with the aid of crutches. Mr, Bailey is Judge of Probate of Franklin County, having been first elected in September 1867.

Submitted By: Deanna French.

Obituary

The announcement of the death of Judge Myron W. Bailey, which occurred at the residence of his daughter in Topeka, Kans., at a late hour Monday evening, was received with profound sorrow in this community where he had resided for many years and with whose social, professional and religious life he had been so closely identified. On the first of last December, Judge Bailey retired from the probate judgeship of Franklin county after a continuous service in that capacity of very nearly a third of a century. He carried with him into the retirement of private life a record of faithful service, unsullied integrity, and the esteem and confidence of the people of this town and city and of the entire county. Faithful service to his country during the civil war resulted in seriously crippling the physical activities of Judge Bailey, but his mental vigor continued unimpaired until after his retirement from public life. Soon after that retirement Judge Bailey decided to spend the winter with his wife at the home of their daughter in Topeka, Kansas, where he was called to his reward on Monday after a short illness. As a public official charged with many and delicate responsibilities, Judge Bailey possessed something more than the respect inspired by the faithful discharge of his duties. He won and retained the affection of those whose affairs he was called to administer, he was universally recognized as the friend and counselor of the widowed and the orphaned. He was true and loyal as a friend, courteous in private life and in public station, zealous in the discharge of his religious, social and civic obligations, and exemplary and loving husband and father.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, January 23, 1899.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.