Bennett Bailey, retired farmer, was born in Coshocton County. Ohio, October 26, 1837, and came to Illinois with his parents at the age of six years, arriving in Tazewell County, October 21, 1843. His father had first located on a farm in the northern part of Cincinnati Township. After leaving the public schools, where his early education was obtained, Mr. Bailey was first employed on the home farm, where he remained until his marriage, when he purchased land in Cincinnati Township and lived there until he decided to retire from active life. He then moved to Pekin and bought his present fine residence at No. 350 South Fourth Street, corner of Washington Street, where he has continued to reside.
Mr. Bailey is a Democrat and has been Supervisor, having also held all the other town offices. Personally he is a generous hearted, whole souled man, and is always ready to give assistance to his less fortunate neighbors. He has traveled extensively, having visited the Western States as far as Oregon and California, while his journeys east have taken him to Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Our subject is the son of Thomas and Rachel (Smith) Bailey, his father having been born in Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1807, and his mother being a native of Greene County, Pa. On February 23, 1865, at Pekin. Mr. Bailey was married to Miss Mary A. Seiwall, her home being in Spring Lake. The children born to them have been: Charles, deceased:
Rachel, A. James, Mary Addie, Tabitha B., George J., Maggie E., and Ada L. Mrs. Bailey was born January 2, 1844, and is the daughter of Charles and Deborah (Clayton) Seiwall, the former having been born in Pennsylvania October 6, 1809: the latter in Ohio. They came to Illinois in 1830.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 972