Nathan became interested in genealogy several years ago when his mother was still alive. She had an excellent memory of her family as well as that of her husband's, and saved many photographs and memorabilia from both. She loved to talk about her family history and in 1988 she and Nathan collaborated on a booklet on a treasured family portrait taken March 12, 1899. The booklet has been converted to html and is available for your reading pleasure at: "My Great-Grandfather Brown's 100th Birthday Family Portrait."
In addition, we have acquired hundreds of photos, letters and other memorabilia from cousins and other relatives from around the country. It's amazing what can come out of a person's attic when you take the time to ask! For example, here is a letter Nathan's great-grandfather Joseph S. Baily, M.D., wrote to his wife during the Civil War. It had been handed down through Nathan's Clement branch to his cousin Janet in Colorado.
Of course the World Wide Web has brought many "newly-discovered" cousins to our virtual doorstep. So much new information, photos, etc. has come to us since we started on this site that we feel extremely fortunate. The site is updated periodically, so when you return be sure to "reload" the page to get the latest update. You can see what has been added by watching for the or images on the Home Page.
The Bailys and Osborns were Quakers living in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana and both lines have been well-researched over the years. Our Baily line began in America with immigrant Joel Baily of Bromham, Wiltshire, England, who settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1652. The Osborns descend from Mathew Osborn (Ozbun) I who arrived in Sussex County, Delaware, in 1682 as a stowaway - very interesting and endearing story!
Nathan's mother's Maxwell ancestors came from Scotland about a century later, settling in Virginia, fighting in the Revolution, and then traveling to Missouri in the early 1800s in time for the Missouri Compromise and the Civil War. Other branches of her family came from England, Wales, Ireland, France and possibly Germany.
Both sets of Nathan's grandparents ended up in Silverton, Colorado, around the turn of the 20th Century. His father's parents, Jesse S. Baily, D.D.S. and Pauline Osborn Baily, only lived in Silverton until his dentist grandfather's early death in 1914, while his mother's parents, Nathaniel Chester Maxwell and Lillian Tharp Maxwell, lived there most of their adult lives. He was a manager of mining operations, an accountant, and a judge and died in 1961 when he was 88. She was a talented artist and died ten years earlier, in 1951.
Gloryann's roots are in Ireland where both the O'Callaghans and the Harringtons originate. They immigrated, via Canada, to Michigan during the mid-1800's. Gloryann is just starting to work on her pages and her family history. Most of her families' roots are entered into the database and if not yet updated on the Web when you check, will be soon. When we acquire more photos and time, we'll put more of her family up at this site.
We are trying to make navigation through our site easy by linking up our database with our photos. The process is not yet complete, but the intent is to eventually put links back and forth from each page, whether it's a database "Web Card" or a photo/bio page. On the web Cards, for example, when you see a , then clicking on the image will link you to a photo on another page. Soon, you will be able to click an image on a "photo page" to get to the appropriate database card. We hope these innovations help make our genealogy site easy to "surf" and understand. Suggestions are appreciated and quickly incorporated.
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We hope you enjoy your stay at our Website. If you can make any family connections, please let us know. If you encounter a problem, want a better jpeg of a photo, or just want to say, "Hi!" by all means, e-mail us!
Nathan and Gloryann Baily