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Kennedy, Bailey, farmer, was born in Middle Paxton township, December 25, 1826, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Brown) Kennedy. The parents of Mr. Kennedy are both deceased, the father dying at the age of sixty-five years and the mother when she was eighty-one years of age. Their children are: John, George, Margaret, James, William, Bailey, David, Thomas, Joseph, Ambrose, and Catharine. Mrs. Kennedy's parents are also deceased, and had a family of four children: John, Caroline, Barbara, and Daniel.

Bailey received his education in the public schools of his native place. When twenty-three years of age he served with an engineer corps, assisting in the construction of the Schuylkill and Susquehanna railroad. In 1850 he managed his father's farm and in 1851 he and his brother William furnished wood to the railroad. He next worked on the Lebanon Valley Railroad with the engineer corps and then engaged in farming on the homestead, which he purchased in September, 1882, and where he now resides. His parents were natives of Cumberland county, and the father, upon his removal to Dauphin, operated the old flour mill then owned by Judge Green. A brother James having drowned at the mouth of Stony Creek, his mother became anxious for the safety of the children, and they moved to Middle Paxton township. His father served in the was of 1812. Bailey was married, June 8, 1851, to Miss Barbara Ann (Seltzer) Kennedy by the Rev. C.F. Stoever. They had fourteen children, and all but three are living: Elizabeth Jane, born July 20, 1851; Clarissa, born February 19, 1854; David Lewis, born August 8, 1855; Bailey, born September 8, 1858; Anna Maria, born January 9, 1862; Barbara, born March 7, 1864; George G., born May 3, 1865; Thomas F., born October 20, 1866; Caroline Ida, born January 13, 1868; Harry, born February 28, 1872; Alice P., born March 8, 1873; Stewart and Alice, both deceased, and one child unnamed, who died in infancy. A Democrat in politics, Mr. Kennedy has served as jury commissioner and school director. The family attend the Church of God.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 10, 2001

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