It has been a while since I have written about the Jefferson Family in Pittsylvania County. I am trying to prove that I am linked to the early Thomas Jefferson that first came to Henrico County, Virginia in the 1650's. Now it is easy to prove the lineage from Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson II, Field Jefferson, then Peter Field Jefferson. Previously you would have read copies of wills for the above and excerpts from articles in several research publications. The problem is from Peter Field Jefferson to his great grand daughter Henrietta Jefferson. Now all I have to prove is that my grandfather Eros Bailey was the grandson of Henrietta, she was the daughter of William T Jefferson and he was the son of Alexander Jefferson and Alexander was the son of Peter Field.
First of all I have the marriage license for Eros Bailey and Mae Crawley. Marriage Date: September 17, 1927. It was recorded in Henry County,(Bassett) Virginia which was their place of residence at the time of their marriage. They were married in Bedford County. It says that Eros was 26 and they had never been married before. The marriage license says that his mother is Henrieta Bailey. It also states that he was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Eros Gray Bailey's occupation was furniture factory. He was probably working at Bassett Furniture Company. Now all I am trying to do is prove that he is Henrietta's son so I will not be going over all the information in the Marriage License. So that is all that the marriage license has to offer for Eros Gray Bailey.
I also have a copy of the tombstone marker for Eros Gray Bailey. The tombstone has his date of death as March 6, 1974 and his birth date as June 18, 1901. That would back up the age on the marriage license.
I have ordered death certificate for both Eros Gray Bailey and Kissie Mae Crawley Bailey from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Richmond, Virginia. It costs 12.00 for each certificate requested. The form is on the computer at their website and also instructions for mailing to the Bureau. Birth and death records are at the Bureau from 1853 to 1896 and from June, 1912 to the present. So that let me out of ordering a Birth Certificate for Eros Gray Bailey as he was born in 1901.
Well, so far I don't have enough evidence as far as I am concerned. I am going to try the easy way first. Ancestry.com has census records. I think I will need to take a look.
The 1930 census has E.S. Bailey Head of household age 27 living with wife Mae Bailey and son Harold. Harold is my father. If you will look closely at the census you will find that it has been transcribed incorrectly and the S should be G. Also the census was taken in April of 1930 and Eros's birthday was not until June which makes the age off about a year. I believe it should have been 28.
The 1910 census has Eros Bailey living with Robert S. Bailey and Henrietta Bailey. Now I believe that it should be Robert L. Bailey and that it was just transcribed improperly. Eros at the time was nine years old. This would be correct as he was born in 1901.
Right now I have not been able to locate the 1920 census for Robert, Henrietta or Eros. I will have to try another tack. Stay tune tomorrow for more information.