Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - George & Emma Jane Bailey

Beatrice Daily Sun, July 27, 1920

George H. Bailey, an old resident of Beatrice who had been making his home at Lincoln for some time died in a hospital at Lincoln Saturday after a brief illness, aged 84 years.The remains were brought here yesterday for burial, and funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Clausen's chapel, conducted by Rev. J. M. Darby.  Burial in Beatrice cemetery."

Beatrice Daily Sun, December 28, 1915

Mrs. Emma Jane Bailey, wife of George Bailey, and a pioneer of Gage county, passed away at her home at 800 Scott street Sunday after a prolonged illness, aged seventy-five years, ten months and twenty-nine days. 
The deceased was a woman beloved and respected by all who knew her.  She was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church, uniting when she was a mere child.  She had been a regular attendant at Centenary church for many years. 
Emma Jane Gaisford was born at Kilperton, England, January 27, 1840.  At the age of fifteen she came to the United States locating in Providence, Rhode Island.  She was married to George H. Bailey at Passcoag, R. I., March 24, 1859.   The family moved to Rueland, Ill., in 1868, where they resided two years, and in 1870 came to Gage county, settling on a farm.  In December, 1883, they retired from farming, moving to Beatrice, where they have since made their home. 
She is survived by her husband, one sister, Mrs. Geo. Pickard of Diller, and four brothers, Charles and Samuel Gaisford of Ellis, William on Minonk, Ill, and J. H. of Council Bluffs. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the home and at 2:30 from Centenary M. E. church, conducted by Dr. B. F. Gaither.  Interment in Beatrice cemetery.

Emma Jane Gaisford is the sister of my Great Great Grandfather Charles Gaisford. Their young daughter Emma M. is buried with them in the Old Beatrice Cemetery.  She was born in 1867, and died in 1873 at just 6 years old.

Also buried in their plot is little Emma's cousin, Ella R. Gaisford, born October 12, 1880, died September 12, 1881.  She was the infant daughter of Charles and Henrietta Gaisford. 


  1. A big thank-you to the writer of Emma Jane's obituary - so much good information that might never have been uncovered otherwise. Gotta love those old obits.

    1. Yes, I am very grateful to the obit writer. I'm a little surprised it was Emma not George who got such a nice write-up! I just realized I needed to edit - forgot to caption the newspaper date for George's clipping. Thanks Wendy!