Clay County

Biography - James Baity

JAMES BAITY, farmer, P. O. Xenia, was born in Rowan County, N. C., October 6, 1816, He is the son of George Baity (deceased), whose sketch appears. His early life was such as is incident to the earbi settler, August 20, 1837, he was married to Rachael Holeman, who was born in Indiana, and a daughter of William Holeman, a native of Kentucky. She died October 13, 1860, and was the mother of the following children: William G., John, Sarah, Enos, Henry (drceased), Alexander, Giles, Matilda, Rebecca (deceased), Malinda, Susan (deceased) and Jackson. March 6, 1861, Mr. Baity was married to Mrs. Barbara J. (Smith) Akes, a daughter of Joseph Smith, and widow of Daniel Akes, by whom she had one child. This latter marriage has been blest with the following named children: Joseph F., Margaret, Albert, Adam (deceased), James (deceased), Effie J. (deceased), Lillie May, Simon, Annie, Noah and Amanda. When Mr. Baity was first married, he settled on his present farm, which now contains 120 acres, but he has given his children assistance in starting. His occupation has always been that of farming. In politics, he is a firm Democrat.

Source: 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV.


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