Josephous Sems Bailey
The Protection Post, Protection, Kansas,
June 26, 1913.
Elder Joseph Bailey, of
Paruna, Okla., died in the hospital in Wichita last Friday. His
health had been failing for the past few years and a few days ago he
was taken to Wichita where he died. His death was caused by internal
He was a preacher of the
Christian church and has been in active service for the past 35
years, having been the means of the conversion of over 1,500 souls.
He took sick at his home at
Paruna a week or so ago and was taken to the hospital to be operated
upon but the operation was not performed.
At the time of his death he
was 72 years old. His third wife and 16 children survive him. One
son, Dr. H. T. Bailey, of Courtland, Arizona, Mrs. Joseph Bailey and
two other sons were present at the funeral.
The corpse came in on the
train Saturday and was held over till Sunday afternoon. The funeral
was held Sunday afternoon, at the Methodist church, Rev. Tanksley of
the Christian church officiating. Interment was made in the
Card of Thanks.
We desire to thank our
friends and neighbors for their kindness and heartfelt sympathy
rendered us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and
father, Joseph Bailey of Paruna, Okla. Mrs. Joseph Bailey and
children, and Dr. H. T. Bailey.
Biography on the life of Joseph S. Bailey
My great granddad, the
Reverend Joseph S. Bailey was born August 8, 1850 in Tompkinsville
(Monroe County) Kentucky. His parents were John Gilliam Bailey and
Sarah McMurtrey Bailey. His grandad Bailey was Callum Holman Bailey,
an American Revolutionary War patriot who is buried in Barren
At the age of sixteen he met
and married Jane Ray Harlan. This marriage resulted in the birth of
a son, J. Rice Bailey. This marriage dissolved before December 1870
when he married Eleanor Thompson, my great grandmother. Eleanor
Thompson and Joseph (Josephous) Bailey were married by
John Newton Mulkey on December 12, 1870
in Clay County Tennessee. Reverend Mulkey was one of the early
leaders of the Christian Church in Monroe County Kentucky area. It
is believed Joseph began his devotion to preaching the message of
the Christian Church around 1866.
By 1875, Josephous and
Eleanor moved to Elk Creek, Texas County, Missouri where he
continued his circuit riding ministry, often riding on a mule. The
Baileys raised six children among whom my granddad, Dr. Jacob N.
Bailey, was the next to oldest. Their farm included 120 acres for
which Josephous paid one dollar and twenty five cents an acre. He
entered into a contract with the Stark Brothers Tree Company in 1892
for 1,000 apple trees. On Sept. 18, 1889, Eleanor died and is buried
in the Price Cemetery in Elk Creek. Missouri.
On April 15, 1890 he married
a third time to Rosa Belle Shipman and they raised seven children
from this marriage. The Baileys remained in Elk Creek Missouri thru
April 1910 as they are listed on the federal census. Sometime after
that date they moved to Paruna, Oklahoma where he continued his
preaching of the message of the Christian Church.
On June 19, 1913 Joseph S.
Bailey died in a Wichita, Kansas, hospital and his obituary appeared
in The Protection Post on June 26, 1913. Today his obituary
is posted on the Comanche County Kansas web site under a listing of
those interned in the
Protection, Kansas. The obituary states that he served the
Christian denomination for 35 years and brought over 1500 people to
this faith. The Reverend R.H. Tanksley performed the funeral
His wife Rosa moved by 1920
to Tulsa where she died. In May 2006, a Bailey family reunion was
held in Houston, Texas, and descendants of each of the three
marriages were in attendance.
I have 26 years of Bailey
family research available for anyone linking to Reverend J.S.
by Jacob Talley Bailey,
988 Reynolds Road, Chepachet, Rhode Island 02814. Ask
Talley Bailey for more
Directions To The Grave Of
Joseph S. Bailey
Joseph S. Bailey is buried in
the Protection Cemetery, Protection, Southwest Kansas. Protection is
located , about 75 miles southwest of Wichita, between Coldwater and
Ashland, Kansas. Out of Coldwater head south on Hwy 183. The highway
will turn west joining Hwy 160, then less than five miles to
Protection. In town turn north on N. Jefferson Avenue and head
toward the center of town. Pass Main St. on Block and turn left on
West Pine St. Head to the end and the road will bear hard to the
right. Cross the railroad and continue out of town until you get to
the cemetery on your right. The
burial plot is section G 5 17. Enter the cemetery. Immediately turn
right and go to the end of the first section on your left. Take a left, and begin looking for the marker
on your left. It will be the first
marker on the fifth row back. The grave is on the far side of the
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Entrance to the Protection Cemetery, Protection,
Comanche County, Kansas. Photo by
Photos Taken In February, 2012
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Cemetery Booth - Lists names and maps of interments in cemetery
Note: Rev. J.S. Bailey in G5 - Lot 17
A little chalk can make a world of difference
Rev. J.S. Bailey
August 8, 1850
Died Wichita, Kansas
June 19, 1913
He has fought a good fight,
henceforth there is a crown
of righteousness layed up
Web editor note: In February, 2012, it was my privilege to visit the grave of Josephous Bailey. I was invited to take part in the annual Affirming The Faith Lectureship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Getting into the area early, I was afforded the opportunity to put about 2000 miles on a rental car in order to locate graves of gospel preachers and church leaders of yesteryear in a wide area. My first day I was able to visit the grave of J.S. Bailey. It was late in the evening, and fortunately, the search was not difficult since the cemetery had a booth with maps and listings of all interred in the grave yard. It was a cold day, but a productive one.