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Benjamin Bailey Brick Wall
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Created By:Elizabeth

 Desperately trying to prove that Benjamin Bailey born Portland Maine, June 5 1826/7 is the son of Benjamin Bailey and Susan Riley. DNA testing was done on a relative to prove that Benjamin is a descendant of John Bailey who came to America aboard the ship Angel Gabriel. Eventually focused in on Benjamin Bailey (Benjamin, Deacon John, John, Joseph, John, John)and Susan Riley (daughter of Capt John Riley and Mary Hanson.)

Benjamin Bailey d March 18, 1828, Susan (Riley) Bailey is listed in the 1830 census widow, 1 m under 5, 2 f under 9 (Dover, NH) 

Benjamin and Susan had issue of 2 documented children.

1.Julia Adelaide b 182? Portland, ME (census records vary putting her birth between 1822-26) She married James M Drew.
2. Susan Elizabeth b 182? Portland, ME (census records vary putting her birth between 1822-26) She married 1) Hazen K Riley Had issue 3 children 2) John C Sargent had issue 1 child later adopted the youngest child of previous marriage (may have been his child??)
This is where I believe my Benjamin fits in, as third child of Benjamin Bailey and Susan Riley. Benjamin Bailey b June 5 1826 Portland, ME 

Benjamin applied for a passport Feb 27, 1849 just days before leaving for California on board the ship Sweden. Benjamin’s passport was witnessed by a Joseph Hartwell. Susan’s sister Betsey Riley married Joseph Hartwell. Susan, Benjamin, Joseph and Betsey are all buried together in a plot in Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover, NH I believe Joseph Hartwell is Uncle to Benjamin.

Benjamin named his first daughter Susan Adelaide. (possibly for Mother and or Sisters??)
The Mystic Seaport gives a listing of passengers aboard the Sweden (this is the log my Benjamin Bailey kept) including Benjamin Bailey, James M Drew (possibly brother-in-law to Ben) and Luther Drew (brother of James).

I think he may have attended Franklin Academy in Dover, NH. John Riley Varney was principal from 1843-1846. Susan Riley’s sister Sarah Byles Riley married James Bowdoin Varney.They had a son John Riley Varney. This would make him Benjamin Bailey’s cousin.

Another interesting find was Joseph Hartwell’s brother David married Joanna Drew.
She is the sister of Lydia Drew (daughter of Enoch Drew and Dorcas Heard) and grandmother to Abby Locke. It would appear a number of Drew, Riley, and Hanson’s married Bailey’s or collateral lines of the Bailey family.

Not sure where to go at this point. Further details can be found on my blog at


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