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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)
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).
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.