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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BAILEY, ANDREW (1842-1906)

Military Pension data from the National Archives and Records Administration (October 10, 2003)

Andrew Bailey, a 48-year-old farmer living in Akron, Washington County Colorado filed for a pension on September 10, 1890. He was born in Elgin, Illinois and was described as being 5'8", with light complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. He had apparently also worked as a carpenter and later moved to Hotchkiss, Colorado. His reason for a pension was a pain or trouble with his left chest, which he had acquired at Nashville in 1863. He was taken dead from a train at Pajaro, California on May 30, 1906. Death was attributed to cancer of the stomach. His wife Ellen L Bailey who lived at 112 1/2 Washington St. Santa Cruz, CA received his pension until she married an Englishman named John H Sinkinson in Santa Cruz on June 11, 1912.


Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in June 14, 1864. The regiment moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 14-19 and was attached to Post and Defenses of Memphis, District of West Tennessee. Garrison, railroad guard and picket duty at and about Memphis, Tenn. untill September. Repulse of Forest’s attack on Memphis August 21. Mustered out September 16, 1864. Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 18 Enlisted men by disease: Total 19.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 1, 1906)

Funeral of A.C. Bailey
Died on the Train Just before Seeing the Promised Land

The funeral of Andrew C. Bailey of Hotchkiss, Colorado, took place at Evergreen Cemetery Thursday afternoon, being well attended by members of the local G.A.R.

Mr. Bailey died of cancer of the stomach on Tuesday (May 29, 1906), just out of Oakland, while riding on the train for Santa Cruz. Quite pathetic was the close of Mr. Bailey's life. He was 65 years of age and for years had been working on his ranch in the sagebrush land of Colorado [Hotchkiss near Grand Junction], looking forward to spending some of his last days in California. He had heard much of the Golden West, his son Ernest having come out here some years ago to take up an engineering course at the University of California, graduating from this institution in 1902. The son, upon being made assistant engineer under F.H. Davis for the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Co., wrote his parents to come on to Santa Cruz, where a cottage had been rented, awaiting their arrival.

Andrew C. Bailey, with his wife and a nurse, started on the long anticipated trip, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Bailey were ready to receive them. The party arrived in Santa Cruz, but the father, though present, was departed. His life had expired on the way before he really ever saw the Promised Land.

Messrs. Chase and Jeffreys went to Pajaro and brought the body to this city, the funeral being held at the Pacific Coast undertaking parlors Wednesday under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, led by Past Commander Wells.

Deceased, a native of Illinois, was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting in the 40th Wisconsin regiment, and serving throughout the war, and although a stranger, a large number of comrades came to the service. Besides the G.A.R. ritual, hymns were rendered by Miss Linscott and Miss Bush.

The following G.A.R. comrades acted as pallbearers: Col. W.V. Lucas, H.A. Wagner, J.G. Schroeder, Wm. Bright, Wm. [Charles J] Doble, I.G. Lemon.

The Baileys will reside in Santa Cruz, C.B. Chrysler, father of the younger Mrs. Bailey, being with them.

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