Rachel Louisa Bragg was born 12 October 1875 in Harrison, West Virginia to Morgan and Sarah G (Frame) Bragg, the eighth of nine children and the youngest daughter. She went by the name Louisa pronounced with a long “i” according to her granddaughter, my great-aunt.
On 3 November 1892, Louisa married John Solomon Bailes.
In 1895, Louisa and John had their first child, a daughter, Vivien. Three years later, Mamie was born. Next came their three boys, Russell (my great-grandfather), Clarence, and Baird. Then they had four more girls, Beatrice, Addie, Kittie, and finally, in 1914, Locie. Some of their children have great stories I can’t wait to share.
Louisa passed away 7 December 1939 at Charleston General Hospital and was buried in a Chapman Cemetery.