DIED. At his plantation on Little River, in Laurens County, on the 16th of June last, William Bailey, aged 95. He was born in Scotland, came to America when young, lived in the county in which he died 26 years immediately preceding his death and enjoyed the free use and exercise of his reason to the last; looked after his own crop; he travelled to Georgia alone last summer on a visit; was to have done the same this by appointment. What rendered him peculiarly estimable among his neighbors, was, his long life was spent in doing good, as time and opportunity offered. He has left a brother in the same country, aged 85, who proceeds to business with as much ease and dispatch as men in general do who are past the prime of life.
June 1791, Charleston City Gazette
Brent Howard Holcomb, Ancestors and Descendants of Mercer Silas Bailey (Columbia, SC: B.H. Holcomb, c.1988), 7. Holcomb attributes this obituary to Charleston City Gazette and says such notices for people in upper South Carolina were rare.