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Point Pleasant in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ann Bailey

Heroine of the Frontier

 
 
Ann Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
1. Ann Bailey Marker
Inscription. Here lies “Mad Ann” Bailey, heroine of the Virginia frontier. Ann Hennis came to Virginia at age 19. She married Richard Trotter who was killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. “Mad Ann” dressed in buckskins and galloped off to avenge her husband’s death. She traveled to the remote settlements carrying messages. Ann later married John Bailey, a member of the garrison at Fort Lee (Charleston) in 1785.

Ann rode two hundred miles roundtrip from Fort Lee to Fort Savannah (Lewisburg) for gunpowder in 1790. This historic ride saved the fort. In honor of her heroism, Ann was presented with the black horse she rode. She named the horse “Liverpool,” after her birthplace in England.

She settled here after the Revolutionary War near her only son, William. “Mad Ann” is credited with bringing the first pair of geese across the mountains. Legend also has it that she brought the first copper still to the valley.

Ann Hennis Trotter Bailey died in Gallia County, Ohio on November 22, 1825. She was interred here by the Colonel Charles Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on October 10, 1901.
 
Erected by Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation.
 
Location.
Ann Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
2. Ann Bailey Marker
38° 50.377′ N, 82° 8.435′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from Main Street 0 miles west of 1st Street. Click for map. This historical marker is just one of several historical markers that are situated at the Point Pleasant Battlefield State Park, in downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The park itself is located on the east side of the Kanawha River at the point of its confluence with the Ohio River. Marker is in this post office area: Point Pleasant WV 25550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Cornstalk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Point Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker); West Virginia (Mason County) (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Andrew Lewis (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Pleasant Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Point Pleasant.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Fort Clendenin in Charleston, WV
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansNotable PersonsWar, US RevolutionaryWars, US Indian
 
 
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