War of 1812 veteran will get flag holder

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy of Al Capurso – The graves for the Bailey family were moved to Mount Albion Cemetery in 1865.

ALBION – The Capurso family is continuing its efforts to honor pioneer settlers in Albion. The family unveiled a bronze historical marker for William McAllister and his wife on July 8.

The McAllisters were Albion’s first settlers. The built a log cabin where the County Clerk’s Building stands on Main Street.

The Capursos now plan to dedicate a veteran flag holder for Lansing Bailey, a pioneer settler who fought in the War of 1812. The marker will be dedicated during a 10 a.m. service on Aug. 10 at Mount Albion Cemetery. The Honor Guard of the American Legion will be there to honor Bailey.

Capurso has been researching Bailey and discovered he came to Albion in 1811 with his younger brother Joel. Bailey owned land in Gaines where Bill Lattin now lives. Capurso was able to verify Bailey’s service with the local VA.

Bailey’s brother Joel died of a fever on August 10, 1813. While plans were underway for his burial, Lansing’s wife Loda became ill from the same fever and died on August 15, leaving three children, the latter two being 3 month-old twins born in the Bailey Cabin in May 1813, Capurso said.

“Lansing buried both his brother and wife on the same day at Bailey Cemetery (where the veterans office is now on Route 31 Albion),” Capurso said. “This is the bicentennial of that sad occasion.”

The 10 occupants of Bailey Cemetery were moved to Mt. Albion in December 1865. They are located on Bitternut Path. Bitternut is also the resting place of two of Lansing’s children and Lansing’s second wife, Sylvia Pratt Bailey. Lansing died in 1866.

Capurso said Lansing was instrumental in the forming of Orleans County in numerous ways and his life is chronicled in “Pioneer History of Orleans County” by Arad Thomas and echoed by J. Howard Pratt in “Saga of the Ridge.”

Lansing’s grandfather Samuel was a Revolutionary War Veteran.Samuel is buried in Oneida County.