Mary Ellen Jackson Bailey came to the Latham
area of Weld County in Colorado Territory as a
young bride in 1868. Her diary of that difficult
first year stands as a testament to the strength
and courage of the women of the Northern
Colorado frontier. Mary Ellen's descendants
became pioneers in their own right, migrating to
Kersey, Fort Collins, Boulder, California, and
Brazil. Her siblings, perhaps inspired by her
move to the area, became early day residents
and pioneers in Wyoming. Mary Ellen's story,
performed by Tanis Bator for the Weld County
Genealogical Society in the spring of 2007,
inspired the genealogical research found here.
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photography by M. Peters 2009