Aaron Anthony, born into poverty and orphaned young, captained boats on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He married Ann Catherine Skinner in 1797 and worked as an overseer on the Wye plantation, overseeing more than 500 slaves. He personally owned both Betsy Bailey and her five daughters (Betsy's husband was a free black man); one of Betsy's daughters, Harriet, gave birth in 1818 to Frederick, later known as Frederick Douglass, the great orator and anti-slavery campaigner. Anthony may have been Douglass' biological father; Douglass was told as a child that his master was his father, but sometimes expressed doubt that it was Anthony himself. Anthony did have two adult sons, Andrew and Richard, who also could have fathered Douglass.
In his autobiography, Frederick Douglass portrayed Anthony as a cruel tyrant and an "unhappy man" who was also capable of occasional moments of tenderness.
Birth: 1767 in Tuckahoe Neck, Caroline, MD 
Perry BAILEY b: JAN 1813 in Maryland
Sarah BAILEY b: AUG 1814 in Maryland
Eliza BAILEY b: MAR 1816 in Maryland
Frederick Augustus Washington BAILEY b: FEB 1818 in Talbot Co, MD (near Easton MD)
Kitty BAILEY b: MAR 1820 in Maryland
Arianna BAILEY b: OCT 1822 in Maryland
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