Family researchers place John in the family of William Daily, son of James Ferrell O'Neill Daily but dates don't match, those children have been well documented and this John is not one of them.
John's will indicated he had 3 different families by 3 different wifes. Children are posted as listed in the will but dates and duplicate names cause problems that need to be sorted out. Also, if Bette remarried after John's death, how could wife Polly survive him as the will says? Could the will actually belong to another John?
A descendant said John was a shoemaker with 8 children by Elizabeth but that list doesn't agree with the ones here.
Residences & events:
Rowan Co, NC. The family settled there during the Rev War period, having migrated from Ireland.
1820 Battalion 2 & 4 or Lexington side, Rowan Co, NC. John Dailey was 26-45 years old at census time with a household containing 2 males age 10-15, 2 females under 10, and 1 also 26-45. Down the road lived Uncles Alexander Smith and John Briggs. An Alson Dailey also lived in the same area.
1839 Scott Co, IN. John was assessed for 29 1/2 acres and was listed as over 50 yrs old.
1839 tax records said he was over 50 and tax records support that. However some descendants have his birth year as late as 1817. Son James told the 1880 census taker his parents were born in IN and VA respectively while son Josiah said they were both born in IN.
OUR BOWLBY KIN says "he is said to have died of pneumonia before the birth of his son Josiah who was born 9 June 1837 in Washington County, Indiana."
However, his will was dated 6/20/1839, witnessed by Joseph Bowen & Ruth Daly, and was probated 6/5/1840 in Scott Co, IN.
Heirs included only the 3rd wife and her children so perhaps the other children had already received their inheritance. The will specified the children of each wife but some might have been step-children.