Most Dailys, including James and Rachel, were Democrats and predominately Baptist.
Residences & events in his life;
Until after 9/1856 Washingto Co, IN They must have been ready to go immediately after their marriage.
1856 Cooks Mills, Coles Co, IL. According to county history, the family arrived that year via "covered wagon containing all their worldly possessions and drawn by oxen. In the party was Rachel's brother, Emanuel Floyd, and 2 of his aunts, both Crums."
7/24/1860 S Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL, near Mattoon. At census time, he was a 26 year old farmer with property = $600/300. Rachel was 23 and their children were Rachael, 3, and John F, 1. James' brother Josiah, 22, also lived with them while next door was sister Mary and Emanual Floyd followed by their mother and step-father Collison Porter.
According to a grandson, the family, having migrated from the south, were only mildly sympathetic to the Union cause during the Civil War.
8/15/1870 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. It is doubtful James moved but his property had grown by census time, being recorded as $2400/450. He was a 36 year old farmer, Rachel was 32. Children listed were Rosilla, 13, John, 11, David, 8, and Lewis, 1/12, birth month of July, with a line drawn through his name, as if to delete him altogether. Next door neighbors were Johnson Ellison and Joseph Thomas.
9/12/1880 Same place. The census recorded him as James Dailey,at age 46, still farming, Rachel was 42. Children living there were John, 21, David, 18, Samantha, 15, Lewis, 10, and William, 8. James and John were farmers, David worked on the farm. They lived between daughter Rosa and Jerome Taylor and brother Joseph (Josiah) Dailey.
6/11/1900 City of Mattoon, Coles Co, IL. Before that census the family had moved to town. James, 66, was then a stock trader. He and Rachel, 62, had been married 44 years, she had birthe 8 children but one had died. At home were Rozilla, 42, John F, 42, David, 37, Samantha, 36, Lewis E, 34, Wm R, 32, Cora E, 27. The boys all worked for the railroad, John and William were brakemen, David ws a foreman, Lewis a fireman. Samantha was a seamstress. (David was counted as head of his own family 6 days earlier as a farmer.)
5/4/1910 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. Back in the country, James, 76, was back to farming. He had been married 53 years to Rachel, 72, with 8 children, 2 of whom were then deceased. Living with them was granddauther Betha E, 9. They lived between son John and grandson Charles R.
The 1850 census says he was 15, making his birth year 1835.