James Bagby Report

Generation Three


JOHN BAGBY 3, (JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born Unknown in Hanover County, Virginia and died July 13, 1789 in Louisa County, Virginia. He married THEODOSIA MORRIS, the daughter of WILLIAM MORRIS and ANN WATSON About 1748 in Louisa County, Virignia. She was born About 1735 and died After 1789.

Research notation about this John Bagby, Sr.:

Will of JOHN BAGBY, SR.:

(Louisa County Historical Society) Louisa County, Virginia — Will Book 3, page 246 — Will of JOHN BAGBY, Written — 18 Oct 1788, Proven — 13 July 1789. "In the name of God Amen I JOHN BAGBY of the County of Louisa of sound mind but great _____ of body calling to mind the uncertainty of human stability do make this Will and Testament in the following manner:

Viz. In the first place it is my Will & Desire that my Just debts be paid - also I give and bequeath to my Daughter MILDRED TERRY a Negro boy named Kent & a Negro girl name Patsey to her and to her Heirs forever. Also I give & bequeath to my son JAMES BAGBY two negro boys Viz. James and Will to him and his heirs forever. Also I give a bequeath to my Son-in-Law STEVEN TERRY the tract of land formerly laid off by myself to my son WILLIAM BAGBY & which the said WILLIAM sold to the said TERRY to him & to his Heirs forever, containing by estimation one-hundred and twenty acres. Also I give and bequeath to my son JOHN BAGBY the Tract of Land whereon I now live containing by estimation 147 acres being the balance of the whole Tract I purchased of David Richardson Jr. Also it is my Will & Desire that my beloved wife Theodocia enjoy the whole of the last mentioned devised land, Viz. to my son JOHN BAGBY together with all my Negroes, Stock, Household & Kitchen Furniture Stock of every kind together with all the residue of my Estate during her Natural Life & after her Decease to be sold at the descretion of my Executors hereafter named and equally divided amongst all My Children. Also whereas I have become Security for my Son WILLIAM BAGBY to William Evan for a Sum of Money now it is my will & Desire that If My Estate shall Suffer by the said Suretyship more than my son WILLIAM's part of my Estate shall amount to, my Will & desire that the Share of the said son WILLIAM shall be Divided amongst the rest of my children & for his to be always answerable to the rest of the _______ for the extras should there be any. Also I appoint my friend Wm. O. Callis my sons RICHARD and JOHN BAGBY Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal this 18 day of October 1788. – JOHN BAGBY (Seal)

Wit: Wm. O. Callis, Jane Cosby, Marry Callis, Frederick Harris, Samuel Overton, Jr.

At a Court held for Louisa County, Virginia, July 13th, 1789. This Will was this day in Open Court Proved by William O. Callis, Frederick Harris, and Samuel Overton to be the act & deed of JOHN BAGBY & by this court ordered to be recorded.

Test: John Nelson, Clk.

More About JOHN BAGBY:

Individual Note: Louisa County, Virginia branch.
Military service: Captain
John Bagby purchased 460 acres of land in St. Martien's Parish, Louisa County, Virginia from Thomas Dickerson, recorded October 16, 1771 in Deed Book "D" 386, and witnessed by William Morris. [Source is Creasy]. First son, William, b. May 1, 1750, d. 1806, m. Drusilla Semmes [D.A.R.], 2 ch. – Research submitted by Geoffrey Watson.


The following article by Claudia Anderson Chisholm of Mineral Virginia appeared in the Louisa County Historical Magazine, Vol. 9 14, pp. 57 61. (The volume number is lost).

Mt. Air Pleasant View, by: Claudia Anderson Chisholm, from: Louisa County Historical Magazine

An eighteenth century homestead is located on Overton Fork east of Little Elk Creek (Mill Pond), now Lake Anna. During the early 1800s one portion of the place was identified as Mt. Air while another portion was called Pleasant View. Today the homestead is dilapidated, uninhabited, and secluded. What remains of the structure suggests that it was a story and a half house typical of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The property has been occupied by three families Bagby, Kimbrough and Boxley.

Most the land along Overton Fork was patented prior to 1725. James Overton, Ambrose Joshua Smith, James Nuckolls, Jr., and John Ragland were early patentees. Their tracts became the sites of ancestral homes such as Brookville, Elk Creek, and Plain Dealing. [Virginia Land Patent Book 11, 324. Virginia Land Patent Book 12, p. 384] Thomas Dickason of Caroline County was the last to take up land in the area. [Virginia Land Patent Book 12, p. 234] His patent was located on both sides of the south branch of Overton Fork. The land west of the fork became the Dickason plantation known as Belle Isle. It appears that the eastern portion of the Dickason patent included the tract sold by David Richardson and Betty his wife, of Hanover County and Thomas Dickason and Ann his wife, of Caroline County to John Bagby of Hanover County in 1771. [Louisa County Deed Book D 1/2, pp. 386 7] John Bagby's will of 1788 mentions the "balance of the whole tract I purchased of David Richardson, Jr." [Louisa County Will Book 3, p. 246] This statement, coupled with the deed of 1771 clearly indicates that Thomas Dickason at some time prior to 1771 transferred a portion of his 1000 acre patent to David Richardson.

The tract purchased by Capt. John Bagby in 1771 consisted of 466 acres. It is unlikely that a house was located on the property since the previous owners resided elsewhere. The house that Capt. Bagby moved his family to from Hanover County, therefore, was probably built by him in 1771 or soon thereafter. Capt. Bagby had married Theadocia Morris, daughter of Major William Morris of Taylor's Creek, Hanover County. [Bagby family files of James M. Bagby, Richmond, Virginia] The couple had five children born prior to the move to Louisa County. The children were William, Richard, John, James, and Mildred. [Louisa County Will Book 3, p. 246]

John Bagby and Theodocia, his wife, sold 79 acres "on Elk Creek at the mouth of Betty Clark's Spring Branch" to Samuel Ragland in 1776. [Louisa County Deed Book E, p. 85] The land tax records indicate that they gave 120 acres each to their sons William and Richard prior to 1782. These records show the 387 acres remaining after the sale to Samuel Ragland taxed as follows for the years 1782 1789: Capt. John Bagby, 147 acres; William Bagby, 120 acres; Richard Bagby, 120 acres. [Louisa County Tax Records, 1782 89]

John Bagby died in 1789 leaving a will. [Louisa County Will Book 3, p. 246] He left the tract previously assigned to William Bagby to Stephen Terry who had married Mildred Bagby. William had left the state supposedly to Kentucky and had sold his interest in his father's estate to his brother in law, Stephen Terry. The will of John Bagby further specified that his son Richard was to have the "tract of land he now lives on & laid off by myself to be 120 acres...." Capt. John Bagby left his son John "the tract of land whereon I now live containing by estimation 147 acres being the balance of the whole tract I purchased of David Richardson, Junior." His wife Theodocia Bagby was given use of the last tract, for life, plus personal property. The youngest child, James, was left slaves.

Land tax records confirm the provisions of John Bagby's will. For the years 1790 through 1796, the land was taxed as follows: "Theodoshe Bagby, 147 acres; Richard Bagby, 120 acres; and Stephen Terry, 120 acres." In 1797 the tract previously charged to Theodocia is taxed to John Bagby and the acreage increases to 221 acres. [Louisa County Land Tax Records, 1790 97] Two conclusions may be drawn from this record. First, it is obvious that Theodocia Bagby died in late 1796 or early 1797 and the property transferred to her son John Bagby as provided by Capt. John Bagby's will. The second inference from the 1797 tax record is that the land was surveyed, probably for the first time, and was shown to be larger than had been believed to be by previous owners. If this explanation is accurate, then the original tract purchased by Capt. John Bagby from David Richardson, Jr. was 540 acres rather than 466 acres. The Richard Bagby portion was the first of the three tracts to leave the Bagby family. In 1800 Richard Bagby sold 109 1/2 acres to Jonathan Carpenter. [Louisa County Deed Book J, p. 7] The land adjoined that of Robert Dickason, Francis Jerdone, John Bagby, and Stephen Terry. This tract was the remainder of the 120 acres left to Richard by his father. He had sold 10 1/2 acres to his brother in law Stephen Terry in 1796. [Louisa County Deed Book I, p. 214] Richard Bagby died in 1801 leaving minor children. [Louisa County Will Book 5, p. 104. Rosalie Edith Davis, Louisa County, Virginia 1743 1814: Where Have All the Children Gone? (Manchester, Missouri, Rosalie Edith Davis, 1980), pp. 44 and 46)] He had married Sarah Kimbrough, daughter of William Kimbrough and his wife Sarah Field of Louisa. [F. Tom Carson, Early Kimbroughs and Some of Their Descendants, (Charlottsville: Kimbrough Genealogical Assn., 1963), p. 9].

The second portion of Capt. John Bagby's property to leave the family was the tract devised to John Bagby, Jr. after the death of his mother. In 1804 John Bagby and Matilda, his wife, sold to William Kimbrough of Louisa County 221 acres described as the "plantation where said Bagby resides on south side south fork of Elk Creek." [Louisa County Deed Book P, p. 626] John Bagby had married Matilda Davis, daughter of Nathaniel Davis of Amherst County in 1792. [Amherst County Marriage Records] He and his family settled in Barren County, Kentucky, where he died in 1834. [Revolutionary War Pension #W2997].

William Kimbrough acquired the remaining portion of Capt. John Bagby's tract in 1810. Stephen Terry and his wife Mildred sold Kimbrough, 130 1/2 acres, described as the land "where on Stephen Terry now resides." [Louisa County Deed Book L, p. 361] This acreage included the portion devised by Capt. John Bagby, plus a small tract acquired by Terry from Richard Bagby. The Terry's settled in Todd County, Kentucky.

The homestead which remains dilapidated today is probably that of John Bagby, Jr., or Stephen Terry. In 1802 they insured their respective houses located on tracts devised by Capt. John Bagby. The house of John Bagby, Jr., was known as Pleasant View and was described as a new house "twenty six feet wide by eighteen feet long one story high." [Mutual Assurance Society, policy] The sketch drawn on the policy indicates that the house had a brick foundation and a large chimney apparently accommodating a second floor fireplace as well as one on the first floor. The latter characteristic suggests that the house was a story and a half even though it was described as a single story. The absence of dormer windows probably defined the house as one story for insurance and tax purposes although living space existed on the second floor.

The Stephen Terry house was known as Mt. Air in 1802 and was described as a "wooden dwelling house 28 by 16 feet with shed." Like Pleasant View, Mt. Air was one story high with a chimney design suggesting the possibility of living space on a half story second floor. The house was not new as it was depreciated by 25 percent. Stephen Terry stated that the house was "now occupied by myself." [Mutual Assurance Society, policy] The depreciation and Terry's statement suggest that Mt. Air may have had a previous occupant. In all likelihood, this previous occupant was William Bagby who sold the tract to Terry, or even Capt. John Bagby himself.

The Mt. Air and Pleasant View plantations became merged into one tract during the ownership of William Kimbrough. Both houses appear on the land tax records until 1839. [Louisa County Land Tax Records] Since the two tracts were then listed as one, it is impossible to ascertain which house disappeared. With records available, it seems that the Mt. Air home place was destroyed and the Pleasant View house is the one left standing.

William Kimbrough made his will in 1845 and named Jonathan T. Cowherd as executor. The will was probated in 1852. He specified that his slaves be set free and that his remaining estate, both real and personal, be divided equally among the children of his slave Anne Cosby. The executor sold Kimbrough's real estate in two parcels. John W. Boxley purchased 198 2/3 acres. [Louisa County Deed Book CC, p. 104] The balance, 150 1/3 acres, was purchased by William J. Pendleton. [Louisa County Deed Book CC, p. 103] The home place was located on the Boxley tract, which adjoined C. G. Coleman, Betsy Byrd, William J. Pendleton, Elk Creek, and John Carpenter.

John W. Boxley owned the property from 1852 until 1898 when his estate was settled. [Louisa County Deed Book 27, p. 668] He was a son of John C. and Nancy Willis Boxley and married first Anna N. McGehee, daughter of Oswald and Martha Cooke McGehee in 1838. According to the 1850 census, they had the following children: Catharine, John C., Edward, Julian, Ann W., Willie O., and Lindsay O. Boxley. In 1858, John W. Boxley married his second wife a widow, Martha S. Bumpass. [William Thompson Baker, The Baker Family of England and Central Virginia, Their Many Related Families and Kin (1974: privately printed), p. 149] The land tax records for the period suggest that the Boxleys lived on the property throughout their ownership. Henry T. Harris and his wife Clara A. Chick were the next owners of the house tract of the property. Robert Nelson Harris of Aspen Hill purchased from the estate and public sale of John W. Boxley, 168 32/100 acres of land for Henry T. Harris in 1898. [Louisa Conty Deed Book 27, p. 668. Louisa County Chancery Order Book 1893, pp. 132, 177, and 255] The family relationship between the two Harrises, if any, is not apparent from family records. Henry T. Harris, son of Lewis Harris, married in 1875 Clara A. Chick, daughter of John R. Chick, Jr., and his wife, Martha S. Cocke of Louisa County. [Louisa County Marriage Book 3, p. 43] The Harrises owned the property until 1914 when they sold it to Adrian Aubrey Bagby and his wife, Mattie Lee Chick. [Louisa County Deed Book 33, p. 599].

According to the Louisa County records, Aubrey Bagby, son of Caius R. and Mary M. Bagby, married Mattie Lee Chick, daughter of Lewis W. and Lelia Clopton Chick in 1909. [Louisa County Marriage Book 3, p. 43] When he died intestate in 1942 his heirs were his widow, Mattie Lee Bagby, and two children, Thomas M. and Carl M. Bagby. The two sons inherited the property upon the death of their mother in 1958. [Louisa County Deed Book 109, p. 425] They, in turn, conveyed the property by deed of gift to Thomas Bagby, Jr., in 1961. [Ibid] James A. Moncure, III, and Charles M. Caravati, Jr., purchased the property from Thomas Bagby in the 1970s and sold it to Mork Investment Corporation in 1980. [Louisa County Deed Book 167, pp. 200 and 549. Louisa County Deed Book 175, 16] The parcel consisted of 140 acres lying entirely on the east side of the south fork of "Little Elk Creek."

The entrance road off Route 723 is seldom traveled and barely visible. The house is remote and once found, reveals the neglect resulting from several decades of absentee ownership. The appendages have fallen and, for the most part, blended into the encroaching woodland. Massive boxwoods, stately trees and occasional flower or shrub are evidence of the yard and garden surrounding the house. Mt. Air or Pleasant View whichever name applies to the surviving home site is another Louisa County home place with origins in the 1700s which is falling to decay.

Research of Tom Smith, presented to Site Owners for publication.



1. WILLIAM BAGBY, b. May 1, 1750; d. About 1806. More About WILLIAM BAGBY: Mentioned in his father's will. Some research shows William, b. May 1, 1750, d. 1806, m. Drusilla Semmes.
2. RICHARD BAGBY, b. About 1755, Virginia; d. December 14, 1801, Louisa County, Virginia.
3. JOHN BAGBY, JR., b. May 17, 1762, Louisa County, Virginia; d. November 17, 1834, Barren County, Kentucky.
4. MILDRED BAGBY, b. About 1764, Hanover County, Virginia; d. April 15, 1832, Todd County, Kentucky.
5. JAMES M. BAGBY, SR., b. February 1766, Virginia; d. May 19, 1836.


RICHARD BAGBY 3, (JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born March 7, 1750 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died April 23, 1818 in King & Queen County, Virginia. He married SUSANNAH JEFFRIES, the daughter of THOMAS JEFFRIES and MARY JANE "POLLY" GUNN on August 29, 1783. She was born November 9, 1765 and died March 28, 1832 in King & Queen County, Virginia.

More About RICHARD BAGBY and SUSANNAH JEFFRIES: General Birth & Death date source "John Bagby of Bunker Hill", but exact Birth & Death Dates, along with Marriage Date taken from Bible Record.


1. MARY BAGBY, b. September 9, 1784, King & Queen County, Virignia; d. August 1785, King & Queen County, Virginia. More About MARY BAGBY: Birth and Death dates from Bible Record.
2. GEORGE BAGBY, b. About 1786, King & Queen County, Virignia; d. Unknown.
3. JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY, b. May 1, 1791; d. June 28, 1880, King & Queen County, Virginia.
4. RICHARD BAGBY, JR., b. April 2, 1795, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. July 24, 1855.
5. MARTHA BAGBY, b. April 15, 1798, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown. Note: Birth Date taken from Bible Record.
6. TRAVIS BAGBY, b. About 1800, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. December 1, 1849, Caroline County, Virginia.
7. ROBERT "BAYLOR" BAGBY, b. January 18, 1801, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. July 7, 1879, Washington, D.C. Note: Birth Date taken from Bible Record.
8. MARY BAGBY, b. September 28, 1802, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. August 2, 1870.
9. SUSANNAH ELIZABETH "SUSAN" BAGBY, b. May 1810, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. March 8, 1882, Virginia. Note: First & Middle Names along with Birth Date taken from Bible Record.
10. FRANCES BAGBY, b. Unknown, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
11. DOROTHY A. BAGBY, b. Unknown, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown. More About DOROTHY A. BAGBY: May have been married to a Fleet.


THOMAS BAGBY 3, (JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born Unknown in King & Queen County, Virginia and died Unknown in King & Queen County, Virginia. He married ELIZABETH "BETTIE" LUMPKIN. She was born Unknown and died Unknown.

More About THOMAS BAGBY: Military service: Major

More About ELIZABETH "BETTIE" LUMPKIN: She may have been the daughter of WILLIAM LUMPKIN and NANCY GRESHAM from the upper part of King & Queen County.

Site Owner Note: According to the chart of Dr. Alfred P. Bagby and [CREASY], GEORGE BAGBY who married VIRGINIA EVANS should be a child. He was in a separate report until 2014 when it became apparent that many of the names in the William Bagby Report which is no longer on this site were duplicates of this main report.


1. JAMES BAGBY, b. About 1783, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
2. HENRY BAGBY, b. About 1784, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1835, King & Queen County, Virginia.
3. DELPHIA BAGBY, b. About 1786, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown; m. CARTER LONGEST; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
4. WILLIAM BAGBY, b. About 1790, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
5. BETSY BAGBY, b. About 1796, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
6. GEORGE BAGBY, b. About 1798, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1874.
7. THOMAS BAGBY, b. About 1800, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
8. TEMPLE BAGBY, b. About 1805, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown; m. MARY ANN TOWNLEY, daughter of JOHN TOWNLEY, February 18, 1829, Essex County, Virginia. Found in 1830 King & Queen County Census Record. Source for marriage: Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia, 1655-1900.





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