James Bagby Report

Generation Four

 

JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born May 1, 1791 in Virginia and died June 28, 1880 in King & Queen County, Virginia. He married (1) ELIZABETH COURTNEY, the daughter of ROBERT COURTNEY and PRISCILLA CAMPBELL on March 15, 1814. She was born August 28, 1794 in Virginia and died September 29, 1836 in King & Queen County, Virginia. He married (2) ELIZABETH KIDD MOTLEY, the daughter of JOHN KIDD, SR. and widow of ANDREW B. MOTLEY on December 7, 1837 in King & Queen County, Virginia. She was born About 1799 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died February 2, 1880 in King & Queen County, Virginia.

 

 

Bunker Hill

 

Bunker Hill

Artist Rendering — Circa 1931

 

 

John Christopher Bagby
John Christopher Bagby

A.K.A. JOHN BAGBY OF BUNKER HILL

 

Much of the research of the lineage of John Christopher Bagby comes from the book "John Bagby of Bunker Hill", Compiled by: Elizabeth Pollard Cox Johnson and Jessie Gresham Pollard Dodge.

 

JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY [1792-1880]

The brief wording on his tombstone in the Bruington Cemetery: CHRISTIAN, MERCHANT, PATRIOT, CITIZEN AND FRIEND OF EDUCATION encompasses the character and life of the progenitor of this monumental lineage. The memorial sums up his entire life.

John Bagby professed no religious inclination until 1821 when he became a member of Bruington Baptist Church. Four years later he was made a deacon; then a clerk. His interest and support for the next sixty years never flagged.

Landowner and farmer of many acres he was primarily known as a merchant. He claimed his early grasp of "trade" came through his association with an uncle, Thomas Jeffries. Records show that he and his brother, Richard Bagby, became partners, operating a country store at Stevensville. When his attention was focused on commerce upon the rivers and seas, he engaged the help of his son-in-law, John N. Gresham, at the store. His fortune was made in shipping small grain to the West Indies and South America on vessels called "brigs". But his financial world crumbled with the calamitous years of 1861-65. During his latter years, a small pension from the War Department was his sole liquid asset.

His span of years was actually affected by three wars. Born about ten years after the American Revolution, he experienced the changes in the economy, religious freedom and the building of a new nation. A member of the local militia, he was a ready volunteer in the War of 1812 when we declared: "We could whip the British once and for all." John enlisted under Captain Robert Courtney.

Upon rise just off the highway at Stevensville, Virginia, he and Elizabeth Courtney [Bagby] built a home that in time became comodious for a growing family. It seemed to have an anatomy in three stages: the first part, a small brick dwelling with dormers is dated about 1820; a year later an addition was taxed and in 1834 (the last stage) the property was taxed for seven time its value in 1820. Typical of the early 19th century in the area, it was a structure of clapboard over an English basement, wide halls and a front porch made for rocking and enjoying the country around. The place was given the name "Bunker Hill" honoring an early battle in '75.

In 1839, together with Colonel John Pollard of "Bel Air", John Bagby founded the Stevensville Academy to benefit boys, their own as well as neighbors, and it continued to maintain a high standard for more than 25 years. The daughters of these two households were tutored at home or went to Mrs. Southgate's School for Young Ladies at Little Plymouth.

John Bagby was the son of Richard Bagby [1750-1818] and Susannah Jeffries [1765-1832].

Source: "John Bagby of Bunker Hill", Compiled by Elizabeth Pollard Cox Johnson and Jessie Gresham Pollard Dodge, 1979.

 

Source of Lineage For:

Sue Etta Bagby
Virginia Bagby
Edward [Rev] Bagby

Children from John Christopher Bagby's second marriage to Elizabeth KIDD Motley. Information from letters written by George Franklin [Rev] Bagby to his father John Christopher Bagby, his mother Elizabeth KIDD Motley Bagby, during the Civil War...Dalhgren's raid in King & Queen County, Virginia...life in trenches at Petersburg, 1864, also to his sister Sue Etta Bagby (died 1923) about camp life at Gloucester Point, June, 1861 about religious revival at camp. To his sister Virginia Bagby Pollard [1839-1918]...papers also listed Edward [Rev] Bagby as a child from this marriage.

Source: Virginia State Library Records.

Research submitted by: Nell Bagby Simmons, December, 1999.

 

More About JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY: Burial: "Bunker Hill", however his gravemarker is in the Bruington Baptist Church Cemetery, King & Queen County, Virginia.

The estate originally owned by John Christopher Bagby, was also the burial place of many family members. The monuments salvaged from Bunker Hill were also placed in the cemetery in 1978 when the family cemetery at Bunker Hill was bull-dozed. The family remains buried at Bunker Hill, except for one family member who was unearthed in the bull-dozing process and is actually buried in the cemetery at Bruington.

Individual Note: In the book "A Practical Mystic-A.B.Rudd", the following is recorded: John Bagby's home in King & Queen County Virginia, named Bunker Hill was a prosperous, self-contained little community of it's own.

Military service: War of 1812.

Religion: Baptist.

 

 

Bruington
Bruington Baptist Church

LOCATED IN KING & QUEEN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, NEAR BUNKER HILL

 

 

 

 

More About ELIZABETH COURTNEY [BAGBY], (1792-1836)

The daughter, Elizabeth, of Captain Robert Courtney and his wife, Priscilla Campbell Courtney, lived within walking distance of the community of Stevensville. She may have known John Bagby from the time of early childhood as it is believed that he lived only a mile or two north of the village. His enlistment in her father's company, marching off to the drum beats of the War of 1812 may have helped his courtship considerably, for they were married in 1814. Not long after the birth of their 1lth child, she passed away leaving a bereft husband to care for the seven remaining children at "Bunker Hill".

Site Owner Note: According to the book "King & Queen County, Virginia" by: Rev. Alfred P. Bagby, D.D., Elizabeth Courtney was born August 28, 1794 and died September 29, 1836. The grave marker supports the year of her birth over the year in the book "John Bagby of Bunker Hill".

Elizabeth Courtney died October 29, 1836, 42 years old. Daughter of Captain Robert Courtney.

Note: Marriage date from Bible Record

Research by: Sherri Schäefer Bagby

More About ELIZABETH COURTNEY: Burial: "Bunker Hill", however her gravemarker is in the Bruington Baptist Church Cemetery, King & Queen County, Virginia.

 

More About ELIZABETH KIDD MOTLEY: Name: Until 2014, her maiden name was published as LUMPKIN and other researchers have said she was ELIZABETH LUMPKIN. After noticing MAJOR THOMAS BAGBY was attached to the same wife, I referred to the book, King & Queen County Virginia by Dr. Alfred Paul Bagby, D.D. He clearly states on page 366, she was ELIZABETH KIDD, the daughter of JOHN KIDD, SR. who married MOTLEY and then BAGBY. Burial: "Bunker Hill", however her gravemarker is in the Bruington Baptist Church Cemetery, King & Queen County, Virginia.

 

Children of JOHN BAGBY and ELIZABETH COURTNEY are:

1. EMMALINE COURTNEY BAGBY, b. October 19, 1815 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1890, King & Queen County, Virginia.
2. PRISCILLA COURTNEY BAGBY, b. May 18, 1818 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. January 3, 1888, at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia.
3. RICHARD HUGH BAGBY, b. June 16, 1820 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. October 29, 1870.
4. HANNAH ELIZABETH BAGBY, b. December 27, 1822 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. July 23, 1883.
5. CORNELIUS BAGBY, b. December 31, 1824, at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. October 3, 1827 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia. More About CORNELIUS BAGBY: Source is: John Bagby of "Bunker Hill". Exact Birth & Death Dates from Bible Record.
6. JOHN ROBERT BAGBY, b. November 13, 1826 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. March 26, 1890.
7. ALFRED PAUL BAGBY, b. June 15, 1828 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. November 14, 1925, Richmond, Virginia.
8. THOMAS FRANKLIN BAGBY, b. February 26, 1830 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. March 10, 1832. More About THOMAS FRANKLIN BAGBY: Name along with full Birth & Death Dates taken from Bible Record.
9. MARTHA HILL BAGBY, b. February 1832 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1866.
10. MARY ELLEN BAGBY, b. About 1834 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1862, King & Queen County, Virginia.
11. GEORGE FRANKLIN BAGBY, b. February 22, 1836 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1900.

 

Children of JOHN BAGBY and ELIZABETH MOTLEY are:

1. VIRGINIA BAGBY, b. January 24, 1839 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. about 1918, Richmond, Virginia. Note: Birth Date taken from Bible Record.
2. EDWARD "NED" BAGBY, b. January 26, 1842 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. July 30, 1864, at the battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia. Notes for EDWARD "NED" [REV] BAGBY: Birth, Death dates and Inscription taken from grave marker. Grave Marker reads: Strong of purpose, pure of soul an earnest Christian. He volunteered for a perilous task and fell at his post. More About EDWARD "NED" [REV] BAGBY: Burial: Bruington Baptist Church Cemetery, King & Queen County, Virginia. Individual Note: See notes from Harry Ashby [D.D.] Bagby. Military service: C.S.A. [Private]. Religion: Baptist.
3. SUSAN ELIZABETH "ETTA" BAGBY, b. May 11, 1844 at "Bunker Hill" in King & Queen County, Virginia; d. September 27, 1923 in King & Queen County, Virginia. More About SUSAN ELIZABETH "ETTA" BAGBY: Unmarried. Note: Birth & Death dates from Bible Record. In Bible Record, ELIZABETH is not part of her name.

 

RICHARD BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born April 15, 1795 and died July 24, 1855. He married DOROTHEA ANN FLEET, the daughter of WILLIAM FLEET and SARAH BROWNE on February 14, 1821 at "Fleetwood". She was born About 1805 in Goshen, Virginia and died June 23, 1849 in Society Hill, King & Queen County, Virginia.

More About RICHARD BAGBY, JR.: Birth date, marriage date and wife's name, are from Bible Records. His wife's name, parents, birth are from "John Bagby of Bunker Hill".

Notes for RICHARD BAGBY, JR.: Some of the research for this immediate family is from Carole Heath Jackson Dilley.

More About DOROTHEA ANN FLEET: Individual Note: Parents names are the research of Carole Heath Jackson Dilley.

Children of RICHARD BAGBY and DOROTHEA FLEET are:

1. JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY [D.D.S.], b. About 1825, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1846, King & Queen County, Virginial More About JOHN CHRISTOPHER BAGBY [D.D.S.]: Education: Columbian University. Occupation: Dentist.
2. SARAH ANN BAGBY, b. January 1828; d. April 15, 1848, King & Queen County, Virginia; m. OLIVER WRIGHT; b. About 1808, Ireland; d. February 26, 1864, at Fleetwood. More About SARAH ANN BAGBY: Burial: Society Hill Cemetery. Individual Note: Another source lists her as being married to Unknown White. More About OLIVER WRIGHT: Occupation: Professor.
3. MARIA SUE BAGBY, b. August 10, 1830, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. May 24, 1936, Virginia.
4. DOROTHEA FLEET "DOLLY" BAGBY, b. August 07, 1832, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. March 20, 1904, Norfolk, Virginia.
5. RICHARD BAGBY, III, b. November 9, 1833; d. July 12, 1899, King & Queen County, Virginia; m. FRANCES ANN "FANNIE" FLOYD; b. June 18, 1835; d. August 6, 1919. More About RICHARD BAGBY, III: Burial: Blanford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. More About FRANCES ANN "FANNIE" FLOYD: Burial: Blanford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia.
6. ELLEN B. BAGBY, b. February 22, 1835, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. About 1882, Middlesex County, Virginia.
7. PRICILLA ELIZABETH BAGBY, b. November 13, 1836, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. January 15, 1923, Clifton Forge, Virginia.
8. LUCY FLEET BAGBY, b. About 1838, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. February 4, 1921, Middlesex County, Virginia.
9. ALEXANDER FLEET BAGBY, b. June 24, 1840, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. March 22, 1915, Tappahannock, Essex County, Virginia.

 

TRAVIS BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born About 1800 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died December 1, 1849 in Caroline County, Virginia. He married MARY ANN KIDD, the daughter of JOHN KIDD, SR., [circa 1769 — 1839] and ANN UNKNOWN [circa 1767 — 1847] on January 28, 1834. She was born November 3, 1809 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died October 7, 1874 in Caroline County, Virginia.

Note: Birth & Death date of MARY ANN KIDD and Marriage Date is from Bible Record.

More About TRAVIS BAGBY: In the Library of Virginia archives, is the following:

Travis Bagby, 1 Vol. (140 pages) in part, photocopies. Account Book 1829 — 1862 of Travis Bagby (1800-1849) and his son Travis (1828 — 1907) both of Caroline County, Virginia containing account information for the estates of Thomas Gresham, Ann Kidd, John Kidd, and Travis Bagby (1800 – 1849). Travis Bagby or his son was administrator or executor for each of the decedents. Also contains a list of names and ages of Bagby family slaves, gift of H. Franklin Minor, Richmond (38504).

Research submitted by Beverly Green

Further info about the children in this family added by site owner in 2015

Site Owner Note: The 1840 Caroline County, Virginia Census Record lists a daughter between the age of 10 & 15 for this family

Children of TRAVIS BAGBY and MARY KIDD are:

1. JOHN R. BAGBY, b. June 2, 1835, Caroline County, Virginia, d. March 14, 1846, Caroline County, Virginia.
2. ANN E. "MINNIE" BAGBY, b. About 1836, Caroline County, Virginia; d. May 21, 1919, Caroline County, Virginia.
3. TRAVIS BAGBY, JR., b. About 1838, Virginia, d. February 14, 1907, Caroline County, Virginia.
4. THOMAS GRESHAM BAGBY, b. About 1841, Caroline County, Virginia; d. September 1862, Washington County, Maryland. Note: Killed in the Civil War at Sharpsburg.
5. MARY L. BAGBY, b. About 1847, Caroline County, Virginia; d. Unknown. Note: Middle Initial & Birth Year from 1850 Caroline County, Virginia Census Record.
6. SALLIE MARIA BAGBY, b. December 6, 1848, Virginia, d. April 15, 1855, Caroline County, Virginia. Note: Middle Name taken from Bible Record. Shows spelling as SALLIE. Burial: Inscription Reads: The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed is the name of the Lord.

 

ROBERT "BAYLOR" BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born January 18, 1801 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died July 7, 1879 in Washington, D.C. He married (1) ELIZABETH BAGBY on December 21, 1825. She was born About 1806 and died Before 1850 in Richmond, Virginia. He married (2) EVALINA KEED. She was born About 1816 in St. Mary's County, Maryland and died January 6, 1910 in Washington, D.C.

More About ROBERT "BAYLOR" BAGBY:

Birth Date and Marriage Date taken from Bible Record
Occuptation: Attorney

 

Children of ROBERT BAGBY and ELIZABETH BAGBY are:

1. ELIZABETH "JULIET" BAGBY, b. January 8, 1827, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. Unknown. Note: Birth Date taken from Bible Record. Name: JULIET BAGBY.
2. GEORGE ROBERT BAGBY, b. July 31, 1832, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. January 2, 1909, Virginia; m. FRANCES WHITE, b. January 9, 1828; d. November 9, 1914, Virginia.
3. HENRY BAYLOR BAGBY, b. October 1844, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. July 1877, Virginia. More About HENRY BAYLOR BAGBY: Previously listed as ROBERT BAYLOR BAGBY, JR., but 1850 census record shows HENRY B. BAGBY.

 

Children of ROBERT BAGBY and EVALINE KEED are:

1. WILLIAM W. BAGBY, b. About 1857, Washington, D.C.; d. Unknown.
2. AMBROSE D. BAGBY, b. December 1858, Washington, D.C.; d. April 6, 1909, Washington.

 

MARY BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born September 28, 1802, King & Queen County, Virginia; d. August 2, 1870. She married HENRY HARWOOD. He was born Unknown and died Unknown.

More About MARY BAGBY: Birth and Death dates from Bible Record

Children of MARY BAGBY and HENRY HARWOOD are:

1. WILLIAM HARWOOD, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
2. HENRY HARWOOD, JR., b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
3. MARY HARWOOD, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

 

SUSANNAH ELIZABETH "SUSAN" BAGBY 4, (RICHARD 3, JOHN 2, JAMES 1) was born May 1810 in King & Queen County, Virginia and died March 8, 1882 in King & Queen County, Virginia. She married J.R. HAYNES. He was born Unknown and died Unknown.

More About SUSANNAH ELIZABETH "SUSAN" BAGBY: First & Middle Names along with Birth Date taken from Bible Record.

Children of SUSANNE BAGBY and J.R. HAYNES are:

1. JOHN R. HAYNES, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
2. WILLIAM C. HAYNES, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

 

 

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