BAGBY, Henry, of Powhatan Co VA

Henry Bagby was born about 1724 in St James Parish, Goochland Co VA,[1] son of John Bagby.

Henry’s wife, Susannah, must have been married previously, as Henry had a stepson, Henry —, who married Elizabeth Vaughan in 1778 in Powhatan Co VA. Susannah has been called Susannah Steele , but without evidence that this writer has seen.[2] She is said to have been born ca 1727 and died as late as 1823.[3]

On 10 Jan 1763, Henry Bagby witnessed a deed in which Robert Bagby Sr and Robert Bagby Jr sold land in Cumberland Co VA to James Bagby.[4] In Powhatan Co VA, Henry sold land for five shillings to his son James Bagby on 14 Apr 1789.[5]

These Powhatan Co VA marriages probably involved children of Henry Bagby[6]:

·  Henry Bagby, Jr., and Elizabeth Vaughan, M.B. March 2, 1778. Surety: Daniel Hix. Witness: Jesse Hix. p. 1, Powhatan Co VA.

·  James Johnson and Rebecca Bagby [daughter of Henry Bagby], M.B. December 7, 1782. Surety: James Clarke. p. 6, Powhatan Co VA.

·  James Flowers and Theodisia Bagby [daughter of Henry Bagby], M.B. June 4, 1787. Surety: Jeffery Davis. Witness: James Bagby. p. 12, Powhatan Co VA.

Henry Bagby’s will was written and probated in 1790.[7]

The children of Henry and Susannah Bagby were:

1. Henry BAGBY.[8] Born say ca 1745. On 2 Mar 1778, he married Elizabeth VAUGHAN in Powhatan Co VA.

2. Elizabeth BAGBY. Born on 3 Oct 1747.

3. Sarah BAGBY. Born on 3 Dec 1748. On 17 Nov 1772 when Sarah was 23, she married Luke WEBSTER, son of Nathaniel WEBSTER & Margaret POWELL. Born in 1746 in Goochland Co VA. Luke died in 1817. They had the following children:

                        i.            John Bagby (1772-1833)

                        ii.            Rebecca J (ca1765-)

                        iii.            Henry (1775-1854)

                        iv.            Lucy (1775-)

                        v.            Sally Ann (1777-1845)

                        vi.            Margaret (1778-)

                        vii.            Dosha (1783-)

                        viii.            Jesse B (1787-)

                        ix.            David (1790-)

                        x.            Luke (1794-)

4. Susannah BAGBY. Born on 3 Nov 1750 in Powhatan Co VA. Susannah died in Franklin Co VA, on 12 Oct 1823. In 1770 when Susannah was 19, she married Samuel WEBSTER, son of Nathaniel WEBSTER & Margaret POWELL, in Powhatan Co VA. Born on 10 Apr 1749 in Goochland Co VA. Samuel died in Franklin Co VA, on 24 Jan 1823. They had the following children:

                        i.            Susannah (1771-)

                        ii.            Nancy (1773-)

                        iii.            Jane (1775-)

                        iv.            Samuel Bagby (1777-1836)

                        v.            Elizabeth (1779-)

                        vi.            Daniel Bagby (1782-1859)

                        vii.            James (1785-1850)

                        viii.            William Charles (1788-)

                        ix.            Mary (1791-)

                        x.            Reuben (1792-1857)

                        xi.            Deborah (1796-1836)

5. John BAGBY. Born on 14 Apr 1753 in Powhatan Co VA. John died in Kanawha Co [W]VA, in Feb 1835. On 17 Sep 1775 John married Mildred –?– in VA . Born on 18 May 1754 in VA. Mildred died in KY in Nov 1823. They had the following children:

                        i.            Henry (1776-)

                        ii.            Susan (1778-)

                        iii.            John (1780-1854)

                        iv.            Isham Davis (1781-)

                        v.            George Richards (1784-)

                        vi.            Daniel (1786-)

                        vii.            Rolby B (1789-)

                        viii.            Mildred (1790-)

                        ix.            James White (1794-)

                        x.            Elizabeth (1798-)

                        xi.            Roling (1800-)

                        xii.            Mary (ca1802-)

6. Theodocia BAGBY. Born on 11 Apr 1755 in Powhatan Co VA. Theodocia died in Buckingham Co VA, on 4 Sep 1825. On 4 Jun 1787, she married James FLOWERS in Powhatan Co VA. Born on 24 Feb 1742/43 in Buckingham Co VA. They had the following children:

                        i.            Thomas (1788-)

                        ii.            Henry Bagby (1790-)

                        iii.            James W (1792-)

                        iv.            Sallie (ca1793-)

                        v.            Elizabeth (1796-)

                        vi.            Samuel Chandler (1798-)

7. Rebecca BAGBY. Born on 26 Sep 1758. In Dec 1782 Rebecca married James JOHNSON in Powhatan Co VA.

8. Daniel BAGBY. Born on 8 Sep 1762 in Powhatan Co VA. Daniel died in Buckingham Co VA. If this is the same man, he had an earlier wife, as seen in his 1810 census in Buckingham Co VA: 30010/20010/26 slaves. On 2 May 1816 when Daniel was 53, he married Elizabeth COX in Powhatan Co VA. They had the following children:

                        i.            Martha (ca1816-)

                        ii.            Daniel (1824-)

9. James BAGBY. Born in 1765 in Powhatan Co VA. On 20 Dec 1784 when James was 19, he married Patty PRICE in Prince Edward Co VA. They had one known child:

                        i.            Daniel (1788-)

10. Lacy BAGBY. Born on 1 Jan 1767.

Coincidentally, this family links three of my grandparents’ geographically disparate families: daughter Susannah was an ancestor of my Armstrongs[9]; Susannah and Sarah married Websters, and Sarah had descendants who married Alvises[10]; son John’s descendants went to KY, where one of them married a sister of my Pedigo grandmother’s Martin ancestor.[11]

© 2009, Kathy Alvis Patterson


[1] Age is based on Henry being at least 21 when he bought land as indicated in this deed: Henry Cox to Harry Bagby, Deed Book 5, page 1, Goochland County, Virginia, 1745: “This Indenture made this 16th Day of July Anno Dom. WCDCCXLV Between Henry Cox of the County of Goochland of the one part and Harry Bagby of the County of King and Queen of the other part Witnesseth that the said Henry Cox for and in Consideration of the Sum Twenty five pounds Current money of Virginia to him the said Henry Cox in hand paid before the Sealing and Delivering of these presents the Receipt whreof he the said Henry Cox doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained Sold aliened Enfeoffed and Confirmed and by these presents do give grant bargain Sell alien Enfeoff and Confirm unto the said Harry Bagby his heirs and assings forever one Certain Tract or parcel of Land containing Two hundred acres be the same more or less Situated lying and being in Goochland County in Southam Parish being Granted unto John Bolling by Patent and by the said Bolling sold to Henry Cox by a Deed of Bargain and Sale Bearing Date the Xth day of February WCDCCXXXIX and by the aforesaid Deed is thus Bounded Beginning at a Corner oak parting Frederick Cox and Martha Cox Thence South Twenty two Degrees East Sixty four Chain to pointers thence East thirty three Degrees North one hundred and thirteen Chains crossing Mahook Creek to a corner on the East side of Cox’s Tract thence on his line North eighty Chains to a Corner pine in a Slash being Frederick Cox’s Southeast Corner thence on his line South fifty eight Degrees West one hundred and forty four Chains to the first Station To have and to hold the said Tract of Land and all and Singular the priviledges and appertainances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto him the said Harry Bagby his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoolf of him the said Harry Bagby his heirs and assigns forever And the said Henry Cox the said mentioned granted premisses unto the said Harry Bagby his heirs and assigns and agasint any other person or persons whatsoever ___ and will by these presents Warrant and forever Defend In Witness whereof he the said Henry Cox hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his Seal the Day and Year above written. Signed by Henry Cox and witnesed by Daniel Coloman, Nicklos? Wilkoson and Robert Bagby.

“Memorandum That on the Day of 1745 Quiet and peasable possession and seizin of the Lands and premises within mentioned to be granted with the appertenances was given made and done by the within named Henry Cox to the within named Harry Bagby according to the Tenor _____ and Effect of the within written Deed.

“At a Court held for Goochland County July 16, 1745 Henry Cox acknowledged this Deed to be his Act and Deed which was ordered to be Recorded Then Judith his Wife (She being first privately examined) relinquished her right of Dower in the Land by this Deed Conveyed which was also Ordered to be Recorded.”

[2] Nikki Scholes posted a message at Genforum in Sep 2007, giving a maiden name for Susannah, but no source for the information.

[3] Documentation needed.

[4] Deed: Robert Bagby to James Bagby (Bagbey) 1763, Deed Book 3, page 358, Cumberland County, Virginia: “This Indenture made this tenth Day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three Between Robt. Bagby, Senr. and Robt. Bagbey junr. of Cumberland County of the one part and James Bagbey of the same County of the other part Witnesseth That the said Robt. Bagby senr. and junr for diver good Causes and considerations but more especially for and in consideration of forty five Pounds to David Greenhill in hand paid before the sealing and delivering of these Presents the Receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained sold alien’d enfeoffed and confirmed unto the said James Bagbey his Heirs and assigns forever two hundred acres of Land lying on Solomon’s Creek in Cumberland County and is bounded by Daniel Johnson John Pleasants Anthony Minter (Hinter) Robert Bagbey Senr and James Bagbey Together with all Houses Buildings _______ issues Commodities and appertenances thereunto belonging or appertaining and every part thereof and all the Estate Right title ___________________ thereof To have and to hold the said Plantations Tract or Parcel of Land and all and singular the appertenances unto the said James Bagbey his Heirs and Assigns to the only proper use of him the said James Bagbey his Heirs and Assigns forever And the said Robt. Bagbeys for themselves their Heirs Exocr. Admr. doth covenant and agree to and with the said James Bagbey his Heirs and Assigns that the said Robt. Bagbey by and at the time of sealing and delivering of these Presents is and doth stand seized of an undefeasible Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple in the Lands and Premises as above and that he will forever warrent and defend the same and every part thereof agasint the Claim and demand of them the said Robt. Bagbey Senr. and Robert Bagbey Junr. and all and every other Person or Persons whatsoever laying any Right Title Claim or Demand to the said Land or any part thereof In Witness of. Signed by Robt. Bagbey (by his mark) and Robert Bagbey, and witnessed by Harry Bagby and Absalom Toler. Memorandum that on the tenth Day of January Quiet and Peaceable Possession of the said Lands and Premises by the within named Robt. Bagbey Senr. and junr. to the within named James Bagbey was given had and taken. Signed by Robt. Bagbey (by his mark) and Robert Bagbey and witnessed by Harry Bagbey and Absalom Toler.

“At a Court held for Cumberland County 28th March 1763. This Indenture and Memorandum of Livery and Seizin endorsed were acknowledged by Robert Bagby Senior and Robert Bagby junior partys thereto and by the Court ordered to be recorded.”

[5] Deed: Henry Bagby to James Bagby, Deed Book 1, page 508, Powhatan Co VA: “This Indenture made this fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Eighty nine Between Henry Bagby of the County of Powhatan of the one part and James Bagby of the county aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Henry Bagby for and in consideration of the Sum of Five Shillings current Money of Virginia (but more especially for the affection he hath for the said James Bagby his Son) the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge Hath Sold, Aliened, Remised, Enfeoffed and confirmed And by these presents doth grant bargain Sell Convey, Release and confirm unto the said James Bagby One certain Tract or parcell of Land lying and being in the County of Powhatan containing Fifty five Acres be the same more or less, and bounded as follows to witt, by the Lands of William Cox, John Cox, and Mahook Creek which said Fifty five Acres of Land lies on the Western Side the said Creek being part of the Land and plantation whereon the said Henry Bagby now lives To have and to hold the said granted Land and all and Singular the privileges, Advantages, and Appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto him the said James Bagby his Heirs or Assigns, to the only proper use and behoof of him the said James Bagby his Heirs or Assigns forever. And the said Henry Bagby doth by these presents for himself, his Heirs Executors or Admrs. covenant and agree to and with the said James Bagby his Heirs, Executors Administrators or Assigns to warrant and forever defend the said Tract of Land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said James Bagby his Heirs and assigns forever against any Claim of him the said Henry Bagby or any person or persons claiming by, through, from, or under him the said Henry Bagby and also against all and every claim or demand of any person or persons whatsoever, of, in or to the said Land and premises. In witness whereof the said Henry Bagby hath to these presents, set his hand and affix’d his Seal the Day and year above written. Signed by Henry Bagby (by his mark). At a Court hold for Powhatan County the XVI Day of May 1789 This Deed of Gift from Henry Bagby to his Son James Bagby was presented in open Court and acknowledged by the said Henry Bagby to be his Act & Deed which was by the Court Ordered to be Recorded.”

[6] The information in brackets is probably from the original records. I do not have a copy of the originals.

[7] His will was written 21 Apr 1790 and probated 1 Oct 1790, Powhatan Co VA., Book 1, page 186. Henry Bagby, will (1790), Powhatan Co VA, Will Book 1, page 186, Powhatan Co VA. Mentioned in Will: John Bagbey, Daniel Bagbey, James Bagbey, Henry Bagbey, Sarah Webster, Susannah Webster, Theordosha Flowers, and Rebeccah Johnson.

Barry Wood posted this transcript with comments: “to my son John Bagbee, one Negro man slave named Han, to my son Daniel Bagbey, one Negro man named Joe Peter, one Negro man named Joe, one Negro girl named Little Pegg, one boy called Little Charles; a Feather Bed, Cow and Calf. to my son James Bagby, the tract of land where I now live, 200 acres, and one Negro Boy named Dick, one Negro girl named Sall, ..and a Saddle. to my son in law Henry Bagby, one Negro boy named Harry. to my daughter Sarah Webster, one Negro girl named Nancy to my daughter Susannah Webster, one Negro girl named Sylvia to my daughter Theodosha Flowers, one Negro girl named Lucy to my daughter Rebeccah Johnson, one Negro girl named Lydda. The rest of my estate is to be equally divided among my 8 children: John Bagby, Daniel Bagbey, James Bagbey, my son in law Henry Bagbey, Sarah Webster, Susannah Webster, Theodoshe Flowers, and Rebeccah Johnson. Executors: my friends Samuel Woodfin and William Clarke and my son James Bagbey. Witnesses: Williiam Clarke, Francis Hix, and James Bagbey Jr.” Those who acted as security for the Executors (James Bagbey and Samuel Woodfin) were James Bagby Sr and William Clarke.” The microfilm copy I read at the VA State Library was rather difficult to decipher in places, and I am indebted to Bev Green for some clarification on it. The will gives no clue as to the identity of Henry Bagby’s father. Possibly the James Bagby Sr who was designated as security on the administration of the estate was a brother, but that’s just a guess. Given that all of the daughters of Henry Bagby were already married by the time he made his will, Henry was presumably at least 55 years old when he wrote his will, and likely closer to 70. This makes him more or less the same generation as the John [Arthur] Bagby who married Theodosia Morris. From the fact that Henry Bagby named a daughter Theodosia I would not be surprised if Henry turns out to have been a brother of John Bagby of Louisa Couny, but I can offer no proof.

[8] Although called Henry Bagby Jr in his marriage record, this man was apparently our Henry’s stepson. Tina Cox, “Tina Cole Family” at Ancestry.com, 25 Aug 2001, cites Ramona Duff.

[9] Virginia to Indiana to Missouri to Oklahoma.

[10] Virginia to Tennessee to issouri to Illinois to Kansas to Oklahoma, my branch: tha Alvises who married Websters stayed in Virginia.

[11] Virginia to Kentucky, then my family came on to Oklahoma.

Published on March 22, 2009 at 3:11 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I am wondering if you or anyone knows if these Bagbys are related to my Logan Co Ky Robert A Bagby 15 Sep 1790 Powhatan Va. I am trying to find a connection with him and any Bagbys in Barren Co and/or Todd Co Ky.He was married to his cousin Frances Bagby in Buckingham Co VA then to Sarah Sally Williams Moseley. I have documentation for this. The search has been going on for years.I just don’t know who and how he is connected to all of the Bagbys in Powhatan,Buckingham and Cumberland Co Va. My email is creativecollecti@cableone.net or creativecollecti@yahoo.com. Thank you, Becky


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