Connections: Bagwell & Beyond

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Previously I wrote about the connection between the Scoggins and Bagwell families. I also wrote about a connection to the Ogletree family that resulted in making a more-than-a-decade-long friend into a step-cousin! But since I love to sniff out those crazy and interesting connections all over the place, the story doesn’t end there. In a different branch of my step-cousin Terry’s tree, I noticed one of his grandmothers was a Bagwell. I knew about the other Bagwells in my tree, and saw that Terry’s Bagwell ancestors were also from Georgia. If it were a name like Jones or Smith I wouldn’t think too much of it–those names are much too common. Bagwell, however, is not an everyday surname.

I traced the lines, moving along the branches of the tree, looking for a connection. It turns out that Terry’s Bagwell line goes back to a gentlemen named Daniel Bagwell. Daniel Bagwell was born in Ireland and died in Wake County North Carolina in about 1802 (, Sons). My friend Terry descends through Daniel’s son John Daniel Bagwell (1761-1855). My great grand aunt Addie Bagwell (from my previous Bagwell post) descends through John Daniel’s brother William Bagwell (1757-1848).

John Daniel Bagwell (1761-1855), born in North Carolina, was a Revolutionary war patriot. He died in Gwinnett County, Georgia (, Sons). John’s son Henson also came to Georgia, counted there in Gwinnett county by 1830. By 1850 he was in Hall County. He died in about 1887 (Bagwell). Henson’s son Wiley (1861-?) ended up migrating to Alabama and there ultimately descends Terry’s line.

William (1757-1848)–John Daniel’s brother–on the other hand, seems never to have lived in Georgia. Neither did his son John “Jack” Bagwell (1776-1838). It was Jack’s son William who came to Floyd County, Georgia–ultimately descending to the Bagwell women described in the earlier post.

Click the image at the top of this post to see a full size chart illustrating these two Bagwell family lines.

Neither of the Bagwell lines here connect to me by blood. But I wanted to write about them because of the connection with the previous Bagwell and Ogletree posts. Most people focus on their direct line ancestors, but I like to explore the entire forest canopy too. Venturing out on all those distant branches can take you far and wide throughout history as well as the present day. Particularly since my family lines are mostly rooted in the same geographical area, studying all the different connections is one of the best ways to learn about local history.

History is not only the “what happened” and the “where.” History is the people… the people who farmed the valleys of my youth for going on two centuries now. The people who filled the land with music. The people who went to school and grew up there. The people who moved away (and those who never came back). Even the people who fended off mad dogs and venemous snakes.

The better understanding I have of the people, the families, and how they connect and cross paths, the better understanding I have of history… and, ultimately, of my own origins.



Note: Below are the sources specifically cited in the above text. Additional sources for the lineages discussed are available in the Jordan’s Journey tree at 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Henson Bagwell: Census Place: Gwinnett, Georgia; Page: 357; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 17; Family History Film: 0007037. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Henson Bagwell: Census Place: District 38, Hall, Georgia; Roll: M432_72; Page: 371B; Image: 272. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
SAR Membership Numbers 98146 & 77811

Bagwell, Hunter, comp. Web. Accessed 9 Oct 2012.

5 Responses to “Connections: Bagwell & Beyond”

  1. Hi Jordan ,
    Have tried several times to e-mail you -Hope you still are on line .
    I have been looking for my Great ,great , Great Grandfather Levi Bagwell b.@1775 N.C
    m.ELIZABETH GARRIS 1802 -Wake co ,N.C

    AFTER 42 YEARS RESEARCH NONE OF THE OTHER 3 DESCENDANTS CAN FIND neither his parents or siblings names -nor can I .
    He was in states of N.C ,S.C. GA. LAST can find him was in White Co Ga census 1860 & not sure if it is him as some seem to think he had son named Levi ,Jr –
    We have found 3 of his sons – Willis Bagwell b.1803 <my line – Dovin Bagwell b.1806 N.C. & William Bagwell b, 1808 n.c he supposedly had another son & 3 daughters listed on census living in Levis household -no names -no marriages no deaths listed –
    I do not have another 42 years left to work on this & plan this week to give my work to our GRAYSON CO ,VA HISTORICAL SOCIETY .SO AS WHEN I AM GONE MY NOTES & PHOTOS WILL NOT BE DESTROYED . NONE OF HIS ANCESTORS CAN FIND NOTHING – –
    He is said to have been half Native American -I have been told all mu life we had Native American blood – Wonderful if I do – we sure looked like it when younger –
    Any help -please e-mail me at above address Thanks so much .

    Clarice Bagwell -Moore -Southwestern ,Va

    • Hi Clarice,

      I’m afraid I don’t have any information about the Bagwells you mention. I am not a Bagwell descendant myself, they only connect–distantly–into my family tree. It’s good that you are thinking ahead and donating your research to an historical society. I am glad the work will be preserved. That is so important.

      Thanks for getting in touch–always good to hear from people!


    • Elaine Bagwell says:

      In response to Clarice Bagwell-Moore.

      I am not sure how old your post is.

      I have Elizabeth Garriss in my family tree as married to Levy Bagwell. Levy was my first cousin six times removed Levy Bagwell.
      The link below leads to Elizabeth.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Hi Jordan Still searching for the family of Levi Bagwell & Elizabeth Garris b.1774 1778 @N.C.

    Have lots of Data on the Garris Family yet Elizabeth is not listed as daughter of any of the older Garris -soooo as I do 3 genealogy books for my 3 Great Grandchildren will have to leave more blank spaces , Do not want my Grands to go through 45+ yrs searching for the Bagwell family like I did, in case they are interested – My 12 yr old great was asking me questions the other day about our family so maybe ? she will get into it

    Know you are not related to Bagwell’ but so nice of you to share with me several yrs ago -Thanks so much –

    I will be 80 yrs old soon -with lots health problems -so doubt I will get or find lots more data –

    I had my Bagwell family put on line by a nice cousin – It has been used much ,even photos I sent cut apart & others names added to photos –
    This was no fault of the nice distant cousin that put data on line for me but from people trying to make an easy dollar .
    This was not my reason for doing my family – I nor my dad never knew much about the Bagwells -so this was for satisfaction of knowing something abt/ them also to leave a start for my 3 Grands ages 6 -11-12 yrs
    Thanks so much for listening to my Gripes LOL – Clarice -Bagwell – Moore

  3. Jimmy R. Bagwell says:

    Just trying to connect the dots of family history.

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