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George F. Baggett – Korean War DD Form 62

2 Aug

I recently discovered this document in a box full of family stuff.  I can’t believe that my mom saved it.  This is my father’s DD62 showing that he was rejected for military service when drafted for Korea.

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My parents had only been married four months when he received his draft notice.  He left for the army that morning, with his devastated, sobbing bride wondering if she would ever see him again.  Imagine her surprised when he was back home before supper!

I always through it very curious that he was rejected.  He was an ultra-healthy man, and was even playing semi-professional baseball for a local team at the time.  He always swore that when he was having his physical and the doctor told him to bend over and grab both cheeks, he bent over and grabbed both sides of his face.  The doctor told him, “Bless your heart … son, you can just go home.”  But somehow I still don’t believe that story.

The historical / genealogical significance for me is that it shows the address of my parents’ home in 1951: 710 McLemore Street in Brownsville, TN.  They were living in a garage apartment at the home of my mom’s parents, Rob and Ebbie Lee Williams.  The fact that his selective service number is on it is pretty cool, too.

As you find these documents in your own records, please do not hesitate to upload them online on your own blog or on Ancestry.com to share with all.  They will have historical significance to genealogists and historians in the future.

Baggett DNA Project

16 Jul

I am pleased to announce that I am the new Project Administrator for the Baggett DNA Project at worldfamilies.net.

Baggett DNA

The Baggett DNA Project is a Y-Chromosome study that identifies and maps specific genealogical DNA markers.  Obviously, such a project does not map ones’ entire genome, nor does it reveal any other “secret” genetic information.  It does not look for cancer genes or markers.  It merely identifies the known genealogical markers that identify kinship.

Since this is a Y-chromosome study, it is for men with the Baggett surname only (not to be sexist or anything … it’s simply a test for genes on the male chromosome inherited from the father).

So … if you’re a Baggett-born woman, all you have to do is get a brother or your father, or even a first cousin, to test and get mapped.  This will demonstrate your place in the Baggett family lineage.

My goal is to get as many Baggett men as possible from as many branches as possible to get “on board” and get tested.

It’s not all that expensive, all things considered.  The cost right now is $129 for the Y-DNA37 kit (this is what we need, minimum, as it goes back 8 generations).  Here is the link where you can order a kit and get in on the project.

I’m still getting up to speed on the web site and what it will take to administer the project.  Meanwhile, please (if you are a Baggett male) consider going to the site and ordering your kit.

Let’s map the Baggett genome and settle our lineage questions once and for all!

Abraham Baggett II – Father of Blake Baggett, Sr.

31 May

Problem

Blake Baggett lived in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, through the year 1790, as demonstrated by the first United States Census.  Unfortunately, there exist no documents, censuses, or wills that explicitly name the identity of his father.  I will examine the available evidence and demonstrate through deed records, geographical proximity, and name analysis that the father of Blake Baggett was Abraham Baggett II, patriot, soldier in the Dobbs County Militia Regiment, and veteran of the early Revolutionary War battle at Moore’s Creek Bridge.

Context

Edgecombe County, North Carolina, was the established family home of the Abraham Baggett family by the 1750’s.  The name Abraham Baggett, however, causes some difficulty when analyzing the Baggetts of the area.  It was a popular name in the colonial Baggett family.  I will utilize the designations I, II, and III to describe the three consecutive generations of Abraham Baggetts in this particular family line.  They are as follows:

  1. Abraham Baggett I  – Second son of Nicholas Baggett, born ca 1700, who settled in Edgecombe County before 1752, when he received his first deed on property there.  He was often referred to as Abraham Baggett, Sr.  He died in late December 1767 or January 1768.
  2. Abraham Baggett II – Son of Abraham Baggett I.  The date of his birth is unknown, but based upon his militia service as a drummer in Edgecombe County Militia in the 1750’s, he was probably born between 1720 and 1730.  Most genealogists and family historians estimate his birth around 1725.   He was called Abraham Baggett, Jr., in deeds until 1768, after his father’s death, when he signed documents as Abraham Baggett, Sr.  He is the father of Blake Baggett, Sr, Joel Baggett, Sr., Nathan Baggett, Sr., and Abraham Baggett III, all residents of Edgecombe County in the 1780’s.  He died around 1800 in Marlboro County, South Carolina.
  3. Abraham Baggett III – Son of Abraham Baggett II, and brother of Blake Baggett, Sr.  He departed Edgecombe County in the late 1780’s and eventually died after 1830 in Conecuh County, Alabama.

Deed Evidence – Edgecombe County, North Carolina

In order to identify and separate the different generations of Abraham (Abram) Baggetts, and make the documentary connection between Abraham Baggett II and Blake Baggett, we must examine a few deeds.  Abraham Baggett I received his first deed on land in Edgecombe County from the Earl Granville in March 1752.  The tract of land was on “Little Contentnea Creek,” the epicenter of the Abraham Baggett clan, and a land description that would show up on several future deeds as the property passed from one generation to the next.  I will attempt to include the minimum number of deeds possible for the sake of simplicity, though I may refer to and explain other deeds in my analysis of each reference document.

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Burrell Baggett – Officer in the Alabama Militia!

25 Feb

I have to tip my hat to my new research partner and telephone buddy, Jack Baggett.  He had two amazing documents in his box of stuff.  They are amazing, and I am blown away!  They give us yet another concrete piece in the mysterious puzzle that is Burrell Baggett.  He discovered these military records in the Alabama State Archives in Montgomery.  They appear here, on the internet, for the first time.

The records come from the 10th Regiment of the Alabama Militia, formed in Lauderdale County, Alabama, in 1820.  The first is a typed summary listed under the name “Bennall Bagget.”  This was, of course, one of the many misspellings of his name, and nothing more than a transcription error.  It is the register which shows he was elected “Ensign” in the regiment on March 10, 1820, and commissioned as an officer on May 22, 1820.

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Father of Burrell? – Joel Baggett, Sr. of Edgecombe County, North Carolina

6 Jan

Joel Baggett, Sr. (ca. 1753 – ca. 1820)

The Joel Baggett that appears on the 1790 Edgecombe County, North Carolina, census is best known as Joel Baggett, Sr.   Most sources place his date of birth around 1753 in Northampton County, North Carolina, though I am not sure of the origin of this date.  The location, however, seems to fit the time line.  Descendants list his wife as Martha Amason, and claim that they married in 1771 in Northampton County, North Carolina, though Edgecombe County is a possibility.

It would, indeed, be reasonable for Joel Baggett to marry an Amason.  There are eight Amason households in the immediate vicinity of the Baggetts of Edgecombe County in 1790, as they were all enumerated on the same census sheet (in the same column!).

On the 1790 census in Edgecombe County, NC, the entry for Joel Baggett includes himself, his wife, two sons under age fifteen, and three daughters.  He is, therefore, certainly a candidate to be the father of Burrell Baggett, who was about age five in 1790.

Interestingly, Joel Baggett, Sr. was included on two federal census reports in 1790.  He also appeared on the census list for St. Thomas, Cheraws District, South Carolina (later known as Marlboro County).  There is a historical reason for such a possibility.  The state of South Carolina was quite tardy in completing its census enumeration for the 1790 count.  Indeed, they completed the census in 1792.  The Joel Baggett, Sr., family, as well as several other Baggett family units, apparently relocated to South Carolina in 1791 (supported by multiple deeds).  His family size is reduced by one person by 1792.  He and his wife apparently lost one of their young sons sometime between 1790 and 1792.  The lone surviving son is, without doubt, Joel Baggett, Jr., born ca 1786.

Therefore, we can automatically eliminate Joel as the father of Burrell Baggett, simply through the process of mathematics.  However, we must delve more deeply into the identity of Joel Baggett, Sr., because of the potential familial relationship to Burrell Baggett and his predecessors.

Allow me to explain …

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Father of Burrell? – Abraham Baggett of Edgecombe County, North Carolina

29 Dec

Abraham Baggett (ca. 1753 – ca. 1835)

I considered Abraham Baggett as a potential father of Burrell because of his inclusion in the Edgecombe County court minutes in a road work order in August 1786.  He was, obviously, a contemporary of Nathan, Blake, and Joel Baggett, all enumerated in the 1790 Edgecombe County, North Carolina, census.

We must consider Abraham as a potential “candidate” for Burrell’s father, since one of his (conjectural) sons was named Abraham.  However, we must also remember that Abraham was one of the most popular names used by the Baggett clan in several of its branches.  Still, we must consider the Abraham on the 1786 work crew and work to eliminate him from consideration.

First, before analyzing his potential to be the father of Burrell Baggett, he must be correctly identified.  I believe that this Abraham Baggett, the contemporary of the other three men in the 1790 Edgecombe County census, is Abraham Baggett III, son of Abraham Baggett II, son of Abraham Baggett I, son of Nicholas Baggett II.

Census and Documentary Evidence

By the time of the 1790 census, Abraham Baggett III was located in St. Thomas, Cheraws District, in South Carolina.  This census was actually completed in South Carolina in 1792, but his absence from the Edgecombe County 1790 census shows that he was already in South Carolina by that date.

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Father of Burrell? – Nathan Baggett of Edgecombe County, North Carolina

24 Dec

Nathan Baggett (ca. 1745 – 1803)

Deed and Abstract Evidence

The earliest documents naming Nathan Baggett of Edgecombe County are deeds that he witnessed for a land sales in 1766 and 1767, listed in the Edgecombe County, NC, Extracts, Volume 2 (1764-92).   Here are the texts of these abstracts:

Deed Book O, Page 152.
Jesse Baggett of Edgecombe County, planter, to Abraham Baggett, Jr. of same, 11 July 1766, for £9 a tract of 60 acres on the head of Little Contentnea Creek at the mouth of Quilet Branch and on Baggett’s Branch along the line of his father’s deed. Witness: Joseph Strickland and Nathan Baggett.

Deed Book C, Page 431. (May be same deed)
Jesse Baggett to Abram Baggett, 11 July 1766, for £9 proclamation money, a tract of 60 acres on Quilet Branch and Baggett’s Branch at the head of Little Contentnea Creek. Witness: Nathan Baggett.

Deed Book O, Page 122.
James (X) Baggett of Edgecombe County, planter, to Abraham Baggett, Jr. of Edgecombe, planter, 1 December 1767, for £25 a tract of 100 acres on the head of Little Contentnea Creek at the mouth of Tar Trough Branch. It was part of a tract that James Baggett purchased of Elisha Baggett, which was given to him by deed of gift from Abraham Baggett, Sr. out of a deed he purchased from Earl Granville bearing date 25 March 1752. Witness: Shadrack Baggett and Nathan Baggett.

Found at: http://baggetthistory.com/wills_deeds.html

In colonial times, even though a person was considered an “infant” until age 21 for legal purposes, a minor age 14 or older could perform certain legal tasks.  Witnessing a deed was one of those tasks. (http://www.genfiles.com/legal/legalage.htm)  Therefore, this indicates that Nathan Baggett had a date of birth no later than July 1752.  Based upon his inclusion in a 1769 North Carolina census, he was, most likely, born sometime around 1745.

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Burrell Baggett: Episode 6 – A Very Sad Ending

3 Aug

My wife and I recently traveled to Lauderdale County, Alabama, to do some on-site research.  I wanted to find documentary evidence to establish that Burrell Baggett actually lived in that county.  Since no such records (only conjecture) are available online, I had to go to the source.

I learned from another researcher that there was a deed on file from 1839 listing the name, “B. Bagget.”  She believed that this was Burrell, and that the deed would lead to an earlier land purchase and, perhaps, help me determine where these early Baggetts actually lived.  My greatest desire is to locate the graves of Burrell and Elizabeth.

So, we went to the courthouse in Florence, pulled the index, and found the deed.  My hands trembled as I held the ancient document, yellowed with time, but excellently preserved by the local authorities.  My hopes were dashed, however, when I realized that this deed was not a real estate deed.

No … it was an indenture.

The date was March 7, 1839.  Burrell Baggett owed two debts.  One was for $21.1875 (yes … that’s eighteen and 3/4 cents) to a Robert Harvey and Robert Rust.  The debt was from January 1838.  The other was a slightly older debt owed to the same men for an amount of  $23.62.  He also owed Mr. Harvey a third small note for $2.12.  So, he owed these men roughly fourty-seven dollars.  That would be the equivalent of approximately $950 in today’s dollars.

The indenture was an agreement for Burrell Baggett to allow a Mr. John Gibson to take ownership of his worldly possessions and place them on public auction to generate cash to pay the debts to Harvey and Rust.

It was, in essence, a bankruptcy document to cover his debts.

Here is how the property is listed:

“Two fulling axes and one hand axe, one hoe, fifteen barrels of corn, one iron wedge, two sets of plates, one dish, one set of knives and forks, two beds and furniture, one two-year-old heifer, one tub, one trunk, two pails, two piggins (small wooden buckets), one oven, and one skillet …”

How incredibly sad … he had to sell his food, his dishes, even his source of livelihood to pay the indebtedness.  And according to LDS records, he died the next year.

I am grieved that this noble pioneer and veteran of the War of 1812 never seemed to actually own land in Alabama, and that he suffered such an undignified existence in his final years.  Perhaps he brought much of it upon himself through mismanagement of his resources.  Debt is, indeed, a slave master.

But I tend to believe that he deserved better.

Here are photographs of the three pages of the indenture deed for your enjoyment and records.

Burrell Baggett 1839 Deed – Page 1

Burrell Baggett 1839 Deed – Page 2

Burrell Baggett 1839 Deed – Page 3

 

 

Burrell Baggett – Episode 5: His Children

1 Aug

As I mentioned in a previous post, the LDS Family Research Records have listings for Burrell (incorrectly spelled “Burl” in those records) Baggett and Elizabeth McLemore, as well as their children.  However, as I have demonstrated with documentary evidence, those records omitted one son entirely from those records, and it appears that some of the other dating information is questionable.

I have completed an extensive study of all of the documentary evidence that is available online and attempted to reconcile that evidence with the LDS records that have been repeated in great frequency online.  This compilation is the result of that study.  I invite the input of other Baggett genealogists.

Here are my “best guesses” for the dates of birth and order of birth of the Burrell Baggett children.

1810/11    Archibald Baggett          Place of Birth – Georgia

  • The 1870 census is the most challenging document for me to reconcile against other family records.  The most glaring difficulty is the fact that Archibald Baggett reported his place of birth as Georgia.  This has made me question whether or not he was even a son of Burrell Baggett.  However, there may have been an opportunity for a brief time in Georgia in 1810-1811.  Burrell Baggett supposedly married Elizabeth McLemore in North Carolina in 1809.  I believe that he is on the 1810 census in Haywood County, North Carolina, though that particular record is badly damaged.  There could have been a brief stay in Georgia during the transition from North Carolina in 1809-1810 to Tennessee, where we know he was located in 1812 and after.  This makes the Georgia birth a possibility.
  • Maried Lilly Jones January 24, 1834.  Lilly apparently died at a relatively early age.
  • He appears on the 1840 census in Lauderdale County with a wife under the age of nineteen and three children (one son, two daughters) under the age of 5.
  • Married Nancy E. Dobbins March 2, 1857.
  • Died November 13, 1879.  Buried in Baggett’s Cemetery, Lauderdale County, AL.
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule in Lauderdale County states that he was 69 years of age at the time of his death.  It also states that he had lived in the county since the age of seven, placing the Burrell Baggett family in Lauderdale County in 1817.
  • The 1870 U.S. Census is the only one on which he appears, and it lists him at 50 years of age.  However, 1820 does not seem a reasonable date for his birth.  I believe the mortality schedule is more accurate.  This census lists his place of birth as Georgia, an anomaly when compared to the other children.  An 1810 date is the only possibility for this location of birth.

1812    Catharine (Katie) Baggett          Place of Birth – Tennessee

  • The LDS records record her birth as 1814, but her tombstone shows 1812.  It seems that the tombstone inscription is a more reliable record.
  • She claimed Tennessee as her birthplace on early census records.  This reconciles with the known location of the Burrell Baggett family in 1812.
  • Married William C. Herston – January 23, 1840 – Lauderdale County, AL
  • Found on the 1860 Lauderdale County, AL, census.  Listed as age 43 (census takers, it seems, seldom received accurate information).
  • Died 1889.  Buried beside her husband in the Bluewater Cemetery, Lauderdale County, AL.

1813-1814 – Burrell Baggett in Alabama for U.S. Army Service – 39th Infantry Division

1816    Andrew Jackson Baggett          Place of Birth – Tennessee

  • Consistently reported Tennessee as birthplace in 1850 and 1870 census records.
  • Consistent age reported on the 1850 and 1870 censuses.
  • Most likely, Andrew was born either late in 1815 or early in 1816, which would place his conception in 1815, shortly after Burrell Baggett’s return from the Creek Indian Wars / War of 1812.
  • Homesteaded in Franklin County, near the Marion County line, before 1850 and purchased 260 acres of land there later in that decade.
  • First wife was Catharine (last name unknown – on 1850 census).  She apparently died during or shortly after the Civil War and is buried on the A.J. Baggett land in an unknown location.
  • Known as a “Unionist,” a common sentiment in the hills of northern Alabama during the Civil War.  At least two of his sons, and possibly a third, served in the 1st Alabama Cavalry (USA) in 1863 and 1864.
  • Sold (more likely abandoned) his land after the Civil War and relocated northward to Giles County, Tennessee.  Before 1870 he was remarried to a woman named Elizabeth (last name unknown).
  • Died in March 1878 in Haywood County, Tennessee.

1816    Needham Baggett          Place of Birth – Tennessee

  • His name is spelled differently in many different records.  I have discovered the spelling as, “Needom,” “Kneedham,” and even “Neeharn.”  Clearly, his name presented a challenge to the record-keepers of his day.
  • LDS records list his date of birth as 1816.
  • There is conflicting information about Needham’s date of birth.  He consistently reported his age in “round numbers” (multiples of ten) on every census in which he appears (1840, 1850, 1860).  Based upon his responses, it would seem that his date of birth was 1820.  However, his consistent claim that he was born in Tennessee indicates that the 1816 date is more accurate, since one source indicates that the family moved from Tennessee to Lauderdale County, Alabama, in 1817.
  • I am inclined to believe that Needham was born late in the year in 1816, after Andrew.  The remote possibility exists, however, that they were twins.  This might also account for the omission of Andrew from LDS records.
  • LDS records record his death in 1885, though the source is unknown.  He does not appear on any census records after 1860, indicating a displacement after the war.

1817 – Family Departs Tennessee for Lauderdale County, Alabama

1817    Abraham Baggett          Place of Birth – Alabama

  • Found on the 1870 & 1880 Censuses in Franklin County, Alabama
  • Birth year of 1817 is consistent on both census responses.
  • Wife – Jane – Born March 1831 (On 1900 Census in son John’s Home)
  • Died before Oct. 14, 1891, when Jane registered their homesteaded land in Huntsville as the “Widow of Abraham Baggett.”

1818    Keziah Baggett          Place of Birth - Assumed to be Alabama

  • The only record of Keziah Baggett is in the LDS information.  I have been unable to locate any documents with her name.
  • Several public member trees on ancestry.com show her death in 1843, but I have not been able to find any documentation confirming this.

1820    John Baggett          Place of Birth – Assumed to be Alabama

  • This is the date provided in LDS records.
  • Curiously, the only place that a John Baggett is found in association with any of the other children was on the 1850 census with Drury, in the home of Alexander and Elizabeth McLemore. (**I find it most curious that there is another woman named Elizabeth McLemore in Drury Baggett’s life.  This census record makes me question the veracity of the traditions which name Elizabeth McLemore as the wife of Burrell Baggett.  I wonder if someone was confused in their record keeping.)  He is listed as fifteen years of age.  This would place his date of birth in 1835.  However, LDS records indicate that Elizabeth McLemore Baggett died in 1825.  This reflects either a discrepancy in her date of death, or that this particular John was, perhaps, a nephew, and not a brother of Drury.

1823    Drury Blake Baggett          Place of Birth – Lauderdale County, Alabama

  • Drury Blake is the best documented of all of the children.
  • Married Nancy Delilah McLemore in 1849 or 1850 (the 1850 Census shows that he and Delilah were married within the past year in which the census was taken.)  She, and two of their three children, died from smallpox sometime in late 1863.
  • Served in the 1st Alabama Cavalry (USA) March 1, 1863 – March 1, 1864.
  • Married Martha Jane Gregory – July 14, 1864.  Divorced in 1866.
  • Married Matilda Ann Songer – January 20, 1867.
  • Spent the later part of his life disabled from illness during his military service and seeking a government pension.
  • Died Sept. 18, 1907 at home in Bledsoe County, Tennessee.

So … those are my summaries for now.  It is my desire to have entire pages dedicated to each of these ancestors and relatives.  If you are a descendant of any of these Baggetts and have access to reliable documentary evidence, please leave a comment and contact me directly.  I look forward to collaborating and providing an accurate records of this family!

Burrell Baggett – Episode 4: The Forgotten Son

30 Jul

As I dug deeper into my ancestry I grew more and more frustrated at my inability to make a generational jump beyond my great-great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Baggett (Born 1816).  According to family stories, he was known as A.J., or “Andy” Baggett.  And it almost seemed as if he appeared out of thin air in the 1850 U.S. Census in Marion County, Alabama. (He actually lived in Franklin County, but right on the Marion County line, plus, I visited the area recently and there aren’t any good landmarks or signs along the roads out there … it’s understandable that the census taker got his county boundaries mixed up.)

But who were his parents?!!

So I started to look for other Baggetts in the area.  And they weren’t hard to find.  I researched the land records and located the land homesteaded and purchased by Andrew Jackson Baggett.  His land was located in Township 8, Range 13 West of the Huntsville Meridian.  Within that township I found two other Baggetts … Abraham and Needhom.  Interestingly, Needom Baggett’s farm was adjacent to Andrew Baggett’s.  Here is a period land map of this township in Franklin County.  I have outlined the land of Andrew and Needom near the lower right corner of this township map.

Township 8, Range 13 – Franklin County, Alabama ca. 1860

One township south and east, in Township 9, Range 12, in Marion County, near the town of Hackleburg, was the home of a Drury Baggett.  This turned out to be a Drury Blake Baggett.  He and Andrew Jackson Baggett filed for their land purchases on the exact same day.  That means that they traveled all the way to the land office in Huntsville, Alabama, filed their claims, and paid for their land on the very same day.  There had to be a connection!

As I cross-referenced these names online, I kept finding myself on the Burl Baggett page at baggetthistory.com.  It listed the names of the children of a Burl (Burrell) Baggett (see this post).  Of the five sons listed there, three of them were in the immediate vicinity of Andrew Jackson Baggett.

This was my first clue … and I began to suspect that Andrew was a brother of these men.  But he wasn’t listed as such on any internet site or public family tree on Ancestry.com, and I had no proof.  Ultimately, I ended up with little more than additional frustration.

But my next clue in this mystery came in my research of the First Alabama Cavalry (USA … Union) during the civil war.  The 1st Cav web site lists some Baggetts who served in that very unique unit of Southern Unionists.   It included an Andrew J. Baggett, a James W. Baggett, and a Drury B. Baggett. Andrew J. and James W. were both conscripted into the 5th Confederate Cavalry, but deserted and later joined the Union Cavalry.  I have located their muster rolls from when they were conscripted into the CSA cavalry.  Here is James W. Baggett’s sheet … it shows him at age 24 in 1862.

JW Baggett – 5th Alabama Cavalry (USA) Muster-in Roll

A.J. Baggett’s muster-in roll shows similar information, and that he was 19 years old in November 1862.  His date of birth would have been around 1843.

AJ Baggett – 5th Alabama Cavalry (CSA) Muster-in Roll

My suspicions about a family connection began to grow.  I discovered that, because of some incorrect information. this Andrew J. and James W. Baggett were wrongly identified as sons of Abraham Baggett.  Abraham Baggett did, indeed, have a son named Andrew J., and he is found on the 1870 census at age 11.  That means he was born in 1859.  He could hardly have enlisted in the Union Cavalry at age 4!  Furthermore, Abraham Baggett shows no evidence of a son named James W. Baggett.  This incorrect attribution can, I believe, be explained by the omission of Andrew Jackson Baggett from the LDS records of Burrell Baggett’s children.  More about that later …

However … Andrew J. Baggett (1816) DID have two sons named James W. and Andrew J. Baggett.  They are both found on the 1850 U.S. Census.  Here is a screen capture of that census report:

AJ Baggett 1850 U.S. Census

James W. Baggett has been wrongly identified as being “79″ years of age.  The digit that appears to be a “7″ is, in fact, a “1.”  And the supposed “9″ is a “3.”  He was thirteen years of age, placing his date of birth around 1837-38.  (The second column at right with a tick mark indicates people who were in school within the last year … clearly, a 73-year-old wasn’t in school!)  Andrew J. (Jr.) was born in 1843.  This census coincides perfectly with the two men who served in the First Alabama Union Cavalry.  Clearly, these two Union Cavalry soldiers were the sons of Andrew J. and Catherine Baggett, my great-great grandparents!

Oh!  And the Thomas J. Baggett, age 4 in this census, was my very own Great-Grandfather!

So a couple of months ago I hired a researcher in the National Archives in Washington to locate all available military and pension files he could find for Andrew J. Baggett, James W. Baggett, and Drury B. Baggett, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  I received two sets of pension records, since Andrew J. and Drury B. both applied for invalid (disability) pensions in later years.  James W. Baggett never applied for such a pension, but I did receive his military documents.

And it was within the pension file of Drury Blake Baggett that I located my genealogical “smoking gun.”  His file contains an affidavit from Andrew J. Baggett, giving testimony to his illnesses and records during the war.  And it’s on that affidavit that I have hard evidence of the family connection.  Here is the document.  Take note of declaration number 3.

Affidavit from Andrew J. Baggett, Jr. in Drury B. Baggett’s Civil War Pension File

“Drury B Baggett is my uncle.”  Andrew J. Baggett, Civil War Cavalryman in the 1st Alabama Union Cavalry, and son  of Andrew J. Baggett (1816) verified that Drury Blake Baggett was his uncle.

So, finally,  the connection is made!  I have my evidence.  Assuming that the LDS list of Burrell and Elizabeth Baggett’s other children is correct, then Andrew Jackson Baggett (sr. – 1816) was a previously unmentioned and “forgotten” son.  Now I must find documentation, no small task, since there seems to be no actual documentation connecting any children to Burrell Baggett and Elizabeth McLemore.  Still, I must keep digging.

But if you think about it … it makes all the sense in the world that Burrell Baggett named his son Andrew Jackson.  Colonel (future General and President) Jackson was Burrell Baggett’s top commander during the end of the Creek Indian campaign in the War of 1812.  Jackson commanded the American forces at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March 1814.  Burrell Baggett finished his year of service in the Army On October 19, 1814, and returned home to Tennessee in late 1814 or early 1815, around the time when General Jackson went on to even greater glory at the Battle of New Orleans.  And upon his return home, Burrell Baggett fathered a son, born in 1816, and named him (most appropriately) Andrew Jackson Baggett.

So the mystery is solved.  Andrew J. Baggett (1816) is, indeed, a son of Burrell Baggett.  Until now, he was the forgotten son

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