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Rev Thomas Howard "Tom" Boggess
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1876
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1938
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

(H718), h/o Rev L Tressia WALTON, s/o Samuel and Sarah Elizabeth WOOD.

The Reverend Thomas Howard Boggess, was 2nd of three sons born 24 July 1876 near Bristol (formerly Cherry Camp, Tenmile district, Harrison county, West Virginia having at least two g,grandfathers Veterans of Revolutionary war, to Samuel Boggess (1811VA-1888WV) with second wife Sarah Elizabeth Wood (1835VA-1918MO). Tom, second born to Samuel Cleveland (1874WV-1946MN) and before Hale Matthew (1879WV-1942MO), had six half sisters and brothers born between 1834 and 1844 to father's first wife Tabetha Wamsley.

Tom and family attended Bristol Methodist Episcopal church, which his forty-two year older half-brother David Wamsley Boggess (1834VA-1897WV) helped create ABT 1861 in which today (1994) remain separate memorial stained glass windows with names of Tom's parents, Samuel and Sarah E Boggess and bell David donated.

Thomas' father passed away 2 February 1888, buried with wife's Wood family, who lived within a half mile of Maken/Point Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church's 1964 abandoned cemetery (2003 found overgrown with freely roaming livestock, Boggess monument toppled and broken, her parents stones broken and buried, restored in 2004 Point Pleasant cemetery, on Wizzardism Run, next to Public school #7 up Carpenter Hollow school location dementedly dating to early 1830s, where his mother & uncle James (father of 1908 mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia), had earlier taught.

His mother and aunt Henriette Jane Wood (1847VA-1928OK) brought the three sons to Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri September 1889 where uncles, Thomas Kennerly Wood (1842VA-1918MO) came in to Jasper county December 1869 after having been captured while serving the Confederate cause in the Civil War, and George Brown Wood (1852VA-1941MO) brought his family from Wheeling, Ohio county, West Virginia in October 1882, living at 309 south Orchard street, Sarah, first living at 318 Orchard moving before April 1899 birth of brother Sam's son Luke (my father) at 412 east Third street.

Thomas gained his education at Carthage public schools graduating central school in 1896 at the 1883 built Grand Opera house with cousin Gertrude Wood. He delivered newspapers on his white pony, becoming interested in journalism working a while for the Carthage Press.

Tom became baptized 30 April 1899 by Rev C G Skillman and licensed to preach 9 August 1899 when the Northern Baptist church was located at Maple & Central, the church pioneer Norris C Hood helped get built following the devastation of Carthage during the Civil War.

Tom entered William Jewell College, Liberty, Clay county, Missouri September 1899. their senior class historian and graduated in Class of 1905.

While a student in 1902, "Tom Boggess preached two good sermons yesterday at the Baptist church [Carthage, Missouri] and showed marked improvement since making his maiden effort there. He is a divinity student at the Baptist college at Liberty."

Tom had been serving churches in Missouri & Iowa and Tressie, for past two years, taught school at Frederick. Both reportedly enrolling 15 October 1905 in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Jefferson county, Kentucky, he for a three year course, reportedly both receiving their Master's Degree, ~ however, Jan 2009, seminary records reportedly do not list them as; "...fully matriculated as students."

~ Tom's obituary published on page 13, 26 March 1938 in The Baptist Record has his life and service locations fairly accurate.

Tom's first charge was in Carthage, Hancock county, Illinois starting 27 September 1908, where reportedly they were entertained by some two hundred on their fifth (wooden) wedding anniversary. Tom, also saw to the completion of their new Colonial church building. Caleb Rezin & Eliza D Boggess, H780, with children, were members on April 12, 1914 till December 1, 1915, he s/o Dr Benjamin Robinson Boggess (1820VA-1877WV) and Matilada A Shinn (1838VA-1915WV) Clarksburg, WV., Caleb also the grandson of Caleb Boggess, F54, (1784MD-1852VA), whom the court appointed guardian over Tom's father, 4 y/o Samuel and 6 y/o sister, Caroline, when orphaned in 1815.
after around seven years service, was found back in Iowa census at Knoxville, Marion county, listing 9 years college education. One of his obituary's said he served three Baptist churches in Wyandotte county, Kansas, Argentine, Quindaro and Bethany and mother's obituary said he was in Kansas City area June 1918 when she died (buried next to his father). The 1920 U S census has them in northeasterly most part of Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri at 406 north Lawndale. 1930 census found them living on Grand avenue in Omaha, Douglas county, Nebraska where Baptist Harriette (Flora) Gray lived since 1920, she, so history reports, was 1st born white child in Montgomery county, Kansas, 1st women with nationwide radio bible class, American Mother of 1937, her husband Carl, president Union Pacific railroad and a Trustee of Baptist's Colby college in Maine, both having lived in Carthage, Missouri 1890 -1896 while with "Frisco" railroad, where her brother, my maternal grandfather Dr W W Flora was married & lived 1892-1904. Tom's obituary said he served in Lincoln, were brother Hale's 1942 obituary states Tom became ill, so Hale, brother S C and cousin Laura Mae Wood (later, Mrs Kyle), drove to be at his bedside, having a bad automobile accident on the way.

Tom and Tressie Boggess had no children of their own but reared and educated eight. These were children who had been left without relatives and needed a home. One of the girls, in 1938, was a missionary in India. Several of them lived in Kansas City.

Since 1935, Tom & Tressie were at Mount Ayr, Ringgold county, Iowa church, when pneumonia developed Thursday, March 3, 1938. That night he was moved to the hospital in Des Moines. His two brothers were summoned to his bedside and remained in Des Moines until when it was believed his condition was improving.

"The Rev Thomas H Boggess, 61, pastor of the First Baptist church at Mount Ayr, Iowa, and brother of S C Boggess and H M Boggess of Carthage, passed away at 10:30 o'clock morning of 11 March 1938 at the Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, Iowa."

Funeral services held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon in the First Baptist church at Mount Ayr. His body was then brought overland to Carthage and services held at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church, with Rev A A DuLaney, pastor, in charge. Burial in Park cemetery, Block 33, Lot 98. In addition to published obituary, the Carthage Evening Press had a lengthy, detailed article of his funeral service, 15 March 1938.

In 1940 Tressie moved to her younger sister, Beulah Mattie (Walton) Hitt's, in Oklahoma City where their mother spent her remaining years. Tressie was affiliated with the Kelham Avenue Baptist church when she died in 1956, and is also buried in Park cemetery at Carthage.

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  Samuel Boggess (1811 - 1888)
  Sarah Elizabeth Wood Boggess (1835 - 1918)
  L Tressie Walton Boggess (1881 - 1956)*
  David Wamsley Boggess (1834 - 1897)**
  Mary Malvina Boggess Rogers (1836 - 1890)**
  Sarah Magdelena Boggess Martin (1838 - 1907)**
  John Robert Boggess (1839 - 1902)**
  Samuel Cleveland Boggess (1874 - 1946)*
  Thomas Howard Boggess (1876 - 1938)
  Hale Matthew Boggess (1879 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: B 33 : L 98
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Nov 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43968336
Rev Thomas Howard Tom Boggess
Added by: Bill
Rev Thomas Howard Tom Boggess
Added by: NJBrewer
Rev Thomas Howard Tom Boggess
Added by: Bill
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God rest your soul.
- DKWhitt
 Added: Feb. 21, 2013

- Bill
 Added: Jan. 30, 2013

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