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George W. Badgley
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1844
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1918
East Letart
Meigs County
Ohio, USA

Civil War Veteran, Private, Company A, 9th W.Wa Infantry
Lies buried in an unmarkd grave just to the left of the entrance to the cemetery.

George W. Badgley

Circa 1844 - 1918 by Steve Badgley

George Badgley was the Patriarch of all the Badgleys in Meigs County, Ohio. He was my Great-Grandfather. He was born in Washington County, Ohio on March 22, 1844. He was the son of John and Sarah Badgley. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister. There may have been another child born to John and Sarah around 1840 but I have been unable to find anything to substantiate that.

Georgeís parents died when he was young. The following was found in the records of the probate court in Marietta, Ohio:

George Badgley, aged 12 years, minor child of John Badgley, deceased, appeared in court and made choice of Thomas Vangilder for his guardian which choice the court approved, ordered that letters of guardianship be issued to him upon his giving bonds in the sum of $300.00 with John Ramla as secureter. Condition as the law directs. September 16, 1857 bonds filed, letters issued.

Another record located in Marietta shows he was later placed under the guardianship of another individual:

On December 29, 1859, Joel J. Richardson to be the guardian of George Badgley, Constitution Post Office Warren Twp. Washington, County, Ohio

George is listed as a Private in Company A, 9th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry which saw action in the Civil War.

On January 2, 1867 he married Erissa McPherson in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The marriage record indicates that, at the time of his marriage, he was born in Washington County, Ohio and was living in Holmes County, Ohio. When he migrated to Meigs County is unclear. Erissa died in 1885 and George may have married again and fathered 2 more children. As of this writing that fact is still unclear.

George and Erissa had nine children. They were:
James Alexander born March 26, 1868 (had seven children)
William born August 26, 1869 (unmarried)
Raymond R. Badgley born April 29, 1871 (had eight children)
Alva born February 2, 1873
Susan born in 1875
Elmer Haysen born in 1878
Charles born February 14, 1879 (had two children)
Oscar Day born December 18, 1880 (had two children)
Ernest born November 24, 1883 (had six children)

On January 27, 1918, George died of Mitral Stenosis. He was buried in Letart Falls Cemetery, Meigs County Ohio in an unmarked grave. That grave is one of the first three graves on the left as you enter the cemetery at the Main entrance.

This is all the information I have on my Great-Grandfather. Iím definitely not a psychic or anything like that, but the picture that came to my mind as I was researching him was that of a little farm boy, barefoot, wearing tattered pants and a linsey shirt. Perhaps a little unruly and wild. Sort of a Huckleberry Finn type personality. Perhaps he matured during his service in the Civil War and perhaps Erissa straightened him out. Iíve seen her picture and she doesnít look like the type of person who would put up with much nonsense, although my father once told me that George had ďlost the family farmí in a poker game.

I wish I had a picture of George and some of the stories and memories he carried, but alas, no pictures have turned up and time has wiped out his memories. Perhaps I will get to meet him someday when I leave this place and go to that great family reunion in the hereafter.

Story from "The Badgley Family Journal" 
Family links: 
  Erissa McPherson Badgley (1847 - 1885)*
  James Alexander Badgley (1868 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Letart Falls Cemetery
Letart Falls
Meigs County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Steve Badgley
Record added: Jun 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8955407
George W. Badgley
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