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John Wells Bagley
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1816
Burgh le Marsh
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Nov. 14, 1903
Pontiac
Oakland County
Michigan, USA

The Family left England when John was age 45 in April 1851 arrived Kingston,Canada August 12, 1851. Sailed on a ship with 8 children and his first wife, Elizabeth Ailsby Kitson Bagley, who was pregnant with their 9th child and lost the baby while at sea. She died shortly after arriving in Canada in 1851.

He remarried to the women who took care of Elizabeth when she arrived in Canada-Mary Annie MacDonald before 1854(wasting no time as he had children that needed a mother and who better to do that job than the women who was already taking care of them) and had 6 more children. Mary Annie died in 1879 in Detroit after logs roll on her while living in Canada.

Then in 1882 he again married for a third time-Ellen Hunter who was 20+ years younger than him. They say no "fool like an old fool"

Contrary to his Obit, he did not have any children by Ellen, but she did managed to inherit everything even though he had left some money to children, especially Mary Rosamond Bagley Densteadt, my GGrandmother. It was hard for her to get to the attorny's office and when she finially made it, he told her someone had beat her to it-to bad!

John was a lot of things in his life, but never a Governor nor was he related to the real Governer Bagley. I am sure he was a "character" as stated in his obit, but for many reasons we won't go into here, but mostly because he was a great story teller. He also never had any children by his third wife-Ellen. Also his age varies by 10 years, depending on the time in his life


The Pontiac Daily Press dated Monday, November 16, 1903
John W. Bagley
Died Saturday at the age of 96 years

John W. Bagley better known as "Governor Bagley", one of the most unique characters of Pontiac's history, died at his home on Florence Avenue Saturday evening at the venerable age of 98. He was born in England and came to Leamington, Canada, when 35 years of age. He moved from Leamington to Detroit where he was appointed Veterinary Surgeon for the street railway which then used horses for the moving power. Dr Bagley came from Detroit to this city about 30 years ago where he has since made his home. He was one of the best Veterinary surgeons in this part of the state.

He leaves a wife Ellen D. Bagley, three children by his first wife, John Jr. of Duluth; Charles and Mrs. John Potter of Detroit; his second wife had four children, Hiram H. Hunter of Toledo; Frank M. of Chicago, Ill; George D. of St Louis, MO; and Elmer D. of Detroit.

His funeral will be held from his late residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Friends are requested not to bring flowers. He will be interred at Oak Hill Cemetery

It is unknown where Elizabeth is buried. Maybe some day I will discover her location.

Children by Elizabeth not located:
Edward b.1839-d.before 1851-England
William b.1845-England
Thomas b. 1849-sailer-died at sea.
Baby Bagley b.1851 died either on board ship or shortly after landing in Canada. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Mary Ann MacDonald Bagley (1823 - 1879)
  Ellen Diantha Coffin Bagley (1828 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Mary Ann Bagley Potter (1841 - 1912)*
  George Bagley (1847 - 1930)*
  Charles Stuart Bagley (1862 - 1938)*
  Mary Rosamond Bagley Denstaedt (1864 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
No Marker
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Pontiac
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Leanne M. Meyer
Record added: Jul 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54528372
John Wells Bagley
Added by: Leanne M. Meyer
 
John Wells Bagley
Added by: Leanne M. Meyer
 
John Wells Bagley
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There is no marker for this grave. Rest in peace dear Great Grandfather.
- Leanne M. Meyer
 Added: May. 18, 2011
 
 
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