Judge Joab “Judge” Bagley

Judge Joab “Judge” Bagley

Franklin County, Georgia, USA
Death 27 Apr 1875 (aged 66)
Elyton, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Burial Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 40998379 · View Source
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Isaiah Bagley, Sr. (1782(or 1779)-1842) and
Elizabeth White Bagley (b 1780 d Jun 2 1861).

He may have been born in Franklin Co. Georgia since there are DEED RECORDS that show Jacob "Jake" White Jr. (1772-1861) purchased 470 acres on Leatherwood Creek, Franklin County, Ga., from his father, Isaiah Bagley (wife Elizabeth White), on 17 November 1810. (Franklin Co. Deed Book T, Pages 202-203) .

SPOUSE: Rebecca E. Brown(from 1848 until Joab's death)

Joab Bagley was the first Probate Judge in Jefferson County Alabama. For a time he also served as Coroner and Deputy Sheriff, Justice of the Peace and Deputy to the Justice of the Peace.

He was one of the orignal landowners whose land was purchased by the Elyton Land Company to become the city of Birmingham, AL . ( from The Heritage of Jefferson Co.,v. 37 p. 3)

1819 ---- Alabama becomes 22nd state

1833 ---- "the night stars fell on Alabama" dramatic meteor shower

1835 ---- Justice of the Peace of Jefferson County, State of Alabama( this was during the 1835 - 1836 Alabama gold rush in the east-central hill country.

1836 ---- He served as Company Captain, State of Alabama dispatched to Mount Vernon in the o Second Creek War (Seminole War 1836 - 1837).

1837 ---- Coroner of Jefferson County, State of Alabama

1840 ---- Deputy to Justice of the Peace of Jefferson County, State of Alabama

1842 ---- Clerk Jefferson County Court, State of Alabama
As clerk he served as what would later be known as Probate Judge.

1848 ---- Joab married Rebecca Brown (her parents are also buried in the Elyton Cemetary). Rebecca , after Joab's death, remarried. Her new name was Rebecca E. Denny.

CHILDREN:(source 1870 census & "1890 Alabama Supreme Court case:Denny vs The Elyton Land Company"
N E Bagley -- Elizabeth b. abt 1850)(wife of R. S. Montgomery)
F M Bagley -- (Frank b. abt 1853)
M A Bagley -- (Alice b. abt 1855)
M L Bagley -- (Mamie b. abt 1856) (wife of William Smith)
J H Bagley -- (Joseph b. abt 1858)
W J Bagley -- (William b. abt 1860)
E B Bagley -- (Elijah b. abt 1861)

1850 --- Joab is eLected May 20, 1850 as the Probate Judge (the first in Jefferson county). He served from July 1850 until July 1856.

1861 ---- January 11, 1861, Meeting in Mongomery, Alabama passed her secession resolutionvoting 61 to 39 for secession.

1862 MARCH -- CIVIL WAR - MUSTERED at Shelby Springs, Alabama on March 29, 1862 as 1st. Sgt. Co. G , 28th Alabama and was Detailed as a wagoner and teamster for supply trains.

1862 MARCH -- CIVIL WAR - arrived at Corinth shortly after the Battle of Shiloh, the duties consisted of fortifying, flooring tents and building breastworks. The encampment was extremely unsanitary Many died from chronic diarrhea and dysentery of ended up in hospitals for recovery.

1862 APRIL - CIVIL WAR - Joab left Shelby Springs on nine day furlough 4/11/1862

1862 MAY – CIVIL WAR – 17,000 sick Confederates were sent from Corinth to the rear. The weakened Army was attacked by Union forces. The night of May 30, 1862 they retreated across the Tuscumbia River.

1862 JUNE – CIVIL WAR – Tupelo, Mississippi men were returning from the hospitals and soon the numbers increased.

1862 JULY – AUGUST – CIVIL WAR – Marched to Saltillo, Mississippi and paid a $50 bounty on 7/26/1862, then on July 30, 1862 began a rail journey taking the 28th to Mobile, Alabama; Elyton, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Chickamauga Creek; Tyner's Station; to Harrison's Ferry on the Tennessee River. They marched to Sparta, Pikesville, and Gainesboro, reaching the Cumberland.

1862 SEPTEMBER – CIVIL WAR – On September 5th they reached a village known as Bunker Hill on the Falling Water Creek. They remained there on the 6th, resting the men and wagon teams. After fording the Cumberland River north of Gainesboro, they crossed the Kentucky State line on September 10th, spending the night at Tompkinsville, Kentucky.

1863 MAY - CIVIL WAR - Starts 30 day furlow

1863 JUNE - CIVIL WAR a_ returns from 30 day furlough at Shielbyville, Tennesee

1865 -- MARCH -- CIVIL WAR - Elyton is torched during Wilson's raid.

1868 -- Alabama readmitted into the Union on July 14, 1868. That same year Joab would retire.

1871 -- The Elyton Land Company forms to create what is now Birmingham, Alabama. It's ethics and methods of acquiring land are challenged in several court cases in the late 19th century. One of these court cases is filed by Joab Bagley's widow, Rebecca.

NOTE #1:
He was born in Georgia, according to census records, presumably while the family was moving to Alabama from North Carolina(not confirmed.

NOTE #2:
After Joab's death, remarried a Mr. Denny. Her parents are buried in the Elyton Cemetary. source: "1890 Alabama Supreme Court case:Denny vs The Elyton Land Company"
----Elijah Brown FindaGrave Mem# 23661507
----Nancy Brown FindaGrave Mem# 25965972

NOTE #3:
Rebecca, his wife, filed suit against the Elyton Land Company in 1893, in Jefferson county Alabama. Filed Jefferson County Loose Court Records, Box 8629, Case 1122. Transcribed by Mary Lu Johnson

RESEARCH FOR THIS BIO WAS DONE BY JOE BAGLEY (Great Great Grand Son of Judge Joab Bagley)

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  • Maintained by: Joe Bagley
  • Originally Created by: Fran
  • Added: 22 Aug 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Joab “Judge” Bagley (19 Jul 1808–27 Apr 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40998379, citing Elyton Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Joe Bagley (contributor 47811186) .