Benjamin Franklin Bagby, 1843-1915

From the November 4, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 1:


Benjamin Franklin Bagby was born in Lewis county Kentucky, October 12, 1843, and died at his home October 31, 1915, at 5:30 a.m., after a short illness of pneumonia, aged 72 years and 19 days.

In 1857 he came to Nodaway county and in 1859 at the age of 16 years he was converted and joined the Methodist church at Graham, Mo., during a meeting held by Rev. Newton.

Mr. Bagby was united in marriage three times.

He was united in marriage to Mary E. Hedgpath, March 6, 1860, to this union five children were born: Mrs. Nancy McDowell, James R. Bagby, Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler, Mrs. Susan A. Bagby and one child who died in infancy.

His first wife died in 1871. After her death he united again in marriage to Lydia Robinson, August 13, 1872, to this union a son was born who died in infancy.  After his second wife’s death he again united in marriage, to Mrs. Isabelle Brooks, May 27, 1902, to this union one child was born, Mary Beatrice.

He leaves a wife, five children and hosts of friends who mourn his loss.

He was a man of strict integrity, whose word was always to be trusted. A peace maker in the community in which he lived.  Jesus said “Blessed are they.”

He was laid to rest in the Groves cemetery. Peace to his memory.


Also from the November 4, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Attended Funeral.

Those who attended the B. F. Bagby funeral from a distance were:  Mrs. E. J. Wheeler, Deloite, Colo.; Mrs. B. A. Bagby and Henry Bonell, of Effingham, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Wheeler and Mr. Willis Bagby of Liberty, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Campbell, Elmo, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Watkins and family from Fairfax, Mo.; and Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, Mound City, Mo.