The Generations of Thomas Pine Petznick
Thomas Pine Petznick
Notes for Russia Bagley
Russia Bagley served in the war of 1812, and throughout his life carried on agricultural pursuits. His brothers were: George, a physician, who died in the Buckeye state; Nathaniel, deceased farmer of Putnam County, Ohio; Parley who lived in Minnesota; and his sister was Ruth, now deceased.
He was the second of the family of children to which he belonged. After his marriage he located upon a farm in Ohio, but subsequently exchanged that property for four hundred acres in Fremont County. He had not seen the land at the time of the purchase and found it was not very valuable, but it has since been drained and thereby has been made very productive. In 1859 he took up his abode upon the place, his home being a short distance west of Randolph, and with characteristic energy he began cultivating and improving the fields, meeting with a fair degree of prosperity.
He afterward purchased land on Deer Creek and improved a second farm, upon which he spent his remaining days, his death there occurring November 17, 1885 (Fremont County Cemetery Records book shows 1884,) when he had attained the very advanced age of ninety-two years. He was well preserved and a few days before his demise walked to the polls and voted the Republican ticket. He served as a justice of the peace and enjoyed the esteem of all his fellow townsmen by reason of his honor and integrity.
His wife survived him and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clark, December 26, 1894 (1893?), at the age of eighty-seven years.
They were earnest Christian people, holding membership in the Methodist church.
Mr. Bagley was twice married, his first union being with a Miss Toman, by whom he had six children; Mrs. Helen Marble; Mrs. Elemath Link, who died in Indiana; Mrs. Margaret Robe; William and Joseph, who died in Ohio; and Lucina, now of Missouri.
By his second marriage Russia Bagley had eight children: P. M., now deceased; Mary, who became the wife of O. A. Clark and died in Fremont County; Amy, deceased, was the wife of William Ruse; A. G., a prominent farmer of Fremont County; and Fanny, the wife of Mr. David Shultz, also an agriculturist in Mills County. Christina died in infancy, also an infant son and Elvaretta.
After the marriage of Russia Bagley and Rebecca Newell, they located upon his farm in Ohio, where they resided for many years, after which that property was exchanged for four hundred acres of land in Fremont County. Mr. Bagley had not seen the land at the time the trade was made, and when he came to the west he found that it was wet and not very profitable, but it has since been drained and has been transformed into a very desirable property.
In 1859 he removed his family to Iowa, making the journey on steamboat by way of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He located upon a portion of his land west of the Nishnabotna River, not far distant from Randolph, and there he improved a farm, making it his place of abode for many years, when he settled on another tract of land in Deer Creek. There he again developed a good farm, making it the permanent place of his residence until he was called to his final rest, on the 8th of November, 1885, when ninety-four years of age. He had enjoyed excellent health up to the time of his demise, and only a few days before his death he had walked to the polls where he cast his vote for the Republican candidate. He was a strong, athletic man, of brave and fearless nature, always energetic and industrious.
When sixty years of age he could cut four cords of wood in a day, and by his hard-labor and honest dealing he acquired a comfortable competence for the evening of life. He never aspired to the honors or emoluments of public office, but served as a justice of the peace for a number of years. His life was the quiet honest one of the farmer and at all times he commanded the confidence and respect of those with whom he was associated.
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