The Generations of Thomas Pine Petznick



Thomas Pine Petznick

Notes for George William Bagley


He was a member of one of the oldest and most influential families of Rhode Island, tracing his ancestry in one line to Roger Williams, the founder of Providence. The family generally attained great age and but a short time previous to his own death he attended the funeral of a very aged member of his family, Aunt Waitie Williams.
He was a familiar and an interesting figure on the streets of Pawtucket, living retired during the last years of his life, deeply interested however in the care of the Bagley estate, a remnant of the farm. The old farm homestead still stands, but was moved to Mineral Spring Avenue just in the rear of it's original location.
The original portion of WIlliam Bagley's farm, father of George W. Bagley, extended from the cemetery to now Slater and from its area the city of Pawtucket was presented by William Bagley with its beautiful Collyer Park.
Mineral Spring Avenue Cemetery is also a gift from the Bagley family although the Jenks property is included within its borders.
George W. Bagley was born, as stated, in Dec. 1828, died in his native city, at his home 116 Mineral Spring Avenue. Sept. 12, 1906. He was educated in the schools of Pawtucket and when the time came that a business was to be chosen, he elected to learn the molder's trade.
He served full term of apprenticeship, then became associated with Zebulon White at his foundry, that being the forerunner of the present White plant with which Mr. Bagley was long connected. He became an expert molder and designer and so great was Mr. White's regard for his associated that he paid for a substiitute every time Geroge was drafted for service during the Civil War. He was devoted to the Union cause, aiding many ways but for an infirmity of hearing would no doubt have over-ruled his friends objections and gone to the front.
He continued in business until 1884, spending the last 22 yrs of his life retired. He spent time with his family on the farm which he managed with special loving care but it became a burden.
He was the owner of the BAGLEY BLOCK on Main St. and several smaller estates. He was a Democrat and urged to run for office but never did.
Perhaps the longest interest in his pucbli life was the old Volunteer Fire Dept. with its antique hand engines or "tubs" with the wild rivalry and personal encounters between the companies. MORE MORE.
He married SARAH M. MASSEY, who born him four children: Geroge W., Jr.; Joseph; Mary, now deceased who marr James Everett; Sarah Elizabeth, now widow of Alfred Richmond MEANS.

at the family homestead in Pawtucket, which stood where the Cummings Block and Park Place Church on Park now stands, a child was born, whom the city was later to know as one of her most valued citizens, Geroge W. Bagley, a son of WIlliam and Clarinda Tabor Bagley.
1850 RI Providence Co. Ward 2 1850 844 109
Pg. 316 Fam#9
George Bagley age 21 Moulder CONN
Sarah 21 ENG
Sarah E 1 RI
1880 Census Place: Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island Source: FHL Film 1255215 National Archives Film T9-1215 Page 92A
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
George W. BAGLEY Self M M W 52 RI Occ: Cigar Dealer Fa: RI Mo: RI
Sarah BAGLEY Wife F M W 50 ENG Occ: Keeping House Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
George W. BAGLEY Son M S W 20 RI Occ: Clerk In Store Fa: RI Mo: RI
Joseph W. BAGLEY Son M S W 14 RI Occ: At School Fa: RI Mo:RI
1900 ED 157, S-10 Pawtucket, Providence Co., RI 6 June 1900 116 Mineral Spring Ave. Fam#145/216 (Indexed as Geo. W Bagler)

Geo. W. Bagley Head Dec 1828 age 71 Widowed RI RI RI Landlord Owns house no mortgage
Joseph W Son July 1864 age 35 marr 9 yrs RI RI ENGLAND Jeweler
Mary A. Dau IL Jul 1867 age 32 4 CH 4 LIV PA PA PA
Mabelle R. Grandau Nov 1891 age 8 RI RI PA at school
Myra M Granddau Feb 1898 age 7 RI RI PA at school
George M. Grandson Nov 1896 age 3 RI RI PA
Mildred D. July 1899 age 10/12 RI RI PA
Mary E. Everett dau Aug 1857 age 42 Widowed 1 CH 1 LIV RI RI ENG Manager
Sarah Branhagan Servant Sept 1883 age 16 IRE IRE IRE Been in USA 1 mth

1870 Pg. 327


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