Sunday, June 1, 2014

52 Ancestors: #22 - Mary Polly DAVIS Baugher

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor.  It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.



Mary Polly DAVIS is my third great grandaunt, daughter of Leonard and Mary Marshall Davis.  She was born in Albemarle County, Virginia about 1805.  Polly was a teenager when her parents relocated to Rockingham County where she met Jacob Baugher, son of Daniel and Anna Maria Moyer Baugher, whom she married on January 2, 1823.

Like their neighbors, the Baughers were a farm family with lots of children - twelve according to census records and family research.  Sometime in the mid 1850s, Jacob and Polly bid adieu to family and friends in Rockingham and moved to Nodaway County in northwest Missouri. 

Platte Purchase in red
image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Why, I don’t know.  Jacob was too young to have been a volunteer in the War of 1812; therefore, it is not likely he was claiming bounty land.  Maybe they had heard about the cheap land and fertile soil in the Platte Region.  Annexed just a few years before in 1837, Platte represented the western fringe of settlement.   There was plenty of land to go around. 

How the Baughers traveled is unknown.  The addition of a couple Kentucky-born spouses might suggest that they crossed by way of the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky like so many other pioneers had done.  They might even have spent some time in Kentucky before continuing west into Missouri.  But a daughter-in-law from Ohio shows it is also possible that they took the National Road through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois into northern Missouri.  More research is needed.   

Map of the United States and Territories 1860
image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

When the Baughers traveled can be determined more easily.  Jacob and Polly were enumerated in their native Rockingham County, Virginia in 1850 and then in Missouri in 1860.  There was a wedding in Nodaway County, Missouri in 1856 and a grandchild born there in 1859.


Polly Davis Baugher’s family spread far and wide.  When she and Jacob left Virginia, they left behind several adult children who had their own families, families that stayed put in Rockingham County.  Their descendents can still be found right there to this day.  Of the Baugher children who relocated to Missouri, some stayed there while one headed to Oregon, another to Indian Territory (today Oklahoma), and still another to California.   

  
THREE GENERATIONS:

Mary Elizabeth Polly DAVIS (About 1805 Albemarle Co, VA – After 1860 MO ) & Jacob BAUGHER ( 02 May 1799 – 1864 MO )  02 Jan 1823 Rockingham Co, VA

1. Delilah BAUGHER ( 23 Sep 1823 Rockingham Co, VA - 19 Apr 1881 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA ) & m1) John Michael Moyer ALDER ( - 03 Jun 1846 in Rockingham Co, VA )  03 Jun 1844 Rockingham Co, VA ; & m2) James THOMPSON ( 25 Jan 1810 Rockingham Co, VA – 09 Apr 1886 Rockingham Co, VA ) 14 Nov 1850 Rockingham Co, VA
Children with John Michael Moyer Alder:
  • Barbara Elizabeth ALDER ( 29 May 1845 Rockingham Co, VA - 20 Oct 1848 Rockingham Co, VA )
  • John Michael Moyer ALDER Jr. ( 1846 Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Mary Michael ALDER ( 07 Aug 1847 Rockingham Co, VA - 19 Mar 1924 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Jacob Nicholas RHODES  (06 Nov 1840 Rockingham Co, VA – 30 Jan 1888 Harrisonburg, VA) 14 Nov 1866 Lacey Spring, Rockingham, VA

Children with James Thompson:
  • Virginia THOMPSON ( 1851 Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Susan Henryetta THOMPSON ( 29 Apr 1853 Rockingham Co, VA – 02 Mar 1926 Rockingham Co, VA )
  • Sarah Catherine THOMPSON ( 10 Jul 1855 Rockingham Co, VA – 08 Jul 1921 Rockingham Co, VA )
  • Joseph THOMPSON ( 24 Sep 1857 Rockingham Co, VA – 13 Nov 1861 Rockingham Co, VA  )
  • Robert Ashley THOMPSON ( 04 Mar 1861 Rockingham Co, VA – 02 Jun 1933 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Maryella R. SPRINKLE (15 Jul 1865 Rockingham Co, VA – May 1943 Rockingham Co, VA ) 1887 Rockingham Co, VA
  • Laura Alice THOMPSON (04 Aug 1864 Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Clementine THOMPSON (04 Aug 1865 Rockingham Co, VA – 19 Sep 1930 Rockingham Co, VA )
2. Ann Catherine BAUGHER  ( 24 May 1825 Rockingham Co, VA - )

3. Sarah Ann BAUGHER ( 28 Jan 1829 Rockingham Co, VA - 19 Jul 1899 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Gideon LAYMON ( 22 Feb 1815 Rockingham Co, VA – 06 Jan 1891 Rockingham Co, VA ) 16 Apr 1856 Rockingham Co, VA
  • William Henry LAYMON ( 05 May 1857 Rockingham Co, VA - 1931 Rockingham Co, VA) & Margaret Virginia HANDSHAW ( Jul 1862 McGaheysville, Rockingham Co, VA -  16 Feb 1946 Hagerstown, MD ) 1883 Rockingham Co, VA
  • Charles Robert “Bob” LAYMON ( 02 Apr 1859 Rockingham Co, VA - 20 Mar 1908 ) & Mary M. ARMENTROUT  (21 Aug 1858 Rockingham Co, VA - 16 Mar 1944 Rockingham Co, VA ) 27 Nov 1881 Rockingham Co, VA
  • Leroy Scott LAYMON ( 08 Aug 1860 Rockingham Co, VA - 23 Jun 1934 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Sarah J. UNKNOWN 1887
  • Alice Catherine LAYMON ( 17 Apr 1862 Rockingham, VA - 05 Mar 1926 Rockingham, VA ) & John  J. BEAM ( 03 Sep 1855 Rockingham, VA - 17 Aug 1931 Rockingham, VA ) 09 Apr 1882 Rockingham, VA 
  • Barbara Lou LAYMON ( Jul 1864 Rockingham Co, VA - 08 Oct 1941 Washington DC )  & William Archibald “Arch”  BLACK ( 08 Oct 1859 Rockingham Co, VA – 16 Jul 1922 Rockingham Co, VA )  25 Jan 1883 in Rockingham Co, VA
  • Segourney Arebelle LAYMON ( 16 Apr 1867 Rockingham Co, VA - 16 Dec 1869 Rockingham Co, VA ) 
4. Perry Henderson BAUGHER ( 10 Jul 1829 Rockingham Co, VA - 26 Jan 1882 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Mary  UNKNOWN (1835 Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Gideon BAUGHER  ( Oct 1856 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Shelton H. C. BAUGHER ( 1860 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Annie E. BAUGHER ( 04 Oct 1862 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA - 13 May 1933 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA) & Solomon K. SUMMERS  (15 Apr 1852 Rockingham Co, VA - 08 Dec 1906 Rockingham Co, VA  ) 1879 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA
  • Sally BAUGHER ( 1864 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA - )
  • Victoria BAUGHER ( 1869 Linville, Rockingham Co, VA - ) 

5. Lucinda OR Lucynthia Elizabeth BAUGHER ( 01 Jan 1832 Rockingham Co, VA – 1903)

6. Jemima Letitia BAUGHER ( 02 Mar 1833 Rockingham Co, VA - 06 Jul 1902 Nodaway, MO) &
George W. SCOTT ( 02 Oct 1822 Kentucky – 01 Aug 1864 Graham, MO ) 28 Dec 1856 Nodaway, MO
  • Carrie SCOTT ( 1859 Nodaway, MO - )
  • Ella SCOTT ( 1861 Nodaway, MO - )
  • Emma SCOTT ( 1865 Nodaway, MO - )
7. Mary Lucina Polly BAUGHER ( 04 Jun 1834 Rockingham Co, VA – 1914 )

8. Marietta Luthelda BAUGHER ( 17 Oct 1837 Rockingham Co, VA -  15 Jan 1920 Osage Township, MO ) & m1) Asker HARMON ; & m2) Washington BENNETT

9. Jacob Albert BAUGHER ( 30 May 1838 Rockingham Co, VA - 13 Feb 1913 Nodaway, MO ) &
Samantha COOK  (14 Nov 1853 Perry Township, OH - 20 Aug 1931 Skidmore, MO )
01 Apr 1875 Nodaway, MO
  • Mary Emma BAUGHER ( 21 Feb 1876 Skidmore, MO - 13 Oct 1953 Maryville, MO ) & Jacob F. “Jake” SUETTERLIN (24 Dec 1871 Graham, MO - 17 Jan 1957 Monett, Barry, MO ) 01 Mar 1899 Skidmore, MO
  • George Everett BAUGHER ( 13 Nov 1877 Skidmore, MO - 05 Mar 1962 Maryville, MO )
  • William Glenn BAUGHER ( 01 Jul 1880 Skidmore, MO - 26 Nov 1883 Skidmore, MO )
  • Cora Samantha BAUGHER ( 09 Dec 1882 Skidmore, MO - 28 Jun 1976 St Joseph, MO ) & Artemus Clyde  “Art” SHULL ( 07 Aug 1879 Skidmore, MO - 03 Jan 1944 Skidmore, MO  )   27 Feb 1907 Skidmore, MO
  • Ella Price BAUGHER ( 15 Mar 1886 Skidmore, MO - 14 Sep 1901 Skidmore, MO )
  • Allie May BAUGHER ( 03 May 1888 Skidmore, MO - 18 Nov 1959 Maryville, MO ) & Walter Lee PATTERSON 22 Dec 1909 in Skidmore, MO
  • Leona BAUGHER (20 Aug 1890 Skidmore, MO  - 25 Dec 1890 Skidmore, MO )
10. David William BAUGHER ( 11 Feb 1840 Rockingham Co, VA - 1920 Sarpy, NE ) & Telitha or Carlitha Jane ELLIOTT ( 02 June 1842 Buchanan, MO – 27 Nov 1907 Independence, OR ) 09 Mar 1862 Nodaway, MO 
  • Perry H. BAUGHER ( 1864 Nodaway, MO – 1933 Portland, OR ) & Edith E. UNKNOWN (Apr 1862 - )
  • Thomas H. BAUGHER ( 1869 Sarpy, NE - )
11. John Henry BAUGHER (06 Feb 1844 Rockingham Co, VA – 1924)

12. Phineas Albion BAUGHER ( 06 Aug 1846 Rockingham Co, VA - 13 Nov 1910 Afton, OK) & Jessie A. HERMAN or HARMON (18 Sep 1852 West Liberty, KY - 15 Jan 1890 Vinita, Craig, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory ) 1871 in Henry, MO
  • Cora BAUGHER ( 09 Oct 1872 Clinton, Bates, MO - 11 Oct 1951 La Mesa, CA ) & George Huntington WARREN  ( 1852 in Lewiston, ME  - 17 Oct 1930 La Mesa, CA ) After 1890 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
  • Jessie Mae BAUGHER ( 22 Aug 1874 Deep Water, MO - ) & Ulysses Stephen “Bud” CRAFT
  • ( 07 Jan 1864 Illinois - 13 May 1943 Afton, OK )
  • Nancy “Nannie” BAUGHER ( Dec 1876 Deep Water, MO – Before 1976 Phoenix, AZ ) & John W. DAWSON  ( 16 May 1871 Johnsonville, CA - Before 1971 Phoenix, AZ )  02 Sep 1894 Afton, OK
  • Eva Lena BAUGHER ( 1879 Deep Water, MO - ) & J. E. HENRY 15 Apr 1898 Pineville, MO
  • Abner David “Ad” BAUGHER ( 07 Jul 1883 Deep Water, MO - 05 Oct 1941 Pampa, TX ) & Bessie Mae VINCENT ( 07 Dec 1889 in Sedalia, MO - 15 Jan 1970 Oklahoma, OK ) 18 Feb 1907 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
  • Emma G. BAUGHER ( 04 Jul 1886 Spruce Township, MO - 15 Mar 1968 in Fairland, OK ) & William Thomas KELLY  (01 Mar 1866 MO – 02 Oct 1940 Fairland, OK ) 05 Apr 1905 Vinita, Indian Territory
  • James BAUGHER  (May 1889 Afton, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory - 15 Aug 1909 in Afton, OK )


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8 comments:

  1. I wonder how long it took them to travel to their final location and what adventures they had on the way.

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    1. A lot can happen in a few years time, so I wonder too whether they settled somewhere for a time or kept moving straight to Missouri.

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  2. Wendy,
    Your post caught my eye today. I also have family that traveled from the Rockingham area of Virginia and needed up in northwest Missouri. It seems to have been a popular destination, because there is even a Rockingham in Ray County, Missouri.

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    1. A number of my lines have a child or two or more who left Virginia and wound up in Missouri. The lure of cheap land must have been great. Good to see you, by the way!

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  3. Good post girl and lots of research. I wonder too what was going on in Missouri to make them leave VA when they still had children here, knowing they probably would never see each other again =(

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    1. I know it was a time period when the US was pushing for expansion west, so my guess is land was cheap. Missouri was a bounty land state, but I don't think the Baughers qualified since Jacob would have been too young to fight in the War of 1812. Maybe it was just the American Dream in action.

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  4. A very interesting read. Loved the Travel writing and maps. I have come across Albemarle County, Virginia in my research lately. Seems my 6th Great Grandfather Napier was familiar with that county and may have owned land there. His father was a doctor and early Jamestown immigrant. WoooHoo...lots of good stories started and more to come. Enjoyed this post...sorry I've been absent from commenting....recovering from AtoZ and taking care of Family members. Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. No apologies, please! I'm scrambling to keep up with my own blog!!

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