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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

Very soon after the close of the revolution, his grandfather, Capt. John Bagley, and his brother, Cutting Bagley, left their father's home in New Hampshire, with their young wives, making the journey across the country on horseback to Durham, Green county, New York, where they bought land on the eastern slope of the Catskill mountains, eighteen miles from the Hudson river. The Bagley homestead there was on the bank of a beautiful mountain stream, which falls in a fine cascade on the farm.
The brothers built a log cabin, and the two families lived together several years, until, as their children grew up, the farm was divided, and two homes were made. While living on their farm, the two young men were visited several times by their father and mother, who made the journey from their home in New Hampshire on horseback. The last visit was made in a buggy, which was the first vehicle of the kind seen in that part of New York. A few years later the father of Gov. Bagley moved to Medina, New York, and subsequently lived in Lockport, New York. When John was eight years of age, his father removed with his family to Michigan, stopping a few months at Mottville, St. Joseph county, and then settled at Constantine, in that county. His father was a tanner in New York, and continued in the same business in Michigan. The family were in moderate circumstances, and John began his business career in a country store in St. Joseph county. A short time after, we find him an inmate in the home of their old family physician, while living at Lockport, New York, Dr. J. D. Barnes, then living at Owosso.

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