Tuesday, March 4, 2014
John Baggs, Son of John, Grandson of John
John Baggs, the son of John Baggs and his wife, Mary Mathews, was born on 4 March 1768 at Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire, England. He was named John after his father and his grandfather. He had two older sisters, Betty and Sarah. There are no other known children at this time. John's family had been at Broughton Gifford for several generations. During his life, it was a woodland area. The common of the village was used for grazing cattle and growing food. There were a number of ponds on the common as well. The church was named St. Mary's.
On 5 November 1794, John married Martha Potter at Lacock, Wiltshire, England, her birthplace, and a distance of five miles from John's home. Their five children were born at Broughton Gifford, our ancestor being their third child, named John.
John died at Snow Hill, about fifteen miles distance from Broughton Gifford to the north. To get there, he would have traveled through Calne, the market town. Since it was only ten miles from his home, he may have gone there on market days.