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The Baggett Family in America, Part V
Nicholas Baggett I Family History

The city of Jamestown, a small village established on an Island named Jamestown in 1607, survived for nearly seventy years. An uprising in 1676 resulted in the burning of the village and the destruction of Jamestown. It's possible that John Baggott and his family lived in Jamestown before the Rebellion. He lived in nearby Surry County in the 1680s.

It is apparent that the Baggett family was among those few who came to America in its earliest settlement period. They were here more than a century before the United States became a nation and were among those who fought for its independence and helped propel this country from a wilderness to a preeminent world power.
The original Coat of Arms claimed by the Baggett family in Burke's General Armory: ARMORIAL BEARINGS: [Bagod Coat of Arms]
Shield: Ermine, two Chevrons Azure.
Crest: Out of a Ducal Coronet Or, a Goat's head Argent, attired Or.
Mantling: Or and Gules.
Motto: Antiquum Obtinens.
In the 1700s they continued to push forward in the wilderness to other frontiers. They traveled far to explore the hills in North Carolina, moved into South Carolina and Georgia, and later into Florida.

In the early 1800s they began to travel west, and many of them settled in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Some families came in contact with hostile Indians, loosing their lands. There were reports that some lost their children. In spite of this they would move to a new location, proving their pioneer spirit.

The family is one of the few who can claim an ancestor who was in America more than a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence came into existence. The family of Baggetts remained truly pioneers, making their way in the wilderness, helping to open up new frontiers, and leaving to their posterity a new sense of freedom.

The history of the Baggett family in America began in the seventeenth century. There was a John Baggott who lived in Surry, a county in Virginia just across the James River from Jamestown. Surry was just above Isle of Wight, with both bordering the James River. Jamestown is in James City County, which joins Surry in the center of the James River.

This John may be the father of Nicholas Baggett of Isle of Wight. If he is his father, he is probably the progenitor of the family in the United States. John was evidently born in ca. 1613, and is believed to have been living with his daughter in 1683 at about age 70, after his wife's decease. He is found in the household of Sam Swann in Surry County, VA in 1683. He was subject to tithes in this period, and to be subject to tithes or taxes, it was an indication that he owned property, either land or personal valuables, there in Surry County, VA. Nicholas Baggett above is found in deeds in Isle of Wight County, VA.

N icholas Baggett is found as a witness to deeds in Isle of Wight County, VA in 1673. An Abraham Baggott is found there in the early part of the next century. There is another Abraham who is found later in North Carolina. He is found on the jury list in Bertie County in 1739 as Abraham Baggott. The Nicholas Baggett mentioned above may have been the first to own land in the section of Isle of Wight County, VA that became Bertie County, NC. The latter Nicholas Baggett may have used a portion of this land [Baggett Settlement 1673-1730] where the Baggetts had lived to pay his import to America from England in 1715.

T here is no evidence that Nicholas Baggett lived anywhere other than Isle of Wight, but it is very likely that he first settled in Jamestown. This conjecture will probably never be confirmed since Jamestown was utterly destroyed along with all its records in 1676.

Nicholas is found at least twice in the 1670s in Isle of Wight County as planter. It is presumed that he owned a plantation there. No doubt this Nicholas Baggett of Isle of Wight in the 1670s is a close relative to the many lineages of Baggetts found in America in the next century. He is definitely believed to be related to Abraham mentioned above and to the Nicholas Baggett who made a will in 1753, but anyone who tries to prove an unbroken line beyond the latter Nicholas Baggett, his efforts shall definitely end with him being in a state of sheer bewilderment.

I t may be that the old Nichoas Baggett's son Nicholas went back to England for some reason; maybe to pick up some possessions belonging to that particular family. They may have sold their possessions such as houses, land, etc. Then the young Nicholas came back to America in 1715. We have proof of his ship passage at that time.

The name Baggett has always been unique among the names of families found in the world. In its original form, it stood out among the many names as a unique and uncommon one, and the name has been easily distinguished from all the others. Although it has many variants, it can be easily traced, and does not present any indistinguishable characteristics, as do Smith, Jones, Taylor, Stephens, Robertson, etc.

According to a survey made in 1980, about four one-hundredths of one percent of the population of the American people share the unique family name. According to the survey, and because of the large number of households known to be overlooked in the survey, it appears that there are more than 25,000 persons living in the United States who share the name Baggett.
The record below is from the Virginia State Library. Nicholas Baggett I and his son Abraham are found in Isle of Wight County, and Nicholas' father John Baggott is found in Surry County.

Isle of Wight, Record of Wills & Deeds

1, Part 1, 1662-1750.
Number 1
Reel 22, page 302. Indenture of Edmond Palmer, planter, and wife to Ambrose Hadley wherein 100 acres are transferred on 7 March 1673, recorded 9 March 1673.

Number 2
Page 303. Indenture of Edward Palmer and his wife to John Portis of a parcel of land beginning at Nicholas Cobbs. . . . from there to Thomas Tooks; dated 10 (?) August 1673; recorded August, 1673.

The above instruments were both witnessed by Nicholas Baggett and others.

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Page 176.
John Watts, 65 acres (N. I.) Isle of Wight County, Virginia; north side of the Maherin River, 23 March 1715, on page 259. For the importation of two persons: Bartholomew Highsmith and Nicholas Baggett.

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Lawnes Creek Parish Tithables, 1683

John Baggott - (62) 0 and Sam Swann - (62) 2.

(The (“0”) refers to persons obligated to pay tithes on the same plantation or household. It appears that the household shown here is designated as [62] 2, belonging to Swann.)

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