Biography - O Baggott
O. P. BAGGOTT, Sheriff, Jonesboro, was born in Montgomery County, near Dayton, Ohio, September 1, 1840. His father, James Baggott, was born in 1791, near Fredericksburg, Va., and died in Osborn, Ohio, in 1863. He was a participant in the war of 1812. He married Mary Caylor, who bore him the following children: Martin V., Oliver P., Josephine, James P. and Charles L. Oliver P. Baggott (our subject) was educated in Ohio, and in early life engaged in farming and teaching school. In 1861, the 21st of June, he responded to the call of his country, and enlisted in the Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years. He participated in many scenes and battles, some of which may be mentioned, as second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and Resaca, Ga. In 1864, he returned to Ohio, and soon afterward went to the oil regions of Pennsylvania, where he remained two years. In 1866, he came to Illinois and located in Union County, where he engaged in farming and teaching until 1878, when he was appointed Deputy Sheriff under George Barringer, and remained in said office until 1882, when he was elected Sheriff of the county. Mr. Baggott was married, April 8, 1869, in Union County, Ill., to Miss Ruth Delves, a native of England, near Market Drayton; she was born November 11, 1845; she is a daughter of William and Mary (Watkins) Delves, and is the mother of four children, viz.: Harry Lee, born February 28, 1870; Maud, born July 7, 1871; George M.; July 17, 1877, and Lola, born January 23, 1879. Mr. Baggott is a member of the following fraternities and orders: A., F. & A. M., Anna Lodge, No. 520; I. O. O. F., Anna Lodge, 291; the K. of H., and the Knights and Ladies of Honor. In politics, his sympathies are with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 92-93.