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William Henry Bagley (1838-1884) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: William Henry Bagley (1838-1884)

Historical Note: William Barnes was born on February 17, 1797 in Berwick, ME.  He went to sea at age fourteen.  He was the youngest sailor aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise when she engaged in her famous battle against the H.M.S. Boxer.  He became a master mariner at age twenty-six.  In 1825 he married Sarah Farnham.  They had eight children: Warren, Mary, William, Frances, Sarah, Vesta, Ellen, Emma, and Laura, according to the 1850 census.  William Barnes was the master of numerous vessels including St. Cloud (bark), Angeline (brig), John (schooner), Harriet (schooner), Bordeaux (brig), Wabash (ship), Rhine (ship), Mongolia (ship), Augustine (brig), and Norway (ship).  He died January 3, 1882. William and Sarah’s daughter Laura M. married William Henry Bagley of Woolwich, ME.  William Bagley was born in 1838 in Durham, ME, and later moved to Woolwich.  He was also a sea captain, involved in trade to southern and foreign ports.  In 1884 both William and Laura Bagley were lost at sea when the Levi C. Wade (ship) disappeared without a trace. The Preble family was also of Woolwich.  Their lineage includes several sea captains.  They are related to the Bagley and Barnes families.

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