Captain James G. Bagley

15 Mar


– The steamer River Queen, Capt. Bagley, arrived here yesterday from Lillington, on Long Creek, in Pender county, which stream has lately been made navigable to the point named through the efforts of the workmen under Capt. W. H. James. Capt. Bagley says the people of Lillington gave him a warm reception when he first reached there.

The River Queen brings quite a freight and several passengers. Hereafter she will run alternately between Wilmington and Lillington and Wilmington and Bannerman’s Bridge.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – February 8, 1884]

NOTE: The Lillington referenced here is not the town of Lillington in Harnett County, but Lillington Hall in Pender County.  See John Alexander Lillington.

The freight steamer River Queen, which ran between Wilmington and Fayetteville, and from which Capt. A. H. Worth had only a few days since retired as commander, was burned at her wharf in Wilmington during the big fire of Sunday last.  The River Queen was owned by Mr. Bagley, and was partially insured.

[Fayetteville Observer And Gazette – February 25, 1886]

NOTE: I have included this information regarding the steamboat, Isaac Scott, because Capt. J. G. Bagley who brought the steamer J. C. Stewart down from Wilmington, NC mentioned that he had been the engineer on the Isaac Scott back in 1852. When Capt. Bagley arrived in Hawkinsville, GA in December of 1886, I suppose that he would have passed the twenty-five year old wreckage of the Isaac Scott.

Co-Owner of the steamers, RIVER QUEEN, J.C. STEWART and CAPE FEAR (not sure if he was co-owner or full owner).

NOTE:  I think I’ve mentioned this elsewhere regarding the steamer CAPE FEAR, that there was conflicting information regarding who would be her first captain (Green or Tomlinson) and ownership.  I’m thinking that because the fire on the BLADEN was the cause of the destruction of the RIVER QUEEN, there may have been some bartering by the owners of each vessel for responsibility and reimbursement.

Grave of Capt. Bagley

I see from this site that the Bagleys had two daughters, one dying an infant, and the other only 5 years old. Mrs. Sarah E. Bagley died a couple of years after her husband.  *The following is only supposition:  Sarah E. Bagley might have been the older sister of J. C. Stewart.  He had an older sister, Sarah, that was born in 1849.

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