Baguley Hall's American connection
Baguley Hall was recently visited by Jon Blind, a deputy from the Pierce County Sheriff's department in Washington state, 30 miles south of Seattle. Jon is a Marine Corps veteran and says he has always had a sense of service to others.
Jon tells his story after discovering, through an online ancestry service, that his 18th great grandfather, Sir William de Baguley, had built Baguley Hall.
"After a visit to Ellis Island in New York, I started wondering about my heritage more. I assumed I had Swedish (Swanson was my mother’s maiden name) and German (Lawver) in my DNA, and that's all I knew.
"Following a DNA test, my heritage was shown to be 87% British, so I had to figure out why.
"I spent over 80 hours writing down each link, verifying it with documentation via birth and baptism records from the family tree data.
"I found the Bigelows in my tree on the American side. I had a Revolutionary war soldier, but before that there were Bigelows that served in the King's army in the colonies."
The name Bigelow was a transformation from the original name of Baguley. John Baguley moved to the colonies during the British Civil War and changed his surname to Bigelow.