Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
John Baugh, deceased, was a representative of one of the early families of Woodside township, Sangamon county, and was engaged in farming in that locality during the latter part of his life. He was born in Christian county, Illinois, in 1847, and always lived in this state. His father, Henry Baugh, was a native of Germany and at an early day removed from Christian county to Sangamon county, settling in Woodside township, where he purchased a farm and carried on general agricultural pursuits until a few years ago, when he retired from active business life. He still, however, makes his home upon his farm in Woodside township. He led a busy active and useful life and well merits the rest which he is now enjoying. His wife has passed away.
John Baugh acquired his education in the common schools of Woodside township and in his youth early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, assisting his father on the old home farm up to the time of his marriage, which occurred in October, 1869, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary J. Wolgamot, who was born in Woodside township on the 5th of January, 1844, and is a daughter of John B. and Annie Maria (Todd) Wolgamot, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Kentucky. Her father came to Sangamon at an early period in the development of this portion of the state and was actively engaged in farming until 1886, when he sold his land and removed to Springfield, where he lived retired until his death on the 11th of December, 1900. His wife has also departed this life. Three children were born of Mr. and Mrs. Baugh: Milton Allen, born August 5, 1870, is a steamfitter by trade and resides with his mother in Springfield; Bryan Guy, born April 10, 1872, resides at home and is employed by the City Produce Company; John, born August 18, 1874, is also with his mother.
After his marriage Mr. Baugh rented a farm in Woodside township near the old Wolgamot homestead. This he improved and engaged in general farming throughout his remaining days. Diligence and energy were numbered among his salient characteristics and proved a potent force in winning for him a fair measure of prosperity. While plowing in his field on the 28th of May 1874, he was struck by lightening and instantly killed. He led an honorable and upright life and in his business affairs the success which always results from perseverance and good management. He lived at peace with his fellow men, exemplified in his life honorable, manly principles and was an unfaltering supporter of the temperance cause, holding membership with the Good Templars lodge at Chatham. His political support was given to the Republican party. After the death of her husband Mrs. Baugh continued to reside upon the home farm for four years and then removed to Springfield, where she purchased the residence at No. 1800 South Fifth
street, where she and her children are now living.