Biography of Dr. Charles Aaron Badgley

Dr. Charles Aaron Badgley, doctor of dental surgery, of Greenfield, Mo., is a native of Auglaize County, Ohio, born in 1854, and is the son of George and Martha (Watkins) Badgley; grandson of George and Rebecca (Eddy) Badgley; great-grandson of Aaron and Joannah (Hedges) Badgley; great-great-grandson of George Badgley, and great-great-great-grandson of George Badgley, who was a native of England, born in the latter part of the sixteenth century, and a ship carpenter by trade. He was also one of the best swimmers known, yet he came to his death by drowning. George Badgley (great-great-grandfather) came to America about 1740 with his cousin, Anthony Badgley, and died here in 1799. Aaron Bedgley (great-grandfather) was born August 10, 1771, and married Miss Hedges, January 1, 1791. George Badgley (grandfather) was born in April, 1800, and married Miss Eddy in 1824. they became the parents of six sons and two daughters, George Badgley (father of the subject of this sketch) being the eldest son and second child. He was born November 27, 1828, in the State of Ohio, was a teacher by profession, but at the time of his death, which occurred in Auglaize County, Ohio, in 1860, be was a student of dentistry. His wife, Mrs. Martha (Watkins) Badgley, was a native of Ohio, born in 1833, and after the death of Mr. Badgley she married Stephen Armstrong, who is also deceased. Mrs. Armstrong now resides in Putnam County, Ill., and is the mother of six children, three living, two by her first marriage, and one by the second, viz.: Dr. Charles A.; Hester C., wife of H. C. Mills, of Putnam County, Ill.; and Willis, in Auglaize County, Ohio. Dr. Charles A. Badgley received his literary education in his native county, and in 1871 commenced the study of dentistry at Winona, Ill., with his uncle, Dr. A. E. Badgley, where he remained a student three years. He then commenced practicing with his uncle, which he continued until 1875, when he went to La Salle, Ill., and in 1879 came to Greenfield, Mo. September 14, 1879, he married Miss Georgia M. McDowell, a native of Dade County, Mo., and the daughter of W. G. and M. J. (Jones) McDowell, and only sister of Mrs. Addie (McDowell) Dixon, at this time of Trinidad, Colo. To this union were born four children: Irma, Edna, Charles (deceased) and George. Dr. Badgley is the only resident dentist in Dade County, is a skillful workman and gives good satisfaction, all his work being warranted. He has a large and increasing practice, is a man much respected, and is one of Greenfield’s best citizens. He visits Golden City, Lockwood, Ash Grove and Everton at stated intervals each month. He is a Republican in politics. Dr. Badgley and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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