Obituary of Charles A. Garlick

Obituary of Charles A. Garlick

Ashtabula County Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin,Vol. 6, No. 4, December 15, 1959.Kathryn H. Talcott, editor.

Ashtabula County Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin,Vol. 6, No. 4, December 15, 1959.Kathryn H. Talcott, editor.

Charles A. Garlick died on May 4, 1912.The following obituary appeared in a local newspaper.NEGRO WITH HISTORY DIES IN JEFFERSONLANDED IN JEFFERSON BY WAY OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Charles A. Garlick died on May 4, 1912.The following obituary appeared in a local newspaper.NEGRO WITH HISTORY DIES IN JEFFERSONLANDED IN JEFFERSON BY WAY OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Jefferson, May 6.--Abel Bogguess, known here as Charles A. Garlick, one of the oldest residents in this place died Saturday evening from an illness of about 10 days. Mr. Bogguess, who is a colored man, was born near Shinnston, W. Va., in the middle of February, 1817. He left the south in 1843, via the underground railway, and came to Jefferson. He has made his home since in the old law office of Hon. Joshua R. Giddings.

He leaves a younger brother, Richard Bogguess, who resides at 488 Edwards St., Youngstown.

The funeral will be held from his home at 3:30 this afternoon.

Charley and his old violin were well known to every resident of Jefferson. The many men who have come from that place had a warm spot in their heart for Charley. Garlick was born a slave on an old plantation in the rural district of West Virginia. His master was Richard Bogguess who was kind to his Slaves but provided no opportunity for them to learn to read, in fact he considered it a crime for anyone to teach a slave, either young or old.

Abel who was 20 years old at this time, was sent to school where he learned to read and received second prize for being the most apt pupil and showing the greatest improvement in a single term. He became a fluent reader and, in 1848, when Joshua R. Giddings was busy making anti-slavery speeches, it was to the delight of A.K. Garlick that Charley was able to read Giddings' words to him from the newspapers of that day.

Charley soon learned to admire Giddings for the anti-slavery campaign he was making and one day rode to Jefferson to shake hands with him. Giddings took a liking to Charley and later he came to live at the Giddings home.

In the Civil War, Charley took part as a volunteer and was a member of the G.A.R.

Jefferson, May 6.--Abel Bogguess, known here as Charles A. Garlick, one of the oldest residents in this place died Saturday evening from an illness of about 10 days. Mr. Bogguess, who is a colored man, was born near Shinnston, W. Va., in the middle of February, 1817. He left the south in 1843, via the underground railway, and came to Jefferson. He has made his home since in the old law office of Hon. Joshua R. Giddings.

He leaves a younger brother, Richard Bogguess, who resides at 488 Edwards St., Youngstown.

The funeral will be held from his home at 3:30 this afternoon.

Charley and his old violin were well known to every resident of Jefferson. The many men who have come from that place had a warm spot in their heart for Charley. Garlick was born a slave on an old plantation in the rural district of West Virginia. His master was Richard Bogguess who was kind to his Slaves but provided no opportunity for them to learn to read, in fact he considered it a crime for anyone to teach a slave, either young or old.

Abel who was 20 years old at this time, was sent to school where he learned to read and received second prize for being the most apt pupil and showing the greatest improvement in a single term. He became a fluent reader and, in 1848, when Joshua R. Giddings was busy making anti-slavery speeches, it was to the delight of A.K. Garlick that Charley was able to read Giddings' words to him from the newspapers of that day.

Charley soon learned to admire Giddings for the anti-slavery campaign he was making and one day rode to Jefferson to shake hands with him. Giddings took a liking to Charley and later he came to live at the Giddings home.

In the Civil War, Charley took part as a volunteer and was a member of the G.A.R.

This obituary was accompanied by a 4 by 6 inch photograph of Charles Garlick with his violin, which appeared under the headline,WELL KNOWN COLORED MAN, OF JEFFERSON, DIES.Mr. Garlick was buried in the Giddings lot in Oakdale Cemetery,Jefferson, near the grave of Congressman Joshua R. Giddings

This obituary was accompanied by a 4 by 6 inch photograph of Charles Garlick with his violin, which appeared under the headline,WELL KNOWN COLORED MAN, OF JEFFERSON, DIES.Mr. Garlick was buried in the Giddings lot in Oakdale Cemetery,Jefferson, near the grave of Congressman Joshua R. Giddings

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