The Rev. David Badgley was born 5 Nov 1749 in Westfield, Essex, NJ. He married Rhoda Valentine (b 7 Oct 1752 in Essex co., NJ) on 20 Dec 1769 in Hardy county, VA (now West Virginia). Around 1795 or 96, David Badgley and Leonard Carr came by horseback from Hardy county to explore Illinois. Liking what they discovered, they returned home to their settlement in Virginia. The following year, 154 friends, neighbors, and family members emigrated to New Design (near Kaskaskia), Illinois. David organized the first Baptist church in Illinois in 1796 in New Design.
In 1804, David purchased 400 acres of land north of Belleville. He and his family moved there where they farmed for many years. He died on 16 Dec 1824 and is buried on a Badgley family plot in Fairview Heights, St. Clair, IL.
The Badgley family can be traced back to Anthony Badgley, who is listed in a 1698 census of Flushing, New York. Descendants of the Rev. David Badgley continue to live in St. Clair county, IL. A database of all of the Rev. David Badgley's descendants, when found, is being maintained by Jim Bridges, the author of this webpages.