According to the introduction in the Kent/Merrill Family Tree, the song, "In The Baggage Coach Ahead", was written about our ancestors Ralph Kent and his first wife, Edith Merrill. However, as the song was first published in 1896 and, according to the author's biography, was inspired by an event that occurred "years" earlier; I have come to the conclusion that this song could not have been written about Ralph and Edith (Merrill) Kent, who died in 1923. Instead, I believe it was inspired by an event that may have involved Ralph's parents, Judson and Dora (Begore) Kent in 1890.
The Kent/Merrill Family Tree documents that Judson Kent's first wife, Dora, gave birth to a daughter (Anna) in 1890, and died that same year. Furthermore, the Gravel Family Tree confirms this information and adds that Dora died February 17th in Leadville, Colorado, and that her cause of death was childbirth.6
This raises the questions--Is it possible Judson transported his wife's body from Colorado to New York (by train) for burial? And, if so, was this the event that inspired the song "In The Baggage Coach Ahead"?