Sarah, interestingly enough, if you have read all the other posts on this page, you have seen that family members through the years were told one of my ancestors came from Wales. However, this has proven not to be the case so far, as we can trace all but the first Aggus to America, as being born in the United States. But I have always wondered about that first Aggus and that maybe this was a story passed down from generation to generation. That first Aggus ( We think he was the first) to America has been traced to the State of Pennsylvania and was married to a woman named Thankful (possible last name of Erie?). I don't know how much you know about history, but Thankful is typically a Quaker name. I think I need to do some studying and see what the relationship was if any between Quakers and Hugenots. This may be a clue. I have seen another report of the Aggus-Hugenot claim, but can't remember where at the moment. The year on the documentation for Thankful Aggus and Unknown Aggus is around 1830 and in the form of a land grant to Thankful. At this point her husband had already been killed by Indians. They had two sons, Sylvanus and Abner, Abner being my ancestor. Sylvanus' descendents can be found still in Pennsylvania. An interesting note, Sylvanus' branch changed the spelling of the Aggus name, but they are ours and there is documentatiion. Abner was known to have joined soldiers and went off to fight Indians and was thought to have been killed by the Indians, by Sylvanus' branch. However, I am living proof that didn't happen! He ended up in the State of Tennesse, married with several children and the family began migrating west. They ended up in the State of Missouri and the generations pretty much stayed there. They were all miners by profession. In the early to middle 1900's they began to scatter further west, some landing in California and Colorado. So far, every Aggus I have ever contacted in this country can be traced back to my Aggus'. I know there are some Canadian Aggus' but I have not been in contact with them, I am sure they are related somehow and would love to get ahold of them. Perhaps Thankful and Unknown Aggus had more than 2 sons and one or more went north to Canada. Pennsylvania is not that far from there.
A few questions for you: was your dad born in Wales? How many generations back can you go in your family? I have heard/read that the Aggus name can be traced back to the 600's and that it is a Saxon name, originating in the northernmost parts of what is now Germany and as far north as the Scandinavian countries. That matches your family story doesn't it? Well, then the story goes there were a good number of Aggus' in Great Britan, until the Norman's invaded and ran them out, at which time they scattered to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and who knows where else.
The legendary trust fund thing is an interesting story!!!! Be fun to try to follow up on that wouldn't it? Anyway, if you could give me a little back ground on your oldest ancestor you can trace, maybe we can connect somewhere. Have any ancestors whose brother sailed off for America? And when did your branch land in Wales? Pam Aggus Hayden