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Thomas Waggener would have been born on the estate of his parents in Essex County, probably before 1720. He was apparently a career soldier, serving with at least a couple of the Virginia Colony Regiments. The first records show him as a Sergeant serving under Captain Beverly Robinson in his expedition against Canada in 1746 and 1747. This would seem to indicate that he had some kind of military experience prior to this. He next shows up on records as a Lieutenant with the Virginia Regiment in the spring of 1754. He served with George Washington in the apparent construction of and maintenance of Ft. Necessity in 1754. His younger brother Edmund also served there as a Sergeant. Thomas was promoted to Captain in the summer of 1754. He fought with Washington in the Battle of Great Meadows (also known as Braddock's Defeat) on July 9, 1755. He was apparently wounded in this battle, and his brother Edmund was killed.
Thomas is listed on numerous records from 1756 through 1758. In 1756, under orders of Colonel Washington, he with a Company of 60 men, reportedly built and garrisoned two forts on Patterson's Creek. That same year he was also at the two forts at Fort Holland on the South Branch of the Potomac River near Cumberland, Maryland. He also is listed in 1756 at Monongahela, and he signed a petition at Cumberland. In 1757 He again shows up on records at Fort Holland and Fort Loundoun. In 1758 he is described in one record as being in command at Fort Pitt, and in other records as being at Fort Geroge and Fort Hopewell. Presumably, as a Captain, he was in command at many of these locations that he was serving at throughout this time period.
It is not at all clear what happened to Thomas after 1758. I have not found any records of him from 1758 until 1771. The indenture dated 1771 shows that he is clearly deceased at that point, but there is no indication of when or how he died. It has been reported that he lived to and fought in the Revolutionary War, but this seems very unlikely. There is no record of Thomas being married or having any offspring, and the 1771 indenture would seem to show that he apparently did not.
From "Waggoner Family 1670 to 1970" by Earl Wagner, 1970:
Captain Thomas Waggoner- First Virginia Volunteer Regiment
Captain Thomas Waggoner was a son of Herbert and Elizabeth Waggener of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia. Captain Thomas Waggener served as Company Commander in the First Virginia Volunteer Regiment under Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War 1754-1757. He was commissioned Lieutenant February 26, 1754 and promoted to Captain August 16, 1755. He was a veteran of Old Fort Necessity in 1754 and was at the Battle of Great Meadows, Pennsylvania, (Braddock's Defeat by the French and Indians) July 9, 1755; and was at Fort Holland on the South Branch of the Potomac River, North West of Winchester, where the Virginians built two Forts in 1756. Earlier in the same year Captain Waggoner with a Company of 60 men was ordered by Colonel Washington to build and garrison two additional Forts on Patterson's Creek.
Earl goes on to describe some limited service that Thomas served during the Revolutionary War, which I believe to be in error, due to the fact that he apparently died before 1771.
From a section titled: "Virginia Troops in French and Indian Wars List of Officers of the Virginia Regiment, 29 May, 1754, and the Dates of their Commissions
****** ... Lieutenant Thomas Wagener, February 26, 1754. ....
A list of Officers and the Dates of their Commissions
***** .... CaptainWaggener, August 16, 1755 ...
The foregoing contains a list of all the Soldiers which are to be found either upon the Pay Rolls, or Muster Rolls. The party of Recruits which join at Wills Creek after the Battle of the Meadows- the Men who received the present of a Pistole from the Country as an acknowledgement of their Gallant Behavior upon that occasion- and the detachment which marched to Augusta sometime after the Defeat. By which (there appearing to be 350 upon the Roll) it is evident there are many men (here) Including that are not entitled (strictly) to a share of the 200,000 acres of Land under Gov' Dinwiddles Proclaim, and scarce possible that any can be omitted which are- this being carefully attended to least any might be deprived of their Right by not appearing on the list when they applied to
April 30, 1771. G. Washington"
*****From the Roster of Virginia Militia listed at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, sent to me courtesy of F.E. "Gene" Waggoner;
The roster lists "The names of soldiers serving under George Washington during the Fort Necessity Campaign. It is a compilation of two sources described below. Spelling of names are as they appear on the separate rosters.
-Title of paper roster: A listing of the Officers, Non commissioned Officers, and Privates serving with G. W. at the Battle of Great Meadows at Fort Necessity in the Summer of 1754.
-Title of the framed pay and muster rolls: A Roll of the Officers and Soldiers in the Service of the Colony Before the Battle of the Meadows the 3rd of July, 1754 as Taken From the Pay and Muster Rolls of These Times.
****** ... Thomas Waggoner, Captain (from the paper roster)...
****** ... Thomas Wagener, Lieutenant (from the framed pay and muster rolls)..."
(Thomas' brother is listed from both sources as "Edward Wagener, Sergeant.")
From "They Went Thataway" by Charles Hughes Hamlin (1964, 65, 66):
The roster of the "Company of Captain Thomas Waggener at Fort Holland, on ye South Branch." is listed without date. There are 89 names on the roster. Mr. Hamlin reports that he was unable to locate any reference to Fort Holland, but that the South Branch is of the Potomac River, Northwest of Winchester and according to Douglas Southall Freeman, the Virginians built two forts thereon in about 1756. Mr. Hamlin also describes Captain Thomas as being a veteran of Ft. Necessity in 1754 and was at the Battle of Great Meadows (Braddock's Defeat on July 9, 1755)
From "Virginia Colonial Soldiers" by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Copyright 1988, 3rd Printing 1998:
The following listings of Thomas are in the chapter labeled:
"King George's War 1739-1748"
"The following are the muster rolls of the company of foot of Captain Beverly Robinson raised in the colony of Virginia in 1746 an expedition against Canada. The company was part of a larger force under the command of George Clinton, Captain General and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York. Lieutenant Joseph Harmer was was left sick at New York and Ensign John Sloss was not returned. The original records are in the Public Record Office, London, CO5/1338."
****** "Returns for 14 June 1746- 24 August 1746......Thomas Waggoner, Sgt., 25 June: ....." (p. 39)
****** "Returns for 25 August 1746- 24 October 1746. .... Thomas Wagganer, Sgt. ..." (p.40)
****** "Returns for 25 October 1746- 24 December 1746. ... Thomas Wagganer, Sgt. ..." (p. 40)
****** "Returns for 25 December 1746- 23 February 1747. ... Thomas Wagganer, Sgt.; ..." (p.41)
****** "Returns for 24 February 1747- 24 April 1747. ... Thomas Wagganer, Sgt. ..." (p.41)
****** "Returns for 25 June 1747- 24 August 1747..... Thomas Waggoner, Sgt. .... " (p. 42)
****** "Returns for 25 August 1747- 24 October 1747. ..... Thomas Waggoner, Sgt. ..." (p. 42)
The following listings are in the next chapter labeled:
"French and Indian War 1754-1763"
"Anglo-French rivalry in North America erupted in November 1753 when Governor Robert Dinwiddle of Virginia sent George Washington to Fort LeBoeuf to warn the French that they were encroaching on territory claimed by Virginia. Governor Dinwiddle ordered Washington to select a suitable site for a fort to counter the French advance. Construction in the vicinity of present day Pittsburgh began in 1754, and the conflict was joined. The French were overwhelmingly victorious, and Washington capitulated at Great Meadows. He returned to Virginia in disgrace.
With humiliation in 1753 and defeat in 1754, Washington with some 600 Virginians guided Gen. Edward Braddock with 800 regulars to the Ohio River Valley. At Fort Dusquesne the French and their Indian allies surprised the English and badly defeated them. The long, fierce struggle was underway.
In 1755 Washington was placed in command of the Virginia Regiment. The year 1756 almost drove him to despair, and he retired from his command in 1757. In 1758 the Virginia regulars were divided into two regiments, one under the command of Col. William Byrd and the other under Col. George Washington. The latter was sometimes called the First Virginia Regiment, and the former, the Second Virginia Regiment. Virginia forces were quite active in 1758 and participated in Forbes's Expedition in taking Fort Dusquesne. Afterwards Washington resigned his commission and returned home. .....
These papers of George Washington contain the bulk of the entries for the service cited in this chapter. The originals are at the Library of Congress and microfilm copies are widely available."
****** "Pay of the Virginia Regiment from 29 May until 29 July 1754. ..... Thomas Waggoner, Capt., 14.0.0 ..."(p. 47)
****** "Pay Bill of the Virginia Regiment by George Washington, 1754 ...... Capt. Peter Hog's company .... Thomas Waggener, Lt.; ..." (p. 51) (Thomas' brother is also listed here,"Edmund Waggener, Sgt.")
****** "Payroll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, 2 days of December 1754 and January. and Feb. 1755. ..."(p.51)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, Jan. 1756...."(p. 56)
****** "Pay Roll of Thomas Waggener's Company, 1 June 1756. ..."(p. 61)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, 7 July 1756. ..."((p. 62)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company for service at Monongahela, 9 July 1756. ..." (p. 63)
****** "Council of War held at Fort Harn, 10 August 1756. The following were present: Capt. Thomas Waggener..."(p. 88)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, July and August 1756. ..."(p. 89)
****** "Size Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, 19 Sept. 1756...."(p. 90)
****** "Petition from Cumberland, 12 November 1756...... Thomas Waggener ....."(p. 92)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Waggener's Company for Jan., Feb., March, April and May 1757. ..."(p. 93)
****** "Size Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company at Fort Holland in the South Branch, August 1757. ...."(p. 107)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggneer's Company, 14 Sept. 1757. ..."(p.109)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company on the South Branch for Sept. 1757. ..."(p.112)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company on the South Branch, Dec. 1757. ..."(p. 117)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company, Nov. 1757. ..."(p. 124)
****** "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company for Nov. and Dec. 1758, Fort George, 21 Jan. 1758. ..."(p. 124)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company at Fort Hopewell on the South Branch, 1 March 1758. ..."(p. 125)
****** "Necessary Roll of Capt. Thomas Waggener's Company at Fort Hopewell for the month of March 1758. ..."(p. 126)
****** "Return of Necessaries wanting to complete the sick in the hospital at Rays Town, 6 Oct. 1758. .... From Capt. Waggoner's company: ..."(p. 127)
****** "Pay Roll of the Virginia Regiment from Enlistment to 29th of May 1754. This pay roll was according to an account in the possession of Mr. Carlyle, then Commissary. The roll gave name, rank, date of commissioning or enlistment, and pay (in pounds, shillings, pence)..... Thomas Wagener, Lt., 26 Feb., 92 days, 18.8.0; ..."(p. 133) (Thomas' brother was also listed "Edmund Wagener, 2 March, 6.2.6;")
****** "Miscellaneous Court Martial Records relating to the French and Indian War held at Fort Loudoun. Held 27 May 1757. The following were present: Capt. Thomas Waggener, ...Held 25 and 26 1757. the following were present: .... Capt. Waggener...."(p. 136)
The following record came from the chapter labeled:
"Militia Miscellany; Section I, The following records appear in the journals of the House of Burgesses under the following date given."
****** "Petition of Nathniel Stedman, a soldier in Maj. Lewis's company in the late Virginia Regiment. He was left at Fort Pitt under the command of Capt. Waggoner in 1758..... (record dated) 18 Nov. 1762."(p. 176)
The following 2 records are from the chapter labeled:
"County and Misc. Loose Papers."
****** "Muster Roll Reported to the Council on 6 November 1771. (Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia) .... Thomas Wagner, 2nd Lt.; ...." (This must have been at the formation of the Virginia Regiment in 1754.) (p. 237)
****** "Muster Roll Reported to Council on 6 November 1772. (Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia) ... Thomas Wagener, ....." (His brother "Edmund Wagener" is in this same roll) (p. 238)
The following 2 records are from the chapter labeled:
"Bounty Land Applications"
It contains abstracts taken from court order books in various counties, and pertains to different soldiers proving their service in the French and Indian War. The end date is the date of the court session.
****** "James Farguson enlisted 16 June 1757 in the Virginia Regiment under Col. Washington in Capt. Waggoner's Company. 7 Apr. 1780." (p. 251)
****** "James Roberts was a soldier in Capt. Wagoner's Company of Regulars in 1757. 27 Apr. 1780."(p. 261)
From "Virginia County Records, Volume II, Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776," Edited by William Armstrong Crozier; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1986:
The following records are from the chapter titled "The Virginia Regiment"
****** "Commissions sent to Colonel Washington for the Officers of his Virginia Regiment, 1754. .....Tho. Wagener, Capt., July 20 ....." (p.108)
****** "Memorandum List of Officers in the Virginia Regiment, 1754, with Their Pay Severally..... Thos. Wagener, Lieutenant, 4s. ..." (Col. Joseph Fry is listed as Com'dr in Chief and George Washington Esq., Lieut.-Colonel.)(p. 108)
****** "This pay rollis preserved among the Washington papers in the Department of State at Washington. Pay Roll of the Virginia Regiment. Commencing from the 29th of May and ending July 29th, 1754. ... Captain Thomas Waggoner, 14.0.0 ..." (p. 115)
***** "List of Officers of the Virginia Regiment contained in the Journal of Captain Charles Lewis. Expedition against the French Oct. 10- Dec. 27, 1755. ... Captains ... Thos. Waggoner... "(p. 120)
****** On the same page under the heading "Virginia Officers at Braddock's Defeat, 1755. (K. Killed). (W. Wounded)."is listed "Captain Waggoner" and also "Lieut. Waggener (K)." (I think this shows that Thomas was wounded during the fighting and his brother Edmund was killed.) (p. 120)
From the Virginia State Library, List of the Colonial Soldiers of Virginia, Special Report of the Department of Archives and History for 1913, H.J. Eckenrode, Archivist:
Speaking of the day of Braddock's defeat, July 9, 1755;
".... The Virginia companies in Braddock's expedition werecommanded by Captains Waggoner, Cook, Hogg, Stephen, Polson, Peyronie, Mercer, and Stewart; and there was a troop of Virginia light horse. ..... Nearly all of the Virginia troops present were killed or wounded. Captain Peyronie and Poison were among the killed and Stephen, Waggoner and Stewart among the wounded. ..."
From"A few Acres of Snow: A Saga of the French and Indian Wars," by Robert Leckie, pub. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1999, p. 284; sent to my by Crystal Dingler:
"...Only the despised Virginians seemed capable of fighting back. A party of them led by Captain Thomas
Waggener dashed for a huge fallen tree. They threw themselves down behind it and began picking off red men flitting from cover to cover or darting to the road to scalp a dead or a wounded soldier. But the British regulars mistook their only friends for foes and opened fire on the Virginia rear, killing many colonials and forcing the rest to withdraw...."
From Sandy Fortner:
There is an indenture, made August 8, 1771, between "John Waggener of the County of Culpepper, oldest brother and Heir at Law to Thomas Waggener, late of Culpepper in the First Virginia Regiment, and to Edmund Waggener, late ensign of the said Virginia Regiment, now both deceased, of the one part; and Andrew Waggener of the County of Frederick, oldest son of said John Waggener."
The indenture is for parcels of land on the Ohio River, (part of 200,000 acres apparently granted by proclamation to veterans of the French and Indian War), "which the said Thomas Waggener and Edmund Waggener were entitled as Officers in the said Virginia Regiment and under the proclamation of the Honorable Robert Dinwiddle," and which "the said John Waggener bearth to the said Andrew Waggener and for his better advancement and for the further consideration of Forty Pounds of rent (tax) money in hand paid to the said John Waggener to the said Andrew Waggener."
There is a record of surveyed land from the "Earliest Surveys of Land in Kentucky, made as in Fincastle Co., Kentucky Co., Fayette Co., Jefferson Co., and Lincoln Co., Virginia. Principally "By Virtue of the Governor's Warrant Under His Majesty's Proclamation of October 7, 1763." "For Service in the Late War BetweenFrance and Great Britian."From Original Surveys and Plats in the Kentucky Land Office. Catalogued by Philip Fall Taylor, State Archivist of Kentucky.There is a record for Thomas Waggoner, of the rank of Capt. Washington's (presumably meaning Captain under Washington), for 3000 acres, surveyed on July 4, 1774, By Hancock Taylor; Fincastle Co., on S. fork of Elk Horn; cor. to Slaughter and Jones; to Andrew Waggoner, heir-at-law, Ass'd to Edmund Taylor. This would seem to be at least some of the land mentioned in the indenture.
The indenture document seems to clearly indicate that Thomas was dead in 1771, which would mean he did not serve in the American Revolutionary War. Also, the fact that Thomas' brother John is giving the land to John's descendants, would seem to indicate that perhaps Thomas had no descendants.