John M Wagoner/Waggoner of Hampshire Co, Virginia (Mineral Co, WV) versus John W
It appears to me there were two John Wagoners born in the 1750,s and living in Virginia, not one as several trees on ancestry.com as well as other online genealogies show, having combined both into one person.That there were two separate John Wagoners is supported by the following: (1) US Census records show a John Wagoner living in Hampshire County, Virginia in 1782, 1810, 1820 and 1830 while there is also a John Wagoner living in Lewis County, Virginia or Harrison County in 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840 and (2) John M Wagoner’s will was presented to Hampshire County court May 22, 1837 showing his death was about 1837 while the other John Wagoner’s will was presented to court in September 1842 in Lewis County.Surely one man could not have been in both places for three separate censuses, viz. 1810, 1820 and 1830, and have had wills presented years apart in two distinctly separate places.It is interesting that both had children named John, William, Henry, Catherine, Elizabeth and Mary.
The Lewis County John’s first wife Margaret and several children were killed by Indians in 1792 in the Hackers Creek Massacre, Hackers Creek being at the boundary of Lewis and Harrison Counties.He married Susannah Richards in 1798 and had a number of children with her.The Hampshire County John’s wife was Nancy according a death record I found for one of their children.I have seen several instances of John Wagoner’s wife being Hannah Kyles.Can anyone verify this and tell me to which John she was married?
John Wagoner’s parents have been given as Wilhelm Waggoner and Agnes Fleischer.These parents belong to which John?
I am not a descendant of either of these John Wagoners but have an interest in genealogy and local history.I live on the Hampshire-Mineral County line and have grown up, gone to school with and lived near many descendants of John M Wagoner of Hampshire County, Virginia, now Mineral County, West Virginia.I live just a couple of miles from the farm on Dan’s Run on which John M Wagoner settled (he bought the land in 1789).Trying to figure out how many of these descendants are related led me into this investigation of their common ancestor, John M Wagoner/Waggoner.Many of the early records spell it Waggoner but in the early 1800’s the spelling changed to Wagoner with all in the local area using that spelling today.The local Wagoners give John M Wagoner’s middle name as Michael but to-date I found no more than the middle initial M in the records at which I have looked.