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The J. Richard Waggener Family Home Page

Updated July 2, 2010

Rick Waggener
Walnut Creek, California A-United States

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I am researching a number of different ancestral family lines, including my own surname, WAGGENER. My particular branch of the WAGGENER family seems to have come from England to Virginia (Essex County [1660's], to Spotsylvania County [1750's], to Culpeper County [1760's]), and later emigrated to Kentucky (Todd and Jefferson Counties [1820's]), to Jefferson County, Missouri [1840's], and then to Wayne and Oakland Counties, Michigan [1910's]. I grew up in Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan. One of my main goals is to try to gather a comprehensive database of the descendants of JOHN (1643-1716) and RACHEL (1653-1718) WAGGENER, the most distant ancestors in this line.

Other lines of my father's family that I am working on include the GARNETT family, also from England to Virginia (Glouchester County [1650's], to Essex County [1690's], to Culpeper County [1740's]). Also, the KENNER family, England to Virginia (Northumberland [1630's] and Westmoreland [1720's] Counties), to Hawkins County, Tennessee [1770's], to Ste. Genevieve County [1800's], Missouri. Also, the SWINK family which came through Fairfax County, Virginia [1770's], to Franklin County [1820's], Tennessee, to Ste. Genevieve [1830's] and Jefferson [1870's] Counties, Missouri. Also the MCMANUS, MURPHY, and WARD families, which came from Ireland to Pennsylvania [1820's], and to Monroe County [1830's], Michigan. Also the HENDERSON family, which came from Scotland to Colchester County, Nova Scotia [late 1700's], then to Monroe County, Michigan [1880's]. Also the TOWLES family, which came from England [1680's], to Virginia.

Some of the lines of my mother's family include the STURMAN family, which came from England to Wayne County, Michigan [1870's]. Also the KNECHTGES and STEFFES families, which moved from Germany to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin [1840's], then later to Houghton County, Michigan [1870's]. Also the MCLEOD family, which seems to have come from Scotland to Ontario, Canada [1860's], then to Houghton County, Michigan [1880's].

Some of the family names that I am working on for my wife Karin's family include: the SHAMP family; the ALD (or AULD) family, which came from Germany to Illinois [1840's]; the LING family, which came from Germany to Pennsylvania [1790's]; the DUNHAM (SINGLETARY) family, which came from England to Massachusetts [1630's]; the PARTRIDGE family; the CHESEBOROUGH family, which came from England to Massachusetts [1630's]; the WAYMAN family; the BIGLEY family; the HOOT family, the HUFFMAN family, and the GHOST family.

I have attempted to include as much information as possible in the attached reports. I have included my daughter Chelsea's ancestral report, which of course includes the ancestral reports of my wife Karin and myself. I also have the descendant reports of John Waggener, John Garnett, and Johann Knechtges; three of the bigger lines that I have worked on. I also have the report that includes all the names in my program. I am looking for any additional descendant and/or ancestral information, and would be happy to share any additional information that I have. I use Family Tree Maker software (currently version 10.0) and the easiest way to send or receive information is to do in either the FTM or GEDCOM formats.

I try to keep this information current with any additions or changes that I seem to be constantly making. I have added a number of photos of my family and what I think are interesting items. I always enjoy hearing from "cousins," no matter how close or distant you may be.

Family Photos

  • Reuben Garnett Waggener's Farm (55 KB)
    This is a satellite photo of what was the farm of Reuben Garnett and Mary Waggener, in Jefferson County, Missouri, near Rush Tower. The road is named Waggoner Road, misspelled by the state of Missouri. Reuben purchased this land in the 1840's, and Mary sold it some time after Reuben's death in 1884. See the map of Jefferson County, Township 39 Range 6E, also attached to my homepage here, for some idea of where this is. The clump of trees to the west and south of the house and barns contains the grave of Reuben.
  • Hoskins Creek, Essex County, Virginia (328 KB)
    This is a map of the approximate location of the plantation of my earliest known Waggener ancestors, John and Rachel Waggener. It was described as being on the north side of Hoskins Creek. This creek flows west into the Rappahannock River near the town of Tappahannock, Virginia. The land apparently was aquired by John and Rachel around 1670 and it was passed to their youngest son Benjamin, after Rachel's death in 1718. It was subsequently passed to several of his children after his wife's death in about 1756, and it was apparently sold out of the family in around 1770. At that point the Waggeners were completely gone from this area. I'm not sure of the precise location, but it must be in this area between the creek and Highway 627, probably not too far from Mount Landing.
  • The Waggener's Company Store (458 KB)
    Here is a photo of the Waggener's Company Store in Festus, Missouri. The store was originally founded in about 1876 by Stokley Thomas Waggener. This was about the time that Festus itself was founded,and I believe the store was a kind of landmark in the town for many years. I believe Stokley ran the store into the 1920's, and he eventually turned it over to his two step-sons, Robert and Charles England. The store expanded and grew over the years. It originally was just a General Store, and later expanded into building materials. This photo was sent to me by Oliver and Shirley Hayes. They report that the store remained in business into the later 1990's, meaning it was in business for about 120 years. It appears that this photo must have been taken sometime just before or after the store closed. The name on the sign is just Waggener's Building Materials.
  • Historic Tappahannock Sign (41 KB)
    This sign marks the town of Tappahannock in Essex County, Virginia. It is on the south side of the Rappahannock River. Many of my early Waggener and Garnett ancestors lived close to this town in the late 1600's and early 1700's. They certainly would have been familiar with the town, which would have been known to them as Hobbs his Hole.(Photo from the Middle Penninsula Planning District Commission.)
  • Owen McManus' Grave (23 KB)
    In the middle cemetery of the St. Patrick's Parish in Carleton, Michigan, is the grave of Owen McManus. It is marked with the following inscription: "Owen McManus; Co. B; 17th Infantry." He served in the Michigan 17th Infantry, Company B; during the Civil War. He died on April 14, 1915. Owen is the father of Elizabeth McManus and my great-great-grandfather.
  • Captain Waggener's Place (38 KB)
    This drawing is of the home of Reuben Garnett Waggener and his wife Mary E. (Moore)Waggener. It was built in about 1840 and is about 3 miles west of Rush Tower, Missouri. This came from "Historic Sites of Jefferson County, Missouri" by Walter J. Eschbach and Malcolm C. Drummond, 1968. I have added two photos of the house to this webpage. They were taken just before it was torn down in the early 1970's.
  • November 2, 1785 Culpeper County Petition (721 KB)
    This petition in Culpeper County, Virgina, is apparently supporting the Baptist view that the goverment should not be involved in religion. It is signed by a number of relatives in that county at that time including brothers James , Herbert Green, Thomas, and Richard Waggener. Also Reuben Waggener, William Willis, Anthony Garnett, and quite a few others.
  • James Richard Waggener, Jr.'s Grave (95 KB)
    This is the headstone for my father, James Richard Waggener, Jr. His remains lie near his parents, in the newest cemetery at St. Patrick's Church, in Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan.
  • The Horseshoe Farm, Culpeper Co., Virginia (42 KB)
    This is a photo of the current "Horseshoe Manor," site of the Horseshoe Plantation, near the town of Rapidan in Culpeper County, Virginia. This was the home of my ancestors Anthony Garnett (c.1709-c.1803), his son Robert "Robin" Garnett (1736-1830), and his daughter Elizabeth Garnett. The Waggener family were neighbors of the Garnetts. The plantation of James Herbert Waggener (c.1720-c.1803)was apparently directly adjacent to the "Horseshoe", on the east side along the Rapidan River. The Horseshoe gets its name from its shape, which is formed by the Robinson and Rapidan Rivers into a horseshoe. It was part of the large grant by the English Crown to Governor Alexander Spotswood. Robin Garnett sold the property in 1824. The current house was built in 1859. The library is built on the foundation of the original house owned by the Garnetts. According to tradition, Anthony Garnett was buried in the family cemetery here, but since there is no headstone to mark his grave, it is impossible to verify this.
  • James Richard Waggener, Sr.'s Grave (94 KB)
    This is the grave of my grandfather, James Richard Waggener, Sr. He is buried near his wife Mary Adelaide (Henderson) Waggener, in the newest cemetery of St. Patrick's Church, Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Rapidan Mill-1774; Rapidan, Culpeper Co., Virginia (30 KB)
    Although I can't directly link this mill to either the Waggener or Garnett families, it almost certainly was a location very familiar to many members of both families. It is located in the town of Rapidan, Culpeper County, Virginia, and according to the sign in front, it was built in about 1774. The families of Anthony Garnett and his son Robert "Robin" Garnett lived and grew up nearby at the Horseshoe Plantation. The family of James Herbert Waggener was probably just west of the town along the Rapidan River. This photo and the one of the Horseshoe Manor were sent to me by Fran and Sam Waggener.
  • The Waggener Family in 1903 (251 KB)
    This is a photo of the family of Jesse David Waggener and Annie Eliza (Kenner) Waggener in about 1903. Left to right: James Richard (7/31/1891)(My grandfather), Jesse David (12/30/1891)(My great-grandfather), Mary Lucetta (1/10/1888), Minnie Moore (3/16/1894), George Vest (5/21/1885), Anna Eliza (5/4/1862) (My great-grandmother), Dorothy Alice (12/6/1896), in front- Harry David (3/14/1900.
  • Mary Adelaide (Henderson) Waggener's Grave (94 KB)
    This is the grave of my grandmother, Mary Adelaide (Henderson) Waggener. She is buried near her husband, James Richard Waggener, Sr., in the newest cemetery of St. Patrick's Cemetery, in Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Rueben Garnett Waggener's Grave (210 KB)
    This is the headstone over the grave of my great-great- grandfather, Reuben Garnett Waggener (1797-1884). In is on the property that used to be the family farm near Rush Tower, Jefferson County Missouri. There is a small graveyard there on the property, and Reuben is buried there with two of his children who died there young, Richard (1842-1852) and Reuben Jr. (1845-1846). The photo was sent to my by Oliver Hayes, the current owner of the property. Mr. Hayes reported that this headstone was placed there relatively recently by the England family.
  • Elizabeth (McManus) Henderson's Grave (44 KB)
    This is the grave of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth (McManus) Henderson. She is the mother of my grandmother, Mary Adelaide (Henderson) Waggener. She is buried near her husband and parents, in the middle cemetery for St. Patrick's Church, in Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Jefferson County, Missouri Map (339 KB)
    This is from the 1876 Atlas of Jefferson County, Missouri. The main section is Township 39, Range 6 East. The blue highlighted areas are the pieces of property owned at that time by my great-great-grandfather, Reuben Garnett Waggener. The rectangular parcel contained the family house and the road running through it is the Waggoner Road. The adjacent yellow parcel was owned by his son, John Edmond Waggener. The town of Rush Tower is more or less north east, on the Mississippi River.
  • Archibald Henderson's Grave (49 KB)
    This is the grave of my great-grandfather, Archibald Henderson. He is the father of my grandmother, Mary Adelaide (Henderson) Waggener. Archie is buried near the grave of his wife Elizabeth (McManus) Henderson, in the middle cemetery of St. Patrick's Church, in Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Waggener Family House (1840-c.1884)- back view (477 KB)
    Here's another photo of the house of Reuben Garnett and Mary Waggener, on what was the family farm in Rush Tower, Missouri. This is of the back, and was also sent to me by Oliver Hayes, the current owner of the property.
  • Alice (Ward) McManus' Grave (77 KB)
    This is the grave of my great-great-grandmother, Alice (Ward) McManus. She is the mother of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth McManus. She is buried with her husband Owen McManus, in the middle cemetery of St. Patrick's Church, in Carleton, Monroe County, Michigan. The inscription reads: Alice; Wife of O. McManus; Died May 25, 1899; Aged 70 years.
  • The Waggener Family Farm in Rush Tower, Today (236 KB)
    This is the view from the Waggoner Road, of what was the Waggener Family Farm in Rush Tower, Missouri. The current house was built by the current owner of the property, Mr. Oliver Hayes, over what was the old house. Mr. Hayes sent me this photo. I have photos of the old house and a satellite photo of the property, also on the homepage.
  • William and Eliza Swink in about 1880 (1442 KB)
    I have determined that the two older folks seated in the front row of this photo, are my great-great-great-grandparents, William Swink (1811-1883) and Eliza (Sturdivant) Swink (1808-1882). This was a "lost photo" which I found on-line and was sent to my by the Jefferson County Historical Society. It was found in a home in DeSoto, Missouri and given to the Society. The back of the photo was labeled, "John Swink Family years ago...John Swink 3rd from the left in back row." John is John Edwin Swink (1833-1915), son of William and Eliza. His wife Mariah Louise Shackleford is the women in the middle of the front row. I am pretty sure the the women seated next to her on the right is my great-great-grandmother, Mary Malinda (Swink) Kenner (1836-1919). I would also guess that her husband and my g-g-grandfather, William Bryant Kenner (1831-1914)is one of the other men, although I don't know which one. They lived 2 doors down from John Swink in Festus in 1880, and William and Eliza Swink lived in their household.
  • William and Eliza Swink about 1850 (665 KB)
    These photos of William Swink (1811-1883) and Eliza Sturdivant Swink (1809-1882) came from the book "Genealogy of the Swink Family of Missouri." William and Eliza are my great-great-great-grandparents, through their daughter Mary Malinda (Swink) Kenner (1836-1919), and her daughter Anna Eliza (Kenner) Waggener (1860-1938), and her son James Richard Waggener, Sr. (1892-1977), and his son and my father James Richard Waggener Jr. (1920-1992). I am guessing that William and Eliza look about 40 years old in the photos, meaning that they were taken around 1850.
  • Essex County, Virginia in 1680 (68 KB)
    Here's a survey map from 1680, made by Geroge Morris and showing the town then known as Hobbs Hole, and later known as Tappahanock. This was then in the County of Rappahannock, which in 1692 split into Essex and Richmond Counties. You can see Hoskin's Creek, on which the property of my earliest Waggener ancestors, John and Rachel Waggener, was located. This map seems to be more or less looking southwest. The Waggener Plantation was on the north or what would on this map be the right side of Hoskins Creek. The initial parcel of land was purchased by John Waggener in 1668.
  • Map of Andrew Garr's Farm (83 KB)
    This is a map of the first land patents in Madison County, Virginia, as of about 1740. It was made by D.R. Carpenter in 1940. This is also called the 2nd Germanna Colony in Virginia. My ancestor Andrew Garr settled here in the early 1730's. The location of this colony is just across the Robinson River, just west of Culpeper County.
  • Knechtges-Sturman Family Reunion Group Shot (88 KB)
    Here is the entire group from the Knechtges-Sturman Families Reunion (minus Shirley Sturman who took the picture). We were at Camp Dearborn near Milford, Michigan, on July 22, 2000. We had over 80 people in attendance and obviously a good time was had by all.
  • The Ald Family house in about 1906 (169 KB)
    Here is the Ald Family house in Gibson City, Illinois, in about 1906. In front is standing Clarence Arthur Ald (1883-1956), his wife Grace Webb (1886-1959), oldest son Lyall Arthur Ald (1906-1996), and next oldest son Merle Eldred Ald (1907-1983). Merle is Karin's grandfather and Lewis and Grace are her great-grandparents.
  • Waggener Family House (1840-c.1884)- front view (438 KB)
    This is the photo of the house originally built by Reuben Garnett Waggener in about 1840, near Rush Tower, Missouri. Reuben and Mary (Moore) Waggener lived in it with their family, at least until Reuben's death in 1884. The photo was taken in the 1960's or 70's, and probably just before it was torn down. The photo was sent to me by Oliver Hayes, who lived in the house 18 years before it was torn down. Oliver built and lives in the current house on the property, built over the foundation of the old one. The location of that property is 13069 Waggoner Road. This house was apparently a log house, covered with shingles.
  • Waggener Family House (1840-c.1884)- side view (474 KB)
    This is a side view of the house built by Reuben Garnett Waggener, near Rush Tower, Missouri. This photo was apparenlty taken just before the house was torn down in the early 1970's. I know that my great-grandfather, Jesse David Waggener was born in this house, and I believe my grandfather James Richard Waggener might have also. The graves of Reuben and a couple of his children are located on the property, near the house. This photo came from Oliver Hayes, who lived in this house and currently lives on the property, at 13069 Waggoner Road.
  • Jonathan Dunham, AKA Singletary's house from 1671 (66 KB)
    Karin's 7th great-grandfather, Jonathan Dunham, alias Jonathan Singletary, is believed to have been the eldest son of Richard Singletary and Susannah Cooke of Haverhill, MA. Jonathan Singletary-Dunham married abt. 1660 to Mary Bloomfield, daughter of Thomas and Mary Bloomfield. Jonathan is said to have led a stormy life in Haverhill, then removed to Woodbridge, NJ with his wife's family. Jonathan erected a mill in 1670. His home was reportedly built in 1671 and now serves as this church rectory, for the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Courtesy of Audrey Shields Hancock.
  • Jacob and Margaret (Steffes) Knechtges (473 KB)
    It is believed that this is a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Jacob Knechtges (1838-1898) and Margaret (Steffes) Knechtges (1848-1913). This was apparently taken in Chilton, Wisconsin, They moved from Wisconsin to Houghton County, Michigan in about 1874, and this photo must have been taken just before this move.
  • Jonathan Dunham AKA Singletary's Millstone (68 KB)
    On the grounds near the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge, New Jersey is the house that Jonathan Dunham (aka Singletary) built. Jonathan is Karin's 7th great-grandfather. In front of the house is a marker indicating that Jonathan built the first grist mill in New Jersey. Also, in front of the house is this the original mill stone. Courtesy of Audrey Shields Hancock.
  • The "Polar Bears" are welcomed home in July 1919 (17 KB)
    This photo is of the 339th Infantry, 85th Division, known as the "Polar Bears" marching on Belle Isle at the welome-home celebration in July of 1919. My grandfather James Richard Waggener Sr. served with this group. They were trained in Camp Custer and on August 25, 1918, they sailed for Archangel, Russia, a sea port on the White Sea about 600 miles north of Moscow. They they essentially ended up fighting the Bolshevik revolutionaries, and remained there until June 14, 1919.
  • The Sturman Family in 1938 (331 KB)
    Here are a number of members of the Sturman family at a Christmas gathering in 1938. The back row left to right: Perrin Sturman, William G. Sturman (my g-grandfather), Billy Sturman, Larry ?, Raymond C. Sturman (my grandfather), Robert Sturman. Middle row: Madeline Sturman, Marguerite Sturman, Babe Sturman, Bern Knechtges, Christie Anna (McLeod) Knechtges (my g-grandmother), Margaret (Knechtges) Sturman (my grandmother), Martha (Perrin) Sturman (my g-grandmother). Front: Shirley Sturman, Judy Sturman, Junior Sturman, Joan Sturman, Dick Sturman, and Gloria Sturman (my mother).
  • Jonathan Dunham AKA Singletary's Millstone Plaque (71 KB)
    This is the plaque at the foot of the millstone, formerly belonging to Karin's 7th great-grandfather, Jonathan Dunham AKA Singletary. It is on the grounds near the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Photos of Jonathan's house and the millstone are also on my homepage. The mill, which is apparently gone, was built in about 1670. This photo is also courtesty of Audrey Shields Hancock.
  • Archibald and Jelsy (Nicholson) McLeod (522 KB)
    He is a photo of my great-great-great-grandparents, Archibald McLeod (b. 1820- d. aft. 1892) and Jelsy (Nicholson) McLeod (b. 1822- d. aft. 1892). The photo was taken in about 1890. Archibald and Jelsy were both born in Isle of Skye, Scotland, which is where they married in about 1846. They came to Montreal, Canada in 1849. They eventually settled in Huron County, Ontario, Canada, which is where they both died. Their son and my great-great-grandfather Alexander McLeod (1847-1910) eventually came to Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan.
  • William L. B. Dunham and Margaret Partridge (628 KB)
    Here are Karin's g-g-grandparents, William Lee Brayton Dunham, Jr. (b. January 30, 1830 d. June 25, 1900) and Margaret Rebecca (Partridge) Dunham (b. October 12, 1829 d. April 19, 1896). This photo was taken in Lansing, Michigan, probably about 1870-1880. These were sent to me by Bea (Dunham) Webb.
  • The grave of Ann (Murphy) Ward (19 KB)
    In the oldest cemetery of St. Patrick's, at Exeter and Labo Roads near Carleton, Michigan, I found Ann's grave marked with stone with following inscription: "Ann wife of John Ward; died April 6, 1874; Age 71 years " (There was more writing, but it is unreadable.) Ann is the mother of Alice Ward and my great-great-great-grandmother.
  • Four Generations in 1926 (137 KB)
    Pictured here are four generations of the Sturman family from about 1926. In the center is my mother, Gloria Joyce (Sturman) Waggener (B. 1925). Above her is her father, Raymond Charles Sturman (B. 1900- d. 1984). To the right is his mother, Martha (Perrin) Sturman (b. 1873- d. 1958). To the left is her mother, Susan (Armitage) Perrin (b. 1854- d. 1941).
  • John Knechtges (1878-1935) (579 KB)
    He is a photo of my great-grandfather, John Knechtges, taken in Calumet, Michigan. He was born in January of 1878 in Laurium, Michigan. He appears to be a young man here, so I would guess this was taken in about 1896-1900. This would have been just before he married Christie Anna McLeod in 1902.
  • Bridget (Murphy) McManus Grave (18 KB)
    In the oldest cemetery of the St. Patrick's Parish in Carleton, Michigan, is the grave of Bridget. It is marked with the following inscription: "Bridget wife of Patrick McManis; Native of Ireland, County of Longford; Died Aug. 15, 1857; Aged 63 years." (There is other writing, but it is unreadable.) Bridget is the mother of Owen McManus and my great-great-great-grandmother.
  • William and Martha (Perrin) Sturman in 1895 (262 KB)
    Here is a wedding photo of my great-grandparents, William G. Sturman (b. 1874- d. 1964), and Martha (Perrin) Sturman (b. 1873- d. 1958). They were married on June 15, 1895 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The Waggener Family in about 1955 (307 KB)
    Here is my father's family, the Waggeners, in about 1955. This photo was taken in front of the house I grew up in, at 227 E. 12 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan. My best guess at the names: Back row left to right- Grandma Mary Adelaide (Henderson), Aunt Midge, Aunt Betty Elphick, (her son) cousin James Elphick, cousin Linda Wagner, my father James R. Jr., Uncle Bill; next row- Uncle Jerry, Grandpa James R. Sr., Uncle Jack, Uncle Bob, (on Jack's lap) cousin Lee Ann, (head turned) cousin John Elphick, my sister Debbie, cousin Richard Wagner, Aunt Ruth Wagner, (holding) cousin Chris Wagner, my mother Gloria (Sturman), (holding) my sister Pam; very front in middle to right- cousin Steven Wagner, my brother Doug, me- Rick, Aunt Ann (Bell), (holding) cousin Terry, cousin Bill. Apparently either Melvin "Waggy" Wagner or John Elphick took the photo, because they seem to be the only one's missing.
  • A family gathering in about 1960 (127 KB)
    This was a family gathering of some kind or another in about 1960. My mother Gloria (Sturman) Waggener is holding my brother David Waggener. Next to her is my Aunt Kay (Dockins)Waggener and behind her is her husband Jerry Waggener. Next to Kay is my Aunt Ann (Bell) Waggener, and behind her Bill Waggener, Sr. Next ot Ann is my father Jim Waggener. Lurking off to the right is me, about 9 years old.

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