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Henry Waggaman (1758 - 1809)

Henry Waggaman
Born in Somerset, Worcester, Marylandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 May 1780 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Dorchester County, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Jul 2017
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Will dated 30th Dec. 1737, & 19th June, 1739 of Jacob Waggaman refers to a dwelling plantation "King's Neck", in Mattaponas Hundred left to Ephraim Waggaman and failing issue passed to Kinsman Henry Waggaman and failing issue then William Elliot Waggaman.

Waterloo was built as a private residence around 1755 by a prominent Somerset County landowner, Henry Waggaman. This pre-revolutionary mansion was one of the focal points of life on the Eastern Shore. Until 1864 the property was owned by several prominent local families, including the Teackles, (Could this be the family of the lawyer Christine was engaged to before marrying JSM).Rigginses, Handys & Wainwrights. Today, Waterloo is an elegant country inn and fine dining restaurant owned by Thérèse and Erwin Kraemer. Mailing address: 28822 Mt. Vernon Rd., Princess Anne MD21853. Have picture from internet.

Waggaman, Henry MD SOMERSET CO. 122 1778 OATH OF ALLEGIANCE Colonial America, 1607-1789 MD Census Index Family Tree Maker Online: Colonial America, 1607-1789 MD

Henry was the first Attorney General of Maryland. His father, also Henry (Captain) built his home outside of Princess Anne, which is now "Waterloo", a bed-and-breakfast. This Henry built his own home "Fairview" in Dorchester County, Maryland. He was the father of George Augustus Waggaman. This photo is 4"x 6". Photographer was Lilienthal, 121 Canal Street, New Orleans.

Maryland State Archives Finding Aids & Indexes Biographical files available from SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Legislative History Project Collection)

MSA SC 1138

Henry Waggaman (1753-1809) MSA SC 1138-1309 2/11/12/81 Restricted: no

Henry Waggaman (the younger) was born in Somerset County, Maryland in 1751, the son of Henry and Mary Woolford Waggaman. His father died in 1760 leaving Henry land called "Calcutta" on the north side of the Wicomico River and parts of "Vulcan's Vineyard" and "Mealson's Lott" plus two hundred pounds. If Henry should die without "lawfully begotten heirs of his body before he attains twenty-one years of age," the land will go to his brother George Waggaman. Provision is made that Henry should be kept at school with the Reverend Fenly as long as his executors (Mary Woolford Waggaman and Levin Gale) may think fit and convenient.

Henry was trained as a lawyer and became very involved in Maryland politics. In his mother's will written October 30, 1780 and proved December 4, 1780, Mary Woolford Waggaman leaves Henry all the lands she purchased from Morcolus Hobbs and lands conveyed by Isaac Coulbourn, Esq. The second bequest is conditional upon Henry discharging her bond given to Colonel Edward Lloyd for the purchase money for these lands. If Henry does not pay, her son George Waggaman will receive this parcel of land, if he pays her bond. Henry and George are to equally divide her silver-handle knives and forks, silver ladle, silver tea kettle, tea spoons and tea tongs. The rest of her personal estate is to be equally divided between Henry, George and William Waggaman and her two grandchildren, John and Harriet Footman. Henry and George are to hold the grandchildren's portion until they arrive at their "lawful age." In a final paragraph she stipulates that "all such share in part of my estate as shall come to my son William shall remain in the hands of my sons Henry and George Waggaman and to be by them laid out for the use and maintenance of my son William for and during his natural life."

In March, 1781, Henry was one of the signatories to a letter to the State Council in Salisbury-Princess Anne petitioning that something be done to protect those who live near navigable waters from the raids by the British and Tories who were carrying off almost anything they could get their hands on. He was elected to the Maryland House of Deputies a number of times between 1774 and 1793; was one of the commissioners appointed to accept the Constitution of the United States for the state of Maryland; and was one of those chosen for the committee to ratify the Constitution in April, 1788. In January, 1789 Henry Waggaman took part in the first constitutional election for representatives to Congress and electors for president and vice-president. Henry came in 13th in a field of 22 with 1669 votes. Eight electors were chosen. In 1799 he was appointed as a Commissioner to purchase 400 acres known as "The Choptank Indian Lands" from the remaining Locust Neck Indians of Dorchester County. Furthermore, he was one of the first trustees of one of the best private schools in the province established in Back Creek by the Presbyterians of Somerset County. His striking portrait by Charles Willson Peale is now the property of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

On May 3, 1780 Henry married Sarah Ennalls, the daughter of Colonel Thomas Ennalls and Mary Sulivane of Dorchester County. They made their home at "Fairview". Henry and Sarah Ennalls Waggaman were the parents of seven children: Thomas Ennalls who would move to Virginia; George Augustus who would move to Louisiana; Henry who became a physician in Cambridge; Eliza who died unmarried; an earlier Henry who died as an infant; and twins John and Mary who also died as infants.

According to the Assessment of 1783 in the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland, Henry was in possession of the following tracts in the Hundred: Monye District #3 of Somerset County: Cumberland 40, Good Luck 91 3/4, Cainis Chance pt 103 1/2 (referred to as Carney's Chance in his father's will), Waggaman's Purchase 947 1/2, Canis Chance 100 pt, and Vulcan's Vineyard 100.

In the 1800 U.S. Federal Census, Henry Waggaman, Esq. is the head of a household consisting of one male between 10-15 years (probably Henry P. or George Augustus); one male 45 years or older (Henry); one female 10-15 years (Eliza); one female 26-44 years (Sarah); and one female 45 years or older (unknown).

Henry was buried at "Fairview" and later his grave was moved to Christ Churchyard in Cambridge, Maryland. His grave and that of his wife are marked by an obelisk which is inscribed: "Henry Waggaman of Fair View Dorchester Co. departed this life May 26th, 1809 in the 58th year of his age."

Information from The Waggamans and Their Allied Families by The Reverend Thomas Clarke Edwards; History of Maryland Vol II (1765-1812) by John Thomas Scharf, Breadbasket of the Revolution by Charles J. Truitt; the 1800 U.S. Federal Census on; and the original wills of Henry Waggaman (Wills - Vol. 31, pg. 379), and Mary Waggaman (Somerset County, Bx 13, folio 18) from the Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland.

Research Notes

A possible connection to this family: Henderick Waggaman in Accomack County, Virginia (just south of Worcester, MD) in 1676:

  • Accomack County, Virginia Order Books: 1676-1678, 1690-1709. Images available at; Film # 008357973; image 22 [1] accessed 3 Apr 2021.
29 April 1676 – “difference between Hendrick Waggaman plaintiff and Elizabeth Gossling [Josling?] defendant” and a second action on same pg “between Jno Mickell Senior Claimant and Henderick Waggaman def’t.


  • From the Genealogical notes of Evelyn Goulet and sources noted above

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