William "Blue Creek Bill" and his wife Mary Jane (Hawkins) Waggoner were living at Hickory Grove, Dubois County, Indiana at the outbreak of the civil war, so he was caught in the territory of the North. To avoid being drafted, he volunteered service with the Union Army though he was a Southerner at heart. For example, it was said, when the election of President Lincoln was to come up, he was offered a paid furlough home if he would vote for Lincoln: to this he replied, "Go to Hell" although he had not seen his wife and two children for 3 years………
…..From the time of his discharge in 1864 until October of 1866, he lived in Rutherford township, Martin County, address Loogootee. From 1866, they lived on Blue Creek, Lost River tnshp, Martin County. He acquired quite a bit of land and evidently did very well farming. There were several "William Waggoners in Martin County that served in the Civil War. To distinguish him from the others, he was commonly referred to around that area as "Blue Creek Bill"…..
Source: Daughter of Harry Benton Qualkinbush, Great Granddaughter of "Blue Creek Bill" (write up prior to 1994)
He suffered three gunshot wounds. Blue Creek Bill was at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Md.
Children of William & Mary Jane:
Year: 1870; Census Place: Lost River, Martin, Indiana; Roll: M593_; Page: ; Image: .
1880; Census Place: Lost River, Martin, Indiana; Roll: T9_298; Family History Film: 1254298; Page: 311.3000; Enumeration District: 152; Image: 0224.
Title: Martin County, Indiana, Index to Marriage Record 1850-1920 Inclusive Lette, W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's O; Book: 1; Page: 303. Year: 1900; Census Place: Columbia, Dubois, Indiana; Roll: T623_368; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 39.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Columbia, Dubois, Indiana; Roll: T623_368; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 39.
"United States Census, 1910,"; Lamard, Wayne, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 127, sheet 3A, family 57, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 332; FHL microfilm 1,374,345.
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