Jacob Wagner Sr. performed Patriotic Service in North Carolina in the American Revolution
Birth and early life
Jacob was born in 1717 in Germany.
Whether Jacob is the same as an alleged Johann Jacob Wagner who was born to John and Mary in "Oberalben, RheinPfalz, GERMANY (Prussia)", as originally written in this profile, is unknown. Differing theories of Jacob's parentage are found in various published/online trees.
Jacob came to North America from Germany with his brothers, in the 1700's and landed at Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania colony. He moved from Pennsylvania to Rowan County (now Davidson County) in the North Carolina colony and settled there. On 24 Jul 1760 he received two land grants, each contained 360 acres, in Rowan County from the Earl of Granville for 10 shillings sterling each. The land was situated on the north fork of Abbotts Creek, now known as Brushy Fork Creek. As time passed, he acquired considerable land holdings and built his "mansion house" in the general area of the present Bethany and Bethesda communties.
He declared his allegiance to the American Revolution in Rowan County, North Carolina in August 1778.
In 1790 Jacob continued living in Rowan County, North Carolina with 17 slaves and 8 free people.
Jacob died 1 Nov 1799 in North Carolina.The epitaph on his grave, in old German, reads "Adie - Hier liegen die Gebeine [Graben?] des Alten Jacob Wagner". Translated by the late Henry Reeves, it reads: "Farewell - Here lies the body of Old [82 years old] deceased Jacob Wagner. He was born 24 Aug 1717 and died 1 Nov 1799".
The Will of Jacob Wagoner reads as follows:
in the name of God Amen! I Jacob Wagoner of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina being very sick and weak in body but in perfect health, mind and memory, thanks be given to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul to God and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting as at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate herewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to Daniel my eldest son eight hundred acres of land and these negroes, one fellow and a boy ____.
Also I give and bequeath to Jacob my son four hundred acres of land and one negro fellow and Sarah a little negro girl.
Also I give unto my son Joseph three hundred and sixty acres of land, one negro fellow one little girl and boy.
Also, I give to David my youngest son a negro wench and two boys.
And I do hereby utterly disallow, avoke and disannual all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequeaths, and executors by me in any way before named, willed, and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of July AD 1786.
Jacob Wagoner (his mark)
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and ____ by the Jacob Wagoner as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
John Albright (his mark)
I give to my grandson a negro to be delivered by my executors.
Signed in prescence same as above.
Jacob Wagoner--same as above
Reported that Elvis Presley is descended from Jacob through Mary Waggoner. Information possibly found on email@example.com site Descendants of John Wagner or Waggoner.
Possible other names include:
Johann Jacob Wagner, Sr.
Jacob Waggoner, Sr.
Is Jacob buried in Midway, Davidson County, NC. Bethany United Church of Christ Cemetery?
The church where Jacob Wagner is buried (Bethany United Church Of Christ) was originally formed as a Lutheran Church in 1768 with possible services as early as 1759.
Cannot access these sources as of 29 Jun 2020:
20 Ancestry Member Trees; Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. .
Source: S03026 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral Files The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Repository: Note: #NS30263 Call Number: Media: Electronic; No NOTE record found with id NS30263.
Source: S03160 Randy Regan Family Journal Repository: Note: #NS31603 Call Number: Media: Electronic; No NOTE record found with id NS31603.
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/: accessed Jun 29, 2020, 2015), "Record of Jacob Wagner, Sr. (born 1717)", Ancestor # A203895.; Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR Patirot Research System, database online, (https://sarpatriots.sar.org/patriot/display/311543), "Jacob WAGGONER/WAGNER Sr", P-311543.; Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 29 June 2020), memorial page for Jacob Johann Wagner (24 Aug 1717–1 Nov 1799), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10192437, citing Bethany United Church of Christ Cemetery, Midway, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA; Maintained by Robin Farley Dixson (contributor 46558224).
↑ generated from the import of My Family File072211.ged on Jul 25, 2011 by Grady Lucas.
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/: accessed Jun 29, 2020, 2015), "Record of Jacob Wagner, Sr. (born 1717)", Ancestor # A203895.; Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR Patirot Research System, database online, (https://sarpatriots.sar.org/patriot/display/311543), "Jacob WAGGONER/WAGNER Sr", P-311543.
Frey -- The Early Emigrants - Swiss roots to Palatine migrations; A brief history of Frey origins in Switzerland, the Protestant movement and persecution against them, the Palatine migrations, emigration of the Frey family to America; Leslie_Bucher originally shared this on 11 Jan 2009 to Ancestry.com; pdf copy
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Jacob by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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