Joseph Waguespack
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Josephus Waguespack (bef. 1699 - 1741)

Josephus (Joseph) Waguespack aka Vagenspack, Wagensbach, Wagenspack, Wagenspach
Born before in Schwobsheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Francemap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 23 Jul 1720 in Alsace-Lorraine, Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died in German Coast, Louisiana, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Research Note

Ages and birth dates, especially for the children, are estimates or approximations which are not always consistent with census records which are in themselves often inconsistent.


Joseph Waguespack and his wife, Anna Barbara Ackerman, are the progenitors of the Waguespack family in Louisiana.

Birth, Parentage, and Siblings

Joseph Wagenspack, the son of Johannes Waguespack and his wife Margaretha Bachmann, was baptized in the Catholic Church in Artolsheim on 8 April 1699.[1] [2] Based on his origin as stated in the 1724 census, it is believed that he was born shortly before his baptism in the nearby village of Schwobsheim. At this time the area was under French rule, but was culturally and linguistically German.

The marriage record for Joseph's parents, Joannes Wagenspack and Margaritha Bachmann, has not been found, but baptismal records for three of their children born in Schwobsheim have been found.

  1. Josephus Wagenspach was baptized on 8 April 1699. His godparents were Sebastianes Levin and Maria Daglong,[2]
  2. Joannes Wagenspac was baptized on 20 January 1701. His godparents were Michael Fuch and Elisabetha Scholl,[2]
  3. Anna Maria Wagenspac was baptized on 9 July 1704. Her godparents were Michael Fuch and Elisabetha Scholl.[2]

The church record books for Schwobsheim were not kept separately until 1710. Prior to that date, the the Schwobsheim records are with the records for the parent parish of Artolsheim. Since Artolsheim began keeping registers in 1662 and did not contain the marriage record for Joseph Waguespach's parents, it is likely the parents moved to Schwobsheim from some other area.[2]

Marriage and Immigration

In 1720, Joseph left his home village, and traveled to Phalsbourg in the Moselle region of north eastern France. There before departing for Louisiana in the company of Commissioner Dourner, he married Anna Barbara Ackermann on July 23, 1720. The record of their marriage reads:

The twenty-third of July 1720, I, the undersigned parish priest of this place, have blessed, confirmed and ratified in the view of the church, the legitimate marriage contracted between (name of Sebastien KAUFFMANN lined thru.) Joseph VAGENSPACK, son of Jean WAGENSPACH and deceased Margeritte, his mother, native of Augenem near Fort Louis, Diocese of Strasbourg, the first party and Anne Barbe ACKERMANN(IN), daughter of Michel ACKERMANN, her father and of Marie, her mother, inhabitants of Beinheim in said diocese, the other party, and this with the consentment and the requisition in writing of Mr. DOURNER, commissioner and conductor of the said parties to Louisiana, and in the presence of witnesses to this act. Mark of the groom; Mark of the bride;signature of J. DUMONT; one illegible; and FICHER, parish priest of this place.[2]

Although the names of Joseph Wagenspack and his wife do not appear on the available ship passenger lists, it is almost certain they immigrated to Louisiana aboard one of the ships that left L'orient, France for Louisiana in early 1721. Their inclusion in the group planning to immigrate to Louisiana is specifically mentioned in their marriage record and six months after their marriage, Joseph is listed as the godfather in the baptism of Joseph Duvez, born 29 Jan 1721 and baptized the next day in L'orient.[2] It is also known that Joseph and his wife Anna Barbara settled on their property on the German Coast of Louisiana in 1722, two years before the Census of 1724.[3]

Settling on the German Coast and Raising a Family

The censuses in the following years report the family's progress in their new home. In the 1724 census, "Joseph Wagensbach of Schwobsheim, Upper Alsace," a 23 year old Catholic, and his wife had been living on their place for two years and had cleared one and a half arpents of land for cultivation.[3] By the time of the 1726 census, they had cleared six arpents of land and had one child[3], probably Jean Pierre or Marie Catherine. By 1731, they had three children, two negroes and two cows.[3] Through the use of the parish registers of St. Charles of the post of the Germans, Robichaud believes the three children are Margueritte, Marie Catherine, and [Jean] Pierre, however it is possible that one of the children is Louis rather than Margueritte.[2] A child named Margaretha died at age 2 on 27 Oct. 1739.[2] In an undated census conducted some time after 1732, Joseph Wagenspach still had only six arpents of cleared land. [4] The family probably had not expanded their area of cleared land because the six arpents was all they could cultivate with the resources they had.

Joseph Wagenspach and his wife Anna Barbara Ackermann had the following children:

  • Jean Pierre, likely born before 1728, married Marie Catherine Hoffman on 30 Jul 1748[2]
  • Marie Catherine, born between 1728 and 1731, married Charles Jacques Clombe on 4 Jan 1746 and died six months later on 18 Jul 1746[2]
  • Margaretha, born 1737 and died 27 Oct 1739 at the age of 2[2]
  • Louis, like born before 1740, married Marie Marguerite Edelmayer about 1758[2]

Death and Burial

Joseph Wagenspack, an Alsatian, was buried in the cemetery of the parish church of St. Charles of the post of the Germans on 20 Jan 1741.[2] [5]


  1. Archives départementales de Bas-Rhin,Artolsheim - Paroisse catholique (Avant 1793) - Registre de baptêmes 1662-1722 - 3 E 11/1, image 31, baptism of Joseph Waguespach, 8 April 1699 ( : accessed 24 Sep 2019)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Albert J. Robichaux, Jr, German Coast Families, European Origins and Settlement in Colonial Louisiana (Hebert Publications, Rayne, LA 1997), pp 358-361.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Deiler, J. Hanno, The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent. (Philadelphia : American Germanica Press 1909), p. 89 ( : accessed 24 Sep 2019).
  4. Deiler, J. Hanno, The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent. (Philadelphia : American Germanica Press 1909), p. 104 ( : accessed 26 Sep 2019)
  5. Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records (Archdiocese of New Orleans, 19 Volumes, 1987-2004), Vol 1, p 260. 1718-1831. Listed as "Joseph Wagensbach.
  • "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 September 2019), Joseph Wagespack, St Charles, Louisiana, United States; citing p. 305, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 10; FHL microfilm 181,355. (::White Males: 4,2,1,1,1; White Females: 1,2,1,1,2; Other Persons: 1, Slaves, 5)
  • Robichaux, Jr., Albert J, Louisiana Census and Militia Lists, vol. I (Polyanthos, 1977), p. 71.
  • Sources cited by Robichaux:
    • Phalsbourg, Moselle, France (Catholic Church, FHL Microfilm NO. 133160. p. 93)
    • Abstracts of baptisms, marriage and deaths of Lorient and Plouemer furnished to the German-Acadian Historical and Genealogical Society by the Societe de Plouemer. In the act of baptism the name is spelled VAGESPACK.
    • Archives des Colonies, Series G1, Vo 464, non-paginated.
    • Maduell. Census Tables, p. 54, The name was spelled "VAGNEUR."
    • Maduell, Census Tables, p. 102
    • Maduell, Census Tables, p. 120
    • (1778) Maduell, Census Tables, p. 149.
    • Woods and Nolan, Sacramental records, 1:260. The original document was recorded in the surviving register of the parish church of St. Charles of the post of the Germans, Book 1, p. 9.

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