PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF MORGAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers

1889


WILLIAM WAGGONER is a representative farmer and stock raiser of Morgan County. He was born in Perry County, Pa., Aug. 14, 1840, and received his education at the public schools of that old commonwealth.

William Waggoner, Sr., was also born in Perry County, Pa., Oct. 6, 1805. He lived in Pennsylvania until he grew to man's estate, and then removed to LaSalle County, Ill., but becoming dissatisfied with the country he returned to Perry County, Pa., thence removing across the mountains to Cumberland County, in the same State. His wife died at the latter place. In 1856 he came to Morgan County, and purchased a farm of 240 acres, all improved. This time he removed with the intention of making Illinois his future home, an action which he never regretted. William Waggoner, Sr., was the father of eleven children, six of whom are living, namely: Peter, Catherine, Elizabeth, Anna, Emma and William, Jr.

Peter married Elizabeth Patterson, of Morgan County, and is a farmer and stockman. They have three children - Mabel, Mary and Ruth; Catherine married James Magill, also of Morgan County, who is a farmer and stock-raiser. They have four children - Owen, Lloyd, Charles and Alice; Elizabeth married Marshall W. Green, a farmer of Morgan County; Anna married Luther Magill, now deceased. Mrs. Magill lives in Jacksonville, and is the mother of five children - Nellie, Louis, William, Leonard and Clara; Emma is single, and lives with William, Jr.

Our subject married Annie Grimes, of Greene County, Ill., Dec. 22, 1880. Mrs. Waggoner was born Oct. 16, 1847. Her father and mother, John and Mary Ann Grimes, are of Kentucky nativity, their parents having come from England.

Mr. Waggoner, whose name appears at the head of this sketch, is now living upon, and owns the homestead purchased by his father, and is making a signal success of the business of general farming and stock raising. He takes great pride in raising good grades of cattle, horses and hogs, and for these he always receives the highest market price. He is a thorough farmer and business man, and is well thought of in his community. He enlisted as a volunteer in the 101st regiment of Illinois Infantry, commanded by Col. Charles Fox, Capt. Sylvester L. Moore being his company commander. His enlistment occurred in August, 1862, and he was discharged at St. Louis, Mo., in July, 1863, for disability. He was taken prisoner at Holly Springs, Miss., and paroled after being in captivity but a few hours. His regiment was exchanged on the day of his discharge. Mr. Waggoner is a working member of Matt Starr Post No. 378, G. A. R., of Jacksonville. He is a Republican in politics. He was a brave soldier, is a good citizen, well spoken of by his acquaintances, and, in fact, as has been said of another person, "He will stand without hitching."


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