John Waggener's of Virginia 1716 Will
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John and Rachel Waggener's
Will in Essex Co. Virginia

John Waggener was born about 1643 in possibly Germany and died 1716 in Essex Co., Virginia. He married Rachel Ward before 1674. John to said to have been born in Germany but departed from England to the new land in America.

He married Rachel in Virginia and they lived on the north side of Hoskins Creek. This creek flows west into the Rappahannock River appears to be near the town of Tappahannock, Virginia.

The Waggeners are being listed because of the Allen family connection. Two of John and Rachel's daughter's married Allen men, Erasmus and William Allen.

John Waggener left his will in Essex Co. Virginia. Wills and Deeds Book 14 pages 533-534. It was made 12th day of July seventeen hundred and fifteen and probated 15 May, 1716.

In the name of God amen, I John Waggener of Essex County being sick and weak in body but in perfect sense & memory thanks and praise be given to almighty God for it to bestow these outward blessings which it hath pleased ye almighty to bless me with in manner following first I bequeath my sole to almighty God yet give it hoping through the merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ to have forgiveness of my sins and to receive a joyful resurrection at ye Last day and my body to be decently buried at ye discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned (viz)

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Waggener the plantation I now live on and after her death it goes to my son Benjamin Waggener and his heirs forever.

I give to wife three negroes Doll Martin and Jugg during her natural Life and after her death I give negro Doll to my daughter Margaret ALLEN wife of William Allen for her & her heirs forever. I give ye negro boy martin to my son Benjamin and his heirs forever, I give to my son Samuel Wagoner the negro girl Jugg to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son Herbert Waggener one cow being in full of his portion.

Item: I give to my son Samuel Waggener one bedde and one cow being his full portion.

Item: I give to my son Benjamin Waggener one bed and bolster Rugg and blanket, one cow, a pott & pan

Item: I give to my daughter Dinah Allen wife of Erasmus Allen one cow

Item: I give to my daughter Margaret Allen wife of William Allen one cow

Item: it will that if my Negro woman Doll should ever have any more children than what I have already given that the next child she has shall go to Dinah Allen, wife of Erasmus Allen and his heirs and ye next negro child to go to Herbert Waggener and his heirs.

Item I give all ye remaining part of my estate be it of whatsoever nature or kind so ever real or personal I give to my beloved wife Rachel Waggener and to her disposal and I do make ordain my beloved wife Rachel Waggener whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament utterly revoking and denying all other wills heretofore made by me In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of July seventeen hundred and fifteen.

John Waggener (Seal)
Witness: William Daingerfield
Peter Byrom

The last will Testament of John Waggener deceased was presented and proved by Rachel Waggener Executrix therein named and was also further proved by ye oaths of William Daingerfield and Peter Byrom. Ye Evidences thereto and is recorded

At the same time the will was probated, Rachel Waggener, her son-in-law, Erasmus Allen and William Winston gave bond in the amount of one hundred and fifty pounds sterling as surety for Rachel Waggener, that she perform the conditions of the will.


One year after the death of John Waggener, the widow Rachel made her will, dated 6 April, 1717 Southfarnham Parish Essex Co. Virginia. It was probated 16 September, 1718 and proved by Benjamin Waggener executor, and William Dangerfield and Peter Byron witness

The last will Testament of Rachel Waggener deceased was presented and proved by Benjamin Waggener Executor therein named and was also further proved by ye oaths of William Daingerfield and Peter Byron. Ye Evidences thereto and is recorded

To my son Benjamin Waggener, my horse, bridle, saddle and ten head of cattle, and to have his choice of all my stock except one steer. Son Benjamin all of stock of hogs and my great iron pot and pot hooks, a copper stew kettle and a small iron kettle with copper lid, a small frying pan, a grid iron, a iron spitt, a course meal sifter and a ?, a pewter flagon and my earthen mugs, two new pewter dishes and four of my pewter basons, four pewter plates, a pair of fire tongues, an iron chain that hangs the pots on, all my fine kersey, buttons, mohair and everything fit to make up the kersey with. My servant boy Charles Macey (Macai?), my great chest and the chest that is called my chest and all my cider caske, pailes, piggings, powder tubs, barrels, all mp iron wair of all sorts, a new stock lock, three sheets and to have his choice of all my sheets, the largest lining table cloth, three new napkins and three old ones, two pair of pillow beers, twenty yards of fine Irish lining, a pewter changer pot, all my iron wair of all sorts whatsoever except what shall hereafter mention.

To my daughter Dinah Allen my gold ring, a damash gound and pettecoat and riding found, a large bason, a large pewter dish, two pewter plates, a large tin pan. All my wairing lining be equally divided between my daughter Dinah and Margaret Allen. To my Dinah Allen a pair of gloves, a brass saucepan. All my muslin, silk, laces, fine thread and all my holdswair be equally divided between my two daughters Dinah and Margaret Allen.

To my daughter Margaret Allen all my wairing clothes not before given, a flock of bed bolster, two blankets, a rug and one pillow, one large pewter bason, a large pewter dish, two plates, a brass pestle and morter, a small iron pot, a large tin saucepan, a pair of new paragon bodis, all my shoes, a pair worsted stockings, a new iron candlestick, seven yards Juroys, a pair of gloves, three new napkins and three old ones and a table cloth, four yards of blew cotton.

All the rest of my blew cotton to my son Benjamin Waggener. To my aforesaid daughter Margaret Allen a pewter chamber pot, my least box and fan, biggest box to my daughter Dinah Allen.

To my son Herbert Waggener a flock bed and bolster, a rug and two blankets, one pillow, his father's chest, a three gall. iron pot, a pewter bason, a large deep dish, two plates, a pewter quart pot, an ivory half knife, four and half yards of grey Kersey, and buttons for it.

To my son Samuel Waggener a five gallon iron pot, a white chest, a pewter bason, a small deep dish, two pewter plates, a chamber pot, four and a half yards of grey kersey, and buttons to make it up. Remainder of the grey kersey to my son in law William Allen.

To my granddaughter Rachel Cheany my silver bodkin, a black silk whoad, a pair of thredd gloves and boddiss I wear every day.

To my granddaughter Rachel Waggener a silver spoon. All my thread and new linen not before given be equally divided between my five grandchildren. All the remaining part of my estate to my son Benjamin Waggener. My aforesaid son Benjamin Waggener executor.
Rachel R Waggner
Witness: William Daingerfield, Mary (M) Byron, Peter Byron.


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