Waggy/Kiser/DeFrain/Kiessling Ancestry

Sources:

Click HERE for more information about the Waggys. Waggy also had spellings Wagey, Wagy, Wage, Wege, and Waga. "There were WEGE/van der Wege/van de Wege families in Dutch Flanders, the part of Zeeland that is the south bank of the Scheldt and connected to the Belgian landmass. . . . Don't know if there's any connection, but the Licking Co., OH, history did suggest that the Waggy's came through Amsterdam, and Zeeland was a famously tolerant location for all kinds of people, including Huguenots and other refugees" (Gordon Seyffert, E-mail dated March 11, 2003).

Milton Wagy has announced his discovery of the Waggy-Wagy family in Montgomery Co., PA, around 1760. He has found information in Montgomery Co., PA, at the New Hanover Lutheran Church. Gordon Seyffert shared this in a March 11, 2003, e-mail, and cited Milton Wagy's message dated August 20, 1999.

Click HERE for Waggy/Wagy Family History.

The name DeFrain has also been spelled DeFroehn, DeFrehn, du Frene, Frehn, Frain, Froehn, Frene, and is Huguenot in origin. It is the maiden name of Susannah, wife of Phillip Waggy, Sr. (Reference: Gordon Seyffert's research of the DeFrain family in Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania).

Click HERE to read more on the Kiser family that settled Rockingham Co., VA, in 1832. Or click on Jacob Kiser below.

  John DeFrehn   Catherine     Jacob Kiesling (Kiessling/Kissling)   Barbara Ursula Herter                
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d. 14 January 1740 or 1741 in Wurtenburg, Germany
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  Alleged ancestry through parents Johan Jacob Lingel and Anna Ursula (Banckard) Lingel
             

"In 1783, Phillip Waggy purchased 220 acres of land and recorded it at the Rockingham Courthouse in Virginia. This is the first record that we have of the Waggy family name. According to oral reports the family came from Switzerland through Philadelphia in th early 1700's. They later moved down into the Shenandoah Valley.

A check of immmigrants that came through Philadelphia at that time does not reveal anyone with that name [likely because of names of immigrants being changed/anglicized]" (Waggy, p. 8)

"Since all the work was manual labor some farmers owned slaves. That is true of ... the Ruleman. The land that [the Waggys] owned was in an area called Lick Run Ridge and on Hoover Mountain. Since their land was hilly and mountainous and not adaptable to large scale agriculture, the Waggys did not own slaves." (Waggy, p. 23).

By 1800, Phillip's six daughters were married. Four of his sons "went west" [with Abraham moving just over the mountain to Pendleton Co.]." (Waggy, p. 9)

Philip Waggy, Sr., settled in 1796 in the South Branch 8 miles above what is now Franklin, WV. He was from the Palatinate region of Germany in the Rhine River Valley. Susannah was not a Nebergall according to Gordon Seyffert's reporting on Milton Wagy's data.

Article: Native of Sugar Grove says Philip Waggy was ancestor

Descendants through Philip's son Jacob Wagy

Philip Waggy, Sr.



Revolutionary War Patriot

"Due to the Scarcity of the preserved records, we have only a partial knowledge of the soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War.... Philip Waggy and two of his sons appear on the mustering-out rolls but that is the only information that can be found. Since they lived in the Shenandoah Valley at the time, we can only assume they served in the 8th Regiment" in which Reverend Muhlenberg, a Lutheran pastor, recruited German-speaking men in the Shenandoah Valley" (Waggy, p. 24).

  Susannah DeFroehn         Christopher Kiesling (Kiessling/Kissling)   Christina Lingel     John Adam Weiss (Wise)

Correspondence about Weiss History:
March 3, 2005
March 5, 2005

Wise is also spelled Weisz, Wees, Wies, Weaase, Weaze and Weese. Instead of John Adam Weiss, some sources have Michael Weiss (b. ca. 1723; d. ca. 1790) married to a Barbara b. ca. 1725. John Adam Weiss came from Basil, Switzerland to America in 1748.
   
  b. ca. 1735 Germany
d. 1812, Rockingham Co., VA
m. b. ca. 1739 - 3 February 1745, Austria?
d.
    Christopher and Christina (Lingel) Kiesling arrived at Philadelphia in 1753 aboard the ship Neptune and came to Rockingham County, VA, in 1763. b. ca. 1724, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
d. 1774
m. b. ca. 1726, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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Abraham Waggy lived adjacent to George Rexroad.

"Abraham Waggy was a latecomer to the area so all the level fertile 'bottom' land in the South Fork Valley had been claimed. He obtained land on the west edge of the valley and up over Hoover Mountain and down the other side. He build a log house at a ever flowing spring." (Waggy, p. 10).
  Abraham Waggy, Sr.   Mary (maiden name?)         Elizabeth Kiesling (Kiessling/Kissling)  
Jacob Kiser
    Adam Wise, Sr. (Weiss) info about Adam Wise, Sr. Barbara Pfeiffer
(also seen as Barbara Pieferin)
 
    b. 1772
d. 1821
m. b. ca. 1772
d. before 1853
        b. 2 June 1769
d. 13 October 1836
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m. b. 6 April 1763 in Heidelberg Twp., Berks Co., PA
d. 1 Aug. 1828
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    b. 1761
d. ca. 1835
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m. b. ca. 1765, Somerset Co., PA
d. 1823, Rockingham Co., VA
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"The Waggys were pro-Union hence Republican. The Propst ... gave 35 men and boys to the Confederate Army which is more than any other family in the county. For a hundred years they were stanch Democrats.... That does not mean that they were slave owners. Records do not show that any Propst owned slaves. Only one out of ten Confederate soldiers came from a family that was a slave owner." (Waggy, p. 35).

John Waggy's house built ca. 1830 near Sugar Grove (VA/WV) with interlocking ends of logs as painted by J.T. Rexrode in 1970 (Waggy, p. 13).

John Waggy appears to have served in the Union during the Civil War.

  John Waggy  
Alice (Allie) Helena Propst
        William Kiser (Wilhelm/Willhelm Kayser)   Barbara Wise (Weis/Weiss)

Barbara Wise was a descendant of the Weiss German family that settled before 1787 in North Mill Creek and Brushy Run in the Mill Run District of what is now Pendleton County, West Virginia.

John Waggy was both born in and died in Rockingham County, Virginia. Allie Propst was born at the old Propst Church, the first church in Pendleton County, just south of Brandywine on the road to Sugar Grove.   b. 16 March 1807
d. 16 March 1882
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m. b. 15 February 1807
d. 3 February 1887
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On August 6, 2017, I found via 23andMe Rebecca "Becky" (Waggy) Allen to whom I am multiply related via both my Waggy and Propst to the left. Becky is daughter of Ted Waggy, son of Jacob and Pernina (nee Propst) Waggy. I am related to both of her paternal grandparents: Jacob Waggy and Pernina (nee Propst) Waggy. Jacob Waggy is son of Daniel J. Waggy, son of John and Allie (Propst) Waggy to the left. Pernina (nee Propst) Waggy is daughter of David Propst, son of Samuel Propst, Sr., son of George Propst, Sr., son of Leonard Propst, son of Johann "John" Michael Propst, Sr., who is a common ancestor of both lines!   b. 16 September 1787
d. 4 December 1853
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m. May 4, 1813 (USGenWeb and Shenandoah Valley family data) b. April 1793 in Wise Hollow, Rockingham Co., VA.
Confirmed 21 October 1810 at Salem Church (Lutheran Reformed), Seawright Springs, Augusta County, VA
(Shenandoah Valley family data)
d. 12 December 1858
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Adam Waggy was a renown fox hunter with blue eyes, dark hair and beard. He hunted with horse, gun, and hound and lived in Pendleton County (of what is now West Viriginia) in 1831. Adam was a member of Board that founded Mt. Hall School. He was also a cofounder of the Union Church in Sugar Grove. He was born and he died in Pendleton County, West Virginia. There is more information available about Adam, John, and Abraham Waggy by clicking here.

Anne (Waggy) Dyvig, to whom I am third cousin, twice removed, shared a story her father had about Adam and Susan: "Adam was my paternal great grandfather Daniel's brother. Adam married Susan Kiser. Adam was called 'Add' and was 10 years older than Daniel. He loved plants and animals There is a story that he found a bear cub whose mother had been killed so the family cared for it until it was mature. Add was against slavery. Susan 'was a neat, clean, hard-working woman with the qualities and abilities for which the Pennsylvania Germans are noted. She was deeply religious. She loved to sing especially at church and at local gatherings.' Their house was on the 'roading leading west out of Sugar Grove at the sharp turn of the road starting up the east side of Hoover Mountain' in what is now West Virginia. Add also liked to sing 'It is said that Add could raise the roof of the old Union Church.' He fought with one of his sons, Douglas, who left and went west to Nebraska. Add had a temper and was 'more indulgent to his daughters than to his sons.' I guess Douglas was fed up and just left. Add missed his son and would ask his daughters to play the organ and sing 'Where is my Wandering Boy Tonight.' As they sang, he would sit and cry.' When as a child, we moved from Colorado to California. My maiden name was Waggy and my father was John Waggy. It just so happened that when we moved to the Bay Area, we met another John Waggy who was in 1974, 15 years. Turns out he and his sister Linda were the great grandchildren of Douglas." (Further source for these stories: Waggy, pp. 43-45).


Adam "Add" Waggy

Adam Waggy Family picture
Susan (Susanna) Kiser

     
"According lo Aunt Sue and Aunt Florence, Daniel's [Daniel Waggy] youngest daughters, 'Our father, and his two brothers, Uncle Add (Adam) and Uncle Lewis (Wm. Lewis) were helping boil maple sugar water at their parents' home. A squad of soldiers from the Confederate Army came to take them. Our father and his brothers took off up the mountain running so fast that they reported that sparks flew from their boots as their heels were hitting the rocks. Our father said that when they reached the top of Hoover Mountain, "fire was flying out his mouth." (Waggy, p. 34)

"Add was opposed to slavery and in favor of West Virginia becoming a separate state and joining the Union. This caused great stress in the family especially since his mother came from the Propst family. He had uncles and many cousins fighting and dying for the Confederacy" (Waggy, pp. 43-44).
b. 30 May 1831
(USGenWeb Births and Eye (Eye book), p. 9, and Eye (Propst book), p. 16 all say 20 May 1831)
d. 24 January 1906
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m. 8 December 1850
(source: USGenWeb)
b. 19 January 1831 (USGenWeb Births)
d. 23 February 1907 (Eye, p. 26, says 1906), Pendleton County
terminal dementia
(obituary
larger version)
(death register entry)
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      In addition to my Martha Jane Waggy, "Adam and Susan had the following children: William, John (died as an infant), Barbara Jane, Harvey, Adam Douglas, Louisa (Lou), Caroline (Carrie), Eliza, Susan Birdie, Nora Belle and Cora Belle" (Waggy, p. 44). |
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descendants through daughter Martha Jane Waggy via her marriage to David R. Smith
       
WAGGY/KISER/DEFRAIN ANCESTRY

Click HERE for more information about the Waggy's.
Waggy also had spellings Wagey, Wagy, Wage, Wege, and Waga.
"There were WEGE/van der Wege/van de Wege families in Dutch
Flanders, the part of Zeeland that is the south bank of the
Scheldt and connected to the Belgian landmass. . . . Don't
know if there's any connection, but the Licking Co., OH,
history did suggest that the Waggy's came through Amsterdam,
and Zeeland was a famously tolerant location for all kinds
of people, including Huguenots and other refugees" (Gordon
Seyffert, E-mail dated March 11, 2003).

Milton Waggy has announced his discovery of the Waggy-Wagy
family in Montgomery Co., PA, around 1760.  He has found
information in Montgomery Co., PA, at the New Hanover
Lutheran Church. Gordon Seyffert shared this in a March 11,
2003, e-mail, and cited Milton Waggy's message dated
August 20, 1999.
																									
Click HERE for Waggy/Wagy Family History.

The name DeFrain has also been spelled DeFroehn, DeFrehn,
du Frene, Frehn, Frain, Froehn, Frene, and is Huguenot in
origin.  It is the maiden name of Susannah, wife of Phillip
Waggy, Sr. (Reference: Gordon Seyffert's research of the
DeFrain family in Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania).

Click HERE to read more on the Kiser family
that settled Rockingham Co., VA, in 1832.
Or click on Jacob Kiser below.


    John DeFrehn + Catherine           Jacob Kiesling  + Barbara
                 |	                     (Kissling)    | Ursula
                 |                  +------------------+ Herter
                 |                  |b. 1704 in Saxony,| 
                 |                  |GERMANY; d.14 Jan +-------+
                 |                  |d. 14 Jan 1740/41 |b. 1702|
Phillip Waggy,   |                  |in Wurtenburg,    |d. 1789|
Sr., settled     |                  |GERMANY           |       |
1796 in the      |                  +------------------+-------+
South Branch     |                                     |
8 miles above    |                                     |
what is now      |                                     | 
Franklin, WV.    | Susanna was                         |
He was from the  | not a Nebergall                     |
Palatinate       | according to                        |
region of        | Gordon Seyffert's                   |
Germany in the   | reporting on Milton                 |
Rhine River      | Waggy's data.                       |
Valley.          |                                     |
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                 | Correspondence about Weiss History: |
                 |    March 3, 2005                    |
                 |    March 5, 2005                    |
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Philip        Susannah    John                  Christopher   Christina
Waggy, Sr. +  DeFroehn    Adam     + ?          Kiesling   +  Lingel
+----------+-----------+  Weiss    |           (Kissling)  |
|b. about  |b. about   | +---------+           +-----------+----------+
|1735 in   |   1739    | |b. about |           |b. about   |b. about  |
|GERMANY   | She was   | |   1723  |           |1724 d.1774|   1726   |
|d. 1812   | from      | |d. about |           +-----------+----------+
|Rockingham| AUSTRIA?  | |   1790  |           |Both born in Dresden, |
|Co., VA   |           | +---------+           |Saxony, GERMANY.      |
+----------+-----------+ Wise also |           +-----------+----------+
           |             spelled   |           |Arrived @ Philadelphia|
           |             Weisz,    |           |in 1753 aboard Neptune|
           |             Wees,     |           |Came to Rockingham Co |
           +----+        Wies,     |           |VA in 1763.           |
                |        Wease,    |           +-----------+----------+
                |        Weaze,    |                       |
                |        Weese     |                       |
                |                  |                       |
                | Instead of John  |                       |
                | Adam Weiss, some |                       +----+
                | sources have     |                            |
                | Michael Weiss    |                            |
                | (b. ca 1723;     |                            |
                |  d. ca 1790)     |                            |
                | married to a     |                            |                                                
                | Barbara b. ca    |                            |                                                
                | 1725. John Adam  |                            |                                                
                | Weiss came from  |                            |                                                
                | Basil,           |                            |                                                
                | Switzerland to   |                            |
                | America in 1748. |                            |
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                |                 Adam (info)                   | 
                Abraham   Mary    Wise,    Barbara    Jacob    Elizabeth
                Waggy,+ (maiden  (Weiss) + Pieferin   Kiser  + Kiesling
                Sr.   |  name?)   Sr.    |                   | (Kissling)
Abraham        +------+--------+ +-------++-----+ +----------+--------+
Waggy lived    |b.1772|b. about| |b. 1761 |b.   | |b. 6 Apr. |b. 2 Jun|
adjacent to    |d.1821|   1772 | |        |about| |1763 in   |   1769 |
George         |      |d. pre  | |d. about|1752-| |Heidelberg|d. 13   |
Rexroad.       |      |   1853 | |   1835 |1762 | |Township, | October|
               +------+--------+ +--------+-----+ |Berks Co.,|   1836 |
                      |                   |       |PA        |        |
                      |                   |       |d. 1 Aug. |        |
                      |                   +---+   |   1828   |        |
                      +-----+                 |   +----------+--------+
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                            John  + Alice   Barbara          |
                            Waggy | (Allie) Wise       William (Wilhelm)
                           (b. 16 | Propst  (Weiss) +  Kiser
                          +-------+-----+  +----------+------+
John Waggy was born and   |b. 16  |b. 15|  |b. 1793 in|b. 16 |
he died in Rockingham     |March  |Feb. |  |Wise      |Sept. |
County, Virginia.         |1807   |1807 |  |Hollow,   |1787  |
Allie Propst was born at  |d. 16  |d. 3 |  |Rockingham|d. 4  |
the old Propst Church,    |March  |Feb. |  |County, VA|Dec.  |
the first church in       |1882   |1887 |  |d. 12 Dec |1853  |
Pendleton Co., just south +-------+-----+  |1858      |      |
of Brandywine on the road         |        +----------+------+
to Sugar Grove.                   |                   |
                                  |                   |
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                                Adam      Susan (Susanna)
               (b. 30 May 1831) Waggy  +  Kiser (b. 19 Jan. 1831)
               (d. 24 Jan 1906) (m.1/8 Dec 1850) (d. 23 Feb. 1907 - obituary)
	Picture of Adam					Picture of Susan
			   
			   
Adam Waggy was a reknown fox hunter with blue eyes, dark hair and beard.
He hunted with horse, gun, and hound and lived in Pendleton County (of what
is now West Viriginia) in 1831. Adam was a member of Board that founded 
Mt. Hall School.  He was also a cofounder of the Union Church in Sugar
Grove.  He was born and he died in Pendleton County, West Virginia.
There is more information available about Adam, John, and Abraham Waggy
by clicking here.

Barbara Wise was a descendant of the Weiss German family that settled
before 1787 in North Mill Creek and Brushy Run in the Mill Run District
of what is now Pendleton County, West Virginia.