Biography - Winter Waggoner

Winter P. WAGGONER, stock-raiser, P. O. Decatur, was born in Pitman Township, Montgomery Co., Ill., April 8, 1861, to William R. and Sarah R. (McCOLLOUGH) WAGGONER; he was born in Jersey County, Ill., September 9, 1833, where he received his education; he remained in his native county with his parents, assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when he removed to Pitman Township, Montgomery county, and entered a small tract of land; here he remained, engaged in farming and stock-raising, during his life, and succeeded in accumulating 1,300 acres of land, all of which he improved and put under a high state of cultivation; in connection with his farming and stock-raising, he shipped a great deal of stock, finding a market in St. Louis for the same; for about five years previous to his death, which occurred January 20, 1871, he followed the later business alone; was a member of the Baptist Church; his father was Adam WAGGONER, who was of German descent; his mother, was Mary A. (TERRY) WAGGONER, who was of English descent. Adam WAGGONER served through the Black Hawk war as Captain; in the possession of our subject is a rifle used by his grandfather. Adam WAGGONER came from Kentucky, his native place. William WAGGONER was married, in Macoupin County, April 16, 1857, to Sarah R. McCOLLOUGH; she was born in Virginia December 3, 1832, and died June 2, 1866; she was the mother of four children, two of whom died in infancy; our subject, Winter P., and E. Leroy, are now living; E. Leroy was born September 23, 1863, is now clerking in dry goods store of W. C. MILLER & Co., of Hillsboro. In 1867, in Greene County, Mr. WAGGONER married a second time, Susan C. RACE, a native of Virginia; she died in 1880, aged thirty-eight years; she was the mother of one child, S. Colfax WAGGONER, who is following the occupation of a farmer. Adam WAGGONER was born January 30, 1800, in Hardin county, Ky.; emigrated to Illinois in the year 1830; he died August 8, 1860; he was a farmer; his wife, and grandmother of our subject, was Mary A. (TERRY) WAGGONER, born August 11, 1800, in Virginia; she died in January, 1874; they had seven children, of whom Winter was the third child. Our subject received his education at Valparaiso, Ind., at the Northern Normal School, and the Blackburn University, at Carlinville, in connection with his common-school education; his father died when he was ten years old, when he made his home with William SEWARD, and remained there four years, when he made his home in Pitman Township. In the fall of 1879, he commenced farming, and continued the same until the fall of 1881, when he removed to Decatur, where he has since remained, enjoying himself. He was married, March 7, 1880, in Carlinville, to Miss Cora B. RENSHAW, a native of Decatur, Ill.; she was born January 20, 1861; is the daughter of Lucius and Martha J. (WALKER) RENSHAW, he born n Nashville, Tenn., October 27, 1824, died December 27, 1862; he was a contractor, and was the owner of about four hundred acres of land near Decatur; she was born October 22, 1838, in Carlinville, Ill.; she is now residing in Decatur, and is now the wife of William TAGGART. Mr. and Mrs. WAGGONER are the parents of one child, Winter Preston, Jr.; he was born January 7, 1881; in politics, is identified with the Republican party. Mr. WAGGONER is the owner of 540 acres of land, lying principally in Pitman and Zanesville Townships, it being one of the finest farms of the townships; upon his farm he has all modern improvements, and it is under a high state of cultivation, upon which he intends to remove in the spring of 1883, and engage in stock-raising; he and wife expect to spend the summer at Eureka Springs, in Arkansas.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 269-270.

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