Wagner Cemetery History - Corrections, Hilyard Township,
Macoupin County Illinois
© 2014 Debbi Geer
Corrections to Jim Frank's History of Wagner Cemetery. from Debbi Geer
1) Peter Wagner was the son of John Barnabas Wagner and his wife Dorothea. Barnabas, as he was better known as, and Dorothea had at least 5 children - Peter who married Elizabeth Deck; Ann Catherine or Catherine Anna who married Samuel Henry Rhodes; Jacob who married E A Nancy Moore; Daniel who married Fanny Claxton; and John who married Rachael Moore. I mention this because after John Barnabas Wagner died, Dorothea married Martin Pruitt who lost his 1st wife Mary in 1806. According to a late Wagner family researcher there were several Pruitt/Wagner marriages and seems that most if not all ended up in divorce. The divorce between Martin and Dorothea was so bitter that both families were fighting in the court room. Being that Madison Co was not yet formed, the divorce was held in St Clair Co (East St Louis). I have not seen the divorce file but reportedly is one of the first ones in St Clair Co. For the most part the Pruitt's and the Wagner's kept their distance from one another for many years.
2) James Hallford's name should be James Haliford. He was married to the former Mary Hester Stout daughter of James Abel Stout and his wife the former Abigail Holloway. She married Amos Pruitt (note - no middle name) on 20 Feb 1841. Amos had lost his 1st wife Eliza on 5 Feb 1840. In addition to Amos' six children by Eliza and Mary's two children by James Haliford, they had 11 children making the family count 19. Some of the Pruitt burials are those related to Amos and Mary, however, there are some who are related to Amos through one of his uncles. Sometime between 1856 (birth of their last child) and 1860 (Amos' 3rd marriage date), Amos and Mary were divorced. It must have been bitter with even the older children taking sides. The divorce file is in Jersey Co records. Amos fought to get custody of the minor children. In the end, the younger ones lived with Mary until they were of an age where they could decide with which parent to live. The older ones who could choose lived with Amos and the others joined them when their age permitted it. Amos' daughter-in-law Nancy Melvina Pruitt (my 2nd gr-grandmother) was a witness for Amos.
3) William Pruitt who is mentioned as moving his family to Macoupin Co is the uncle of Amos Pruitt (mentioned above). William died in 1839. Most of his family married in and lived in Greene Co. He is found in the 1830 Greene Co IL census. There is no other William Pruitt who is old enough to have had the capability to purchase land. From what I can find two of William's sons did die in Macoupin Co and their probate records are on file in Carlinville. It was these probate records that I was able to determine their descendants. In fact 3 of William's 4 sons married Ambrose girls and an Ambrose family researcher believes these girls were sisters.
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