THE WAGNER FAMILY

Our earliest Wagner ancestors were Adam and his wife Anna Maria who lived in Ruscomb Manor Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Adam's will was dated February 16, 1773, written in German, and probated on June 6th of the same year. He mentions his wife Anna Maria, his eldest son, George, his son Elias, to whom he leaves his 200 acre plantation, and his daughters Rosina, Maria Magdelena, Barbara, Susanna, Catherina, and Margretha. Anna Maria Wagner died in 1793 (her will being probated on February 18). She mentions her son Elias, daughter Susanna, Jacob Diehl the son of daughter Rosina, Anna Maria the daughter of son Elias. The records of the Schwarzwald Church give her birth as January 17, 1713 and death as January 28, 1793.

Elias Wagner and his wife Eva (not to be confused with Elias (1748-1831) and Magdelena Wagner who lived in the same area) had several children whose births were recorded at Spies Church in Alsace Township, and Schwarzwald Church in Exeter Township, Berks County. Anna Maria was born in 1776 (the sponsor was grandmother Anna Maria Wagner), Johannes in 1782, J. George in 1785, a daughter in 1787, Henry in 1791, a son in 1793, a daughter in 1795 and Katharine in 1797. The 1790 census notes that Elias had at that time 3 sons and 4 daughters. So there were three more earlier children whose birth records we do not have. One of these was a daughter Rosina who married Daniel Moser at the Schwarzwald Reformed Church in Exeter Township, Berks County, on December 2, 1794. On October 20, 1798, Elias sold the plantation he had inherited from his father and moved to Beaver Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was listed here in the 1800 census with 6 sons and three daughters still at home - the 3 daughters and 3 of the sons all having been born within the decade. Elias died 4 years later, his will being probated on August 27, 1804. It notes his wife, Eve, son, John, daughter, Mrs. Daniel Musser, 6 other sons and 4 other daughters not mentioned by name.

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