Facts and Events
John Waddle, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Not to be confused with: John Waddle, son of Thomas Waddle, who married Elizabeth 'Betsy' Erwin in Augusta County, Virginia in 1792.
Marriage Date Conflict
The John Waddle that married Philapena Hemp in Augusta County, Virginia appears to be the same John Waddle whose widow "Phebe" filed for her husband's Revolutionary War Service Pension in White County, Tennessee in 1844, but the birthdates of his children as stated in the deposition of John's son, John, Jr. [between 1785-1789] conflict with the marriage date of 1788 in Augusta County. This possibly could be explained as follows: 1) the date of 1788 could have actually been "1785", but mis-read by the original transcriber, 2) John and Phebe may have decided to re-record their marriage in Augusta County after being married elsewhere, or 3) they may have decided to legitimize their marriage after the birth of their first two children. More research necessary.
Records of John Waddle in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1788, May 6, John Waddle and Danl. Waddle, surety. John Waddle and Philpena Hemp.
- Vol. 2 - Vol. 2 - Insolvents and Delinquents, 1790: - John Waddle, to French Broad; John Waddle, Jr., to French Broad; Peter Waddle, to French Broad. (Note: the "French Broad" area was later to become Tennessee).
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 6, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Waddle, John - entered service abt. 1780 in Augusta County, Virginia & served at Battle of Kings Mountain; died 1/1/1830; married 1784 to Phebe, Augusta County, Virginia who applied for pension age 84 in White County, Tennessee, 1844; died 8/9/1849; daughter Elizabeth living age 62; son John applied for pension age 66 in White County, Tennessee, for self & surviving siblinge in 1851; widow & children's Pension Application Rejected. F-R10978, R2465.
- Rutherford County Historical Society publications. (Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1971]-), Vol. 33, Issue No. 1, Sept./Oct. 2003.
John Waddie, b. before 1765 - d. Jan. 1, 1830, was on the 1810 Rutherford Co. census. His widow Phebe (age 84), applied for pension benefits June 1, 1844 in White Co., TN based upon her husband's service as Sgt. in the 4th VA Regt. during the Revolutionary War. He was living in Augusta Co. VA at the time of enlistment. Phebe Waddle d. Aug. 9, 1849. John Waddle appeared on a long list of letters remaining at the post office in Jefferson Feb 15, 1811 and July 1, 1811.
- Dickinson, Robert G. Genealogy of the Johannes Wedel Family.
The first record found for John Waddle Jr. is an Augusta Co., Virginia personal property tax record for 1784 where he occurs in the Above 21 category with one horse (Personal Property Tax Lists, Augusta Co., Virginia, 1782-1795, FHL Film 2024461). Subsequent records list both a John Sr. and John Jr. and from this it is here assumed he was son of Johannes Wedel. A baptismal record for him has not been found so his full German name is not known. This 1784 tax record indicates John Jr. was over 21 years of age showing he was born in 1763 or before. It seems likely that he was born near Strasburg, Frederick Co., Virginia (now Shenandoah). For clarity he will be referred to here as John Waddle Jr.
His name is given as John Waddle on the marriage bond for his marriage to Philpena Hemp, dated 6 May 1788 (Clerk of the Circuit Court, Augusta Co. Virginia). He and his presumed brother Daniel signed the bond with their marks.
By her mark on 1 Jun 1844, a Phebe Waddle made an oath for a widow's pension in White Co., Tennessee. She stated that she was the widow of John Waddle who entered the Virginia Militia in Augusta Co., Virginia, about 1780, for service during the Revolutionary War (Revolutionary War Pension #R10978, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). She further stated that she was aged 84, had been married to John Waddle by a minister in the year 1784, in Augusta County, and that John had died 1 Jan 1830.
In a subsequent application for pension benefits (#R10978) by their son John, dated 11 Nov 1851, his mother's name is spelled "Pheba" and her death date is given as 9 Aug 1849. John stated that he was aged 66 in one part of the document and his sister Sally was aged of 64 in another part. He further stated that he and his sister Elizabeth, aged about 62, were the only children of Pheba and John left living. No records were cited and John signed with his mark. In the 1850 Federal census for White Co. John's age is given as 65 and Elizabeth's as 66. Both are shown as unable to read or write. [Note: corrected to show John, Sally and Elizabeth as the children of John Waddle, Sr., per the Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Waddle, Jr. in 1851].
The John Waddle Jr. and Philpena Hemp, whose marriage bond was dated 6 May 1788, can apparently be traced in records from Augusta Co., Virginia to Washington Co., Virginia, and then to White Co., Tennessee. It is proposed here that they are the John Waddle and his wife Pheba in the pension record. The name Philpena was apparently pronounced in German as "Philbina" and "Pheba" appears to be a diminutive of that name. The variability of ages in John Sally's statement indicates the dates for the information both he and his mother gave were probably estimates.
John Waddle Jr. is listed in the Augusta tax records from 1784 through 1790. In 1790, he and his father and brother Peter (Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement of Virginia , 1974, vol. 2, p. 426) reportedly moved to French Broad, a river in Tennessee. The 1795 reference to his apparent father as John Waddle Sr. in Sullivan Co. (Oliver Taylor, Historic Sullivan, The Overmountain Press, 1998, p. 225) suggests he may have been living in Sullivan County at that time.
In March of 1799 a license was granted to John Waddle to keep a tavern at Dickensonville, Russell County, Virginia (Russell County, Virginia Law Order Book 2 (1792-1799), Abstracted by Ronda Robertson). It seems likely that this was John Waddle Jr. He might have learned the tavern business while living in Sullivan County, Tennessee with his father during the time his father may have owned what is now referred to as Yancey’s Tavern.
A John Waddle is also listed in the personal property tax list for Russell County in 1799 (http://tinyurl.com/c8dgdyr) and on an 1802 the Court of Quarterly Session, June 24, 1802, ordered on P205 that the case of “William Manadue vs William Moore, case, continued for the def, def to take depositon of Matthew Wood & John Waddle” (http://tinyurl.com/cs67vfn). These references appear to be for John Waddle Jr.
Then in 1802 he appears to be listed next to his brother Daniel Waddle in Washington Co., Virginia personal property tax records (Virginia Washington County Personal Property Tax Lists1782-1805, FHL Film 1905744). John and Daniel are listed through 1806 (Virginia Washington County Personal Property Tax Lists1806-1827A, FHL Film 1905745). This close association with a Daniel Waddle, who in previous years was listed next to Peter Waddle, strongly indicates this John Waddle was John Waddle Jr.
In 1807 Daniel is missing from the Washington Co. tax record and a John Wadle is listed next to a David Wadle. The record for 1808 is missing. In 1809 a John Wadle is again listed next to a David Wadle and a second John Wadle is listed separately. Presumably the second John is John Jr.'s son John Sally who may have just become tithable at age 21. This suggests John Sally was born about 1788 near the time John Jr. and Philpena Hemp were married.
A John Wadle is listed next to David Wadle in 1810 and in 1811 a John Waddle and a David Wadle are listed. Only David is listed in 1812. In 1813, a John and Henry Waddle are listed and Henry continues to be listed through 1818; however, a John Waddle is not listed after 1813. There is no indication which John Waddle is listed in 1810 through 1813. A Jacob Waddle is also listed in 1816, 1817 and 1818, and in 1818 a Martin Waddle is listed. These appear to have been John Jr.'s sons and are Wedel family names. Assuming they were first listed after they turned 21, Henry would have been born about 1791, Jacob about 1794 and Martin about 1796.
Neither John Jr. nor any of his sons are listed in the tax records with a horse. From 1795 through 1797 both Peter and Daniel are listed with one horse. Daniel is listed with one horse in 1798, 1804 and 1805.
Militia records (Gerald H. Clark, The Militia of Washington County, Virginia, 1777-1835, 1979, p. 155) list a John Waddle, in 1806 and 1810, a Henry Waddle in 1814, and a Jacob Waddle in 1815. It seems likely that they were sons of John Jr.
A David Waddle is listed in the 1810 Federal census for Washington Co., Virginia with one male 26 to 45 and one female 16 to 25 (p. 688). In the 1810 tax list he is listed next to John Waddle, but in the census record he is listed several pages away. David may have been a son of John Jr.'s brother Daniel Waddle.
A John Waddle, who is presumed here to be John Jr., is shown in the 1810 Federal Census for Washington, Co., Virginia (p. 717). Listed are 2 males 10 to 15, 2 males 16 to 26, 1 male 26 to 45 and one male over 45; 2 females 0 to 9, 1 female 10 to 15, 1 female 16 to 25 and 1 female over 45. Listed separately are a John (Sally?) and Henry Waddle, aged 16 to 25 (p. 759) who probably were John Jr.'s sons. Strangely two John Waddles are listed in the 1809 tax list and on the 1810 Federal census, but only one is listed in the tax list for 1810. The female 16 to 26 may have been the daughter named Elizabeth who was referred to in the above mentioned pension application information supplied by John Sally Waddle in White Co., Tennessee. The 3 younger females remain unidentified.
The one male over 45 appears to have been John Jr., but the male 26 to 45 is unidentified. Jacob and Martin may have been the two males 16 to 26, which leaves two males 10 to 15 unidentified. Possibly they were younger sons named George and Lewis who are first listed in White Co., Tennessee tax lists.
Members of the John Waddle Jr. family first appear in The White Co., property tax lists in 1821 (White Co., Tennessee Tax Books, FHL film no. 0464154, items 2-4) where a Martin, Henry H., and John are listed. These tax lists are handwritten copies of the original records. No Waddle is listed for 1822. In 1823 Martin, George, and Henry are listed with George and Martin having town lots. Also listed in 1823 is a Revis Woodle who may have been Lewis Waddle. In 1824 a Lewis and John Waddle are listed. In 1825 a Lewis Woodle and a Martin Waddle are listed.
The following Waddles are listed in the 1826 tax list: John, John [Sally] Jr., Henry, George, Lewis, and Martin. They appear to be John Waddle Jr. and his sons. The Jacob from the Washington Co, Virginia tax lists is missing. Records have not been found that show where John Waddle Jr. lived after he left Washington Co., Virginia and before he can be clearly identified in White Co. records.
In 1827 only a Martin and a John Waddle are listed in the tax records. It is not clear if this is John Jr. or his son John Sally and it is the last record of Martin Waddle that has been found in White Co. records.
Only a John Sr. is listed in the White Co. tax list for 1829. This record appears to be for John Waddle Jr. who was reported by Pheba Waddle to have died 1 Jan 1830.
- Pension application of John Waddle R10978
State of Tennessee White County: SS
On this first day of June 1844, personally appeared before the Subscriber an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Phebe Waddle a resident of the County and State aforesaid aged eighty-four years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838, Entitled an Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows – that she is the widow of John Waddle who was a private soldier, a volunteer of the Virginia Militia in the war of the Revolution, she further declares that he never drew any pension for his services – and that she was married to the said John Waddle by a Minister of the Gospel in Augusta County Virginia some time in the year 1784, that her husband the aforesaid John Waddle died the first day of January 1830, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1794, viz. at the time above stated – and still remains his widow – She further declares that she knows of no record as to the time the marriage took place, nor of any documentary evidence by which he can make any further proof but that she has often heard him say in his lifetime, that he served in the war of the Revolution, at the time he entered the service he resided in Augusta County Virginia about the year 1780 and served three months and was at the battle of Kings Mountain, but does not at this time recollect the names of his Officers, but she recollects to have heard him say that his second three months tour was at the time of the taking of Cornwallis, and she believes the name of his General was Morgan, but does not now recollect the names of any other officers, but respectfully refers the Department to the Rolls &c.
S/ Phebe Waddle, X her mark
[fn p. 7: On June one, 1844 in White County Tennessee, John Waddle gave testimony that he has been acquainted with John and Phebe Waddle for the space of 50 years or upwards and that they have lived together as husband and wife all that time; that John Waddle died January first, 1830.]
State of Tennessee White County
Before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths personally appeared John Waddle a resident in said County aged sixty-six years who being first duly sworn according to law makes the following declaration in order to obtain the amount due to the heirs of John Waddle and Pheba Waddle under the act of Congress of 7th of July 1838 or any subsequent act. This declarant states that he is the lawful child of John & Pheba Waddle late of said County, that his father was a Revolutionary Soldier of the United States but never received a pension but the said John Waddle died some twenty-one years ago and after his death his widow PhebaWaddle apply for a pension which was not granted and the said Pheba died on the 9th of August 1849 the said Pheba Waddle did not intermarried after the death of her said Husband but died at the time above stated leaving the following children, affiant John[,] Sally about the age of 64 and Elizabeth about the age of 62 and are all the children [of] his said parents lived living at their death;
Sworn to and subscribed before me date above
S/ Wm Clayton, JP S/ John Waddle, X his mark
[Nov. 11, 1851]