Spelled and referred to variously, one Philip Wagoner lived on the Southside of Albany during the last decades of the eighteenth century. Was he connected to a "Dr." Henry Van Wagonner who also was listed on contemporary community survey documents? We seek defining information on Philip's origins and path to Albany. At this point, a number of backgrounds seem plausible as he may have been named Wagoner or Van Vaggenen!
A number of similarly named characters served the Revolutionary cause.
In 1790, Philip "Van Waganer" was listed on the census as a resident of the first ward and the head of a household that also included two boys and two unspecified females. At that time, five other Van Wagoner or Wagoner households were configured on the census for Albany and surrounding Watervliet. In 1800, his household included a young man (aged 16-24), Philip (born prior to 1756), and a woman born between 1756 and 1774.
In 1798, he was identified as a pewholder at the First Lutheran church. A decade earlier, "Philip Wagener" had signed in on behalf of his unnamed wife. In 1790 and again in 1793, Catharina and Philip Waggenen witnessed baptisms at the Albany Dutch church.
In September 1812, letters of administration were granted in Albany County on the estate of one "Philip Wagganor."
Sources: The life of Philip Wagoner is CAP biography number 6791. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 3/10/15; updated 6/12/15