Wagoner, Moses

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Moses Spaulding[1] Wagoner was born in Berne[2], Albany County, NY in September of 1839[1][3] to Elias Waggoner (B. 1816, D. after 1880) and Sally Ann Willsey (B. abt 1815, D. after 1880).[1] He was the second oldest boy of eight children.[4][5][6][7] His surname was often spelled Waggoner.

Marriage & Children

In about 1894, he married Deborah E. Braman (B. 1847, D. Sept 10, 1919), who was the daughter of Charles Braman and Polly Slingerland.[1][3] His wife was known as Debbie. Moses and Debbie did not have any children.[3]


Moses worked as a farmer before he enlisted in the 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment[2] and he continued in this profession for the remainder of his life.[8]

Military Service

Name: Moses Wagoner
Enlistment Date: 12 Aug 1862[2]
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private[2]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[9]
Company: Company K[2][9]
Wounded On: 30 May 1864[2]
Wounded At: Totopotomoy, VA[2]
Wounded On: 20 Jun 1864[2]
Wounded At: Petersburg, VA[2]
Discharged for Disability on: 22 Feb 1865[2]
Discharged At: McClellan General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA[2]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at age 22.[2] AKA Waggoner[2] He was shot through his left hand[10] On May 30, 1864.[2]
Sources Used: Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York For the Year 1897; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998.


After Moses' service in the Civil War, he returned home to Albany County. He can be found in the 1870 census living in Bethlehem and working for Jacob Waley and his son Joseph.[11] In 1880, he was living in Berne with his parents and siblings.[12] In the 1890 Veterans Census, he was recorded in Rotterdam, Schenectady County, NY more specifically Haynes, NY.[10] This entry confirms a war injury where he was shot through the left hand and it also says that his discharge papers had been burned.[10] Then in about 1894 he married Debbie and in 1900 is living with her and her older brother John W. Braman in New Scotland.[3] There Moses is working as a farm laborer for John who owns the farm.[3]


Moses S. Wagoner died on March 8, 1902 at 62 years of age and was buried at Reidsville Cemetery in Reidsville, Albany County, NY.[9] His gravestone there confirms his service in the Civil War.[9] After his death, his wife Debbie applied for his Civil War pension on September 19th.[13] Debbie died on September 10, 1919 at 72 years of age.[9] She was buried at Reidsville Cemetery with her husband and her gravestone includes his name.[9]


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bernehistory.org
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 1900 US Census, New Scotland, Albany Co, NY
  4. 1850 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  5. 1855 NY State Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  6. 1860 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  7. 1865 NY State Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  8. US Censuses
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Reidsville Cemetery Gravestones, Bernehistory.org
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 1890 US Veterans Census, Rotterdam, Schenectady Co, NY
  11. 1870 US Census, Bethlehem, Albany Co, NY
  12. 1880 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  13. Civil War Pension Index, Ancestry.com