From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 364, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Gregory Wagner, Jr., farmer and resident of Mt. Sterling
township, was born in Owen county, Indiana, March 24, 1853. His father,
Gregory, was born at Baden, Germany, February 24, 1820, and his father
was also born in Baden, where he learned the trade of a weaver and
there followed it. He came to America about 1827, accompanied by his
wife and six children. He lived in New York, Philadelphia and
Pittsburg, where he worked in the iron works for some years. From there
he went to Coshocton county, Ohio and was one of the early settlers
there. He continued on the land he then bought until his death in 1837.
This was occasioned by the bite of a rattlesnake. His wife's name was
Magdaline Riling, also of Baden. After her husband's death she came to
Brown county and died here about 1862. Gregory, Sr., was seven years
old when he came to America. While the family lived at Pittsburg he
worked in the iron works and after their removal to Ohio he assisted
his father on the farm. He inherited a part of his father's land and
bought forty acres more from his brother and lived there until 1851. He
then moved to Indiana, traded his farm in Ohio for land in Owen
township, Indiana, remained there two years, then sold and came to
Illinois, and settled in Mt. Sterling township, buying land in sections
1 and 2. There was only a log cabin on the place, but he shortly began
improving; later he bought another tract and engaged in farming until
1878, when he moved to Mt. Sterling, where he now resides. He was
married November 18, 1840, to Miss Agatha Lash, born in Alsace,
Germany, February 5, 1821. Her father was a carpenter of Baden, who
came to America in 1827 with his wife and six children. The parents of
our subject have ten living children.
Gregory, Jr., was but an infant when he came to Illinois with
his parents. He began when very young to help on the farm, was reared
to habits of industry, received the benefits of the district schools,
and continued to reside with his parents until twenty-one, since when
he has been engaged in farming and threshing on his own responsibility.
He now owns and occupies a portion of the old homestead, where he has
erected a good set of frame buildings and has otherwise improved the
He was married January 15, 1878, to Miss Mary Factor of Ohio,
daughter of Benjamin Factor, she being one of eleven children. The
family are highly regarded members of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
He is a Democrat and the whole family is greatly respected. Mr. and
Mrs. Wagner have seven children, - four sons and three daughters.