John D. Wagg Papers, 1854-1866 Wagg, John D., Papers Ms1992-048

John D. Wagg Papers, 1854-1866

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Collection Number Ms1992-048


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia,
Collection Number
Ms1992-048
Title
John D. Wagg Papers, 1854-1866
Physical Characteristics
1 box; 0.4 cu. ft.
Creator
John D. Wagg
Language
English
Abstract
The Wagg Papers consist of correspondence, two diaries, sermons, church documents, and miscellaneous poems and essays.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the John D. Wagg Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John D. Wagg Papers, Ms1992-048, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia,

Acquisition Information

The John D. Wagg Papers were purchased by Special Collections in November 1992..

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John D. Wagg Papers commenced and was completed in January 1993.


Biographical Information

John D. Wagg, son of minister James Wagg, was born in Jefferson, North Carolina, on 8 July 1835. Although he initially studied medicine in 1854 at Jefferson Academy, Wagg eventually entered the ministry. On 17 July 1858, the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South authorized and licensed him as a preacher. The Holston Conference, in the mid-nineteenth century, encompassed most of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia.

Wagg's first appointments were in the Virginia counties of Giles, Russell, and Wise where he labored as a circuit preacher. By 1859, however, he was reassigned to Hillsville, Virginia, where he married Lavinia Anderson on 13 May 1862.

Wagg subsequently assumed ministerial duties in Asheville, North Carolina, in late 1862 or early 1863. His only child, Martha Elizabeth Wagg, was born there at the home of lawyer Joshua Roberts on 6 March 1863. On 6 August 1864, his wife Lavinia died.

In late 1864, John D. Wagg relocated to Bristol, Virginia, although he continued to deliver occasional sermons in Asheville. Wagg was superannuated by the Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1865 because of tuberculosis. He died in 1866 and is buried in Hillsville

Scope and Content

The Wagg Papers consist of correspondence, two diaries, sermons, church documents, and miscellaneous poems and essays. Forty-seven letters from ministers, family, and friends from 1858 to 1866 comprise his correspondence. Church documents include Wagg's credentials and a list of members and map of the Hillsville circuit.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Correspondence, 1858-1859.
  • Josiah Torbett in Princeton, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 11 November 1858.
  • James K. Stringfield in Wytheville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 14 December 1858.
  • Josiah Torbett in Princeton, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 17 May 1859.
  • T. D. Summers in Boon's Creek, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, 7 July 1859.
  • Josiah Torbett in Princeton, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 18 August 1859.
  • A. W. Smith in Gladeville, Wise Courthouse, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 8 November 1859.
  • W. W. Neal in Athens, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, 12 November 1859.
  • John. W. Mann in Hillsville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 7 December 1859.
  • A. W. Smith in Wise Courthouse, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 23 December 1859.
Box-folder 1:2
Correspondence, 1860
  • W. P. Quien in Wythe County, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 29 January 1860.
  • A. W. Smith in Wise County, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 13 February 1860.
  • John N. Jones in Taylorsville, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, 28 February 1860.
  • John W. Mann in Hillsville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 21 March 1860.
  • James Wagg in Jefferson, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, 17 May 1860.
  • John W. Mann in Hillsville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, 21 June 1860.
  • James Wagg in Jefferson, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, 1 August 1860.
Box-folder 1:3
Correspondence, 1861-1862.
  • J. D. Peters in Pearisburg, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, January 1, 1861.
  • John D. Wagg in Hillsville, Virginia, to Samuel Wagg, February 18, 1861.
  • A. J. Frazier in Rheatown, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, March 4, 1861.
  • A. G. Pendleton in Fort Branch, state unknown, to J. D. Wagg, March 5, 1861.
  • A. J. Frazier in Rheatown, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, June 4, 1861.
  • W. P. Quien in Grayson County, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, August 11, 1861.
  • W. P. Quien in Ducktown, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, December 26, 1861.
  • Gwen in Knoxville, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, February 11, 1862.
  • J. M. McTeer in Speedwell, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, March 24, 1862.
  • W. McDowell in Wytheville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, April 11, 1862.
  • Gwen in Knoxville, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, April 15, 1862.
  • Gwen in Knoxville, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, May 25, 1862.
  • Benjamin W. S. Bishop in Jefferson, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, September 20, 1862.
  • M. Tatum, to J. D. Wagg, with newspaper clipping, December 1862.
Box-folder 1:4
Correspondence, 1863-1867.
  • Samuel S. Grant in Hillsville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, April 16, 1863.
  • A. J. Frazier in Jacksboro, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, May 19, 1863.
  • Samuel S. Grant in Hillsville, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, August 12, 1863.
  • William H. Howell in Hendersonville, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, July 20, 1864.
  • Joshua Roberts in Asheville, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, October 2, 1864.
  • A. D. Stewart, to J. D. Wagg, February 20, 1865.
  • Joshua Roberts in Asheville, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg, with newspaper clipping,February 24, 1865.
  • James R. Stringfield in Emory, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, September 21, 1865.
  • A. D. Stewart in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to J. D. Wagg, December 28, 1865.
  • J. B. Johnson in Lynchburg, Virginia, to J. D. Wagg, February 15, 1866.
  • Josie in Rose Valley, state unknown, to J. D. Wagg,May 1866.
Box-folder 1:5
Correspondence.
  • M. Tatum, to J. D. Wagg.
  • M. Tatum, to J. D. Wagg.
  • M. Tatum, to J. D. Wagg.
  • Anson W. Cummings at [Holston Conference] Female College, Asheville, North Carolina, to J. D. Wagg.
  • J. D. Wagg, to unknown person.
  • Elva in Hillsville, Virginia, to Lavinia Wilkerson.
Box-folder 1:6
Diary of J D. Wagg, 1854-1858.
Box-folder 1:7
Pocket diary and almanac of J D. Wagg. [With lock of hair and sheet with family data. Diary has entries, 1882-1883.]1865.
Box-folder 1:8
Notebook of sermons by J. D. Wagg.
Box-folder 1:9
Sermons, 1865.
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Trial of Faith." Preached at Asheville, North Carolina, on February 21, 1864 and at Bristol, Virginia, on March 5, 1865.
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "The Builders." Preached at Bristol, Virginia, on February 19, 1865 and at Asheville, North Carolina, on March 27, 1865.
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Angels." Preached at Asheville, North Carolina, on March 15, 1865.
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Faith." Preached at Asheville, North Carolina, on June 15, 1865 and at Bristol, Virginia, on June 18, 1865.
Box-folder 1:10
Sermons.
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "God Seen in Nature."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "What of the Night?"
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Valedictory."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Aspiration of the Scriptures--External Evidence."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "The Divinity of Christ."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "The Fall of Man."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "A New Creature."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "Praise."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "The Water of Life."
  • Sermon by J. D. Wagg, "The Lord God and Death."
Box-folder 1:11
Miscellaneous notes for sermons.
Box-folder 1:12
Miscellaneous church documents, poetry and essays, 1858, n.d.
  • Class book for Hillsville, Virginia, congregation of the Holston Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church South. Lists church members. Compiled by J. M. McTeer and J. D. Wagg.
  • Map of Hillsville, Virginia, circuit of the Holston Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church South.
  • Church credentials of J. D. Wagg, January 1, 1858.
  • Church credentials of J. D. Wagg, July 17, 1858.
  • Poem by J. D. Wagg, "To Miss _____."
  • Poem by J. D. Wagg, "Mocking Bird."
  • Poem by J. D. Wagg.
  • Essay by J. D. Wagg.
  • Essay by J. D. Wagg.