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Re: Christian Foglesong
Posted by: Robert Z Carlisle (ID *****8861) Date: November 30, 2012 at 05:06:03
In Reply to: Re: Christian Foglesong by Jim Allen of 240

Jim: Thanks for the information on Simon Foglesong. I would like to connect with you concerning out Foglesong family and exchange information. e-mail me at Here is some of the notes I have on Simon.

!RESIDENCE: The following is from the book,Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. V by Mary B. Kegley, Kegley Books, Wytheville, 2004.The notes are found on pages, 496, 497 and 498. "The name Foglesong is the anglicized version of the German name Vogelgesang, and the valley called Crawfish on the northern branches of Reed Creek was once called Foglesong Valley. It was here that Simon Foglesong and his wife, Susanna, chose to make their home. The 1,000 acres he selected were entered with the surveyor on April 11, 1789, the survey made in 1893 and the grant followed in 1794 (Wythe County Survey Book 1, p. 48; Grant Book 30, p. 533).

In the spring of 1800 Simon divided the home tract, giving his son, Christian, 350 acres, son, Charles, 350 acres, and his son-in-law, Nicholas Yandes, 300 acres. Yandes (also Jandes, Jantis, Yantis) married Catherine, Simon's daughter, who was born 1766 and died 1826. They had one child baptized at Kimberling Lutheran Church, a daughter, Maria Catharina who was born in 1805. The sponsors were Carolus Vogelgesang (Foglesong) and wife Rebeka (Wythe County Deed Book 2, pp. 488, 489; Book 3, p. 36; Hoch, Kegley and Smith, Kimberling, p. 27).

Simon died sometime before May 12, 1801, and was buried near his home in Crawfish Valley. Simon's wife, Susannah Foglesong, was appointed administrator of his estate on that date. The appraisal followed on 2 June and was done by Gasper Rader, Henry Ingle, and Lewis Hutsell, all of whom signed their names in German script (Wythe County Will Book 1, p. 181).

In 1812 Gasper Ritter took over the Yandes division, but sold it in 1824 to Isaac and Michael Creeger after he had moved to Tazewell Co., VA. Christian Foglesong and his wife, Barbara, sold their share to Charles Foglesong (Wythe County Deed Book 5, p. 485; Book 6, p. 649; Book 7, p. 218; Book 9, p. 649).

In 1815 the tax assessor recorded an entry for Charles and another for Christian Foglesong. Charles had one farm on the head of Reed Creek, containing 700 acres, with two cabins of logs, two barns, one new log house, one loom house, a grain house, and also 96 acres on the north Fork of the Holston with one cabin and one log stable. The total assessed value of his holdings was $890. Christian owned a farm in Rich Valley on the North Fork of the Holston with 298 acres, a dwelling house of wood, one story, measuring 22 feet by 28 feet , a barn a loom house, a springhouse, a stable and a corn house, all of wood. The value was $900 (Kegley, Tax Assessments, p. 124).

Christian (born on 15 Jan 1767 in what is now Germany, died in Johnson Co., Indiana, on 23 July 1852) and wife, Barbara, had three children baptized at Kimberling Church: Jocobus, born 1803, Anna Catharine, born 1805, and Julian (Julia Ann) born 1906. Also a daughter, Nancy, was baptized at St. John's Church in 1819.... The family moved to Indiana about 1830 (Hoch, Kegley and Smith, Kimberling, pp. 25, 27, 29; Cameron, Early Settlers. p. 327. p 328).

Charles Foglesong, son of Simon, was born in what is now Germany in 1772 and died in Rich Valley at the home of his son, Henry, in what is now Bland County on 23 Nov 1855, at the age of 83 years and 8 months. His son Henry gave the information for the death certificate.

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