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Agnes Pyatt and Frederick Augustus Wengler

Agnes Pyatt was born December 11, 1824, to John Pyatt of Franklin County, Missouri, and died March 20, 1901, in Allenton, St. Louis County, Missouri. She married on September 18, 1842, in Jefferson County, Missouri, (I find no record of this marriage in Franklin or Jefferson County) Frederick Augustus Wengler. Agnes Wengler is buried in the Allenton Cemetery, Allenton, St. Louis County, Missouri.

Just which John Pyatt was her father is in question. We know that it was not the pioneer, John Piatt, of Jefferson County, Missouri, as he had no daughter named Agnes at the time of his death in 1827. He could (and probably did) have had a son named John who died between 1824 when Agnes was born and 1827 when John Sr died. It is not known if Agnes had siblings. If her father died before producing other children, it would help explain her lack of close family (as her descendants claim to have no knowledge of her family). It is interesting though that her first child was born in Meremec Township, St Louis County, Missouri where John the pioneer lived and died and where William C Inks was closely tied to both John Pyatt and the Wenglers. I have to question why there wouldn't be a guardianship document in Franklin, Jefferson or St Louis County for Agnes if her father had died when she was young. Even if her mother was still living, she would legally be an orphan and under the care of the court and a guardian (usually the mother).

I have a theory that she may have been the daughter of Jacob and Olivia ?Inks (or McClure) Pyeatt as it would explain her close ties to their other children. Age-wise, she would fit in neatly with their other children. Did someone in writing of the Wenglers in the 1890s mistake the name of Agnes' brother for her father? John Pyeatt the son of Jacob and Olivia had lived in Franklin County for many years. If Agnes had not married until 1842, I would expect to see her with Jacob and Olivia - and it doesn't seem that she is. However, I believe John and Julia had females in their household the right age that were too old to be their children. I note that one of Jacob's sons, William Dudley Pyeatt, named a daughter Agnes and Jacob's daughter, Sarah Pyeatt Sledd, received money from Frederick Wengler (he was acting as a currier between Sarah and Mary Hildebrand).

The children of Agnes and Frederick which we have record of are:

13 children in all, several of whom died in infancy.

Frederick and family appeared as follows in District 31, Franklin County, Missouri on the 1850 census:

The family was enumerated 12th Oct 1850 #976/976 pg 81 (printed upper right. Their neighbors were #971 John M ?Groin, #972 Stephen L May, #973 William Keattey, #974 James Keattey, #975 James Mackey & Mariah Wengler (age 26 born MO) and William Wengler (age 3 born MO), #977 Spencer Coleman, #978 Walter A Chapman, #979 Foust G Derper?, #980 Ann Groff, #981 George ?Griensa. I also viewed all other entries from pg 1-218 consisting of Dist 31 with no other Pyeatts or known related lines found.

Frederick served for the Union in the civil war. This record card was located:

  • Wengler, Fred Rank: 2nd Lieutenant Conflict: Civil War Side: Union Organization: Home Guards Name of Unit: Pacific Battalion Home Guards Company: B Record Group: Office of Adjutant General Series Title: Record of Service Card, Civil War, 1861-1865 Box: 88 Reel: s885

    On the 1860 census of Fenton PO, Meramac Township, Jefferson County, Missouri, they appeared as follows: