J. W. Waggoner, Esq., of Coffee County, born October 8, 1836, is the son of J. A. and Rebecca Waggoner, the former, born in 1806, died in 1848, and the latter born in 1806, died in 1883.
Our subject is of German and Scotch descent. After continuing on the farm to care for his mother, he entered the Confederate service in 1862. After six months in camp with Captain McCutchen’s company, he was made steward and bookkeeper of the hospital at Chattanooga, afterward farming and teaching; in 1869 he took his present office of magistrate. He began the successful practice of law in Manchester in 1878. November 5, 1875, he married Eliza, daughter of Alford B. and Nancy Cook. Their six children are James H., William H., Nannie R., Addie M., Alice G. and James N. Mr. Waggoner is worth about $2,000, is a member of I. O. O. F. Lodge, and is at present chairman of the Democratic executive committee of the county. In 1887 he was appointed county clerk.