John Wesley Quigg (1820-1893) was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Patrick Quigg, a native of Ireland. He married Hannah Bartshe in 1846 in Hickory County, Missouri. They had four children, 1847-1854. He married 2) Lucretia Ann Bradley in 1856 in Hickory County. They had six children, 1857-1863. John Wesley Quigg joined the militia at the beginning of the Civil War. After his enlistment was up, he returned home where he became Sheriff and Collector of Hickory County. He served in this office until November 1868. He died a Wheatland, Hickory County. Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren lived in Missouri, Washington and elsewhere.
Amos Paxton (1811-1902) was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Rebecca Quigg, daughter of Patrick Quigg and sister of John Wesley Quigg, had ten children, 1837-1866, born in Wayne County, Ohio; and Hickory County, Missouri. He died in Hickory County, Missouri. Most children, grandchildren and great grandchildren lived in Missouri.
The Paxton-Quigg feud began in 1892 when Ira Franklin Quigg (1865-1892), son of John Wesley "Wes" Quigg, rented a piece of land belonging to Samuel "Sigle" Paxton (1862-1893), son of John Paxton and grandson of Amos Paxton. One day Ira stopped at the Paxton home where he found Lema Paxton, wife of Sigel Paxton alone. That evening Lema told Sigle that Ira had insulted her. Because of this, Sigel and his brother-in-law beat Ira. Ira, an expert with a sling-shot ran the family off their place the next Sunday. Later during a meeting at Wheatland, Sigle shot Ira five times. He was standing over Ira, when Wes hit him with his cane. Sigle was found not guilty of murder because Ira had a gun in his pocket. In June of the next year, Sigle was out fishing with his brother-in-law, when he was ambushed from a boat and killed. A brother of Ira's was arrested, but there was no proof he was guilty and he was released. The Paxton family blamed the old man Wes Quigg for his death. In November, Orton Paxton (1871-1944), Sigel's brother; John Wesley Paxton (1843-1912), his father; and Theodore Paxton (b. 1855), his uncle, were in Wheatland when Wes Quigg and his wife drove into town. Wes was warned the Paxtons were trying to kill him, he took his rifle and walked down the street. The Paxtons came out of hiding, hit him with a gun, then shot him. The Paxtons were tried for second degree murder and sentenced to prison. They were paroled after two years.
Includes accounts of the Civil War in Hickory County, Missouri.
John W. Quigg was aged 39 years when the Civil War began, and served in the Missouri State Militia in 8th Regiment, Company "I". John became disillusioned with the Militia, and got out when his enlistment was up, John was thinking of the job as Sheriff and Collector of Hickory Co. John W. Quigg succeeded George S. Selvidge as Sheriff and Collector of Hickory Co. Mo., Selvidge only served a few months after he was appointed Sheriff and Collector. John W. Quigg held this position from October 15, 1863, until November 3 ,1868. (Ref. Wilson's History of Hickory Co.) William Q. Paxton, proprietor of the Humansville Roller Mills, is the uncle of Sigle Paxton the murdered man.
JOHN WESLEY2 QUIGG (PATRICK1) was born December 29, 1821, and died November 11, 1893. He married (1) HANNAH BARTSHE. She died September 11, 1855. He married (2) LUCRETIA A. BRADLEY. She was born May 19, 1827, and died February 20, 1900.
Children of JOHN QUIGG and HANNAH BARTSHE are:
i. WILLIAM R.3 QUIGG.
ii. JOHN W. QUIGG.
iii. CATHERINE JANE QUIGG.
iv. GEORGE A. QUIGG.
Children of JOHN QUIGG and LUCRETIA BRADLEY are:
v. SILAS QUINBY3 QUIGG.
vi. MARY E. QUIGG.
vii. CHARLES C. QUIGG.
viii. AMOS T. QUIGG.
ix. PERRY C. QUIGG.
x. HORACE DASHER QUIGG.
xi. SAMUEL S. QUIGG.
xii. IRA F. QUIGG.
xiii. PRISCILLA LUCRETIA QUIGG.
xiv. JAMES MADISON QUIGG.
xv. ENOS S. QUIGG.xvi. CORA CANDES QUIGG.
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