The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
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John Wendel Wigle (Wagaly) was born in 1753 in Frankfurt, Germany. Orphaned as a child he came to America as a stowaway. Upon discovery by the ship’s captain John was bound out to service working seven years to pay his passage. In later life he worked as a weaver in Little York, Pennsylvania marrying Julianna Romer in 1776.

Because of his pacifist beliefs John refused to bear arms and at the outbreak of hostilities in America he set out for Canada as a British sympathizer. In 1786 travelling by pack horse he, his wife and four children joined a group heading for Detroit. Once in Detroit the Wigles met Leonard Kratz. In time two of the Wigle sons would marry Kratz daughters and one Wigle daughter would marry a Kratz.

Stopping first at Grosse Isle the Wigles eventually settled at Gosfield, Lot 6, Eastern Division in the New Settlement, Essex County in 1792. As a United Empire Loyalist John Wigle obtained 200 acres on the Lake Erie Shore near the Malott and Kratz homesteads. The Wigle family prospered and before he died John Wendel Wigle acquired 3000 acres of land.John and his wife Julianna raised a family of eleven children. John Wendel Wigle died in 1816 and was buried first at Albertville Cemetery on the lakeshore of Lot 6, then removed to Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville, July 1925. His wife Julianna died in May, 1824.

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