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Wilus Family

William E. Fox (View posts)
Posted: 952490616000
I am researching family of my GGgrandmother Martha T. Wilus, born 17 Jan 1835, married 1 May 1855 to James Daniel Brunker. Her parents were Thomas Murdock Wilgus born 18 May 1810 in Ohio, mother Elizabeth Graham born 1815, Ohio. Grandparents: Richard J. Wilgus born 13 May 1781-Upper Freehold Twp, Monmouth Co, NJ,wife Nabby Murdock, she died 3 Nov 1841. This is where I hit the dead end.
Can find no further references to Richard or Nabby. Getting Desperate.
Help, Bill
Posted: 955599740000
Edited: 993642913000
Don't get desperate, there's tons of information. My great grandfather(7th)is clark B. Wilgus. I met a cousin after all these years on this board. She has tons of information on the Wilguses and it's listed online. Go to Wilgus Website. email me Linda

Wilgus of New Jersey

Posted: 960079461000
Edited: 993494134000
I've been searching for my Wilgus ancestors also. They originated in Fayette Co., PA. I believe that I found my ggGrandfather in the 1850 Census for PA. In my hunting on the web. I found a Wilgus family tree in New Jersey. I downloaded it and examined it to find I was not related. It was Posted by Bill Abrhams, e-mail

Hope this helps

Wilgus Family NJ PA

Phil D. (View posts)
Posted: 967916422000
Dear Kevin,
I'm also a Wilgus descendant. My GGGrandfather was Harmon P. Trump who married Mary E. Wilgus (both of Fayette Co., PA - Connellsville area). I've also had problems connecting to the NJ "Wilgi", although our branch is supposed to have been from a marriage of the Danley and Wilgus families, who then moved into Fayette Co.. Both of those families were from the Monmouth Co., NJ area BUT- the Upper Freehold area they were from has scant mention at the Monmouth Co. and Burlington Co. (NJ) Historical Societies. (The Allentown [NJ]/ Upper Freehold area is considered "the boonies" of Monmouth Co.) We are very likely related in some way. Perhaps you recognize my ancestors connection to yours. I'd be glad to hear from you. By the way - I visited those societies myself to try to research - that's how I found it seemed to be a dead end. There was also a branch of "Wilgi" in the Newton NJ area, but the Sussex Co., NJ society has precious little on them I could find, even with 3 of their volunteers help! Good Luck and best regards. Phil D.

Wilgus Family

Posted: 973517071000
Edited: 993494134000
Sorry about taking so long to reply, I've been working on other branches lately. Still trying to find my ggg grandfather Wilgus. My line runs out in Fayette Co, PA, with James Wilgus, father of George Wilgus, my grandmother's father. I've corresponded with relatives who shared a 1912 letter from George Wilgus to George Wilgus (my ggrandfather) suggesting that James' father was Isaac, but haven't been able to confirm that. I did run across a John Wilgus born in New Jersey, who married Diademia Dannely and moved to Western PA in early 1800's. He may be related, but haven't made the connnection. I haven't seen the Mary Wilgus that you mentioned, but my grandmother's name was Mary, as well as her mother (James' wife Mary Ruffcorn).

Please contact me at if you'd like to share information.

Re: Wilguses

Posted: 1379986690000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wilgus
Hi Linda,
I am wondering if you can provide an updated link to the Wilgus website that you referenced as I have had no luck finding it. We are descended from the Burlington County, NJ Wilgus family - who I hope to confirm were descendants of the Monmouth County family.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Re: Wilgus of New Jersey

Posted: 1379986877000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wilgus, Willgus, Wildgus, Wildgust, Bishop, Hankins, Corlies, Curlis, Curtis
Hi there,

You may have some information of the Monmouth Wilgus clan that I've been trying to uncover. Wondering if you can share with me what you know. Our probable connection to Monmouth is through the lineage of John L. Wilgus of Burlington County, NJ - born 1838, married Mary Jane Reed.

Here's what I am looking to verify -
his father: Jesse Wilgus of Monmouth County, NJ - n. abt 1808 m. Sarah Ann Bishop 1833
his grandfather: John Wilgus of Monmouth, NJ - n. abt 1778 m. Catherine Hankins 29 Nov 1798
his great grandfather: John Willgus - n. abt 1753, marriage info unknown
His 2x great grandfather: John Willgus of Monmouth, East Jersey - n. abt 1719, m. Jane Corlies/Curlis/Curtis 16 Mar 1744

Jesse and John L. appear on an 1860 census, but no John L. listed with the family prior/after. Jesse traveled West with several offspring and what appears to be a Mormon group, but John L. was not in their company or mentioned in any regard in the Westward group's documentation.
I've come across a few records showing the existence of the father - 2x great grandfather all in the same region of New Jersey, but nothing solidly linking these men as a line.
I recently came across new info that said John (husband of Catherine) Wilgus was born in 1762. It is still plausible that he fathered Jesse, but this makes him to old to be the son of the John Willgus born in 1753. The source I found was typed this century as were the sources stating the 1753 and 1778 births. That got me thinking that 1753 and 1762 could potentially be a transcription error. Now I am curious if either the grandfather and the great grandfather are actually the same person -- or maybe the great grandfather and the 2x great grandfather were the same person. More easily stated, perhaps John Wilgus (husband of Catherine) was son of John Willgus (husband of Jane) with no generation in between.
Now I am curious if the John you mention might be a John we descend from. If you are familiar with my family's direct ancestors, might you share anything to verify/discredit my theories? Also wondering if you know of any connection between the NJ Wilgus and the Wildgust/Wildgus clans from the region.

Thank you!
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