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Page content last modified: December 6, 2010, added link to Find A Grave for Robert Dewey Wise.
August 5, 2008, added text on Robert Perry Wise's second marriage.
February 12, 2008, added tombstone photo, revised text.
March 19, 2006, added Minnie's burial location, link to marriage documents.
January 17, 2005, corrected year of Minnie's death.
November 29, 2005, added 1920 and 1930 census transcriptions, text on Robert Dewey Wise and family.

MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

MINNIE M. WISE (nee DAY)
1863-1889
& ROBERT PERRY WISE
ca. 1861-19__

 

MINNIE M.
WISE
Dau. of
J. E. & M. M.
DAY
Born
MAR. 3, 1863.
Died
MAR. 7, 1889.
At Rest.

No pains, no griefs, no anxious fear,
Can reach our loved one sleeping here
.

 

Author - Marcia Farina

Minnie M. Day, daughter of James Edward Day and Mary M. Callihan, was born in Hancock County, Illinois.  The Scofield biography of her father reported that Minnie died at the age of 24, but the inscription on her tombstone indicates she died four days after her 26th birthday.  The dates in the inscription jibe with census records and Minnie's daughter's obituary.

On March 26, 1885, Minnie married Robert Perry Wise.  The nuptials were performed by Smith H. Hyde at Carthage.  Marriage Documents

Robert, born about 1861 in Clay County, Illinois, was the son of Abraham Wise and Mary J. Dugan, both originally from Ohio.  The Wise family lived in the following locations before coming to Hancock County: Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio; Owen County, Indiana; Decker Township, Richland County, Illinois; Clay County, Illinois.

Robert left Illinois after Minnie died.  On April 16, 1897, Robert (of Phillips County, Kansas) married the former Martha E. Martin (of Browning, Linn County, Missouri), who was the widow of Robert's older brother, William.  The marriage was performed at Linneus, Linn County, Missouri.  Marriage Register

In 1900 Robert and Martha were living in Walnut Township, Phillips County, Kansas, where they remained for some years.  Also in Walnut Township in 1900 was Clement Day, Minnie's uncle. Seth Day, Clement's son and Minnie's first cousin, was farming in adjacent Granite Township.

Robert died before April 1, 1930.  Martha died after February 12, 1942.  As of that date, she was reportedly living in Purdin, Benton Township, Linn County, Missouri.

The daughter of Minnie Day and Robert Wise was:

i. Velva May Wise, born January 14, 1887, near Fountain Green, Hancock County, Illinois.  She died February 12, 1942, at Byers, Colorado.
 

The son of Robert and Martha E. Wise was:

i. Robert Dewey Wise, born January 18, 1899, in Phillips County, Kansas, died February 2, 1977, and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas.  Find A Grave

Robert married Agnes Marie Knox on June 12, 1917.  She was born April 22, 1902, in Missouri, died September 6, 1964.  Interment at Fairview Cemetery.  Find A Grave

Robert and Agnes Marie were farming and raising their family in Walnut Township, Phillips County, in 1920 and 1930.
 

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 151B
enumerated June 13, 1870, dwelling #11

Day, James E, 39, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 1000, born IL, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Margaret, 37, female, white, keeping house, born PA
William, 12, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Minnie, 6, female, white, born IL, attended school within the year

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Augusta Township, page 14A
enumerated June 27, 1870, dwelling #6

Wise, Abram, 50, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 410, born OH, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Mary J, 48, female, white, keeping house, born OH
Sarah, 19, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Isabelle, 17, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Catharine, 15, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
William H, 13, male, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Joseph, 12, male, white, born IN, attended school within the year
Robert, 9, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township
page 115D, enumerated June 17-18, 1880, dwelling #147

Day, James E, white, male, 49, married, farmer, born IL, both parents born KY
Mary M, white, female, 47, wife, married, keeping house, born PA, both parents born PA
Sabina, white, female, 74, mother, widow, at home, could not read or write, born KY, both parents born MD
Minnie M, white, female, 16, daughter, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born IL, mother born PA
Gosnell, Eddie, white, male, 16, nephew, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born OH, mother born IL

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 118B
enumerated June 23-24, 1880, dwelling #211

Wise, Abram, white, male, 61, married, farmer, born OH, father born VA, mother born PA
Mary J, white, female, 58, wife, married, keeping house, born OH, both parents born OH
William H, white, male, 24, son, single, farm laborer, born OH, both parents born OH
Joseph D, white, male, 22, son, single, at home, born IN, both parents born OH
Robert P, white, male, 19, son, single, at home, born IL, both parents born OH
Catharine, white, female, 25, daughter, single, at home, born OH, both parents born OH

1900 Kansas Census, Phillips County, Walnut Township, page 252A
enumerated June 1, 1900, dwelling #4

Wise, Robert, head, white, male, Sept 1861, 38, married for 3 years, born IL, both parents born OH, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, rented his farm, farm
schedule 4

Martha E, wife, white, female, Dec 1860, 39, married for 3 years; mother of 2 children, both living [error]; born PA, both parents born PA, could read, write and speak English

Belva, daughter, white, female, Jan 1887, 13, single, born IL, father born IL, mother born PA [error], at school for 8 months, could read, write and speak English

Hollingsworth, Jacob, servant, white, male, Dec 1870, 29, single, born IA, both parents born MO, day laborer, could read, write and speak English

Robert D, son, white, male, Jan 1898, 2, single, born KS, father born IL, mother born PA

 

1910 Kansas Census, Phillips County, Walnut Township, page 51A
enumerated May 6, 1910, dwelling #117

Wise, Robert P, head, male, white, 48, married (2nd) for 13 years, born IL, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, [illegible word] feeder, employer, could read and write, paying on a mortgage on his farm, farm schedule 116

Martha E, wife, female, white, 45, married (2nd) for 13 years; mother of 3 children, 1 living; born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English, could read and write

Robert D, son, male, white, 11, single, born KS, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, could read and write, attended school after Sept. 1, 1909

Young, Earl J, laborer, male, white, 21, single, born KS, father born OH, mother born NE, spoke English, laborer, general farm, working on own account, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - no, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - 0, could read and write

 

1920 Kansas Census, Phillips County, Walnut Township, page 191B
enumerated January 24-26, 1920, dwelling #13, farm

Wise, Robert P, head, owned his home free of mortgage, male, white, 48, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, farmer, working on own account, farm schedule 13

Martha, wife, female, white, 49, married, could read and write, born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English

1920 Kansas Census, Phillips County, Walnut Township, page 192B
enumerated January 31, 1920, dwelling #43, farm

Wise, Robert D, head, renter, male, white, 21, married, could read and write, born KS, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, working on own account, farm schedule 4

Marie G, wife, female, white, 18, married, could read and write, born MO, both parents born IA, spoke English

Orville L, son, male, white, 1, single, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO

Norman F, son, male, white, 2/12, single, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO

1930 Missouri Census, Linn County, Benton Township, Purdin, page 15B
enumerated April 21, 1930, dwelling #58

Wise, Martha, head, owner, home value 2000, did not own a radio, female, white, 68, widow, age at first marriage - 29, could read and write, born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English

1930 Kansas Census, Phillips County, Walnut Township, page 263A
enumerated April 12, 1930, dwelling 31

Wise, Robert D, head, renter, did not own a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 31, married, age at first marriage - 18, could read and write, born KS, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 30

Agnes M, wife, female, white, 28, married, age at first marriage - 15, could read and write, born MO, father born IL, mother born IA, spoke English

Orville L, son, male, white, 12, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO, spoke English

Norman F, son, male, white, 10, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO, spoke English

Maxine, daughter, female, white, 6, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO, spoke English

Lois [sic] C, son, male, white, 5, single, did not attend school after Sept. 1, 1929, born KS, father born KS, mother born MO, spoke English

 

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