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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

ABRAHAM WISE 1819-1889
MARY J. WISE (nee DUGAN) ca. 1821-1887

 


 
ABRAHAM WISE
Jan. 29, 1819
Jan. 25, 1889
 

 

Author - Marcia Farina       Contributor - Connie Wise Schuler

The Carthage Republican
Wednesday, January 30, 1889

Abram Wise, who has been in poor health for some time past, died Friday, January [2]5th last, at his daughters, Mrs. Thomas Write [sic].  Funeral was conducted by Rev. Suedaler, of Colchester, last Sunday afternoon at Majorville.  Mr. Wise was born in Ohio, January 29, 1819, died January 25, 1889.  He was married to Miss Mary J. Dugan, September 8, 1842.  At the age of 26 he joined the M. E. Church and remained a member until his death.  His wife died April 20, 1887.  Their family consisted of 9 children, 7 of whom are living.


Abraham Wise is believed to have been the son of Christian and Sarah Wise, of Coshocton County, Ohio.

Mary J. Dugan, also a native Ohioan, is believed to have been the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Elizabeth Dugan.  The latter couple was counted in both 1850 and 1860 in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  Margaret Elizabeth apparently died prior to 1870, at which time Joseph was making his home with his son, Oliver P. Dugan, in Decker Township, Richland County, Illinois.

A map of Illinois counties illustrating the locations of Richland, Clay and Hancock Counties.Abraham and Mary were farming in Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1850.  They moved westward to Owen County, Indiana, where their eighth child was born in 1858, then on to Decker Township, Richland County, Illinois, by 1860.  Their ninth and last child was born in Clay County, Illinois (immediately west of Richland County) about 1861, and two of their daughters were married in Clay County in the mid 1860s.

In 1870 Abraham, Mary and the six children still at home were living in Augusta Township, Hancock County, Illinois.  In 1880, with four children, they were in Fountain Green Township, Hancock County.

The year 1885 found Abraham and Mary in Chikaskia Township, Sumner County, Kansas.  By this time only their eldest son, William, was under the parental roof, but in their charge were three grandchildren, aged 17, 14 and 12, by their third daughter, Margaret.

A news item published on April 13, 1887, announced that Kittie Wise Wright, the youngest Wise daughter, had returned from a visit with her parents in Harper County, Kansas (located immediately west of Sumner County, both on the Kansas - Oklahoma border).  Abraham's obituary stated that Mary died April 20, 1887.  The short interval between these events tells us that the following statement from Kittie's obituary (she died in November of 1889), was partially inaccurate: "Her parents made their home with Mr. Wright, for several years, but died, the mother first, and father a year or so ago."

Abraham survived Mary by not quite two years.  He died in Fountain Green Township, Hancock County, Illinois, four days shy of his 70th birthday.  Two of his children, Kittie and Joseph, and a daughter-in-law, Minnie Day Wise (wife of Robert Wise) followed him to graves at Majorville Cemetery within the year.

Also from Kittie's obituary, Abraham, Mary, Joseph and Kittie all died from consumption (tuberculosis).

The Wise children were:

i. Elizabeth Wise, born in Ohio in 1843.  She married Waterhouse "Watt" Crackel on January 4, 1865, in Clay County, Illinois.  She died February 24, 1936, in Clay City, Clay County, burial there at Clay City Cemetery.  Find A Grave
 
ii. Amanda E. Wise, born about 1845 in Ohio, died after April 15, 1910.  Amanda married Harvey Davis, a Civil War veteran, in Sullivan County, Indiana, on June 5, 1866.
 
iii. Margaret A. Wise, born about 1848 in Ohio, married David Holman on October 29, 1866, in Clay County, Illinois.  She married George D. Eads in 1880.
 
iv. Sarah J. Wise, born about 1849 in Ohio.  She may have married John Singer on December 10, 1876, in Hancock County, Illinois.
 
v. Isabel or Isabelle Wise, born about 1854 in Ohio, was last counted with the family in the census of 1870.
 
vi. Catharine Wise, known as Kittie, was born October 23, 1854, in Ohio, died in Fountain Green Township on November 7, 1889.  Burial at Majorville Cemetery.
 
vii. William H. Wise, born about 1856 in Ohio.  He married Martha E. Martin on December 22, 1889, in Linn County, Missouri.  Less than four years later, on May 11, 1893, William died in Linn County, burial there at Jenkins Cemetery.  His widow subsequently married the youngest Wise son, Robert.
 
viii. Joseph D. Wise, born May 30, 1858, in Owen County, Indiana; died March 26, 1889, burial at Majorville Cemetery.
 
ix. Robert Perry Wise, born about 1861, was born in Clay County, Illinois.  We believe he died between 1920 and 1930.  Burial location undetermined.
 

1850 Ohio Census, Tuscarawas County, Oxford Township, page 339A
enumerated August 8, 1850, dwelling #67

Abraham Wise, 31 ?, male, farmer, value of real estate 475, born OH
Mary J, 28, female, born OH
Elizabeth, 7, female, born OH, attended school within the year
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Amanda E Wise, 4, female, born OH
Margarett A, 2, female, born OH
Sarah, 11/12, female, born OH
Robert, 11, male, born OH, attended school within the year [Abraham's half-brother]

1860 Illinois Census, Richland County, Decker Township, page 85
enumerated July 15, 1860, dwelling #615

Abm Wise, 39, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 400, born OH
Mary J, 36, female, white, born OH
Elizb, 16, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Amanda E, 15, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Margt A, 11, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Sarah J, 10, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Isabel, 6, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
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Cath Wise, 5, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Wm H, 4, male, white, born OH
Jas D, 3, male, white, born IN
Robt, 21, male, white, farm laborer, value of personal estate 120, born OH [Abraham's half-brother]
Thos Dever, 17, male, white, born OH

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 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

1885 Kansas State Census, Sumner County, Chikaska Township, page 11, dwelling #57

Abram Wise, 66, male, white, married, farmer, born OH, from IL to KS
Mary J Wise, 64, female, white, married, born OH, from IL to KS
William Wise, 25, male, white, single, farmer, born OH, from IL to KS
William D Holman, 17, male, white, single, born IL, from IL to KS
Minnie Holman, 14, female, white, single, born IL, from IL to KS
Abram Holman, 12, male, single, born IL, from IL to KS

 

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