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   Volume 6 Issue 4 April 2001   



Additional information has been found on our ancestor James Wiser, from the book, "The Bay Path and Along the Way", by Levi Badger Chase, The Plimpton Press, Norwood, MA, 1919, quoted as follows:

"About here in our progress eastward, it appears desirable, for the purpose of making a suggestion of identity, to again recall the item in Governor Winthrop's Journal, and quote a brief extract as follows:

""Apr. 4, 1631, Wahginnacut, a sagamore upon the river Quonehtacut, which lies west of Naraganset, came to the governor at Boston, with John Sagamore & Jack Straw (an Indian, who had lived in England and had served Sir Walter Raleigh, and was now turned Indian again) and divers of their sannops and brought a letter to the governor from Mr. Endicott....An historian says they secured the services of Jack Straw and Sagamore John, as the former Indian spoke English, and the latter lived between the Charles and Mystic Rivers."

Jack Straw has been identified and located in Westboro (see ante). In regard to Sagamore John, there are known facts in the life of John Awassamog, Sr., that "fit on" and the identity will be assumed here that the facts may be presented.

He was a Nipnet, having chieftain's blood in his veins. In 1635 or earlier he married Yawata, daughter of Nanepashemet, chief of the Pawtucket tribe, chief of the Pawtucket tribe, whose possessions extended from Chelsea and Lynn on the coast, thru Middlesex County to the Pawtucket Falls (Lowell) on the Merrimac River.

They resided at Winnisimet (Chelsea) where the oldest son, Muminquash, was born. (He was afterward known as James Rumney Marsh.) Their other sons were John Jr., Samuel, Joshua, Thomas and Amos Awassamog. He was living at Mistic (Medford) when the apostle Eliot began his labor with the Indians, in 1646,--and sometimes attended his meetings."

This is another document which supports Yawata being the mother and John Awassamog being the father our ancestor James Wiser Rumneymarsh Quanapohkit.


During the last month, I received a picture of the house of Daniel Wiser in Hill, New Hampshire (formerly New Chester, NH) from

Janice Harvey who is working on a book about the historic houses there. The picture she sent me was from an old postcard and the notation on the bottom reads, "Dan Wiser House at Hill Center". It is still standing today and occupied. Daniel Wiser was the son of Benjamin Wiser Jr. and his second wife, Sarah (Sally) Orn.

Janice also gave me the following information, on an about 1860 map of Hill, D. Wiser is shown as owning the property. In 1880, Daniel's farm was valued at $1,600. He had 1 horse, 2 cows, 1 head of cattle and 2 swine. Also, she gave a reference to Tristan "Cram" who bought a place next door to Daniel Wiser on Sept. 24, 1832 and operated a 'huller shop' there. Those buildings are gone now. Tristam Cram was related to Benjamin Wiser through his mother's mother, Elizabeth Cram. Janice also found the following notes concerning Daniel in articles from the Bristol Enterprise newspaper, dated 12-21-1878; "Daniel Wiser has sold his farm to parties from Vermont." And dated 01-04-1879;  "Daniel Wiser sold a large amount of personal property on Saturday last. Ed Judkins of Franklin, being the auctioneer." I appreciate Janice's information on Daniel Wiser.


A number of family members have passed away during the last few months. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to their family members. Their descendancy from Benjamin Wiser is detailed within the bolded parentheses. Peggy Maharan enjoyed family history and she had provided a great deal of information on her family to me during the last year. Her family has the family Bible which notes next to the birth of Alberta (Bertha) Morse, "full blooded Indian". Bertha Morse was the great great granddaughter of Benjamin Wiser.

Buffalo, NY Times, 21 Apr 2001; Margaret ("Peggy") M. Maharan (Genevieve Mary Gouchie, Laurane Alberta Snook, Simeon Dewitt Snook, Alberta (Bertha) Morse, Simeon DeWitt Morse, Joseph C. Morse, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser, Benjamin Wiser)- passed away April 19, 2001, beloved companion of Steve Stack; dearest mother of Ralph and Thomas Batchelor (Dana Wigdor), Robert and Mark (Arlene) Fullmer; grandmother of Kyle and Marc; sister of William (Nancy) Maharan, Joan (Ron) Tomicki and James Maharan; also survived by many loving and caring friends and family. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 at LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS, INC. Memorial Chapel, 1820 Seneca St. where funeral will be held Monday at 1 PM. Flowers gratefully declined.

Syracuse, NY paper, 9 Mar 2001: Bertha M. Jones (John Jacobe, father's first wife was Cora M. Albro (her mother was Cora Brown), Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), 101, of 9 Hamlin St., Cortland, died Tuesday at Cortland Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cuyler. She was a cook at various Cortland hotels. She was a member of United Community Church of Cortland, Women of the Moose and Cortland Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans auxiliaries. Her husband, David; a daughter, Ada Natale; and two sons, Claude and David L. Jones, died previously. Survivors: Five daughters, Edna Clark, Lula Burnett and Angeline McClory, all of Cortland, Betty Root of Tully and Jennie Jones of Auburn; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services: Noon Saturday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home. Spring burial, Sheds Cemetery. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland. Contributions: United Community Church, 19 Church St., Cortland 13045.

Syracuse, NY paper, 18 Mar 2001; Kenneth D. Nash , 61, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Tully, died March 10 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC. He was born in Syracuse. He retired in 1995 after 25 years as a supervisor at Agway Research Farm. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors: His wife, the former Shirley Mauzy (Beatrice Belle Bush, Ruth May Hollenbeck, Minnie A. Albro, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser, Benjamin Wiser); two daughters, Terri Wilcox of Fabius and Tanya Nash of Syracuse; four sons, Douglas of Springfield, Mo., Daniel of Oxnard, Calif., Darin of Philmath, Ore., and Dustin of Albany, Ore.; two brothers, Ronald of Navarino and Robert of Nashville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren. Services and calling hours: None. Lady's Funeral Home, Kannapolis, NC, has arrangements. Contributions: Duke University Lung Transplant Program, in care of Pam Ruffin, Box 3876, Durham, NC.

Paper and date unknown (may be Cortland, NY paper): Lenora M. Strauf, 63, of 5954 Potter Hill Road, Taylor, NY, passed away Feb. 12, 2001 at home. She was born Nov. 27, 1937 in Cortland, the daughter of the late Clifton and Ina Kelsey Little, Sr. Mrs. Strauf lived in the Cortland area most of her life. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed cooking, reading and playing cards. Her organizations included the Union Valley ladies Aide of which she was treasure. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Strauf Sr. of Taylor; daughters, Sandi (Anthony Colasurdo) of McGraw, Connie (John) Hayes of McGraw, Cindi (Philip) Bacheller of Cortland; son, Lewis (Teresa) Strauf Jr., of Cincinnatus; brothers, Clifton (Fran) Little Jr., Leon (Cindy) Little, Joseph Little, Gary (Laurie) Little all of Cortland; sister, Joyce (Joseph) Lovenduski of New Jersey; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister Gladys Nowalk. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland with the Rev. Allan J. Ferguson officiating. Interment will be held in the Cortland Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. (Lenora was previously married to Gurdon Wayne Bush, Ruth May Hollenbeck, Minnie A. Albro, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser, Benjamin Wiser).


Once again, thanks for all your positive input on our family newsletter. You may contact me at or 6 Baton Rouge, Roswell, NM  88201, or (505) 623-2534.