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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 7 Issue 8                                                                                       August 2002

RESEARCH FINDINGS

 

 

Family of Benjamin Wiser (continued)

 

Benjamin married (2) Kezia , possibly 1774, probably in Westborough, Worcester, MA. Kezia was born about 1748, probably in MA.

 

They had the following children:

               4 M       iii.  Benjamin Wiser was born 1774, probably in Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts or in New Hampshire. He died before 1860 in Corinth, Orange, VT.

 

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BIOGRAPHY: Benjamin Wiser Junior stayed in New Hampshire while the remainder of the family went west to New York.  Benjamin appears to have married first Sally Turner, and second Sarah (Sally) Orn.  There are a number of children, though we have never proven that all belong to Benjamin.  By 1830, Benjamin was living in Vermont and probably died shortly after 1850 in Corinth, Orange, VT or Alexandria, Grafton, NH.

 

CENSUS RECORDS: 1800 Census of Bath, Grafton, NH Benjamin Wizer; 1 male, 26-45, 2 females, under 10, 1, 16-26; 1810 Census of Haverhill, Grafton, NH, 4 males under 10, 1 26-45, 1 female under 10, 2, 10-16, 1, 26-45; 1830 Census of Washington, Orange, VT, 1 male under 5, 2, 5-10, 1, 50-60, females, 2 under 5, 1, 40-50; 1840 Census of Corinth, 1 male 10-15, 1, 15-20, 1, 20-30, 1, 60-70; 2 females, 10-15, 1, 50-60; 1850 Census of Alexandria, Grafton, NH; Benj. age 76, born NH, Sally, age 66, born Maine, Daniel, age 21, born VT.

 

MARRIAGE RECORD: Intentions of Marriage, Bath, Grafton, NH; Benjamin Wiser of Haverhill and Sarah Orn of Corinth, 12 Oct 1822.

 

TOWN RECORDS: Haverhill, p.572, Benjamin Wiser, resident, p.602, 1797, resident, p. 586, school tax, 1797; Bath, p.30 tax 1811, p.22, inventory 1811, p.150, 1814 taxes, p.140, inventory, 1814, p.186, inventory 1815.

 

LAND RECORDS: Grafton County, grantor to Richard H. Sawyer, Alexandria, 18 Dec 1848, conveyance from Benjamin Wiser which was witnessed by Daniel Wiser and Marion W. Beede (daughter of Benjamin).

 

COURT RECORDS: Benjamin Wiser vs. Jona. Ayers, Sep 1797; relates to the Porter Land, No. 97, non-suit, judgment for the defendant his cost taxes 6.35 cents, exonerated 11 Sep 1797.  John L. Woods vs. Benjamin Wiser, Sep 1815, judgment for plaintiff, damages and cost taxed, 22.08, exonerated, 18 Sep 1815; Josiah Bellows vs. Benjamin Wiser, May 1821, judgment for the plaintiff, damages and costs, 30.91, exonerated 1 Jun 1821; Royal Joyslin vs. Benjamin Wiser, May 1822, judgment for plaintiff, damages and cost, 20.27, exonerated 8 Jun 1822; Amos Towne vs. Benjamin Wiser, Oct 1825, judgment for plaintiff, damages and costs, 32.33, exonerated 10 Oct 1825; David Smith, Jr. vs. Benjamin Wiser Jr., Feb 1829.  Exonerations, Grafton County.

 

Superior Court, Oct Term 1796, Bedel vs. Wiser, p.237, Johnson Bedel of Haverhill in the county of Grafton husbandman, complainant against Benjamin Wiser of Haverhill aforesaid yeoman. Oct Term 1796, Little vs. Wiser, continuance p. 213, Moses Little appellate vs. Benjamin Wiser, continued to next term. June Term 1797, Little vs. Wiser, continuance, p.291, Moses Little appellate vs. Benjamin Wiser, the appellant comes into court and prays leave to vouch in Martha Wentworth of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham widow to defend this suit which is granted, continued to next term.  Nov Term 1797, Little vs. Wiser, continuance, p.424, Moses Little appellate vs. Benjamin Wiser., continued to next term.  Nov Term 1798, p.117, Moses Little, appellate v. Benjamin Wiser, continued to next term. June Term 1799, Little vs. Wiser, p.128, Moses Little appellate v. Benjamin Wiser, it is suggested that the appellate died since the last continuance.

 

TAX RECORDS: Haverhill, 1796, 3 acres of tillage land, 3 acres of mowing land, 1797.

 

TOWN HISTORY: Haverhill, Haverhill Town Officers, One Hundred Years Ago, Woodsville, NH, 1909, by William Whitcher, p.19; of the 219 polls assessed, 55 or one-fourth part were assessed a poll tax only. There were: Benj. Wiser, per footnote, of the larger number of these 55 poll tax payers there is little knowledge.  So far as known, none of them have descendants bearing the name in Haverhill to day.  Benjamin Wiser was the father of a large family of children, and one of his sons, Benjamin, Jr., was one of the characters of the town in the forties and fifties.  In fact, Ben. Wiser had nearly as much of a local reputation as was enjoyed by John Page, Jr. whose name appears in the above list and who, as trusted county and state official, as governor and United States senator, was for many years the first citizen not only of the town, but of Northern New Hampshire.

 

TOWN HISTORY: Seventy Years Ago, by Arthur Livermore, Reminiscences of Haverhill Corner, 1902, from the address of J.H. Pearson, Chicago, IL, at the Centennial Celebration of the Congregational Church, Ben Wiser was a character about Haverhill, especially court week.  One day at dinner in the tavern, a man swallowed a fish bone, and came near choking.  Ben said that he had once invented a little contrivance, which, being placed in the mouth when eating fish, would separate the bones from the fish, throw them out, and gently guide the latter down the throat.  He loaned it to a man one day, who put it in wrong side to, and it sent the bones down the man's throat and choked him.  The man's relatives smashed the machine, and Ben never could remember how to make another.

 

Benjamin married (1) Sally Turner. Sally was born about 1772 in of Bath,

Grafton, NH. She died in 1818. She was buried in Bath, Grafton, NH.

 

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PARENTAGE: Sally, possibly daughter of Solomon Turner.

 

CEMETERY RECORDS: Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions, Bath, p.18; Sally Turner Wiser, wife of Benjamin, d. 1818, age 46.

 

FURTHER RESEARCH NEEDED: may be daughter of Solomon Turner, who lived in Bath in 1790.  Solomon was the only Turner in Bath in 1790 and one of Benjamin and Sally's sons was named Solomon.  There are various references to Solomon in the tax records of Bath, NH, before 1797 to 1810.

 

 

Benjamin married (2) Sarah (Sally) Orn, daughter of Joseph Orn and Elizabeth (Betsy) Cram on 12 Oct 1822 in Bath, Grafton, NH. Sarah was born in 1784 in Alfred, York, ME. She died on 14 Dec 1860 in Corinth, Orange, VT. She was buried in West Corinth, Orange, VT.

 

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PARENTAGE: Sarah (Sally), daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Cram) Orn.

 

CENSUS RECORDS: 1860 Census of Corinth, Orange, VT.

 

DEATH RECORD: Corinth Town Records; Sarah Wisor, died 14 Dec 1860, age 76 years 5 months, died of old age, widow, born Alfred, NH [must be ME], father, Joseph Orn, m. B. Orn.

 

MILITARY RECORDS: Joseph and Elizabeth Orn; Cont Line (MA), R7812 1/2, sol m. Elizabeth Cram 10 Dec 1777 both were of Sandford in York Co MA (ME), sol applied 7 Apr 1818 Orange Co VT, in 1820 sol was aged 78, sol d. 24 Apr 1831, widow applied 24 Oct 1836 Orange Co VT aged 80, a daughter Sarah Wiser aged 58 and a son

Joseph Orn, Jr. aged 69 made affidavits in Oct 1836 in Orange Co, VT.

 

Orn, Joseph, Cont (MA); b. about 1742; Capt Sawyer's Co 1776; married at Alfred, ME  1777; r. Wentworth, Grafton, NH; Corinth 1820; m. Elizabeth.

 

(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT MONTH)

 

OBITUARIES

 

RAYMOND J. CAIN; Syracuse Post-Standard, 5 Aug 2002; Raymond J. Cain, 82, of 126 Cortland Place, Syracuse, died Saturday. Born in Otisco, he graduated from Tully High School. He was a garage foreman for 40 years at Corenco. A son, Paul, died in 1990.Survivors: His wife, the former Dorie Jacobe (Ivan James Jacobe, Cora M. Albro, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser); five daughters, Linda Hansen of Fairfax, Va., Kathleen Procita of Marietta, Christine Dickerson of Otisco, Jacqueline Tucker of Tully and Susan Speckman of Charlotte, N.C.; three sons, James and Jeffery, both of Syracuse, and Patrick of Cicero; two sisters, Mary Daly of Syracuse and Lucy Dreyhault of New Hartford; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Services: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery, Otisco. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, 6033 Cherry Valley Road, LaFayette. Contributions: Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle 10801.

 

ORVILLE WISER; Logan Herald-Journal, 3 Aug 2002; Orville Wiser (John Harvey Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), 96, passed away Aug. 1, 2002, at Sunshine Terrace in Logan. He was born Dec. 1, 1905, in Lewiston, son of John Harvey Wiser and Eustacia R. Cunningham Wiser. He attended grade schools in Lewiston, sixth grade at Woodruff School and BYU Training School, in Logan, and North Cache High School. He married Norma Rebecca Gyllenskog on Dec. 24, 1930, in the Logan Temple. She preceded him in death May 27, 1980. He was a farmer and a Grade A dairyman until his retirement. He was a member of the LDS church and a High Priest. He has served as assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Sunday School in the Lewiston First Ward, and also first assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Stake Sunday School. He was a home teacher and home teacher supervisor, and he was a member of the ward choir for many years. He sang in quartets and was a tenor soloist, having sung in many funeral, church services and entertainments. He sang in a quartet in a session of the General Conference in Salt Lake City. After his retirement he enjoyed bowling with friends until about 90 years of age. He is the youngest in the family of nine children, all who preceded him in death. He is survived by many nieces and nephews; Scott Wiser, Grant Wiser, Paul Wiser, Margaret Turner, Phillip Wiser, Lyman Wiser, Wallace Wiser, Theron Wiser, Larry Wiser, Lois Ballard, Niel Olsen, Thelma Woodland, Norman King, John Grant King, Ramona Bingham, Joan Griffin Emery Wiser, Carma Hawkes, John Merle Wiser. Special help has been given him by Larry Wiser, Paul King and Venda King. He appreciated neighborhood friends and all who have visited him. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug 5, 2002, at noon in the Lewiston Fourth Ward Chapel. Friends may call Monday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Lewiston cemetery under the direction of Allen-Hall Mortuary.

 

RICHARD I. BROWNING; Mason City, IA Globe Gazette, Saturday, 13 Jul 2002; Richard I. Browning; Reedsport, Ore. - Richard I. Browning of Reedsport, Ore., and Mason City, Iowa, died on June 20, 2002. His ashes will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City at a later date. He was born on Nov. 3, 1923, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames to Franklin Pierce and Myrtle (McMillen) Browning.  Richard I. Browning was a graduate of the Iowa State University in Ames with a degree in aerospace engineering.  Richard was united in marriage to Elaine Garms on June 20, 1943, in Memphis, Tenn. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine Garms Browning (Marvorat Lauris Maxwell, Arthur Eugene Maxwell, Annetta Prudence Adams, Temperance M. Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), of Reedsport, Ore., and nieces Corinne Glaspey and Pat Ritter.

 

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