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Volume 11 Issue 8                                                                                 August 2006




Some of the following is repeated from my December 2000 issue about land that our Wiser family owned in Madison County, New York in New Woodstock (near Cazenovia).  Daniel H. Weiskotten, who recently passed away, sent me an email in 2000 describing what he had found about our Benjamin Wiser Senior.


“I made a quick search of some stuff handy in my office and see that Benjamin Wiser bought the north 1/2 of Lot 66 of the Road Township in 1805. This would be located about a mile east of New Woodstock on the south side of the present Damon Road.


In looking at some other records I am working with, I see that Noah Taylor had purchased the whole 150 acres of Lot 66 in 1794 (his child was the first born in the town).  In 1797, Taylor's cabin or house was located on the present Smith Road, and there is another house standing there today. It seems that Taylor lost the property back to John Lincklaen (agent for the Holland Land Co.) by 1799.  In 1803 Jonathan Ferry purchased the south half (75 acres) of the lot and in 1805 Benjamin Wiser bought the north half (75 acres).  Ferry sold his land back to Lincklaen in 1810.


It is interesting to note that in 1811, John Lincklaen made a new agreement for the north half of Lot 66.  It was in the name of Benjamin Wiser, but through Josiah Wiser, "his attorney".  I wonder if this means that Benjamin was incapable of handling his own affairs by 1811?  I have no later land records.”


Other land transactions that I found in my research at the Madison County courthouse (Wampsville, NY) involving Josiah Wiser are as follows:


Deed, 16 Sep 1817, Josiah and Phylene Wiser to Jonathan Ferry, part of Lot 66, five acres one quarter and twelve rods, for  

   $106.88, Book Q, p.371, recorded 17 Oct 1820.

 Deed, 1 Feb 1817, John Lincklaen, et al, to Josiah Wiser, part of Lot 66, 25 acres, for $342.82, Book M, p. 456, recorded 1 Apr


 Deed, 1 Apr 1817, Josiah and Philena Wiser, to Arsenal Webber, part of Lot 66, 75 acres, for $1,300.00, Book M, p. 464, recorded

   4 Apr 1817.

 Mortgage, 1 Apr 1817, Arcenal Webber, mortgagor, Josiah Wiser, mortgagee, Lot 66, 75 acres, Book C, p. 374, recorded 26 Sep



Josiah was obviously married to Philena and I know they had at least one child who is buried in a cemetery at Elmira, New York: Wisner Park Cemetery, Achsah E. Wiser, daughter of Josiah and Philema Wiser, 10 Jun 1834, age 8 years 1 month 10 days. I have also assumed that Lorenzo was his son, though I have no proof of this.  Lorenzo did have a son named Theodore. The records that I have on Lorenzo are as follows:


CENSUS RECORDS: 1850 Census of Painted Post, Steuben, NY; 1855, 1860 Census of Southport, Chemung, NY, post office, Webbs Mill.  1880 Census of North Platte Precinct, Lincoln, NE; also 1880 Census of O'Fallon's District, Lincoln, NE; 1890 Census of Myrtle Hall and Hinman, Lincoln, NE, Private, Co. H, 5 Regiment, NY Art., enlisted, 15 Dec 1863, discharged, 19 Jul 1865, length of service, 1 year 8 months 4 days., rhumatism.


MILITARY RECORDS: Civil War Veteran, Lincoln Co., NE, buried North Platte Cemetery, Lot A 817, Private, Co. D, H. and M, 5th NY Artillery, 15 Dec 1863-19 Jul 1865.


CEMETERY RECORDS: North Platte Cemetery records show that- Loronzo (sic) Wiser, age 69, was buried 25 Sep 1891. He is buried in the Stephen Douglas Post GAR section, of the cemetery.  Lorenzo Wiser, age 59, b. Schuyler Co., NY, res. North Platte, NE, occupation, cook, enlisted 15 Feb 1863 as Private, Co. C, NY Heavy Artillery for 3 years, discharged 19 Jul 1865, length of

service 29 months, cause, end of war, elected to GAR 23 Sep 1881, mustered into GAR 25 Aug 1882, a note in the book says he died 22 Oct 1890 and is buried in North Platte Cemetery.  Lot AC 818, space 1, Lorenzo Wiser, age 69, bur. 25 Sep 1891, by Stephen Douglas Post 69 GAR, Lot AC 817 1/2, space 6, Weiser, no other info except Stephen Douglas, GAR.


Recently, while reviewing the 1850 Census, I noted in the index a Philena Weder, age 55, residing in Campbell Township, Steuben, NY.  When reviewing the original, I noted it could easily be Philena Wiser.  She would have been born in 1795, and interestingly, residing with her is a Thomas Ferry, age 34 (born 1816).  The reason this is interesting is because of all the land transactions that Josiah had with Jonathan Ferry involving Lot 66, mentioned above.  Lorenzo Wiser was also residing in Steuben County, New York in 1850, though in Painted Post  (about eight miles away).  I could not find Philena Wiser or Thomas Ferry in 1860. 


So, if this is our Philena, there must be some tie in to the Ferry family, either she was a Ferry prior to her marriage, or she was first married to a Ferry.  Further research will be necessary to make any correct conclusion.




Please accept our condolences to those who recently lost family members.


Syracuse, NY Post Standard, 18 Jul 2006; Gerald E. Coye Sr. (his ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Senior; his mother Florence Floretta Albro Coye, Irving Louis Albro, Andrew Jckson Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser Senior);  July 16, 2006-Gerald E. Coye, Sr., 82, of 51 Port Watson St., Cortland, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2006 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, corner of Madison and Hamlin St., Cortland. Interment with military honors will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, DeRuyter. The family will receive friends at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions: American Heart Association, 17 Technology Place, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY, in memory of Helen Coye, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Logan, UT Herald Journal, Thursday, 3 Aug 2006; Floyd M. Packer; June 12, 1908 - July 30, 2006; Floyd was born on June 12, 1908, in Franklin, to James M. and Lonetta (Johnson) Packer. Floyd served a three-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tahiti, after which he married Ruth Wiser (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Senior; her father, John Andrew Wiser, John Harvey Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Senior) on July 26, 1933. He is survived by two children, Merrill W. Packer of Paint Lick, Ky. and June P. Williams of Salem, Ore.; two sisters, Luana Halverson of Ogden and Lera Thomson of Rexburg, Idaho.Floyd has eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. His favorite pastimes were gardening and knitting. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 in the Franklin City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Webb Funeral Home of Preston.

Cortland, NY Standard, Monday, July 24 2006; Robert Custer , 75 of DeRuyter NY, passed away July 24, 2006 at Community General Hospital, Syracuse after a lengthy illness . He was born Oct. 5, 1930 in Union Valley, the son of the late Merle and Mary Riffle Custer. Robert had been a lifetime resident of the DeRuyter area. He and his wife Janet owned and operated  their own dairy farm in DeRuyter. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all spending time with his family. He is survived by his son Gregory Custer of Cuyler , daughter Betsy (Phillip) Brown of Cuyler, brothers, Harry of Cortland and Clarence of Albany, sister Minerva Fuller of DeRuyter; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his wife Janet [Rainbow] Custer (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Senior, her father, William Howard Rainbow, Lela Marie Albro Rainbow, William Henry Albro, Joseph G.L. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser Senior); sons Edward  and Nelson; brothers Guy, Ralph,Alvin, Ernest  and Raymond and sister Catherine Stewart. Services will be held at 1 PM Saturday at Wright Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave, Cortland. Interment will be in DeRuyter Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Friday at the funeral home. Contributions in Roberts name may be directed to the American Cancer Assoc. 31 Adams St. Endicott, NY 13760.

Laconia, NH Citizen; Saturday, July 15, 2006; Bernice (Wiser) Eastman (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Senior, her father, Elmer P. Wiser, Norman Wiser, Solomon Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser Senior), 87 died on July 12, 2006, at Genesis Health Care in Laconia.  She was born in Bridgewater on May 8, 1919, the daughter of Elmer P. and Alice (Atwood) Wiser. She grew up in Bridgewater and attended Ashland schools and was a graduate of Ashland High School.   She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Ashland. While in Ashland she was member of the Ashland Women's Club. She was predeceased by an infant son Barney and her husband Phil Eastman.  Survivors include a son, Dean Eastman of New Hampton, a brother, Kenneth Wiser of Franklin; one granddaughter, Leah Eastman of New Hampton; nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home Hill Ave. Ashland on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m.  A funeral service will be on Saturday at 11 a.m., at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church Highland Street, Ashland. Burial to follow in Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland. Donations may be made to Laconia Center Residents Council Fund, 175 Blue Berry Lane Laconia, NH 03246.          



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