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Volume 8 Issue 12††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† December 2003


I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It is hard to believe, but I have now been publishing this newsletter for eight years.† I hope that everyone has found it of some benefit in the research of the Wiser family.

The October 2003 Wiser Newsletter detailed by year the life of Benjamin Wiser Senior.† Benjamin Wiser Senior was born in 1743 and was probably the son of James Wiser (if not him, undoubtedly one of his brothers) and Ruth Bowman.† James was born about 1715 in Natick and died 1744 on the expedition to Cartagena, Colombia, South America.† James was probably the son of James and Hannah Wiser.† This last James was the son of James Rumney Marsh, and James Rumney Marsh was also known as James Quanahpokit and later James Wiser.† James probably was born or lived in Rumney Marsh, Massachusetts.† Present-day Chelsea is now where Rumney Marsh was located, a suburb of Boston. There are some questions about the parentage of James Rumney Marsh but there is no question that he is a grandson of New Moon Nanapashemet.

In previous newsletters, I have mentioned the website: Iíve included excerpts from an update on this website as it now includes the signatures and marks of our ancestor.

JAMES RUMNEY MARSH - Born: 1636† Died: 1712. [What is fascinating about the following signature is that it must be one of the earliest examples of a Native American signing his own name, as most of the deeds only have the marks of the Native Americans.† This would indicate that our James must have been well educated in his day.]

The Signature of James Rumney Marsh
From The Salem Deed 1686

The Mark of Mary Ponham Quanapohkit
From The Lynn Deed 1687

The Mark of James Rumneymarsh
From The James Printer Deed 1686

[for more information on this mark, refer to the website:].

On September 16, 1684 [Nanapashemetís] heirs gave Marblehead a deed to their town, it was signed by Joane Ahawayet, Squaw, relict, Widdow of George Saggamore, alais Wenepauweekinwwekin or George No Nose; Joane Quanapohkownat, the widow of John Quanapohkownat of Natick: James Quanapohkownat, alais James Rumneymarsh, Isreal Quanapohkownat, Sarah Quanapohkownat all of Natick; Susannah Wenepawweekin, Sarah Wanapawequen daughters of Sagamore George; Joseph Quanophkonatt, alais Joe English, son of old John ( Essex Reg. Deeds, 11,132 )

          ( 1.)           ( 2.)      †††††   (3.)      ††  ( 4.)           ( 5.)      ( 6.)         ( 7.)             ( 8.)          ( 9.)

The Marks of: 1.David Nonnuphanohow, 2.Sam Wuttaannoh, 3.John Tontohqunne, 4.Cicely Petaghuncksq, 5.Thomas Vsqueakussennum, 6.Isreal Quanophkownatt, 7.Jane Quanophkownat, 8.Yawata, 9.Wattawtinnusk*. James Rumneymarsh signed the deed in English. From the Salem Deed 1686 [see above].
* Wife of Peter Ephraim - all signers give their home as Natick



Please accept our condolences to the families who recently lost family members.

Ogden, UT Standard Examiner, 31 Aug 2003; Fruit Heights, Utah - Richard Doris Cunningham (Delpha Bess Hendricks Cunningham, Alla Arminda Wiser Hendricks, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), 76, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at Manor Care. He was born October 5, 1926 in Lewiston, Utah the son of Vernal Jetson and Delpha Hendricks Cunningham. Richard married Wanda Rose Wright on February 20, 1954 in Las Vegas, NV. She preceded him in death. He married Sandra Cobb on November 20, 1980 in Elko, NV. Richard served in the U.S. Navy.† He retired from Ogden Beauty Supply as a salesman. He was a member of the Creekview LDS Ward and enjoyed doing temple work. Richard liked to fish, hunt and play the organ. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Cunningham, Fruit Heights; six sons, Richard D. Gosnell, Clearfield, Larry J. Gosnell, Roy; Kelly W. Cunningham, Clearfield; Dennis D. Cunningham, Idaho Falls, ID; Scott J. Cunningham, Ogden; Craig Crase, Ogden; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wanda and brother, Vernal.† Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Kaysville South LDS Stake Center, 900 So. Main. Friends and family may call Monday from 6 to 8 at Lindquist s Kaysville Mortuary, 400 No. Main and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery, e-mail condolences to the family at


Bangor, ME Daily News, Monday, 20 Oct 2003, p. B7; Corinna, Maine - Arthur Napolean Bailey Sr., 80, died Oct. 17, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Jan. 8, 1923, at Franklin, N.H., a son of Felix and Marguerite (Ambrose) Bailey. He served in the U.S. Army in the European theatre during World War II. A prisoner of war for six months, Arthur served in the 101st Airborne Division, 326 Airborne Medical Co. in Holland, Belgium and Germany, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1946. On May 27, 1950, he married the former Anna Downing (Charles Jerome Downing, Viola Adelaide Ford Downing, Sarah (Sally) Jane Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser Sr.). He was employed at Guilford Industries in Guilford, Dumbarton Woolen Mill, Amos Abbott Woolen Mill, and the Dexter Shoe Company, all of Dexter, and Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna. He belonged to the Poulliot-Seavey Post 53 American Legion, the Shirley B. Carter Post 4298 Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Prisoner of War Association, and Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna of Corinna; four children, Arthur Jr. of St. Albans, Charlie and wife, Janet, of Dexter, Ann Gustin of Hartland, Kevin and wife, Lynn, of Corinna; a sister-in-law, Winnifred (Farnham) Bailey; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a step-grand-daughter, Brooke Snide; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, David; brother, Lionel; and a sister, Charlotte Bailey. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 61 Main St., Dexter, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22, with the Rev. Edward Jaworski officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Poulliot-Seavey Post American Legion, 15 Grove St., Dexter, ME 04930.