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    Volume 2 Issue 8 December 1997   

Newest Research Findings

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! My thanks to Vila Brown for the updated information on the descendants of George Harmon Wiser. Also, thanks to Sharon Gold and Maretta Livingston for all they sent me on the family of Samuel Glenn Wiser. And Thelma Woodland thanks as always. Family findings since last month are listed below:

Benjamin Wiser Jr.

Roger E. Clement, 74, (Marguerite Southwick, Emma Ford, Aaron Ford, Sarah Wiser, Benjamin) passed away 27 Apr 1997 in Springfield, MA. A decorated World War II airman, he worked for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for 42 years, and retired as plant manager in 1985. Born in Enfield, NH, he was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He served in the European theater with the rank of captain, and received the Distinguished Service Cross with four clusters, and the Air Force Medal with eight clusters. He played professional baseball with the New York Yankees farm system before the war. He lived here [Westfield] for 30 years before moving recently to Agawam. He played at the Edgewood Golf Course, and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Southwick, and the Greenfield Elks Lodge.

Genevieve Ione Smith, 71, (Florence Flanders, Etta Ford, Aaron, Sarah Wiser, Benjamin), passed away 1 Nov 1997, at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, NH following a long illness. She was born in Claremont, NH. Mrs. Smith had been a long time resident of North Havehill where, prior to her retirment, she had been employed in the Grafton County Commissioner's Office as a payroll clerk. She was a member of Ross-Wood Post 20 American Legion Auxiliary of Woodsville, NH and AARP. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Lionel "Bud" Smith.

Temperance Wiser Adams

Max Clayton Adams, 69, (Gerald, Louis, Byron Adams, Temperance) passed away 28 Jun 1997 in Marble Rock, IA. He received his education in the Marble Rock Public Schools grad- uating in 1945 and attended Iowa State University where he studied Civil Engineering. He was then engaged in the Merchant Marines-Army Transport Company, in New York. On 27 Feb 1947, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as company clerk for the 114th Signal Service Company in Germany. He was discharged on 29 Jun 1948. He re-enlisted on 27 Jan 1949, serving with the Headquarter Company of the 937th Combat Engineering Group serving in Korea during that conflict. Max received his Journeyman Electricians Card and worked for various companies in electrical construction. In 1960, he and his family returned to Marble Rock and two years later, he began working for the Oliver Tractor Works, later White Farm Equipment until his retirement in 1990. He served on the U.A.W. Executive Board, trustee, skill trades chairman and served on the Bargaining and Grievance Committee. Max was an avid reader of historical and fiction books and enjoyed going fishing. He was a life member of the V.F. W. in Charles City and the American Legion in Marble Rock.

Matilda Ann Wiser Gregory

Margaret Eileen Barton Michel , 67, (Julia Moran, Matilda Gregory, Matilda Wiser) passed away 12 Feb 1997 in Sterling Heights, MI. Beloved wife of Gabriel, dear mother of Eileen, Gabriel, Michael, Mary, Frank, Margaret, Rita, Elizabeth, Patrick, Monica, Theresa, Daniel, Catherine, Julia and the late John Thomas.


I continue to work on the Wiser database update. The following have agreed to help me in this process; if you would like to volunteer, please let me know:

Benjamin Wiser, Jr. - Blanche Walker, Barbara Mutney, and Patricia Torsey.

Temperance Wiser Adams - Avis Ott and Myrtle Enabnit.

Amanda Jane Wiser Smith - Sharon Wood.

Mary Olive Wiser Cunningham - need a volunteer.

John Harvey Wiser - Thelma Woodland.

Samuel Glenn Wiser - Maretta Livingston and Sharon Gold.

Nilus Wiser Packer - Alison Christensen.

Venus Wiser Lufkin - Dick Lufkin and Mildred Telford.

Lorin Frost Wiser - Rey Wiser.

Wayne Telford Wiser - Janet Petersen.

Erwin Douglas Wiser - Lorna Wiser, Karen Cox, Sylmar Wiser, Denny Wiser and Robert Raymond.

Horace Verne Wiser - Kathleen Davis.

Marjorie Wiser Titensor - Carolyn McKnight.

George Harmon Wiser - Vila Brown.

Alla Arminda Wiser Hendricks - Need a volunteer.

Matilda Ann Wiser Gregory - Jack and Guy Gregory.

James Wiser - Lois Dilworth and Louise Pigram.

If I forgot anyone, I apologize, or if there are any mistakes listed above, please let me know. I'm ready for your updates, so please send the information when you get a chance.


Amanda Babcock, daughter of James and Temperance Babcock and wife of Joshua Davis, died 9 Dec 1842, age 47 years. She is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Onondaga County, New York.

The following information on the Babcock family was provided by Guy Gregory. Much thanks to him.

James Babcock, father of the James Babcock who married Temperance Decker, was born 14 Jun 1734 in South Kingston, Washington, RI, the son of Samuel and Bethiah Babock. He married Sarah Sheldon, 31 Jan 1754 in South Kingston.

Samuel, born about 1695, of South Kingston, and his wife, Bethiah had the following children:

1. Mary, born 18 Dec 1721, she married Richard Bass.

2. Jonathan, born 26 Nov 1723, he married Lydia Lee. He died 1800.

3. Samuel, born 5 Nov 1725, he married Elizabeth Cottrell.

4. John, born 27 Jan 1727, he married Lydia Waite. He died 30 Mar 1760.

5. Job, born 20 Jan 1729, he married Susanna Champlin.

6. Simeon, born 6 Jan 1731, he married Elizabeth Cahoon.

7. James, see above.

8. Joseph, born 4 Oct 1737. He married Sarah Wait.


Ethel Rose Kimber, daughter of Emmot and Sarah (Emmons) Kimber, was born 25 Aug 1878 in Holt Township, Fillmore, MN.

We did find the death dates of Merle Nathaniel and his wife, Jean Hamlin. Merle died 11 Oct 1982 in Chicago. Jean died 30 Dec 1973, and appears to be the daughter of Hubert and Ada McCammand. Both are buried in Montrose Cemetery, Chicago. They had no children.

Alice, daughter of Alonzo and Elizabeth Wiser, married George Hickey, 6 Jul 1888 in DuPage County, IL.

We found Samuel Henry Wiser in the 1850 Census of Fulton County, IL, prior to moving to Joliet, IL. He was 30 years of age, born in New York and a shoemaker.

The Babcocks and Wisers appear to have been shoemakers prior to the time they became farmers in both New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


My thanks to those who continue to send me updated information. I can receive infor- mation through Family Tree Maker or PAF. Please send mail to Ron Wiser, 6 Baton Rouge, Roswell, NM 88201, (505) 623-2534; or E-mail can be sent to . As for the mailing costs of the newsletter, I ask for a $5.00 annual donation. Thanks-RGW