As I begin the eighth year of publication of this newsletter, I am amazed at the resources now available on the internet. Beginning with census records, most years are now indexed and available at your fingertips. During December, the final part of the 1930 census index was completed, and it is an every name index. This and other indexes like it have helped us find information about families that we thought we never would find anything more about.
For instance, take a look at the family of William H. Wiser, who in 1900, was living in Joliet, Will County, IL. He was the son of Samuel Henry Wiser, born in Truxton, New York, and probably grandson of Theodore Wiser, though this is not known for sure. We believe it is Theodore because one of Samuel Henry’s sons was named Theodore. We also know that Samuel Wiser, brother of Theodore, also had sons named Samuel and William Henry. Regardless, we have never been able to locate William H. after 1900. In 1900, William was married to Aurelia Rogers and had two daughters, Pearl and Gertrude. Thanks to the 1930 Census index, we were able to find Aurelia Wiser living in Ellensburg, Washington. Additional records were searched in the area, and we found William H. and Aurelia living in Cle Elum, Washington in 1910, and much more information about their descendants. I would like to thank Denny Wiser for his research help on this family.
FAMILY OF SAMUEL HENRY WISER
. Samuel Henry Wiser was born on 3 Feb 1819 in Truxton, Cortland, NY. He died on 21 Mar 1893 in Joliet, Will, IL. He was buried on 23 Mar 1893 in Wilmington, Will, IL.
CEMETERY RECORDS: Oakwood, Wilmington, IL; from headstone, S.H. Wiser, born at Truxton, Madison County, NY, Feb. 3, 1819, died at Joliet, Ill. Mar 21, 1893-Wiser/Mary E. Sternburg born at Providence, N.B. 1822, died at Joliet Feb. 26, 1894, She was the wife of an honored Soldier, Capt. Phillip A. Sternburg, who served his Country in Co. F, 64 Ill. Yates sharp shooter, afterward Capt. in ___ 1, Alabama, U.S. Cavalry was killed at Vincent Cross Roads, Oct. 26, 1863, buried in an unknown grave./Alonzo Wiser died Feb. 17, 1888, aged 42 y's, Co. H, 65 Ill. Vol. Inft./ Theodore L. Wiser died Sep. 4, 1868, aged 23 y's, Co. A, 39 Ill. Vol. Inft.
Samuel married Elizabeth Joney on 18 Nov 1841 in Canton, Stark, OH. Elizabeth was born in Sep 1825 in Nova Scotia. She died after 1900 probably in Will County, IL.
Samuel and Elizabeth had the following children:
2 M i. Theodore L. Wiser was born about Mar 1844 in OH. He died on 3 Sep 1868 in Wilmington, Will, IL. He was buried in Wilmington, Will, IL.
+ 3 M ii. Alonzo Wiser was born on 31 Mar 1846. He died on 17 Feb 1888.
+ 4 M iii. William H. Wiser was born in Aug 1848. He died on 6 Nov 1917.
+ 5 F iv. Florence Belle Wiser (adopted) was born on 15 Sep 1860. She died on 11 Jan 1935.
3. Alonzo Wiser (Samuel Henry) was born on 31 Mar 1846 in Massillon, Stark, OH. He died on 17 Feb 1888 in Chicago, Cook, IL. He was buried in Wilmington, Will, IL.
Alonzo married Elizabeth Deal on 24 Mar 1867 in Chicago, Cook, IL. Elizabeth was born in 1850 in Germany.
Alonzo and Elizabeth had the following children:
+ 6 F i. Carrie Adelia Wiser was born on 24 Apr 1868. She died on 2 Nov 1899.
+ 7 F ii. Alice May Wiser was born on 28 Jun 1870. She died on 21 Feb 1963.
4. William H. Wiser (Samuel Henry) was born in Aug 1848 in OH. He died on 6 Nov 1917 in Cle Elum, Kittitas, WA.
NEWSPAPER RECORD: Wilmington Independent, 23 Sep 1868; Serious Accident-Mr. William H. Wiser of this city, while working with a threshing machine on the farm of Mr. R.S. Corbin, in the town of Florence, was seriously wounded on Friday last. While stepping over the "tumbling rod" his clothing was caught and wound round until he was drawn into the machinery and terribly lacerated, the flesh being literally torn from the bones.
OBITUARY: Cle Elum Miner Echo, 9 Nov 1917, W.H. Wiser Passes Away, Well Known Old Timer
Succumbs to Second Stroke of Apoplexy at His home on Third Street-Wife is Invalid; W.H. Wiser, a
resident of Cle known throughout the community succumbed early Tuesday morning to a stroke of
apoplexy that carried him off almost instantly. Two years ago he suffered a stroke and since then has
not been very well, though he has been able to ofliow his trade of paper hanging and painting to some
extent. Monday night he was in good spirits and spent an hour and a half playing with his little
granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Webb's baby daughter. The fatal stroke came suddenly just after
midnight and he passed over the Great Divide peacefully about one o'clock. Mrs. Wiser, who with one
daughter, Mrs. R.B. Webb, survive him, is practically an invalid herself, so that the blow falls especially
heavy upon her. She will reside with her daughter. Mr. Wiser was a native of the state of Ohio, and at
the time of his death was in the late sixties in point of age. The funeral was held at the family residence,
107 West Third Street, Wednesday afternoon and was attended by many old friends of the family.
Interment was in Cle Elum cemetery.
William married Ella (Aurelia) Rodgers on 6 Jul 1875 in Polk County, IA. Ella was born in Aug 1859 in MO. She died on 8 Jul 1931 in Ellensburg, Kittitas, WA.
CENSUS RECORDS: In 1930, living with Florence Mark, age 65, widowed, born MN, and a Fred and
Blanche Mobley. She was 69, widowed, born MO, f. b. VA, m. b. KY. Ellensburg, Kittitas, WA, T626
2506, p. 13B, ED 7.
William and Ella had the following children:
8 F i. Aurelia Pearl Wiser was born in Dec 1882 in , IL. She died in 1900/1910.
Aurelia married John Atkinson Jr. Balmer on 18 Dec 1902 in Ellensburg,Kittitas,WA. John was born in 1881 in IL.
PARENTAGE: John, son of John A. and Alice (Atkinson) Balmer.
+ 9 F ii. Gertrude Maud Wiser was born in Feb 1884. She died before 1930.
5. Florence Belle Wiser (Samuel Henry) was born on 15 Sep 1860 in Florence, Will, IL. She died on 11 Jan 1935 in Joliet, Will, IL. She was buried on 14 Jan 1935 in Joliet, Will, IL.
Florence married Conrad Barringer on 6 Oct 1880 in Joliet, Will, IL. Conrad was born on 14 Oct 1854 in Troy, Rensselaer, NY. He died on 3 Jan 1926 in Joliet, Will, IL. He was buried on 6 Jan 1926 in Joliet, Will, IL.
Conrad and Florence had the following children:
+ 10 F i. Etta Mae Barringer was born on 16 Jul 1881. She died on 30 Jun 1951.
11 M ii. Edwin Henry Barringer was born on 2 Feb 1884 in Joliet, Will, IL. He died on 9 May 1954 in Pomona, Howell, MO. He was buried in West Plains, Howell, MO.
12 M iii. Arthur M. Barringer was born in Jun 1886 in , IL. He died after 1954.
13 M iv. Conrad Earl Barringer was born on 1 Dec 1888 in , IL. He died on 22 Oct 1918 in , France. He was buried on 21 Nov 1920 in Joliet, Will, IL.
+ 14 F v. Florence E. Barringer was born on 26 Sep 1895. She died on 6 Jan 1974.
(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT MONTH)
Bangor Maine Daily News, Friday, October 13, 2000, HANCOCK - Merton F. Spencer, 85, died Oct. 11, 2000, at an Ellsworth hospital. He was born May 3, 1915, in Old Town, the son of Leslie J. and Sadie E. (Page) Spencer. He was a graduate of Old Town High School, Class of 1934. Merton was a member of the Lygonia Lodge No. 40 of Ellsworth and served as secretary for ten years. He was also a member of the York Rite Bodies, the Anah Shrine Temple and a member of the Arab Patrol, Mini Bike Unit and the Flag Unit. He also was a member of the Irene Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Ellsworth. He was past master and member of the Mariaville Grange and the Amherst Grange. He also served as a selectman for the town of Mariaville. He is survived by his wife, Gloria (Ward) Spencer (Marjorie Evie Atwood Ward, Ina Maude Wiser Atwood, Elmer P. Wiser, Norman Wiser, Solomon Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser); three daughters, Jean Forney and husband, Thomas of Pataskala, Ohio, Donna Shea and husband, John of Lamoine and Lisa Colbeth and husband, Brian of Mariaville; one brother, Stanley Spencer of Ellsworth; two grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Colbeth; three stepchildren; many stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by Dickie Wells of Quincy, Mass. Merton was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Leslie Spencer; a sister, Fern Gifford and a stepson. Friends are invited to call 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, with Masonic services being said at 7:30 p.m. at the Jordan Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, with the Rev. James Wood presiding. Private family interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. After the interment, friends are invited to Merton and Gloria's home at 2 p.m. in Hancock for a time of fellowship and refreshment. Those who desire may make contributions in Merton's memory to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, care of Anah Temple, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, 04402-0735 or the American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate, Inc., 10 Bangor St., Suite F., Augusta, 04330.
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