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Volume 4 Issue 1                                                    January 1999

New Findings


ne record which I found while in Boston gives an interesting account of our Morse family.  Alathea Wiser married Luther Morse, September 2, 1788 in Haverhill, New Hampshire.

Luther Morse was the son of Joseph and Jemima (Wheat) Morse.  He was born May 5, 1767 in Westborough, Massachusetts.

In a letter dated September 5, 1851, from Concord, Vermont, John Morse, who was the son of James and Rebecca (Corruth) Morse, wrote to Reverend Abner Morse, [this letter includes the same spellings as included in the original letter]:

Dear sir, I rec’d a line from you last evening and circular directed to James Morse or either of his sons Concord Vt making certain requests of him respecting his ancestry as you supposed the son of James Morse by his wife Hannah Smith I think you are mistaken in the place of residence I think that the James that you allude to settled in Calais Vt and his father in Cabot Vt and both dead but my father James Morse you allude to was born May 14, 1769 instead of 7th as you wrote and married Rebecca Carruth of Barre, Mass and she died December 31 1839 and Joseph Amasa Luther [this is our Luther who married Alathea Wiser] Denison Irene Alithea and Eunice are dead Ann Ripley married first Gilbert he died and then she married for 2d husband Thomas Lyford and Jemima married John Lyford two brothers all alive now so far as I know I think my grandfather Josep Morse was killed at the battle at White plains or stillwater but I am about starting a journey at the present and have not time to look after the family record my father is gone from home to visit his sister Ann Lyford but he is verry tremulous does not write one word Yours in haste John Morse.






This John Morse was the brother of David Morse.  David was born June 12, 1791 in Barre, MA.  He married Elizabeth (Betsy) G. Morse, his first cousin, who was the daughter of Luther and Alathea (Wiser) Morse.  David and Elizabeth lived in Concord, Vermont and did not remove to Cortland County, New York as did the rest of the family.

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, I believe that our Benjamin Wiser was closely associated with the Joseph Morse family. 

This is the Joseph Morse who married Jemima Wheat (Jemima was a great great granddaughter of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth, MA).  He died at the battle of Stillwater, New York, September 18 or 19th, 1777, during the Revolutionary War.

The following timeline for the Joseph Morse family may help establish where our Benjamin Wiser family may have resided at the same time.

October 7, 1760

Irena Morse was born at Hopkinton, MA,

February 10, 1762

Alathea Morse was born at Hopkinton, MA.

December 1, 1763

Joseph Wheat Morse was born at Brookfield, MA.

August 12, 1765

Amasa Morse was born at Westborough, MA.

August 20, 1765 [not sure of date]

Joseph Morse, wife Jemima, and 3 children, warned out of Westborough.

May 5, 1767

Luther Morse was born at Westborough, MA.

September 27, 1768

Alathea Wiser was born (possibly at Westborough, MA).

May 14, 1769

James Morse was born at Barre, MA.

May 20, 1772

Dennison and Eunice Morse were born at Barre, MA.

August 14, 1773

Dennison Morse passed away at Athol, MA.

April 8, 1774

Ann Ripley Morse was born at Barre, MA (recorded at Athol, MA).

March 28, 1776

Mima [Jemima] Morse was born at Barre, MA (recorded at Athol, MA).

September 18, 1777

Joseph Morse died at Stillwater (recorded at Athol, MA).

February 4, 1778

Jemima Morse, appointed administrator of Joseph Morse’s estate.


Sometime after this, Jemima and her family removed to Concord, Vermont.

By 1778, Benjamin Wiser was living in Haverhill, NH.

It is helpful to look at a map of Massachusetts and follow their migration pattern during these years.

Maybe one of these towns will have additional information about our Benjamin Wiser.




ENEVIEVE WISER DENNING, 74, of Orem, died Jan. 1, 1999, at her home.  She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Lewiston, UT, a daughter of Erwin Douglas (Samuel Frost, John McCormick, Samuel, Benjamin) and Wanda (Thompson) Wiser.  She married George Telford Denning Nov. 11, 1942, in the St. Peters Chapel, Mare Island, CA.  The marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple July 29, 1959. 

She worked many years as a telephone operator in Lewiston, UT, while her husband served in both World War II and the Korean War.  In 1952, the family moved to Moses Lake, WA where they spent the next 33 years.  They moved back to Utah to be closer to their family. 

Gen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served many years in the Primary, Sunday School, and Relief Society organizations.  Gen and Ted celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Payson, UT in 1992. 

Survivors include her four daughters: Pamel D. Bates, Alpine, WY; Julie A. Carlisle, Bountiful, UT; Sherry D. Wilkinson, Payson, UT; Karen D. Cox, Lindon, UT; her 14 grandchildren, seven great-granddaughters; five brothers and two sisters; Erwin D. (Lorna) Wiser; Sylmar T. Wiser; J. Gordon (Eva Lou) Wiser; Denzel N. (Beverly) Wiser; Anita W. (Cleve) Raymond; Gwen Wiser; Burdette Wiser.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a brother, Robert C. Wiser. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, at 11 a.m. in the Lindon 5th Ward Chapel, 610 W. 100 S., Lindon.  Burial was in the Lindon City Cemetery.


Las Vegas Review-Journal-July 28, 1998-Van Rawlings Wiser (William Don, William Harvey, John Harvey, John McCormick, Samuel, Benjamin), 52, died Friday.  He was born 10 Oct 1945, in Salt Lake City. 

A Navy veteran, he was an area manager for a pet supply company and a 10-year resident of Henderson.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon; and sons, Darrell and Travis, all of Henderson; daughters, Michelle Ruesch of Las Vegas and Danielle of Henderson; mother, Gretta of Hurricane, UT; sister, Marcia Boyack of Los Alamos, NM; brothers, Irwin of Hurricane and William of San Diego; and four grandchildren. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at 11 a.m. today in the New Forst Ward chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Burial will be in Idaho.  Bunkers Eden Vale Mortuary handled arrangements.


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