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Volume 5 Issue 7 July 2000





A special thanks to Robert Raymond (Anita Wiser, Erwin Douglas Wiser, Samuel Frost Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), who has put our Wiser family research on the internet.  The website is located at:


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There are many references to James Wiser, alias Quanapohit in early New England histories.  One such, is taken from the book, “Nonantum and Natick,” by Sarah S. Jacobs, 1853, p. 289; “Meantime, the council at Boston, desirous to learn the state of the enemy, empowered Mr. Gookin to select two Indians from Deer Island to procure intelligence.  Mr. Gookin went to the island, and conversed with two or three of the principal men about the plan.  It was approved by them, and Job Kattenanit and James Quanapohit were chosen.  Their reward was to be five pounds apiece.  They seemed fully sensible of the difficulty and danger of the undertaking, but said, by God’s assistance, they would willingly adventure their lives in this service.”




I recently contacted Peggy Maharan (Genevieve Gouchie, Laurane Alberta Snook, Simeon D. Snook, Alberta (Bertha) Morse, Simeon Dewitt Morse, Joseph C. Morse, Alathea Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) of Buffalo, New York.  She has done much research on her family. 


She did not know the Wiser connection, but knew a lot about her great-grandmother, Alberta Morse.

She has many pictures of her and also said that she lived in a houseboat on Lake Erie in Buffalo.  Peggy mentioned that Alberta was a “full-blooded Indian”, and Peggy can prove it from the pictures she has of her.


Alberta Morse was a great grand daughter of Alathea Wiser.  I have yet to find a descent line of Benjamin Wiser that does not have an Indian ancestry tradition.




In previous newsletters, I have written about a Mary Wiser. I had previously thought she was a daughter of Benjamin Wiser Jr. She married Deacon Paul Page, October 14, 1827 at Danville, Vermont.  Based upon additional research, I now know that Mary was married to a Wiser, and then subsequently married Paul Page. 


This was found in the following book, “History of North Brookfield, Massachusetts,” by J.H. Temple, 1887, Paige, Paul 1, b. 1763, m. (1) Peninnah Hammer, (2) Mrs. Woser [should be Wiser] of Danville, Vt., d. Jan. 12, 1838. 


Children, Judson; Annie, b. Hardwick, about 1789, m. May 30, 1809, Anson Giffin of Hardwick, d. Dec. 20, 1868, at North Brookfield; Lucinda; Rhoda; Lorinda; Erminda, m. Henry Allen, d. West Brookfield; Caroline; George, d. Cabot, Vt.; Paul W., b. Hardwick, Jan. 10, 1807 2; Dwight, b. Feb. 18, 1810 3; William 4, and Willard 5, b. Mar. 21, 1811. 


2. Paul W., son of Paul 1, m. (1) Sept. 17, 1835, Mary C. Tarbell of Brimfield; (2) Apr. 28, 1863, Catherine P. Brown of Brimfield; d. Brimfield, Apr. 14, 1876.  Children, Mary L., b. Sept. 7, 1836, a teacher; George W., b. Brimfield, Sept. 6, 1838, d. July 24, 1862, Washington, D.C.; Ellen W., b. Jan. 17, 1843, m. Apr. 30, 1861, John Shaw of Brimfield, d. Monson, Dec. 8, 1871 [child, Caroline W., b. Brimfield, Mar. 26, 1862]; Charles W., b. Jan 14, 1845, d. Sept. 1, 1848; Delia T., b. Jan. 16, 1853, m. Oct. 23, 1878, Allen H. Warner of Bridgeport, Ct.


3. Dwight, son of Paul 1, m. (1) Mar. 5, 1835, Sally Rice of Brookfield; (20 Sept. 28, 1843, Mrs. Abigail Brown.  Children, Henry, b. Sept. 22, 1836, d. young; William H., b. Feb. 1838, m. Aug. 9, 1866, Phebe E. Morgan of Chicopee. 


4. William, son of Paul 1, m. Oct. 21, 1834, Rebecca Rice of Brookfield.  Child, Henry Waldo, b. Aug. 1840, d. 1849,a t West Brookfield. 


5. Willard, son of Paul 1, m. Maria C. Reed of Oakham, d. in West Brookfield.  children, Hammond W., b. Brookfield, Feb. 16, 1841, resides Shrewsubry; Alice M., b. West Brookfield; Harlan, b. West Brookfield, d. young. 


Henry J. Paige, b. in Vermont, 1826, m. 1847, Celia Robinson of Sturbidge.  Children, George H., b. in Sturbridge, m. Alice Rogers of Haverhill; Fred E., m. Emily Chickering of Brookfield; Lorilla, b. 1860, d. young.


As Mary was previously married to a Wiser, it may be possible based upon her age that she was married to a son of Benjamin Wiser, Sr. or if she was a younger woman to a son of Benjamin Wiser Jr.  It is interesting to note that the Paige family lived in the same area of Massachusetts that the Native American Wisers were from. 


It does not appear that any of these children are hers.  However, further research needs to be done on the parentage of Henry J. Paige, born in Vermont, 1826. 


Mary Wiser, as was the Benjamin Wiser, Sr. family from Haverhill, New Hampshire, and as was the Paul Paige family (previous to his marriage to Mrs. Mary Wiser) from Hardwick, Vermont, warned out of town.


The source of this information is “Vermont Warnings Out”, Vol. 1: Northern Vermont, by Alden M. Rollins; Mary Wiser, warned out of Danville, Caledonia County on 27 Feb 1815.  The others warned out with her included, Ramidel, Salem or Salum, wife and children, Swain, James, Willard, Joshua and family, Farnsworth, John, Dwire, John and family; warrant left with wife, Willard, Nathaniel and family, Purkins, Jeremiah, Goodenough, Stephen, Merrill, Daniel and family; warrant left with wife.  I don’t know if any of these other people were relatives of Mary.




As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, I need your help in updating our files on your family.  Please write or E-mail me at the addresses below with any updated information.  I especially need help on the descendants of Amanda Jane Wiser Smith, Mary Olive Wiser Cunningham, and Alla Arminda Wiser Hendricks.


In your research if you ever run across a Wiser that may appear to be related, also please send that information to me.  We continue to find new relatives who through many years of difficult research how found their connection to our family. 


With computer technology, compiling this information has become so much easier and less time consuming.  We are also able to find new information through the internet and other compiled data bases that we may never have located.  This is an exciting time to be doing research on our family.




HYDE PARK, UTAH - Shari Lyne Greenhalgh Hawkes returned to her Heavenly Father's arms quietly on June 5, 2000, surrounded by her family following a short illness.


Shari was born, along with her twin sister, Shona, on August 22, 1962, in Logan, Utah to 0. Brent and Lorene Mason Greenhalgh.


Shari was educated in Cache County schools and graduated from Sky View High School in 1980.  Shari was active in sports (swimming and track) and enjoyed working on the yearbook staff.  Upon completion of high school, Shari fulfilled a scholarship to beauty college and maintained her own business for 18 years.  She was also a graduate of the Logan LDS Institute.


She met Chad Morgan Hawkes (Carma Wiser, Cliff Wiser, John Harvey Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) in 1980 and married him for time and eternity in the Logan LDS Temple on April 16, 1981.


Shari's greatest joy was her children.  Her wisdom and charity were far beyond her short time here.  She fulfilled her role as mother completely and genuinely.


Those of us who knew Shari will always remember her infectious laugh and love for everyone she knew.  She always put the needs of others above her own and found joy in serving in many areas of responsibility in her wards.  When asked what her life's greatest accomplishment was she responded, "Raising my six sons."


Shari is survived by her husband Chad- six sons, Christopher, Brandyn, Shawn, Jacob, Tod and Ty; her parents- six sisters, Shona (Blake) Sparks of North Logan, Utah, Tami (Brett) Poteet of Suisun, Calif, Angela (Allen) Greenhalgh-Schellhase of Kaysville, Utah, Lanai of Phoenix, Ariz., Margo (Jason) Tackett of Tremonton, Utah, Kristen of Logan, Utah; and two brothers, Dyrk (Heidi) Greenhalgh of Tempe, Ariz. and Elder Bryce Greenhalgh, who is serving an LDS mission in Portugal.


Shari is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.


We love you Shari.  Your short time here has changed our lives and brightened our path.  God's greatest achievements have been accomplished through simple things - this was Shari's way and defined her life.  We'll miss you. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hawkes boys may be made to Lewiston State Bank in the name of Chad and Shari Hawkes.


Funeral services will be held Friday, June 9, at noon at the Hyde Park 5th Ward chapel, 63 E. Center St., with Bishop Bob Christensen conducting.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North St., Logan, and Friday from 10 to 11: 3 0 a. m. at the church prior to services.  Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery.



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