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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 9 Issue 7                                                                                   July 2004

RESEARCH FINDINGS

Wisers of Auburn, Massachusetts

Most of these records found on the internet concern the family of Benjamin Wiser, first cousin to our Benjamin Wiser.  We believe that our Benjamin Wiser, was the son of James and Ruth (Bowman) Wiser.  This Benjamin was the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Printer) Wiser.  James Wiser and Benjamin were brothers and sons of James and Hannah Wiser.

 

“A Historical Sketch of Auburn, Massachusetts: from the earliest period to the present day with brief accounts of early settlers and prominent citizens.”  Worcester, Mass., C.D. Cady Print Company, published 1989 (originally published in 1937).  On page 29; 1837, a list of the pew holders who purchased at that auction follows: Benjamin Wiser; then on page 37; In 1861, Miss Mary Cary taught in the house known as Cary’s Tavern, later the home of Benjamin Wiser, who owned the store opposite.  On page 60;  James Wiser, an early settler in the South Parish, was part Indian, the son of Benjamin (1) and Sarah Wiser.  He served as a Minute Man with Captain Timothy Bigelow.  He had a brother Benjamin, who married Dorothy Bright of Leicester in 1777.  This Benjamin (2) had a son James, whose daughter Mary Ann married Reuben Tatman of Worcester in 1825.  Another son was Deacon Benjamin Wiser (3) a bachelor, who died in 1858 at the age of seventy-eight.

 

“Reminiscences of Worcester: from the earliest period: historical and genealogical, with notices of early settlers and prominent citizens, and descriptions of old landmarks and ancient dwellings, accompanied by a map and numerous illustrations.”  Wall, Caleb A., Worcester, Massachusetts, printed by Tyler & Seagrave in 1877.  On page 365; “Jeffrey Hemenway, son of Ebenezer and Hepzibah (Crossman) Hemenway, who came to Worcester from Framingham in 1778, settled on May street, on the estate he then purchased of Col[onel] Ebenezer Lovell, now owned and occupied by his daughter Hannah Hemenway.  The present Ebenezer Hemenway is a son of Jeffrey, who died in 1819, aged 80.  There have been three generations of the name Thomas Drury, Thomas Baird, Jonathan Stone, and Benjamin Wiser, in Auburn, beginning over one hundred years ago, each of the three residing on the same ancestral homestead, respectively, as indicated on the map, on the territory belonging to Worcester previous to 1778…the Drurys lived on the estate now owned and occupied by Rev. Elnathan Davis; the Wisers on the estate now owned and occupied by J.F. Beane; and so forth.  [note from Ron Wiser-Hepzibah (Crossman) Hemenway, was the daughter a Mr. Crossman and Lydia Bowman.  Lydia was the sister of Ruth Bowman, wife of James Wiser].

 

On page 387; Israel Rice [born April 5, 1789, age 89 in 1878] remembers attending nearly eight-three years ago, the funeral of the widow of the first Benjamin Wiser, in Auburn, who died Dec. 14, 1794, (see page 215.v  He states that she was a native Indian, her husband being one of the original white settlers).  Obviously, based upon our knowledge of the Wiser family, he was not an original white settler.

 

On page 215;  Sarah, relict of Benjamin Wiser, senior, Dec. 17, 1794, age 76.  Benjamin Wiser, Jr., July 1, 1794, aged 41, and his widow Dolly, May 4, 1829, aged 80.  Dea[con] Benjamin Wiser, June 15, 1858, age 78.  Four generations of Benjamin Wisers resided in the old Wiser dwelling on the east side of Packachoag Hill, now (1877) the residence of J.F. Beane.

 

 

Wisers of Weare, New Hampshire

 

There is a reference in the following book to a Wiser who lived in Weare, New Hampshire.  Presently, I have no idea who this could be, but for any researchers out there who figure out who this might be, please let me know.

 

“The Register of Rowells”, Melvin Rowell, 1957. Printed by the Concord Press. p. 13; Rowell, Daniel (son of Daniel 5), b. 1745, m. first 1768 to Judith French of E. Kingston, m. 2d to  _________Wiser, res Weare, NH, occupation Soldier Revolutionary War at Bunker Hill and subsequent campaigns.  Ch-Jonathan, Daniel 1776-1843, m. 1799 Mehitable Smith; Percy, Caleb, Richard m. 1826 Melinda Miller; Judith m. Edmund Cole; Lydia M. Abijah Potter; Miriam m. Clifford Cole.

 

The Family of James Babcock of Fabius, New York

 

This month I was pleased to discover another son of James Babcock.  James Babcock married Temperance Decker in Goshen, Orange County, New York on 16 Feb 1777.  He was the son of James and Sarah (Sheldon) Babcock, born in Exeter, Rhode Island on 22 Jun 1755 and fought in the NY 3rd Regiment during the Revolutionary War.  He subsequently lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and then moved to Fabius, New York.  He was a shoemaker and farmer by trade.  His daughter, Betsey married Samuel Wiser, my ancestor.  Another daughter, Susan married Ira Kingsley and then Asa Crandall.  His youngest daughter, Amanda married Joshua Davis, and his oldest daughter Sarah S. (probably Sheldon), died as a single woman, 4 Sep 1805 and is buried in Lenox, Massachusetts.  I have known that there were at least three sons, but there given names have remained a mystery. 

 

There are a few land transactions in Fabius involving James, Peregrine P. Babcock and Elisha Fox.  I had previously wondered if Peregrine might be a son of James and this past month found descendants of Peregrine who confirmed this.  So for those of you interested in this line;  Peregrine P. (called Perry) Babcock was born 1787, probably in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  He married in 1814, Philanda Fox, daughter of Elisha and Polly (Loomis) Fox.  Philanda was born 1795 in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  They had the following children; Betsy, born 1815, Sheldon (notice his given name is his grandmother Babcock’s surname), born 27 Jan 1817 in Fabius, Clarinda, born 1819, Edward, born 1 Aug 1821 in Clayton, Jefferson, NY, William P., born Dec 1824, Jacob, born 1826, Alfred, born 1832, Mary Lucinda, born 1834, Phedorah, born May 1837, Emily, born 1840 and Jane (Jennie), born 1842.   Perry died 13 Oct 1859 and is buried in the North Gouverneur Cemetery, Saint Lawrence County, New York.  His wife, Philanda (Fox) Babcock died 29 Mar 1882 and is buried in the same cemetery.   I have many descendants of this family, if anyone has an interest, I will be happy to share this research with you. The family also believes that Perry had a brother John Babcock who lived in Tully, New York.

 

I also have received a copy of the diary of a granddaughter of this family which gives great detail of her family during their subsequent moves to the West, marriages and death of loved ones.  Hopefully, I will share portions of this in a future newsletter as well as completing the life history of John McCormick Wiser.

 

 

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