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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 8 Issue 3 March 2003

 

RESEARCH FINDINGS

FAMILY OF SAMUEL HENRY WISER (Continued)

 

From the fourth generation, Im only including new family information. I would sure like to contact a member of this family to see if they have any additional information on their Wiser ancestors. I appreciate the help of my Uncle Denny in locating many of the records of the following:

 

19. Norman Russell Webb (Gertrude Maud Wiser, William H., Samuel Henry) was born on 30 Aug 1905 in Cle Elum,Kittitas,WA. He died on 23 Nov 1990.

 

Norman married Mona Faye Cline in 1929. Mona was born on 21 Oct 1903 in WA. She died on 3 May 1986 in Seattle, King, WA.

PARENTAGE: Mona Faye Cline, daughter of William and Beth (McCartney) Cline.

 

Norman and Mona had the following children:

27 M i. Larry H. Webb

 

20. Roger B. Webb (Gertrude Maud Wiser, William H., Samuel Henry) was born on 25 May 1907 in WA. He died on 11 Nov 1988.

 

Roger married Christina in 1926. Christina was born on 1 Mar 1894 in WA. She died on 17 Feb 1982 in Spokane City, Spokane, WA.

 

They had the following children:

28 F i. Rena Webb

 

21. Delore M. Webb (Gertrude Maud Wiser, William H., Samuel Henry) was born on 13 Apr 1909 in Cle Elum, Kittitas ,WA. He died on 23 Nov 1965 in Seattle, King, WA. Delore married Dorothy.

 

 

Delore and Dorothy had the following children:

29 F i. Janice Webb. Janice married Michael Thompson

 

22. Thirza P. Webb (Gertrude Maud Wiser, William H., Samuel Henry) was born on 26 Mar 1917 in WA. She died on 3 Oct 1977 in Seattle, King, WA.

 

Thirza married (1) Adams, and 2) Cline (probably brother of Mona Faye Cline above).

 

They had the following children:

30 M i. Donald Cline .

31 M ii. Richard Cline .

32 F iii. Marian Cline. Marian married Jesson .

 

James Quanapaug, alias Wiser

 

John Prescott was born in 1604 in Sowerby-Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He died in Dec 1681 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA.

The following excerpt is from the book, The Military Annals of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1740-1865, by Henry S. Nourse, A.M., published, Lancaster, MA 1889, and from the website, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~hartshrn/Derick/d263.htm. Please excuse the narrow viewpoint taken of the Native American at this time in the United States as you will notice in this excerpt by the author.

 

p. 359-In 1669, John Prescott was proclaimed a freeman. He may have been long a church member, or may not even at this date have yielded the conscientious scruples that had a quarter of a century earlier subjected him to Winthrop's reproach. (The laws had been modified by this date so that even if they were not church members, if they owned a certain amount of property and were guaranteed by the local minister "to be Orthodox in Religion and not vicious in their lives," they might be admitted to the freedom of the commonwealth by a majority vote in the General Court). About this time he petitioned the court for more land. The request was referred to a special committee composed of Edward Tyng, George Corwin and Humphrey Davie, who reported as follows:

In Referrence [reference] to this Petition the Committee[committee] being well informed that the Petr [petitioner]is an ancient Planter and hath bin [been] a useful, helpfull [helpful]and publique [public]spirited man doinge [doing]many good offices for the Country, Relatinge[relating] to the Road to Connecticott [Connecticut], marking trees, directinge [directing]of Passengers &c and that the Land Petitioned for beinge [being] but about 107 Acres & Lyinge [lying] not very Cnvenient [convenient] for any other Plantation, and only accomodable [accommodateble] for the Pet [petitioner] we judge it reasonable to confirme [confirm] the Indian Grant to him & his heyres [heirs] if ye honored Court see meete [meet].

 

(The Indian who owned this land was James Wiser alias Quanapaug, the Christian Nashaway chief, whose bravery had been tested in the contest between the Nipmucks and the Mohawks, and was so firm a friend of his white neighbors at Lancaster that when Philip persuaded the tribe with Sagamore Sam to go upon the war path, James refused to join them. He also served as a spy and tried to save Lancaster from destruction).

 

It is related that at his first coming, John Prescott, had soon won the respect of the savages, not only by his fearlessness and great strength, but by the power of his eye and his dignity of men. They soon learned to stand in awe of his long musket and unerring skill as a marksman. He had no doubt seen some military service in England, for he came of a soldierly race, his great-grandfather having been knighted for gallantry in battle (remember, not proven ancestry!). He had brought with him from England a suit of mail-helmet and cuirass-probably such as were worn by the soldiers of Cromwell. Clothed with these, his stately figure seemed to the sons of the forest something almost superhuman. One day some Indians, having taken away a horse of his, he put on his armor, pursued them along, and soon overtook them. The chief of the party seeing him approach unsupported, met him menacingly with uplifted tomahawk. Prescott dared him to strike and was immediately taken at his word, but the rude weapon glanced harmless from the helmet, to the amazement of the red men. Naturally the Indian desired to try upon his own head so wonderful a hat, and the owner obligingly gratified him, claiming the privilege, however, of using the tomahawk in return. The helmet proving a scant fit or its wearer neglecting to bring it down to its proper bearings, Prescott's vengeful blow not only astounded him, but left very little cuticle on either side of his head and nearly deprived him of his ears. Prescott was allowed to jog home in peace upon his horse. In 1673 Prescott had nearly attained the age of three score and ten. The weight of years that had been full of exposure, anxiety and toil and some sharp touch of bodily ailment warning him of his mortality, he made his will. But John Prescott's pilgrimage was far from ended, and severer chastenings than any yet experienced awaited him. He had lived to see the settlement that called him father struggle upward from discouraging beginnings to become a thriving and happy community of over fifty families. All this fair scene of industry and rural content, which he might in modest truth claim to be the fruit of his care and toil, he lived to see in a single day made more desolate than the wilderness from which it had been laboriously conquered. (The Indian massacre of Lancaster in 1676 was devastating and those residents who survived were forced to flee to a safer place).

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