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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 10 Issue 3                                                                            March 2005

 

RESEARCH FINDINGS

 

Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this month’s newsletter.  We have just returned from the New Mexico Bankers’ Legislative trip to Washington, D.C.  Though I have been to our nation’s capitol a number of times before, this was the first time that my family has come along.  We had a wonderful trip, and had good visits with our legislators; Senators Domenici and Bingaman, Representatives Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce (with whom we also had dinner on our last evening there).  We didn’t spend very much time with Senator Domenici as he was in Appropriation Committee meetings most of the day and was leaving that evening for the Pope’s funeral services. We ate very well, traveled on the Metro and saw many of the great sights (including the Smithsonian, the cherry blossoms, the Memorials, the “International Spy Museum”, the zoo, the Supreme Court, and the Senate in session).  In between all of our sightseeing and meetings with the American Bankers Association (ABA), the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), I of course had to find a little bit of time to visit the National Archives and look up a few Civil War pension files. 

 

I had twenty-four pension files pulled (both on my father’s and mother’s lines) and am going to summarize highlights from some of those of my father’s side.

 

The following are descendants of James and Temperance Babcock (parents of Susan who married 1) Ira L. Kingsley, 3) Asa Crandall and possibly 2) Simeon Kingsley; and their daughter Betsy who married Samuel Wiser):

 

Frederick Cites, member of Company E, 81st Indiana Infantry (was married to Harriet Swift, daughter of Erastus and Cynthia (Kingsley) Swift.  Cynthia was the daughter of Simeon and Susannah Kingsley). Frederick died of disease the 29th January 1863 in the Camp Hospital near Murfreesboro, TN.  After his death, Harriet married Henry Sites (possibly a brother of Frederick), 18th October 1864 in Harrison County, IN.  Apparently, Harriet died very shortly after the wedding as the records state that she passed away in the month of October 1864.  She had had two children with Frederick, Henry Clay Cites, born 28th September 1861, (Gustavus A. Marsh was appointed guardian 23rd February 1867), and Henrietta E. Cites, born 17th January 1863, who died 3rd July 1864.

 

Jacob Eyer, member of Company D, 21st Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G, of the 74th Indiana Infantry and Company G, of the 56th Illinois Infantry Regiment-Mechanics’ Fusileers (was married to Augusta R. Kingsley, daughter of William D. and Mary Jane (Fenner) Kingsley.  William D. was the son of Ira L. and Susan (Babcock) Kingsley).  Jacob passed away the 15th July 1893.  Augusta passed away the 24th of January 1932 in Long Beach, CA, of influenza followed by pneumonia.  She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery.  Her daughter, Sylvia M. Wood asked for help with the funeral expenses as her husband was unemployed at the time.

 

Ira L. Kingsley, member of the Unassigned Company of the 1st Michigan Cavalry (was the son of William D. and Mary Jane (Fenner) Kingsley, sister of Augusta R. Kingsley Eyer above).  Ira L. Kingsley’s middle name was Lawson.  I would guess that this could be the surname of his grandfather’s (Ira L. Kingsley) mother.  Ira had been married to Caroline Haight, who died about 1879.  Ira died January 17, 1913 at the home of Norman S. Kingsley (his brother) in Sand Lake, Kent County, Michigan.

 

Norman Sylvester Kingsley, a member of Companies A and E of the 1st Michigan Cavalry (was a brother to Ira Kingsley and Augusta R. Kingsley Eyer above). Norman married a second time later in life.  He was 74 at the time and married Ruth J. Phillips, born Ruth J. Lucas, age 79.  They were married 29th September 1919 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan and lived together about two months.  A nasty divorce occurred, Ruth in her own words claimed, “that for some time the soldier had been morose and ugly because this claimant could not come to his way of thinking relative to the Adventist Religion.  That she never refused to allow him to observe the Sabbath on Saturday, nor did she refuse to go to his church, and did go to church with him. That he persisted and insisted upon her giving up her faith, and of taking up the Adventist church.  That she could not conscientiously take up such belief, and that he was constantly angry because she could not.  That she always kept away from religious discussions, but that the soldier refused to allow her to offer blessing at the table because he said she was not an advent, wherefore was not a Christian and if she was not a Christian she could not offer blessing.  That on the day of their separation and for a week or so previous to that he had become more perturbed about this religious question, and made life more disagreeable for this claimant.  That on the morning of their separation, she asked him to work in the garden, but he refused to do so, and went away and did not return until after the dinner hour when he came in and ate food that she had prepared, went upstairs and got his valise and packed it, came down and said he was going to leave her and left; never giving any logical excuse or attempting to make any arrangement relative to her support.”

 

William Lovell, member of Company E, 81st Indiana Infantry  (was the son of Joseph and Chloe (Kingsley) Lovell.  Chloe was the daughter of Simeon and Susannah Kingsley).  William and Rachel Lopp were married the 11th of January 1866 at Valley City, Indiana.  William died 19th Jul 1904, and had the following children, Laura R. Richards, nee Lovell, born Aug. 2, 1868, Sarah E. Lovell, born Nov. 5, 1870, Clara A. Carroll nee Lovell, born Apr. 2, 1872 and Mary V. Lovell, born Dec. 3, 1877.

 

Eland P. Osgood, member of Company B, 12th Michigan Infantry (was married to Ione Isadora Jane Bishop; she was the daughter of Clarinda Babcock Bishop and granddaughter of Perry (Peregrine) P. and Philanda (Phila) (Fox) Babcock.  Perry was the son of James and Temperance (Decker) Babcock).  Eland was born Feb. 15, 1840 at Battle Creek, MI and died Aug. 23, 1923 at Long Beach, CA.  Eland and Ione were married May 12, 1860 in Hagar Township, Berrien County, Michigan.  Ione died Aug. 15, 1909. 

Eland and Ione lived in Coloma, MI (3 years); Lucas, MO (4 years); Sterling, CO (2 years); Sidney, NE (37 years) and Long Beach, CA (until his death).  Their children; Cora Belle Osgood Fitch, born May 17, 1861, Clyde G. Osgood, born Jan. 20, 1868, Otis M. Osgood, born about June 19, 1871, Millard S. Osgood, born September 26, 1875.

 

(to be continued in next month’s newsletter.)

 

OBITUARIES

Please accept our condolences to those who recently lost family members.

Syracuse, NY Post Standard, 1 Mar 2005; February 27, 2005; June A. Kemp, 74, of Parish, NY. She was born in Syracuse, NY and died Sunday in Edgewater, Florida. She was a postal clerk working in the Parish Post Office. She was a graduate of A.P.W. High School in 1948. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harrison Brockett who died in 1965 and her second husband, Albert Kemp (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser-Albert’s father-Albert DeWitt Morse, his stepfather was Bert Arnold Kemp, Simeon DeWitt Morse, Joseph C. Morse, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser) who died in 1980. Survivors: one daughter, Martha Brockett, West Monroe, NY; two sons, Thomas Brockett, Edgewater, FL, Stewart Brockett, Cleveland, NY; two grandchildren, Christopher Hall, Parish, Kaycee Brockett, Cleveland; one great-grandson, Jeremy Hall, Parish; one brother, Hadwen Jenkins, Auburn; three stepchildren, Bonnie Cramer, Parish, Connie Kemp, Hawaii, Albert Kemp, Jr., Arizona. Services: 10 a.m. Friday from the Harter Funeral Home, Parish, NY. Spring burial will be in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, NY. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 2983 W. Main St., Parish, NY.

Marshfield, WI News-Herald, Saturday, 12 Feb 2005; Arlyn Paul "Whitey" Ritter Sr. (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser-his mother, Alice Mae Adams Ritter, Louis Eli Edwin Adams, Byron (Lewis) Sidney Adams, Temperance M. Wiser Adams, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), age 71, of Granton, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at the Tomah Veterans Hospital in Tomah.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton.  Military rites will be accorded by the Neillsville Veterans Council.  Arlyn's family will greet friends from noon to service time Monday at the church.  Gesche Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Arlyn was born June 27, 1933, in Neillsville to Paul and Alice (Adams) Ritter.  He entered the military on July 7, 1950, and served until he was discharged on Dec. 14, 1954.  He married Patricia N. Bender on Oct. 16, 1954.  Arlyn is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son Arlyn Paul (Deborah) Ritter Jr., Granton; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Pauline (Blaine) McCray, Withee, Wi., Merlyn Ritter, Owen, WI., Victor (Eileen) Ritter, Unity, Wi., Alice Bender, Owen, WI., Alfreida (Troy) Austin, Abbotsford, WI., Glen Ritter, Owen, WI., and Pearl Darge, Spencer, WI.

 

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