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Volume 7 Issue 5                                                                   May 2002



Known Grandchildren of Benjamin Wiser


Children of Alithea Wiser and Luther Morse:


Elizabeth (Betsy) G. Morse, born 28 Aug 1789 in Concord, Essex, Vermont.  Married her cousin, widower David Morse, 29 Nov 1815 in Concord.  David was born 12 Jun 1791 in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, son of James and Rebecca (Carruth) Morse. Elizabeth died after 1860, probably in Concord, Vermont.

Sally Morse, born 8 Aug 1792 in Concord, Essex, Vermont.  Nothing more known.

Jemima Morse, born 22 Feb 1794 in Concord, Essex, Vermont.  Nothing more known.

Abigail Morse, born 20 Feb 1796 in Concord, Essex, Vermont.  Nothing more known.

Sabra S. Morse, born 7 Feb 1798 in Concord, Essex, Vermont.  Married 29 Sep 1825 in Truxton, Cortland, New York, widower James Albro.  James was born 18 Mar 1778 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, son of Samuel and Sarah (Converse) Albro, and he died 20 Sep 1863 in Truxton.  Farmer. Sabra died before 1865, probably in Truxton.  

Anna Morse, born 6 May 1800 in Madison County, New York.  Nothing more known.

Joseph C. Morse, born 4 Jan 1803 in Wampsville, Madison, New York.  Married 2 Feb 1823, Emeline Carey.  Emeline was born 6 Nov 1805 and died after 1880.  Joseph died Sep 1859 in Merrillsville, Madison, New York.  Farmer.  Will mentions Family Bible was in his possession.


Children of Benjamin Wiser and Sally Turner:


Levi Wiser, born about 1800.  In 1825, living in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire.  Not sure if son of

Benjamin.  In 1821, he was tried in Grafton County Court for stealing a watch.  He was found guilty and served three months in jail.

Benjamin Wiser, born 1804 in Bath.  Died about 1864 in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire.  Benjamin was known for his colorful stories during “Court Week” in Grafton County during the 1840s and 1850s.

Polly Wiser, born about 1806.  Married Brigham Woods, 10 Jan 1825 in Haverhill.

Joseph Wiser, born  about 1809.  Married Susan H. Nichols.  Changed name to George Wise in 1855.  Lived in Concord, New Hampshire.  Carpenter.

Nathan Wiser, born 1810 in Bath.  Married Sarah Nichols.  Died 1 Jan 1870 in Northfield, Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Carpenter.

Lucinda Wiser, born 1811 in Haverhill.  Died 26 Jul 1887 at County Poor House in Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

John R. Wiser, born 5 Jun 1812 in Haverhill.  Married 15 Feb 1835, Betsey H. Spiller.  She was born 1 Jun 1816 in Bethel, Oxford, Maine and died 15 Mar 1895 in Raymond, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  John died 31 Dec 1877 in Laconia, Belknap, New Hampshire.  Veteran of Civil War, Second Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, six feet 1 ˝ inches tall, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, peg manufacturer.

Thomas Jefferson Wiser, born 1813.  Enlisted 1847 in Lisbon, New Hampshire.  Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 5 feet 8 inches, age 34, born Haverhill.  Not sure if son.

Solomon Wiser, born about 1815.  Married Judith C. Spiller, she was born 15 Jul 1819 in Gilead, Oxford, Maine, died 22 Jan 1864 in Laconia. 

Marian W. Wiser, born 1816 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont.  Married 8 Sep 1844 in Corinth, Vermont, Clark Benjamin (James) Beede.  Married 6 Jul 1850 in Concord, New Hampshire, William P. Hook.  Died after 1860, lived in Corinth, Vermont.

Charles S. Halley Wiser, born 23 Nov 1818 in Corinth, Vermont.  Married Maria Hartford.  She was born about 13 Jun 1843 in Cambridge, Suffolk, Massachusetts and died 19 Aug 1893 in Weirs, Belknap, New Hampshire.  Charles died 29 Jul 1880 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire. 


Children of Benjamin Wiser and Sarah (Sally) Orn:


Sarah (Sally) Jane Wiser, born 27 Aug 1827 in Washington, Orange, Vermont.  Married 8 Jan 1846 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, Aaron B. Ford.  Aaron was born 6 Feb 1821 and died 10 Mar 1895 in Corinth.  Aaron was a Civil War Veteran and served in Company L 1st Vermont Cavalry.  Sarah died 1 Jan 1892 in Corinth.

Daniel Wiser, born 24 Apr 1830 in Corinth.  Married 12 Mar 1870 in Hill, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Ellen M. Growe.  Ellen born 14 Nov 1833 in Gaysville, Windsor, Vermont, and died 3 Jul 1914 in Sanbornton, Belknap, New Hampshire.  Daniel died 20 Apr 1909 in Sanbornton.  Farmer.


Children of Josiah Wiser and Philena:


Lorenzo Wiser, born 1822 in Chemung County, New York.  Married Emily Warner, born 1826 in Chemung County, New York, the daughter of Amazia and Prudence Wiser.  Emily died 19 Sep 1865, and is buried in Southport Township, Chemung, New York.  Lorenzo was a Civil War Veteran, Company H, 5th Regiment, New York Artillery.  Not sure if Lorenzo is son of Josiah.  Lorenzo died after 1890, probably in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska.

Achsah E. Wiser, born 30 Apr 1826, probably in Veteran Township, Chemung, New York and died 10 Jun 1834, buried in Elmira, Chemung, New York.


To be continued in next month’s newsletter.




We wish to express our sympathy to the family members of those who have recently passed away:


Syracuse NY paper, 8 May 2002; Agnes VanDonsel Aldrich, 71, of 3 Levydale Parkway, Cortland, died Tuesday. She was born in Cortland and was an office manager for Aldrich Insurance Agency. Survivors: Her husband, Murray [Frances Elizabeth Smith, Albert Albro Smith, Elizabeth M. Albro Smith, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser]; three daughters, Kathryn Wilcox of Cortland, Donna Taylor of New Hope and Susan Bell of Oregon; six sons, Daniel and Timothy, both of Michigan, John of Lake Como, James and Thomas, both of Cortland, and Mark of North Carolina; a sister, Wilma Dugan of Tully; two brothers, Nicholas and Leo VanDonsel, both of Florida; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Church, Cortland. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery, Cortland. Calling hours, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland. Contributions: American Parkinson's Association, 1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island 10305.


Syracuse NY Post-Standard, 13 May 2002; Lucille M. (Davis) Clancy who was born and lived most of her life in Fabius, died peacefully in her sleep, in her 91st year, on May 9th at Alden, NY. She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Mark R. Clancy, who died in 1979, by her beloved parents Anna [John Scott Murdent, Melissa Ann Albro Murdent, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser] and George Davis, by her sister Lina (Davis) Nash, and her brother Clyde Davis. Lucille is survived by her sister, Mrs. Blanche Bryan, of Fabius; by her son and daughter-in-law David and Suzanne (Madison) Clancy of Hamilton, Canada; Her son Edward Clancy of New Orleans, LA; Grandsons, Timothy and Dennis Clancy; Granddaughters Alexandra and Elisabeth Clancy; Great Granddaughter Alysha May Clancy; Her sister-in-law Mrs. Velma Clancy of Delphi Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Lucille was a communicant of St. Paul's Parish in Fabius, and of Immaculate Conception at Pompey. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the loving care provided Lucille by her dedicated care givers at Alden, and our special thanks to Lucille's niece, Janet Christoffel of Lafayette. Calling hours are 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm on Monday, May 13, 2002 at Hall Funeral Home, 6033 Cherry Valley Rd, Lafayette. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Tuesday, May 14th at St. Paul's Church in Fabius, NY. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Pompey. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of donors choice in Memory of Lucille.

Pocatello-Idaho State Journal-16 Mar 2002; GRACE — Norma Irene Smith Ray, 84, of Grace, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the Caribou Memorial Hospital in Soda Springs. She was born June 10, 1917, at Cache, Idaho, the daughter of David Amanuel [Amanda Jane Wiser Smith, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser] and Rosie Sheppard Smith. She was the seventh child in a family of 10 children. She attended elementary and secondary schools in rural southeastern Idaho; she also attended Ricks College, Idaho State University and Utah State University. Norma began her teaching career in Grace in 1938. She met Gail Ray there, and they were married on May 31, 1940, in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. They made their home in Grace, where they raised their five children. Norma continued teaching at the Grace Elementary School after her children were older. She loved birds, especially hummingbirds, and had many bird feeders around her yard, where she could watch them eat. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a member of the Grace LDS Third Ward.

After retirement, Norma and Gail had the opportunity of serving full-time temple missions in Sydney, Australia; Denver, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. They also spent nearly 18 years working as officiators in the Logan, Utah temple, and had the privilege of participating in the marriage ceremonies of several family members there. Norma is survived by her eternal companion of nearly 62 years, Gail M. Ray of Grace; five children, Jerry Ray Johnson of Pocatello, Dennis and Sheri Ray of Layton, Utah, Doyle and Debra Ray of Inkom, Eric Ray of Boise, and Janet and David Widdison of Pocatello; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with one more expected any day.  She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 18 at noon at the Grace LDS Stake Center, with Bishop Crea Williams officiating. Friends may call at the Sims Funeral Home in Soda Springs on Sunday evening, March 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Monday at the Grace LDS Stake Center from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Grace Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home.


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