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Volume 9 Issue 5                                                                                  May 2004

Biographical History of John McCormick Wiser

John McCormick Wiser, son of Samuel and Betsey (Babcock) Wiser, was born 22 Jun 1826 in Truxton Township, Cortland County, New York.   His father, Samuel, was the son of Benjamin and Kezia Wiser.  Samuel was born in 1784 in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire.  Samuel married Betsey Babcock (probably about 1820) in Truxton Township.  Betsey Babcock Wiser, was the daughter of James and Temperance (Decker) Babcock; the family lived on Lot 45 in Fabius Township, Onondaga County, New York just north of Truxton Township.  Betsey was born about 1790 in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  Samuel’s and Betsey’s children, listed in probable birth order were:  Amanda, born about 1820, Temperance M., born 8 Jul 1821, Ezra, born about 1824, John McCormick, born 22 Jun 1826, Samuel S., born about 1829, Matilda Ann, born about 1832, and William Henry, born about 1834. 


We are fortunate to have a few short memories of John’s childhood.  In Truxton their home was probably one-story as the boys would play in the attic.  They used a ladder to get into the attic.  One day while John and his brother Sam were playing in the attic, a mad dog attempted to climb the ladder.  The boys were small and didn’t realize the danger, they teased him until he almost climbed to the top of the ladder and bit them.  As a boy, John could also remember herding cows in very wet and marshy land. 


 John thought fondly of his “Uncle Acey Crandall”.  He owned a farm and raised racehorses. John was often in their home and he seemed like a member of their family. For many years, we did not know the exact relationship of Asa Crandall to the family.  But we now know that Asa Crandall was married to Susan Babcock, sister of Betsey.


John’s father, Samuel, died in 1834.  After Samuel’s death, Betsey married one of Samuel’s brothers, believed to be Theodore.  Theodore and Betsey had Albert Henry, born about 1838.  Soon thereafter, the family moved from New York to JoDaviess County, Illinois to seek their fortune in the iron mines of the area.  Unfortunately, both Theodore and Betsey passed away soon after they arrived in Illinois in 1839 and the children were given to various families to be raised.  John was sent to the Charles Morgan family in Iowa.  They were friends of the family.  While at the Charles Morgan place, he worked with timber, cutting and hauling logs to the sawmill on a four-horse cart and clearing the land of rocks.  He also did carpentry while there.  In spite of the work, he had time for a few pranks.  The most outstanding one was one Halloween when he took a buggy apart and carried it piece by piece to the top of the barn and put it back together on the ridge pole.


John was married to Sarah Ann Silsbee on 22 Feb 1849 in Jackson County, Iowa by William H. Bagley, a justice of the peace.  Sarah was born 1831 in Berkshire Township, Tioga, New York and was the daughter of Jesse and Margaret (Sabrina Elizabeth in some records) Silsbee. Sarah and her newborn child died 27 Dec 1849.   We have no record of whether the infant was a boy or girl just that the child died the same day it was born.


Heartbroken, John decided to seek his fortune in the West. He joined a company of miners and came west on horseback, arriving in Salt Lake City in the autumn of 1850, intending to spend the winter there and then continue on to the California gold fields in the spring. He traveled with Charles Morgan, Caleb Sherman (born 15 Aug 1830 in Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont) and Henry Lindsey (born 1822 in New York).  The first winter in Utah, he stayed with the William Empey family.  William Adam Empey was married to Mary Ann Morgan (it is not known if she was related to Charles Morgan), both were from Canada.  (John’s biographical history will be continued in next Month’s newsletter).


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

Syracuse NY Post Standard, 1 May 2004; Mary Jane Kelley April 29, 2004 Mary Jane Kelley [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, father, William Howard Rainbow, Lela Marie Albro Rainbow, William Henry Albro, Joseph G.L. Albro,  Sabra S. Morse Albro, Althea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser], 64, of Stockton Rd., DeRuyter, NY, passed away Thursday, April 29, at the Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, DeRuyter, NY. Calling hours will be held Sunday, May 2, 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Cortland NY Standard, date unknown; Mary Jane Kelley, 64, of Stockton Road, DeRuyter, NY, passed away April 29, 2004, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.  She was born September 15, 1939, in DeRuyter, the daughter of the late William and Bessie Miller Rainbow.  After attending school in DeRuyter, she began to raise and care for her family while working at Smith Corona for 32 years until her retirement.  She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, and was an avid bowler.  Her greatest enjoyment was being with her family, who will miss her dearly.  She is survived by a son, William (Diana) Oursler of DeRuyter; daughter, Debie (Paul) Dudli of DeRuyter, Judith (Thomas) Hartnett of Truxton, Tammy (David) Henry of DeRuyter; sister, Janet (Robert) Custer of Cuyler; grandchildren, Jackie, Danielle Rae, Ashley, Steven, Amber, Brittanie, William, Brandi and Michael, great-grandchildren, Alexus, Adrien, Nicholas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Van Dee, daughter, Mary Lou Van Dee, brothers, William and Gerald Rainbow.  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, DeRuyter.  Calling hours will be held Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1620 Burnett Ave., Syracuse, NY  13206.


Syracuse NY Post Standard, 2 May 2004; Betty Jean Crisp Hill April 28, 2004 Betty Jean Crisp Hill [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, mother, Mildred Louise Rainbow Crisp Barnes, Lela Marie Albro Rainbow, William Henry Albro, Joseph G.L. Albro,  Sabra S. Morse Albro, Althea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser], 71, of Dallas, TX, formerly of Syracuse, passed away April 28, 2004. She was born in DeRuyter and retired from AAFES in Dallas, TX. She always focused on the many positive things life had to offer. The love, warmth and vitality she offered to everyone will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Surviving are sons Richard of Dallas, TX, and Edgar "Trae" of Mattydale; her mother and stepfather, Mildred and Robert Barnes of Mattydale; sisters Marilynne Cregg of Clay and Carole LaCross of Mattydale; brothers Carl Crisp of Largo, FL; Kenneth of Niota, TN; Lee and Leo of Liverpool, Samuel of Syracuse, Ronald of Marlboro and Dale of Cicero; a granddaughter; and nieces and nephews. Services: Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, DeRuyter. Burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, DeRuyter. Visitation Monday from 5 to 8 p.m at the funeral home.

Binghamton NY Press-Bulletin, 3 Apr 2004; Warren H. Wiser [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, father-Herbert Grayson (Bud) Wiser, Erwin Ernest Wiser, Levi Wiser, James Wiser, Benjamin Wiser], of Apalchin, NY; Warren H. Wiser, 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 1, 2004. Warren was predeceased by his parents, Grayson and Bertha (Benedict) Wiser; a son, Philip. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Wanda (Barton) Wiser; his children, Diane O'Hara, Mike and Terrie Wiser, Marlene and Kevin Morgan, Cheryl Kellogg; special grandchildren, Sydney, Aaron and Ian Wiser, Elizabeth, Melissa, Pamela and Zackary Morgan, Stacy and Jack Rogers, Seth Conly, Cody Lipka; Jason and Jeremy O'Hara; brothers and their families, Gerald, Leo, Richard and Harold; a sister, Lois Dilworth. He graduated from Chenango Forks, then served in the US Army. He attended Syracuse University and Baptist Bible Seminary. Warren was employed at the Tioga County Sheriff's Dept as a deputy and undersheriff and retired from IBM. He served as principal at Tioga Center Christian School. Warren was a member of the Warren Center Baptist Church. He enjoyed family, playing guitar, singing, and teaching adult Sunday school. A period of visitation will be held on Monday, April 5th, 2004, at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., both at the Warren Center Baptist Church. Rev. Larry Jennings, his pastor, will officiate. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Warren Center Baptist Church, RR#1, Box 536, Warren Center, Pa. 18851, in loving memory of Warren H. Wiser. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.

Hawker Funeral Home; Scott Wiser; Andrew Scott Wiser [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, father-John Andrew Wiser, John Harvey Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser], 91, of Blackfoot [ID] died Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at his home from Leukemia surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 2, 1913 in Logan, Utah the second child, of three children, born to John Andrew and Luella Budge Wiser.  Scott graduated from Logan High School.  He married Zelpha May Nelson on October 3, 1935 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  This year they would have celebrated 69 years of being happily married.  They raised their family in Preston for ten years and then moved to Blackfoot in 1952.  Scott was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and longtime member of the 9th Ward in the Blackfoot East Stake.  He was a High Priest and served as a home teacher his whole life and loved the people he taught.  He was the first Cub Master in Blackfoot, worked in the MIA with the young men, member of the Seventies Quorum, he and Zelpha were dance instructors for the stake and ward.  He also enjoyed attending the temple and volunteering wherever he was needed.  Scott and Zelpha served as stake missionaries in Arizona and Blackfoot. He owned a Texaco station in Preston, Idaho and then later owned a Texaco Bulk Plant in Blackfoot for many years.  In his younger years, he topped beets, worked horses on the farm, milked cows, bailed hay the old-fashioned way and drove semi's.  During World War II he didn't go to war because hauling gas to the farmers was essential to the economy. Scott's number one priority and happiness revolved around his wife and family. He also enjoyed nature, hunting (for food, not sport), camping, fishing (he was an awesome fly fisherman), snow machining, water skiing, horseback riding, dancing and square dancing.  He enjoyed hand feeding the squirrels at his home.  He and Zelpha enjoyed traveling.  He was a very active member of the Good Sam's RV Club for many years. They spent twelve winters in Quartzsite, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Zelpha of Blackfoot; sons, Reed (Marilyn) Wiser of Blackfoot, Lynn (Linda) Wiser of Blackfoot;  daughter, Joyce (Garreth) Bogar of Las Vegas, NV.; daughter-in-law, Barbara Wiser of Blackfoot; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three children, Norma, Carol and Dean Wiser. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2004 at the Blackfoot East Stake Center, 1289 Mt. Putnam Dr. with Bishop Ralph Mortensen conducting. The family will meet with friends on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling, and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be 3:00 p.m. in the Logan, Utah Cemetery.


Richfield UT Reaper, 24 Mar 2004; Beth Haney Twitchell Coleman Stott, 69, of Richfield, passed away March 21, 2004, in Richfield. She was born July 11, 1934, in Escalante, to Lovell and Martha Kate Matilda Haney Twitchell. She married Rotas Evan Coleman, Sept. 17, 1951, in the Manti LDS temple. He preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1983. She married Cleo Gail Stott [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, mother-Della Alberta Cunningham Stott, Mary Olive Wiser Cunningham, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser], Dec. 13, 1986, in the Manti LDS temple. Beth was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings. She served with Rotas in the Indian Branch. She worked for Federal Land Bank Association for nearly 20 years. She owned and operated a catering service. She is survived by her husband, Gail, Richfield; children, Gary Lynn (Gena) Coleman; Craig Samuel (Shelley) Coleman, all Richfield; foster daughters, Angeline Jimmie, Arizona; Mrs. Gloria (William) Moreno, Page, Ariz.; Mrs. Willene (Jack) Wise, Orem; 24 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 12 foster grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Alvin (Marie) Twitchell, Texas; Nelda Munson, Orem; Curtiss (Denece) Larsen, St. George; Lorena Langston, Salt Lake City; Arletta Clutter, Texas; DeAnn (Scrib) Gillies, Panguitch; Joyce (Clyde) Tooman, Mo.; Craig M. (Marilyn) Twitchell, Panguitch; Gail's children, Dennis (Cathy) Stott, Salt Lake City; Evan (Deon) Stott, Heber City; Elaine Stott, Arlington, Texas; D'Anne (Steve) Moon, Smithfield; Jan (Randy) Ferguson, West Bountiful; Darrell (Kathy) Poleviyaoma, Kearns. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rotas; son, Wayne Coleman; foster daughter, Louise Court; brothers-in-law, LaRell Munson, Lloyd Langston and John Clutter.  Funeral services will be Thursday, March 25, at 1 p.m., in the Richfield LDS 2nd ward, located at 800 North 500 East, Richfield. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary this evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the ward on Thursday from 11 to 12:30 p.m.  Interment will be in the Richfield City Cemetery under the direction of Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Gunnison.



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