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Volume 7 Issue 11                                                                                  November 2002


Family of Benjamin Wiser (concluded)

ix.        Theodore Wiser was born about 1787 probably in Haverhill, Grafton, NH. He died about 1839 in JoDaviess County, IL.




CENSUS RECORDS: 1820 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY. Also probably lived in Veteran’s Township Chemung County, NY, near present-day Elmira.  His daughter’s obituary (Prudence) stated that she was born near Elmira in 1817.  We still don’t know for sure if Prudence is a daughter.


FURTHER RESEARCH NEEDED: family tradition states that Theodore married his brother Samuel's wife Betsey after Samuel’s death in 1834.  Supposedly, Theodore died in JoDaviess County, IL about 1839.  Family tradition states they had moved near Galena, IL to find their fortune in the lead mines.  After they both died in the same year, the children were given out to various friends of the family.


Theodore married have married (1) Elisa Hunt. Elisa was born about 1790.


FURTHER RESEARCH NEEDED: There is an Elizabeth Wiser, buried in Wisner Park

Cemetery, Elmira, NY, no data.  Towner read stone, Fall, 1875.  There is a niece of Theodore’s buried in this cemetery.  Elisa Hunt is listed as Prudence’s mother on her death certificate.  Father is listed as Mr. Wiser


Theodore married (2) Betsey (Elizabeth) Babcock daughter of James Babcock and Temperance Decker after 1832. Betsey was born about 1790 probably in Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA. She died in 1839 in JoDaviess County, IL.

           x. female Wiser was born about 1789 probably in Haverhill, Grafton, NH.


FURTHER RESEARCH NEEDED: possibly Maisilva (Marsilla) Wiser, mentioned in

Cazenovia Pilot, 8 Jul 1818, letters left at post office and other documents at the Lorenzo House.


We express our deepest sympathy to those who lost family members recently.


Syracuse Post-Standard, Fri, 15 Nov 2002; Gerald C. Marris, 77, of 24 Nelson St., Cazenovia, died Wednesday. Born in Erieville, he attended Cazenovia schools. He formerly worked in the maintenance department at the Cortland County Sheriff's Department. He worked as a farm hand. Survivors: A daughter, Diane Marris (Jean Murdent, George Enoch Murdent, John Scott Murdent, Melissa Ann Albro Murdent, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser) of Cortland; two sisters, Sara Pratt of Cazenovia and Shirley Onyan of Erieville. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday in Erieville United Methodist Church. Burial, Erieville Cemetery. Calling hour, 6 to 7 p.m. today at Tait Funeral Home, 2333 Fenner Road, Cazenovia. Contributions: Crouse Community Center, South Main Street, Morrisville 13408.


Syracuse Post-Standard, Mon, 18 Nov 2002: Ruth I. Jacobe Stearns (Charles Jacobe, Cora Albro Jacobe, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser), 87, of Fenner Road, Cazenovia, died Saturday. Born in Cortland, she was a life resident of Cazenovia. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Cazenovia Village Baptist Church, American Baptist Women, Cazenovia Grange and the Del-Se-Nan-Go Old Tyme Fiddlers Group. Her husband, Gaylord, died in 1980; a son, Chauncey, died in 1961.Survivors: Two daughters, Carol Plummer of South Otselic and Sally Perry of Cazenovia; four sons, Terry of Manlius, Allen and Charles, both of Cazenovia, and Joseph of Champlain, Va.; a sister, Doris Best of DeRuyter; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Richard F. Ayer Funeral Home. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 38 Sullivan St., Cazenovia. Contributions: Cazenovia Village Baptist Church, Seminary Street, Cazenovia 13035.


Logan UT Herald-Journal, Thursday, 24 Oct 2002; Lewiston-Rey L. Wiser (Loren Frost Wiser, Samuel Frost Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) passed away Oct. 21, 2002, from complications of a fall. He died at Sunshine Terrace Nursing Home attended by many members of his loving family.  Rey was born Feb. 12, 1929, to Eliza King and Loren Frost Wiser of Lewiston, Utah.  He was raised in Lewiston where he attended Elementary and Junior High School and graduated from North Cache High in 1947.  He served a mission in The New England State mission from 1949 to 1951.  Upon his return, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict, where he attended officer candidate school and served six months in Germany.  After full-time military service Rey continued his military career in the Reserves and retired from that division as a lieutenant colonel.  Once he returned home he attended USU and BYU where he graduated and received his bachelor's of science degree in 1956 in secondary education.  He taught in the Provo District for two years.  He then continued his graduate studies at the U of U where he received his Elementary Education Certificate.  It was during this time he met his sweetheart.  He married Koa Jean Ogden in the Manti Temple on June 19, 1959.  They both taught in the Weber School District for one year.  They then made their home in Lewiston where they reared seven children.  Rey's mother was a school teacher and as a direct result of her love for teaching passed that love and desire onto her son.  Rey was a school teacher for Cache County School District for 31 years until his retirement in 1987.  He touched and taught many children the love of learning.  Rey was active in local politics and was a delegate to the Cache County and state conventions for many years.  He was a commander of the American Legion Post 50 and participated in the Boys State program by speaking and being a counselor to the boys.  He also was president of the Lewiston Jaycees for three years.  He had great love and awareness of how important it is to be involved in government and community service.  Rey was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings and enjoyed doing temple work for the past three years.  Rey had a great love for BYU football and spent many a happy hour cheering for his favorite team.  He was very social and always had a great tall tale to tell anyone who would like to have a quick laugh.  One of Rey's great loves was playing Rook with his children and grandchildren.  He had a great competitive nature.  Rey is survived by his wife of 43 years, Koa Jean Ogden Wiser, seven children and their spouses, Paul and Diane Dunn, Hinesville, Ga., Gary and Kris Wiser, Mountain Green, Utah, Jay and Jean Swann, Murray, Kent and Ruth Ashton, Lewiston, Matt and Linda Brown, Manhattan, Kan., Nick and Debbie Wilcox, Spanish Fork, Utah, David and Angela Wiser, Logan, and 27 grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth and Lewis Wiser; and sisters, Phyllis Anderson and Inge Hunzeker.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Milton Wiser.  Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Lewiston 4th Ward Chapel, 16 S. Main.  Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center, Logan, and on Saturday morning at the church prior to services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Lewiston Cemetery.


Logan Herald-Journal, 17 Nov 2002; RICHMOND - Duane Fikstad, 71, of Richmond, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, in his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Rexburg, Idaho, a son of Gordon and Ellen May Fikstad. He married Doris Jean Hendricks (Oral Dennis Hendricks, Alla Arminda Wiser Hendricks, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), May 29, 1953, in Ashton, Idaho. He served four years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a logger in Northeast Idaho. He raised his family in Ashton, Idaho, and has spent the past 15 years in Richmond. He is survived by his wife of Logan, one son and three daughters, Dennis Duane Fikstad, Virginia, Carla Donn Larsen, St. Anthony, Idaho, Treena and John Pitcher, Nibley, Tami and James Owen, Plymouth; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kylee Dawn Owen. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at noon in the Allen-Hall Mortuary. Friends may call at the mortuary Monday from 10 to 11:45 am. Interment will be in the East Garland Cemetery.


Syracuse Post-Herald, Saturday, 23 Nov 2002; Phyllis J. Custer, 53, of Pease Hill Road, Cuyler, died Wednesday. She was born in South Amboy, N.J. She was a mortgage processor for Cortland Savings Bank in Cortland.Survivors: Her husband, Gregory (Janet Marie Rainbow Custer, William Howard Rainbow, Lela Marie Albro Rainbow, William Henry Albro, Joseph G. L. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser); a daughter, Valerie Case of Syracuse; two sons, Vincent Case of Truxton and Derek Case of Belleville, Ill.; her mother, Louise Gerity of Waldorf, Md.; a sister, Christine Lepiscopo of Waldorf; two brothers, Thomas Ambler of Colorado and Charles Ambler of Jackson, N.J.; three grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home. Burial, Hillcrest Cemetery. Calling hours, 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, Cortland Street, DeRuyter


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