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Volume 8 Issue 11                                                                                  November 2003


From a recent auction on eBay made known to me by Debbie Wilson and others, there was a official and original New Hampshire State Document, County of Belknap document for sale regarding John R. Wiser’s purchase of illegal liquor from Napoleon B. Noyes in Belknap County, New Hampshire.  This document reads in part: "For any purpose whatever did there and there unlawfully, knowingly and criminally sold one pint of intoxicating liquor at one and the same time to one John R. Wiser he the said John R. Wiser, not being then and there an agent for the purchase of spirituous intoxicating liquors and for the sale thereof under the provisions of an act of the Leg Statute of this State." The penalty of this action is as follows: "It is, therefore, considered by the Court that the said Napoleon B. Noyes pay a fine of Fifty dollars to the use of the County, and costs of prosecution, taxed fourteen dollars and sixty two cents, and stand committed till sentence be performed; and whereas the said Napoleon B. Noyes has neglected and still neglected and still neglects to perform the sentence aforesaid: We command you therefore to convey the said Napoleon etc. safely to the jail in Laconia, in said County, and deliver him to the keeper thereof; and the said keeper is commanded to receive the said Napoleon into his custody in said jail, and him there safely keep, until he shall pay said fine and costs, with your fees, or is discharged by due order of law." The sheriff writes at the end: "I have this day committed body of the within named Napoleon B. Noyes to the jail in Laconia in said county and delivered to the keeper there of a true and attested copy of this warrant and of this my return thereon - Wm. L. Sargent, D. Sheriff".   The document was dated 1858 and since it is a copy of an official New Hampshire state document, I believe that a copy of this document can be made and included in this newsletter without violating any copyright laws.



John R. Wiser, son of Benjamin Jr. and Sally (Turner) Wiser and grandson of Benjamin Wiser Sr. was born on 5 Jun 1812 in Haverhill, Grafton, NH. He died on 31 Dec 1877 in Laconia, Belknap, NH. He was buried on 2 Jan 1878 in Laconia, Belknap, NH.

John served in the Civil War and was a private in Company F, 2nd Regiment of New Hampshire.  His pension records record his physical characteristics; he was six feet 1 ½ inches tall, had a dark complexion, black eyes, black hair and his occupation was a peg manufacturer.  His military records indicate that he was born in Haverhill, not Laconia.  He was a resident of Laconia when he enlisted on the 20 Apr 1861 for 3 months.  Reenlisted 22 May 1861 for 3 years, mustered in 4 Jun 1861 as a private, and discharged for disability 23 Oct 1861 at Washington, DC.


He was listed in the 1850 of Bridgewater, Grafton, NH and the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Censuses of Laconia, Belknap, NH. In 1870, his sister Lucinda, age 62 was living with them.


John Wiser married Betsey Spiller, of Bridgewater, NH, 15 Feb 1835 by Joseph R. Kelley, the Justice of the Peace.  Intentions were published 3 Feb 1835.


John R. Wiser, died at Laconia 31 Dec 1877 of dropsy from disease of heart, age 65 years and 6 months, born Haverhill, NH, and was a laborer.  John was buried in the Union Cemetery in Laconia. From his death record his father was born in New York, and named Benjamin Wiser.  This is the only document we have that indicates that Benjamin Wiser might have been born in New York, every other record indicates that he was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire.


In the tax records of Bridgewater, New Hampshire in 1837, John was chosen as Hog Reeve.


John married Betsey H. Spiller, daughter of Nathan and Doratha (Heath) Spiller  on 15 Feb 1835 in Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. Betsey was born on 1 Jun 1816 in Bethel, Oxford, ME. She died on 15 Mar 1895 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH. She was buried on 18 Mar 1895 in the Union Cemetery, Laconia, Belknap, NH.  John and Betsey had the following children:


                 2  F             i.   Sarah T. Wiser  was born on 20 Aug 1836. She died on 5 Mar 1870. Sarah married Patrick Henry Rowen  on 20 Aug 1859 in Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. Patrick was born on 3 Mar 1840 in of, Galway/Mayo, Ireland. He died on 5 Apr 1903 in Laconia, Belknap, NH. He was buried on 7 Apr 1903 in Laconia, Belknap, NH.


Patrick’s obituary is from the Laconia Democrat, 10 Apr 1903; Death of a Civil War Veteran; The flag of Perley Post has been flying at half mast again this week, over G.A.R. hall, in recognition of the death of Patrick Henry Rowen, a prominent member of the Post, who died at his home on Harvard Street, Sunday night, of Bright's disease.  Mr. Rowen was sixty-three years of age, and had been employed in  the blacksmith department of the Laconia car shops, but had been failing for the past three months.  Mr. Rowen was a veteran of the civil war, serving in Co. D, of the Fourth N.H. Vols., he was also a member of the local branch of United Order of Pilgrim Fathers.  The funeral was held at his late home on Harvard Street, Tuesday afternoon, and the members of the Pilgrim Fathers and Grand Army of the Republic attended in a body.  The services were conducted by Rev. J. Franklin Babb of the South church.

                    3  F            ii.   Clarice J. Wiser  was born on 7 Aug 1841 in of Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. She died in the fall of 1849.


                4  M            iii. Nathan S. Wiser was born on 7 Jun 1845 in Alexandria, Grafton, NH. He died on 10 Oct 1885 of consumption in Laconia, Belknap, NH. Nathan served in the Civil War as a member of the First Company, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery.


Nathan married (1) Sarah E. Blodgett, daughter of David and Almira E. (Brown) Blodgett on 4 May 1867 in Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. Sarah was born about 1845 in Springfield Twp, Windsor, VT.


Nathan married (2) Harriett (Hattie) M. Bedell on 17 Jun 1879 in Laconia, Belknap, NH. Harriett was born on 10 Dec 1859 in Springvale, York, ME. She died on 16 Feb 1933 in Sanbornton, Belknap, NH. She was buried on 18 Feb 1933 in Laconia, Belknap, NH.


The death notice of Hattie Bedeel Wiser Santy is found in the Laconia NH Evening Citizen, Thursday 16 Feb 1933; Mrs. Harriet M. Santy, widow of Napoleon Santy, a Civil War veteran died this morning after a short illness at the age of 72.  She was a native of Springvale, Maine, and came to Laconia 49 years ago.  She held membership in the Women's Relief corps.  The body was removed to the L. H. Wilkerson funeral home.  Services will be held at the Funeral home Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. Relatives and friends invited.


                    5  F           iv.   Betsy H. Wiser  was born on 8 May 1848 in of Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. She died on 29 Oct 1875.

Betsy married Wallace F. Baker  on 11 Jun 1871 in Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. Wallace was born in 1851 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH. He died on 13 Jan 1895 in Laconia, Belknap, NH.   No children.

                    6  F            v.   Eliza J. Wiser  was born on 2 Mar 1850 in Bridgewater, Grafton, NH. She died on 23 Feb 1899 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH. She was buried in Raymond, Rockingham, NH.


Her death notice is found in the Manchester Union Leader, 24 Feb 1899; Raymond, 23 Feb.-Mrs. Chase Osgood died at her home this morning from a dropsical trouble.  She had been a great sufferer for many weeks.  She was a member of the Congregational church.


Eliza married Chase Ebenezer Osgood  on 30 Apr 1888 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH. Chase was born on 19 Jun 1839 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH. He died on 1 Sep 1908 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH. He was buried on 3 Sep 1908 in Raymond, Rockingham, NH.


An interesting obituary of Chase Osgood is found in the Exeter Newsletter, 4 Sep 1908; Chase E. Osgood, while listening to the sermon by his cousin, Rev. A. Morrill Osgood, in the Congregational church Sunday morning, had a bad spell and had to be carried to his home. He did not rally and at ten minutes after midnight Tuesday morning he passed away.  Chase Ebenezer Osgood was born in the Lane district 19 Jun 1839, and died 1 Sep 1908, at the age of 69, thus fulfilling a dream he had when a boy of 12 that he was to die in the fall after he became 69.  His parents were Ebenezer Osgood and Abigail Fox, the latter dying at 84 in 1896 as Mrs.Jonathan Gove, widow.  Mr. Osgood had the distinction of having been married seven times, twice to the same one.  He married first Augusta Batchelder, second, Louisa Jane Batchelder, Kate Crowell-Lenox, third and fifth, Eliza Wisar, Flora J. Crowell, half-sister to Kate Crowell.  By his second wife,  who died 26 Apr 1865, at 21, he had one son, George S., now 45 years old, living in Haverhill, MA, unmarried who has taken oversight of his father in declining years.  By the third wife he had one son, Willie L., who died in 1868, aged one and a half years, and a daughter, now Mrs. Grace Abbie Davis, of Newburyport.  Chase Osgood joined the Congregational church in 1857 and has been a constant attendant all his life.  He belonged to no fraternity. He was very fond of reading and was a quiet, inoffensive and amiable man, and of agreeable manners and well-known to his fellow-citizens.  The funeral service will be at the late home Thursday afternoon at two, his  pastor, Rev. A.H. Thompson, officiating.  He will be buried in Pine Grove cemetery in the Osgood lot near his father and mother and close to the wife of his youth, Louisa Jane, and to his wife, Eliza J. (Wisar), who died in1899, February 23, at 49.  He had been divorced from the other wives.  The Osgood family has been favorably connected long with the history of Raymond.


                    7  M         vi.   Charles H. Wiser  was born on 4 Dec 1859 in Laconia, Belknap, NH. He died on 16 Mar 1878 of consumption in Laconia, Belknap, NH. He was buried on 20 Mar 1878 in Laconia, Belknap, NH.


Unfortunately, there are no known living descendants of John R. Wiser to enjoy this information.



Please accept our condolences to the families who recently lost family members.

Buffalo, NY News, 13 Sep 2003: Paul A. Gouchie Sr. (Laurane Alberta Snook Gouchie, Simeon DeWitt Snook, Alberta (Bertha) Morse Snook, Simeon DeWitt Morse, Joseph C. Morse, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser Sr.) of South Buffalo, NY. Suddenly September 12, 2003. Beloved husband of Joanne B. (nee Sass) Gouchie; loving father of Paul A. (Nanette) Gouchie, Jr; and Jeffrey (Monique) Gouchie. Brother of Donald (Barbara), Gary (Pat) and the late Louis (Terry), Gilbert (June), Genevieve (late William) Maharan, Francis (late Dottie) Gouchie. Also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandson, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services Monday morning at 10 AM from the (Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME INC, 3450 South Park Avenue. Mr Gouchie was a retired Sergeant First Class from the United States Army. Family present Sunday 2-9.




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