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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 10 Issue 11                                                                    November 2005

RESEARCH FINDINGS

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving this year.  For someone like me who has done family history research for almost forty years, the ease of finding references to our family on the internet is remarkable.  For instance consider a recent search, containing the following valuable information:

 

The Fulham Genealogy with Index of Names and Blanks for Records, by Volney Sewall Fulham, (Burlington, VT: Free Press Printing Co., 1910); Francis Fulham, who was born near London, England in 1669, died January 15, 1758 in Weston, Massachusetts.  In 1718, Mr. Fulham was appointed a justice over the Indians in the County of Middlesex. From page 17: “Under this appointment Francis Fulham exercised a supervision and authority peculiar to the time, and akin to guardianship-the officer being sometimes called Superintendent-over a remnant of the 1500 semichristianized Savages of Natick, known as “Praying Indians,” assembled there by Rev. John Elliot, “Indian Apostle,” within the quarter-century beginning with 1651. At a Council held at ye Council Chamb’r in Boston on Wednesday Feb’y 21, 1727,…Present The Hon’ble Wm: Dummer Esq. Lt. Govr.  A petition of Thomas Pegan and other Indian Inhabitants of Natick containing divers Complaints against Francis Fulham Esq’r. in his administration of the Governm’t over them, Pray’g that he may be dismissed from his Office of a Justice of the Peace over the said Natick Indians; Read and Ordered that the Petitioners serve Francis Fulham Esq’r with a copy of this Petition, that so he give in his answer thereto on Thursday the thirteenth of May next.  Wm. Dummer.-Counc. Rec., Lib. 9, p. 25.”  This complaint was dismissed in 1728 and was the only complaint made against Mr. Fulham in the more than thirty years (served until 1752) that he served as justice.

 

Continued on page 18: “The records of Natick show that Francis Fulham, in the administration of his office as justice of the peace, married both those having English names, perhaps assumed by Indians, and those whose surnames were of unquestionable Indian origin, as: James Cookuck and Sarah Awancomott; Solomon Wansquam and Sarah Laurence; John Pegan and Mary Rumblemarsh.” [Mary Rumneymarsh is a granddaughter of James Quannapohit Rumneymarsh Wiser].

 

A History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts: for 150 years, with an Account of the Prior Occupation of the Territory by the Squakheags: and with Family Genealogies, by J.H. Temple and George Sheldon, (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell, 1875).  In regards to King Philip’s War, found on pages 80 and 81; “Capt. Beers and his men were set upon by many hundreds of the Indians out of the bushes by the swamp side.  Mather says: Hundreds of Indians from a tick swamp fired upon them.   These two statements undoubtedly express the belief of all parties interested.  But the estimate is very indefinite.  Besides the Squakheags, it is known that two bands of Nashaways, a part of the Quaboags, and a few Natick and Marlborough Indians, were engaged in this affair.  The Nashaways had at this date about 40 fighting men.  If the Quaboags sent an equal force, the whole number that ambushed Capt.Beers must have been about 130.  There is less uncertainty about the leaders in this assault, than about the numbers engaged.  Robert Pepper, the spared captive, says that Sagamore Sam was in the fight. 

 

And the Relation of James Quannapohit (footnote 2-James Quannapohit was a friend and former companion in arms of this sachem: his story, as events proved, was entirely reliable; and he had sufficient shrewdness to detect any attempt at imposition on his credulity), who was sent out into these parts as a spy, by Major Gookin, the succeeding January, gives sufficient particulars to make it certain that One-eyed John was also here.  He says he was in the fight with Capt. Beers; and the inherent probabilities confirm the declaration.  The cutting off the heads of the slain English, and setting them upon poles, was his method of treating the dead in all his successful attempts.  The Indian name of this chieftain was Monoco.  The seat of his tribe was at Nashaway  (Lancaster).

 

Monoco, alias One-eyed John, and 8 others of the leaders were hanged in Boston, Sept. 26, 1676.  With all his bloodthirstiness, this savage had one redeeming trait; he was true to an early friendship.   James Quannapohit (before named) a Natick Indian, and he were boys together; hunted together; were together in the expedition against the Mohawks.   And when James joined the Praying Indians, and became, in the estimation of Philip, a traitor, on whose head a price was set, Monoco stood up for him; and to a proposition of some to kill him or send him to Philip, he answered  “I will kill whomsoever shall kill Quannapohit.”  The other Nashaway chief who took part in the battle of Beer’s plain was Uskatugun, better known by his English name of Sagamore Sam (when he was first appointed sachem of his tribe, he was called Shoshanim).”

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

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

Greenville, NC Daily Reflector, 21 Apr 2005; Mrs. Martha King Burrows, 79, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 19, 2005, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital with her family surrounding her. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Arlington Boulevard Baptist Church. Mrs. Burrows, a native and lifelong resident of Pitt County, was a graduate of Greenville High School. In 1956, she married William Harold Burrows and they lived in numerous places, including Germany, as Mr. Burrows was enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1977, they made their home in Greenville. She was a longtime member of Arlington Boulevard Baptist Church, where she served as superintendent of the nursery ministry. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post No. 7032. One of her many joys was tending to her garden of African violets. She was a loving person who was very fond of her time with her children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Franklin King and William Perry King; and a sister, Lucy King Hannaford. Surviving are her husband of 48 years, William Harold Burrows (his ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; his father, Harold D. Burrows, Marcia L. Smith Burrows, Jeremy Almiron Smith, Elizabeth M. Albro Smith, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alathea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser); daughter, Montez B. Burney and husband, Tommy, of Ayden; sons, Bart Parkinson Burrows and Perry King Burrows, both of Greenville; grandchildren, William Scott Burrows and Melissa Burrows, both of Greenville, Rebecca B. Vanover and husband, John, of East Carondelet, Ill., Mary Ellen Burney, Robert Humbles III and Tommy Burney II, all of Ayden; great-grandchildren, Beau and Sarah Vanover of Carondelet, Ill.; and special nephew, Hunter Hannaford and wife, Kay, of Wilson.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington Boulevard Baptist Church, 1007 W. Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858; or the Pitt County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

Chicago, IL Tribune, 9th to 11th Sep 2005; James C. Maloney, beloved husband of the late Shirley, nee Vail (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; her mother, Mary Florence Moran Vail, Matilda Ann Gregory Moran, Matilda Ann Wiser Gregory, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser); loving father of Thomas (Sarah), Terry (Patricia), James (Patricia), Brian (Lisa), Neil (Wendy), Nancy and the late Michael (Brenda); dear grandfather of Jonathon, Julie, Sarah, Nathan, Christopher, Victoria, Sean, James, Peter and Hannah; fond brother of the late Edward (Alice); dear brother-in-law of Dorothy Taylor, Richard Vail, the late Andrew and Robert Vail. Funeral Monday September 12, 2005, 10:15 a.m. from Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy. (2 blks S of Touhy) Park Ridge to Mary Seat of Wisdom Church, Mass 11 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Matthews United Methodist Church (The Michael R. Maloney Memorial Scholarship), 801 S. Trade St., Matthews, NC 28105. Funeral info: www.ryan-parke.com or 847-823-1171.

 

Champaign-Urbana, IL News-Gazette Online, 16 Aug 2005; Elizabeth Hayes; Tolono-Elizabeth Ida Hayes, 80, of Tolono died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 14, 2005) at Manor Care Health Services of Champaign.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, 301 S. Bourne St., Tolono.  The Rev. Brent K. Phillips will officiate.  Burial will be in Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

[Previously married to Lewis John Murdent] (his ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, his father, Howard John Murdent, John Scott Murdent, Melissa Ann Albro Murdent, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alathea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser).

 

 

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