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Volume 7 Issue 10                                                                                     October 2002




Family of Benjamin Wiser (continued)


9M      viii.       James Wiser was born in 1785 in Haverhill, Grafton, NH. He died after 1860 in Cortlandville, Cortland, NY.




CENSUS RECORDS: 1820 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY; 1850 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY; 1860 Census of Cortlandville, Cortland, NY.  1855 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY.  In 1820, had 2 daughters under 5.  In 1850 was living with Elkanah and Nancy Taylor and Rachel Taylor, age 56, born VT.


NEWSPAPER RECORDS: Abstracts from Madison County Newspapers in the Cazenovia, NY Public Library, p.163; William Malloy, advertised a child about 18 months old taken by James Wiser, without provocation.  Child was bound to him by authority of town of Cazenovia, 26 Mar 1814, signed by William Malloy,Cazenovia, Cazenovia Pilot, 6 Apr 1814.  Further research needed, butit appears that this child was probably a child of James Wiser who had been bound over to the court.  The age of this child would match that of Mary (Polly) Wiser who married Fielding Steele.


FURTHER RESEARCH NEEDED: It appears that Mary, Mariam, Lucy and Cloe were the daughters of James Wiser.  The only other brother that they could possibly be the daughters of would be Theodore who also had two daughters under the age of 10 in the 1820 Census.  The newspaper record above would also indicate that these girls were the daughters of James.  It would appear that Anna left James sometime between the birth of Cloe and 1831 when she has arrived in Harrison County, IN.  After Anna had left, it would appear that James married Amanda and had Levi.



James married (1) Anna Kingsley daughter of Simeon Kingsley and Susannah. The marriage ended in divorce. Anna was born in 1796 in Truxton, Cortland, NY. She died after 1860 in Boone Twp, Harrison, IN.




CENSUS RECORDS: 1850 Census of District 45, Harrison, IN; 1860 Census of Boone Twp, Harrison, IN.


FAMILY HISTORY: Kingsley Family of America, p.500; married Mr. Wiser.


PARENTAGE: Daughter of Simeon Kingsley. Sister to Simeon Kingsley who married Elizabeth Brandenburg, Cynthia who married Erastus Swift, and Chloey who married 1) Mr. Young and 2) Jefferson Burgess.


SCHOOL RECORDS: Truxton School District No.7, January 1831, A. Kingsley, 1 child attending school.  This probably is not Anna Kingsley Wiser as by this time she probably was in Harrison County, IN.  There is a Ann Wiser, with 2 chldren attending school, January 1829 in Truxton School District

 No. 7  This probably is Anna Kinglsey Wiser.


LAND RECORDS: 1840 Harrison County, IN; deeded land from Erastus Swift, 1 acre.



James married (2) Amanda before 1835. Amanda was born in 1800 in MA. She died on 16 Mar 1885 in Cortland, Cortland, NY.




DEATH RECORD: Cortland County Farm Records, Amanda Wiser, age 44, date of admission, 3 Dec 1844, married, born MA, county, town unknown, father was a shoemaker, one child known to be living, self supporting (no name), she is feeble minded and destitute, will remain dependent, died 16 Mar 1885.


CENSUS RECORDS: 1855 Census of Cortland, Cortland, NY, Amanda Wizer, age 48, born MA, poor house; 1870 and 1880, town of Cortlandville, county alms house.


CHURCH RECORDS: Truxton Baptist Church Records, 1835, Amandy Wiser.




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


Buffalo News NY; 21 Jul 2002, Edward J. Locke (Eulalia Snook Locke, Simeon DeWitt Snook, Alberta (Bertha) Morse, Simeon DeWitt Morse, Joseph C. Morse, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser), July 20, 2002; of West Seneca, NY; husband of Helen 'Micki' (nee Burkard); father of David (Monica) Locke and Deborah Catras; grandfather of Jessica Catras, Jaclyn, Kristen and Jennifer Locke; brother of Eulalia 'Sis' Busch, Betty Mae Roman and the late Robert Locke. Family present Monday 2-4 and 7-9 at the HOY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca where a funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 AM. Friends invited. Mr. Locke was a member of the Southside Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.


Syracuse NY Post-Standard, Friday, 4 Oct 2002; Helen L. Johnson Coye, 78, of 134 Homer Ave., Cortland, died Wednesday at Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility as a result of Alzheimer's.  She was born in Cortland.  She retired from Chappell's department store in Cortland.  She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cortland and was a former merchandising manager at W.T. Grant Co. in Cortland.  Survivors: Her husband of 59 years Gerald E. Sr. (Florence Floretta Albro Coye, Irving L. Albro, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser); two daughters, Terry Palm and Mary Robillard, both of Cortland; three sons, Gerald Jr. of Saratoga Springs, Craig of Myrtle Beach, SC and John of Cortland; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.   Services:  11 a.m. Saturday at Donald L. Barber Funeral Home.  Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery.  Calling hours, 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer.  Contributions: Alzheimer's Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse 13204.


Bangor Daily News, Monday, September 2, 2002; Dexter, ME-Joyce M. Arnold, 79, died Aug. 30, 2002, at a Bangor hospital.  She was born July 15, 1923, in Landaff, N.H., daughter of Charles (Viola Adelaide Ford Downing, Sarah (Sally) Jane Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser) and Gladys (Carr) Downing.  She worked numerous years for the local textile mills and retired from Dexter Shoe Company in 1986.  She was an active member of the First Baptist church in Dexter and enjoyed taking care of the flowers gardens there.  She enjoyed making crafts, loved birds, flowers and especially people.  She was a member of the Golden Age Club and was a volunteer for Meals for ME.  She was predeceased by her husband, Errold W. Arnold.  She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Linda and Douglas Cote of Dexter, Brenda and Gary Hanson of Ripley and Lorilee and Joy Locke of Hanson, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Ivan and Clair Downing of New Hampshire; three sisters and their husbands, Jessie and Harold Graves of California, Myrtle and Bruce Cole of New York and Anna and Arthur Corinna; several nieces and nephews.  She will also be remembered by a wide circle of friends.  Relatives and friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 61 Main St., Dexter.  Funeral services will be held 10 am. Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church, Dexter, with the Rev. Jay Brennan officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter.  Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 573, Dexter, ME 04930 for the garden fund.


Cortland NY Standard, 5 Oct 2002; Patricia Mae Hills, 60, of Fort Pierce, Fla., died Sept. 28, 2002.  She was born in Buffalo, NY and came to Fort Pierce in 1980 from Cortland.  Mrs. Hills was a member of First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie.  Mrs. Hills was employed by Gem Electric of Florida for 15 years.  Mrs. Hills is survived by her parents, Ralph and Lula (Bertha M. Jacobe Jones, mother, Cora Mae Brown, father John Jacobe’s first wife was Cora M. Albro, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser) Burnett of Cortland; son William (Mary) Hills, Jr.; and precious grandsons, William Hills III and Zachariah Hills, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; daughter, Melanie (David) Kordack and precious granddaughters, Shannon and Kendra Kordack, Fort Pierce, Fla.; brother, Ernest Burnett, Charleston, SC; her family in Cortland; her church family; and her friends and neighbors.  All have been so prayerful, loving and selfless.  She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, William John Hills, Sr.  A Memorial Service was held on Monday Sept. 30, 2002 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie with the Rev. Renee Lawrence and the Rev. Rich Edwards officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 260 S.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie, of Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie, Inc., 2030 S.E. Ocean, Stuart, Fla., 34996.  Haisley-Hobbs Funeral Home, Inc. in Fort Pierce is in charge of arrangements.


Ogden UT Standard-Examiner; Eben Don Rasmussen  Wed, 3 Jul 2002; OGDEN - Eben Don Rasmussen, 92, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2002 at the Heritage Park Care Center in Roy, Utah. He was born February 21, 1910 in Mink Creek, Idaho to Christine F. Hansen and Hans Jergen (John) Rasmussen. He married Nona Ann Brower (Olive Ezila Smith Brower, Amanda Jane Wiser Smith, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) November 21, 1932 in Ashton, Idaho. On February 15, 1933 their marriage was solemnized in the Logan L.D.S. Temple. He was a member and a High Priest in the Monroe Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to entering the care center. He was best known for his expertise as a meat cutter, butcher and sausage maker for 50 years of his life. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and trapping in his retirement years. Survivors include three sons and one daughter, Don (Lynn) Rasmussen, Plain City, Utah; Gary (Joyce) Rasmussen, Roy, Utah; Vern (Bobbie) Rasmussen, Farr West, Utah; NaDean (Bob) Tolman, Roy, Utah; 23 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 48 great grand children; 15 step great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty (Mark) Albertson, Ashton, Idaho; brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Nola) Brower, Ashton, Idaho; Harmon (Shirlene) Brower, Clinton, Utah; Royal Womack, Logan, Utah; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nona; his parents; also half brothers, Viggo Nelsen, Lars, John, and Jimmie Rasmussen; his half sisters, Karen Marie Steffensen, Lizzie Hansen, Louise Hansen, Helene Hammer, Mary Marie Larson, Elizabeth Black, Regena Bennett, Alena Skinner, Martina Shelmerdine, Melvina Messenger and Louise Smith; two grandsons; one step granddaughter; and one step great-great-granddaughter. A viewing will be held Friday, July 5, 2002 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary in Ogden, 845 Washington Blvd. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ashton First Ward Chapel in Ashton, Idaho. Family and friends may call from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. prior to services in Ashton. Interment in the Pineview Cemetery, Ashton, Idaho. Send condolences to family at


Logan UT Herald-Journal, Norman Wiser King, 18 Oct 2002; Norman W. King passed away Oct. 17, 2002, from a lingering illness. He died at home attended by many members of his loving family.  Norman was born Nov. 25, 1923, to LaVere King and Leora Wiser (John Harvey Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) King in Lewiston. He was raised in Lewiston and attended school in Lewiston and North Cache High School. He married Venda Jorgensen April 1, 1942, in the Logan Temple. They made their home in Lewiston. Norman dry farmed on a family farm in Idaho their first years of marriage.  He served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was a deputy sheriff in Cache County in 1950-51. He spent most of his years working in construction. In 1967 he started his own construction company, NW King and Sons.  Norman had a great love for horses, he raised and raced quarter horses. He also raced horses in the cutter races. He enjoyed snowmobiling as a winter sport and golf in the summer. Norman was active in the Cache County Democratic party for many years. He was appointed by Governor Calvin Rampton to the first Utah Travel Council.  Norman was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a High Priest in the Lewiston 4th Ward.  Norman is survived by his wife of 60 years, Venda Jorgensen King; four sons, two daughters and their spouses, Michael and Cathy King, Blackfoot, Idaho, Jay and Sailini King, Las Vegas, Nev., Paul and Linda King, Lewiston, Clair and Sherry King, Brigham City, Janis and Rudy Morales, Smithfield, Kaye Ann and Douglas Eddie, Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters and one brother, John and Darlene King, Fairview, Idaho, Thelma and Reed Woodland, Richmond, Ramona Bingham, Logan, Joann and Bruce Griffin, Ogden. Norman has 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Newell King and granddaughter Rebecca King. Norman will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Norman loved life, he was an honest, hardworking man with great integrity. He had compassion for all mankind. His grandsons spent many hours by his side where they learned through his example and love.  The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center, Logan. A viewing service will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20. On Monday, Oct. 21, a viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and services will follow at noon with Bishop Mark Bergenson conducting in the Lewiston 4th Ward Chapel. We wish to extend a very special thank you to Hospice Alliance for all their caring and support in our time of need.




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