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Volume 11 Issue 10                                                                              October 2006





Benjamin Wiser Senior and family lived in Haverhill, Grafton County, New Hampshire in 1790.



Benjamin Wiser, his son-in-law, Luther Morse and their families lived in Cazenovia Township, Chenango (now Madison) County, New York in 1800.  Actually lived near the present day town of New Woodstock, New York (it is seven miles south of Cazenovia). His son Benjamin Wiser Jr. stayed in New Hampshire and eventually settled in Corinth Township, Orange County, Vermont.



Benjamin Wiser and his family were still living in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York in 1810.

“This was a period, also, of great political activity; the great struggle of 1816, which had placed DeWitt Clinton in the Governor's chair was still fresh in the public mind, and that statesman was preparing for his work in the interest of the canal enterprise. The period of political activity continued until 1820, which campaign was, perhaps, the most exciting since that of 1816. In those days the house of Moses Hopkins, in Cortland village, appears to have been a sort of political headquarters, where the prospects of prominent candidates were discussed, "slates" made (if such political accessories were then known), and the omnipresent cheap whisky of that period absorbed in unknown quantities.” (Smiths)



At least four sons/one son-in-law (of Benjamin Wiser Senior) and their families lived in Truxton, Cortland County, New York in 1820.

“The opening of the third decade [1820] of the century found the inhabitants of the several small villages in Cortland county still striving under somewhat adverse circumstances and surroundings to supply the community at large with their household necessities and the few luxuries then in demand, at the same time gradually building up for themselves mercantile and manufacturing interests which they hoped would in future years remunerate them for their early labors. The farming communities were still engaged during liberal portions of each year in divesting their lands of the original forest and putting them under cultivation; for them it was still a period of severe toil and privation, with the satisfaction at the close of each year, if no ill fortune had overtaken them, that they were in no worse circumstances than they were at the beginning, while their farms were slowly but surely appreciating in value, productiveness and consequent revenue. Much of the land in the county, particularly in the outlying districts, was still either forest-covered or thickly studded with stumps of all sizes, while inhabitants were yet, to a large extent, dwelling in log houses.” (Smiths)



Samuel lived in Veterans Township, Tioga (now Chemung) County in 1825

“The Erie canal was completed and opened in 1825, which auspicious event was hailed with the utmost satisfaction in this county, as well as in all other parts of the State. The farmers realized that now they could find shipment, either by their own efforts or through the leading merchants of Cortland and Homer villages, for all of their surplus produce, as near as Syracuse of Manlius, while merchants and manufacturers accepted with pleasure the fact that transporting their wares into the county would be both greatly facilitated and reduced in cost.” (Smiths)


The enthusiastic editor of the Cortland Republican in commenting upon a report of the Canal Commissioners in 1818 (De Witt Clinton, S. Van Rensselaer and Myron Holley), said: "Remote as we are (it was thirty-three long miles from the canal) it is not probably we shall experience any immediate benefit from it." But along the line of the canal the editor foresaw great possibilities. "The yelling of savages and the howling of wolves," he predicted, "will be succeeded by the sounds of the axe-man's blows and the bleating of the flocks;" …‘and where the hooting owl doth to the moon complain,’ anthems will be chanted to the God of Nations in those churches which a pious and thankful people will consecrate to his service. Schools and academies will rise where now the savage huts, scattered promiscuously through the dreary wilderness, are the only human habitations." (Smiths)




Josiah was still in Veterans Township; and Samuel (went back) and James were in Truxton Township in 1830.

“In the year 1829 the Salina and Port Watson Railroad Company was incorporated. Jedediah Barber and Andrew Dickson, of this county, were members of the original company. The road was to start at Salina, run through Syracuse and Onondaga Hollow to the "headwaters of the Tioughnioga; through Homer to Cortland, and thence to Port Watson." Cars on this road could be run, under the law, by either stream or animal power. The capital stock was fixed at $350,000, and seven years were allowed for the completion of the road; if not finished in that time the law became inoperative. This road never went any further, that we can learn, than the application to the Legislature.  This movement indicates that there were prominent men in the county who still believed in the future importance of Port Watson; it was acceding considerable to project a railroad through the villages of Homer and Cortland, and make its proposed terminus at that point; and that was but fifty-five years ago.” (Smiths)


All sons appear to be deceased by 1840 (except Benjamin Wiser Jr.).


(Smiths)-All references taken from History of Cortland County, by H.P. Smith (D. Mason & Co; 1885)




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Pensacola, FL, 17 Oct 2005; Wayland, David M. Wayland Sr., 64, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006.  Trahan Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements. David M. Wayland, Sr., 1942-2006; David Micah Wayland, Sr., age 64, died October 14, 2006. He was born January 26, 1942 in Amarillo, TX to Roy Jackson Pugh and Alice Louise Spaulding. He moved from Corpus Christi, TX to Pensacola in 1959 with his mother Alice Louise and his sister Darla Kay. He was a graduate of Escambia High School Class of 1960. He joined the United States Air Force after graduation and served from 1960 to 1968, including 3 tours in Vietnam. He met his wife Victoria "Vicki" Jean Root while stationed at Hancock Airfield, Syracuse, NY and was married on December 27, 1963 in Pensacola. After separating from the U.S. Air Force, he worked as a DOD civilian for the Department of the Navy for 28 years. After retiring from Civil Service, he worked at a local toy store until his health declined. He is survived by his wife, Vicki; two sons, David, Jr. of Marietta, GA and Thomas Scott Wayland, currently living in Daegu, South Korea; and two grandsons, Bryan Scott and Nicholas Cole Wayland. His sister, Darla Kay and brother-in-law, Richard Tatum of Mentone, AL also survive him.
Trahan Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday, 11 Oct 2006; Harold "Hal" Wiser Lufkin 1919 ~ 2006 On Sunday, October 8, 2006, our father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away after a long battle with emphysema in Sandy, UT. He was born September 14, 1919 in Shelley, ID to George Allen and Venus Wiser Lufkin. He married Barbara Alta Postal on June 21, 1952 in Chicago, IL. Dad worked on his father's and uncle's farms while growing up. He attended Shelley High School and Ricks College in Rexburg, ID. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a control tower operator during World War II. After the war he worked 32 years with the Federal Aviation Administration. He started as an assistant controller and worked his way up to a manager of an Air Traffic Control Center in Great Falls, MT. In 1976 he transferred to the Salt Lake Center and was a Military Liaison Officer. He retired two yrs. later in Sandy, UT. His hobbies included golf, bowling, bridge, gardening, making Christmas ornaments and spending time with his grandkids, Paul and Rebecca. He was also an avid sports fan. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara; parents; siblings, Joyce Nelson and Rodney Lufkin. Hal is survived by his sons, David and Stephen of Sandy, UT; and Philip (Lisa) of West Jordan, UT; grandkids, Paul and Rebecca; siblings, Alice Walker of Moses Lake, WA; Lorraine Lewis of Seattle, WA; Dick (Bonnie Jo) Lufkin of Hurricane, UT; Mildred (Morris) Telford of Seattle, WA; and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Holly Carveth at the U of U hospital and the staff at Alta View Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association (1930 S. 1100 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84106) in Hal's name. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at Mountain View Mortuary, 3115 E. 7800 South (Bengal Blvd). Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service and the evening prior from 6-8 p.m., also at the mortuary. Interment will follow services at the cemetery, same location. Online condolences may be sent to



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