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    Volume 2 Issue 6 October 1997   

Theodore Wiser

I would like to see who is the best researcher out there. Anyone who can find one living descendant of this family wins the researcher prize.

In January 1997, I mentioned the family of Theodore Wiser. This issue explores this family further.

Prudence Wiser, was born September 10, 1817, near Elmira, New York and died February 18, 1903 in Lanesboro, Minnesota. She married Earl S. Emmons, December 4, 1845 in JoDaviess County, Illinois. Our family referred to her as "Aunt Prudence Temple". When she died, on her death certificate, it states that her mother was Elisa Hunt and her father was Mr. Wiser. Her obituary from the Lanesboro Leader, Saturday February 21, 1903, states "The Grim Reaper's Work; Emmons-Early Wednesday morning, 18 Feb, Mrs. Prudence Emmons died at her home in Lanesboro of old age. Deceased, whose maiden name was Prudence Wiser, was born near Elmira, NY, September 10, 1817. In 1841, she moved to Galena, IL where two years later she was married to Mr. E. S. Emmons. In 1854, the couple moved to Minnesota, locating in Amherst township, this county. Later they owned and occupied a farm in Canton township, but after thirteen years residence on this they again bought a farm in Amherst. In 1892, the couple moved to Lanesboro where both resided until their death. Mr. Emmons died May 17, 1896 and now the widow has also joined the great majority. The funeral was held at Henrytown on Thursday, the remains being laid to rest in the cemetery there. Deceased is survived by her son, Wm. Emmons of Lanesboro, and a daughter, Mrs. I.L. Kimber who is a resident of San Francisco, CA. The late Mrs. Emmons was greatly honored and beloved by all who knew her. During her long life in this county she secured a host of friends to whom her death is felt as a personal loss."

Their three children:

1. Sarah L. Emmons, born January 11, 1847, died April 12, 1929 in Portland, Oregon. She was buried in Henrytown, Minnesota. She married first William Emmot Kimer, and second, his brother, Isaac L. Kimber. William and Sarah had the following children:

a. George E. Kimber, born 1865.

b. Ethel Rose Kimber, born 1878.

George E. Kimber married and had child, Velma V. Kimber, who was born September 23, 1901 in Washington State. Velma married a Mr. York and second, a Mr. Reynolds. Or Velma is the daughter of Ethel Rose who may have married a York.

When Sarah Kimber, passed away, her obituary read, LeVang's Weekly, Lanesboro, Minnesota, April 18, 1929; Former Resident Dies in Oregon, Mrs. Sarah Kimber, died Friday, April 12th, at her home in Portland, Oregon. The body was brought back to Lanesboro, arriving here Tuesday evening, and the interment will take place at Henrytown cemetery, where she will rest by the side of her brother, the late Mr. Wm. J. Emmons. Deceased reached a ripe old age. Leaving Fillmore county years ago she resided for a long time at Deer Park, Washington, moving to Portland about a year ago. During the extended illness of her brother, the late Mr. Emmons, she came back to Lanesboro several times to take care of him and also resided here for a short time after his death. Also from "The Oregonian", Portland, Oregon, April 13, 1929; Kimber, in this city, April 12, Sarah Kimber, mother of George W. Kimber, grandmother of Mrs. Velmar Reynolds. Her remains will be forwarded by Edward Holman & Son to Lanesboro, Minnesota, Sunday, April 14, where services will be held and interment made.

2. William J. Emmons, born July 1, 1849, in JoDaviess County, IL, married July 5, 1875 in Chatfield, MN, Mary A. Vought, who was born 1852. William J. died November 2, 1925 and Mary died January 21, 1937. They had one child:

a. Guy Earl Emmons, born November 27, 1876 died May 5, 1895.

3. George H. Emmons, born March 17, 1856 in Canton Township, MN, and died June 7, 1865 at the same place.

Another possible child of Theodore is Captain Samuel Henry Wiser, who was born February 3, 1819 and died March 21, 1893 in Joliet, IL. He married Elizabeth Joney, who was born Sep 1825 in Nova Scotia. They were married November 18, 1841 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio. Elizabeth died after 1900.

Samuel's tombstone reads; S.H. Wiser, born at Truxton, Madison County, NY, Feb. 3, 1819, died at Joliet, Ill. Mar 21, 1893. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Wilmington, Will County, Illinois.

Their children:

1. Theodore L. Wiser

Theodore was born March 1844 in Ohio. Theodore L. died September 3, 1868 in Wilmington. He was a veteran of the Civil War.

2. Alonzo Wiser

Alonzo Wiser was born March 31, 1846 in Ohio. He married Elizabeth. Alonzo died Feburary 17, 1888 in Chicago.

He was also a veteran of the Civil War. Their children:

a. Carrie Wiser, born 1868.

b. Alice May Wiser, born June 28, 1871 in Joliet. Married 1) George E. Hickey, one child, Clarence E. Hickey, born September 15, 1888; and 2) Alexander Boyle. Alice in 1947, sent a letter to the Veterans Administration asking if she would qualify as a daughter of a veteran to live in the Soldiers and Widows' Old Peoples Home.

3. William H. Wiser

William was born Aug 1848 in OH, married Ella Rogers. Two children, nothing more known: a. Pearl Wiser, born December 1882 and Gertrude Wiser, born February 1884.

4. Florence Belle Wiser

Florence was born September 15, 1860 in Florence, IL, and married October 6, 1880 in Joliet, Conrad Barringer. Conrad was born October 14, 1854 and died January 3, 1926 in Joliet. Florence died January 11, 1935 in Joliet. Her obituary from the Joliet Evening Hearld-News, Janaury 12, 1935, p.2, states, "Death Takes Aged Resident, Mrs. Florence Barringer, who lived here nearly 70 years dies, rites Monday, Mrs. Florence Barringer, widow of the late Conrad Barringer, died yesterday at the home of her daughters, Mrs. Clarence Hamlin and Mrs. Harry A. Hamlin, 407 Campbell Street. She was 74 years old. Mrs. Barringer was a pioneer Joliet resident. She came here with her parents, the late Capt. and Mrs. Henry Wiser, when she was five years of age. Her marriage to Conrad Barringer occurred 6 Oct 1880. The husband was from Troy, NY. Mrs. Barringer resided in homes on Joliet street for more than 60 years..."

Their children:

a. Etta Mae Barringer, born July 16, 1881, died June 30, 1951 in Goodman, MO. She married 1) Clarence N. Hamlin and 2) Sherman Linn. Two children:

i. Clarence Raymond Hamlin, born February 6, 1903, died April 13, 1923, and ii. Merle N. Hamlin, born 1908. In 1974, he was living at 4154 N. Tripp, Chicago.

b. Edwin Henry Barringer, born Feburary 2, 1884 in Joliet, married July 27, 1916 in Chicago, Lucille Brown. Edwin died May 9, 1954 in Pomona, MO. Lucille died May 30, 1969 in West Plains, MO.

c. Arthur M. Barringer, born June 1886 in Illinois. In 1920, was living in Chicago, was a switchman for the railroad.

d. Conrad Earl Barringer, born December 1, 1888 in Illinois. Conrad died October 22, 1918 in France, during World War I of pneumonia.

e. Florence E. Barringer, born September 26, 1895 in Illinois, married after 1920, Harry A. Hamlin (brother of Clarence). Florence died January 6, 1974 in Joliet, and Harry died September 13, 1962. They had one child:

i. Richard Earl Hamlin, born July 29, 1922, died October 8, 1963.

Harry and Florence owned the Hamlin Print Shop in Joliet.

Good luck researching-RGW