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Volume 7 Issue 9                                                                                   September 2002


Family of Benjamin Wiser (continued)


            5 M       iv.  Josiah Wiser was born about 1776 probably in Westborough, Worcester, MA.


CENSUS RECORDS: 1820 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY


1825 Census of Veterans Township, Tioga County, (now Chemung), New York. number of males, including head, 3, number of females including head, 2, 1 married female under 45.


1830 Census of Veterans Township, Chemung, New York, 1 male, 5-10, 1 male, 15-20, 1 male, 50-60, 1 female, under five, 1 female, 30-40.


LAND RECORDS: purchased and sold land in Madison County, NY, Josiah and Phylene (Phelina, Philena, Philean, Philenia), 1817-1819, Road Township, Cazenovia, County of Madison, part of Lot No. 66.


NEWSPAPER RECORDS: Cazenovia Pilot, 9 Jul 1817, letters left at post office,  1 Jul 1817, for Josiah Wiser.


Josiah married Philena . Philena was born about 1780.

               6 F         v.  Kezia Wiser was born about 1781 probably in Haverhill, Grafton, NH.


FAMILY RECORDS: have no further information.


               7 F        vi.  Abigail Wiser was born about 1783 probably in Haverhill, Grafton, NH. She died after 1821.


CHURCH RECORDS: joined the New Woodstock, Madison, NY Baptist Church in 1802

 and dismissed in 1821.


               8 M      vii.  Samuel Wiser was born in 1784 in Haverhill, Grafton, NH. He died in 1834 in Truxton, Cortland, NY.


MILITARY RECORDS: War of 1812, Capt. Ezekial Smith's Company of Militia, deserted 24 Oct 1812. Enlistment Records; p.123; Samuel Wiser, 23 USI, 5 feet 11 inches tall, black eyes, dark hair, dark complexion,

 age 30, farmer, born Haverhill, Coos, NH, 8/13 Apr 1814, enlisted Ft.Oswego, by Lt. Rt Goodell.


LAND RECORDS: Onondaga County Land Records, Vol. XX  1832 p.76, Lot 45, Fabius, 1832, Samuel Wiser and Betsey his wife, Asa Crandal and Susan, his wife, Joshua Davis and Amanda his wife, heirs of James Babcock, deceased.


CENSUS RECORDS: 1820 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY, 1 male, age 26-45, 1 female, age 26-45.  Very likely that Samuel and Betsey married about 1820.


1825 Census of Veterans Township, Tioga (now Chemung), New York, 2 males  including head, 3 females including head, 1 married female under 45, 2 unmarried females under 16, 1 male birth in preceding year.


 1830 Census of Truxton, Cortland, NY, males, 0-10, 2, 5-10, 1, 40-50, 1, females, under 5, 1, 5-10, 1, 20-30, 1.


SCHOOL RECORDS: Truxton School District, No. 7, January 1831, S. Wiser, 3 children attending school.


Samuel married Betsey (Elizabeth) Babcock daughter of James Babcock and Temperance Decker about 1820 in of Truxton, Cortland, NY. Betsey was born about 1790 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA. She died in 1839 in JoDaviess County, IL.




I would like to thank my relatives in New York for all of the hospitality shown me during my recent visit.  Many thanks for everything. I was able to see a number of our relatives and friends while traveling and through their efforts was able to gather a great deal of information especially on the descendants of Alathea Wiser.


I also had the opportunity to visit the exhibit, “The Enduring People, Native American Life in Central New England” at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This exhibit “uncovers the ‘hidden story’ of New England’s Native American people.”  What a thrill to see on display at this exhibit, the original portrait of  Hepsibeth Bowman/Crosman Hemenway, (1763-1847), who we believe is the first cousin of our ancestor, Benjamin Wiser Senior.   This exhibit is open until January 4, 2004. 


For the Kingsley family, I did find one important piece of information which supports my theory of where they came from before they arrived in Cortland County.  This is taken from a History of the Perkins Family-“Stillman M. Perkins was born in the town of Cazenovia in 1810.  He was a son of Eliab Perkins.  Stillman died on his farm in Cazenovia in 1885.  He married Anna Webster, who was born at Fort Ann, NY.  [Notice that Anna was born at Fort Ann, which is in Washington County, NY where I believe the family was living in the very early 1800s.].  Anna was brought to Cazenovia, on horseback, when a babe, by her mother, whose maiden name was Olive Kingsley. Olive was first married to a Mr. Ward, to whom she born 3 sons.  By her marriage to Abijah Webster she had a family of 6 or 7 children...The mother, Anna died at the age of 75 years.”


My deepest sympathy to the families who have lost loved ones this past month.


Syracuse, New York Post-Standard, Wed 28 Aug 2002; Pearl A. Bush Hicks (Ruth May Hollenbeck Bush, Minnie A. Albro Hollenbeck, Andrew J. Albro, Sabra S. Morse, Alathea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser), 80, of 44 Cortland St., Homer, died Sunday.  She was born in Cuyler.  She was a nurse's aide at Cortland Memorial Hospital.  Her husband, Donald L., and a son, Donald E., died previously.  Survivors: A daughter, Phyllis Delgado of Homer; two sisters, Nellie Nefsey of Cincinnatus and Ruth Angell of DeRuyter; a brother, Gurdon Bush of Cortland; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.  Services: 2 p.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church of Homer.  No calling hours.  Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland has arrangements.  Contributions: First United Methodist Church of Homer, 20 Cayuga St., Homer 13077.


Binghamton Press-Bulletin, Thursday, 19 Sep 2002; Anna M. Wiser, 90 of Port Crane, went to be with her beloved husband, Elwin (Edwin Ernest Wiser, Levi Wiser, James Wiser, Benjamin Wiser), in the arms of our Lord on Saturday, September 14, 2002. She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest and Wanda Gay Wiser, Jonesboro, Ga., Paul and Juanita Wiser, Kennesaw, Ga., Jack and Laureen Wiser, Port Crane, Dale and Betty Wiser, Port Crane; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Anna was a member of the Sanitaria Springs United Methodist Church. She was life time member of Sanitaria Springs Grange, also past president and member of Eastern Broome Senior Citizens. She was very active in the Broome Co. 4H Club, and she was also a retired employee of Sears. A Memorial Service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Sanitaria Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Sandra Yerton officiating. Interment will be held at the McGraw Cemetery in McGraw, N.Y. Friday at 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to call at the church, Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider memorial contributions in Anna's name to the Sanitaria Springs United Methodist Church, 386 Sanitaria Springs Rd., Port Crane, N.Y. 13833, or Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, N.Y. 13905. Anna's family would like to thank the staff at River Mede Manor and Hospice for the wonderful care she received. Arrangements by Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, Port Dickinson.


Once again, thanks for any suggestions in regards to our family newsletter.  You may contact me at or at 6 Baton Rouge, Roswell, NM  88201, or at (505) 623-2534.