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WISER NEWSLETTER

Volume 9 Issue 9                                                                      September 2004

RESEARCH FINDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I recently returned home from my annual trip to New England.  Once again, I would like to express sincere appreciation to all my relatives up there who are so hospitable to me when I visit.  While there, I went to upstate New York and Massachusetts.  The last couple of days I spent in Massachusetts I drove through Worcester, Westborough, Grafton and Natick, all ancestral homes of our family. 

 

In previous newsletters (March 2000 and October 2001), I had written about Grafton, where the Hassanamisco Indian Reservation is located.  I wanted to visit the last remnant of our ancestral lands, so I stopped at a small antique store and asked the proprietor if she might know where the reservation is located.  She replied, “You are the second person today to ask me about the reservation, might you be having a family reunion up there.”  I replied, “Not that I know about.”  She gave me directions to the reservation located on Brigham Hill Road in Grafton.

 

The marker, see above, for the reservation reads:  “1630-1930, INDIAN RESERVATION, THESE FOUR AND ONE-HALF ACRES HAVE NEVER BELONGED TO THE WHITE MAN, HAVING BEEN SET ASIDE IN 1728 AS AN INDIAN RESERVATION BY THE FORTY PROPRIETORS WHO PURCHASED THE PRAYING INDIAN TOWN OF HASSANAMESIT.”

 

In Grafton, I also drove by the memorial at the burial ground of the Hasanamiscos.  The marker above reads; “THE FRIENDLY HASSANAMISCOS INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, NAOS, 1596-1676 HIS DESCENDANTS: JAMES THE PRINTER, TUKAPEWILLEN, AMI THE PRINTER, LUCY ANN GIMBEE ARNOLD, SARAH M. ARNOLD, HARRY A. ARNOLD, HARRY LE ARNOLD JR., SARAH M. ARNOLD CISCO, SAMUEL C. CISCO, JAMES L. CISCO, EMMA J. FERRIE CISCO, DELIA B. CISCO HAZZARD, JESSIE L. CISCO MAYS, SARAH M. CISCO SULLIVAN, DEDICATED JULY 4, 1974.” 

 

Sarah Printer Wiser, wife of Benjamin Wiser (first cousin of our Benjamin Wiser) was the stepdaughter of Ami the Printer listed above.  I would not be surprised if we are also not somehow closely related to James the Printer (Ami’s father), Naos (father of James) or Tukapewillen (brother of James).  James the Printer (died 1712) attended Harvard University and helped Reverend John Eliot translate the Bible into the Algonquin language.  Some records say that this James Printer is identical to James Quannapohit also known as James Rumneymarsh, though I believe they are two separate individuals.  James Quannapohit, who was our ancestor, later changed his name to James Wiser.

 

 OBITUARIES

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

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT, Wednesday, 22 Sep 2004; Dr. Cleve Al Raymond, 75, of Orem, Utah passed away of a heart attack on Sept 20, 2004 in Provo, Utah.   He was born April 6, 1929 in Smithfield, Utah to Wickliff Clayton Raymond and Ireta Pitcher Raymond. He was the fifth of five children: Maxine, Budd, Barbara, and Rhonda.  Cleve married Anita Wiser [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; father-Erwin Douglas Wiser, Samuel Frost Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser] on July 13, 1949 in the Logan, Utah temple. Cleve and Anita had seven children: Sandra, Michael, Mark, Bruce, Robert, Sharon, Jonathan, and a foster daughter, Helena (Lucas) Namingha.  Their posterity includes 31 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Cleve graduated with a bachelor degree from Utah State Agricultural College in 1951. He then attended dental school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated in 1955. After serving as a captain at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, California for two years, Cleve moved to Moab, Utah.   In Moab, Cleve was a key figure in the Moab Community. His many official civic positions included: President of the Rotary Club, President of the Grand County school board, and a member of the hospital board. He also was an active member of the Boys Scout of America and received the prestigious Silver Beaver award. He later moved to Orem, Utah and worked at Brigham Young University in the mail department for eight years. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in numerous callings including Bishop the Moab Third Ward, Stake President in Moab Stake, Branch and District President and Executive Secretary at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Cleve and Anita served missions in Washington, D.C. and New Zealand. Cleve is survived by his wife, Anita and his seven children: Sandra (Karl) Jarvis, Michael (Janet) Raymond, Mark (MaryAnn) Raymond, Bruce (Valerie) Raymond, Robert (Lori) Raymond, Sharon (Bart) Leavitt, Jonathan (Darlene) Raymond and Helena (Lucas) Namingha, a foster daughter. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in the Orem Lakeridge North Stake center, 450 South 100 West, Orem, Utah.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home, 495 South State, Orem, Utah and at the church on Friday from 12:00-1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Smithfield City Cemetery, 300 East Center, Smithfield, Utah on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. 

Logan, UT Herald Journal, Monday,  27 Sep 2004; Farrell J. Black, 69, passed away on the morning of Sept. 24, 2004, at Sunshine Terrace [Logan, Utah]. He was born in Egin, Idaho, 29 Sept 1934, to G. Warren Black and Martha Cruser Black. He grew up in Wilford, Idaho, and attended South Fremont High School and Rick's College before graduating from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in 1960, and a master's in 1963. During that time he was privileged  to be mentored by Gwendella Thornley, Rex Robinson, and Floyd T. Morgan. He pursued doctoral work at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He became a professor of Speech/Theatre Arts at USU, where he taught for 28 years. As a teacher, he was loved and respected. He is remembered by countless students for the gentle and caring way he inspired them to do their best. He loved literature and actively promoted quality theatre education through his tireless work with teachers across the state of Utah, numerous Readers Theatre productions, and involvement in high school and college Drama and Forensic festivals. He was a missionary in the Eastern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he was honored to play, for three years, the role of Joseph Smith in the Hill Cumorah Pageant. He served many positions in the LDS Church, including bishop and high council member. In 1989, his career was interrupted by a debilitating bout with spinal meningitis and subsequent complications, which left him partially paralyzed and unable to walk or talk. He defied all odds, was tireless in his efforts for rehabilitation, and astounded doctors by the level of independence he was able to attain. He married Marilyn Gee [ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; father-Clendon Edgar Gee, Mary McKinna Cunningham, Mary Olive Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser] in 1958, later divorced. He married Robbin Cummings in 1984. He is survived by his five children; Terese (Tim), Jeff (Deepika), Angela (Doug), Jonathan and Katherine; three grandchildren; and a brother, Cecil (Nancy) of Heber City, Utah. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Allen Hall Mortuary in Logan, Utah, 34 E. Center Street.


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