A couple of interesting items found this month regarding our Wiser family. The first is a footnote discussion of our James Wiser also known as James Rumneymarsh or Quanapohit. The James Rumlymarsh, on the roll of those who joined the expedition against the Spanish West Indies in August 1740, is probably James Wiser (married to Ruth Bowman), father of Benjamin Wiser Senior, our ancestor.
1. The History of
Taken from Chapter II, Discoverers and Indians; p. 49;
footnote 98; James Quanapowitt was employed by the English in 1675 as a spy
among the Nipmucks; and his testimony was used against the old chief Matoonas
who was shot to death by three Indians on Boston Common. He was a useful scout and forewarned the
English of the assault on
Indians bearing the surname of Rumney Marsh were frequently
in the service during the early part of the last century; and the name of “James
Rumlymarsh” is on a roll of those who joined the expedition against the
Spanish West Indies in August, 1740.
Mass. Archives, xci. 326. Thomas,
son or grandson of Awansamug and Yawata, owned a house lot in
Second is a will of Alice Brooks, she was first married to Artimas (James) Wiser and second married to Samuel Brooks.
(James) Wiser was born about 1783 probably in Grafton,
Thayer, Esq., 12 Jul 1802.
TOWN HISTORY: A Historical Sketch of Auburn, MA; p.60; This Benjamin (2) had a son James, whose daughter Mary
Ann married Reuben Tatman of
James married Alice Leveston, daughter
of Timothy and Mary (Danforth) Levestone on 12 Jul 1802 in
OTHER MARRIAGES: There is a marriage of a
Samuel Brooks and Mrs. Alice Wiser in
1805, from the Columbian Centennial.
PROBATE RECORDS: There is a reference to a
guardianship of Alice Livingston, in
James and Alice had the following children:
2 F i. Martha
B. Wiser was born in 1801 in
who died 17 Oct 1827, age 26.
3 F ii. Mary
Ann Wiser was born on 6 Mar 1803 in
months, 13 days, pneumonia, born
CENSUS RECORDS: 1870 Census of Worcester,
daughter Martha A. Johnson. 1880, also living with daughter.
Mary married Reuben
Tatman son of John Tatman and Lucy
Dudley on 7 Apr 1825 in
PARENTAGE: Reuben, son of John and Lucy (
CENSUS RECORDS: 1850 Census of Fifth Ward,
Worcester, 5th Ward,
DEATH RECORD: from Probate Records. 1865-Reuben,
The following is the will from the Essex County, MA Probate Records, Vol. 377, p. 352; Brooks-In the name of God amen, I Alice Brooks, now resident in Newburyport in the county of Essex and commonwealth of Massachusetts, widow of Samuel Brooks, late of Worcester in the county of Worcester in said commonwealth, deceas’d, printer, being through the goodness of God, of a sound disposing mind and memory though weak in body, and considering the uncertainty of this present life, do make this my last will and testament, as follows. I commend my soul to God, who gave it, and my body to a decent interment, in hopes to obtain a resurrection unto eternal life, through the merits of my Redeemer and Saviour. And the small personal estate, consisting chiefly of some household furniture, which I may leave, I give and dispose of , as follows, viz. Imprimis, I give and devise to my daughter, Mary Ann Wiser, my pair of gold earrings, and to my daughter, Alice Brooks my small Bible, as a token of my love and affection for them. I should give them more, but believing they will be well provided for by their relations they live with, to whose care and kindness I earnestly recommend them, trusting they will attend to their schooling, and do well by them. Item. I give and devise to my daughter and her heirs all the rest and remainder of my personal estate, for her support, maintenance and schooling, as far as it will go; this I do, believing it to be my duty to give my daughter Martha more than I have given to my other two daughters, wholly on account of the different circumstances they are likely to be left in after my decease, at the same time declaring, that I bear equal natural love and affection to each of them. Lastly, I hereby appoint my brother in law, Mr. William Kitteridge to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, and order him first to pay all my just debt and funeral charges out of the estate I may leave and whatever may be left, to deliver over to my daughter Martha aforenamed, as aforesaid, or to her guardian….In Testimony whereof, I Have hereunto set my hand and seal, in Newburyport, the twenty eighth day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eight. Signed, sealed and declared by the said Alice Brooks to be her last will and testament in present of us, who in her presence and in presence of each other, have hereunto set our names as witnesses. William Holliday, Offin Boardman jr., Enoch Titcomb. Alice Brooks-Seal. [I express my appreciation to my cousin Sandra Jarvis for sending me the copy of these probate records to include in this month’s newsletter].
There is also the inventory of her possessions, found in Vol. 377, p. 407; and an account of administration of the will, found in Vol. 379, p. 104. The original records are [linked] to this newsletter.
Please accept our condolences to those who recently lost family members.
Mason City, IA Globe Gazette; Greene-Ruth L. Kiefer (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., her father-Robert Henry Body, Adelia Dorleska Cottle Boyd, Amanda Wiser Cottle, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Sr.), 94, of Greene, died Saturday (July 23, 2005) at the Liebe Care Center, Greene. Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Paul Uzel officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Reid’s Funeral Chapel, Greene, (641) 823-4457. Published in the Globe Gazette from 7/24/2005-7/25/2005.
ME Sun-Journal, 27 Nov 2004; Varnes-Died in South Paris, at the Maine Veterans'
Home, Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, Ralph W. Varnes Jr. (his ancestry to Benjamin
Wiser Sr., his mother, Ella M. Case, Chloe A. Smith Case, Elizabeth M. Albro
Smith, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser) , 78, of
Norway. Private graveside service with
military honors were held at
Port Townsend, WA Peninsula Daily News; 24 Sep
2004; Dorothy Webb, March 6, 1924-Sept. 21, 2004; Port Townsend resident
Dorothy Webb died at age 80 of complications from digestive problems. She was born to John and Minnie (Purdue)
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