Pioneer Period and Pioneer
People of Fairfield County, Ohio
by C(harles) M. L. Wiseman, Author of "Centennial
F. J. Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O.
THE WISEMAN FAMILY.
Pg. 416 - 420
ISAAC Wiseman and his wife,
Elizabeth, the ancestors of the Wiseman family,
of this county, emigrated from Berks County,
Pennsylvania, to Rockingham County, Virginia, soon after
the war of the Revolution. A large family of sons
and daughters were emigrants with him. John,
Samuel, Isaac, Jacob, Abner, William, Joseph.
The family remained but a few years, living on Linnville
creek, and with the exception of Samuel, moved
farther south of Monroe County, Virginia.
Samuel, about the year 1805 or 1806, moved with
his family to Fairfield County, Ohio, and settled on
Walnut creek, in Walnut township, where he reared a
Jacob and Abner moved to Kentucky, and Isaac
to Gallia County, Ohio, where they left many
descendants. Rev. John Wiseman, a local
preacher of the Methodist Church, commissioned by
Bishop Asbury, reared a large family in Monroe
County, Virginia, and late in life, at the age of 60,
moved to Ohio, accompanied by his entire family of
married and single children, with one exception,
Aaron Morgan and wife.
He settled temporily on the farm long known the
Pence farm, in Pleasant township.
In less than a year he moved his family to a farm
adjoining his brother Samuel, but in Perry
County. Here he spent the years of his old age in
a quiet, peaceful and uneventful life.
He was a farmer, carpenter, blacksmith, wagon maker,
cabinet maker, shoe maker and preacher, and
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in all, a good, conscientious workman. His son
Joseph was a distinguished local mathematician, a
well informed, capable man. He served five years
as Associate Judge of Perry County. His son,
Philip S. Wiseman, father of the writer, lived a
part of his life in Walnut township, Fairfield County.
In the year 1848 he was the Whig candidate for
representative for Fairfield County. He was a man
of good, common sense, a reader of books, and such
papers as the National Intelligencer, and was well
informed. He reared a large family and died at the
early age of 55 years. He was president of the
public meeting in Pleasantville in 1861 when the
Pleasantville Academy was organized.
Ann Wiseman married George
Stinchcomb. They were the parents of the late
Captain James W. Stinchcomb. Jacob G.,
was a farmer and good citizen of Perry County, Ohio.
Sallie married Thomas Brattin and
moved to Chillicothe, Ohio. Their great-grandson,
Charles Lindly, of New York, married a
daughter of Ex-Governor Denver at Wilmington,
Simon Wiseman, Samuel and Andrew,
sons of Jas. and grandsons of John, were
soldiers of the Union army. The first two named
died in the service. Theodore, son of
Joseph Wiseman, was a Union soldier and died
from disease contracted in the service.
Captain John Wiseman, son of Philip S.,
was a captain in the Forty-sixth Ohio regiment. He
died a few years since in Chicago, Illinois.
Rev. John Wiseman was a soldier of the
Revolution under General Washington, and was one
of the sufferers at Valley Forge. He died in 1842,
more than four score years of age. The descendants
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Wiseman are numerous in many western and southern
C. M. L. Wiseman, a son of Philip Smith
Wiseman, and Pricilla Lewis, was born January 15,
1829, near New Salem, Ohio. His educational
advantages were the common schools and a good
circulating library, the columns of the Saturday Evening
Post and the grand old National Intelligencer, the organ
of the Whig party. He taught a common school for
five or six terms in Fairfield County. He then
traveled four years for C. W. James, of
Cincinnati, in the western states. On Nov. 25,
1853, he married Mary E. Parr, of Perry County,
Ohio. Apr. 1, 1855, he moved to Lancaster and served as
Deputy Sheriff under William Potter. Later
he was deputy clerk of the Common Pleas Court, under
John Radebaugh. He served four years as secretary
and treasurer of the Lancaster Starch Company. In
1860 he was elected chairman of the County Republican
Committee, and conducted the Lincoln campaign. May
16, 1861, he was made Postmaster of Lancaster under
Lincoln, on the recommendation of John T. Brasee
and V. B. Horton. Four years later he was
reappointed on recommendation of Carey A. Trimble.
He was reappointed Postmaster by Andrew Johnson,
on recommendation of Hon. Thomas Ewing.
Again reappointed by General Grant on the
recommendation of Hon. John Sherman, serving in
all 13 years.
He served acceptably as Chairman of the Republican
County Committee five terms. Was many times a
delegate to district and state conventions. In one
state delegation, when Senator Ewing was a
delegate and the chairman. The most pleasing and
acceptable, aye, honorable public duty that he was ever
called upon to perform was to preside at the great
meeting held in
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the Lancaster City Hall, in memory of General U. S.
Grant, shortly after his death. The man, whose
praise was on every tongue, and whose fame and encircled
the earth. He served five years as steward and
financial officer of the Boys' Industrial School, five
years as inspector of the Board of Underwriters of the
city of Columbus, six years as state agent of the Home
Insurance Company, and six months as special inspector
for the Home Insurance Company, of New York. Nov. 1,
1900, he married a second wife, Mrs. P. E. Collins.
He is believed to be the only survivor of those who took
an active and decided stand in the organization of the
Republican party of Fairfield County. At that time
the old Whigs were reluctant in giving up their grand
old party, and the young men perfected the organization
of the new Republican party.
His children are: Henry Clay, of
Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Charles E. Williamson, of
Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Joshua Clarke, Mrs. F.
C. Whiley and Charles Philip, of
Lancaster, Ohio; Mary Elizabeth and William
He is in
"Life's late afternoon
Where long and cool the shadows grow,"
and will soon be "In the
twlight," the evening hour of life.
Not bedtime yet! The full blown flower
Of all the year - this
evening hour --
With friendship's flame is bright;
Life still is sweet, the
heavens are fair,
Though fields are brown
and woods are bare,
And many a joy is left to
Before we say good night.
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And when, our cheerful evening past,
The nurse, long waiting,
comes at last,
Ere on her lap we lie
In wearied nature's sweet
At peace with all her
Our lips shall murmur ere
Good night and not goodby.
- O. W. Holmes.