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Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of Fairfield County, Ohio

by C(harles) M. L. Wiseman, Author of "Centennial Lancaster.
F. J. Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O.

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 large family.
     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. StinchcombJacob 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, Ohio.
     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 of Isaac

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Wiseman are numerous in many western and southern states.
     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 Tecumseh, deceased.
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 share
               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 repose,
          At peace with all her waking foes,
          Our lips shall murmur ere they close
               Good night and not goodby.

                                                          - O. W. Holmes.




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