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1 (Mabel) attended the University of Kansas, where she met her husband, Frank Day Hutchins. In 1878, he entered the University of Kansas and graduated in 1883 with a Bachelor of Arts. He was the city editor of the Lawrence Journal for one year. He then entered the law department of the University, from hence he graduated in 1888 with a degree of Bachelor of Laws. In 1888, he entered into a law partnership with James F. Getty. In 1898 he was appointed City Attorney for Kansas City. In 1908, he was appointed Judge of the Circuit Court, Wyndotte County, Kansas. In November of 1910, he was elected on the Republican ticket as Judge, Second Division, Wyndotte County, Kansas. He also was vice-president and director in the New England Securities Company of Kansas City. GJW

The following was sent to the compiler on January 6, 2003 by Mary Lynn McManus Toluchanian, Sierra Madre, CA:

(She) married Frank Day Hutchings, 24 November 1892, in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas (the marriage license was issued in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and the minister, C. G. Howland, was from Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas). Mabel's husband, Frank Day Hutchings, is also buried in the Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas (per the cemetery).

WEMPLE, Mabel (I3538)
2 . . . as a young man of sixteen he left his home in Sumner, IA and went to Dubque, IA where he worked as a telegrapher in a railroad station; removed to Chico, IL, and worked for Goodrich Transportation Co., which operated pleasure steamships on the Great Lakes; in 1905, removed to Marinette, WI, and was employed as an auditor for Lauerman Bros. Co.; became associated with Marinette Knitting Mills until 1918, then removed Philadelphia, PA, where he was associated with Pennsylvania Knitting Co.; after 5-years in Philadelphia, removed to Neenah WI; after 5-years in Neenah, WI, removed (back) to Marinette, WI as Vice President & General Manager of Marinette Knitting Mills; member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Marinette, and chairman of its board of trustees; charter member, Marinette Rotary Club, and active in Boy Scouts work; chairman, Marinette County chapter of American Red Cross . . . GJW WEMPLE, Leonard Castle (I3755)
3 . . . he came to Parkersburg, IA, in 1854, by ox cart with his parents from Rock County, WI and grew to manhood on a farm three miles east of Parkersburg: he lived in Parkersburg with his children until 1939, when he went to Waterloo, IA to spend his declining years with his daughter; he was familiarly known as Doc Wemple as he doctored horses there in early days; he had remembrances of driving from Parkersburg to Cedar Falls, IA in an ox cart for shopping trips when the Indians roamed the prairies; his wife, Nancy Gray Hersey, came with her parents to Iowa in 1863, and was believed to be descended from William Hersey who emigrated from England to New England in 1636 and apparently settled at Hingham, MA: members of the Methodist Church and First Congregational Church, Parkersburg, IA. GJW WEMPLE, Charles Arthur (I2419)
4 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. VAN BOKKELEN, James Boyd (I12081)
5 1934-1943: He was designated by the mayor as President Justice of the New York Municipal Court, which position he held until his death which settled the big building service employees' strike in New York City. He served on the legislative committee of the Citizens' Union and was Vice Chairman of the Mayor's Fraternal Committee in 1922. Elizabeth Molla Brady BISSELL, Pelham Saint George (I10647)
6 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. JENNINGS, Susan Jill (I10192)
7 A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE W. WEMPLE, by his son, Daniel Schuyler Wemple, July 25, 1997

George W. Wemple was born January 8, 1898 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Daniel Schuyler Wemple (11/28/1853-5/4/1924). He was the eighth of ten children, seven of whom lived to adulthood and three died of the 1901-1902 diphtheria epidemic. Few specifics are known of his early years, much to the chagrin of myself, so we assume he had a 'normal' childhood for the time and locale. He had little formal education, six years at most, however he did much to to educate himself in all practical matters, and enjoyed reading, especially the newspaper which kept him informed. This paid off in later years as he became an electrician and earned his electrical contracting license.

After serving as a cavalryman During World War I, George married Pearl Adele Jellum (8/14/1895-3/26/1976) August 21, 1921 and in 1923 began farming a few miles west of Fergus Falls where he grew up. They had four children whom they loved dearly and enjoyed very much and although, like most depression families, they had little in the way of material things, the whole family enjoyed life by the closeness of large families on both sides (Pearl was one of 14, 12 living to adulthood) and many friends. Everyone visited everyone in those days and we flourished in that environment.

Farming became more and more difficult as the depression set in and in 1933, after ten years, he could no longer make a go of it and moved his family, now six, to Fergus Falls, a city of 10,214, as the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reminded us daily, and the largest city in the western half of the state. Jobs were few but he managed to get on at the State Hospital, a mental institution, as a sheet metal mechanic and supplemented his income during the winter months by cleaning heating furnaces, using a huge vacuum cleaning apparatus. He worked long hours but nothing like when he was on the farm, and leisure time for them and the children led to more friendships.

By 1937, four years after leaving the farm, George and Pearl decided to pick up stakes again, only this time to make a long move to California where both had siblings. So, we had a house sale and headed out in our 1929 Plymouth with all our belongings packed mostly in a huge wooden box George made and mounted on the rear bumper; we were Okies through and through. We traveled west and a little north through North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington, then turned south through Oregon and finally California, stopping to stay with relatives here and there. George heard they needed a sheet metal mechanic in Yreka, California. So we lived there for two or three months while he ran the town's second sheet metal shop. Soon he realized that Yreka was too big for one shop but too small for two so when his backlog work was gone he continued on south to Santa Monica.

In and around the Santa Monica area George found work in a lumber yard, a hardware store, as a truck driver and warehouse manager for a large electrical contractor. During this period he continued studying to become an electrician and then got his license as an electrical contractor. They also lost a son at age thirteen due to infection (d. 2 July 1939) that a few years later would have been successfully treated with penicillin. After their youngest son, Roger, finished high school in 1948 George and Pearl moved back to Minnesota where he contracted with farmers throughout the Fergus Falls area to install electricity in their homes and barns.

Unfortunately this endeavor lasted only three years as in 1951 he suffered a severe heart attack that forced early retirement at age 53. So, they moved back to California and worked as a caretaker of a ranch (a non-productive ranch near Idyllwood used as a getaway for a wealthy family) until his death of heart failure July 10, 1956. Although he died at a much too early age, George enjoyed a full life, seeing his remaining three children marry and begin raising their own families (six grandchildren at the time of his death) and continuing to be a very active member to both his immediate and extended families. He also enjoyed becoming Uncle George or a second father figure to his children's close friends. After George died Pearl lived with two of her sisters in Los Angeles and lived another twenty years, until 1976. She continued the same active roll she had always enjoyed with he children, ten grandchildren and at the time she died, four great-grandchildren. We are all blessed for having had them. 
WEMPLE, George W. (I2943)
8 A brother of Christopher Yates Wemple, co-founder of Manhattan Life Insurance Company. Jacob moved his farm equipment manufacturing plant from Fonda, NY to Chicago, IL in 1848. He started the town of Wempletown, IL shortly thereafter. This was a real estate venture, where he would sell lots in the town he was founding. At one time the town had a general store, post office and church. It eventually fizzled out and nothing is there except a few houses and some memories of the people who live there of where Wempletown once was. DRW

In a letter dated August 11,1997 from Brian Wemple of Battle Creek, MI, Brian states:

I contacted the publisher of a tractor book to obtain information about the 'improved Wemple Machine.' * They gave me the home phone number of the author (Mr. Ralph W. Sanders). I called him. He is a great and helpful person. Here's his source of information.

In a letter from Ralph W. Sanders to Brian Wemple dated July 21, 1997, Mr. Sanders, states in part:

I enjoyed visiting with you by phone last weekend. As promised, I checked back on my reference regarding the Wemple-Westinghouse threshing machine. This is what I found: It was a blacksmith named Jacob Wemple that got an 1845 patent on a specific feature of a threshing machine . . . that was the flat blade tooth bolted to the threshing cylinder. See the small sidebar^ I've copied for you from page 5, Vol. 1, Full Steam Ahead - J.I. Case Tractors & Equipment 1842-1955 by David Erb and Eldon Brumbaugh. I see no further mention of Wemple in the text, but there is a mention of the Wemple patent in some of the early Case advertisements.*

*A handbill advertising J.I. Case's Threshing Machine makes note of the improved Wemple Machine.

^Sidebar text mentioned above is as follows:


In Schenectady, New York, in 1845, a blacksmith named Jacob Wemple developed a thresher design and went into partnership with George Westinghouse (father of the man who would make air brake fame). The two built a thresher that combined the bull thresher with a fanning mill to obtain the same general results as Case's machine. Patented and marketed under Wemple's name, Westinghouse withdrew from the partnership after a short period of time. Wemple ultimately sold his patent to Hiram Pitts.

The technical significance of the Wemple-Westinghouse patent was the type of the teeth used in the cylinder. Originally, pegs were driven into the large wooden cylinder. These occasionally came loose and were hurled at high speeds when the machine was running. Wemple and Westinghouse discovered that a flat blade-type tooth bolted to the cylinder was superior. Their thresher was the U.S. sales leader until 1867, when the Aultman and Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio, began manufacturing a machine called the Vibrator. . .

The following obituary was sent to the compiler by Sharon Wemple Stafford on October 24, 1997.

The name of the newspaper in unknown to the compiler:

WEMPLE - At Quincy, Mich. April 17th, 1873, Jacob V.A. Wemple, aged seventy-six years.

Over forty years since Mr. Wemple made a public profession of his faith in Christ, and united with the Reformed church of Minaville, Montgomery County, N.Y. In 1848 he removed to Chicago, Ill. where he united with the First Presbyterian church of that city. Of late years he removed to Quincy, Mich. and at the time of his death was a member of the Presbyterian church of that place. A kind father and devoted Christian.

The following is from an unpublished manuscript, written by William Barent Wemple II, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913 and grandson of William Barent Wemple I, sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI.

. . . He was a threshing machine manufacturer and inventor. He had a large manufactory on Cayadutta Creek at Fonda, for many years. In 1848 he moved to Chicago, IL where he continued the manufacturing of his machines. His numerous family became citizens of the West with the exception of John V. who resides in Schenectady, NY. 
WEMPLE, Jacob Van Alstine (I1995)
9 A email from Kenneth Kik on November 10, 2005 states:

Benton Platt is my Great #2 Grandfather and a direct decendent of Capt. Nathaniel Platt a Revolutionary War Officer and a founder of Plattsburgh, NY. Benton was born in 1854 and died in 1918, he married Margaret (Maggie) Vandenbout in 1865. Decendents are eligible for membership in the SAR and DAR. 
PLATT, Benton (I11166)
10 A man of local respect and he was well known locally. He served as Lassen County Assessor for many years. As a young man, he thought he'd like to be a lawyer. He had the ability, but his brothers got to kidding him so heavily that he gave this notion up for being an independent businessman and eventually entering into local politics. DRW WEMPLE, Frank Orville (I129)
11 A member of the State Assembly, a State Senator, member of Congress, State Comptroller and Presidential Electoral College. Residence: Fultonville, NY WBW

The following is from an unpublished manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. and written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913.

He was born in Fultonville, Montgomery County, NY, October 23, 1843; married Alelaide F. Groot, September 10, 1969; his wife was a daughter of Simon C. Groot, of Schenectady, and was born in that place March 19, 1844; she died in Fultonville, NY, December 24, 1895.

At the common schools of his native village, he was taught the rudiments of his earliest education, and was afterwards a student of the Ashland Academy in Greene County, and of the Schenectady Union School. where he prepared for a collegiate course. He learned readily and was a diligent student; hence he was ready for college at an earlier age than most other boys. Entering Union College, then in a flourishing condition, he was graduated from there in 1861 at the age of twenty-three. He was not long in deciding upon the choice of a profession, for during his college courses, the study of political and legal science seems to have possessed special charms for him. On leaving college, he entered on the study of law in the office of W. L. Van Denbergh. Mr. Wemple's father was at that time largely engaged in the foundry business at Fultonville with his two sons Nicholas and William H. and shortly after the father's death in 1869, Edward was admitted into partnership with his two brothers.

He soon acquired a thorough practical knowledge of the foundry business, which has been continued with increasing success down to the present. At the same time he was diligently employing his leisure moments in the study of political and state affairs in which he was to become so prominent, exhibiting those qualifications which belong to the right man in the right place, Mr. Wemple entered political life as an ardent young advocate of the principles of the Democratic party, to which he has always adhered with an uncompromising spirit. He had scarcely reached the age of thirty before he was chosen president of the village of Fultonville, in 1873, and from that period we may date the beginning of his useful, active and honorable career as a popular political leader. He next filled the office of supervisor of his native town, in the prosperity of which he has always taken a lively interest. This position he held during the years 1874, 1875 1876. In 1876 he was elected as a Democrat to the legislature over Davis W. Shuler (Republican) and N. T. De Graff (Prohibition), and served acceptably on the committees of railroads, villages and the library. He was re-elected to the legislature in 1877. Increasing in popularity, his party nominated him four years after the close of his legislative term, in 1882, for a member of congress from the Twentieth district, and though the district is a strong Republican one (from 1500 to 2000 majority), he was triumphantly elected over Howard George West, of Ballston, the Republican candidate. His congressional record formed a bright page in his history, and demonstrated his capacity as a practical man, whose highest aim in not to serve party alone, but the country at large. He served with credit on the committee on public buildings and grounds, and also on that of railroads on canals. He advocated the measures for securing better mail facilities, and took a leading part in the welfare of the veterans of the Union army, pushing forward a prompt settlement of their just claim. He also presented the measure of giving the president the power to veto separate objectionable items on appropriation bills without killing the whole bill. The justice of this congressional act must be apparent to all classes, irrespective of party. But one of the grandest measures for which Mr. Wemple contended till it was successfully accomplished, was the securing of an appropriation to erect a noble monument at Schuylerville, to commemorate the glorious and decisive victory over the British on the ever memorable field of Saratoga. All patriotic citizens will ever join in honoring him for his works and labors of love in a cause so worthy and just.

Mr. Wemple has always been a strong friend of the Erie Canal, and while in Congress he earnestly contended that the federal government should do its duty and provide for the maintenance and repair of the free artificial waterways of this State, which form an indispensable link in the chain of navigation from the great West to tidewater, just as it provides for the maintenance and repair of far less important free national waterways in all sections of the country; and that without affecting in the least the jurisdiction of the State.
Retiring from his Congressional life with well earned laurels, Mr. Wemple sought the quietude of his beautiful home at Fultonville, among the friends of his youthful days, and in the enjoyment of domestic scenes. But he was not long to remain in the walks of private life. In 1885 he was elected to the state senate from the 18th district, composed of the counties of Saratoga, Fulton, Hamilton, Schenectady and Montgomery; this district had a normal Republican majority of 2000. He opponent was the Honorable Austin A. Yates (Republican), and the contest was carried on with great determination on both sides. Mr. Wemple won by a majority of twenty, and it was a striking instance of his remarkable popularity among his friends and neighbors, that he should thus succeed in so strong a Republican district, and with so powerful an adversary as Judge Yates. As a State senator, Mr. Wemple added additional lustre to his already well-established reputation as an able, upright and patriotic citizen. He took an active part in the leading measures which came before that body, and while he always endeavored to sustain the honor of his party, he at the same time tried to advance the interests of the commonwealth.

In the fall of 1887, at the conclusion of his senatorial term, Mr. Wemple was nominated for state comptroller, the most important office under the state government except that of governor, and was elected by a majority of 15374, the highest vote received by a candidate on the ticket, and entered upon his duties January 1, 1888. The term of office is two years and he was re-elected for a second term in 1889. The affairs of this high and responsible office were conducted by Mr. Wemple in a manner that reflected the highest credit. Since his retirement from office in 1892, after four years of service, Mr. Wemple has passed the greater part of the time at his beautiful and historic home on the banks of the Mohawk at Fultonville.

In 1892 he was chosen as a member of the Electoral College from New York State which elected Grover Cleveland president of the United States. The secret of Mr. Wemple's success as a politician lies in his broad intelligence, his exceptional executive ability and his strict integrity. He is regarded by his party as one who is always true to his political principles, strong in his convictions of duty, and an able exponent of the old Jeffersonian doctrines. As a man he in plain in manners, affable and easily approachable and popular wherever known for his geniality.

From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:

From the 1898 Home Almanac of Amsterdam, New York

October 17th - The Wemple foundry at Fultonville burned.

November 13th - Ex-Comptroller Edward WEMPLE of Fultonville arrested upon the charge of arson. He was admitted to bail in the sum of $5,000.00.

December 2nd - Edward WEMPLE pronounced insane and taken to the Utica State Hospital.

From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000:


Counties - Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady
EDWARD WEMPLE, of Fultonville, was born at Fultonville, October 23, 1843, educated at Union College, graduating with the class of 1866; studied law for a time. but became a manufacture in the foundry business; was supervisor for his native town during 1874, 1875, and 1876; was a member of the New York State Legislature in 1877 and 1878, serving on the committees of Railroads, Villages, and the Library; and was elected to the Forty-eighth Congress as a Democrat, receiving 17,831 votes against 17,742 votes for George West, Republican. . . .


Saratoga Monument
of New York
in the House of Representatives, Thursday, December 4, 1884
(On the bill S.1309 to provide statuary and historical tablets for the Saratoga monument

Mr. Wemple said:
Mr. Speaker: The Saratoga Monument Association is incorporated under perpetual charter by the State of New York. This association is composed of patriotic citizens from many States of our Union. Hon. John H. Starin, of New York city is its president, and among the list of trustees are such men as Horatio Seymore, Hamilton Fish, William L. Stone, Benson J. Lossing, George William Curtis, and others, of New York; General Kirke, of South Carolina, General Rodgers, of Rhode Island; Giles B. Slocum, of Michigan, and E. B. Canning, of Massachusetts.

The association had acquired title to four acres of land within the line of Burgoyne's entrenchments, overlooking the field of surrender, and have erected thereon a beautiful monumental shaft one hundred and fifty-five feet high. The exterior walls of this granite monument are now finished.

The board of trustees have most judicially and economically expended the money entrusted to them. The structure has so far cost $65,000, $30,000 of which was appropriated by the General Government, $25,000 by the State of New York, and $10,000 was raised by private subscription. They have now to show for this a most handsome and artistic monument. It will require about $75,000 to finish this monument as desired.

This bill appropriates $40,000. If the General Government will give this amount we are assured that the State of New York will again contribute twenty-five thousand, and the board of trustees pledge themselves to again raise by private subscription the sum of ten thousand. With this amount they intend to place in the outside niches on three sides statures of General Schuyler, General Gates, and General Morgan. The fourth niche being left unfilled, with the name of Arnold engraved underneath. . . . 
WEMPLE, Edward (I2546)
12 A registered nurse, who had been a special nurse to Dr. Ward of San Francisco. She was a long time friend of this Wemple family and a nurse to Dora G. Wemple in her last illness. Her family was in the same wagon train which brought this Wemple family west to the Sacramento Valley in the early 1860's. Her father owned and operated a 200 acre grain farm on the Sacramento River in Sutter County, CA. GJW JAKUILLARD, Marie E. (I3936)
13 Aaron resided in Zanseville, Ohio. SWART, Aaron (I2878)
14 According to his granddaugher, Mary Josephine Wemple Nystrand, Scott deserted his wife and family of three sons sometime after Mabel, his daughter, died of burns suffered from the family wood heater. He left home sometime after 1895 and the family didn't hear from him for the next thirty years or so. He wrote a letter to his sons about 1936-37. None of the family answered his letter. In the letter his told of his employment at General Motors in Flint, MI. The family was unaware of his death in July of 1937 and it was in 1996 that the compiler made contact with the County Recorder's Office in Flint, MI and determined the date of his death and the fact that he was buried in Flint, MI. On the death certificate, a second wife, which proceeded him in death, was listed. There was no marriage certificate on record for the second marriage of Scott. It is entirely possible that there was never a second marriage, that he decided to just live with this second woman. It is entirely possible that a daughter survived from Scott's second marriage, as a woman claimed his body. DRW

When Mabel was burned, she ran screaming from her house in flames with only the adults in pursuit and her three young siblings never saw her again. For months afterward, Earl and Walter put cookies in a window for her as a gift, even though they knew that their sister was dead. Some kind adult continued to take the cookies so that the boys thought that their sister was coming to eat their offering. DRW

Information and obituary sent to the compiler on 20 April 1999 by Carol Keane of Flushing, MI:

An article from the FLINT JOURNAL, Sunday, July 18, 1937:

A victim of a heart attack, Scott Wemple, 72, of 417 1/2 West 2nd Avenue died at his home at 6 p.m. Saturday after returning from a trip downtown.

Police were informed that Wemple was seized with the attack just after he got in the house. He managed to reach a sofa where he dropped dead. Coroner Sutherland said death resulted from a heart attack.

From the same newspaper, dated Monday, July 19, 1937:

SCOTT WEMPLE, 71, died Saturday, July 17, 1937, at the residence 417 W. 2nd Avenue. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday July 19, 1937 from Groves & Company funeral home, The Reverand Bryce officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills. He lived in Flint for the last 28 years. Surviving is: One daughter, Mrs. Joseph Noble of Goshen, Indiana.

Carol Keane found the following information also:

The 1910 Census shows Scott at a residence in the city of Flint dated 15 April 1901. Scott aged 48 years 4 months. He and his parents were born in England. Immigrated in 1885. He works as a grinder at a auto factory. Not out of work for the previous year. He reads, writes and is renting his home.

Wife, Clara age 21 years 4 months. She and parents born in NY. She is able to read and write.

Daughter, Mabel, age 2. She was born in NY.

The 1920 census shows the following information:

Scott Wemple was a roomer in Pontiac, MI, age 58 married, reads and writes. He and his parents were born in NY. A foreman in an automobile factory.

Carol Keane continues: Meanwhile in Flint 1-15-1920, (_eherina) (?) (?) Sabrina Wimple is head of rented home, age 41, born MI. Father German and spoke German and mother French speaking French. She spoke English. Stepdaughter, Mabel in home age 11. Attended school, reads and writes. She and parents born in NY.

On 21 April 1999, Carol Keane wrote the following email letter:

I'll see what I can find out (about Scott's Michigan descendants), but so far all I know is they live(d) in Goshen, Indiana. I went to the cemetery today and found Scott. All it said was Scott Wemple 2-14-1866 7-17-1937. It was an individual lot bought by Mrs. Joseph Noble. I checked. No other Wemples buried there. No Clara or Sabrina near by either. I forgot to ask about Clara Belle. . . . 
WEMPLE, Scott Quackenbush (I1387)
15 According to his nephew, Paul Wemple, he became a Roman Catholic priest and when he died he was a monsignor. After he died a building was built and named in honor of him in London, Ontario.

From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:

Refer to

KINGS COLLEGE RESIDENCE (London, Ontario, part of the University of Western, Ontario.)

. . . King's college provides on-campus housing for approximately 370 students. Women are accomodated in the Wemple building, the Townhouses and Alumni Court. Male students live in the Townhouses and the Wemple building. Living in residence puts you next door to all the facilities at King's, including the dining hall. . . .


. . . The Cardinal Carter Library was formally opened on 29 September 1995, an is named in honour of G. Emmett Cardinal Carter, a former Roman Catholic Bishop of London, with a lifetime commitment to education. The new Library replaces the old Lester A. Wemple Library, which was constructed in 1970 and enlarged in 1980. . . .

Papers sent to the compiler on March 25, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI:

Education: Primary - Our Lady of Merch School, Sarnia.
Secondary - Sarnia Collegiate, Sarnia
Philosophy - School of Philosophy, Queens Avenue, London.
Theology - St. Peter's Seminary, London.
Degree - B.A. Honours Philosophy, U.W.O.

Post Graduate Studies: Angelicum in Rome, Ph.D. 1931-1934.

Ordained: June 14, 1930 in St. Peter's Cathedral, London, Ontario by Bishop D. O'Connor of Petersborough.

Appointments: Assistant Pastor 1930-1931 - St. Peter's Cathedral, London.
Pastor 1965-1966 - St. Mary's Parish, London.
Pastor 1969-1975 Holy Name of Mary Parish, St. Marys.

Other: 1934-1955 he was a Professor of Philosophy in St. Peter's Seminary, London. In 1949 he was named Newman Club Chaplain of the University of Western Ontario.

1955-1962 he was Dean of the College of Christ the King in London and continued to teach Philosophy.

In 1962 he was named a Monsignor.

When he retired as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Parish in St. Marys, the people gave him a trip to Rome.

On May 22, 1975 he retired and went to live in Residence in Holy Name of Mary Parish in Windsor.

He died suddenly in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, on August 11, 1980. He was seventy-five years old. is Funeral Mass was celebrated in Holy Name of Mary Church in Windsor. It was attended by four Bishops, more than two hundred clergymen and hundreds of friends. It provided visible proof of the high regard in which he was held in religious, academic and community circles. He was buried in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Sarnia next to his mother.

Tribute: In June of 1980 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a Priest and received in Honourary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. King's College also honoured him. On that occasion King's College established a memorial fund in support of higher education. At Convocation on June 12, 1980, Dr. J. Morgan stated: To all who knew Monsignor Wemple, the nurturing and guiding of this infant institution through its formative years will ever remain the chief monument of his life. Monsignor Lester A. Wemple was known to many as a priest, teacher, man and friend. In the 50th year of his priesthood he received much deserved recognition for his years of service - the new library at King's College was named after him, and the College also promoted the award of his Honourary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario in June 1980 to mark his role in the establishment of King's College.

He seemed very well on the day of the Convocation and enjoyed the ceremony and the opportunity to meet so many of his friends.

by Paul Crunican

I remember him as an athlete. At the seminary, thirty years older than most of us, he could outrun us all. Each Saturday there was the slow hike and the fast hike. Those brash enough to try the latter usually ended up puffing along some distance behind Wempy. And we had seen or heard of his legendary ability to swim several miles out into Lake Huron just to keep in shape.

I remember his saying Mass. Graduates of St. Peter's have a tradition of celebrating the Eucharist with a devotion. For my generation. Father Wemple's personal example was one of the most important sources. His pubic speaking voice was high pitched, and many of us had fun mimicking it, but it was impossible to miss the faith and love that went into those sing-song phrases.

I remember his talks on sex. Again it was easy to make fun, as some of the more memorable phases for the early days of Christ the King College attest. Some would have said he had a hang-up on the subject. I think he had a towering anger against any and all exploitation in sex - or any other matter where people could and did take advantage.

Above all, I remember him a a truly gentle man and priest. Once, as a student, I tried to repay him for taking me along to a conference. He refused my offer. He only said, When the time comes, you do the same for someone else. Even those who became instant back-door graduates of the King of some midnight misdemeanour, often became friends again. You could get awfully angry with him over some impulsive action, but you couldn't stay mad long. His goodness was too transparent.

One of the readings selected for his funeral mass was the all things to all men passage from the ninth chapter of 1st Corinthians. We might have expected St. Paul to say For the weak I made myself strong. Instead his works are For the weak I made myself weak. Somehow that phrase was the right one for Lester Wemple. You had a sense of a strong, vulnerable man who was not afraid to take a chance, to risk everything for his faith and hope in Jesus Christ. We pray for him and remember him with great affection. 
WEMPLE, Monsignor Lester Albert (I4810)
16 According to his son, David Benton Wemple, he was killed while working on the Grand Coolee Dam in Washington. DRW WEMPLE, Harold Eugene (I4318)
17 According to his son, Samuel M. Wemple, he was a farmer and moved to Louisiana about the turn of the century and then a few years later, he moved back to Illinois. Many of his descendants still live in the Illinois area. DRW WEMPLE, George Mason (I2851)
18 According to Robert Preston Wemple, John's nephew of Albuquerque, NM, he was the town bootlegger and ran off his booze in his wife's place of employment, which was the town's furniture store. His still vented up through the sidewalk vent. He was never arrested for his transgressions. The fact that he was never arrested must speak well of his product and how well he got along with all his neighbors, especially the town marshal. DRW WEMPLE, John Allen (I4108)
19 According to the SAN FRANCISCO SHIP PASSENGER LISTS, Louis J. Rasmussen 1965, Richard came west by ship and disembarked at San Francisco in 1850, apparently to look for gold. DRW WEMPLE, Richard E. (I1158)
20 Adaline wrote a letter to her brother, Adam E., just before he was hanged for the murder of his wife. A copy of her letter can be found in Adam's Note Page. WEMPLE, Adaline (I1881)
21 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Amy Marie (I8967)
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Tony Lee (I8969)
23 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Colin Jakob (I8968)
24 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Timothy Warren (I7681)
25 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WELCH, Michael Duane (I7683)
26 After his father died in 1841, he left New York as a young man, along with his mother and older brother, Nicholas Visscher. Sometime before this Joseph worked on the Erie Canal as a mule driver, pulling the ships, boats and barges through the canal. Before they moved he also taught school in the Schenectady area for a short time. After leaving New York, the family moved to Michigan. Joseph married there in 1855. In 1857 or '58, leaving a wife and baby daughter home, he moved on looking for gold. He first stopped at Pikes Peak, Colorado. He met more men coming down the mountain than going up, all of whom told him that there was not a bit of gold in that thar hill. He headed for California, and according to his granddaughter, Marjel Wemple Edwards, coming by way of the Lassen Trail. He arrived in Honey Lake Valley, the Land of the Never Sweats, in 1859. He was one of the first 500 settlers in what is now Lassen County, California. After working at carpentering and in a sawmill near what is now Janesville on Parker Creek, he and James Christie, his brother-in-law, started a the first gristmill in Lassen County which was located in Milford. He was one of the first settlers in Milford and is credited with being instrumental in naming the village. He did well and accumulated property in and around Milford, numbering about 400 to 600 acres. He was a man who was very generous to his sons and had given all his property away to them long before his death, except his son, John, who had used up his portion of his inheritance long before this time. In his old age he always carried a dime in his pocket, So that I'll never be broke. DRW

Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Friday, 1 April 1921:


Last Monday morning, March 28, 1921, Joseph Crawford Wemple died at his home at Milford where for more than sixty years past he had been a continuos resident. He was on of the few remaining pioneers of Lassen County, and one who had written his personal activities and influence in living letters upon the early-day history of the country. Few men have surpassed Joseph Crawford Wemple in length of days or in his record of service to his fellow men.

Mr. Wemple was the third Assessor of Lassen County, filling that office for two terms, and it is a rather significant fact that two of his sons have served in the same capacity, former Assessor N.V. Wemple, and present Assessor Frank O. Wemple. Later he represented his district as Supervisor for some ten years.

Coming to this valley in 1859, Mr. Wemple was one of the builders of the first grist mill in Lassen County and for many years of this life here he was prominent as a stock raiser and rancher. He was born in Schenectady, N.Y., December 30, 1830, and was within a day or two of three months over 90 years of age at the time of his death.

There are six surviving children, Mrs. Thomas Harris of Elko, Nevada; and five sons, John B. Wemple of Standish,, N.V. and Jay C. of Milford, and Frank O. and Orlo E. of Janesville. There are numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

The funeral took place from the late residence of the deceased Wednesday March 23, and was largely attended by people from all parts of Honey Lake Valley and other localities.

The following is from an unpublished manuscript, written by William Barent Wemple II, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913, sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI.

He was born December 20, 1830, nine miles west of the city of Schenectady, NY on the south side of the Mohawk river; went to Michigan in 1847, crossed the plains to California in 1859; married Eliza J. Christie, March 25, 1855; owns 617 acres of land near Milford, CA, and is a wealthy farmer; was elected County Assessor in 1869 for six years; was elected supervisor in 1882 for six years; was re-elected to the latter office in 1894 for four years. 
WEMPLE, Joseph Crawford (I85)
27 After the death of his spouse, Gail, Michael became a Roman Catholic priest.

1900 - 1950 THE RIGHT REVEREND MICHAEL ALPHONSUS IRWIN Ordained by the Most Reverend Bishop Leo Haid, D.D., June 10, 1900 Pastor of Saint Paul's, New Bern, North Carolina

Priest for fifty years in the Vicariate and in the new Diocese of Raleigh. For nearly four years, Assistant to Father Price, of holy memory. Then a struggling but happy Pastor of Souls, for nearly forty-seven years. By a compassionate wink of Divine Providence and by the nomination of his Bishop and by the appointment of His Holiness, Pius XII, made a Domestic Prelate, just ten years ago.

MONSIGNOR IRWIN Cordially invites you to come to his Golden Jubilee, and with fraternal charity, help him to thank Almighty God for his mercies, which he hopes to sing forever.

SOLEMN HIGH MASS AT SAINT PAUL'S IN NEW BERN On Thursday, November 9th, at 10 :30, Standard Time The Most Reverend Vincent S. Waters, D.D., Bishop of Raleigh - Presiding The Right Reverend Arthur R. Freeman, P.A., V.G., LL.D. -Preacher

R. S. V. P.

IRWIN, Michael Alponsus (I4537)
28 After the death of Tremain's father, which left him an orphan, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Carl and Theo Adrian. He changed his last name to Adrian after the adoption. He died at age 19 from polio, after he had spent five or so years in an Iron Lung. DRW

Obituary from the SAN JOSE MERCURY, Friday, 16 January 1959, page 4c4-5:

ADRIAN - In San Jose January 14. Tremain Adrian, devoted son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Adrian; dear brother of Joseph Jay Wemple of San Jose and Mark Wemple of Milford, California; loving grandson of Mrs. Libbie Wemple of Milford, California. A native of Westwood, California. Age 19 years.

Services Saturday, January 17, at 11 a.m. at the Darling-Fischer Garden Chapel, 471 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose. 
ADRIAN, Tremain Wemple (I138)
29 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. SALLS, Alan Henry (I12228)
30 Albert died of asbestos cancer of the lungs. WEMPLE, Albert Frederick (I6187)
31 Allen A. Wemple assisted the compiler a great deal by sending newspaper clippings of his immediate family and obtaining and correcting dates and spelling. His assistance is acknowledged and greatly appreciated. DRW

Obituary, Source Unknown

Allen Abels Wemple Allen Abels Wemple, Sr., 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, following complications with his long battle with diabetes. Visitation will be held Aug 9, 6-7 pm at Ellis Funeral Home, 801 Andrews Highway. Midland, Texas 79701 (432)683-5555. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, Aug 10 at Ellis Funeral Home at 9 am.

Mr. Wemple was born October 29, 1925, in Blossom, Texas to Fred and Edith (Abels) Wemple. He was raised and educated in Midland. He graduated from Midland High School in 1942 and then attended Shriner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. He enlisted in the United Sates Navy Armed Guard in 1943, serving primarily in the Pacific theatre as a gunner, providing vital protection to merchant ships during World War II. He was present for the Japanese surrender in the Phillipines in 1945.

Upon his return to Midland after the war he helped manage Wemple's Music Store for many years. Following the closing of this family owned business he served faithfully as general manager of R & R Electronic Supply Company in Midland where he retired from. He was an accomplished jazz drummer and spent many enjoyable hours playing his drums with various jazz groups in the West Texas area in the 1950's and 60's. He was a member of the West Texas Jazz Society, the American Legion and former member and officer of the Rotary Club of Midland.

He was christened Randad by his grandchildren. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Midland. He was preceded in death by his devoted and loyal wife of 58 years, Anne Bates Wemple. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Fred Allen and Edith Abels Wemple.

Survivors include Allen Jr. of Midland and Scott and his wife Alana Wemple of Spring; two daughters and their husbands, Susan and Kevin Courtney of Midland and Diane and Gary LoRusso of Palmer, Alaska; seven grandchildren, Casey and Lauren Courtney of Midland, Gabriel LoRusso of Palmer, Alaska, Collin and Kendal Murphy of Spring, and Keaton and Cassidy Anne Wemple of Spring. Other survivors include\par Mr. and Mrs. Wemple's siblings and their spouses, Edith Avery of Austin, Ted and Georgann Wemple of Odessa, Evelyn and Terrel Allen of Austin, Lucille Wemple of Midland, Marjorie and Wayne Bain of Grand Junction, Colo., Jack and Freda Bates of Waco and Lois Bates of Dallas. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends and fellow jazz enthusiasts.

The family request that memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, TX.

Eulogy in honor of Mr. Allen Abels Wemple, Sr., Randad Written and delivered by Cliff Avery, eldest nephew of Allen's on August 10, 2007 at Ellis Funeral Home, Midland, Texas.

Today we celebrate the life of a great man.

In many cultures on our planet it falls on the uncle - the mother's brother to become the primary male figure involved in raising a child. In the United Sates, of course, that is not the case But in the Wemple family in the 1950's and 60's we had some real brushes with that culture, of uncles helping to raise their nephews and nieces. I stand here today as a grateful beneficiary of Allen Wemple's willingness to assume that role, to show me how to live - just as he showed his own children.

Most of that transfer-of-knowledge came at family events, notably Christmases at Nana and Doda's - the old Wemple headquarters at 504 North Loraine.

When all the family was together, when we kids were small, there was an electricity in the air that was bigger than any unopened present brighter than all the lights on the tree even that controversial aluminum Christmas tree that Nana bought.

It was a jovial kind of magic that Allen and Ted and Terrell and even my dad at times worked without wands or words on incantation. They used items like pop-out spring snakes and wisecracks to keep the laughter flowing.

I relished being there with them. Some kids would lie in their beds on Christmas eve to wonder if reindeer would fly: I would lie awake wondering what zingers would fly the next day and how I could chime in.

It was a family tradition that went way back. I remember that some years ago Allen resurrected a tape of a radio show sponsored by Eveready Tire and Battery, the initial family enterprise. It included what best could be described as gleeful corn of the Wemple kids - my mother, Allen, Ted, Evelyn and maybe baby Lucille - entertaining the world or at least the world within reach of the radio station. If the Wemple kids had been born 60 years later, they would have been bloggers.

So on Christmas day here were men, veterans from the War - Allen was a naval gunner who was there to see the recapture of the Philippines, for crying out loud - But when it was time to have family fun at home after the war, the uncles were right there in the middle of the kids, giving no quarter and asking none. We laughed.

Allen's laugh was a wonderful thing to behold. It started with a twinkle in his eye, then a wide grin spread across his face. A timid chuckle grew into a full-body guffaw, his shoulders bouncing like they were on a trampoline.

It was a powerful model and I will always be grateful for the gift of humor that Allen and Ted and Terrell gave me, no matter how much trouble it got me into over the years.

Along with his humor, Allen was accomplished in the arts. He was a fine illustrator and cartoonist. He illustrated his high school annual. I had the best poster in the campaign for 7th Grade Class President at San Jacinto Junior High, Allen's drawing of John F. Kennedy was quite remarkable.

Allen as you know, was also a gifted musician. He played trombone in the Midland High Band and was a jazz drummer throughout his life. This is one place where he couldn't quite help me. To all his offers to give me drums and drum lessons, my mother always said no. I was not until I was a parent myself that I fully understood why mom didn't want drums in the house.

Allen always faced a tough decision whether to be in the band or out on the dance floor dancing to its music. He loved to dance.

I remember when Midland High had its big all-class reunion in 2000, I arrived at the Midland Civic Center ready to par-tay. I walked into the ballroom (about where Joe Kirland's lunch counter used to be) and was stunned to watch Allen and Anne glide across the dance floor. They were so graceful and accomplished, I didn't recover my nerve to dance until they moved the music out into the dark of Wall Street later that night.

Allen could have a job as an instructor in the Dr. Scholl's School of Dance. He taught Diane and Susan, and later Casey and Lauren how to dance by allowing them to stand on his feet as he showed them the steps.

Susan remembers that when Allen would come home from work, her mother Anne would be in the kitchen and would begin to dance - kind of like a Mexican hat dance. He would join her and they would end in a big hug and kiss. How they loved each other, Susan marvels. And, indeed, they were marvelous.

Sons of great men - men who build roads or change governments - understand that they have an obligation. They must not tarnish their father's greatness and they must find their own path to greatness.

So it was with Allen. His greatness came with his devotion to his family. When Allen Jr. and Scott finished mowing the lawn, Allen would fire up filet mignons on the grill as a reward. Diane remembers a family vacation in the Davis Mountains when Allen used a routine encounter with the Border Patrol to open his heart to his children about issues of poverty and justice.

Scott recalls when Allen consoled him on the death of Scott's dog, Bear. Scott was a full grown man by then, but Allen held him and grieved with him and, Scott recalls. the I love yous came a lot easier.

As you might expect, there was Allen's whimsy to keep things fun over on Kansas street and how he looked forward to grandson Gabe's visits from the frozen tundra of Alaska. Casey and Lauren could always count on Randad to roll out the Lincoln Logs or be an attentive audience for a puppet show.

And there was the time when the family was driving down the Andrews Highway back in the 60's. Scott noticed that Big Red the Walt Disney film about an Irish setter was playing at the Chief Drive-In. Scott, as all kids do, though he'd give it a shot: Dad, Big Red's playing. Can we see it? You know, when you're a kid, you think that maybe, if you keep asking long enough, the adults will pencil you in a week or so Not Allen. Allen made a U-Turn on the highway and took the family to the movie.

In fact, family was the topic of what you might call my final exam as I visited Allen, my humor instructor, in the nursing home just a few weeks ago. He had lost his sight and his mobility. We were a long way from the Christmases at 504 North Loraine.

We were able to chat about family though. I noted that Scott, who married late, and his wife are expecting another child, the third in five years.

I told him, You know, Allen, it appears like 'ol Scott has found his range and is making up for lost time. I saw a twinkle in his eye. His mouth spread into a wide grin. A timid chuckle grew into a full-body guffaw and his shoulders, there in the bed, bounced like they were on trampolines.

Thanks for teaching me Allen. 
WEMPLE, Allen Abels (I5851)
32 Although Adam Wemple is referred to as WIMPLE in all these printed articles and in all the Oregon history books, there is some doubt that he may have spelled his name WEMPLE. In one paper I viewed in Salem in the State Capital Library, Adam signed his name with an E rather than an I. However in a family Bible owned by Morton Wimple, of Sloanville, NY, it shows that this entire branch of the family family spelled their name Wimple. DRW

Saturday, August 7, 1852


The wife of Adam E. Wimple was murdered in Polk county Oregon on the 1st of August, and an attempt was made to conceal the crime by setting fire to the house containing her remains. The home was totally destroyed, but the body was so far unconsumed as to be identified. The husband has fled, and it is supposed he was the murder. The sheriff of Polk county has offered five hundred dollars reward for his arrest, and parties are in pursuit of him. It is believed he has fled north, and will endeavor to escape on some vessel. He is described as being about thirty-five years of age, five feet ten inches high, and has black eyes. We have not been able to obtain fuller particulars of the foul deed. Wimple was married about 18 months since in Washington county, to a girl less than thirteen years of age. They quarreled soon after and parted. Mrs. W returned to her father. Subsequently they were reconciled, but it was said never lived happily together. He formally resided in Portland and we believe still owns property in that city.

LATER - Just as we were going to press we were informed that Wimple had been taken and was in irons in Polk county. We do not know whether the report is correct or not.

Saturday, August 14, 1852


Wimple has been examined before a justice, and committed to await his trial at the district court. The sheriff has notified Judge Nelson of the commitment. A special session may be holden for his trial.

We learn that the examination elicited the following facts. Wimple formally lived in Benton county; when the mines were discovered (in California DRW) he visited them and made considerable money. Returning about two years since, he sold his farm in Benton county and removed to Portland where he married a girl less than thirteen years of age (he being about thirty-five). He remained in Portland about eighteen months, during which time he and his wife quarreled and parted. They were afterwards reconciled, and lived together, but never happily. Last Fall he removed to Polk county - five miles south of Nesmith's mills - taking his wife, where he settled up a claim. The conduct of his wife displeased him more than ever, and increased his deep-seated jealousy. His own story is that on Saturday, the 1st of August, they had a quarrel; that she shot at him with a revolver; the ball passing through the sleeve of his shirt; that he caught the pistol from her hand and struck her with it on the head two or three times, which blows killed her; he placed the body under the floor of he house, locked the door, set fire to the building and fled to the hills, where was found on Tuesday, and taken without resistance.

It is said he as heretofore sustained the reputation of an honest, industrious and inoffensive man.

Saturday, September 11, 1852

Clackamas County District Court

The U.S. District Court for Clackamas County (in Oregon City) has been in session here during the present week. The first three days of the term were occupied by the trial of Wimple, an account of which will be found in another column.

Saturday, September 11, 1852


Adam E. Wimple, indicted for the murder of Mary Wimple, his wife, in Polk County, was brought to this county upon a change of venue, for trial. His trial commenced in this city on Monday, before Judge Nelson, and lasted until Wednesday evening, when the jury returned a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. They stood, upon first retiring, six for conviction of murder in the first and five in the second degree, and one undecided. After remaining out about one hour, they came in and asked if premeditation was sufficient evidence for a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. The court instructed them that it was, and they again retired, soon returning with the above-named verdict. The defendant's gave notice of a motion for the arrest of judgment, and for a new trial on the grounds of misdirection of the judge and that the verdict was against evidence. The motion was argued Tuesday evening, Mr. Deady in favor of, and Messrs. Campbell and Boice contra. It was denied by the Court, the counsel for the defense taking exception to the ruling. The sentence of the law was pronounced on Friday, and there, was that he be remanded back to Polk county, and there, on the 8th day of October, 1852, and between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. be hanged by the neck until he is dead.

The prisoner is about forty years of age and of about medium size. His countenance indicates a weak mind and a harmless disposition. He seemed to be perfectly indifferent during the trial, and scarcely conscious of what was going on around him. When the verdict was announced he exhibited no change and manifested no perceptible interest. The only occasions on which he manifested much sensation was when his domestic difficulties and the last tragic scene was referred to. Then he manifested much sensation, and was, sometimes effected to tears. He seems, from all the evidence, and from his conduct during the trial, to have been devotedly attached to his unfortunate wife, notwithstanding his destruction of her life. The prisoner was ably defended by M.P. Deady of Yamhill, and A.B.P. Wood of Polk county. The prosecution was also ably sustained by Messrs. Campbell and Thorton.

The jury was composed of the following persons: Harden Gammon, teamster; Wm. F. Highfield, watch-maker; Ronald Crawford, wharf-boat keeper; William Gird, grocer; Jno. Potter, shoemaker; Wm. S. Baker, farmer,; Jno. M. Bacon, farmer; Wm. Barlow, town proprietor; Thomas Waterbury, farmer; Wm. Hawkins, farmer; David Burnsides, mechanic; Orville Rislay, farmer. Eleven were preemptory challenged by the defense and two by the prosecution. Three were challenged by the defense and two by the prosecution for cause. Three had formed an opinion adverse to the prisoner's innocence, and two had conscientious scruples against rendering a verdict of guilty where punishment by death may follow.

A large number of witnessed were called on the part of the prosecution, who were aware mainly of the same set of facts. Several witnesses were also called on the part of the defense, who did not materially contradict the testimony of the witnesses for the prosecution. The evidence was, in substance, as follows: - they were married in the fall of 1850. In the course of a few months she left him and returned to she step father, with whom she formerly lived. Wimple instituted legal process and caused her to return to him. About six months before the murder he was heard to threaten to kill her if she ever left him again. On the morning of the murder, and two or three hours prior to its commission, persons were at Wimple's house, but saw nothing unusual. All the testimony described in his deportment towards her as being of a kind and affectionate character; hers towards him was shown to have been, on many occasions, rude and violent. The dwelling was found burned, and the burned bones of a body, together with a lump of flesh weighing five or six pounds and being a portion of one of the hips, was found among the ashes.

We believe, also, some rings and beads - identified as those sometimes worn by Mrs. Wimple - were found among the remains. No medical testimony was offered to prove that they were parts of a human body. Beyond this, the evidence of guilt depended entirely upon the prisoner's confessions. They were to the following effect: That, on the morning of the murder, his wife quarreled with him, tearing off his shirt, pulling his hair, and biting him in several places on the arm; and that while he was in the act of putting on another shirt, she caught up a pistol, and saying, By God, I can shoot as well as you or anybody else, fired at him, the ball passing through the shirt held in his hands; whereupon he seized the pistol and struck her three times on the head, felling her at the first or second blow, and she saying before the third was given, Don't kill me and I will go to the States with you. (He had desired her to go to the States with him, and she had refused to go.) He says he thought he had inflicted a mortal wound, and he stuck her the third time, to put her out of her misery. He then, for the first time, became conscious that he had killed her, and was very much troubled about it. He put the body in a hole under the floor, and, setting fire to the house, saddled his horse and fled, intending to destroy his own life, but he had no cap for his pistol, which he re-loaded, and therefore could not shoot himself as intended. He then ate many roots he supposed were poisonous, designing to destroy his life in that way. But they had no effect. He was found by Judge Nesmith in the woods. Seeing him at a distance, Wimple came towards him and inquired if Judge N had seen his horse, which he had lost. Judge N asked him if he knew his house was burned; he answered, No. The Judge then seized hold of his arms, and said, Wimple, I must tie you. He said, Very well, tie me then, and offered no resistance. He had the pistol with which the fatal deed was committed, and also a knife in his bosom. He also had of the shirt which he says received the pistol ball fired by his wife. Both that, and the pistol were produced in court. The shirt had a large hole through one of the sleeves, the edges of which were scorched and blackened. The pistol was a large one, of the kind commonly called a horse pistol.

It seems the when the prisoner left his wife, her life was not extinct, for the remains were found in one corner of the room, and not in the place where he says he put the body. She was probably but stunned by the blows inflicted with the pistol, and afterwards reviving, crawled to the corner of the room, where she was burned. When told of this fact, he manifested great sorrow, bursting into tears, and exclaiming, Is it possibly I didn't kill her, and that the poor, dear, thing was burnt to death?

After his arrest he made his escape, and, as he states, visited the ruins of his former residence, (about five miles distance) in the neighborhood of which he remained for two days and nights, but finally, getting hungry, he gave himself up. He says he has respectable relatives in New York, and does not want them disgraced by his execution. He has been in Oregon since 1845, and at one time had acquired considerable wealth. He dug about ten thousand dollars from the California mines (gold fields DRW). He established the character of an industrious, peaceful man as stated by several witnesses, a number of them called by the prosecution. His wife was less than thirteen years old when married, and from her own confessions had been unchaste both before and after the marriage.

Saturday, October 23, 1852


Before parting this life, I deem it my duty to make an open and full confession to the world of my past life and conduct. I was born in the State of New York, Oneida county, in the town of Lenox, in the month of December, 1815. I was raised by religious and upright parents, who spared no pains in teaching me religious and moral habits, and whose advice, had I taken, would have saved me from the shameful death that now awaits me. I remained in my native state 'till 1845, at which time I bid adieu to kindred and friends, and set to to seek a new home in this Territory. I arrived here in the month of October following, and on the 15th of that month took a claim on Mary's river, and proceeded to improve it. I resided on my claim 'till the autumn of '49 - then left my claim and went to the mines; came back in June following. My people had written to me to come home, so I concluded to sell my claim and go. I sold, and proceeded on my journey as far as Portland, O.T., and by persuasion of my friends bought property in that town and proceeded to improve it. About the 4th of July, I commenced keeping tavern. Sometime after rented my property, and peddled goods in Tuality Plains during the summer. In the fall left my goods at Mr. Davis' to be sold. In a short time afterwards, put up a store in that neighborhood. Soon afterwards Mr. Allen came to my store to buy goods, and observed that I was well situated, and ought to marry - observed that he had a fine girl at his house and would be much pleased to have me call over to see her. I told him I would come at some convenient time, but did not go. In about three weeks Allen came again and made known to me his desire as before. I told him I would come, and in a few days went - had a conversation with Miss Allen, (as she was called) and told her that I liked her appearance, and if she wished to marry and liked me, that I hoped she would make up her mind in a week, and I would come back. At the end of the week I went - asked her if she had made up her mind. She replied, I have, and could have told you before. She said that she wanted to get married soon. I told her to set the date, and she said, Next Sunday. I wanted to make a wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Mary said they didn't want to make any, and said for me not to tell any body about it. I asked Mary if she had any wedding clothes. She said that she had none. I told Mr. Allen to come to my store and get the necessary articles, which he did to the amount of $40.00. The next day came and we were married. Mr. Allen requested me to move to his house to live. I told him I could not. In a few days we went home accompanied by Mrs. Allen - (this was January, 1851). The next spring, by the permission of Mr. Allen, I moved my goods and family to his home, which many of my neighbors said was a bad move for me; but having the utmost confidence in Mr. Allen, I would not hear in them.

I soon saw my property was going to wreck, and that I must leave there if I wished to preserve my property, so I told Mr. Allen I was going to move home which made him, Mr. Allen, and my wife very angry. The more I insisted on going the more their anger appeared to increase. I told my wife we must leave - that it was our duty to take care of our property. We went, however, greatly to the displeasure of Mr. and Mrs. Allen and my wife. After staying at home sometime, Mr. Allen (being very much displeased with my situation) said that my wife was a fool to live with me, and if she would leave me he would protect her, and shortly afterwards she ran away. I went several times after her to get her to come back, but she would not come. Finally, Mr. Allen told me that if I would sign away half of my property to my wife that she would come back. I told him I would not, for all that I had was hers. He replied, If you do not you shall leave my premises and never come back. I then left Mr. Allen's and afterwards wrote a letter to my wife informing her that if she did not come back I would have her back by law; but she would not come. I than proceeded in law and got her back. I paid the cost rather than distress my mother-in-law. After this my wife would not live in that settlement, for the reason that the neighbors talked about her. She requested me to move to Polk county, near her uncle (Mr. Lee's) and I did so. After living there two or three months during which time they treated me very well - I moved to a claim that I bought of Mr. Jenkins. In a short time afterwards I left my wife at home with a girl of Mr. Bowman's and went to Portland [HE WENT ON A BUSINESS TRIP TO BUY GOODS FOR A BUSINESS HE PLANNED TO START. DRW], and returned in a few days. My wife told me that, during my absence, Mr. Cheory (who was living at Mr. Lee's) had insulted her on the highway, and she wanted me to take my pistol and blow his brains out. I told her I would not, but would tell Mr. Lee and if he was a gentleman he would drive him off. So my wife and I went to Lee's and I told him about Cheory, how he had acted towards my wife. He and Mr. and Mrs. Lee observed that he only said a few particular words to my wife. I told my wife that we had better go home and we went.

Previous to the of my wife we visited her grandfather's where we were well treated. They visited us during our stay here. My wife and I visited her parents every two or three months and we requested them to visit us. But they would pass by and not call. From the appearance of things I thought that was a pleasure for me unless I could change my situation. So I proposed to move to the States to my wife to which she consented. I then advertised my claim and property for sale. Soon afterwards we went to her mother's to stay for awhile while I was making preparations to go. In a few days I had an opportunity to sell my claim and had to go home to sign the deed. Previous to our leaving Mr. Allen's, Mrs. Allen said she was glad we were going to the States. That she believed it was best for us and that Mr. Allen would die in a few years and then she would come. Before leaving I gave Mrs. Allen $8.00 to buy my wife some dresses. I supposed she was willing and that was alright. We shook hands and parted in peace, little thinking that we would never see each other again. My wife, we took dinner at Mr. Shelton's on Yamhill. After we left my wife commenced abusing me; said that I made her tell a story; that I was the meanest man in the world; that she would not go with me anywhere and caught at my hair to pull it. I told her that I was not. She said I made her acknowledge to Mr. Allen's conduct towards her. I told her she knew better. She said, You should not have told my mother. I told her that she had told her mother first and that after long persuasion by her mother I told her. We had a very unpleasant time the remainder of the way home. After getting home, we went to bed peacefully. The next morning she told me that she would not go with me to the States. I ask her why she had not told me at her mother's so that we could have brought her clothes home. She said that I told her to leave them. I observed that I thought she was going with me to the States and that was the reason I I told her to leave them. This was Saturday morning. Sunday morning we had visitors. One of the ladies asked me how I got along. I told her I had not seen any peace since I was married. They stayed awhile and went home. I told Mr. Cox, one of the visitors, that my wife and I would pay them a visit in the evening and I intended to go not thinking what was to befall me. After they left, my wife commenced abusing me and saying that I had not seen any peace since marriage. I told her it was the truth, but if she would be a good girl that we would live happy. She said she treated me better than I deserved and she intended to leave me and started in the direction of Mr. Cox's. I went after her and persuaded her to come back. She came back. She got angry, caught hold of my shirt and tore it off and bit my arm. I told her to be a pretty girl and not do so. Then I went and sat down at the table and said, Oh, Mary, my beloved companion, I wished you would only hear to me and take my advise.

She replied, Yes, I'm a damned pretty, beloved companion. I asked her if she had a clean shirt. She said I had one in the other room. I went to put it on and when I was raising the shirt to put it over my head, she came in with my pistil in her hand and said, Damned you, I can shoot as well as you, and fired at me. I held the shirt in the same position and dodged to one side. The ball passed through the shirt sleeve, not the body. I became enraged. My brain appeared to turn up. I caught hold of the pistol and struck her on the head. She fell towards me with her face down. I followed up the blow and as I raised the pistil to strike a second blow she said in a low tone, I'll go the States. I struck her a second time and she expired. I then put her in the cellar and set fire to the house. I went out and caught my mare and saddled her and went and saw that she, my wife, was dead. I shut the door on my house and went in the direction of Mr. Foster's. When I got to the divide between my place and Mr. Foster's, I came to myself. I then began to think of what I had done. Oh, I had killed my beloved companion. I would give a thousand worlds that I had not done it. I then went on a long route to the mountains where I was taken.
Adam E. Wimple

I hereby certify to the above confession of Adam E. Wimple, that it is a true copy of ht original now in my possession.

B.F. Nichols,
Sheriff of Polk County

October 23, 1852

Letter from Adam's sister, Adaline Wood

Camden, N.Y.
July 30, 1852
My Dear Brother,

I must sit down to write you once more with trembling hand and it becomes my painful duty to inform you that our dear mother is no more. She is forever gone from your sight. And if you and I live as our dear and much loved mother did, we shall meet her again in heaven. She very often would say to me if she could see you once more on earth, if it was the Lord's will, and if not all was well. If the Lord would have it she would not murmur at the dealings of providence with me and she wanted us all to have the life of the righteous that we may never taste our deaths.

My dear brother, you cannot tell you how lonely I am without my dear mother. I feel to weep while writing you. It was not long since my dear mother and me, we were talking about you and saying that we should have a letter from you soon. For I have written to you last November and nothing. And Mother thought it was very long and I did and you did not answer my letter. I thought perhaps you did not receive it.

Oh, our mother, we truly had the most pious and devoted mother that I have ever known. Her life was exemplary and worthy of imitation. I cannot tell you all. If I could only see you and I am so lonely. I miss my dear mother every place in my house. She often would let every breath breathe a humble prayer. My mother died the nineteenth of July 1852 at five o'clock in the evening. She was so happy. She said, Sweet afflictions. I am happy within and I can taste and have sweet communication with my God. Oh, glory in the highest strains.

Dear Mother last illness was the hectic common faith. She said she should die and it was very sudden to me. I was not thinking that my dear mother was going to leave us so soon. She expired like a candle going out.
Do write soon.
I remain your affectionate sister,
Adaline Wood

P.S. Sister Sara is well and her family. Mr Wood sends his best respects to you and your wife and receives a great share of love from me to yourself and dear sister, Mary.

Oh, when will the time arrive. Oh, you cannot tell or feel the love of your mother as I do. My dear brother, you have been absent almost sixteen years from us. How can it be so? But it is so. I miss my dear mother. She was such a good and blessed mother and patient and mild and meek and humble. Always a smile on her face and loveliness. She looked so beautiful and one said she looked peacefully beautiful. The Lord's will be done, not mine.
Good night,
Adaline Wood

Dallas, Polk Co., Oregon
October 8, 1852

Dear Bush - Wimple was hanged at this place (the county seat) today, at 11 o'clock A.M. He ascended the gallows with a firm step, and appeared perfectly collected. He addressed the concourse for about ten minutes from the scaffold in a loud and distinct tone. His remarks were appropriate and dictated by ordinary sense. He stated that he had been raised by pious and affectionate parents; that he had visited this place only a few months previous for the purpose of seeing Everman hung and little thought he should be brought to the same ignominious end. He advised his hearers to read the Bible and obey it's precepts, and said if his deceased wife, Mr and Mrs. Allen had been Christians that he would never have been in his present situation. He appeared more rational than I ever saw him before confessing that he killed his wife, but declared that he could not have done it if he had been in his right mind. He was very penitent. He made no statements which conflicted with those before made. His confession (the confession is published in this number of the STATESMAN, and also the letter below to Ed. - States) was read in his presence, and he declared that it was correct and true. The letter from his sister, which he requested should be published with his confession, confirms the truth of his confession so far as it goes.

Before he was swung he offered up a prayer in a firm and audible voice. The order was then given, and he was launched into another state of existence. Before he had done struggling, the circus company were engaged in putting up the canvas and exhibited to a crowded audience in the evening. Such is the moral effect of executions.

Polk county is filling up rapidly with new emigrants. Yet there is room for just a few more.
Yours, & c., Western

Spring 1963
Vol. II Number 2 page 12
Later coming on the widened trail road that is into the Corvallis area, 1845, the only avenue of access for wagons to this part of the country, they choose locations about springs or near streams crossing this road. Thomas Reeves, Dan McKissick, Adam Wimple, Johnson Mulkey, with wagon drawn by a cow and a mare, James L. Mulkey and others, each of whom built a small temporary shack or hovel, spent the winter here or left someone on his claim. J.L. Mulkey, having lost his wife, left his nine children at a previous camp and hurried his permanent cabin to completion about 2 miles northwest of the post office's location of today and, with the family, occupied it April 16,1846. Late in the fall of 1845 men began to select claims along the Willamette River and near it. Among other was J.C. Avery (founder of Corvallis), William F. Dixon, H.C. Lewis, J.S. Kindall and others.

It is offered in the HISTORY OF CORVALLIS 1846-1900 by Bruce Martin that Adam E. Wemple (Wimple) may have been the one who named Mary's Peak, Mary's River and Marysville, later renamed Corvallis. This article also offered two other possibilities as how the name Mary came to be used, both of which have long escaped my memory. Mary's Peak is the most prominent peak in the Corvallis area and is to the west of the city. Mary's Peak can readily be seen while traveling along Interstate 5. Mary's River is more of a stream that floes through the section of land that Adam took up in 1845, under the terms of the Provisional Government of the Oregon Territory. The Provisional Government was formed by the citizens of the area before any government was available to give them the peace and comfort afforded citizens by a government. As soon as America claimed the northwest territory, the Provisional Government was disbanded in favor of the government of the Oregon Territory run by the Federal Government. (DRW)

October 8, 1852
Yesterday, Friday, was the day appointed for the execution of this unfortunate man for the murder of his wife several months since. And we suppose he suffered the penalty of the law in accordance with the sentence. Now he declared he would never hang. Several days previous to the time appointed for his execution, he attempted to escape by getting one of the guards to go out with him in obedience to a call of nature. When out he then jumped off from a high bank onto the creek and we were informed that he came near effecting his escape. but was retaken by the sheriff. He had loosened the irons from his legs. On being brought back he told the guard he would leave them yet, that he was not going to be hanged. He made his will and when our informant wrote, was having his confession written out. So far he did not vary from his former statements. 
WIMPLE, Adam Empie (I1887)
33 An excerpt from the book titled Community Spotlight: Leeds Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, and Prince Edward Counties, edited by Nick and Helma Mika, dated 1974. This particular excerpt if from the chapter on Millhaven written by Kathleen H. Gibson:

. . . Millhaven Inn was once the Wemp Hotel. Benjamin Wemp, my grandfather, owned it in the 1850's. The house had eighteen rooms, six fireplaces, and in the kitchen was a large fireplace with a Dutch oven at the end for baking bread. The first county court was held at this hotel. The house was passed on to my father, Frederick Wemp who lived there for seventy-five years.

At the east end of the house was our garden and my father plowed up pieces of flint and a tomahawk or two, so we presumed it was once an Indian burying ground.

The only landmark left on the farm which consisted of fifty acres of land on the north side of Highway 33 is a red barn, which was built seventy years ago, the timbers being drawn by horses and sleighs from The Rathbun Lumber Mill at Deseronto. . . .

WEMP, Benjamin (I1926)
34 An obituary from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, dated 5 December 1919:


The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. N.V. Wemple of Milford are sympathizing with them over the rather sudden and unexpected death of the eldest daughter, Maud, which occurred last Saturday night. The little girl, a bright and lovable child, suffered during the influenza epidemic of last year, and has not been in very good health since that time. Her death is thought to have been brought about as an after result or complications resulting from the influenza. The funeral took place Monday and was largely attended by friends and others who knew and loved the little girl. 
WEMPLE, Maude (I190)
35 An obituary sent to the compiler via email by Carol Keane on June 24, 1999:

COONS-February 24-1981; Eleanor Wemple, wife of the late C. Kenneth Coons of 1430 Valencia Road; mother of Charles W. Coons of Manilus, New York and Mrs. Horace S. (Nancy) Van Voast, III of Schenectady and Galway; sister of Mrs. Albert (Ethel) Carnright of Milford, Delaware and J. Veeder Wemple of Kerhonkson, New York. Also survived by seven grandchildren, Funeral services, 11 o'clock Friday morning at the First Reformed Church Union and Church Street, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church Street, Schenectady, 12305. Baxter's in charge of arrangements.
WEMPLE, Eleanor (I4157)
36 Andrew was Maria's cousin. DE GRAFF, Andrew (I2022)
37 Anna and Sarah were sisters. TIMMERMAN, Anna (I2451)
38 Annie Isabella Gunn was of Scotish ancestry, the Camerons and McKays having migrated from Scotland to Nova Scotia, and thence to Rhode Island. She came to California by boat around Cape Horn with her mother in 1851, locating first in Benica, Solano County, CA. GJW GUNN, Anna Isabella (I1826)
39 Annie May Smith Corey is in the center of the photo above. SMITH, Annie May (I3286)
40 Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ) - April 4, 2004

Deceased Name: Donald Lewis Wemple

Donald Lewis Wemple, celebrated 86 years of life from Sept. 18th, 1917 through March 9th, 2004. Retiring from Republic Steel in Ohio as a steel inspector, he moved to Arizona in 1970 with wife Ruth. Remaining family include daughter Pamela Kellogg, two grandsons; Randall Matthew Kellogg 24, and Joseph Donald Kellogg 19 respectively. He will be missed. In loving memory, God Bless You Dad. 
WEMPLE, Donald Lewis (I4852)
41 Article and obituary from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, dated 27 January 1922:



Percy N. Wemple, eleven-year-old son of N.V. was drowned Monday night while skating at the Fruit Growers' pond.

About 8:30 on Monday night while a crowd of about twenty-five people were scattered around the pond he skated into open water. O.O. Winn, without a moment's hesitation, jumped in after him and succeeded in getting hold of the boy, but had great trouble getting out himself. F.L. Shanklin, employment agent for the Fruit Growers' Supply Company, who was about 100 feet from the hole saw what had happened and threw a wooden spool to Winn. He then ran for a pike pole, but gave out before he could reach the scene of the accident and the pole was taken to Winn by another skater. By this time Winn had become so cold and numb that he had been unable to any longer hold young Wemple and had him securely held between his legs. Shanklin started to work over young Wemple, but stated at the coroner's inquest that there was no sign of life. Winn was in a very serious condition and both he and the boy were rushed to the Riverside hospital where the doctors worked over young Wemple for an hour, but without success.

There was no water in the boy's lungs and it was the doctor's opinion that he died from drowning in cold. The shock of the cold water was severe and it is believed he was dead before Winn reached him. Mr. Winn was in very serious condition for several days at the hospital, but is now on the rapid road to recovery.

Too much cannot be said of the heroism of Winn, who at the risk of his life and without a moment's hesitation jumped to the rescue of the drowning boy. Winn is the father of three little children. His wife died a year ago.

The funeral of young Wemple took place yesterday from the Methodist Church of Susanville, the Rev. Ira E. Price officiating. The students of the lower grades of the grammer school turned out en masse. Master Wemple was beloved by all and his loss is keenly felt. Many were the people who came in from the surrounding country to pay their last respects. Interment was in the Milford Cemetery. 
WEMPLE, Percy Nolan (I191)
42 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. THEODORE, Ann (I150)
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. HALLOWELL, Kay (I147)
44 Article from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, Susanville, California, Thursday, August 20, 1942 page 7c1-2:

Nadene Wemple Becomes Bride of Leroy Kayser in Reno Ceremony.

Miss Nadene Wemple, 19, and Leroy Kayser, 22, were married in Reno, Nevada, Thursday, August 18, at 8 o'clock p.m. at the home of the Reverand Brewster Adams. The ceremony was preformed by the Reverand William K. Sempey in the presence of a few close friends and relatives of the couple. Miss Naomi Wemple, twin sister of the bride and Eugene Kayser, brother of the bridegroom, were their only attendants.

This lovely and attractive bride chose to be married in a navy blue suit with matching accessories, and an orchid corsage, while her sister wore a brown outfit.

Immediately following the ceremony a wedding supper was served at the Colombo Cafe to the entire wedding part which included: Mr and Mrs. Leroy Kayser, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wemple, Phyllis and Frank Wemple of Wendel, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Kayser and Eugene Kayser of Stockton, Mrs. N.V. Wemple and Mrs. Naomi Wemple of Sacramento, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Wemple and Dana, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Davis, Fred Deal, Marion Larrea and Jack Marden, all of Susanville, Mr. and Mrs E.H. Shoupe, Mr. and Mrs. William Bronson and Mrs. Myron Bronson, all of Reno, Mr. and Mrs Harry Maritzen of San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. Kayser are graduates of the Lassen Union High School and were among the most popular members of Susanville's younger set. The new Mrs. Kayser has been employed by the Board of Equalization in Sacramento, but has now accepted a government position. The bridegroom enlisted in the Maritime Service and will return to his duties on September the first, his bride will remain in Sacramento. The couple are honeymooning at Lake Tahoe.

Obituary from the ALAMEDA TIMES/OAKLAND TRIBUNE, Oakland, California, 29 September 1999, page 6c1:


Nadene W. Kayser, a longtime resident of Alameda and member of a pioneer Northern California family passed away on September 26, 1999. She was born in Susanville, California. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leroy Kayser and her two children, Lindsay and Steven, six grandsons and
many loving family members. She was preceded in death by her identical
twin, Naomi.

Friends are invited to attend memorial to celebrate her life on Friday, October 1st, at the Bay Fairway Hall, 300 Island Drive, Alameda from 2 - 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Refer to web site

Nadene Wemple Kayser, 76, a member of a prominent Susanville Calif., pioneer family, died in Alameda, Calif. on Sept. 26, 1999. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leroy Kayser, her two children, Lindsay Hendricks and Steven Kayser; sister Phyllis Metz; brother Frank Wemple; brother-in-law Fred Metz, sister-in-law Nancy Wemple, son-in-law Peter Hendricks, grandsons Louks and Kyle, daughter-in-law Terri Kayser, grandsons Andrew, Beau, Christian and Daniel, and many loving family members. She was preceded in death by her identical twin, Naomi Netzorg in October 1978. A memorial to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 at Walton's Colonial Mortuary, 15 South Lassen St. in Susanville. A reception follows at the St. Francis Hotel on Main Street. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Burial services will be private. 
WEMPLE, Nadene (I285)
45 Article sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:


ABRAM H. WEMPLE is one of the oldest and best known citizens of Noble County, and continuously for over a half a century has lived on and worked out his prosperity on one farm. This farm home, which has so many associations for him and his family, is located in section 23 of Perry Township, a half mile north and three-quarters of a mile east of Ligonier.

He was born in Schenectady County, New York, October 8, 1841, son of John A. and Elizabeth (Strang) Wemple, both natives of New York State. His mother was born in New York City. After their marriage they came to Indiana in 1855, locating in Clear Spring Township of LaGrange County. They were farmers in that community, and were active members of the Reformed Church, of which John A. Wemple was a deacon and otherwise active. He was a democrat in political affiliations. Of ten children five are living, Abram H.; Angelica, widow of Bartlet Smith; James V., a farmer in Michigan; Elias C., who lives on a farm at Valentine in LaGrange County; and Elijah P., of Topeka, Indiana.

Abram H. Wemple was fourteen years old when his parents first come to LaGrange County. the following year his father returned to New York State, and it was not until the fall of 1859 that the family settled permanently in LaGrange County. Abraham therefore acquired his education partly in public schools in LaGrange County. He lived at home until the age of twenty-four.

On December 28, 1865, he married Lavina Nelson. She was born in New York State, October 13, 1845, and was brought to Indiana at the age of two years, her people being neighbor to the Wemples in LaGrange County. Mr. and Mrs. Wemple lived for one year with her parents, but in 1867 came to the farm where they have had their home for over a half a century. Mr. Wemple has not only kept up his own land and improvements, but has witnessed a remarkable transformation in many ways that enhance the value and attractiveness of country life. He has a good farm of 120 acres, is a stockholder in the Farmers and Merchants Trust Company and the Co-operative Elevator in Ligonier, and is still managing his various business interests.

Mr. and Mrs. Wemple had four children: Charles N., who was educated in the common and high schools, is married and lives in Perry Township; Clarence E, finished his education in high school and lives in Ligonier; Cora L. was a student in the Ligonier High School and is the wife of Delano Oliver and has one daughter, Mildred, who is a graduate of high school; and Arvilla, who finished her education in the Ligonier High School and is the wife of Charles Straub, of Goshen. Mr. Wemple has three grandchildren. He and his family are members of the United Brethren Church at Ligonier and he is one of its trustees. In politics he is a democrat. 
WEMPLE, Abraham Henry (I1334)
46 Article sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:


ELIAS C. WEMPLE has lived since early infancy in LaGrange County, grew up on a farm, adapted agriculture as his mainstay in life, and is now proprietor of a good farm in Johnson Township. He has fared equally well in the esteem of his community, and made a splendid record during the time he served as township trustee.

Mr. Wemple was born in Schenectady, New York, December 28, 1857, son of John A. and Elizabeth (Strang) Wemple. His parents were natives of New York, and after their marriage came to Indiana, and from that time until their death lived in Clear Springs Township of LaGrange County. Five of their children are still living: Abraham, of Perry Township, Noble County; Angelica, widow of Hiram B. Smith; James, of Wexford County, Michigan; Elijah P. of Topeka, Indiana; and Elias C.

Elias C. Wemple was eighteen months old when his parents came to LaGrange County, and he grew up here and was educated in the common schools. He lived at home with his parents until he was twenty-eight years old. In 1886 he married Mathilda E. Baugher. She is a native of LaGrange County and made good use of her early advantage in the common schools and the Ontario Normal and for seventeen years was a successful and popular teacher. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wemple began farming north of Valentine, and in 1890 moved to their present place a half a mile west of that village. Mr. Wemple has 72 1/2 acres devoted to general farming and stock raising.

He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias Lodge and also with the Knights of the Maccabees. He is past chancellor and member of the Grand Lodge, and Mrs. Wemple is past chief of the Pythian Sisters. Mr. Wemple was elected to the office of township trustee on the democratic ticket. 
WEMPLE, Elias Carpenter (I1341)
47 As a young man, he went to Canajoharie, apprenticed himself to a blacksmith, learned the trade, became an expert mechanic and followed his trade all this active life in Mohawk. WBW

The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.

He was born in Caughnawaga, July 30, 1769. Married Angelica Zielley, April 1793. Died August 19, 1850. Angelica was born December 29, 1776 and died December 1, 1855. 
WEMPLE, Douw (I1753)
48 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. BAVARO, Peter James (I12527)
49 As of this date nothing is known about Jan Barentse Wemp before his migration to the Rensselaer Dutch colony in the new world, other than his father's name was Barent. This colony was located near the present town of Albany, NY. There are some indications that he may have sailed on the Dutch ship den Houttuyn, which arrived in at Schuyler Flatts on the Hudson River on in 1640, but no records verifying this can be found. There are other ships that sailed from Holland to the new world during this time period on which he could have sailed. There are also some indications that Jan may have served as an indentured servant for Killean Van Rensselaer on his farm as a herder of livestock from 1640 to 1645. This is partially based on his nickname of Poest, which had a variety of meanings in the Dutch language, including noisy-herder. Of course, Jan could have worked for wages during these years of working for Killean Van Rensselaer. In any event our forefather was from a humble beginning.

The first recordation of Jan Wemp a record called the Van Rensselaer Manuscripts. This record is discussed in an article written by William C. Wemple, and originally published in the MOHAWK VALLEY DEMOCTAT in 1938. This article says that the immigrant was placed in charge of the farm at Rensselaerwyck on April 10, 1645 for L300 a year. The article continues that on June 11. 1646, Jan was relieved of his duties because of, as stated in the Dutch language, sportlingh met de Wilden or translated into English trouble with the Indians. William C. Wemple s article does not clearly say why Jan Wemp was relived on his duties, and his article does not go into any detail of what the trouble with the Indians exactly was. In speculation, it could have been his lack of ability to get along with the local natives, or it could have been that the natives simply could not get along with Jan Wemp. In any event, Killean Van Rensselaer felt it was to his interest that Jan be relieved of his duties.

Records of Jan Wemp s life are available for research in the New York State Library and elsewhere in New York and continue on to past his death in 1663 as his widow remarries and continues on with her life.

A sad, side note: In all my research have I been able to find that the Wemple name is connected in any way with van or von. Nowhere in Holland or Germany is there a village, town, city or province by the name of Wemple, so the wish that we are somehow named Van Wemple is incongruous. It is simply not possible, so we ll just have to content ourselves with being plain old Wemps/Wemples.

The following is from the work of William Barent Wemple, the original compiler of the family s genealogy who worked on the family tree from about 1885 to 1913. The main subject of what immediately follows is about the two names that Jan went by, Wemp and Poest, and that Jan is in fact both Wemp and Poest:

Of the large number of public records on file in the office of the County Clerk, Albany, N.Y., in the New York State Library, Albany, N.Y., and in possession of the Van Rensselaer family, Albany, N.Y., relating to Jan Barentsen Wemple, they all, with three or four exceptions, give his name as Wemp. The very few and unimportant exceptions give his name as Poest. While it has always been assumed and stated by such historians as Pearson, Munsell, and those following them, that Wemp and Poest were the same person, there has never been any actual proof of this fact until the compiler discovered among the Rensselaerwyck papers, owned by Mr. William Bayard Van Rensselaer, Albany, N.Y., the following original bill (written in Dutch and translated):

Jan Barentsz Wemp is indebted this day, April 19, 1659, at Amsterdam: hired for him a boy, named Christiaen Christiaensz, to whom I have advanced (the following) which shall be deducted from his wages in New Netherlands,

First a suit of clothes, at: f 4 10

also bought and paid for him a straw-bed, a blanket, a pillow, and a red cap, together: f 2 16

also, 3 pairs of shoes at 30 stivers a pair, and 3 shirts at 28 st. a piece, together: f 8 14

also, 2 pairs of stockings at 14 st. a pair, a chest at 32 st., also 14 st. worth of thread and lacing-strings: f 3 14

Total: f19 14

(here) follow the expenses advanced by me and which must not be deducted from the boy's (wages) for the contract: f1 4

for the passport and bringing on board of his chest and straw-bed: f1 0

expenses in hunting up the boy and the labors who returned the handmoney, or godspenny and, (for) my trouble: f5 0

Total: f26 18

Please pay this sum of f 26 18 with one percent (advance) to my brother, Jeremias in N(ew) Netherland.

Jan Baptist Van Rensselaer.

(Reverse Side)

No. 7
Account of Jan barentsz poest
(His mark) X

I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct translation of the original and was made by me.
(signed) Arnold J.F. van Laer
Archivist, N.Y. State Library. Albany, N.Y., June 29, 1904

William Barent Wemple continues his account of how, in his opinion, the immigrant came by his name of Wemp:

The above original account is proof positive that Wemp and Poest were one and the same person, because the face of it was made out in Amsterdam, Holland, at the home-office and headquarters of the Rensselaerwyck Colony, and there they would be very careful to write the name as nearly correct as possible and it is borne out by the records in the Colony itself that it was so done. The account was sent over to the Colony at Albany, from Holland, for collection against Wemp's account. When received at the Colony, it was folded for filing away, and on the back of the account was endorsed its number (7) and the name of the debtor. Instead of endorsing the debtor's correct name of the back, the clerk endorsed the nickname by which Wemp was sometimes known, being that of Poest. From the evidence of the records, it is apparent he was not called that to the exclusion of his correct name, as was the case in many instances. It was customary at that period in our history, when patronymics were comparatively rare excepting among the more prominent families, to give a man a name that derived its significance from his occupation, place of residence in the mother country or here, prominence or defect of some mental or physical characteristic, and in fact, jokes and unusual situations have contributed to fasten names upon men that have descended to the present generation. In other cases men have borne a regular family name and have been given an additional one derived from some of the above-mentioned sources.

Others have different observations. As an example, a Nancy M. Zeller, who was Assistant to the Translator in the New Netherland Project had the following to say in some papers she sent to David R. Wemple on February 18, 1987. One genealogy says he came from Peest in Drethe, (Holland), but poest is an old Dutch word meaning stable boy. Wemp or wemple (wimple) has something to do with cloth; he (the immigrant) probably took the surname after migrating to distinguish from other Barentszs (that were in the colony.)

Let us continue with the writing of William Barent Wemple:

Another record which indicated that he was from Holland is one on file in Albany, (N.Y.) County Clerk's office in a book labeled Mortgages, No. 1, 1652-1660, on page 158 thereof dated July 15, 1659, wherein is recorded a suit brought by Wemp against Adrian Symonson for the recovery of 15 beavers which the deft. has taken with him to Holland to deliver to plaintiff's wife but which she has not received. This shows that Wemp's wife was on a visit to Holland in 1659 and presumptive evidence that they were Netherlanders.

Although in the records relating to the first ancestor of this family in America the name is universally written Wemp there is good reason for believing that the correct form was Wemple as used at the present day by the majority of the family. Commencing with the grandchildren of the immigrant, the records sometimes speak of the same person as Wemp and at others as Wemple. With the next generation the name is almost always written Wemple. A more convincing proof, however, is a very old silver cup which belonged to the immigrant and now in the possession of Mrs. B. Lansing Wagner, Baltimore, Md., which bears the date 1657 and his name in full Jan Baerensen Wimpel: . . .

While it is thought by many in the family that Jan Barentse Wemp was Dutch and came from Holland, there is no proof of this. There is some evidence that he came from one of the German proveniences, such as Bavaria. One thing that happened to the latest compiler is years ago he had contact with a German immigrant who exclaimed when he found his last name was Wemple, Oh, you are German. I served in World War I under a Lieutenant Wemple. Today in looking through phone books of Germany one will find Wemples and Wemps listed. However, the name Wempe seems to be from a different root than ours.

The following are Excerpts from THE MOHAWK VALLEY: ITS LEGENDS AND ITS HISTORY, 1608-1780, author W. May Reid, pg. 298 sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1996:

One of the most noteworthy of those sturdy Dutchmen, next to Van Curler (or Van Corlear), was Jan Barentse Wemp, who arrived in this country and located in Beverwyck, in 1643 or 1645. . . The suffix, SE, to the name Barent, indicates that he was the son of Barent. . . .

Page 299 of the same article continues:

Jan Barentse Wemp, the elder, was one of the original fourteen pioneers who settled in Schenectady in 1662. It is said that Governor Stuyvesant granted the first patent of land (an island at the town of Schenectady) in 1662, to Jan Barentse Wemp and Jacques Cornelise Van Slyck, a half-breed. This island was sometimes called Wemp's Island, and is now known as Van Slyck's Island. Jan's name is connected very closely with the early history among many of the prominent families of the whole Mohawk Valley.

Michael Lee Wemple also submitted the following paper to the compiler on the same date:

Manuscript furnished by William C. Wemple, Amsterdam, NY and originally published in the MOHAWK VALLEY DEMOCRAT newspaper. 1938-1939

. . . It has been stated by such historians as Pearson and Munsell, that Jan Barentse Wemp and Poest were one and the same person.

This, however, does not prove that Poest was the surname, for a large number of records on file in the office of the County Clerk at Albany, in the New York State Library, and in the possession of the Van Rensselaer family, relating to Jan Barentse Wemp, they all with three or four exceptions give the name as Wemp, Wimp. Wempel, Wymple or Wemple.

In a few unimportant cases it is given as Poest and after some study, Mr. A.J. F. Van Laer (archivist of the New York State Library) says he believes it to have been used as a nickname only, . . . He does not think poest was the town from which he came as it never written van poest.

From April 10, 1645 to June 11, 1646, he had charge of the patroons farm called de Vlackte and during that period is credited with wages at the rate of three hundred pounds a year for the service of himself and his wife.

He left de Vlackte June 11, 1646 on account of some sportlingh met de Wilden (trouble with the Indians) and August 13, 1646 agreed to take charge of the saw and gristmill on the fifth creek for the term of 5 years at wages of thirteen pounds a month and one hundred pounds a year for board. . . .

March 20, 1647, with Andries Herbertaz, he took a lease of land south of Jan Dircksz from Brennen and east of Albert Andriesz along the creek of Castle Island and the Mill (Normanskill) for six years at an annual rate of 275 pounds.

Andries Herbertsz changed his plans and Jan Barentsz agreed to carry out the terms of the contract alone. He remained in possession of this farm till November 1, 1654, when he took over the farm of Thomas Chambers, situated on the east side of the river on what later was known as the Poesten Kill, as far as records show the farm of Thomas Chambers was the first to be established on the east side of the river, north of the present day city of Rensselaer while the tract on which it was located way probably the first to be purchased from the Indians in that vicinity. . . . In 1661 he owned a house which was leased by Jeremian van Rensselaer for the use of the schout, Gerard Swart.

Jan Barentsz obtained a lot adjoining the stockade (Albany) and north of Thomas Jansz February 1, 1653. (Van Rensselaer Manuscripts.)

The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never before published:

As near as it is possible to determine from the evidence now in existence, Jan Barentsen Wemp was born about the year 1620. He emigrated to America previous to 1645, for in that year he was established in this country in Rensselaerwyck Colony, as is evidenced by the original accounts with him in the papers of the Colony now in possession of Mr. William Van Rensselaer, Albany, NY. These papers are written in Dutch and several have been translated for this work.

Document No.1 is the oldest record mentioning his name so far discovered and while this account was commenced in the year 1646, it contains a credit of 97 pounds of bacon, furnished to ME in 1645 and debits him with a transfer from Ledger F, page 73 the first showing conclusively his presence in the colony in 1645 and the latter that he had an earlier account in Leger F, but this book unfortunately cannot now be found.

Note: Document No.1, referred to above, as well as other documents hereafter referred to can be found in the printed version of the Forth Edition of the family book titled THE DESCENDANTS OF JAM BARENTSE WEMP, dated March 9, 2001. The documents are not available in the computer file maintained by Alan Salls at web site Continuing with the work of William Barent Wemple:

The accounts between him and the Van Rensselaers run continuously down to the time of his death, and after that event, with his widow, until 1675, when they cease, but as they mostly charge him with rent of land and credit him with grain and various field products, etc., they are not of importance and would needlessly encumber this work, so it was deemed advisable to translate and exhibit only the first and last accounts (see documents Nos. 1. 2)

It will be observed that the last account shows his widow to be the wife of Sweer Theunissen (Van Velson); the reason, no doubt, for no more accounts appearing, is owning to the fact of all the family interests having been transferred by this time to Schenectady, to which place they had removed a few years before.

Documents Nos. 3, 4, and 5 are translations of the original bills against Jan Barentsen Wemp, which were made out in Amsterdam, Holland, and transmitted to the Director of the Colony for collection. They are interesting as showing the business customs of those days and the first (No. 3) is of great importance for another object, viz:

Many of the early settlers were called by other than their proper names and it was not unusual for these nicknames to be used so extensively that the real name was eventually lost.

Jan Barentsen Wemp was also called Jan Barentsen POEST (pronounced POOST) and document No. 3 proves this fact. In Holland, where care would naturally be taken to make a bill out in a person's proper and legal name, it is written on the face, in the body, Wemp, but after it came over here and was folded up to file away for future reference. The person doing this inscribed on the back of the bill the number and the name Poest by which the debtor was frequently called in the colony.

In 1659, he bought from the Indian proprietors a farm lying about seven miles in a northeasterly direction from Albany. The farm was located within the present limits of the city of Troy and is the first purchase of land in that city or vicinity of which where is any recorded mention (see document No. 25). This farm was traversed by a steam called the Poestenkil and the name derived its origin from Jan Barentsen Wemp's nickname of Poest; it literally means Poest's creek. Through all the changing time since them, the name of Poestenkil has clung to this creek and on its banks a village has sprung up which bears the very same name, as does also the township in which the village of situated.

Wemp built a sawmill on the Poestenkil, which was known as the Poesten mill, and he was about to launch forth on quite an extensive enterprise just at the time of his death, in 1663. After that occurrence, his heirs sold this property (see documents Nos. 32, 33).

. . . April 29, 1653, he sues Marten de Brouwer for the payment of 2000 bricks and the court record of May 13, 1653 shows that the parties satisfactorily settled it out of Court (see document No. 6).

March 16, 1655, he sues Claes Garritsz for breaking a wagon (see document No. 6). Cornelis Cornelisse and Thomas Powell, on July 24, 1658, deed a lot in the village of Beverwyck to him and as it is bounded on the north by his own property. It evidently is not his first purchase, although the record of a former one is not now in existence (see document No. 7).

April 21, 1661, he enters into a contract with Cornelis Woutersz, whereby the latter agrees to repair and lengthen the barn used by Wemp, located and the Patroon's farm (see document No. 8).

Cornelis Bogaert rents a house and lot, situated in the Colony of Rensselaerwyck, of Wemp s on April 22,1661 (see document No. 9).

A bond was executed in Wemp's favor June 13, 1661, by Aert Peetersz Jack of Esopus (Kingston), to secure the payment of 106 schepels of wheat and a new hat for Wemp's son, for a horse Wemp had sold to Jack (see document No. 10).

The same day, Aert Peetrsz Jack also empowers Wemp to purchase two mares for him (see document No. 11), which in due course of time was done, so that on September 7, 1661 a bill of sale, with stipulation, is recorded (see document No. 12).

Evert Pels deeds to Wemp a house and garden, on February 4, 1662, which was situated in Fort Orange and constituted a portion of the eastern curtain of the fort (see document No. 13).

Jan Barentsen Wemp and Marten Mauwerensz hire Hendrick Arentse, the sugar-baker, to work their farm at Schenectady for one year from September 16, 1662 (see document No. 14).

Governor Stuyvesant grants to Jan Barentsen Wemp and Jacques Cornelisse (Van Slyck) the great island, lying immediately west of Schenectady, in the Mohawk river, on November 12, 1662 (see document No. 15).
. . . Before the Dutch government would grant a title to any Indian lands, those desiring the lands was obliged to first pay the Indians and secure an Indian deed to the property; after that was accomplished the governor would then issue a grant. Pearson says that in 1661, Arent Van Curler had extinguished the Indian title to a great deal of land at Schenectady and the following spring, with little company of pioneers, commenced the first settlement. Two years later the lands were surveyed, allotted and patented to fifteen persons, a portion of whom being non-residents, sold out their rights to permanent settlers. (preface to GENEALOGIES OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY, Jonathan Pearson).

In document No. 14, where Arentse agrees to work for Wemp and Mauwerensz on their farm at Schenectady, the date of the contract is only two months prior to the grant of the island in document No.15, hence the Indian title to the island must have been extinguished before September 16, 1662. About that time also, Marten Mauwerensz must have died, for when the formal grant (document No.15) was given by the governor, Mauwerensz is not mentioned as the other grantee with Wemp but the grant names Jacques Cornelisse, in his quality as brother and heir of Marten Mourits. This island has been known as Marten's, Wemp's, and Van Slyck's island, the last one being the most universal designation, and the patent granted in 1662 for it, antedates by nearly two years that of any other land at Schenectady. More wonderful still, this patent for the very first grant of land at Schenectady has survived all the vicissitudes of pioneer life and even the burning of the village in 1690, as it is yet in existence and in the possession of Union College library in Schenectady.

In volume 10, page 137, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS (State Library, Albany, NY) are the original minutes of this proceedings of the Council which governed the Colony, and in them is recorded that a petition was received from the land owners of Schenectady, dated May 18, 1663, in which the proprietors pray that the Governor send up a surveyor to allot the undivided lands among them, in order that each one could know exactly what portion was to be his. Although Jan Barentsen Wemp was living in Beverwyck, yet, as an owner of land at Schenectady and a prospective beneficiary in the land division, he signed the petition. The Men who united in making the request of the Governor, numbered fifteen and they are always spoken of and known as the fifteen original proprietors of Schenectady. Wemp died before the apportionment was made but his heirs must have benefited by the final allotment, for Pearson, in his HISTORY OF THE SCHENECTADY PATENT, says, Wemp's village lot was on the west side of Washington street, commencing on the north side of the lot of Charles Thompson, and extending southward 166 feet more or less, and westward to the river. This lot was inherited by his son Myndert, who was killed in the massacre of 1690.

. . . It seems that Jan Barentsen Wemp furnished Aert Pietersz Jack, whose name also appears in previous documents, considerable money with which to purchase and equip Jack's farm at Esopus (now Kingston), which was not repaid, for, on January 10, 1664, Maritie Mynderts, Wemp's widow, appointed three agents who were to proceed to Esopus and after inventorying Jack's property, take possession of it for her benefit (see document Nos. 18, 12a). They must have been unable to accomplish this, for, on April 25, 1664, in an appeal to the Director General and Council of New Netherland, her agents recited the fact that certain creditors had disposed of some of Jack's property and received the money for the same, therefore, they petition, to have all such actions stopped (see document No. 19).

On the same day, the Director General in a letter to the court of Esopus admonished them to proceed with care and to take charge of the moneys, in order that all may receive their just share (see document No. 20). The paper appointing the three agents (document No. 18) states the fact that Maritie Mynderts was at the time living in the Colony of Rensselaerwyck, and as this was hardly a year after the death of her husband, is quite conclusive evidence of the not having resided there.

Maritie Mynderts leases to Jacques Cornelise Van Slyck her one half of the island at Schenectady, for four years from May 13, 1664 (see document No. 21). The other half of the island was owned by Van Slyck. This lease is an interesting exhibition of the customs of those days.

She sells to Jan Cornelisz Van der Heyden (her brother-in-law) and Poulus Cornilisz, some kind of a boat or vessel, for $400.00, on May 22, 1664 (see document No. 22). On June 12, 1664, Maritie Mynderts, widow of Jan Barentsen Wemp, was about to marry Sweer Theunissen Van Westbroeck (who was also known by the name of Sweer Theunissen Van Velsen), and before the ceremony was performed, they entered into an agreement with the guardians of the children brought forth between herself and Wemp, concerning the settlement upon them of a portion of the father's estate (see document No. 23). On the same day, Maritie Mynderts and Sweer Theunissen Van Westbroeck, made an ante-nuptial contract in regards to the contemplated marriage and its stipulations include the conditions that, in the event of the mother's death, the children shall receive $640.00 from her estate in addition to the portion settled on them from their father's property by preceding agreement (see document No. 24).

Document No. 23 is an exceedingly valuable record from a genealogical standpoint, as it is positive proof of the names and ages of Jan Barentsen Wemp's children and is attested by the signature of the mother, together with those of her future husband, the children's guardian, the officer of the Colony at Rensselaerwyck, and the famous Arent Van Curler, commissioner. It also mentions sufficient property, which has been pledged for the execution of its terms, to show that Jan Barentsen Wemp, who although a comparatively young man of about 45 years at the time of his death, was what might be called moderately wealthy man of those days, even though all personal property, and doubtless other real estate, is not spoken on in the contract.

After Sweer Theunissen Van Westbroeck's marriage with Jan Barentsen Wemp's widow, the property of Wemp passed into his possession, according to law, and when the New Netherlands were transferred by the Dutch into the hands of the English, the latter government guaranteed unto every landowner a peaceful possession of his lands by granting a confirmation of the title; as a result of this, Sweer Theunissen had confirmed unto him, in 1667, a farm (Poesten Bouwery) in the Colony. This farm was that containing Poesten Mill, on the Poestenkil, and a portion of it Sweer Theunissen sold to Jan Cornelissen Vyselaer and Luyear Pietersen Coeymans in 1675 (see document No. 33); the remainder, in 1679 (he sold) to Pieter Pieterse Van Waggelen (document No 37). The one half of Marten's Island at Schenectady and a house and lot in Beaverwyck, all formally belonging to Wemp.

. . . As shown in document No. 30, Sweer Theunissen was living in the Colony of Rensselaerwyck May 27, 1699, and engaged in farming, but shortly after he must have removed to Schenectady, with his wife and Wemp's children, for in his petition to the Governor for a redress of grievances, he recites that he did build at Schenectady a corn-mill and made a contract with the community, January 28, 1669, by which it was agreed that he should enjoy all the privileges of any miller in the county. . . .

. . . Jan Barentsen Wemp's lot situated in Albany, which was confirmed to Van Velsen, April 15, 1667 (see document No. 27). The latter sold (the lot) to Woulter Aerse Raemmaker, June 12, 1678; the house had been preciously taken down and removed to Schenectady. Pearsons claims that this lot was situated on the west corner of Broadway and Van Tromp street, in Albany (see document No. 36).

Van Velsen also sold to Pieter Pietersen Van Waggelen, May 6, 1679, all that remained of Wemp's farm, called Poesten Bouwery, which was not included in the sale of the Poesten Mill and four acres of ground conveyed in 1675 to Vyselaer and Coeymans (see document No. 37).

For the consideration of agreeing to provide Jacob Hevick with board and clothing as long as he lived, and upon his death, to decently bury him, Hevick's wife conveys to Van Velson her home and barn together with five lots of land situated on Lubberde Landt (Troy) September 1, 1680 (see document No. 38. The five lots of land were conveyed to Henry Lansing on March 8, 1694 (see document No. 42). On March 6, 1682/3, Sweer Theunissen is sued by the guardians of Jan Barentsen Wemp's children for an accounting of the property and a division among the surviving children of their sister Grietje's share in her father's estate, she having died in 1665, aged fourteen years (see document No. 39). The guardians won the case and Van Velsen appealed from the verdict but it was sustained.

Sander Lendetse Glen, John Van Epps and Sweer Theunissen Van Velson having purchased from the Indians proprietors, July 3, 1672, the land which was included in the Schenectady Patent, comprising 16 miles along the river and four miles back on both sides, a patent was granted for this territory, November 1, 1684, into William Teller, Reyer Schermerhorn, Sweer Theunissen Van Velson, John Van Epps and Myndert Wemp, as trustees and representatives of the inhabitants of Schenectady.

Sweer Theunissen Van Velson and his wife Marite Mynderts were both slain in the massacre of Schenectady, February 9, 1689/90, when the village was destroyed by the French and Indians, and on the 26th of February an agreement for the settlement and division of their property was concluded between the surviving heirs, who were Myndert Janse Wemp wife and children, Antie Janse Wemp, (wife of Captain Sander Glen), and Barent Janse Wemp. Grietje, as has been previously shown, died in 1665; Aeltie must have died before this time without issue, or else she or he heirs would have been included; Myndert was killed during the massacre. Van Velsen had no children at the time of his death. This last fact is attested by a petition gotten up by the inhabitants of Schenectady, dated October 10, 1702, praying the Governor and Council that the power of electing new trustees under the patent be granted them, which states and since ye said Sweer Theunissen is deceased without leaving an heir.

. . . This settlement was, however, never effected, because they learned that Van Velsen by certain witness of true and trusty persons had made and bequeathed in his last will and testament that Nether dutch Reformed Church of Shinnectady as an heir to a part of his estate. Owing to the disappearance of the will at the time of the massacre, they did not know what portion of his property had been devised to the church, and while the church had no legal claim to any portion of the estate, yet, as they did not desire y't y'e aforesaid Nether dutch Reformed Church should in any wise be a loser of their right, they conveyed to the church, by deed of April 15, 1696, the corn-mill, together with a large tract of accompanying land (see document No 43).

. . . In 1654, Jan Barentsen Wemp rented a farm of the Patroon, in Rensselaerwyck Colony, until May 1, 1659, and on August 21, 1658, the lease was extended two years, or until May 1, 1661 (see document No. 2 1/2).

The following excerpt is from a book titled MOHAWK FRONTIER: THE DUTCH COMMUNITY OF SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK, 1661-1710 by Thomas E. Burke, Jr., loaned to the compiler by William Westbrook Wemple, page 63:

. . . Before his death in 1690 van Velsen operated a gristmill and owned land, buildings, horses and slaves. All this was far removed from November 1660, when Sweer Teunissen from Velsen near Arnhem in the Netherlands was engaged to come to Rensselaerwyck to serve as a hired hand on the farm operated by Jan Barentsen Wemp. Wemp had been at the colony since the 1640's, owning or working several farms and operating a sawmill and gristmill for the patroon. In 1651 he supervised a stately farm near the Normanskill, consisting of fourteen morgens of land and including eight horses and nine cows. Wemp exchanged this property for a larger farm on the east side if the Hudson River on what would later be known as Poestenkil. In 1661 his home was fine enough to be leased by Jeremias van Rensselaer for use by the colony's schout. Under Wemp's tutelage, van Velsen would have acquired a solid knowledge of farm labor and millwork. Starting as a servant, he rose rapidly. After Wemp's death, van Velsen married his widow, probably in June of 1664, and with his new wife and four stepchildren removed to Schenectady. Before his death, Jan Barentsen Wemp had been one of the fourteen proprietors of the new community. . . .

WEMPLE, Jan Barentse (I603)
50 At his funeral the compiler, aged 9 at the time, heard a community member saying, He never had an enemy in his whole life. He was loved by his whole family and his family sadly missed and mourned him when he died at the young age 67 in 1940.

Jay was given the name J.C. at birth. After he and Libby were married, Libby had him change his name to Jay C. to end the confusion over the mail (with Jay's father, Joseph C). Jay was a farmer in Milford, CA. DRW

A tribute to J.C. & Libby Wemple from DFD
by Dave F. Dozier, M.D.:

This tribute is written for the descendants of two of the most wonderful parents anyone could ever know of. Often it is difficult for children to write with the freedom which others may use in telling of a precious home and the life therein. Having known the family for seventy years, I want to tell of the life in this blessed home. Such was was the home of Jay and Libby.

Jay Wemple and Libby Decious both grew up in Milford and attended the Milford School. Grandfather Joseph Wemple named the town and in fact bought the land which became the base of all the Wemple ranches from Peter Lassen himself.* Truly, this is the story of the beautiful love between husband and wife which thrived as long as life permitted. Every child was wanted, made welcome and secure within the family and the older brothers and sisters. No one knowing the family ever beheld a more close knit, happy and affectionate family group - all for each and each for all! There were ten children - five boys and five girls. God called one little fellow early in life and one fine son was called in the full glow of manhood. As this is written, in 1984, the eight surviving are all known to be fine men and gracious ladies whose friendship is cherished by all who know them. In the early years it was Jay's great joy after chores were done, to come into the house and pick up the youngest, bringing coos and laughs from the infant while Libby and the daughters, who were learning priceless cooking skills, readied the evening meal.

The home was a large two story ranch home with generous room for all. And what living and what wonderful food, most of which came right from the ranch itself, with chickens, eggs and milk; beef, pork, and lamb; hams, bacon, and sausage expertly prepared by Jay and the boys. There was a large garden behind the house from which came berries and a large variety of vegetables which were used fresh, put into dozens of glasses and jars, or in large bins in the basement cellar. From the orchard came cherries, apricots, peaches, and a variety of apples all to be handled in a similar manner. There was always fresh baked bread, biscuits, hot cakes, cakes, pies, and doughnuts as only Libby and her daughters could turn out. Of course jams, jellies and preserves to match. Butter churned on the ranch, plenty of cream, plus ice from Honey Lake** stored and brought out from the icehouse for the making of glorious ice cream in the summer.

What a wonderful life replete with so many products of the land and all under the mantle of parental, filial and sibling love seen but rarely. In these later years it is truly wonderful to see the genuine affection within all members of the families, the happy friendships and love, each and every one for the others. To have been born a child of Jay and Libby is to have been truly blest.

Compiler's note: * (1) Joseph C. Wemple bought land from Fairfield and Whiting, not Peter Lassen.
** (2) Ice was not cut off Honey Lake, as the water was always murky. Rather, it was cut off the reservoirs and saved in ice houses insulated with saw dust. (3)The author of this note, Doctor Dave Dozier, as a high school boy, spent a summer with Jay and Libby working on the ranch for Jay. Doctor Dozier later married Jay and Libby's daughter, Marjel in 1981, after both their spouses had died. (4) The garden that the author noted was raised largely by Jay. DRW

Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Tuesday, 16 April 1940, page 1c6:


At the Riverside Hospital Friday night, Susanville lost another of her old time residents, Jay C. Wemple, who passed away at about 8 p.m. at the age of 67 years and 12 days, of a very industrious and eventful life.

Jay C. Wemple was well known about Lassen county, having been born and raised here. He was born in the home farm, March 31, 1873, and in common with his brothers and sister was educated, principally in the district school. As soon as he was old enough to be of use, he began working on the ranch, and has been actively engaged in agricultural labor since. His farm is northeast of Milford, and shows well how his systematic methods and excellent judgement brought satisfactory results.

On February 17, 1894, Mr. Wemple married Elizabeth Decious, a daughter of Irvin Decious, of Modoc county, and into their home 11 children were born. Living are Claude C. Wemple of Milford, Mrs. Olga Burroughs of Sacramento, Miss Narnia Wemple and Joseph Irvin Wemple, both of Milford, Mrs. Marjel Edwards and Raymond J. Wemple of Westwood, Mrs. Marguerite Hallowell of Susanville, Mrs. Deesse Theodore of Litchfield and Neil Wemple of Susanville.

He was a member of Honey Lake Parlor No. 198 N.S.G.W. (Native Sons of the Golden West), of Janesville.

He is survived by his wife and the above mentioned children and also 16 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris of Elko, Nevada and Judge N.V. Wemple and F.O. Wemple, brothers, of Susanville.

The Reverand R.G. Green officiated at services in the Methodist church at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Martha Torry and Ardith O'Dell sang, while Alfreda Cunningham accompanied them at the piano.

Members of the Janesville Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member, and the Susanville Masonic Lodge attended in a body to act as honorary guests.

Pallbearers were all nephews: Lyle Wemple, Fred Wemple, Paul Wemple, Orville Wemple, Lawrence [sic] Wemple, and Guy Wemple. 

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