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101 From The Daily News, Batavia, Genesee County, New York, December 17, 1889 . . .


A story was told yesterday that an infant child had been left at the house of Peter Wemple, a laborer, residing at No. 3 Wiard place, on Saturday evening last. It was said that while the family, who live in the south half of a small double house, were in the front part of the house, some one entered the back door, silently deposited a market basket containing the infant on the floor, and departed. Rumor had it that the Wemples knew whom the child belonged to and were to receive compensation for keeping it.

This morning a reporter visited Mr. and Mrs. Wemple, and upon being ushered into the neat front room the first thing that attracted his attention was a large clothes-basket on the floor near the stove, containing a suspicious looking bundle. The story which had gained currency was repeated to Mr. Wemple and he was asked if it was true.

The truth of the matter is just this, he replied. I was visited Saturday afternoon by a responsible person residing in Batavia who said that he wanted me to take a boy baby and care for it, and he promised me good pay for doing so. My wife had no objection to doing it, and I was willing. Well, Saturday night a person whom I am acquainted with, but my wife doesn't know, came to our back door with the child, and left it, and we are now taking care of it.

When was the child born?

On Saturday.

Do you know who its parents are or from whose house it came?

No, that I know nothing about, and don't want to. I am to be well paid for caring for it and it is going to get the best of care.

Is the report that it was brought here in a market basket true?

I am not going to say anything about that, either.

We have made no secret about this matter, Mr. Wemple continued, and don't intend to. Why, there were eight ladies here yesterday to see the child, and he named several well-known ladies, who, he said were among the number. Of course, he added, there are plenty of people who will tell all sorts of stories about this business.

Mrs. Wemple was in the room while this conversation was being carried on and she expressed the opinion that it was nobody's business, anyway, and objected to anything being published in regard to it. When the reporter expressed a desire to view the mysterious visitor she quickly acquiesced, however, and laid aside a portion of a quilt that covered the clothes-basket. A chubby-faced, bald-headed little bit of humanity was exposed to view. There he lay contentedly endeavoring to push his little eyes out of his head with his fist, and at the same time engaging himself with the business end of a rubber tube which protruded from a nursing bottle. The little fellow was wrapped in a pink cloth of some soft material.

Why, he's just as good as can be, remarked Mr. Wemple. He hasn't made any trouble at all yet, and only makes a noise when he gets hungry.

No certificate of birth in this case has yet been filed with the Clerk of the Board of Health. The regulations of the Board of Health state, however, and they are based on a State law, that it shall be the duty of the groom in every marriage and of the parents or custodian of every child born, to make sure that the prescribed report of such marriage or birth is presented to the Board of Health or its registering officer within thirty days, under a penalty for failure to do so. . . . 
WEMPLE, Peter H. (I2621)
102 From The Olive Tree Genealogy

. . . note that Butler's Corps of Rangers was headed by Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler who was born at New England Connecticut 1725 and died at Newark Upper Canada (now Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario) in May 1796. John BUTLER was married to Catarina BRADT 1735-1793, d/o Andries BRADT & Ariaantje WEMPLE 
BUTLER, John (I635)
103 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Erik Cullings (I7736)
104 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Robin Denise (I7977)
105 From

SWART, James Harmon; born, Hoffman, N.Y., Jan 30, 1847; son of Aaron and Harriet (Wemple) Swart; educated in public schools of Schenectady, N.Y,. Began active career as chief accountant of the Maney Reaper Co., Freeport, Ill.; was chief clerk and bookkeeper of the Redding House, Ness, Mich., 1871-73; became proprietor of the Inter Ocean Oyster House and Restaurant, Chicago, 1873, and in 1875 associated with brother, William C., as Swart Brothers, proprietors of the Avenue House, Evanston, Ill., proprietors of the Galt House, Sterling, Ill, 1880, of the Brunswick Hotel, Indianapolis, 1880-85, of the Clarendon Hotel, Zanesville, O., 1885-95, and of Hotel Cadillac, Detroit, since 1895. Director Welsh Motor Car Co. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, B.P.O.E. Address: Hotel Cadillac. 
SWART, James Harmon (I2879)
106 From

SWART, William Cornelius; born, Hoffmans, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1852; son of Aaron and Harriet (Wemple) Swart; educated in public schools of Schenectady; unmarried. Began active career as clerk of the Reading house, Niles, Mich., 1873, becoming manager of the house; associated with his brother, James H., as Swart Brothers, proprietors of the Avenue House, Evanston, Ill, 1875-79, of the Galt House, Sterling, Ill, 1880, Brunswick Hotel, Indianapolis, 1880-85, Clarendon Hotel, Zanesville, O., 1885-95, Hotel Cadillac, Detroit, since 1895. Member Board of Commerce, B.P.O.E. Address: Hotel Cadillac. 
SWART, William Cornelius (I2880)
107 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. HARRIS, Joellen Carole (I1004)
108 From a letter from Lynda Carnes to David Wemple:

We lost our Baby Sarah this week. She was pronounced dead around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, March 31st at the hospital in Columbia, MO. where she was born just four years ago. She was kept on life support long enough that some of her organs could be donated so someone else's child could live. Bruce and Carol were able to give her heart and kidneys. We buried her yesterday on a hill near my home outside of Rolla. The place is called Macedonia Cemetery. It's across the county road from a little Baptist Church of the same name where Mother used to attend. I bought 12 lots there so we could be nearby, and my brother already had his lot there. She is buried just above where his head will be.

It's an old country cemetery, and the people who are responsible for it are old. It's care has not been the best in the last few years. Some of the headstones are broken, and the folks have been piling old flowers just in a pile near a dry creek. But we cleaned it up as well as we could before we took her there, and now that we have an interest in the place, I intend to get involved in cleaning it up and maintaining it. But it's a place of which we all have found memories. We've taken many walks there in the past 35 years, there is a nice stand of pines trees just to the north, and you can see both to the east and to the west from where Sarah lies. We used to take Bruce and Ben there when they were little to fly kites. Bruce remembers those times with fondness and was pleased with the location since this is what we had to do.

Carol was able to announce after the funeral that she and Bruce are expecting another child in November which was really a life saving announcement since my sister, Elaine, has suffered so much over Sarah's fate and believed that she would be her only grandchild. It does help to have hope for another, and I know that Sarah is no longer suffering. Somehow, with God's help, the rest of us will recover.

I guess you can go ahead and add this detail to the family records. She lived a life that taught us all something about love and the joy and value of life. She had the sweetest spirit I have even seen, and we will remember her and treasure her memories as long as we live.

HEIMLICH, Sarah Honey (I12394)
109 From a letter written by his daughter, Lois Wemple Reichbach dated August 31, 1996:

(Edwin's) parents divorced when he was very young and his paternal grandparents raised him for most of the years of his youth. His grandmother was an aristoctat, descended from the Copleys of Boston, and his grandfather was a wealthy surgeon and pioneer automobilist who came from humble beginnings. Ed later wrote that his grandmother gave him a love for the arts and soft living, while his grandfather tried to make Ed tough and an appreciator of the utilitarian. As a pre-teenager, he went to live with his mother, who was presiding over the home of Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Beauvais of Washington, D.C., a situation which Ed bitterly resented. Ed's father had little contact with his son. Ultimately, the relationship between Ed and his mother became a love-hate relationship, and it often seemed as if Ed's driving motive in life was to embarrass her and dissipate her considerable fortune. He had a high I.Q., in the genius range, and so he was educated at William and Mary College, the University of Virginia and earned a Ph D in History at Harvard University, where his connections with the Copleys served him well. His mother hoped that he would live the life of a Southern gentleman, but he chose to be a Bohemian writer in Greenwich Village, NY, instead. He earned money as a fashion model, taking advantage of his 6'6 stature and startling features as a blond-haired, blue-eyed giant. He was also a suburb athlete, one of Bill Tilden's tennis buddies and one of the few who could beat Bill on the court.

It was in the Village that he met his second wife, Joan Miller, who was an aspiring ballet dancer. The events of the Spanish Civil War inspired him to join the Communist party. After the birth of their daughter, Lois Aline, he set out for the coal mining area of Pennsylvania with his family. He undertook the dangerous job of trying to unionize the coal miners in such a radical fashion that they would run him off. Later, right on schedule, the real union organizers would arrive and succeed because they would appear to be moderate.

Ed's mother used her influence with the family to get an assignment for him in a scholarly project which was designed to trace the ancestral roots of various groups in Old Mexico. Ed's part of the project had to do with comparative linguistics. His mother's hope was that his departure from the states would keep him from danger and direct him toward more respectable goals. When he arrived in Mexico City, however, the current political situation interested him much more, and he convinced his mother to finance an English language magazine which he and Joan would publish and to be distributed free to members of the US government and other interested subscribers. It was called MEXICO TODAY. He wrote some brilliant articles exposing the deliberate misinformation being fed to the NEW YORK TIMES by their ace reporter. The NEW YORK TIMES was forced to recall their man in Mexico City.

Joan focused on the arts. Such well known artists as Diego Rivera, Orozco, Vaqueros, Pablo O'Higgins, Waldeen of the Ballet Folkorico, etc. were guests in their home. Ed's fascination with forbidden fruits, such as alcohol, drugs, sexual adventures, et. al., led to divorce, and after Joan's departure from Mexico, the magazine folded.

Ed decided to cure himself of his additions, and typical of his tendency to carry matters to extremes, he walked out into the desert knowing that he would either die or come out cured. He survived and never used drugs again. Scotch was another matter. He came back to the states and eventually married for the third time. It was during this period when he returned from Mexico that he worked as a longshoreman on the docks of New York City and also as a New York cab driver. Finally, after two children from his third marriage, and no money to raise them, Helen, his third wife, sued for divorce and got a very generous settlement from Ed's mother. Again, Ed tried his hand as a writer, succeeding in ghost writing several text books, but failing to achieve any recognition in his own right.

Aline convinced him to come home to Charlottesville where she used her considerable influence to get him a position as a Spanish teacher on the faculty of the University of Virginia. When he became active in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, he was persuaded to resign from the University.
He did comfort his mother in her declining years, but was forced by the trustees of her estate to move from her house after her death. He was offered an apartment at the home of a friend, someone whom he'd met while on the faculty, someone who was dazzled by Ed's brilliant, though misguided, intellect. And so he lived out his life in Charlottesville, enjoying his bottle of Scotch a day, reading better than a book a day, and engaging in Socratic debates with University students who would visit on a regular basis. 
WEMPLE, Edwin Copley (I6601)
110 From a letter written to the compiler by George Wemple, dated January 2, 1976

I have just received a death certificate on Franklyn J. Wemple (son of John Henry Wemple), who was born December 2, 1859, Harrisbury, Lewis County, NY, and died September 30, 1897, Lowville, New York. He hung himself by a rope in his barn because of poor health, so the coroner stated. DRW 
WEMPLE, Franklyn J. (I3524)
111 From a paper Titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple on Sept 5, 1996:

After the death of her husband, Jan Barentse Wemp, we find Maritie with a valuable estate and many responsibilities. From the following petition it would seem that she had the assistance of her son-in-law, Jan Cornelissen van der Heyden.

We have not the date of the death of Jan Barentsz, but it occurred between May 18, 1663 and June 28th of the same year and the management of his estate by his widow, Maritie Mynderts would seem to prove her a woman of ability.

She was one on the Myndertse family of two brothers of which were among the early settlers of Beverwyck (Albany). They came from Iveren and were know as Myndertse and Carsten Fredeickse.

They were members of the Lutheran Church of which Myndert was an elder and Carsten a deacon in 1680. The unsettled condition of the early Dutch family names is well known by this family. Those of Carsten retained the name of Frederickse while the descendants of Myndertse some took the name of Myndertse, his Christian name, and others took that of Van Iveren, the place from which he came from in Holland.

(The petition reads as follows): Petition of Jan Cornelissen van der Heyden and Paulus Cornelisse van der Hayden, concerning the estate of Jan Barentse Wemp.

To the Noble, Very Worshipful, Their Honors the Director General and Council of New Netherlands,

Noble, Very Worshipful Gentlemen -

Whereas Maritie Menderts, widow of Jan Barentsen Wemp, deceased, a resident of the Colony of Rensselaerwyck, finds herself extremely injured and damaged, because some creditors or Aert Pieterson Tach, in the Esopus, have not hesitated to sell his Aert (Pietersen movable and immovable goods there, as also his horses and cattle and have partially received the proceeds thereof, by try to collect them, while the whole property was mortgaged and secured to her deceased husband and herself, who has had no opportunity during the last winter to assert her good claim, why he mortgage bond should have the preference to a later one, and to personal debts.

Therefore - We the undersigned agents of the aforesaid Maritie Meynders request -

In consideration that the house, barn, grain stalks, horses, cattle, even the land have been paid for by the said Jan Barentsen Wemp deceased, That your Honorable Worship will please to order, that the creditors aforesaid, who have already been paid and still try to collect their debts, abstain therefrom and give up their presumptions until the aforesaid widow shall by virtue of her mortgage bond have had her claim adjudicated and satisfied and that for this end the Honorable Court at Wiltwyck (Kingston) be written to and directed to assist the widow to obtain her just claim.

Asking for your Honorable Worship's favorable answer we remain, Your Honorable Worship's subjects. Paulus Cornelissen, Jan Cornelissen van der Hayden. Amsterdam In N. Netherland. the 25th April 1664.

On this May 9, 1664, before the honorable Court of Wildwyck, there being then present the Schout, Roelof, Swartwout, and the Commissaries, Albert Gybertsen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers and Gysbert van Imbroch,

Appeared the worthy persons, Jan Cornelissen van der Heyden and Paulius Cornelissen, attorneys for Maritje, widow of Jan Barentsen Wemp. and informed the aforesaid Honorable Court of the following Lords acknowledgement, with the request to enter the same in the minutes, it reads word for words as follows:

Before me, Cornelius van Ruyven Secretary in the services of the Honorable Chartered West Indian Company in New Netherland.

Appeared the worthy Aert Pietersen Tack, who in the presence of the Honorable Lord Councillors deSille and Johan de Decker, acknowledged that he is really and truly indebted to the worthy Jan Barentsen Poest as follows:

For two horses in beavers value, fl. 600
Another horse, 106 schepels of wheat, or in beavers, fl. 318
For a cow, fl. 115
Also in beavers, fl. 100
Total in beavers, value, fl. 1233
Also in sewart received, fl. 300

Which sum of twelve hundred and thirty-three guilders, in beavers or its value, and three hundred guilders in sewart, the said Aert Pietersen receives and promises to pay to the aforesaid Jan Barentsen or his attorney, within three years, paying each year a just third, with 10 per cent interest thereon from this day.

To secure the aforesaid Jan Barentsen Poest in the full payment hereof, he, the appeared, mortgages and binds his farm lying in the Esopus, between Tjrck Claesens and Jan Willemsen Schoon's together with the dwelling house, barn and loft, four horses and one cow, and all other appurtenances thereunto belonging, nothing excepted, and also all his estate, real and personal, present and future, submitting the same to the jurisdiction of all judges and courts.

A few days later, widow Maritje Wemp leased her bouwery (farm) at Schenectady. This farm was located on what is now known as Van Slyck Island.

The following is a continuation of the unpublished manuscript, sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI, started in Jan Barentse Wemple's Note Pages. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913.

. . . 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 b the signature of 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.

To one who has carefully followed, by perusal, the various documents in the progression of the work to this point, it must be readily manifest that Jan Barentsen Wemp was not only a man of considerable means for his time but occupied a place of distinction in the Colony, having attained it by thrift, industry and perseverance, rising from what was certainly an humble position, as shown by the first document. Probably no better example of the consideration in which he was held by his contemporaries can be given than to enter into a brief explanation as to the custom of writing names. If he had been merely a person of the lowest class, he would have been distinguished either by his nickname Jan Barentsen Poest almost exclusively, or simply as Jan Barentsen, without hardly an allusion to his surname; this latter method was by far the prevailing custom. In only three instances is the nickname Poest used, even then not in records of any importance, and not a single other case, where it is positively certain that the is the person referred to, do the records omit his full name of Jan Barentsen Wemp.

It is a source of regret that he was so early called to lay down his earthly work and when only just entering upon the most useful period of his life.

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 nearly land owner 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 (one) 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.

In 1668 there were also confirmatory patents issued to him (Sweer Theunissen Van Westbroeck) for two lots of ground at Esopus (Kingston), which were originally his by virtue of patents granted by the Dutch Governor, Stuyvesant (see document Nos. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29).

Sweer Theunissen gives a bond on mortgage, May 27, 1669, to Geertruyt Barents, wife of Jacob Henen, to secure a debt of about $45.00. This record says he was at the time a resident of the Colony of Rensselaerwyck (see document No. 30)

On June 13, 1669, Johanna Ebbinch deeds him a lot on Lubberde's Landt (Troy), in the Colony of Rensselaerwyck, according to the stipulation in the deed granted to his predecessor, Jan Barentsz Wemp, deceased, having the same length and width as when the purchaser took possession of the same. (see document No. 31).

Sweer Theunissen conveys to Jan Cornelissen Vyselaer and Luycas Pieterse Coeymans the Poesten Mill, together with four acres of land and the creed (Poestenkil) on which the mill is situated, on June 25, 1675 (see document No. 33).

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. . . . ; after about two years on extraordinary high flood carried off his mill; he engaged to rebuild the mill and completed it before July 1673, at which time a new covenant was made. By the terms of his first contract the was to receive eight stuivers per shipple, and the second agreement allowed him, in consideration of the loss sustained by flood, to charge ten stuivers; both contracts stipulated that no other mill was to be erected as long as he did accommodate the people with good meal. (see document No. 34). Pearson says this was the first grist mill built in the settlement and that it was situated on Mill Lane.

In 1673, Sweer Theunissen was made a justice of the peace for Schenectady.

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 the 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, on 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.

The entire estate, both real and personal, was to be divided into three equal parts and one had not advantage over another. It would appear that the property was considerable, for a forfeit of $1250.00 was made in the event of any of the parties attempting to break the contract (see document No. 41).

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).

Pearsons HISTORY OF THE SCHENECTADY PATENT referring to Van Velsen says, besides the half of Van Slyck's island, acquired through his wife, he owned the land on the south side of State street from Church street nearly to Coehorn Creek easterly, and extending southerly and westerly upon the low land to and beyond Mill Creek so as to comprehend 24 acres. . . .

The exact position of Van Velsen's house in the village cannot be fixed with certainty, but was probably situated between the house of Mrs. Abel Smith and the south corner of Mill Lane and State street.

From his house easterly to Coehorn kil, State street at this time was only settled upon the north side, and the ancient burghers had a clear view from their front stoops, of Juffrow's Landt and the wooded heights lying south and west of the village. That portion of the above described land, including the Mill, lying between Church and Dock streets, was conveyed to the church; the remainder was held by Wemp's heirs. As the demand for house lots increased, the church divided up and sold its portion fronting on State street, reserving the low land in the rear, and the corn-mill on Mill Lane. This was called the Church Pasture, and was not finally sold until some time after 1800.

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 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 grist mill 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 grist mill 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 mill work. 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. . . . 
MYNDERTSE, Maritie (I604)
112 From a paper titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI of September 5, 1996:

Pondering over personages who lived and labored in our midst in years gone bye we are reminded of some names that reflect credit on our village even unto this late date. Prominent among them are William and Nicholas Wemple, men of sterling character and splendid business acumen who conducted a foundry and machine shop on Erie Street for over four decades.

It was New Years Day, 1848, when the firm of Wm. B. Wemple's sons removed from York Street to Erie Street and there began the casting of stoves, plows, cultivators, etc. Later the firm supplied waterwheels used in all enlarged locks along the Erie Canal. Their trade extended as far distant as South America.

Note: a stove bearing the name Wemple & Yates which may have been cast by this concern is owned by Laurence Richard Wemple of Chico, CA. DRW

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, New York, on the 22nd day of February, 1834; was married, September 2, 1858 to Elizabeth Sarah Empie, of Ephratah, NY, daughter of Philip S and Eliza Burdick Empie, in that village; his wife was born in Ephratah, NY March 19, 1836 and died in Fultonville, NY April 9, 1869, where she lies buried in the village cemetery; he married, second, Margaret Kline, daughter of William W. and Jane Booth Kline, of Fultonville, NY, April 22, 1873, who was born in Fultonville, NY, June 3, 1841, where she still resides and was, at the time of her marriage to Nicholas Wemple, the widow of Captain Garret Van Derveer, to whom she was married; he was killed in the battle of Olustee, FL, 1864; there were no children by the second marriage. Nicholas Wemple died in Fultonville, NY February 19, 1896, and was buried on the sixty-second anniversary of his birth, February 22, in the village cemetery. 
WEMPLE, Nicholas (I2542)
113 From a paper titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI of September 5, 1996:

Pondering over personages who lived and labored in our midst in years gone bye we are reminded of some names that reflect credit on our village even unto this late date. Prominent among them are William and Nicholas Wemple, men of sterling character and splendid business acumen who conducted a foundry and machine shop on Erie Street for over four decades.

It was New Years Day, 1848, when the firm of Wm. B. Wemple's sons removed from York Street to Erie Street and there began the casting of stoves, plows, cultivators, etc. Later the firm supplied waterwheels used in all enlarged locks along the Erie Canal. Their trade extended as far distant as South America.

Note: a stove bearing the name Wemple & Yates which may have been cast by this concern is owned by Laurence Richard Wemple of Chico, CA. DRW

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.

. . .; after deriving an education in the village schools and Claverack, NJ, Institute his father associated him in the foundry business in 1863; he married Anna, daughter of the Reverand Abram G. Diefendorf (for many years the pastor of the Fultonville Methodist Church), September 10, 1867; he was elected clerk of the Town of Glen in 1865, supervisor of the Town of Glen in 1866 and 1867, and trustee of the village of Fultonville in 1892; is a member of Fultonville Lodge No. 531, of Freemasons and Johnstown Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. In 1896 he removed to Buffalo, NY

Obituary from an unnamed newspaper for William Henry Wemple sent to the compiler by William Westbrook Wemple, Jr. on November 5, 2000:



William Henry Wemple, whose sudden death at Buffalo on Sunday, September 24th, was announced in Monday evening's Recorder, passed most of his life in Fultonville. he was a son of the late William B. Wemple and brother of former Comptroller Edward Wemple, Frank P. Wemple, Mrs. F. M. Kip and the late Nicholas Wemple. As a member of the firm of William. B Wemple's Sons, proprietors of the Fultonville foundry and machine shop, he was for many years prominently identified with the business interests of the Mohawk valley. He was also a favorite in social and Masonic circles.

After leaving Fultonville, Mr. Wemple and his only son, Harry, engaged successfully in the laundry business in Buffalo, from which he retired some time ago. His health in recent years has been quite delicate. Mrs. Wemple was Miss Anna, daughter of the Reverand Mr. Diefendorf, a former pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Fultonville. In their affliction, she and her son have the sympathy of many old friends in Montgomery county.

As has been announced, the interment will be made in Maple Avenue cemetery, Fultonville, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. 
WEMPLE, William Henry (I2544)
114 From a paper titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1995:

Meindert was sent by Sir Wm. Johnson to the Senecas to stay until their corn was a foot high and keep their arms in order and working utensils in repair. The Indians in 1726 requested that He being a good and charitable to the poor that some of his sons may reside among them as they are they smiths, and are acquainted with them and know their language.

Note: also according to the THE WEMPLE FAMILY he was among the first to purchase property, along with Douw Fonda and Hendrick A. Vrooman, in the Mohawk Valley.

Excerpts from a paper sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:


Foot note 18, In 1747 the Commissioners of Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut agreed to send gunsmiths to the Six Nations, two men with each smith, to spend the winter; Pounds 360 N.Y. currency was appropriated to buy goods, which were to go, to the Senecas, Pounds 120; and Pounds 60 to the Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas and Tuscaroras.

continuing page 345

. . . Wemple resided for some years between the Genesee and the Niagara, and it is no flight of fancy to suppose that there was more than one clash between him and Chabert* as to their respective rights in the villages by the lakes and streams of western New York. Here surely is suggestive material for the romancer, with a basis of fact none can dispute.

In 1756, Wemple was sent into the Seneca country, but the natives were so short of food that in April they sent him back to Fort Johnson, where he reported to Sir William that as they passed eastward some Cayugas lately at Niagara, told him there were but 100 soldiers at that fort, but that the French were repairing it, making it very strong, and had plenty of provisions. It does not appear that Wemple ever reached the Niagara. He complained much of the rum-selling carried on by John O'Bail, a famous half-breed, who boasted that he did not care for Sir William or his regulations, since for every quart of rum he sold he got a Spanish dollar; but according to Wemple, even the Senecas themselves protested against the mischief he worked among them. . . .

*an agent for the French government in Canada.

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 Schenectady, baptized in Albany, August 24, 1691; married Alida. daughter of Johannes De Wandelaeer, of Albany, June 29, 1718, in Schenectady.

According to the roster of Capt. Johannes Glen's Schenectady company in 1715, he was a soldier in the company in the company. (COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, volume 60, page 53, State Library, Albany, NY.)

He was very early connected with Indian affairs in the Colony of New York and E. B. O'CALLAGHAN'S DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK has the following references to him.

In an address made to the Governor by the Indians, September 17, 1724, they spoke thus:
Brother Corlaer, It is two years ago since Major Abraham Schuyler was in ye Sinnekes Country with ye smith Myndert Wemp.

September 13, 1726, the Seneca Indians ask that Myndert Wemp have his commission as smith to them renewed. The Governor in reply to their request said, If Myndert Wemp will go to the Sinnekes land, he may, and if he is not willing, I will send the fittest smith I can fine.

A list of the Freeholders of the City and County of Albany, dated May 22, 1733, preserved in volume 70, page 58, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, State Library, Albany, NY, names his as a freeholder in Schenectady.

In 1743, he was an inhabitant and freeholder of the Mohawks County, for his is his designated home in the list of that year. (COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, volume 73, page 80.)

Volume 2, page 118 of SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY, contains this draft of a letter in Sir William's handwriting:

Instructions to Mr. Myndert Wemp, Smith for the Senecas & Cajugas.

You are to repair to the Senecas Country by the first of August next to mend their arms of every kind, their Axes, Hows & in the best manner you can.

You are to send me from time to time all the intelligence you can get of any moment, by Express, whom I shall pay, and you are to communicate whatever news I send to them by you, distinctly.

You are to use your utmost endeavors to prevent any French Emissaries, either Christian or Indian, comeing to either of the aforesaid Nations on any pretence whatsoever.

You are not to leave said place but work constantly for their two Castles until the middle of April next, for which you shall be paid Eighty Pounds this Currency.

Given under my hand at Mount Johnson this 22'd Day of July, 1755.

(signed) W. Johnson

To Mr. Myndert Wemp.

He writes from the Senecas to General Johnson, under date of November 22, 1755 (SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, volume 3, page 247) and again on December 5, 1755 (ditto, volume 3, page 269), also another letter on January 17, 1756 (ditto, volume 4, page 24), but as they are all three unimportant, they have not been copied for this work.

April 29, 1756 THE REPORT OF MYNDERT WEMP who arrived this day, with his son and a Seneca Warrior from the Senecas Country, where he was sent by Sir Wm. Johnson to reside as a Smith, was presented and in it says that he had to come back on account of the scarcity of provisions. At this council the Indians spoke and hoped that some of Myndert Wemp's sons might reside with them, as they understood the Indian language, were known to them and were Smiths (O'CALLAGHAN'S DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NY).

At a meeting held at Onondaga, December 6, 1762, with the Indians there assembles, among other persons present was Myndert Wemp, residing as a Smith at Onondage. (Callaghan's ditto). 
WEMPLE, Myndert (I670)
115 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. ZIMMERMAN, Leona Celeste Zimmer Magee (I5305)
116 From

Roger W. Bolz, founder of Automation Magazine

Roger W. Bolz, the founder of Automation Magazine and a former member of The Institute's Editorial Board, died February 7 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC. He was 80 and a life member of IEEE.

Mr. Bolz was a prolific author and speaker on automotion and engineering issues. He started his career in industry and later moved to publishing, where he created the original AUTOMATION MAGAZINE,serving as both editor-in-chief and publisher. Later he founded his own consulting practice, Automation for Industry, Inc.

Mr. Bolz twice received the Jesse H. Neal Achievement Award, and he served on The Institute's Editorial Board from 1981-83. He is a life fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a life member of the American Society for Metals and the Clevland Engineering Society.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth Wemple; four daughters, Charlette Talmage of Roanoke, VA, Hazel Bolz of Mentor, OH, Lori Spivey Jr. of Cary, NC and Martha Kusterer of Ellicott City, MD; a son, Woodrow L. Bolz of Edenton, NC; a brother, Harold A. Bolz of Columbus, OH, a sister Norma Richards of Winston-Salem, NC, seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by a brother, Ray E. Bolz. 
BOLZ, Roger William (I5556)
117 From papers sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1996:


Wemple, Myndert M: Baptized November 20, 1738; died in 1789. On May 15, 1776, he was delegated to collect wagons to carry provisions from Albany to Lake George. On April 25, 1777, he was appointed chairman pro tempore of the Committee of Safety. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned second major of the 2nd Albany County Militia to succeed Nicholas Veeder. In September or October, 1779, he commanded a detachment to Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.

Note: According to a book of letters written by General George Washington titled WRITINGS OF WASHINGTON, Myndert Wemple, called Major Wemp in the letters, was a currier of letters for General Washington, as well as being described in the letters as one who has care of some Warriors from the Seneca Nation. DRW

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 baptized in Schenectady on November 20, 1738; married March 25, 1765 to Gertude Mynders, daughter of Jacobus Mynders and Sarah Yates. She was born September 8, 1745. She married Doctor Dirk Van Ingen, for her second husband, on June 30, 1790. Her father was a member of the Provincial Assembly in 1752, 1759, 1768, 1775 and was a very highly esteemed citizen of Schenectady.

Myndert M. Wemple resided in Schenectady and followed after the footsteps of his father, being a man much connected with Indian affairs. Numerous references are made to him in records but nearly always mentioning him and his brother Barent as sons of a more noted father, therefore, the individual references are few.

. . .

On December 6, 1762, at a meeting held with the Indians at Onondaga, in noting his presence he is designated in the minutes as Myndert Wemp, residing as a smith at Onondaga.

He was commissioned on January 17, 1764, first lieutenant in Captain John Duncan's company at Schenectady, and recorded in the original muster roll which is preserved in volume 14 page 214 of SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS in the State Library, Albany, NY.

His will which was made March 11, 1789, and is filed in volume 2 of WILLS, page 10, Albany County Surrogate's Court, speaks of his wife Gertruy (Gertrude) and his children Jacobus and Alida and mentions himself as being of the town of Schenectady.

During the Revolutionary War, he was second Major in Colonel Abraham Wemple's Schenectady regiment of the Albany County Militia and was commissioned June 20, 1778. 
WEMPLE, Myndert (I827)
118 From papers sent to the compiler by Alan Ryall, Jr. on September 11, 2000:


I have never thought of recording my experiences and it seems confusing at the moment. Perhaps I shall get used to it as this volume develops.

This evening we retired early (10 pm). I slept for about 9 hours, then, was awakened by a peculiar dream. I was busily packing a couple of trucks and trailers and was being delayed by my brother Scott and my sister Dixie [Martha]. I was getting more and more annoyed with them and the frustration awakened me. As I lay there thinking about the dream I somehow connected it with the story of the Singers and the thought that perhaps I had better get things in shape as my time is getting short. And so, Jan, I am now seated at the dining table with a glass of sherry, pen in hand and endeavoring to carry out your wishes. I shall try to recall things in chronological order as much as possible.

The very first item is one of great pain and agony. I am about 2 or 3 years old. I am sitting on the ground in front of a large white box. In my hand is a toy mallet. I am hitting little black bugs as they come out of a hole in the large white box. Suddenly I am screaming, I am grabbed by my mother and torn away from the large white box amongst great yelling and screaming, buzzing and stinging. This was my early introduction to beekeeping, which in later years became a fond hobby, with the aid of proper protection in the form of gloves and bee mail [although I remember him collecting a swarm of bees from our front tree by scooping them into a cardboard box without any protective gear at all -- AR].

This must have taken place in Passaic, NJ, where Scott and I were born.

About 3 years later we lived in Saco, Maine. The only event I can remember in Saco was standing on our front porch and watching a sulky race go by on the road in front.

A couple of years later we live in New Orleans. I can remember seeing snow on the ground one day and a milk wagon turned over on its side, the horse dead and the milk spilled.

The next recollection is of Glendale, California. I was about 5. We lived in the country outside of Los Angeles. My parents raised their own vegetables and chickens. My Dad, being an automobile man from the beginning was at this time importing cars from back east and reconditioning them. This could have led into something great for him but at the time he was taking a great interest in photography. He invited cowboy neighbors to come to our home, where they would put on a junior rodeo and he would photograph them. Some of his pictures you will find in the family photo album.

The moving picture industry was just then getting started and my Dad?s friends wanted him to come in with them but he preferred the automobiles. Thus, perhaps, passing another great opportunity.

From Glendale we moved on to San Francisco, where we lived on Lake St. near the Presidio. At that time the Army Cavalry occupied the Presidio of SF. Scott and I often went to a spot nearby where the troops were trained to ride and often they took us on horseback with them to ride. It was a great thrill for two little boys. At this time there was nothing North and West of us, except sand dunes. This was about 1910 or 1911.

Next we moved to (Fort) Ross in Marin County. It was a beautiful small country town, one school, one fire engine, no theaters, one store, one creek in which I learned to fish.

In (Fort) Ross we lived in a lovely home on a road that led to the Armsby estate. Jeff Armsby, their young son fancied himself a military leader and organized an army of youngsters in the neighborhood. We did a lot of marching through the woods and conducting imaginary sham battles.

During the 1915 Fair in SF, we often went to the City (SF) to see the marvels of construction of the buildings that made up the World International Exposition. One still stands and has recently been restored, the Palace of Fine Arts.

In 1916 we moved back to New York and for awhile lived in an apartment at 140th and Broadway near the Riverside Drive. It was great fun to enjoy the snow covered streets and see the ice flows along the Hudson River.

In moving from California to NY it was impossible to get acquainted with the accent, which was like a foreign language. I was put back a full grade which was a disgrace. However I did make it up as soon as I conquered the NY lingo.

Next we moved out to Bayside, Long Island. Here life was quite different and we kids had a great time. I managed to have a boat or canoe as we lived on Little Neck Bay. We enjoyed the Bay and Long Island Sound in the summer and the woods and snow in the winter.

In Bayside we were in Scouting and our Dad was in the Army as a Captain of Field Artillery in France during WWI. These were a few of the years which I enjoyed most as a youngster. The thrills of Scouting led by an Army Officer, returned from France, of sailing down the Sound in summer to camp out near Great Neck and Hempstead Harbor, and then to return after a month or so hungry, dirty and happy with the experience of a lifetime.

During the winter the Scout Troop would go off in the woods to camp out in the snow and arrange teams to track each other through the forest.

One of these occasions resulted in my being able to save the life of my sister Lesley. We had just returned from a campout. As I stepped in the front door, Lesley was standing in front of the fireplace. She wore a light, flimsy, little girls? dress which caught fire. She ran to the kitchen where I caught up with her, tore off my mackinaw coat, threw it around her and hugged her to me, which extinguished the flames. Her legs were severely burned but healed up soon.

Another time we were out on a dock with other kids and someone shouted that Julie Hauptman was drowning under the dock. He was a kid that would never go near the water when we were swimming. This time he fell in and it as winter, so that water was cold. A couple of us crawled out on spars between the pilings, managed to grab him and pull him out.

His father was a musician in the orchestra at the Hotel Astor in NY. So, he took about 12 of us to lunch at the Astor and the show at the Hipodrome.

So, you see, Scouting really pays and teaches a kid to be prepared at all times.

Later, Scott contracted Rheumatic fever and was one very sick kid.

After a year of care and medication, the Doctor (who never failed to make house calls) felt it would be better if we could get Scott out into the country. Which resulted in our moving to Meadowbrook, a village about 60 miles above NY Central, a rural farm community. The nearest shopping area was Salisbury Mills, which is now a popular winter resort area, about 10 miles west. After a few wonderful years in Meadowbrook we again got together with my father in San Francisco.

This lasted about a year and our mother and father separated for the last time. He died at the age of 40. Scott and I went to work and supported the family with some help from our Uncle Alex. He had been our main source of income off and on, for years. (Alex was) A very fine man and a loyal one. He had a fine sense of humor and an excellent (self acquired) cultural background. He traveled in many foreign nations, was fluent in French, German, English and Spanish.

He had a fine musical knowledge. As a young man he sang on the concert stage, which was most popular in the late ?80?s. Our mother Alice Wemple was his accompanist. I still have her music cabinet, which is now over 100 years old. It is solid mahogany, beautifully inlaid with lighter woods.

The Wemples were a very fine family. Our grandmother was Martha Stuart, descended from the Stuarts of Scotland. Grandfather Daniel Frederick Wemple was a descendent of the Wemples who helped to settle the State of New York. A letter of ancestry is included herewith. We did not know them as they had passed away before our time.

Our mother was very typical of the ladies of her generation. She was a very grand person and an absolute lady. A good pal to us kids who saw to it that we learned the things necessary to live decent lives. Her life was a difficult one and she always made the best of it. She had to be mother and father and she did it with poise and dignity.

It is difficult for me, at this point, to look back over the many years we spent together and to express how much we all owed to her. She had a job forced upon her as head of a family of youngsters and she did an admirable job of it.

She was raised in a wealthy and dignified family. She lived that way for many years after marriage, until her income and funds were depleted and then learned to do housework and cook and raise children.

She always put good things and ideas before us in order to improve our lives.

I shall always have the greatest love, admiration and respect for her, and I know that her other children would feel the same way if they were here. Scott and Dixie have passed on and Lesley has been very ill for years. She is now confined to her bed or wheelchair.

I am wasting valuable time. It is now October 15, 1982. Almost a year since I started.

Alan Ryall added the following to the above, which gives the reader a picture of his later life:

Later, my father worked in San Mateo for PG&E, first on an electrical crew and later in the office. He quit when the war started and went to work at Western Pipe and Steel Co., building merchant ships for the Navy. In 1943 he was a shipfitter foreman. After the war he
worked at a number of jobs -- insurance salesman, salesman at Sears, and real estate salesman.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and was Master of the Blue Lodge when they lived in San Mateo.

In the late 1960's he and my mother had their own real estate office, still in San Mateo. She died in 1969 after a bout with cancer, and since they didn't have medical insurance he was wiped out. He came to Reno and worked as a janitor for the University for awhile, then moved back to the Bay Area and worked fora hardware store in Mountain View. while in Reno he was married to someone named Millie for a short time, then moved back to California and married Doris, who had been married previously to Gene Gieson, a jeweler in San Mateo. They eventually retired and moved to a mobile home park in Willits, then back to Santa Cruz, where he had a stroke, spent six years in a nursing home, and passed away there in 1991.
RYALL, Alan Stuart (I1644)
119 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 28, 2000:

The MOHAWK VALLEY DEMOCRAT, Thursday, November 30, 1939


Eight Year-Old Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Barent Wemple is Struck By Truck As He Hurries to School in Fear That He Might Be Late - Simple Funeral; Service Was Centered Around The Things Which He Was Fond Of - Burial in Maple Avenue.

The entire community was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of William Barent Wemple, Jr., eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Barent Wemple, who was instantly killed about 8:45 Monday morning when he was stuck by a sand truck while crossing from the north to the south side of Park street and his way t the new Fonda Elementary School which he attended as a third grade student. Thinking that he might be late for school, because he had been delayed by waiting for a long freight train to pass the Center Street crossing, he was running across the thoroughfare when he collided with the rear wheel of the huge vehicle and was knocked to the pavement. He died from a fractured skull.

The truck which figured in the accident was owned by Arthur C. Cummings of Middleburg. Operated by Leo Bouck, 24, it was conveying said from the Frederick sand pit at Gloversvile to Middleburg to be used in the construction of a new post office. In proceeding ever Center and Park street the driver was following the truck route designed by the State. Practically all the scholars must cross Park street at or near the point where the tragedy occurred to reach the school which is located on the south side of the highway.

By policing the Main and Center streets intersection, an action taken at the opening of the school year by the village Board of Trustees, the traffic hazard to children going to and from school was to a large degree minimized. Little thought was given to traffic conditions near the school owing to the fact that it was not generally known that during the past few months motor traffic had increased through this section of the village.

Following an investigation by the sheriff's office and local state police Bouck was allowed to continue on his way having been exonerated from blame. Among those how witnessed the accident were several other school children.

William or Billy as he was more familiarly called by his family and playmates, was born August 27, 1931 at Gloversville, a son of W. Barent Wemple of this village, a descendant of one of the early Dutch settlers in this locality, and Elizabeth Ashley Burton, a member of a prominent Gloversville family. The lad had attended Miss Kirker's Nursery School at St. Petersburg, Fla., where he passed one winter with his mother; the Montgomery Street kindergarten at Johnstown, and for the past two years had spent his summer vacations at Camp Tree-Tops at Lake Placid. He was a member of the Reformed Church Sunday School.

He is survived by his parents, a brother, Frank Burton Wemple; his grandmothers, Mrs. William B. Wemple of this village and Mrs. Frank Burton of Gloversville; an uncle, John M. Burton; an aunt; Miss Lilliam Burton and three cousins, all of Gloversville.

The simple funeral service which was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 at the Wemple home on Montgomery Terrace centered around the things that Billy loved, the 19th and 23rd Psalms, which were recited to him nightly; a portion of Shelly's Ode to a Skylark; his favorite hymn, Abide With Me, played by Miss Dorothy Getman: and concluded with the children's prayer, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and the benediction. Rev. Putnam Cady, D. D. pastor of the Fonda Reformed church, officiated assisted by the Rev. A. P. Manwell, pastor of the First Congressional Church at Gloversville. Interment was made in the family plot in the Maple Avenue Cemetery at Fultonville. The service, which was private, was attended by relatives and close friends from Amsterdam, Gloversville, Albany, Johnstown, Canajoharie, Fultonville and Fonda. Among those present were officials of the Fonda School and members of the Board of Education.

The bearers, relatives, were John B. Burton, Arthur F. White, R. Briggs Barclay and William Dean, all of Gloversville.

Among the beautiful floral tributes were pieces from his Classmates in Grade Three, Fonda School; Faculty of the Fonda High School and Principal, C. G. Moynihan; Primary Department of the Reform Bible School; Officials of the High School; Nathen Lif. . . of the hospital association; Girl Scouts . . . committee of Fonda; employee of the Mohawk Valley Democrat . . . of the National Mohawk R . . . Delphian Society, Mayor . . . (the rest is too garbled to read and copy.) DRW 
WEMPLE, William Barent (I4792)
120 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Leigh left school at an early age and worked, mostly in the roofing trade, in many locations in Ontario. He owned his own company, Leigh Wemp Roofing and Fencing, from 1965 to 1980. He later worked at Queen's University from 1981 to 1990, when ill-health forced his retirement. He was a friendly, outgoing man who had a great fund of stories, and he was keenly interested in both horseracing and genealogy. He lived in Odessa.

Leigh and Doris were living in Odessa ON in 1991. 
WEMP, Leigh Herbert (I5186)
121 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Norman was living on Amherst Island in 1917.

Obituary, Kingston Whig-Standard, Tues. Jun 21, 1949:

Wemp--At the Kingston General Hospital on Tuesday June 21, 1949, Norman Wemp, age 76 years. Resting at his late residence, Emerald, Amherst Island for funeral at Christ Church, Thursday 23 June at 2 p.m. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery. 
WEMP, Norman (I2267)
122 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Obituary, Globe and Mail (no date given):

Wemp, Moutray--At Sheridan Villa, Home for the Aged, Mississauga, on Tuesday Nov. 11, 1986. Moutray Wemp, beloved husband of Gwendolyn Wemp. Dear stepfather of Dit Holt, Mississauga, Sheelah (Mrs. W. Lund), Wisconsin and Sharon (Mrs. W. Hendry), Kitchener. Funeral service in St. Alban's Church, Stella, Amherst Island, Thursday 3pm. Interment Glenwood cemetery. 
WEMP, William Henry Moutray (I3268)
123 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Obituary, Kingston Whig-Standard, Sat. Mar 22, 1969:

Wemp, Norman Edward:--Suddenly at the Hotel Dieu Hospital on Friday, March 21, 1969, Norman Edward Wemp in his 64th year, beloved husband of the late Sarah Glenn, dear father of Mrs. Mel Filson (Christina), Stella; Hugh, Centreville; Bennie, Harrowsmith; Mrs. Frank Bailey (Margaret), Toronto; Mrs. Eric Bailey (Grace), Kingston; and Mrs. William Churchill (Nina), Campbellford. Resting at the Lindsay Funeral Home, funeral service at St. Alban's Church, Stella, Tue Mar 25. Interment, Glenwood cemetery. Rev. Harold Murray officiating. 
WEMP, Norman Edward (I3324)
124 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Oswald served with the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) of the CEF in WWI. His regimental number was 184119. At the time of his death he was a Lance Corporal.

Oswald's name is on the Vimy Memorial.

Canada's most impressive tribute to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring VIMY MEMORIAL, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.

The VIMY MEMORIAL does more than mark the site of the engagement which Canadians were to remember with more pride than any other operation of the First World War. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle in that four-year struggle and particularly to those who gave their lives. At the base of the VIMY MEMORIAL these words appear in French and in English:

To the valour of their Countrymen in the great war And in memory of their sixty Thousand
dead this monument Is raised by the people of Canada.

Inscribed on the ramparts of the VIMY MEMORIAL are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as 'missing, presumed dead' in France.

The land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was (as stated on a plaque at the entrance to the VIMY MEMORIAL) 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada'. Eleven thousand tonnes of concrete and masonry were required for the base of the VIMY MEMORIAL[,] and 5,500 tonnes of 'trau' stone were brought from Yugoslavia for the pylons and the sculptured figures. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII.

The park surrounding the VIMY MEMORIAL was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Around the VIMY MEMORIAL, beyond the grassy slopes of the approaches, are wooded parklands. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made.
WEMP, Lawrence Oswald (I3267)
125 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000, Bay City, MI:

Royal was living on Amherst Island in 1917 and in 1956. He lived at Lot 67, 3rd Concession.

Obituary, Kingston Whig-Standard, Wed. June 27, 1956:

Wemp--Entered into rest in Kingston, Tuesday June 26 1956, Royal Edward Wemp beloved husband of Ethel McGinnis of Stella, Amherst Island. Dear father of Wallace, Kingston. Resting at his late residence for funeral service Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment Glenview cemetery. Funeral arrangements by the James Funeral Home. 
WEMP, Royal Edward (I2269)
126 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000:



. . . Ed Wemp bought it (the land on which the building was built) in 1862 and we think that Wemp built the structure which exists today around 1862. Wemp used the building as a hotel. The fire insurance map of 1892 shows a two story structure whit a full-length verandah on the front. The building, on the 1892 map, is marked as the Wemp House Hotel. Also on the rear or southern side are shown a series of extensions: a one story L-shaped extension, and running further south another one story extension, a drive shed, a stable, and another one story structure. The drive shed and the other extensions towards the south do not exist today. . . .


This structure was built around 1894 when Wemp bought the piece of land on which the building is situated from the Ham estate. The Walling Map of 1859 shows a structure on the site with P. Hartmore's name appearing beside it, but the fire insurance map of 1892 shows the lot without any structure. This means that whatever structure existed in 1859 was gone by 1892. . . .

The Village Shoppe is a two story, flat-roofed rectangular structure, with a single-story, flat-roofed addition to the rear. A front addition projects slightly on the ground floor with a shed roof extending over the projection. Originally clapboard over wooden frame, the front is now faced with vertical siding on the second floor, with angel stone on the projection. The second floor at the rear has been covered with sheet metal. A single brick chimney rises above the centre of the building. The building lacks a basement and rests on a rubble stone foundation. . . . 
WEMP, Edward (I2231)
127 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:


John J. Wemple, manager of the Central Lumber Yard, was born in Chautauqua County, NY in 1949, and resided with his parents on a farm until he was about twenty years of age. He went to Centralia, Kansas and taught school for two years, afterward engaged for three months in the same capacity at Wetmore, Kansas. He was then agent for Wells Fargo's Express Company, and the Central Branch of the Union Pacific Railway Company at that place for one year, subsequently in the same capacity at Netawaka, Kansas for eight months, and then at Sabetha, Kansas, in the same employ until he came to Hastings, Nebraska in May, 1875, as agent for the St, Joe & Denver Railway Company, which position he held until March, 1879. He was also during that period agent for the American Express Company and Western Union Telegraph Company. Mr. Wemple opened the Central Lumber Yard at this place immediately on leaving the railroad company employ, and from that time up to the fall of 1881 he also acted as agent for H. J. Sype & Company, coal,, of St. Joe, MO. He has been connected with the lumber business, and also represented several fire insurance companies; also a Notary Public. He has been Secretary of the Hastings Telephone Exchange since its organization in January, 1881, and one-fifth owner. Mr. Wemple is an active member of the Masonic Lodge of this place. Is Past Master Hastings Lodge No. 50, A. F. & A. M., First High Priest of Hastings Chapter, No. 21, R. A. M., and First Eminent Commander of Nebraska, K. T., and was elected Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge of the State of Nebraska in June, 1881. 
WEMPLE, John J. (I2211)
128 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:

Excerpts from THE ACCOUNT OF P. O. AVERY (page 31)

. . . April 3rd (1863), at three p.m., yesterday, seventy-five men, under Major Wemple, crossed Wolf River and started out in the direction of Macon, a town six or seven miles north of Lafayette (Tennessee). The object of the expedition was to surprise some guerrillas at their homes, if possible. At Captain Porter's, two miles from Macon, we learned that a force of our men, from another direction, had been there during the day, so we returned to Porter's Mills and bivouacked until morning. It was one o'clock when (we) got to the mills.

On July 16, 1863, four companies of our regiment, Companies D, E, G, and K, under Major Wemple, accompanied by a detachment from the Third and Ninth Illinois Cavalry and two howitzers from Germantown, all under the command of L. F. McCrelllis, crossed Wolf River with three days' rations, after Richardson again. The latter is slippery as an eel.

(We) Camped near the plantation of Mr. Sherrid. Early on the morning of the eighteenth I sent Major Wemple of the Fourth Illinois Cavalry with eight companies toward Covington (Tennessee). He went within four miles of Whitley ferry north of Covington and learned that Richardson's command had been crossing the Big Hatchie in squads for two or three days and that they said that I was after them with twenty-five pieces of artillery and three or four thousand men. With the remainder of my command, I proceeded east to Bellmont, Thence returned to Quinn's Mills and camped about halfway between Quinn's Mills and Hickory Wythe where Major Wemple joined me.


Headquarter, Fourth Illinois Cavalry, Natchez, Mississippi
September 23, 1864:

In obedience to orders I took command of the detachments of the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, Twenty-eighth Illinois Infantry, Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry, Sixth United States Colored Artillery, and Seventy-first United States Colored Infantry on the morning of the 22nd and proceeded to the plantation of Mr. A. K. Farrar. I loaded fifty-one wagons with corn and cotton, brought in forty-seven bales of cotton and one hundred and forty head of cattle. The enemy engaged our rear guard soon after leaving Farrar's and kept up a lively skirmish for six miles. I have no one hurt. One man of the enemy was shot from his horse, supposed to have been killed. Returned to Natchez last night at eleven p. m.

M. Wemple, Major Commanding
Fourth Illinois Cavalry

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.

. . . Writing in 1894, he states
I was born in the township of Mendon, Monroe County, NY; picked up something of an education in the common schools of the township and had a little of the classics and higher mathematics whipped into me in one or two academies.

When I came of age, I stated with a couple of extra shirts. a thin pair of breeches and a light heart to find out what the world had in store for me. I left home on the 16th day of September 1851; taught school in East Cleveland, Ohio; the following spring went to Kentucky and taught a class of young men in the town of Warsaw on the Ohio river. From Warsaw I went to Carrol County, Kentucky and taught again. All the time I was teaching, I was studying medicine. I think for a period of three years I never went to bed before one o'clock, except Sunday nights. I attended lectures in the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, practiced in Owen County, Kentucky, until November 1856, when I located in Mount Pulaski, Illinois, had a large business and did a great deal of hard work for nothing.

In August 1861 I was commissioned a captain of company H. 4th regiment, Illinois cavalry, to take rank August 20, or about that date. The regiment was organized at Ottawa, Illinois, when Camp Hunter was established. I was offered the place of Regimental Surgeon, for which I did not care, as I did not think I would be pleased to be confined to the rear. The regiment saw the first of the enemy at Fort Henry, next at Donalson, and next at Pittsburg Landing on the 6th and 7th of April 1862. A hundred other affairs do not count when the survivors remember Donelson and Shiloh (or as the records have it Pittsburg Landing). On account of the ill health of Major Wallace I was placed in command of the 2nd Battalion, of the 4th regiment, consisting of four companies. I mounted about 7 o'clock A.M., of the 6th and I did not think I was out of the saddle more than twenty minutes at any time until nearly noon of Tuesday. On Sunday and Monday nights I happened to have the luck to be selected with part of my command to patrol the space between the two armies. On Monday night I got my orders from General Sherman with an injunction to report in person at sunrise. At that time in company with Lieutenant Fisk and twelve men I was riding leisurely down General Breckenridge's lines, going slow in order to excite no suspicion that we cared a continental for them. We got outside the enemies pickets and when I reported to Sherman and flattered myself that I had earned the place of a general of division, I was told in a torrent of profanity that I had no orders to go inside the rebel lines. A few days afterwards, I had the pleasure of telling him that if he would please notice he would be quite likely to hear of western volunteers going into a number of places without orders. I am now very glad that I am able to say that General Sherman and I were very good friends after our little tiff of April 8, 1862, and I got a number of nice things from him and by him. In August 1862 I was startled by an announcement from Head Quarters that I was to take (the) rank of Major and when my commission arrived the War Governor of Illinois, Dick Yates, had endorsed it 'For meritorious conduct of Pittsburg Landing, April 6th & 7th 1862'. I served with the regiment until November 3, 1864, when I returned to Mount Pulaski, and resumed the practice of medicine, which I kept up until 1871. After being idle about ten years, I went to farming and have kept at it, moving to this state in March 1893 for the purpose of stock farming.

The Yates in my son's name came from an office mate in Kentucky, W. F. Yates, whom I esteemed very highly.

The 'B' in my father's name came from the family name of his mother, the Beckers. 
WEMPLE, Myndert (I2208)
129 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:

Obituary, Kingston Whig-Standard, Thursday February 16, 1956:


Ill since Christmas, Mrs. Richard O'Connor, 183 Colborne Street, died in Hotel Dieu Hospital Wednesday.

Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Wemp, she was born on Amherst Island and lived there until 1941 when she moved to Kingston. She attended St. Luke's Church.

Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Maurice (Phyllis) Page, Kingston, two sisters, Mrs. John (Bernice) McKee and Mrs. Robert (Ella0 Glenn both of Kingston, one brother, Royal, Amherst Island and three grandchildren, She was predeceased by a son Lorne. 
WEMP, Elizabeth Gertrude (I2270)
130 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:


H. M. Wemple was born in Greene County, Illinois, February 18, 1838. On his father's side his ancestors came from Holland, and settled first in New York city, and afterwards in the neighborhood of Amsterdam, on the Mohawk river. His father, Joseph D. Wemple, was born and raised near Amsterdam, and when a young man came to Illinois and settled near Kane, in Greene County. He married Lucy M. Mason, daughter of Hale Mason, who was born in Vermont, emigrated to Illinois, settled at Edwardsville, and afterward at Monticello. He was a farmer and Methodist preacher. H. M. Wemple was the oldest of three children. When he was eight years old his father died, and his mother was married again to R. J. Simmons, of Jersey county, where Mr. Wemple lived till he was fourteen, and then went to live with his mother's cousin, John Mason, at Godfrey. When nineteen he went to Sangamon county, near Springfield, and worked on a farm till he was twenty-one, and then began farming for himself. The first land he purchased was eighty acres in Missouri which proved of little profit. In 1865, he purchased 160 acres of raw land in Section 2, Rural township, and began improving it. In 1866, he married Mary W. Mitchell, a native of Ogle county, Illinois, daughter of Samuel Mitchell, who was born in Maryland. Mr, and Mrs. Wemple have two children, George Mason and Mary Josephine Wemple. He was a Republican for a number of years, and now belongs to the National Green-back party. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. A view of his farm in Rural township in shown on another page. 
WEMPLE, Hale Mason (I1181)
131 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:



By Doug Graham, Whig-Standard Staff Writer

Benny Wemp of Amherst Island, whose involvement in harness racing spanned four decades, passed away on Wednesday at Kingston General.

Mr. Wemp, 72, had remained active in standardbred racing as a trainer in recent years. His latest racer, the trotter Worthy Balance, was training for another season.

Benny was still very active (in harness racing). He was going to claim (a horse) at Belleville, too, said Steve Skene, a family friend.

At one time, he campaigned all over and he was one of the best. Anybody that got to know Benny had to like him.

Mr. Wemp was the leading driver at the old Kingston Memorial Centre track several times and remained a top driver-trainer when racing moved to Kingston Park Raceway. He set a unique record in the late 1970's when he drove six winners, all with his won horses.

He was a combination driver and trainer and he was very good at both, said Skene, who became one of the drivers Wemp used frequently.

(Benny) was the best at one time, so when he asked you to drive, it was a real compliment, Skene said.

While he trained both pacers and trotters over the years, it was no secret on the island that Mr. Wemp's preference was for a good trotter.

He always loved a trotter, Skene said. Benny had sort of a lot of great patience with trotters. He could hang a horse up really good.

Mr. Wemp, who was last active as a driver in 1994, was still involved in training. He had 216 career racing wins and 77 victories as a trainer.

Some of the pacing mares from his stable were Allison Scott, Debby Jan Scott, the trotter Hustin Hoss that went on to race at the Jockey Club and Docside, a pacer that won more than $500,000 at the Meadowlands.

One of his most successful racers, Worthey Balance will bring Mr. Wemp home to rest today at Glenwood Cemetery, next to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.

Wemp had a history of being able to turn around a troubled horse, particularly trotters.

Worthy Balance was bred to trot, but he was on the pace when Benny got him, Skene said. Benny wanted to prove he could trot. He said he could get him trotting and he did.

Today, the trotter Mr. Wemp paid $800 for and which ended up winning more than $25,000, will bring his body to the island and his gravesite. Skene will be the driver, travelling along a straight stretch of island road that Mr. Wemp also was a purser on the Amherst Island ferry for many years. 
WEMP, Edwin Benjamin (I5198)
132 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:


JOHN A. WEMPLE was born in New York August 14, 1818, and is a son of Abraham and Sophia Wemple, natives of New York, in which State they died. Abraham Wemple, in early life, followed carpentering, but subsequently changed to farming, a portion of the work being allotted to his son, our subject, until he married, July 31, 1840, to Miss Elizabeth Strang, a native of New York, where her mother Eleanor Strang, died. Her father, John Strang, removed to this county, where he died in Perry Township.

In 1856, after sixteen years of married life in New York, the subject and his wife came to the Hoosier State, and located on eighty acres of their present farm in this township. In 1857, Mr. Wemple returned to New York, purchased some real estate, remained three years, then returned to this township and has remained, engaged and interested in clearing and improving his farm. They have had ten children - Abram H., living in Perry Township; Willard G., in this township; Folly A., in Michigan; Evaline A., in this township; and Elias C.; James and Elijah P., at home. Those deceased are Mary E., Catharine S., and Arville. 
WEMPLE, John Abraham (I1269)
133 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:

Excerpt from DECISION AT ST. VITH by Charles Whiting, page 214:

. . . Clarke's men were not so fortunate. The southern force of the 7th Armored CCB was the first to more out on Clarke's sector. Under command of Lieutenant Colonel Wemple, this group tried to disengage, but found it extremely difficult. In despair Colonel Wemple ordered the tanks and assault guns, which had retreated during the night under the fire of the German bazooka teams, back into the village of Cromback to drive the Germans grenadiers from their position.

But the tank attack failed. Using the only road available to them, the armored vehicles were subjected to a withering barrage of German anti-tank fire. Within minutes, two of the lead tanks were hit, completely blocking the path of the advance. In disorder the Americans pulled back and there was nothing left for Wemple to do but load his infantry onto the remaining tanks and armored vehicles and break off the fight with the enemy as best he could.

Excerpts from the official Army's account of the Battle of the Bulge:

. . . Lt. Col. Fred M. Warren, acting commanding officer, sent the driver onto division headquarters to tell his story, and at the same time he asked for a company of infantry. He then ordered the 17th Tank Battalion (Lt. Col. John P. Wemple) to send a tank company into Recht. Warren and Wemple studied the road net as shown on the map and agreed to try to hold Recht through the night. Stragglers came pouring through Recht in the meantime with rumors and reports of the enemy just behind them. The headquarters and tank company had little time to get set, for about 0200 the advance guard of the southern German column hit the village from the east and northeast. Unwilling to risk his tanks without infantry protection in a night fight through the narrow streets, and uncertain of the enemy strength, Warren ordered a withdrawal after a sharp 45-minute engagement. CCR headquarters started down the road southwest toward Vielsalm and the tanks rejoined Wemple.

Made cautious by the collision at Recht, the German column moved slowly, putting out feelers to the southeast before the main force resumed the march southwest along he Vielsalm road. Wemple and his tankers were able to repel these probing attempts without difficulty. CCR headquarters had meanwhile become ensnared witht he remnants of the 14th Cavalry Group and the residue of the corps artillery columns at the little village of Poteau, where the roads from Recht and St. Vith join en route to Vielsalm. This crossroads hamlet had been the worst bottleneck in the traffic jam on 17 December; indeed the situation seems to have been completely out of hand when the CCR headquarters arrived in the early morning hours and succeeded in restoring some order. . . .

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

Excerpts from the U. S. Army reports originally marked Sectret, SECTION G. 17th TANK BATTALION, COMBAT HISTORY 20-31 AUGUST 1944:

(Starting on Page 5, paragraph four)
. . .During the night of the 25th and 26th of August, 1944, CCR under which the 17th Tank Battalion was operating, was ordered to go back across the Seine and proceed to Fontainbleau on the east side of the Seine River. Lt. Colonel Wemple was commended very highly for the manner in which he moved his Battalion back across the Seine at Tilly. This crossing was very congested and Lt. Colonel Wemple showed excellent control and initiative in getting the Battalion back across the River. The Battalion started moving out of the area at Boise de St. Assize at 0715 on 26 August, 1944, moved into an assembly position at Villiers where the Battalion was reorganized. At 1625, the Battalion left the assembly area at Villiers for the advance to Fontainbleau. The Battalion crossed the Seine River at Fontainbleau about 1700 and closed in an assembly area near the village of Samoreau at 1815. The Battalion did not contact the enemy during this operation and remained in the assembly area during the night of the 26th and 27th of August, 1944.

The Battalion departed from the assembly area at Samereau at 0700, 27 August, 1944 and proceeded along the route of Vulaines, Hericy, Chartrettes, Melun, Chatillen, Chapelle, arriving in this vicinity at 1020 and going into an assembly position here.

(Page 6)
At 1420, 27 August, 1944, CCR issued an order breaking the command into three forces, each of which was to proceed to Verdun along different routes. This order was in compliance with Division Field Order #8. One force was to follow Route A, one Route E, and one Route F. The 17th Tank Battalion was broken down for this operation in the following manner: Task Force A was commanded by Lt. Colonel Wemple, was composed of Company A, 17th Tank Battalion, 38th Armored Infantry, Battery C of the 440th Field Artillery, one platoon of Engineers from the 33rd Engineers, One platoon of the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and Headquarters Company of the 17th Tank Battalion. This force A was to follow route A. Company D of the 17th Tank Battalion was assigned to Task Force E which was commanded by Major Rankin, Company C of the 17th Tank Battalion was assigned to Task Force F which was commanded by Lt. Colonel Keeler. The 17th Tank Battalion, Service Company, was broken up equally between the Task Forces. Company D of the 17th Tank Battalion reverted to CCR control and was to follow CCR along Route E. The Battalion Headquarters was retained with Task Force A commanded by Lt. Colonel Wemple. We were not in contact with the other Forces during the operation so that at this time we only have the history of Task Force A. The mission of Task Force was to follow a Task Force from CCB along route A and to ready to and to be ready to give assistance if needed. Task Force A or Task Force Wemple left the assembly area in the vicinity of Chapelle-Gauthier at 1835, 27 August, 1944 and proceeded along the route Rountainelles, Nangis, Moison-Rouge, Vulaines, Morolles, Maptery, going into an assembly position near St. Genest at 0100, 28 August, 1944. The town of Provins was by passed because of strong enemy forces there.

At 0700 on 28 August, 1944, Task Force Wemple left from assembly position near St. Genest and traveled on Route Bouchy-le-Repos, les-Essarts, Barbonne, Saudoy, Sezanne, Allemant, Brossy-le-Grd, Bonnes, Aulnizeux and Caligny. At this point we ran into light enemy resistance and captured some prisoners, the exact number of which is unknown because most of them were taken by the Infantry and were sent back before a record was made. This action occurred at 1215 on 28 August, 1944. Task Force Wemple advanced on to Bertus and went into assembly position at Le Mesnil.

The Task Force from CCB which we were following pushed on to the Marne River and found that the bridge on Highway GCA at Mareuil was out. This force pushed their infantry on across the river as ordered and established a bridgehead. This was accomplished by 2200, on August 28, 1944. The Wemple Force less Company A of the 38th Armored Infantry remained in the assembly area near Le Mesnil during the night of the 28th and 29th August, 1944 and until 1245 on 29 August, 1944. Task Force Wemple under orders from higher Headquarters, pulled the Infantry back across the Marne River and at 1245 on 29 August, 1944, followed behind the Task Force from CCB to Epernay along highway GC 39 and 36 through Moussy, Pierry, Nnteuil, -le-F, Sermiord, Rilly, Mailly-Chaupagne, Verzy, Thuisy, to Pont-Faverger. Task Force Wemple reached this point at 2130 and the Force halted for re-fueling. Since the force that preceded us was practically out of fuel, we gave part of our fuel to them.

(Page 7)
During that halt for fuel a German column of a few trucks ran into our column and the 38th Infantry killed several Germans and took some prisoners. At 0130, 30 August, 1944 the march was resumed.

At 0830, 30 August 1944 Task Force Wemple reached Perthes. One mile west of Tagnon on road to Avancon at 0900 our leading elements encountered one enemy tank and some dismounted troops. The tank was fired on and hit, but it did not stop. Two German officers and 63 men were taken prisoners at this point. The men fired on our units, but did not put up much of a fight. The prisoners all belonged to a German Police unit. An enemy column was fired on by our tanks near the town of Tagnon and several vehicles were knocked out. The number was not verified for we had to keep moving.

The Task Force went into an assembly area in the vicinity of Avancon at 1100 on 30 August 1944. At this point (we) were ordered to pull back to an assembly area in the vicinity of Epaye and this move was started at 1715 by the route of Newflize, Alincourt, Junivell, La Newville, Font-Faverger, Epaye and closed in assembly at 2030. During the preceding night the two Bn. Hq. tanks had dropped out of the column and we feared that the crews had been captured, but they were picked up and returned to the assembly area at Epaye. However, one of the tanks was fired on and hit by enemy tank (fire) and (the enemy fire) destroyed the gun on our tank. The crew escaped uninjured.

The Task Force remained in the assembly area at Epaye until 1415 on 31 August, 1944 at which time the force was moved out in the same route - Epaye, Beine, Nauroy, Moronvilliers, St. Martin, St Souplet, St. Marie - with the mission of going through Verdun and establishing a bridgehead on the other side of town. The Division was to advance on or attack in three forces along three routes, CCB along Z route on north, CCA along X route on south route, and CCR along Y route or middle route.

Task Force Rankin was to precede Task Force Wemple along route indicated above and that is exactly how the march was made. After reaching St. Marie, the Force continued to Souain, Massiges, Vell sur Tourbe, Thierville, and Verdun. (The Task Forces) Reached Verdun at 0800 after an all night move and went went on to an assembly area at Etain closing there at 1000, 1 September, 1944.

Jack Howison
Captain, Infantry
Unit Historian.

Excerpts from THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE: Overloon and the Maas Salient 1944-1945, by A. Korthals Altes and N.K.C.A. in't Veld, Translated by G.C. van Dam and sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI February 24, 2003:

Page 68
On the same day (October 3, 1944), the Shermans and infantry of CCR went into action, Task Force I under Colonel Wemple and Task Force II under Major Fuller were to attack Overloon from the north. But in this sector the well dug-in Germans and their concealed anti-tank guns, Nebelwerfer and mortars inflicted heavy losses to Wemple's two tank squadrons. Moreover, the attackers ran into minefields. That night they had not advanced a single yard beyond their original positions. Task Force II was halted by German fire within 500 yards of Overloon in what was to be referred to later as the boot-shaped wood because of its shape on the staff map. It all looked like a reversion to the First World War. The After Action Report stated: Entrenched positions changed hands in bitter hand-to-hand fighting; bayonet and hand grenade were the weapons of those days.

On October 4, Wemple's Task Force tried its luck in a night attack by infantry with sappers, in an effort to blaze a trail through the minefields so that tanks might follow through. The first part of the assignment met with success, but when the tanks probed their way forward in the darkness, German resistance was found to be as strong as before. Neither the tanks, nor the infantry, which suffered heavy losses, gained any ground. The same day, more German counterattacks were launched - seven in all.

Heinz Weber took part in one of them. At five o'clock in the morning they had to move forward, their captain commanding them to shout Hurrah. This shouting served them probably as a substitute for heavy weapons, Weber cynically observed. At battalion strength they dashed for the edge of the wood, where, instead of infantry, they found tanks waiting for them. The tanks hunted the Germans down and early in the afternoon the majority of them had been killed: Among them, the captain who had made us shout 'hurrah' had received a one-way ticket to hell.

As a matter of fact, it was not only the tanks that halted the German counterattacks. The three artillery battalions, each with eighteen 105 mm howitzers mounted on tank chassis, inflicted heavy losses on the Germans. On October 4 alone, one of the battalions fired 2,762 rounds. A field artillery battalion with eighteen 4.5-inch guns, attached to the Division for the whole autumn, also took part in the action.

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On October 5, Wemple made a desperate effort to outflank Overloon from the east. Here the ground was more open, with meadows and hedgerows on each side. One of his tank squadrons was to lead the attack with eighteen Shermans, the other squadron was to follow. Again opportunities for deployment were Iimited and the attack had to be launched in columns. Yet it looked as if the plan might succeed. The enemy's forward positions were overrun and the tanks advanced nearly a mile. But, hidden from the Americans, the Luftwaffe Festungs-Battalion X had taken up positions in the garden of a small castle called De Hattert, just north of the road from Overloon to Vierlingsbeek. It had one of the most feared anti-tank weapons at its disposal, the notorious 88 mm gun. Within a few seconds, thirteen to eighteen tanks were blazing in the fields. If only General Hasbrouck had sent out patrols before!

Wemple immediately asked for air support in order to get beyond the enemy's positions near De Hattert. Fighter bombers made an attack with rockets, reducing the castle to a smoldering pile of rubble. But the air attack did not affect the outcome of the battle. The tank crews who survived the murderous fire were literally forced to crawl back to their own lines. Others waited for darkness in order to make a getaway, and some of them were taken prisoner.

Despite all these setbacks, the BBC and the press, ironically enough, reported that night: Overloon taken. There could be no sadder refutation of this premature news item than the burnt-out hulls of the American tanks near De Hattert. Heinz Weber knew better. He saw the Shermans brew up in front of him. One exploded just after the crew had bailed out. Weber covered another tank with his Schmeisser. At first the crew were not keen to abandon the tank - they expected that Weber would shoot them - but soon they were forced to crawl out of it in order to save their skins. Weber shouted: Come on, hurry up! Throw your weapons and hand grenades behind you - off you go! The Americans apparently understood him and did as they were told. Weber let them keep their watches and other personal belongings. . . .

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Not only near Meyel and Neerkant, but also east of LiesseI, heavy German armor had crossed the canal. This at least was what the com-mander of Combat Command R was told. His unit was largely held in reserve behind the front. He dispatched a small force to find out what was going on, a task force made up of two squadrons of Sherman tanks, one infantry company, and a few smaller units, placed under the command of Lt. Colonel John P. Wemple. Task Force Wemple. received orders to throw the Germans back over the canal east of Liessel. As Wemple approached the battle area, he was told by men of the 87th Reconnaissance Squadron how the enemy had attacked on a broad front from Meyel to Liessel. Rolling up German bridgeheads was totally out of the question! Committing forces to do so was even regarded as undesirable.

It was obvious that the German attack was on a much larger scale and on a broader front than appreciatcd by the gentlcmcn at HQ in the rear. Wemple had the guts to ignore the orders given him. He realized that in this sector it was imperative to hold the road from Mcyel to Liessel, so he decided to distribute his forces at three positions on that road, more or less equally spaced over the entire distance from one town to the other. One of the positions he chose was near the point where the Kanaalstreet, the road from Hogebrug on the Deume Canal to Liessel, joined the road from Meyel. Wemple establish(ed) his command post in Neerkant.

This was a wise decision. But it did not alter the fact that a serious situation was developing for the Americans. Just how serious they did not yet know by midday. It was still possible for the attack to be a local maneuver by the Germans on a fairly large scale. The Americans were unaware that two German divisions were involved. The Germans attacked in three phases: first, with the infantry of the 9th Panzer Division, who made it possible for bridges to be laid over the canal without being hampered; then, by tanks, using three bridges; and finally, but not until the afternoon, by the infantry of the 15th Panzer- grenadier Division, which had a small number of tanks. The Fallschirmjager units, on the whole, did not stay east of the canals, but were also used piecemeal in the offensive of 47th Corps. Units from Battalion Paul, temporarily attached to Fallschirmjager Regiment Hubner after the bloody battles of Overloon, were committed on the less important front near Ospel and Waatskamp. Other units of the regiment, roughly the strength of a company, joined in the fight for Meyel, and later an entire battalion was to cover the German withdrawal near Liessel. These German paratroops played a subordinate role, however; everything depended on the motorized and armored units. The 9th Panzer Division acted with the familiar German Schneid, quickly and vigorously, although not everything went smoothly. The Americans defended themselves ferociously, and the number of German casualties was large. Because of their numerical superiority this did not seem to matter too much at this time, but eventually- the Germans were fully aware of this - they would not be able to replace their losses as the Allies could. Apart from this, a few serious mistakes were made by the Germans. The attack had been preceded by a heavy artillery bombardment, primarily directed at those woods where the Germans had wrongly assumed the Americans to be hiding. The large number of German casualties was due mainly to the reckless manner in which they launched their attacks, inadequately supported by heavy weapons. The Panzer Aufklarungs Abteilung 9 (Armored Reconnaissance Unit) of the Division under Lt. Colonel Bockhoff was operating near Meyel, while near Neerkant Panzer Regiment 10 under Lt. Colonel Reich was fighting, but these were the only important assault forces the 9th Panzer could muster. Panzer Regiment 11 had not shown up at all! In the evening its commander was replaced by the dynamic Bockhoff, and the units of this regiment were wedged in between the two other assault groups. But by then the (page 135 follows) damage had already been done. If the Germans had committed all their forces simultaneously in the morning, their success would have been even greater. This was not only a matter of the missing Panzer Regiment 11 but also of the 15th Panzergrenadier Division, which was supposed to have crossed the canal half a day earlier, and should have done so. The Germans realized this only much later.

Toward noon they began to notice a stiffening of the American resistance. The fog had lifted and the Allied air force joined in the battle. The Germans no longer had to cope solely with the weak, dispersed troops of the 87th Reconnaissance Squadron. West of Meyel, where Lt. Colonel Boylan had made his unsuccessful counterattacks, Combat Command R under Colonel Chappuis was now defending the road to Asten. On the road to Liessel the Germans ran into Task Force Wemple. Admittedly it was not a strong force, and Wemple still had plenty of reasons to be worried.

Earlier, three German tanks (always referred to as Tigers by the Allies, but probably Panthers) had approached the junction where the Kanaalstreet merges with the road from Meyel to Liessel. An American armored car, well hidden behind a haystack, let the first German tank pass, and then fired six shells in rapid succession from its 37 mm gun at a distance of 15 yards at the rear of the tank. Crippled by this fire from such a short distance, the tank landed in a ditch and the crew hastily abandoned it and scurried for cover. The two remaining tanks swung back menacingly toward the American armored car, which wisely turned tail. Later, the Americans dispatched three tank destroyers and a Sherman to deal with the Germans; all four were lost. Wemple realized that it would be very hard for him to cope with an- other German attack.

It would be outrageous if the compiler left the reader not knowing how this battle came out. The following excerpt from an article by Albert van der Heide came from website and is added for the reader's information:

Just over fifty years ago, two Dutch villages were virtually destroyed during a long, hard-fought battle, involving a German division with the newest Panther equipped tanks, the 7th American Armored Division and the 11th British Armored Division. The Allies defeated the enemy after two weeks of shelling, resulting in a man-to-man mop-up operation. Historians label it 'the Battle in the Shadow' (of Operation Market Garden), the local population still refers to it as 'the Forgotten Battle' since most Dutch people knew little about it until the liberation was complete. The 'Battle of Overloon' was the first and only tank battle ever to have taken place in the Netherlands. A battle which exacted a heavy toll among Allied soldiers who already had survived campaigns in Italy and Normandy.

WEMPLE, John Patton (I3679)
134 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999;


. . . John H. Schermerhorn has spent his life on the old homestead. He is the only son of his grandparents. He graduated from the LaGrange High School, and has taken the short course in agriculture at Purdue University. He is one of the progressive and successful farmers of the county, and pays much attention to livestock.

August 15, 1906, he married Bertha Showalter. She was born in LaGrange County and is graduate of the common schools. They have four children: Horace A., born August 9, 1907; Oneida M., born December 17, 1909; Mary A., born February 9, 1912; and Elmer O., born October 31, 1918. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Schermerhorn is a republican and spent one term of four years as a member of the County Council. In early life he put in five years as a teacher in the district school. 
SCHERMERHORN, John Hayes (I4091)
135 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999;


. . . Horace G. Schermerhorn was born on the old homestead in section 4 of Clear Spring Township August 17, 1847, grew up there and had a common school education. April 4, 1874, he married Evaline Wemple. She was born in New York State, but was brought to Indiana when only a girl. They had five children: Alice, wife of Bert Weir, of LaGrange County; John H.; Myrtie, unmarried and living with her father; Nettie, wife of William Bogert, living on the home farm. Horace Schermerhorn is a republican, served as township assessor, an is now chairman of the County Council of LaGrange County. . . . 
SCHERMERHORN, Horace Greeley (I4089)
136 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple on July 1, 1999:

Excerpt from http:/

CHARLES E. WEMPLE, from HISTORY OF WEST VIRGINIA: American Historical Society, 1923 (v. 2, p. 417)

CHARLES EDWIN WEMPLE is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the American Stone Company, whose general offices and business headquarters are at Wheeling. This company has several factories in West Virginia and Ohio, manufacturing the grinding stones used in paper mill industries.

Mr. Wemple was one of the original producers of the first successful pulp stone producers in this country, and for fifteen years was manager of a quarry in Ohio where was produced the only good pulp stone on the Western hemisphere. The supply at that time was more or less limited, making it necessary for the United States and Canada to look to England for part of their supply. When the World war cut off the supply of the English product, he immediately set out to find additional deposits of rock suitable for producing there large wood pulp grindstones, and it fell to the lot of West Virginia to become the second largest producer of these stones in the United States, which under rapid development took first place the third year after Mr. Wemple started producing stones in this state. The industry has grown rapidly, and is still expanding in order to keep up with the needs of the paper mills in this country, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

Mr. Wemple comes of a family noted for mechanical and business ability and was born at Lockport, New York, October 23, 1878. His grandfather, Myndert Wemple, was born in Holland April 9, 1810, and as a young man come to America and settled near Amsterdam, New York, where he followed farming until he retired in the Village of Amsterdam. He died there on November 4, 1885. In New York he married Miss Catherine McKinney, a native of Scotland, who died in Greenwich, Connecticut, June 30, 1906.

McKenney Wemple, father of Charles E. Wemple, was born in Ellenville, Schenectady County, New York, October 30, 1837, was reared there, learned his trade in the locomotive shops of Schenectady, and as a young man removed to Lockport. At the age of Thirty-five he engaged in a repairing and general contracting business, and was in expert builder of high pressure municipal waterworks pumps. He continued a successful business career at Lockport until his death, January 26, 1918. He was a democrat, a faithful Presbyterian in religious affiliations, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. At Lockport he married Miss Eliza Jakeway, who was born in that city, November 7, 1849, and is still living there. Her father, Edwin Jakeway, was born in Gloucester, England, in 1806, and as a young man settled at Lockport, where he became a millwright. He died at Lockport, May 16, 1888. His wife was Jane Bradfield, who was born in Southampton, England, in 1810 and died at Lockport, September 7, 1869.

McKenney Wemple and wife had the following children: Miss Martha, who died at Lockport at the age of thirty; Kate J., department manager of a department store at Lockport; Minnie J., wife of Austin B. Morrill, a Lockport merchant; Myndert, a millwright with Federal Milling Company at Lockport; Charles Edwin; Arthur S., accountant for the Stratton Fire Clay Company, living at Toronto, Ohio; and McKenney, Jr., a carpenter and contractor at Toronto, Ohio.

Charles Edwin Wemple acquired his early education in the public schools of Lockport, graduating for high school in 1898. For three years following he was employed in the joint offices of the Lockport Pulp Company and the Lockport Felt Company. Practically his entire business experience has been in some phase of the paper manufacturing industry. On leaving Lockport he removed to New Philadelphia, Ohio and was with the Tippecanoe Pulp and Grindstone Company until business was dissolved in 1905. Subsequently he became secretary and manager of the Smallwood Stone Company at Empire, Ohio, but in 1915 he removed to Mannington, West Virginia, and bought the stone properties of J.A. Connelly at Littleton. With these properties he organized the American Stone Company, and has since been secretary, treasure and general manager. Mr. Wemple moved the business headquarters of this company to Wheeling in November, 1920, to the offices being in the McLain Building. The company produces a large line of wood pulp grindstones, used in grinding wood pulp for different mills. The factories where the stones re produced are at Littleton, West Virginia, Hammondsville, Ohio, and States, West Virginia.

Mr. Wemple has been welcomed into Wheeling's circle of prominent businessmen. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a member of the Wheeling Gun Club, Wheeling Rotary Club, and Wheeling Tennis Club, and is affiliated with Mannington Lodge No. 31, F. and A.M., Mannington Chapter, R.A.M., West Virginia Comandery No. 1, K.T., Osiris Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Wheeling, and belongs to West Virginia Consitory No. 1 of the Scottish Rite. He is past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Toronto, Ohio, and while living at Toronto was a member of the city council and a director and vice president of the Bank of Toronto. He is independent in politics. His home is a modern residence at 13, Laurel Avenue in Lenox, Wheeling. In June, 1903, at Lockport, Mr. Wemple married Miss Minnie B. Rignail, daughter of Charles P. and Louise E. (Bowden) Rignail, residents of Lockport, where her father is a shoe merchant. Mrs. Wemple is a graduate of Lockport High School. They have four children: Martha Louise, born May, 1905; Ella Kate, born in October, 1907, Priscilla, born in August, 1909; and Philip Edwin, born in November, 1921. 
WEMPLE, Charles Edwin (I3775)
137 From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple on July 1, 1999:

Excerpts from the HISTORY OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, A.T. Anreas, 1884:

S.V. KLINE, grocer was born in Montgomery County, N.Y. June 12, 1821. He was first employed with his uncle J.V.A. Wemple, in the manufacture of threshing machines in Fonda, N.Y., up to 1849, when he came to Chicago and carried on the business up to 1873. Then Mr. Kline, with James Kline and Andrew Wemple bought out J.V.A. Wemple and carried on the business under the firm name of Wemple, Kline & Co. In 1857 James Kline and Andrew Wemple sold out their interests to Humphrey & Bander, and the firm became Kline, Humphrey & Bander, and soon afterwards Kline, Greely & Co. . . .

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 Mary 11, 1832; had a twin brother who died in infancy; married Malissa Burdick, March 1, 1854; lives with his son George in Chicago, IL. 
WEMPLE, Andrew (I2631)
138 From papers sent to the compiler on March 14, 2000 by Alan S. Ryall:

. . . he was a Free Mason, and served in the War of 1812, and died of typhus fever contracted in the war; he is interred in Benedict Corner & Union Mills Road Cemetery, Fonda, NY; resided Fonda, NY.

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 November 2, 1768. Married Rebecca Fonda December 21, 1791. He died March 13, 1813 and is buried just east of the grounds of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, near the river, at Fonda, MY and his gravestone indicates him to have been a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife Rebecca died May 5, 1795, aged 22 yrs., 9 mos., 12 days and is buried beside him. The married secondly, May 7, 1796, Catalyntje, daughter of Jacob Van Alstine and Annetie Lansing, who was baptized in Albany on May 9, 1779 and died May23, 1858. Andries contracted typhus fever at Schketts Harbor during the last war with England nd returning to his home ill, (he) died there. 
WEMPLE, Andries (I620)
139 From papers sent to the compiler on September 12, 2000 by Alan S. Ryall, Jr.:

James Benedict Ryall

As related to Alan S. Ryall, Jr.
by his grandmother
Alice Yates Wemple Ryall
in the early 1950?s
and supplemented by various documents

James Benedict Ryall was born on September 24, 1882, in Ireland, to parents George R. and Juliana Ryall. The family immigrated to America before James was a year old, and he was raised on the East Coast. In America George practiced law, and was said to have graduated from Dublin University. However, a letter dated January 18, 1956 from the Assistant Registrar of Trinity College, University of Dublin, stated that there was no record of a George Ryall having attended that school. Juliana claimed that the birthplace of her son was Tralee, but a letter dated December 28, 1946 from the Registrar of County Kerry, in which Tralee is located, stated that he hd no records of births, marriages or deaths for this family, and he had forwarded the letter to several Ryles who might have knowledge of the family. [Note: In the 1900 US Census, George and Juliana were living at 138 Home Avenue, Rutherford, Bergen County, New Jersey. There were two sons listed: Michael J. Ryall, born in Ireland September 1882 and George Ryall, born in New York November 1889. Apparently at some point Michael J. changed his name to James Benedict Ryall - AR]

James was educated at St. Francis Xavier Military School in New York City, and although mechanically inclined was induced to begin work in his father?s law firm but was soon fired. It was during this period - around 1903 - that George Ryall was handling some legal matters for the Daniel Frederick Wemple family, and in the course of dealing with the Wemples James met Alice and they were married at the Church of the Transfiguration in New York, on January 13, 1904. Alice was Episcopalian, and the family was well-off, due in part to a sizeable amount of Singer Sewing Machine stock that had been acquired by her grandmother. James had been raised as a Catholic, but abandoned that faith when he married Alice. She said that he always considered his Irish-Catholic background to be an impediment, and as a Captain in the Army gave his religion as mugwump.

James also worked briefly for attorney Nathan Goldberger, at the Horowitz Law Office. Goldberger handled legal and family financial affairs for Alice during her life with James.

Using some of Alice?s Singer Sewing Machine inheritance, the couple moved to High Street, Passaic, New Jersey, where James bought an automobile garage and started amateur automobile racing. Their first son Alan Stuart Ryall was born there [Note: the son?s was christened as George Alexander Ryall, but later changed his name]. In 1906 the family lived at 608 Sixth St., Asbury Park, New Jersey. In 1908 they moved to Newark, and James became an agent for the Matheson Automobile Company of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and their second son Scott was born.

In April 1908 James drove in the practice run to the Briarcliff-to-Yorktown Stock Car Race, where his Matheson was in an accident, as a result of which he missed the main event. He also drove a 60-HP Matheson in the Vanderbilt Cup Race in 1908, where according to the October 25, 1908 New York Times:

The Matheson, which Ryall drove, drew up in front of the grandstand on its fourth round with flames issuing from its gear box. The flames enveloped the hood before the car could be brought to a stop, fanned by the air current induced by its motion. Instantly there was a flurry, and one quick-witted spectator seized a fire extinguisher and played it on the flames. This put out the blaze. The mischief had been done so far as the race went, for, although he worked on the car for more than an hour, Ryall could not get it started again.

James also drove in the Mardi Gras Race in New Orleans, with Louis Chevrolet as his mechanic.

As a race-car driver James did well, although he had a reputation for recklessness, and the house was soon adorned with trophies of all sizes and shapes. However, he was totally inept at managing a business, and his racing bankrupted the garage.

In 1908 James? father filed a $50,000 lawsuit against him for non-payment of some legal fees, and to escape court proceedings he and Alice packed up their belongings and two sons, left at night, and for a short time lived in Portland, ME. A serious depression plus James? usual financial difficulties forced them to migrate again - first to Denver, CO, then Glendale, CA and then Ross, CA, where they lived from 1912 to 1916. During these troubled times the family was financed by the old family friend Nathan Goldberger, with James out of work and Alice?s inheritance tied up by George Ryall?s suit. Alice afterward thought that perhaps the father had sued the son primarily to save the remainder of her estate from James? reckless spending.

In San Francisco, with Goldberger?s help, James bought a Chinese herb business. This went belly-up and James was faced with the threat of a stretch in federal prison for using the mail to defraud. Until then, Alice had been abandoned by the Wemples, but when she and James were at their rope?s end her brother Alex came west and straightened things out for them.

In 1916 and 1917 the family lived on Lamartine Avenue, Bayside, Long Island, and James worked for the Jeffrey Army Quad Truck Division of Poertner Motor Car Company of New York. In October 1917 James received a commission as Captain in the U.S. Army, and in mid-November he was stationed in Washington, DC. In May 5, 1918 he was ordered to France with the 13th Field Artillery. His experience with automobiles turned out to be valuable here, since the Army was changing from horse-drawn to motorized equipment, and his knowledge of automobiles was unexcelled. On the other hand, as a 90-day wonder he was disliked by his fellow officers, most of whom were West Pointers.

James fought in the battles of Chateau Thierry and St. Mihiel, where he was wounded in the leg and nicked on the nose. According to Alice he also fell off a train in France and injured his shoulder, an injury that prevented the full use of his arm thereafter. When he was released from the French hospital he returned to the front, where he caught appendicitis and was again moved behind the lines, missing the rotation of his unit back to the States. When released he was put in charge of a group of returning veterans, and on the voyage home caught tonsillitis and was again hospitalized. He was transferred to San Francisco, where he was admitted to Letterman Hospital because of the old shoulder injury. Finally he applied for a discharge, and returned to civilian life as a salesman for the Packard Automobile Company.

Through the war Alice had stayed in New York, supported by socialite brother Alex. When James was discharged she decided that he had shirked his family responsibilities long enough, and came west with their four children - Alan, Scott, Martha (Dixie), and Leslie. In the 1920 Census, the family was listed as living at 550 Leavenworth Avenue in San Francisco. The reconciliation failed, and Alice left James for good, scraping by as best she could with the two boys working. In October 1922 Alice and the children were living a 561 37th Avenue in San Francisco.

A few months later James was involved in a scandal, in which the wife of a wealthy lumberman was killed while riding in his car. On January 16, 1923, he took an overdose of sleeping pills. According to the death certificate the cause of death was acute gastro enteritis induced by overindulgence in Veronal, together with ?acute pulmonary congestion? and myocarditis. According to the SF Chronicle on January 17, James B. Ryall, well-known in automobile and club circles, died suddenly in his room at the St. Francis yesterday afternoon, evidently from heart trouble. Ryall served during the war as a Captain in the army, was a member of the Olympic Club and an automobile salesman. He lived at the Beresford Hotel, but several days ago engaged a room at the St. Francis. According to his friends he had been ill in a local hospital recently. He was 35 years old. [Actually he was 40 - AR] 
RYALL, James Benedict (I1642)
140 From Scott Wemple on 15 February 2007:

Anne Louise Bates Wemple, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 2 following a brief hospitalization. Her family was at her side.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home on Monday, February 5, 2007 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, at 3:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas. Reverend Jan Reed will officiate.

Mrs. Wemple was born March 28, 1927 in Graham, Texas to Sam and Augusta (Cornish) Bates. She was raised and educated in Lubbock and attended Texas Tech University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Shortly after moving to Midland, she met the love of her life, Allen Abels Wemple, and they were married in Lubbock on November 27, 1948. They had four children.

Mrs. Wemple was a well-known and respected community educator, serving on the faculty of Trinity School (formerly Episcopal Day School) for 39 years. She was a driving force in the school's development, and was known for her fierce dedication to her students and to the integrity of education. She founded several programs at Trinity, including a fife-and-drum corps and a bagpiper's performing group. She was an accomplished bagpiper and spent many happy hours playing her pipes. She earned a Master of Arts in Psychology from UTPB as well as her counseling and reading certifications. In addition, she studied alphabetic phonics enabling her to become a master teacher.

Christened Marlo by her grandchildren, she devoted herself to the care of her husband and family. A lifelong Christian, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She leaves a priceless legacy to her children, grandchildren and future generations; a legacy built upon her love of faith, family and freedom.

Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Allen Wemple. of Midland,TX; son Allen, Jr., also of Midland; her son and his wife Scott and Alana Wemple, of Spring, TX; daughters and their husbands Susan and Kevin Courtney, of Midland, TX and Diane and Gary LoRusso, of Palmer, Alaska; seven grandchildren; Casey and Lauren Courtney, of Midland, TX; Gabriel LoRusso, of Palmer, Alaska; Collin and Kendal Murphy, of Spring, TX; and Keaton and Cassidy Anne Wemple, also of Spring. Other survivors include Mr. and Mrs. Wemple's siblings and their spouses, Marjorie and Wayne Bain, of Grand Junction, CO; Jack and Freda Bates, of Waco, TX; Lois Bates, of Dallas, TX; Edith Wemple, of Austin, TX; Ted and Georgeann Wemple, of Odessa, TX; Evelyn and Terrell Allen, of Austin, TX and Lucille Wemple, of Midland, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved older brother, Samuel Sidney Bates II, she also leaves many nieces, nephews, loving colleagues and friends, and grateful former students.

The family request that memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, TX 79701.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 
BATES, Anne Louise (I5863)
141 From the 1880, HISTORY OF GEAUGA COUNTY, OHIO pg. 371, shows she was an officer (A.C.) in Sons of Temperance Div. #168, Hambden, Ohio; 1909, lived in Chardon, Ohio. GJW WEMPLE, Effie (I2682)
142 From the Chico Enterprise-Record July 2, 2003:


Evelyn Josephine Matson Wemple went to be with the Lord on June 29, 2003. She was born in Hollywood, Calif. on August 30, 1909, to Charles and Louisa Matson. She was one of nine children.

She married Laurence William Wemple on April 16,1931. He preceded her in death in 1997. They moved to Chico in 1945 where they raised their two children.

Evelyn enjoyed dancing, card games and number games. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Larry, his wife Arliene, of Butte Creek Canyon Chico and their children, Sherri, Carrie, Robin and Chad; her daughter, Marlene, her husband, George Sweetingham of Lummi Island, Washington and their children Jack, Michael, Cynthia and Randelle; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held for Evelyn at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

MATSON, Evelyn Josephine (I6580)
143 From THE HISTORY OF SCHENECTADY DURING THE REVOLUTION, Individual Records of Service sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI:

Wemple, Myndert R.: Born September 30, 1742. He served as an ensign in the 2nd Albany County Militia. In 1777 he is mentioned as captain of a company of batteauman performing service in transporting provisions and stores for the troops on the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

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 II, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913.

He was born September 30, 1742 and baptized in Schenectady October 24, 1742. August 21, 1768 was Alida Wemple married Myndert R. Wemple, son of Reyer Wemple, by the Reverand Barent Vrooman. (Old Family Bible). Alida, his wife, was a daughter of Abraham Wemple and Rachel Vrooman; she was baptized April 30, 1749 and died December 17, 1796.

The original muster-roll of May 7, 1767, preserved in volume 14, page 215, of SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY mentions him as a private in the company of Captain John Glen, Jr., at Schenectady.

During the Revolutionary War, he was an Ensign under captains Schermerhorn and Van Petten in Colonel Abraham Wemple's regiment. 
WEMPLE, Myndert R. (I308)

Wemple, Myndert A.: Baptized February 9, 1753; died November 10, 1804. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed second lieutenant in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2nd Albany County Militia. On July 10 he refused an offer of a recruiting warrant from the Provincial Congress, and on June 20, 1779, was reappointed second lieutenant. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and assigned to the company of Captain John Mynderse. 
WEMPLE, Myndert A. (I543)

Wemple, Reyer: Baptized October 17, 1703; died in 1796. His name appears on the rolls of the 2nd Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.

Through his grandfather, Reyer Schermerhorn, he obtained land on both sides of the Mohawk River at Hoffman's Ferry. DRW

The following is from an unpublished 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.

He was baptized in Schenectady October 17, 1703. Married Debora Veeder, his first cousin, who was a daughter of Johannes Veeder and Susanna Wemple, and was baptized January 17, 1703.

He was devised property by the will of his grandfather Reyer Schermerhorn, after whom he was named, in 1717, which was located near Huffman's Ferry and he afterwards moved upon it.

On August 8, 1727, by deed recorded in DEEDS F --- No. 6, page 145, Albany County Clerk's office, Albany, NY, his brother, Myndert conveys to him land at Huffman's Ferry which their grandfather Reyer Schermerhorn, had devised to Myndert, Reyer and Ariantje Wemp; it being his share of the one just sixth part of the easternmost half of the Seaventh fflatts, lying and being on the North side of the Maques River, about six miles above said Town of Schenectady and also a sixth part of a tract in New Jersey about twenty-seaven miles above Amboy.

On May 22, 1733, he was a freeholder in Schenectady and named as such in A list of the Freeholders of the City and County of Albany. preserved in volume 70, page 58, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY.

He died in 1796, after reaching the exceedingly ripe age of 93 years.

His will, which was made May 20, 1791 and proven December 23, 1797, is filed in WILLS, volume 2, page 329, Albany County Surrogates office, Albany, NY and portions are quoted below:

Reyer Wemple of the town of Schenectady, in the county of Albany, yeoman, leaves to my eldest son, John my fowling piece, with my large low Dutch family Bible for his primogeniture; besides other land, he also gives John his orchard lying and being in the Woestyne, town and county aforesaid, on the south side of the Mohawk River.

To Alida, widow and relict of his son Myndert, he leaves his house-barn, Homestead, Orchard and five morgens of land where said house-barn and orchard now stand . . . situate, lying and being in Woestyne aforesaid, whereon and wherein I have last lived during or in the lifetime of my deceased wife Deborah, just as the same was conveyed to me by my father, John Wempel deceased, but if she remarried it was to go her children by Myndert. He speaks of his daughter Susanna, wife of Harmanus Mabie, and of his grandchildren, Ryer, Abraham, John, Walter Vrooman, Myndert and Deborah, children of my deceased son Myndert R. Wempel and his said wife Alida, also of his niece Catalina, daughter of Isaac Wemple, deceased.

Pearson in his GENEALOGIES OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY says that Reyer's widow, Debora, married Douw Fonda of Caughanwaga, on August 19, 1757, but that statement is wrong, as Reyer's will says she died before he died. 
WEMPLE, Reyer (I305)
146 From the Internet,


HARDIN - John D. Wemple, 62, of Hardin passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 1999, in the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Hardin, a son of Rex and Ruby Graf Wemple. He grew up and attended schools in Hardin, graduating from Hardin High School. Following his education, he worked on area ranches, until enlisting in the US Army in 1958. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1960. He returned to Hardin and worked for the Fox Oil Company until 1987. He had worked for the Floyd Warren Farms, since 1987.

John married Virginia Leenknecht on June 2,1963, in Hardin and the couple made their home in Hardin.

He retired after 20 years of service with the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of the First Congregational Church, Hardin Elks Lodge and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid outdoors man.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Hardin; one son, Jerry and his wife Candice of Hardin; one daughter Donna and her husband Jerry Lee Edwards of Sarpy; four grandchildren, Jessica, Johnny, Amanda and Colton; one brother, Ray (Sharon) Wemple of Billings; one sister, Judy (Robert) Schneider of Denver, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the Hardin First Congregational Church with Rev. Bill Tibbs, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the Funeral arrangements.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Horn Hospice, 806 Custer, Hardin, MT 59034 or to the charity of one's choice. 
WEMPLE, John Dudley (I6871)
147 From the LASSEN ADVOCATE 14 June 1945 page 1c6:


The Navy Department has officially notified Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Burroughs of Sacramento that their son Ensign Spencer Burroughs, Jr., had been killed in action in the vicinity of Okinawa.

A native of Susanville, Ensign Burroughs graduated from Sacramento High School, attended Stanford University, following which he enlisted in the Navy V12 training program at the University of California and received his commission at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. He was 24 years old.

Besides his parents, Attorney and Mrs. Spencer Burroughs, he leaves a wife Elaine, a sister Miss Olga Burroughs, brothers, Trent and Geoffrey Burroughs all of Sacramento. Also surviving are grandmothers Mrs. J.C. Wemple of Milford and Judge Gladys S. Burroughs of Sacramento; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Lassen County and Sacramento.

Note from the compilers: Spencer is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. 
BURROUGHS, Spencer (I132)
148 From the LASSEN ADVOCATE, 5 November 1940:


Susanville was shocked early this morning with the news of the tragic death of Orville E. Wemple, 47, state sales tax collector here, and the very serious injury of his bride of two days, the former Miss Mary Vail Cook of Alturas; when the car she was driving, sideswiped a stalled truck, 12 miles south of Fallon, Nevada, last night.

Wemple was killed instantly, according to United Press dispatches to the Advocate, while Mrs. Wemple suffered a broken leg, serious body cuts and bruises and possible internal injuries. She was moved to the Handley Hospital in Fernley, Nevada, where late this afternoon it was learned her condition was grave.


According to the message to the Advocate Wemple and his bride were married in Reno Sunday evening at 9 o'clock, leaving later for Fallon to visit Guy Wemple, brother of the deceased.

It was learned after a pleasant visit in Fallon they left for a honeymoon trip which was to have taken them to Boulder Dam and on to Arizona.


It was while bound south that the car driven by Mrs. Wemple encountered a truck, which had pulled to the side of the highway, where the driver and assistant were changing tires.

Lights were burning on the truck, and the press dispatch states that the driver of the truck frantically waved a flashlight to attract attention.


As Mrs. Wemple came within range of the truck she is reported to have swerved her car, but too late. Her automobile was completely demolished.

Whether or not Wemple was thrown from the car was not indicated, but it was learned that his death was instantaneous.

The body of the respected Susanville resident and Lassen County native, was being moved to this city for funeral services which will be conducted under the auspices of the Susanville Lodge of Elks Thursday afternoon from the Methodist church. Interment will be made in the family plot in Milford cemetery with C.W. Morrill in charge of the arrangements.


The deceased was born in Milford, this county, September 28, 1893, and attended the elementary schools there, later attending Lassen high school where he was prominent and active in all student body affairs.

Following his schooling he went to San Francisco to round out his business education, obtaining employment there. Later he migrated to Reno, Nevada to enter the employ of his cousin, Paul T. Wemple, who conducted a haberdashery in the Nevada metropolis. When Paul Wemple established a a store in Susanville, the deceased returned to this center and became identified with him in its management.

When the state legislature directed the levying of sales tax to equalize the burden of state expenditures, creating a Sales Tax Division of the State Board of Equalization, Orville was given the appointment of auditor and collector for the organization in Lassen county area, a position he held with credit to the time of his tragic and untimely death.


The deceased, who had scores of friends and great influence in this locality, is survived by his shocked parents, Justice and Mrs. N.V. Wemple, very esteemed and widely known residents of Susanville, three brothers - Guy Wemple of Fallon, Nevada, Fred Wemple of Wendel and Lyle Wemple, young business man of Susanville and one sister, Miss Burnice Wemple of Sacramento.

There are also surviving, four nieces - Gynith Wemple of Fallon, Naomi and Nadene of Susanville, Phyllis Wemple of Wendel, two nephews - Frank Wemple of Wendel and Dana Wemple of Susanville; Frank O. Wemple, Lassen County Assessor, an uncle of, and William Benson (sic) of Reno and Benton A. Sifford of Oakland, also surviving uncles. There are also four surviving aunts - Mrs. Libby Harris of Elko, Nev., Mrs. Zebnor Johnson of Wendel; Mrs. Drew Raker of Chico and Mrs. Lottie Byer of Fallon. There are also surviving 32 cousins.

From the LASSEN ADVOCATE, 8 November 1940:


One of the largest and most solemn funerals in the history of Susanville Orville E. Wemple, son of Justice and Mrs. N.V. Wemple, esteemed pioneer residents of Lassen County, was placed to rest in the family plot beside two other children of the Wemples, in Milford cemetery, Thursday afternoon following services at the Methodist church in this city.

The rites were largely attended by friends of the family and the deceased from all sections of Northern California and the Sacramento Valley where he was widely known and respected. The untimely and tragic death of the deceased was in an automobile accident near Fallon, Nevada, last Monday evening shocked friends and business acquaintances alike.

The services were most impressive, being under the direction of the officers of Susanville lodge of Elks of which the deceased was an honored member. The Elks, headed by Exalted Ruler A.G. Breitweiser were assisted in the ritual by Rev. E.D. Spaulding, with Mrs. Morrill rendering sacred music, accompanied by Mrs Ben Cunningham of the console.

The Elks and the local post of the American Legion attended the rites in a body, forming an honorary escort. The Elks ritual was employed in the dismissal services at the grave side. Legionnaires made a presentation of Arms while Taps were sounded as all that was mortal of the young resident went to his final reward.

The pall bearers were all close associates of the deceased, being connected with the State Board Equalization with which he had been connected as Lassen county sales tax collector, since the organization of the division. They were Senator Harold J. Powers, Clarence Shearin, Dewey Eagan, Clarence E. Lowe, W.A. McIntosh and Peter Donnelly.

The floral offerings were beyond compare and so many that the last resting place was a great bank of the season's most gorgeous blooms. The C.W. Morrill service had charge of the arrangements. 
WEMPLE, Orville Earl (I186)
149 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Kyle Theodore (I160)
150 From the papers sent to my by Michael Lee Wemple, Bay City, MI, on September 5, 1996:

Public Papers of Govenor George Clinton (718):


To his Excellency George Clinton Esq. Captain General and Governor in Chief In and over the State of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America, Chancellor and Admiral of the Navy &C.

The petition of Arent Wemple a Debtor in Albany Goal, Most Humbly Shewth

That your Excellency's Petitioner has been Confined in this Goal upwards for Four Years, and is detained ever since notwithstanding the several Creditors by which Suits your Excellency's Petitioner is detained, are gone over to Our Enemy, and your Petitioner is left to languish in Prison, for Want of Necessaries and Life And such as clothing which of Consequence in such a Time must be wanting.

Your Excellency's Petitioner, therefore, most humbly Prays that Your Excellency would take it into Serious Consideration, and Grant a Discharge or such Release from Confinement to your Petitioner, as in Your Excellency's Clemency and Wisdom shall seem meet. And Your Excellency's Petitioner As in Duty bound shall ever Pray &C.

Arent Wemple

Albany Goal, August 23, 1777

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 baptized in Schenectady July 12, 1740. Lived near the city of Schenectady. on the road to Niskayuna, at the time his sister Jannetje's will was made in 1776, owing property adjoining hers on the rear. He was a private in Captain Daniel Campbell's Schenectady company, according to the muster roll dated May 1, 1767, and preserved in volume 14, page 209 of SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY In the JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, volume 9, page 18 is Daniel Campbell's account against Sir Wm., and on May 8, 1764, he charges him with To 500 lbs. to Arent Wemple 3/ L9. 0. 0. . . .

Arent was a private during the Revolution, under Captain John I. Lansing of Colonel Philip P. Schuyler's regiment.

It is not know that he ever married. In 1777 he had languished in the Albany jail for four years, having been imprisoned for debt. During the Revolution he became a Tory and fled to Canada where he became a soldier in the King's Rangers (CENTENNIAL OF THE SETTLEMENT OF UPPER CANADA BY THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS, 1885). 
WEMPLE, Arent (I851)

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