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151 From the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, 27 February 1978, page bc6:


Final services for Mrs. Edna Mary Wemple, 87, who was killed in the seniors bus-pickup truck collision on Highway 395 near Standish on Thursday, were held at the Lucero-Carlson Colonial Mortuary this morning at 11 o'clock with Rev. James Profitt officiating. Internment was in the Milford Cemetery.

Ivor French was the organist and played 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Rock of Ages.'

The deceased was born in Douglas Flats, Calif., June 9, 1890, the daughter of Frank and Martha Prothero. She had resided in this county for 56 years and in California all her life. Prior to retirement she was a school teacher in Lassen County for 24 years. She was a member of the Susanville Senior Citizens Club, the Janesville Grange, Social Rebekah Lodge 101 of Susanville, the National Retired Teachers' Association and the California Retired Teachers' Association.

Surviving are a son, Frank of Reno, three daughters, Phyllis Metz, Susanville, Nadene Kayser, Alameda, and Naomi Netzorg, Huston, Tex., two sisters Lola M. Prothero, Oakland, and Eva Cunn, Castro Valley and 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
PROTHERO, Edna Mary (I287)
152 From the TUTTLE RECORDS by William H. Tuttle which were sent to me about 1988 by Olive Boylan, Historian of Munnsville, NY and vicinity:

Wemple, Johann Myndert (always signed Myndert on deeds - Johann Myndert on some legal documents). First white settler of Wampsville. Village was named Wampsville for him. Was a blacksmith and horse shoer with George Washington's Army. He is said to have forged the huge iron chain that was stretched across the Hudson River at West Point to try and prevent the British fleet in New York from sailing to Albany. Johann Myndert was born December 28, 1765 [note discrepancy on Family Page DRW]. He was about 26 years old when he came to the present site of Wampsville an August 20, 1791. He erected a log shanty on the knoll near the present court house. During the next few years he cleared more land, built a better home, a blacksmith shop and 2 hotels. Wemple's Taverns became popular stopping places.

The Father of Wampsville
by George W. Walter

There was a time when George Washington, first president of the United States, must have thought that present Wampsville might become the capitol of the United States. This is the tradition handed down to descendants of Johann Myndert Wemple, reputed first white settler of Madison County's county seat, according to Willis Tuttle, Hoboken, a great grandson. The family legend reveal that Wemple, also known as Von or Van Wemple, was advised by Washington at the end of the Revolutionary War to go and settle in the central part of New York State - then almost a primeval wilderness.

Wemple was a Dutchman, who served as a blacksmith and horse shoer with Washington's army. He is said to have forged the huge iron chain that was stretched across the Hudson River at West Point to try and prevent the British fleet from sailing to Albany.

It must be stated there is a great deal of truth in these Wemple family legends. The Wemple family gained renown in the Mohawk Valley both prior to and during the Revolution for their patriotism. Sir William Johnson, head of Indian affairs, sent Myndert Wemp (same family), also also a blacksmith, into the Seneca Country to reside and follow his trade and also to keep a wary eye on Cornplanter and other chiefs. Wemp stayed in the Indian country until he was driven out during a minor famine. He reported his findings to the Irish baronet at Fort Johnson on April 20, 1756. In his report, Wemp told how John Abeel or Cornplanter was selling great qualities of rum to the Indians. Sir William Johnson promptly shut off trade goods for a time.

Wemple's Tavern near Johnstown was also a favorite gathering place for both Patriots and Tories, only pretty Peggy Wemple [Margaret Fonda, wife of Barent Wemple who died in 1771 DRW] reported the activities of the Tories to Washington.

Willis Tuttle related recently he can still remember how his ancestor's most noted hotel looked when he was a boy. Located on the turnpike, just west of the present Court Street, there were rear doors large enough to drive an ox team into the hotel hauling logs for the huge fireplaces. The hotel also had the distinction of having each guest room numbered. The barns and wagon shed that housed the Conestoga wagons, the carriages and wagons of the passing immigrants, as well as their stock stood until recent years in the rear of the hotel. The building, now greatly remodeled, still stands, and is owned by Carlton Sweet.

When Wemple first came to the site of the present village, he carried with him some $12,000 in English gold and Spanish silver. With this money he purchased from the Oneida Indians on contract over 3,000 acres of land. About 20 years later he was forced to repurchase it from the State, but was allowed considerable rebate on his title.

An Historical Sketch
George B. Russell, Esq. 1909

Myndert Wemple was undoubtedly the first while settler at Wampsville. He came there some time about 1784. He was then 20 years of age, had been in General Washington's army, was a blacksmith by trade and shod Washington's horses.

Wemple located near the corner just across from Mayor McConnell's home, and erected a blacksmith shop, the location of which there is no question about, as Melvin Getman has plowed the land and has found old forgings, large quantities of cinders and some ox-shoes, presumably made by the hand of Myndert Wemple. He also built a mill there and a house where Miss Van De Walker now lives, carved the door-casings, and the rooms were all numbered. He also built the hotel that John Haley used to run and another hotel near the Hebron Spencer place, in front of which is the sulphur spring which flows like an artesian well. This hotel has since been moved and is now occupied by Ed Sults. I am informed that in front of the last hotel there was a large willow tree, which was crotched, and many years ago before there head been placed in the crotch of the tree an ox's head, through which the water of the sulphur spring flowed, the tree having grown completely around the head and all that could be seen of it was the horns and the mouth.

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 28, 1764, near Caughnawaga and was baptized in the church at that place January 27, 1765. He was married, first, to Nancy Winn, on January 1, 1791. Nancy died January 24, 1796, in giving birth to her daughter, Eveline. He married for his second wife, Sarah Van Alstine, July 16, 1797, their marriage being recorded in the Reformed Church at Stone Arabia. Sarah was a daughter of Martin J. and Nancy Van Alstine. She was born June 16, 1773 and died November 25, 1852, Myndert died June 28, 1837. He and his second wife died and are buried at Wampsville, Madison County, NY. where they rest side by side; the gravestones still remain standing a the heads of their graves and the inscription on them reads as follows: Myndert Wimple died June 28, 1837, aged 71 years, 7months, Sarah, wife of Myndert Wimple, died November 25, 1852, aged 79 yrs., 5 mos., 9 days.

Martin J. Van Alstine, Sarah's father, was called Big Tree by the Indians. Sarah's mother who was born in 1733 and died at Myndert Wemple's in Wampsville, in 1831, is spoken of to quite an extent by J. Clement in his NOBLE DEEDS OF NOBLE WOMEN. She was one on a family of fifteen children.

Myndert Wemple moved out into Madison County in the early part of 1800, where he kept a hotel, or tavern as it was called in those days, and around him clustered a few hardy pioneers but, as he was at all times the leading spirit of that then wild section, the settlement became know as Wamps, which was the very usual and customary way of pronouncing, or rather, mispronouncing, he name, as this short and flat corruption was the generally accepted given to a Wemple.

After more people came within the confines of the locality and it assumed the proportions of a village, the old name still clung and the designation of Wampsville was given to it. Upon the establishment of a post-office at the place, no change was made in the name, so, for nearly a century now, has been handed down the ugly corruption of the surname of him in whose honor it was bestowed.

On April 6, 1803, the Legislature, during its twenty-seventh session, by Chapter 106, enacted as follows: And, be further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the commissioners, of the land-office, to issue letters patent to Myndert Wemple, hie heirs and assigns, for one hundred acres of land, to be laid out in a square, and to extend each way from the house now occupied by the said Myndert Wemple, along the Genesee road, fifteen chains, and from thence northerly fourteen chains, and southerly twenty chains, he the said Myndert Wemple paying therefor, into the treasury of this state, the sum of one hundred dollars. The payment was made and he land was deeded to him.

Among the positions of trust and honor conferred upon him, was that of paymaster of the Indians.

His granddaughter, Mrs. Fanny L. Harding, of Cleveland, OH, has in possession his commission as Ensign of a regiment of militia in the county of Chenango, Colonel John Lencklaen, commanding; it was issued May 5, 1800 and is signed by Jasper Hopper, secretary, and John Jay, Governor of the state of New York. 
WEMPLE, Johann Myndert (I1695)
153 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. CLARK, Carole Catherine (I41)
154 Grandma Jane filed a petition in Lassen County Superior Court trying to get Grandpa Joe committed to an insane asylum which reads as follows:
Case #555 Plaintiff: Wemple, J.C., etal
Defendant: Insane 1891
Complaint and Commitment: Insane
Filed January 7, 1891 A.J. Long, Clerk by F.W. Ward, Deputy
To Hon. W.T. Masten, Judge of Superior Court
Eliza J. Wemple respectfully represents that there is now in said County a person named J.C. Wemple who is insane and by reason of insanity dangerous to be at large and is a proper subject for the Insane Asylum and the said Eliza Jane Wemple being duly sworn deposes and says that the foregoing statement is true; wherefore she prays that such action may be had as the law requires and that the said J.C. Wemple may be sent to the Asylum of California.
(signed) Eliza Jane Wemple

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 6th day of January, 1891.

(signed) J.C. Pardee, District Attorney

Phyllis Metz, granddaughter of Joseph C. Wemple, found this in the Lassen County records and sent me her hand drafted copy on March 15, 1995. Phyllis' letter had the following paragraph: Anywhere I looked I couldn't find anything else on Jane's complaint. I guess it was just dropped with no action taken, or if any, it wasn't recorded where I could find it.
It's this compiler's opinion that no action was taken. I suspect that Grandpa Joe had enough influence with the Lassen County officials to just get this thing dropped as the action of an angry, vengeful woman. I would guess that Grandma Jane, after filing the complaint, just let it go with no further action on her part, except she moved out of his home and moved in with her son, Frank, about 6-8 years later.

Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Friday, 2 April 1909, page 3c4:


Another of the pioneer mothers of Honey Lake Valley passed away yesterday morning, April 1st, at the home of her son F.O. Wemple, at Johnstonville. The aged lady had been in poor health for a long time, and her departure hence had been looked for any times before. She came to this valley, if we are correctly informed, in the early sixties, possibly in 1862, and has made her home here ever since that time. She was an exemplary woman, highly respected by all who knew her, and loved for her many estimable qualities by those who knew her best. She was a devoted wife and mother, and by her death she leaves bereaved and aged husband, one daughter, Mrs. Libbie Harris of Elko, Nevada, and five sons - John, N.V., J.C., F.O., and O.E. Wemple, all of whom 'rise up and call her blessed,' and with whom her memory will remain enshrined as a heritage of love.

Funeral services will be held at the old home in Milford, Saturday. 
CHRISTIE, Eliza Jane (I123)
155 Grandma was a strong Christian who lived her faith. DRW

Obituary from the Susanville LASSEN ADVOCATE, Wednesday, 8 June 1960, page 1c3:


Funeral services for Mrs. Libby A. Wemple, 85, of Milford, who died at a local hospital last Saturday afternoon, were held in the Rogers Funeral Home on Monday afternoon at two o'clock with the Reverand Russell Van Alen officiating. Interment was in the Milford Cemetery.

Mrs. Alfreda Cunningham played three organ selections, In the Garden, Beautiful Garden of Prayer and Open Mine Eyes That I may see.

Pallbearers were Don Wemple, Glenn Wemple, David Wemple, David Edwards, Jr., Trent Burroughs and John J. Theordore.

The deceased was born in California on December 7, 1874 and was married at Milford in 1894.

Surviving are three sons, Claude, Milford; Raymond, Dorris; and Col. Neil, March AFB, and five daughters, Mrs. Olga Burroughs, Sacramento; Narnia Wemple, Milford; Mrs Marjel Edwards, Anderson; Mrs. Marguerite Hallowell; Susanville; and Mrs. Deesse Theodore, Wendel. 
DECIOUS, Elizabeth Adelia (I2)
156 Guy resided in Fallon, NV and managed Consolidated Warehouse for many years. DRW

Wedding announcement from the LASSEN ADVOCATE, 24 May 1918:

Well Known Susanville Couple Married. Miss Dorothy Carman and Guy Wemple, a well known young couple of Susanville were married last Saturday in Reno at the Baptist Church, the Reverand Brewster Adams officiating. The ceremony was performed at noon and several Susanville people were among the guests, including Mr. and Mrs. Wes Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. William Long, Miss May McShane and Mr. Arthur Barrett. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Carman of Susanville and is popular among the younger set. Young Wemple holds a position in a local bank and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N.V. Wemple of Milford. They will make their home in Susanville.

Obituary from the EAGLE STANDARD, Fallon, NV Sunday 12 December 1982, page 4c2:

GUY B. WEMPLE, 87-years-old, died Wednesday at a Reno hospital. He was born October 7, 1895, in Milford, California, and had resided in Churchill County for the past 51 years.

He was a retired manager for the Consolidated Feed and Lumber Company of Fallon and was a member of the Elks Club of Fallon. Mr. Wemple was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WW i>

He is survived by his wife, Josephine of Fallon, daughter Gynith Spoon of Wadsworth, sister Bernice Crutcher of Applegate, California; grandsons, Mitchell Ceresola of Reno, and Tracy Ceresola of Sparks; granddaughter Dana Maher of Winnemucca; seven great grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Austin, Matson and Smith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Milford Cemetery in Milford. Pallbearers will be Dana, Don, Glenn, David, Fred and Frank Wemple.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Austin, Matson and Smith Funeral Home. 
WEMPLE, Guy Bronson (I187)
157 He (Barnabas Wemp) was baptized in Schenectady, N.Y., September 3, 1738 (as Barent Wemple). His sister, Jannetje, mentions him in her will as her eldest brother, devising to him five shillings, and in describing a piece of land which she left to her aunt. She describes it as being bounded on the East by land belonging to her brothers, Barent and Arent. It is supposed that he lived a short distance from Schenectady city on the road to Niskayuna but possibly his home lot is now included in the present city limits.

In the muster roll of Captain Daniel Campbell's Schenectady Company, returned May 1, 1967, and preserved in volume 14, page 209, of Sir Wm. Johnson Manuscripts, in the State Library, Albany, N.Y., he is listed as a private in the company.

He was a private in the First Regiment of the Line, during part of the Revolutionary War, under Col. G. Van Schaick. (See copy of letter from Record and Pension Office, Washington, D.C. attached).

During the latter part of the Revolutionary War he became a Loyalist, and fled from the Mohawk Valley to Canada, leaving behind land and other property. About 1840, his sons, John and William, visited the Mohawk Valley for the purpose of securing the property left by their father upon his removal to Canada, but of course they were unsuccessful.

His grandchildren remember well the stories related time and time again by his wife, how on leaving New York State, they went to Niagara, crossed over to what was then known as Little York, now the city of Toronto. From there they went in bateaux, a sort of rowboat used then, to Kingston, at the port of the Bay of Quintie, and from there went to the Isle of Tantie, as at that time called, but now known as Amherst Island. Here they made their permanent home and are buried on their own farm.

In a book entitled THE CENTENNIAL OF THE SETTLEMENT OF UPPER CANADA BY THE UNITED EMPIRE OF LOYALISTS, 1784-1884, published by the Centennial Committee and printed, 1885, by Rose Publishing Co., Toronto, is a copy of the original 'Old United Empire List' preserved in the Crown Land Department at Toronto, which states that Barabas Wemp (Wimpel), residence Kingston, soldier in Col. Guy Johnson's Forresters (Owen Robbin's affidavit, 1807). Land Board of Mechlenburg, 1791. G.H., 1785-100. Provision List of Kingston say he belonged to Royal Regiment of New York in 1786. (Stamped Book.)

It will be noticed, by referring to the letter from Record and Pension Office, that he was called 'Wemp' on all the rolls of Col. Van Schaick's regiment in the Revolution, showing that he was so called during his residence in New York State. This short form of the name is still retained by all his descendants to the present day. The fact that his correct name was 'Wemple' is shown by the insertion in parenthesis of the English form 'Wimpel,' after the name 'Wemp' in the Old United Empire List. Further proof of this is also contained in the 'Register of Baptisms for the Township of Fredericksburgh' in the baptismal record of one of his children, as follows: 'Mary, daughter of Barnabas and Katreen Wemple, of Marysburgh, June 12, 1791.' The other baptismal records of their other children have it written 'Wemp.'

Record and Pension Office
War Department
Washington, City
January 22, 1898
Hon. James A. Roberts,
Comptroller, State of New York,
Dear Sir:

In reply to your letter of the 20th instant, received this morning, in which you request to be furnished with a statement of the record of Revolutionary service, and a tracing of the signature of Barent Wemple, a private of Colonel Wyncoop's Regiment, also similar information relative to Barent Wemp, a private of Colonel Van Schaick's Regiment, I beg to advise you as follows:

The records on file in this office show that Barent Wemple was a member (rank not stated) of Captain Gerrit S. Veeder's Company in the Regiment of Forces of the United Colonies raised in and for the defence of the Colony of New York, which was commanded by Colonel Cornelius D. Wyncoop, Revolutionary War. The name of the soldier appears only on a company muster roll covering the period from March 1, to May 23, 1776, which shows that he enlisted April 11, 1776, but affords no further information with regard to him. No document gearing his signature has been found on file.

The name of Barent Wemp(?) (also spelled Wemple) appears as that of a private in Captain John Copp's Company of the 1st Battalion of New York Forces, Commanded by Colonel Goose Van Schaick, Revolutionary War. His name appears on a company muster roll covering the period from November 21, 1776 to June 5, 1777, which shows that he enlisted December 28 (year not stated) for the period of the war. He is reported, without remark, on rolls of the company up to and including the roll for the month of May, 1778. The roll for June, 1778, reports him Absent without leave and supposed to be sick, and the rolls covering the period from July to December, 1778, reports him as Sick at Prince Town. Later rolls up to and including that for the month of December, 1779, report him Sick at Trentown, June 28, 1778. The roll for January and February, shows him as Transferred to Corps of Invalids. No further record of him has been found nor has any paper bearing his signature been found on the files of the office.
With very kind regard for yourself personally, I am
Very respectfully,
(signed) F.C. Ainsworth
Colonel, U.S. Army,
Chief, Record and Pensions Office.

The name Barnabas is merely the English form of the Holland Dutch given-name Barent and was no doubt more familiar to those living in Canada.

He was married, December 11, 1779, to Caterine Gates, who died August 27,1843. Her father's name was probably Michael Gates, but this has not yet been verified. They both died in the same year, as the following records, found by Rev. James Cumberland, Stella, Ont., in the old Register of the Anglican Church there will show: Catherine Wemp, U.E. Loyalist, date of interment August 29th, 1843; Barnabas Wemp, U.E. Loyalist, date of interment December 27th, 1843; both at McDonald's. Mr. Cumberland says this is the little plat where the son-in-law, McDonald, had buried one or two of his family where the Cairn with Cross now stands. He says he thinks her designation as U.E. Loyalist is presumptive evidence that she came with him to Canada from the colonies. WBW

The following article was sent to the compiler on September 5, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. It is from the Loyalist Cultural Centre, Bath, Ontario, Canada:


By Herb Wemp
Special to the Beaver (hand written article, 1995)

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Saturday, July 29 in fine town-crier fashion, the ceremonies started with the ringing of the crier's bell and the gathering of about 150 people around the plaque to be dedicated to the memory of loyalist settlers Barent and Catherine Wemp.

Most of those attending were descendants of the loyalist settlers.

Two Kings Royal Regiment soldiers in period uniform (John Wannamaker and L. W. Joyner) stood at attention on either side of the plaque which was veiled with The British Union Jack. The Town Crier (David McKee from Brantford and also a Wemp descendant gave an inspiring introduction to the unveiling.

All true to the memory of King George III and to his loyal subjects, hear ye now this proclamation: Whereas, United Empire Loyalists Barent and Catherine Wemp endured the hardships on the American Revolutionary War and began a new life in the wilderness of this very island 211 years ago. And whereas, if it were not for their will to survive, we would not be standing here today.

Now therefore, it is my pleasureful duty to to proclaim the unveiling of this plaque upon this site in memory of our ancestry, Barent and Catherine Wemp. May this plaque remind us and our descendants of the heritage that caused our family and many other loyalist families to carve and build a strong, united Canada.

This proclamation carried this 29th day of July in the year of our Lord, 1995. God bless Canada, God save the Queen.

The plaque was unveiled by Leigh Wemp, organizer of the ceremonies and his son, Herb, author of the text. The plaque was then read by the town crier.

The American Revolutionary War was the setting of their courtship and marriage. Barent was a soldier of foot in Colonel Guy Johnson's Loyal Foresters. As the war was drawing to a conclusion Barent and Catherine remained loyal to the crown of England. They had to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley leaving everything they owned behind. They were with the Captain Mike Grass company at Camp Catariqui in the fall of 1794. In the late winter of 1785, while Barent was monitoring rebel movements, south of Lake Ontario, Catherine gave birth to their first child, John, who became known as the first child born in the new loyalist community. Barent was enlisted in the King's Royal Regiment in 1786. By 1803 they settled here on Amherst Island on a 200-acre parcel of land. They raised seven children from whom some of today's island residents are descended. Barent and Catherine both died here on the site of their family farm.

Erected July 1995 by the descendants of Barent and Catherine with the assistance of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Kingston and District Branch of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada.

Amherst Island reeve Duncan Ashley recalled some personal encounters with members of the Wemp family.

He congratulated Leigh for organizing the day and told him he should be pleased with what he had done.

The ceremonies then moved to the Cairn as it is known. A large monument of stones topped with a wooden cross on a small rise along the fence line some distance from the road. The monument is enclosed with an iron chain and post in each of the four corners.

With the regiment soldiers on either side of the Cairn, the town crier lead everyone in Canada's National Anthem. The minister Christopher Davis lead everyone in prayer. As the ceremonies came to an end, the two regiment soldiers raised their rifles and shot into the sky to the surprise of everyone there.

Some in attendance were Ryan Henderson from Igaluit, N.W.T., Maureen Tasker from Winsloe, P.E.I., Jack and Peggy Wemp from Clinton Corners, NY, Keith Derek and J. Nelson Wemp from Kelowna, B.C., Liz McKee from Whitehorse, Yukon, Tom and Jan Spowart from Madison, WI. Also in attendance were Peter Aykroyd and his sister Judy Aykroyd Harvie.

More attended the dinner and dance held at the school on the island that night.

The dinner was put on by ACW and music provided by the Hallman's. Extra entertainment was provided when the town crier and his brother (Dave and Bill McKee) sang a duo.

Leigh and Herb would like to thank Sharon Sands, Betty Ennis, Joyce Titley and Doris Wemp who were involved from the beginning as the WFGF. Thanks to Cathy Richards for donating the gifts to hand out.

Also thanks to Les Mills for helping out. A special thanks to Al Lawlor and the group for providing the entertainment in the hot sun - it's too bad the tent blew down in the storm.

The Wemp Family Genealogy Foundation would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity and to Tom and Jan Spowart, Emily Tugwell and Yvonne and Bob Hart for their extra support and generosity.

The following is from an unpublished manuscript written by William Barent Wemple and sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI.

. . .

In a book entitled THE CENTENNIAL OF THE SETTLEMENT OF UPPER CANADA, by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884, published by the Centennial Committee and printed in 1885, by Rose Publishing Company, Toronto, is a copy of the original OLD UNITED EMPIRE LIST preserved in the Crown Land Department at Toronto, which states that Barnabas Wemp (Wimpel), residence Kingston, soldier in Colonel Guy Johnson's Forresters (Owen Robbin's affidavit, 1807). Land Board of Mecklengurg, 1791, G. H., 1785-100. Provisions List of Kingston says he belonged to Royal Regiment of New York in 1786 (Stamped Book). . . . 
WEMP, Barnabas (I850)
158 He and 99 others were granted 100,000 acres on the south side of the Mohawk River, 1769; was made 1st lieutenant, August 25, 1775, Captain John Fisher's Company, Col. F. Fisher's Regt.; advanced to Captain of the Company, 1780, serving throughout the Revolution; was in the battles of Oriskany, August 6, 1777, and Johnstown, October 24, 1781; his name is on the Oriskany Battlefield monument; suffered large property loss in the two raids of Johnstown, May, 1780, and October, 1781. WBW

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

He was born about one mile east of Caughnawaga (now Fonda) and was baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church at Schenectady on December 1, 1745, the same being recorded on page 37 of the book entitled RECORD OF BAPTISMS, 1730-1783, . . .

He married November 1, 1767, to Maria Veeder, a daughter of Johannes Veeder and his first wife, Catherine Mabie, of Caughnawaga the record of their marriage being inscribed on page 369 of a book labeled RECORD OF BAPTISMS, 1730-1783, in the Reformed Dutch Church, Schenectady, the entry being written in Dutch . . .

Maria, his wife, was born November 10, 1750, at Caughnawaga, and baptized December 9, 1750, at Schenectady, in the Reformed Dutch Church, the record being on page 51 of RECORD OF BAPTISMS, 1730-1783 . . .

Maria died April 17, 1785 and is buried on the farm where they lived, the grave being located on the hillside just back of the house now in the possession of William Stube, situated about one and one quarter miles below the present village of Fonda. A gravestone still marks the spot and is in a fair state of preservation (circa 1893). A photograph taken of it in the summer of 1893, is appended. . . .

John married for his second wife, December 18, 1785, Alida Wemple, daughter of Hendrick Wemple and Aelfie Van Epps. The ceremony was preformed at Caughnawaga (now Fonda) and the fact is recorded in the Reformed Dutch Church of that place . . . Alida was baptized in Schenectady Dutch Reformed Church on March 7, 1756. . . .

The farm on which John B. Wemple was born was owned and occupied from an early day by his father, being situated about one mile east of Caughnawaga (now Fonda), and five hundred acres of which his father subsequently deeded to him; 375 acres were held by him the remainder of his lifetime and here he always resided. His property was next east of that belonging to Major Jelles Fonda and at which point the latter lived , doing there the bulk of his very extensive business, until late in his life, when he removed to the extreme western part of the Town; this this locality was quite a busy center, although the village of Caughnawaga was situated about a mile to the westward. Here John, in addition, to his industry of farming, plied the trade of blacksmith and for this purpose erected a shop and forge (see document No. 57).

Of the 500 acres of land deeded to him by his father, he sold 125 acres to his brother-in-law, Dirk Philip Groot.

On the 19th November 1776, he was compelled to mortgage the remaining land to John Sanders, of Schenectady, for L567, and being unable to pay it, was forced to renew it by giving, on March 6, 1783, a new mortgage which included the original one with accrued interest and was in the sum of L617. 10. 0. Both mortgages are recorded in the Montgomery County Clerk's office at Fonda in BOOK OF MORTGAGES No. 1, the first on page 18 and the second on page 28 (see document Nos. 52 and 53).

What a mirror of the times these two mortgages are ---- the first given at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, no doubt in consequence of the generally depressed condition of finances and commerce attendant on the anticipated strife; the second, made necessary after more attention to field duties than the home work, the endeavor for liberty from a dominant foreign power, the loss of fireside, buildings, crops and utensils as the result of two fiendish raids, and he utter worthlessness of money and absence of business had rendered it impossible for the ordinary man to secure sufficient means of a negotiable character to liquidate a claim of this nature.

Particular attention is called to these two mortgages, because they both especially mention the mortgagor as John Barent Wemple, thus conclusively showing him to be the son of Barent; and the fact is also recorded in both that his property was conveyed to him by Barent Wemple (his father).

The house now owned and occupied by William Stube is on the site of his former dwelling and he front doors of the old house, which is very heavy and broad and cut in halves, Dutch style, is now in use on the wagon house, the massive lock and hinges being still on them. . . .

At the commencement of the Revolutionary struggle, John B. Wemple immediately arrayed himself on the side of liberty and native land, enlisting in the fourth company of the third battalion of the Tryon County Militia and at its very establishment, August 26, 1775, was commissioned first lieutenant, under Captain John Fisher, in Colonel Frederick Fisher's regiment, thus serving under these two patriot brothers who were his neighbors of a mile and a half east. In a book labeled MILITARY RETURNS, 1775-76. in the State Library, Albany, NY, under date of August 26, 1775, is the record of his appointment as first lieutenant; in another book labeled COUNCIL OF APPOINTMENT --- CIVIL AND MILITARY, A, 1777-1786, also in the State Library, his reappointment as first lieutenant, dated June 25, 1778, is noted on page 98. His captain, John Fisher, having been massacred on May 21, 1780, he was immediately advanced to the rank of captain and received L1. 4. 4. as his first pay in that grade for previous rendered from date of appointment to and including May 23, 1780 --- probably about two days. On page 214 of COUNCIL OF APPOINTMENT --- CIVIL AND MILITARY, A, 1777-1786, in the State Library, it is recorded that he was still captain of the company on March 8, 1781and he continued in that capacity to the close of the Revolution; after the war was at an end this regiment and company preserved its organization, without any material change in officers, for a number of years. In a record labeled NEW YORK MILITARY APPOINTMENTS, 1786-1802, in the State Library, Albany, NY on page 31, under the heading APPOINTMENTS FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, is shown the fact that John B. Wemple was still captain of the same company on October 2, 1786. It is to be remarked that this last record contains the middle letter B of his name, thus proving that Captain John Wemple was really John B. Wemple. He served with valor and distinction at every call of his company and especially in the famous battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777, as well as in the battle of Johnstown, October 24, 1781. The last mentioned record contains after his name, the letters Dd, meaning deceased, and conveys the intelligence that he died between that date and the next record. The succeeding record shows another person at the head of the company/

The original pay-roll of Colonel Frederick Fisher's regiment is deposited in the office of the State Comptroller and contained in volume 10 of MANUSCRIPTS OF THE COLONY AND STATE OF NEW YORK IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, at folio 106, page 12, where he receipts for his pay as lieutenant and captain for services rendered in the Revolution. . . . (see documents Nos.55, 56).

Services were not paid for in cash but in interest bearing certificates and the Militia was not even paid these until 1784. Each certificate was issued in payment for services rendered within the various periods and the account of all certificates was kept by the State Treasurer in books are now deposited in the State Library, Albany, NY. From theses books can be ascertained quite accurately the number of days in each period that as lieutenant and captain he performed military duty, when it is known that according to law a lieutenant received $26 2/3 and a captain #40.00 per month, ana a pound was worth about $2.50. . . .

At the time of the awful raid made by Sir John Johnson on the Caughnawaga settlement along the Mohawk River, May 21, 1780, John B. Wemple, on account of his loyalty to the principles of freedom and his alliance with the resisting forces to English occupation, was the target for bitter revenge and the object on which to vent royalist and tory hatred. Although he and his family escaped with their lives from the combined British, tory and Indian forces, yet they were unable to save anything in their flight and upon the approach of the raiders his dwelling, with all its contents, was destroyed, as were also he tenant house, blacksmith-shop, barns, barracks and in fact everything that could be possibly be burned. After their departure, the spot presented a scene of utter desolation and when he returned to the ruins of his home, to add to his further discomfiture, he found himself even deprived of the former assistance of two Negro servants, four cows, and three horses which were either stolen of killed at the time.

Notwithstanding all the disheartening events and conditions, he managed to erect an unpretentious dwelling to shelter the family, a blacksmith-shop, barn and barrack, at the same time endeavoring to do his duty in the home work and serving his country whenever the militia was called to arms, until the third decent by Sir John Johnson on the Mohawk Valley, which occurred October 18, 1781, when again he was one of the persecuted the extent of the fire brand being applied not only to the modest buildings he had erected in place of the former, larger and better ones, but also lost by fire all the hay and grain which was the result of the summer harvest. He and his family were again fortunate enough to escape the blood-thirsty assassins; but without the actual experience who can appreciate the terror attendant on these two dreadful raids, when they knew not if their every moment was their last, and after the danger to life was finally past, to return to their desolated farm and be compelled to almost start their lives anew, starvation staring them in the face by reason of the destruction of their winter stores at such a season, yet, through all this dire calamity, never swerving from the purpose to throw the yoke of thralldom. Such men and women too, are heroes and heroines indeed and a cause upheld by such a people could not fail.

A (record of loss) . . . which John B. Wemple sustained during both raids, (along with) a great many similar claims, against the State in the hope that provision would be made for reimbursement, but nothing was ever accomplished in that direction. The original account is in the office of the State Comptroller, Albany, the package containing it being labeled LOSSES SUSTAINED BY THE ENEMY and a copy of it, certified by Hon James A. Roberts, Comptroller, under the official seal of his office, is also shown (see document No. 57).

During the latter part of the Revolutionary War, it was necessary for the State of New York to raise two regiments to go into the Continental service and, in order to complete them, each regiment of the State Militia was divided in classes containing a specified number of men. Every class was obliged to either select one of their own number, or procure one man, to be mustered in the United Stares army; in return for doing this, the class was given a certain number of acres of land by the State.

Captain John Wemple was the head of the class to which he belonged and the majority of the class transferred to him all their right, title and interest in the 200 acres bounty land received for procuring John Casselman to represent them in the Continental service. One third of this bounty he conveyed to Isaac Vrooman and gave power to the latter to locate the land in his own name. Vrooman located 9400 acres, in which this was included, north of the Mohawk River and on the east side of Canada Creek, the tract was granted him on December 15, 1789, although upon its being surveyed it was found to contain 9767 acres. . . .

John B. Wemple died March 1, 1787, while still a young man.

In November 1900, the compiler submitted proof to the Oneida Historical Society, Utica, NY, custodians of the Oriskany Battlefield Monument showing that John Barent Wemple participated in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777. The proofs were considered convincing and accepted by the Society. A resolution was adopted authorizing the name of those who served in that famous fight, and which is now truly looked upon as a roster of heroes names. The name John Barent Wemple was therefore placed on the tablet in February 1902, at the upper right hand corner. In recognition of a slight favor done (for) the Society by the compiler, the Society had the name plate cast in Chicago and riveted to the large tablet at its own expense, which was not a slight one. The act is very greatly appreciated. In document No. 68 will be found a certificate, under seal of (the) Society, setting forth the facts as above stated. 
WEMPLE, John Barent (I356)
159 He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic College Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, he also attended the following schools and courses: Northeast Airlines School/CAA Standardizing Center/Advanced Aerobatics Course/Army Air Corps Basic Training Center, Randolf Field, TX/CAA Standardizing Center for Instrument & Multi-Engine Course.

Among his many pursuits in earning a livelihood, he was a barnstormer pilot, a plantation manager in Jamaica, British West Indies; Manager of the Flight Training Division, Pitcairn Aviation Inc.; Survey Pilot for Pitcairn and assisted in the design of the Pitcairn Mailwing airplane; Operation Manager, Central Airport, Camden, NJ; associated with Wood Aerial Surveys, Philadelphia; Director of Aviation, Ocala, FL; District Flight Supervisor, Florida; with CAA/Regional Principal Flight Supervisor, CAA Fort Worth, TX; Civilian Pilot Training and War Training Service flight training Schools; associated with J.M. West, Houston capitalist, in forming West Central Airlines, Inc.; Field Representative & Technical Correspondent, Air Review Publishing Company, Dallas, TX; Personal pilot for E.B. Fletcher, independent oil producer, Dallas, TX. GJW 
WEMPLE, Robert Gardiner (I4969)
160 He commanded the 73rd Regiment during the Civil War. PINNIX, J. C. (I12598)
161 He died following injuries he received while blasting stumps with dynamite on his farm near Keck Center. He was a member of Saint Mark's Lutheran Church. His occupation was a farmer. At one time he operated a meat market in Johnstown with his brother, Orlando. GJW WEMPLE, Sterling (I3094)
162 He died from a stroke. COBINE, Joseph William (I12618)
163 He enlisted in the Union Army on September 18, 1862 at Rochester, NY for three years as a private in the 8th Regiment NY Cavalry. He was wounded in the arm on October 9, 1864 at Mount Olive. Confined October 14, 1864, Tilton USA General Hospital, Wilmington, Deleware, with return to active duty on November 22, 1864. He was transferred to Company C, 8th Regiment NY Cavalry and was then mustered out June 6, 1865, Alexandria, VA. Honorable discharge June 7, 1865 Clouds Mills, VA. Occupation: Teamster/Laborer/Hackman Buffalo, NY. GJW WEMPLE, John J. (I2562)
164 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Nolan Mark (I139)
165 He graduated from Gloversville High School in 1935, and from Colgate University in 1939. He won national Collegiate football ranking, and played in the annual East-West Football Game in San Francisco in 1939. He then played pro football for a year with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National Football League.

He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in the fall of 1941 and was placed on reserve. He was called to active duty on January 13, 1942 and received his flight training in Georgia and Florida. He was ordered overseas in April of 1943. At the time of his death, he held the rank of Lieutenant and was stationed in India and flew between India and China, flying over the 'hump,' when his plane was struck by enemy fire and crashed. He was accorded full military honors during his burial at his assigned station in India. GJW 
WEMPLE, Donald Lester (I4491)
166 He is a graduate of Harvard University and served as Vice President/Treasure of Handy & Harmon of New York City. He also served on the Board of Directors for Handy & Harmon. DRW

The compiler hereby acknowledges the assistance given by Francis Holland Wemple for data he provided. DRW 
WEMPLE, Francis Holland (I4193)
167 He is said to have children but no trace of him can be found; he has not been heard from in 30 years. WBW's unpublished manuscpript. WEMPLE, Aaron Wood (I1274)
168 He learned his trade of tailor when a young man and, as was then the custom, he went from house to house, making in each clothing for the family. After his marriage he purchased a farm in Johnston, NY, where, when not engaged in tailoring he carried on an extensive farming business. IN 1849, he removed to Leicester, NY and purchased a farm of 75 acres situated in the Genessee Valley, where he resided until his death, devoting his entire life to farming and general husbandry. GJW WEMPLE, Barent (I874)
169 He legally changed his last name from Bagger to Waddington when he went into the armed services. DRW WADDINGTON, Edward Donald (I6113)
170 He lived in his native place of Monroe County, New York, attending school and working at various avocations until 1854, in which year he came to Michigan, and settled in Van Buren County, on a farm twelve miles west of Kalamazoo, MI; in 1868 he disposed of his farm and established a general provision and meat market in White Pigeon Village, which he ran continuously with the exception of one year (1873) which he spent in Chicago, IL. GJW WEMPLE, Merritt (I2209)
171 He lived in many states and at the time of his death, which occurred April 29, 1894 in Saint Augustine, Florida, he was was a resident of Jacksonville, NC. WBW

Sara Elizabeth Chapman divorced John in Wichita, Kansas and she was living in Whittier, California in 1895. John married his second wife, Cora Cannon, in 1874 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He enlisted in the Union Army on September 10, 1861 at Rock County, Wisconsin as a Private. He joined Captain Norcross' Company, 13 Regt., Wisconsin Infantry, which subsequently became Company K, 13 Regt. He was promoted to Lieutenant on October 31, 1861 into the same company. He was promoted to Captain on November 21, 1864. He resigned his commission on January 17, 1865 at Huntsville, Alabama and honorably discharged on the same date.

Portrait & Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kansas, 1888, relates that early in life he cast his lot with the cattlemen of Kansas, and was the hero in an article published in 1871, under the heading Desperado Shot Down. Having had some cattle stolen he trailed the thieves to a camp four miles south of Fort Dodge, where he confronted the leader, a Curley Walker, who was a well known gambler and desperado, and killed him in a gunfight over a dispute as to the ownership of the stolen cattle. GJW

The story in full as quoted from the Portrait & Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kansas, 1888 follows:
Captain Wemple early in life he cast his lot with the cattlemen of Kansas, and was a hero of an article published in 1871 under the head of Desperado Shot Down.

Captain Wemple, having had some cattle stolen mounted his horse, and with his repeating rifle, which he knew how to handle, struck the trail of the thieves, and followed it until he reached the camp, which was situated about four miles south of Fort Dodge, which is now known as Dodge City.

Riding into camp, he inquired as to the claimant of the cattle marked with a certain brand, and learned one Curley Walker, well known and feared gambler and desperado, claimed the stock. Walker at the time was in a gambling house in the town, and Captain Wemple sent him word to come down and explain. The Captain was admonished that Walker was a dangerous man, and was advised not to send for him. He, however, dispatched a second messenger, telling Walker to come like a man and keep his hands off his guns.

When the messenger found Curley he was playing poker, and had his guns hung on the wall behind his chair. Upon receiving word that Captain Wemple had sent him this message, the desperado swore that no man should dare to question him, and he would meet him at once. Mounting his horse, he rode furiously to the camp. and advancing within a few feet of the Captain, drew is horse back on his haunches, and dismounted him, inquired of Captain Wemple what in hell he wanted.

The latter was sitting on a wagon-tongue with his rifle across his knees. He charged Walker with having stolen his cattle, and the latter reached for his gun which was stored conveniently in his belt, and fired. He missed his mark, and the Captain returned the fire, the ball killing the horse. When the animal fell Walker got behind its body and Wemple behind the front wheels of the wagon, when a regular fusillade began, fifteen shots being exchanged. Of these the desperado fired seven, which took effect in the spokes of the wagon-wheel in front of the Captain, and at the seventh shot fired by the later, the desperado fell, pierced in the heart.

Although knowing he had received his death-wound, he made one final effort to dispatch his enemy, and making his way around the body of the horse was stepping across the wagon-tongue when his feet caught under it and he fell.

Captain Wemple, believing that his foe was only trying to deceive him, raised his gun once more and shot his adversary. This accomplished, he rode up to Fort Dodge and called out of the gambling-den the men who had bought the cattle, and required them to go and divide them up and pay for some eight or ten head they had slaughtered, and drove the rest home, and then gave himself up to the commanding officer. He was told no one had any desire to arrest or detain him for ridding the country of one of the most dangerous men in the West, and accordingly, rode unprotected to the nearest railroad station at Fort Hayes.

He had ridden his horse fast and his horse was covered with foam. He handed the reins to a groom and repaired to a 'tavern' as it was called in those days. Within a short time the streets were filled with cowboys and others clamoring to get a sight at the man who had dared to tackle the notorious Curley Walker and kill him. Captain Wemple accordingly went out, and being hoisted on the shoulders of some of the mob, was carried up and down the streets amid shouting and firing of guns. He is still living and operating a large lumber-yard in Norfolk, Virginia.

The above account can be found on page 884 of Chapman Brothers, PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS (Chicago: 1888) under the heading M.D. Wemple, son of Peter and Eliza (Davis) Wemple.

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 September 17, 1836; married Sarah Elizabeth Chapman, in Geneva, WI, May 27, 1858, she separated from him and is now an attendant in the Reform School, in Whittier, CA; he married, second, in Lincoln, NE, September 29, 1874, Cora Cannon, who survives him and lives in Portsmouth, VA; he was of a roving disposition and has resided in many states, some of his adventures, if told, would equal much of the fiction written of the wild west; at the time of his death he was engaged in the lumber business in Jacksonville, NC; he died in St. Augustine, FL, April 29, 1894. 
WEMPLE, John Hamilton (I2176)
172 He moved with his mother in 1852 to Rock County, Janesville, Wisconsin, from there to Butler County, Iowa, and in 1871 to Vermillion, South Dakota. In the 1870's he changed his name from Wemple to Wimple of his own accord. WBW

He was the developer of Wimple's Yellow Dent and Wimple's Hybrid seed corn. 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 Fulton County, New York State, October 8, 1851. In 1852, his mother removed to and settled in Rock County, Wisconsin, where she remained a short time and then located in Butler County, Iowa. Young Wemple grew to maturity in the Hawkeye state on a farm attending district school during the winter months of his early boyhood. When he was about fourteen years of age, he was compelled to look out for himself and for the next five years he worked on a farm steadily for his board and $14 to $20 per month. In 1871 he went to Clay County, Dakota Territory, and settled on a claim in Township 82, range 51. He continued to reside there until he was married, which occurred July 9, 1877, and the year after removed with his wife to the farm whereon he now has his home. It was all wild land then, but under his careful management he has brought it to a high state of cultivation, fenced it neatly, and had surrounded the residence with a nice grove of trees, all of his own planting. The grove consists of fifteen acres and his orchard contains 200 trees. All the necessary out-buildings he has also constructed and arranged them conveniently for the prosecution of his farm work. he does a general farming and stock raising business and has been making a speciality of breeding Poland China hogs at which he has succeeded fairly well. His is truly a model farm in all that the word implies and he may well be justly proud of it, as it is all his own making and the result of hard labor. He is essentially a self-made man having begun life with nothing, and the beautiful farm of which he is the fortunate owner reflects credit on his thrift and enterprise. The estimable lady who presides over the economics of the household bore the maiden name of Miss Adelia P. La Suer and was born in Boliver, New York State, March 8, 1855. They were married July 9, 1877. Mrs. Wemple is a member of the Rebecca Lodge and is treasure of that organization. Our subject politically has been a Republican, but is now a Populist. On the latter ticket, in 1892, he was a candidate for county treasurer and in 1896 was nominated on the free silver ticket for the legislature from his district. He has always taken an active interest in township and county politics and has been instrumental in developing the Canton Leader as a reform paper and bringing it to its present condition and reputation. Besides the various school positions he has held, he has also served his fellow-townsmen as clerk and road overseer of the township and as a member of the town board, serving as chairman of the latter body. Some years ago he commenced to write his name WIMPLE and on account of property interests, he cannot now go back to the correct spelling. His post office is Beresford, South Dakota. 
WIMPLE, Andrew Jay (I2498)
173 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, William Neil (I30)
174 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Dana Lyle (I291)
175 He resided on Norman's Kill, where he had a portion of his father's land. His will was dated 19 May 1746. VEEDER, Johannes Simonse (I426)
176 He retired and lived in Reno, NV until his death in 2004. He was a butcher and resided in Susanville, Red Bluff, Yreka, and in Reno. As a young man he rode bucking horses in local rodeos. With his grace as an athletic, it was a thing of beauty to watch him ride these wild horses. DRW/SLD

Obituary from the Red Bluff Daily News, February 26, 2004:


August 9, 1929-February 19, 2004. Frank N. Wemple, 74 years old of Reno, Nevada, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 19, 2004. He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Nancy French Wemple and four daughters, Cindy Heffren of Chico, CA., Frankie and Larry Mulloy of Yreka, CA., Susan and Rich Colwell of Manteca, CA., Nancy and John Foster of Yreka, CA., nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Fred Metz of Susanville. A gathering of friends at the Milford Community Center to follow. Reno Memorial is in charge.

WEMPLE, Frank N. (I289)
177 He served as a Juvenile Deputy Officer between 1928 and 1932.

He was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.

He was a charter member of the Mohawk Valley Grange. 
PERSSE, Richard Anthony (I4699)
178 He served in the New State Legislature for several years and was a court judge in the Schenectady area.

Sent to the compiler via email by Carol Keane on June 24, 1999:

Archives of Schenectady paper not dated

A.C. Wemple Dies; Ex-Judge, Mayor 7-23-1982

Archibald C. Wemple, who last year celebrated a half-century as an attorney and who had served four years as Schenectady mayor and 20 years as Schenectady County Court judge, died yesterday in Ellis Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.

Judge Wemple, who lived at 1579 Regent St. also had been active for many years in Schenectady political, civic and church affairs.

A native of Schenectady, he was a direct descendant of Jan Barentse Wemple, a founder of the city of Schenectady.

A graduate of the former Schenectady High School, he received his A. B. degree from Union College in 1926. In 1931 he was graduated from Albany Law School , was admitted to the bar and began the private practice of law.

Twenty years later, he entered Schenectady politics for the first time, announcing himself originally as candidate for City Court Judge.

Instead, he was nominated by the Republican Party for mayor, and in November 1951 he defeated the Democratic incumbent, Owen M. Begley.

Judge Wemple first was elected County Court judge in November 1956, succeeding Jame W. Liddle, who was a cousin and he retired from the bench in 1976 after having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

He was the second longest tenured County Court judge in Schenectady Court history, with his 20 years of service only two years short of equaling the late Judge Liddle's 22-year tenure.

In 1963, he also became the first County Court judge in Schenectady County history to be assigned as a temporary Supreme Court justice.

He also served several terms as a visiting judge in Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Montgomery and Westchester Counties.

Judge Wemple inaugurated the Schenectady Patroon award in 1953 and in 1957 he was named a Patroon by then-mayor Samuel S. Statton.

Following his retirement from the County Court, Judge Wemple resumed the private practice of law and shared offices at 602 State St. with his nephew, Assemblyman Clark C. Wemple.

A past president of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce. Judge Wemple also was the recipient of the Junior Chamber of Commerce distinguished service award and the Schenectady Boys Club Bronze Keystone award.

He also had served on the board of managers of Ellis Hospital, as president and member of the advisory board of the Boys Club, as an advisory board member for the former City Hospital , as a member of the former Schenectady Community Chest and on the Schenectady Boy Scout Council. He also was a member of the Schenectady Rotary Club.

Judge Wemple was a member of the New York State and Schenectady County Bar Associations and a past president of the New York State County Judges Association.

He initiated the legal aid committee of the county Bar Association, and he was a former trustee of Schenectady County's Joseph F. Egan Memorial Supreme Court Library.

Judge Wemple was an active member of First Reformed Church, and he was an honorary co-chairman of the church's tri-centenary celebration in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Coon Wemple; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel S. Codman of Easton, Conn., and Mrs. David N. Moore of East Greenwich, R.I.; a son Dr. Jan B. Wemple of Bethlehem, Pa. a sister, Mrs. Richard S. Arthur of Schenectady; a brother J. Herbert Wemple of Schenectady; nine grandchildren, a great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Reformed Church, with the Rev. J. Dean Dykstra officiating.

There will be no viewing hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Reformed Church or to charity.

Baxter's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WEMPLE-July 22, 1982 Archibald C. Husband of Sallie Coon Wemple of 1579 Regent Street. Father of Mrs. Daniel S. Codman of Easton, Conneticut, Dr. Jan B. Wemple of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Mrs. David N. Moore of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Brother of J. Herbert Wemple and Mrs. Richard S. Arthur, both of Schenectady. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. A memorial Service will be held 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the First Reformed Church. Memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church or to the charity of your choice. Baxter's is in charge of arrangements. 
WEMPLE, Archibald Cullings (I4164)
179 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. LANNING, Thurman Julius (I5827)
180 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Don Kimberly (I6341)
181 He was a California Highway Patrolman and worked Auto Theft out of Sacramento Headquarters. On one occasion, he was questioning a car thief and when he reached in to get the car keys out of the ignition, he was dragged by the car thief and injured his back forcing him to retire. After retirement, he worked in the State Legislature as a Sergeant of Arms. DRW WEMPLE, Murray David (I267)
182 He was a railroad fireman and engineer, having 75-years of active service upon retirement. He was with the New York Central Ry from 1852 to about 1870 on the Syracuse to Schenectady, NY run as an engineer, and from about 1871 to 1885 as a switch engineer in Chicago, Illinois. He was in Chicago when the great fire broke out on October 8, 1871; he was at the throttle of the railway engine which pulled the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln into Springfield, Illinois, when the President's body was brought back from Washington, D.C.; about 1886 he went to Bonham, Texas, where he served with the Texas & Pacific Ry as a switch engine engineer in the Bonham Ry Yards until about 1927, when he retired and went to live with his son Judie Newton Wemple in Fort Worth, Texas, where he died; he was a member of the Constantine Masonic Lodge #13, Bonham, Texas. GJW

These following newspaper articles were sent to me by Alonzo John's great-grandson, Allen Ables Wemple, Sr. early in 1995.

Saturday, January 19, 1929
(Headlines read as follows:) Daddy Wemple is quite ill out at Forth Worth, Texas. Information is, as this is written, cannot last much longer.

Information reached this city Friday night that A.J. Wemple, whom every railroad man, and many of the other citizens of this city called 'Daddy,' was in serious condition in Fort Worth, where he has been living since retirement from active work on the Texas & Pacific railroad.

Mrs. George Myers, his daughter (Frances), left this morning to be with her father and the end is expected almost any time, unless a wonderful change for the better sets in immediately.

For years A.J. Wemple was an engineer here in the yards, running a switch engine. He had done road work, both as a fireman and engineer years ago, before coming to Texas. Back in New York he had run from Syracuse to Schenectady, if memory is right. Afterwards he went to Illinois to work. And he was running a switch engine in Chicago when the great fire broke out.

Before that time, however, he was doing road work in Illinois, and when the body of Abraham Lincoln was brought from Washington City, back to Springfield, there the great commoner had lived and practised law, A.J. Wemple was at the throttle of the engine which pulled the funeral train into Springfield with the remains. He often spoke of that occasion, and quite naturally, of course, with some feeling of pride for having had something to do with the martyred president's sad home coming.

Monday, January 21, 1929
(Headlines read as follows:) A.J. Wemple dies Fort Worth today; Burial to be here. Tentative time of the funeral is Wednesday - hour not given.

A.J. Wemple, mention of whose illness was made in the FAVORITE Saturday, died a this home in Fort Worth today at 1:25. A funeral service will be held in Fort Worth tomorrow, and the body will then be brought to Bonham. A funeral service will be held here at the First Christian Church sometime Wednesday, so the FAVORITE has been advised, interment following at Willow Wild Cemetery. The hour of the service had not been decided upon.

Excerpts from an article in an unnamed newspaper


Addressed to The Oldest Engineer in Captivity, Fort Worth, Texas, a letter received at the Post Office here recently was delivered without hesitation to the person for whom it was intended, A.J. Wemple, 117 Galveston Avenue. It is probable that no one will dispute the title with him when the statement is made that he had been a full-fledged engineer for 11 years when he piloted Lincoln's funeral train over his run. It was February, 1851, that Alonzo John Wemple, then a lad of 17, got his first taste of railroading, hauling iron and ties, getting a berth as fireman in September of the same year. The road, which connected Schenectady and Troy, is now a part of the great New York Central System, along with half a dozen other short lines, the consolidation having been made in 1872.

Railroading in those days isn't what it is now. To begin with, the engines were dinky affairs with one pair of four and a half foot drive wheels, and burned wood. It is reported that many a mile of good rail fence along right-of-ways of the period disappeared mysteriously until the farmers learned to watch the trains go through. Wemple has seen wood supplanted and peat, soft coal, blacksmith coal, hard coal and oil burned at different times since, with electricity now looming as it final successor.


He was on this line when the Civil War broke out, and remembers how his pity was stirred when Confederate soldiers, clad in a few rags, were loaded into boxcars and shipped into the frosty North as prisoners. Closely guarded by Union soldiers in heavy overcoats, their breaths smoking in the crisp atmosphere, they made a picture Wemple could never forget.

In 1863 an offer came to Wemple to return to his old love, the same branch of the New York Central on which he had worked before. It was here that he piloted the funeral train which bore Lincoln's body from Schenectady to Troy - there being no bridge at Albany at that time - on the long run from Washington to Springfield, Ill., where the President's body still rests.

Great solemnity marked the progress of the Presidential cortege, Wemple relates. A pilot train ran ahead of the funeral train and cleared the way. Both were heavily draped in mourning and ran at a constant speed of 20 miles an hour. One of the duties of the pilot train was to stop all trains on the parallel track and make them wait until the funeral train had passed.

At each station the bell of the engine tolled in proclamation and at the larger cities the train stopped to let the populace file through for viewing of the body as it lay in state, heavily guarded.

Coming to Texas in 1871, he had the run between Texarkana and Whitesboro, which was the western limit of the Texas and Pacific Railway at that time, and in 1888 he took over a switch engine in the Bonham yards, which he operated continuously until January of this year. Rheumatism then intervened and forced him to pay a visit to the home of his son here.


Wemple insists that he is by no means through railroading, and that as soon as he can walk a little better he will return to his throttle. And in the meantime, if there is an engineer still on active duty who can boast a longer record than his, Wemple would like to hear from him.

Wemple's second wife, whom he married in 1900, was Miss Pearl Williams, a Fort Worth girl. She is with him and their son, J.N. Wemple, at this time. She is a great-niece of the W.B. Tuckers, prominent in the early history of the city.

It is a far cry from the old hand brakes and unstandardized gauge of the roads on which Wemple first worked to the air-controlled monsters of steel that now pull the nation's freight and passenger traffic across the continent, yet Wemple has one regret.

When they chose between the various gauges of track width which then obtained, ranging from three feet to six feet, the experts decided on a width not much greater than the minimum of that day, he declares. He recently tried to visualize the present size of rolling stock, in comparison with the Rocky Mountain giants of today, had they adapted the six-foot gauge as the standard. At least it would not be necessary to hook up seven of them to one snowplow, as he saw done in one New York blizzard.

The following articles were sent to the compiler on Oct 27, 1997 by Allen Ables Wemple. A type written note is attached to the first article and reads as follows: From the desk of Allen Wemple. Reference the January 21, 1929 notation on the attached news clip for the Blossom Texas Museum, Alonzo John Wemple died on that date. The news story is from FORT WORTH, (Texas) STAR-TELGRAM newspaper, possible January 18 or 19, 1929. Signed, Allen Wemple, Sr., Midland, Texas, March 21, 1997.

The article runs as follows:

Handwritten note: Jan. 21 - 1929

America's oldest locomotive engineer, A.J. Wemple - 95, 118 East Tucker Street, on on the verge of death, it was announced yesterday by his son, J.N. Wemple. He was stricken with a heart attack five days ago and on Thursday physicians declared his had only 32 hours to live. He was resting comfortably last night, but growing weaker.

Wemple was at the throttle of the engine which pulled the funeral train of President Abraham Lincoln and for 36 years was an active engineer on the Texas & Pacific Railway.

He operated the miniature locomotive over the street car tracks on Main Street which led the parade in 1923, marking the diamond jubilee of the founding of the old fort and the fiftieth anniversary of the City of Fort Worth.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., three years after the first train was put in operation in 1830 at Charleston, Wemple jockied his first locomotive from Albany to Troy in 1851. The eight-wheeler was gaining prominence for hauling both passengers and freight then.

Wemple moved to Illinois in 1873, four years after the first transcontinental railroad was opened. This was the eve of the great expansion which in the Central and Middle Western States, was characterized by wild speculation with lines being being extended so rapidly that they were far ahead of the demand for carriers. In 1870 there were 52,014 miles of railway in the United States. This was increased 128,320 in 1885, a year before Wemple came to Texas.

He made his home at Bonham, and went to work for the Texas & Pacific Railway, just 10 years after the railroad had extended it's lines to Fort Worth. He came to Fort Worth in 1922 and after operating a switching engine in the local yards for a short time was put on the pension list. His first wife died in 1892 at Bonham and he married Miss Perlie Lou Williams of Fort Worth in 1900. If he lives until Thursday they will have been married 29 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Wemple are making their home with their son, J.N. Wemple. They also have another son, Fred A., at Blossom and a daughter, Mrs. Fred Myers, of Bonham, who is at his bedside.

The second article, which is from the BONHAM, TEXAS DAILY FAVORITE dated October 1, 1928, reads as follows:



Numbers of friends of A.J. Wemple, who for many years lived in this community, are sending him cards congratulating him on his birthday - he is 95 years old today.

For many years, Mr. Wemple, as has often been stated, ran a switch engine in the Bonham yards, being on the day shift when switch engines bloomed night and day in these parts. (It is as much as they can dare to bloom these days just parts of the year.)

Dad, as the railroaders called him, could shunt the cars up and down the tracks to beat the band. He learned way back yonder, before they had any of these super-heated, monkey-motioned, trail-wheel engines we now have, and such a thing as a booser adjunct was not even dreamed of. In those good old days an engineer either got over a hill or he doubled. Now he gets over, if he has the tonnage, for the booster makes things go.

Here's to Dad,
The engineer,
Who handled the air
Many a year.

Who rounded the horn,
Made the coal chute,
With many a puff
And many a toot!

Grand old Daddy,
We're glad you're alive
At the patriarch age
Of ninety-five!

Stay in there,
And pitch good ball.
And be a hundred,
With no trouble at all.

Numbers are sending Dad post cards, and you might as well join the throng. Mail them to him at 1118 East Tucker street, Fort Worth. 
WEMPLE, Alonzo John (I2737)
183 He was a second lieutenant of Captain Bratt's Company in 1757, and of Captain Lansing's Company in 1759; served throughout the Revolution with distinction as the Colonel of the Schenectady Regiment of Albany County Militia. WBW

The HISTORY OF SCHENECTADY DURNING THE REVOLUTION, Individual Records of Service has the following about Abraham Wemple:

Born about 1728; died near Albany in 1799. On September 7, 1775, the Committee of Safety applied to the Albany Committee to assign him a commission as captain of militia. On October 5 he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the office of colonel among the field officers to be assigned to the 2nd Albany County Militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned colonel, being reappointed on June 20, 1778, and serving in this capacity until near the end of the war, when he resigned from the service. On November 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety and on December 29 was appointed deputy chairman of the Board. On July 26, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee. Colonel Wemple served with his regiment on the various occasions when called out and was throughout the war a zealous and active adherent of the American cause.

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 about 1728; married Antje van Denbergh, of Albany, August 19, 1758.

On August 27, 1757, he was appointed second lieutenant of the 3rd company, at Schenectady, commanded by Captain Harmanus Bratt, (see SIR Wm. JOHNSON MANUSCRIPTS, volume 4, page 149) and October 23, 1759, he was commissioned second lieutenant of the second battalion of the New York Militia under Captain Gerrit A. Lansing (Ditto, volume 6, page 98 and volume 14, page 213)

During the Revolutionary War he was Colonel of the Schenectady Division of the second regiment of the Albany County Militia, and served with very great distinction throughout the entire war.

When General George Washington paid a visit to Schenectady June 30, 1782, a banquet was tendered the FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY and seated about the table were the most distinguished people of the vicinity, among them being Colonel Abraham Wemple, who was given a seat very close to the guest of honor.

He lived in Schenectady until the latter part of his life and served as trustee of the town in 1797, but moved near Albany, where he died in the early part of 1799.

His will, which was dated August 7, 1798, and recorded March 14, 1799 in volume 2, page 355 of WILLS in the Surrogates Court, Albany, speaks of him as of the Normanskill in the County of Albany and in it he mentions his wife Antie, son John, daughter, Helana, wife of Wm. Van Arnum, Rachel wife of John A. De Witt. Besides the farm on which he lived, he owned real estate in Schenectady.


Of the Schenectady militia who had marched under Colonel Wemple on the first alarm some were almost immediately obliged to return for want of provisions. The remainder, however, hastened towards Johnstown and, joined by troops from Fort Hunter under Colonel Harper and others under Colonel Volkert Vedder, (11) swelling their force to about four hundred and fifty men, determined to engage the enemy should Sir John, who had rendezvoused there, show any disposition to fight.

Sir John, although his force, swelled by the addition of many Tories who had hastened to join him, now outnumbered the American troops about two to one, did not offer an engagement, but almost immediately withdrew and, eluding the troops which Governor Clinton sent to intercept him, made his way safely back to Canada.

The opportunity afforded by the dispirited condition of soldiers and settlers alike had early been seized upon by the British, who with no small success endeavored through their emissaries to stir up mutinies in the ranks of the main army or induce those holding Tory sentiments to take up arms in their behalf.

Many Tories had joined Sir John Johnson during his raid, and from time to time small bands from Albany and Tryon counties left to join the enemy. That a large party so inclined were assembled at Beaverdam was reported to the Schenectady Committee on July 18. Colonel Vrooman at Schoharie was at once apprised of the fact that he might order out a detachment in an endeavor to intercept them, while in Schenectady a party was at once organized for the same purpose. Although the Schenectady detachment after having marched all night arrived at the rendezvous at daybreak, they were successful in securing but three of the band who had secreted themselves in a barn, while the main body, having undoubtedly been alarmed, succeeded in making their escape.

Late in July the enemy under Joseph Brant appeared in force before Fort Schuyler. This movement was probably a feint, for while the troops were hastening to the defense of the post, leaving the lower valley without adequate means of protection, Brant and his followers quietly withdrew and, advancing by way of the Unadilla and Susquehanna Rivers on August 2, fell upon Canajoharie.

The Albany and Schenectady militia, who had turned out with alacrity under orders previously given, had just gone into camp at Caughnawaga opposite Mr. Frey's at about eleven o'clock on the morning of the second, when they were alarmed by the heavy smoke between John Abeails and Fort Plank about four miles distant.

Instantly I did order both Regiments to be formed, reported Colonel Wemple in his dispatch to General Ten Broeck, & proceed against the Enemy, who were at that time in their full Carear and tho our Numbers were not equal, yet I can assure you I should be void of Justice if I omitted mentioning their Prudence and cool behavior without Distinction to all Raneks. An Altho they had been in full march since early in the morning they came up with such Vigor that the Enemy on our approach gave way & tho in sight we had no opportunity to give them Battle they retired in the usual way.

Such a Scean as we beheld since we left the River, reads another section of the report, passing dead Bodies of Men & Children most cruelly murdered, is not possible to be described. I cannot ascertain at present the Number of poor Inhabitants killed and missing but believe the Loss considerable as the People were all at work in the Fields. Some Persons pretend to say not less than one hundred dwelling House are burnt.

Col. Abraham Wemple to General Abraham Ten Broeck on Cobleskill aftermath

Schohary, June 6th, 1778

General Ten Broeck

Dear General, I have taken the Inclosed Affidavitt since my last to you; The ammunition is safe, arrived yesterday afternoon, Escorted by Major Taylor and Capt. Groot with about Ninety men. I have Scouts out to all Quarters; the man whose affidavit I enclosed I sent to a Branch of Susquehanna River where it is supposed the Enemy are assembling. Soon after him sent two more to that quarter, after they return shall give you further information of the movement of the Enemy.

I have Buried the dead at Cobus Kill, which was 14 in number; found five more burnt in the ruins of the House of one Yurry Wainer, where the Engagement has been; they were Butchered in the most Inhuman manner, burnt 10 houses and Barns, Horses, cows, sheep & c. lay dead all over the fields.

I shall leave a guard of 70 men at the lower fort of Schoharie, all the rest of my force I shall keep at the upper part of the Settlement. Please to send the bearer 2 quire of paper.

I am D'r Genl. Your Ob't Hum. Serv't
Ab'm Wempel
Schoharry 6th June 1778

D'r Sir, I forgot to mention in mine of this date that the people of Cobus Kill, whose houses and Effects are burnt, only came off with what they had upon their Backs, have apply'd to me for provisions I shall be glad to know whether they can draw out of public stores or no.

The Militia complain much that they can't live upon I lb of Bread and I lb of Beef. I was with the Commissary - he tells me it is General Orders not to Issue more for a Ration. I should be glad if you will mention it to the General and let me know.

Ab'm Wempel

WEMPLE, Abraham (I646)
184 He was a sergeant in the Union Army, Company C 64th NY volunteers - enlisted September 16, 1862 Otto NY. Census lists him as a farm laborer with the Thomas Little family, with a personal estate of $300.00 at age 25. The 1865 Persia, NY census lists him at age 29 as a servant with the Millen Hill family; 1874-75 Cattaraugus County Directory lists him as a farmer. Member of the Darby Post No. 359, GAR of Gowanda, NY. WBW/GJW

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 enlisted November 19, 1861 in Company C, 64th regiment, N.Y. volunteers and remained in the service three years; was wounded in the left ankle and taken prisoner at the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; was in nearly all of the hard fought battles in the Army of the Potomac. 
WEMPLE, William Henry (I1201)
185 He was a wanderer and the last that was heard from him he was in California. GJW WEMPLE, Abraham Henry (I2736)
186 He was attacked, crushed and killed by a bull as he was helping round up cows on the farm of his son, John V. Wemple. GJW WEMPLE, Frank (I3106)
187 He was declared as missing in action while on active duty in Korea in October of 1952. He was a PFC and serving in the infantry. GJW WEMPLE, Donald Grier (I6846)
188 He was dentist for many years with an office in San Francisco. DRW WEMPLE, Clifton (I270)
189 He was in Col. F. Fisher's Regt. during the Revolution; lived at Johnstown; not known to have married. WBW

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

He was born near Fort Hunter. Was a private and corporal in Colonel Frederick Fisher's regiment of the Tryon County Militia.

In the Montgomery County Clerk's office is the record of a deed given by him April 17, 1798, in which he speaks of himself as a resident of Johnstown, NY. 
WEMPLE, John (I502)
190 He was killed in the massacre of Schenectady, February 9, 1690. He moved to Schenectady about 1669; was one of the five first trustees of the Schenectady Patent, granted November 1, 1684, which embraced 16 miles along the river, and 4 miles inland on both sides; appointed Justice of the Peace, 1689; was Elder of the Dutch Reformed Church. WBW

From a paper titled THE WEMPLE FAMILY by William C. Wemple sent to me be Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI.

Myndert Wemple was one of the first five trustees to receive the Royal Grant of land for the town of Schenectady. He was then a young man of 25 years of age and the fact of being chosen for so a responsible position would speak well of the training of his early life by his parents Jan Barentsen Wemp and his wife Maritie.

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.

Myndert was born in Albany in 1649. He married Diewer daughter of Evert Janse Wendel of Albany. He was killed in the massacre of Schenectady, February 9, 1689/90, and his widow, on June 21, 1691 was married, in Albany, to Captain Johannes Glen, of Schenectady; she died April 10, 1724. She was born in 1653.

In the property settlement made by his mother, Maritie Mynderts, upon her children, June 12, 1664, his age was stated as being 15 years at that time (see document No. 23).

He removed to Schenectady about 1669, with his step-father, Van Velsen.

On January 15,167 1/2, Pieter Pieterse Van Woggleum executes a bond to secure to Myndert the payment of 250 beavers ($800.00), payable in six installments, and mortgages into Myndert the farm lands which he had purchased of Myndert that same day (see document No. 32)

Ludovicus Cobes, schout of Schenectady, sold to Gerrit Van Schaick, December 15, 1677, a house and lot in Albany. There remained two last payments on it December 29, 1677, and in that date Cobes conveys these two last installments of Myndert Janse Wemp, in payment of a house and lot situated in Schenectady , which Cobes bought of Wemp (see document No. 35).

He was named the first Patent of Schenectady, granted by Thomas Dongan, November 1, 1684 (see document No. 40), as one of the five trustees to whom this grant was made. The territory embraced within the confines of the patent extended sixteen miles along the river and four miles inland on both sides. After his death in 1690, his eldest son Johannes succeeded him, hereditary right, to the trusteeship in his stead.

In 1689 , Liesler appointed him a Justice of the Peace for Schenectady. His commission as such is in volume 36, page 142, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, in the State Library, Albany, NY and is commission No. 101 on that page. It reads as follow:

By the Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief:

By virtue of y'e authority unto me derived I doo constiture authorize and appoint you Myndert Wemp to be Justice of y'e Peace for towne of 'Shenegtade giving you full power and authority to act therein as Justice of y'e Peace for y'e good & welfare of y'e government and due administration of Justice according to Law & all persons whome it may concerne are strictly charged and required to give you due respect & obedience accordingly & this to continue untill I receive orders from his majestie King William. Given under my hand and seal at Fort Williams this 28th day of December, 1689.

Jacob Leisler.
(For certified copy of the above see Document No 64).

In the year 1689 he was an elder of the Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady and probably also during other years.

A few days after the destruction of the village of Schenectady by the French and Indians, February 9, 1689/90, an official report of the event, with a list containing the names of persons massacred and made prisoners, was communicated to the Alderman of the city of Albany and it mentions Myndert Wemp as among the killed. It also says that Myndert's son Johannes, together with two Negroes, was captured and taken as prisoners. This report is recorded in a book labeled MORTGAGE BOOK, 1753-1765, deposited in the County Clerk's office in Albany, NY.

In Pearson's HISTORY OF THE SCHENECTADY PATENT the following concerning Myndert is found:

Myndert inherited his father's village lot on Washington Street. After his death it was divided into two parcels, - the northerly part; embracing the lots of Mssrs. Thompson and Swortfiguer, falling to the daughter Susanna, wife of Johannes Symonse Veeder, and the southerly portion having a front of 66 feet, to his son Johannes. In 1748 the latter bequeathed his lot to two grandsons, Johannes (Wemple) and Myndert (Wemple); the latter became the sole owner in 1784, conveyed it to William Scott, who in 1816 sold it to Nathaniel Burdick.

The northerly portion, comprising about 100 feet on the street, was divided into two lessor lots of 50 feet each. and after their mother's death allotted to her two sons, Simon and Myndert Johannes Veeder, the northerly half to the latter and the southerly half to the former. In 1802, Myndert disposed of his lot to Samuel McWilliams; and in 1761, Symon conveyed his parcel to his son-in-law, Colonel John Glen, who in 1802 disposed of it to James Murdock; finally in 1803, Murdock sold it to Mrs. Ann Constable. the ancient house standing on this lot and occupied by George Swortfiguer was built by 'Quartermaster John Glen'.

Captain Johannes Sanders Glenn, who married Diewer Wendell, widow of Myndert Wemp, 'built the present Sanders mansion' in Scotia, in 1713 and occupied the same until his death. His property was spared when Schenectady was burned, by order of the Governor of Canada, for kindness shown to French prisoners captured by the Mohawks. (Pearson's GENEALOGIES OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY).

Excepts from the book MOHAWK FRONTIER: The Dutch Community of Schenectady, New York, 1661-1710 by Thomas E. Burke, Jr.
The author is addressing the divided community of Schenectady which was caused by Jacob Leisler leading a foment against the established government at New York:

. . . Equally divided were the family and political relations of the Wemp brothers, Myndert and Barent. Both held offices under Jacob Liesler, but their sister Antje had married Sander Glen, Jr., and their stepfather was Sweer Teunissen van Velsen. Sons of a proprietor (Jan Barentsen Wemp), stepsons of one magistrate and related by marriage to another, the apprearance of the Wemp brothers in the Lieslerian camp is puzzling. The explanation may lie in a prior (1683) dispute between the brothers and their stepfather, van Velsen, concerning the distribution of the inheritance of a deceased sister to the remaining Wemp offspring. In pressing their claim, the brothers were aided by Arount Cornelissen Viele, also a future Liesler adherent and, since the death of Jan Barentsen Wemp, the children's guardian. . . . 
WEMPLE, Myndert Janse (I466)
191 He was named Andrew after his Grandfather and Myndert after Great Grandfather and eldest Uncle.

His father died when he was three and his mother married her cousin Andrew De Graff. Since he now lived with his stepfather, also named Andrew, or was raised by other members of the immediate Wemple family which contained two cousins and and uncle named Andrew, he was most likely refered to by the name Myndert (or Menard as a variation) from an early age to avoid confusion.

He may have lived with, or worked for, either the Van Fleet or Rogers families in his late teens in NY, and then moved west with them, or with some of their sons his age sometime before 1830. It is believed there were Van Fleets and/or Rogers living near his step-father Andrew De Graff in NY in the 1820 or 1820 census.

His wife Cynthia had a brother named Elijah (Elias is the German spelling of Elijah). Her brother Elijah was born in Oneida, NY.

He and his wife bought 30 acres of land in Edgar Co., IL on July 19, 1831 from Peter Chastain and his wife Rebecca for $46. This transaction was witnessed by county clerk Jonathan Mayo.

He and his wife sold 35.67 acres of land to Sarah Rodgers in Edgar Co., IL in 1837 for $50. Witnessed by Joshua Van Fleet and Elias Rodgers.

In 1840 census he lived just eight farms away from Silas Abbott, father of Elias Wimple's wife Cynthia Abbott.

In 1840 census he lived just five farms away from Ezekiel Chandler, a relative of Lemual and William Chandler, who were involved with his son Elias Wimple.

The 1840 census also shows: he was between 20-30 years old, wife Cynthia was 20-30 years old, one boy under 5, two boys between 5-10, two girls between 5-10, one girl 10-15.

Both Menard and Cynthia were deceased by the 1850 census. That census shows: they had one son, Mennard age 13, living with neighbors Samuel and Malissa Holden, who lived on a farm directly adjacent to Menards, and who may very well have taken over his farm after his death; one son, Josiah age 9, living with neighbors Samuel and Hester Johnson, who lived on a nearby farm; their other children were dispersed to other undocumented homes.

WIMPLE, Andrew Myndert (I2021)
192 He was one of a war party under Captain John Schuyler which went to Canada, August 13, 1690, to fight the enemy and, after an engagement, returned August 30; was appointed with four others, April 6,1697, to take a census of Schenectady; was Deacon and Elder of the Schenectady Dutch Reformed Church for many years; was a sergeant of Captain Johannes Sanderse Glen's Foot Company; was one of the five Trustees of the second Schenectady Patent, granted November 6, 1714, and continued as such during the remainder of his life; was alive in 1743, aged 87 years. WBW

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

Barent Janse Wemp was born in the Colony of Rensselaerswyck in the year 1656. The proof of this being the son of Jan Barentsen Wemp and Maritie Mynderts, as well as the year of his birth, rest in document No. 23, which is the contract made by his mother on June 12, 1664, agreeing upon certain settlements of her husband's property with the guardians of her children, when she was about to enter into a marriage with Sweer Theunissen Van Westbroeck. This contract states that Barent was her off-spring by her husband Jan Barentsen Wemp. and that he was eight years of age in 1664.

His place of residence was transferred to Schenectady in 1669, or thereabouts, when his step-father removed to the latter place.

About 1683 he married Volkje Veeder, daughter of Symon Volkertse Veeder, of Schenectady.

By some miraculous means, neither he nor any members of his family suffered death or capture at the time of the famous massacre of Schenectady, February 9, 1689/90, so far as the records show, but his mother and step-father were both killed and as the left considerable real and personal property, he appears as on their heirs in a division of their estate made February 26, 1689/90, having one third of their entire property settled upon him according to the terms of that contract (see document No. 41).

This manner of settlement was never carried out, because the heirs of Van Velsen learned he had left the Dutch Reformed Church of Schenectady some of his property by will, but being unable to find the will and not knowing the terms thereof, yet not desiring that the Church should be a loser, they conveyed the corn-mill and a large plot of ground to the Chruch, April 15, 1696 (see document No. 43), and Barent is a party to the conveyance as one of the heirs.

Upon the destruction of Schenectady in 11690. contributions were generously made to the suffers and the following appears in the CITY RECORDS on file in the Albany County Clerks office, Albany, NY:

Albany, 28 March 1690.

List of goods sent from York and received from Monsieur Jan Hendrickson Brujn and Johannes Proofoose to be distributed among the refugees of Schoonectede, to wit - 2348 1/2 Dutch ells of Osent: Linen, 3 ps Serge, 13 pairs stockings, 72 ills pennestout and delivered to the Deacons of Schoonectede and the Deacons of Albany, to wit: Barent Wimp, Jan Byvanck, Johannes De Wandelaer, Jacob Loockermanns,

First distributed to the following 6 3/4 ells each of Sarge:

Barent Wimp . . .

List of Osenburg Linen:

Barent Wimp, 70 ells . . .

The above mentioned City Record also contain the information that Barent was appointed Captain of a Company at Schenectady, in Albany County, as follows:

List of Albany Commissions by Lieutenant Governor Liester: December 1689 Barent Wemp, Captain. . . .

Volume 36, page 142, subdivision 86 of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS in the State Library, Albany, NY shows that Barent Wemp was Captain of a Company of Foot, in Schenectady, on October 6, 1690, the commission having been issued by Governor Jacob Liester (see document No. 65).

The following extracts are taken from the CITY RECORDS, above mentioned, at various places as they occur under their respective dates.

June 28, 1692.
Bate Cloet (Chute), wife of J. Cloet at Canida, pltff.
Sander Glen and Barent Wemp, executors Sweer Teunise, Deft.

The Pl. demands nine pounds, six shillings and six pence for y'e remaining pay't of a negroe called Jacob, sold by old John Cloet to Sweer Teunise and produce y'e book of S'd John Cloet, Sen., kept by her husband, John Cloet, jun. (The defendants ask time).

Att a Mayor's Court held in y'e Citty hall of Albany, y'e 6th of April, 1697.

By the Court has ordered that orders shall be sent to Skennectedy to Sanders Glen, Adam Vrooman. Daniel Johnson, Isack Swits and Barent Wemps, shall take an account of all the people from 16 to 80 years of age, how many they were before the warr, and how many killed, and return the account to us in eight days, comprehending their servants and Negers.

The inbabitants of Shinnechtady y't have taken y'e Oaths and signed y'e Test and Association of y'e 11th day of January, 1699, are as follows: . . . Barent Wemp . . .

This last oath was the oath of allegiance to King William and he Christian religion and is contained in volume 4, at page 362.

The original census of the inhabitants of Schenectady, which Barent and four others were ordered to take on April 6, 1671, was completed and transmitted June 16, 1697 and is preserved in volume 42, page 34 of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, deposited in the State Library, Albany, and that portion relating to Barent as a return of his own family, is in the following form

List of men of the Men, Women, and Children in the city & County of Albany, the 16th June, 1697, , , ,
Barent Wemp men, 1; women, 1; children, 5; negro, 1

In MUMSELL'S ANNALS, volume 2, page 235, is an account of an expedition against Canada, in which Barent participated and a portion if is here quoted:

Journal of Captain John Schuyler who voluntarily embarked at Wood Creek on the 13th August 16990, with 29 Christians and 120 savages whom he recruited at Wood Creek as volunteers under his command to go to Canada to fight the enemy.

Nearly about the swamps I met Captain Sanders Glen on his way to Albany, because the greatest number returned. The aforesaid Sanders had had in his company 28 whites and 5 savages and came from Tsinondrosie where Captain Sanders had been waiting 8 days for the whole corps. --- From these Captain John Schuyler enlisted 13 whites and 5 savages to continue with Captain Schuyler the voyage to Canida and there to fight their mutual enemy. When the rest of the company had left is and we had advanced nearly two hours on our voyage, we found 2 canoes which had been sent out to spy and which had shot an elk. ---
After we had done eating and had supplied our canoes we proceeded on our way as far as Conaghsionie. ----

The 15th of August we had advanced as far as Kanondoro and resolved at that place to travel by night and have that night gone forward to near the spot where Amrosis Corlaer is drownd, and there one of our savages fell in convulsions, charmed and conjured by the devil, and said that a great battle had taken place at Quebeck and that much heavy cannon with savages had come down the river form Cadaraquie. And about an hour after sunrise we have gone to Oghraro, where I placed the first guard and nominated Barent Wemp as officer of the guard.

The 17th in the evening we proceeded to Ogharonde. A Tsenondoga savage of our Company died there; he died of sickness; the Oneida savages gave a wampum belt for the atonement of the dead. That day Capt. Schuyler with his subaltern officers and the Chief of the savages resolved where they should make their attack upon the enemy, and they determined by the majorities to fall upon fort La Prairie; whereupon the Mohawks gave a wampum belt to the Schaghkock savages as a token to stand by each other faithfully, and what they do call Pnroghaquasa In a Goera, The Oneida savages did the same to the Mohawk savages by some handful of wampum, and in this manner this resolution was decidedly agreed upon and confirmed with shaking of hands as well by the Christians as by the savages and, moreover, approved by the savages as to whom should be their chiefs or headman, ---- Carristasio and Tehoesequatho and Juriaen the Ferocious.

The 18th, set out in the evening, and about midnight we saw a light fall down from out the sky to the south, of which we were all perplexed what token this might be.

The 19th on account of the strong wind we laid still because we could not proceed and were laying about 3 miles above the sandbank of Chambly.

The 20th we sent out spies along the west side of the river Chambly and found there a drawing of a party from Canada and 14 palisades to which they had bound their prisoners whom they had fetched from New England.

The 21st we proceeded to about one mile below the above mentioned sandbank of Chambly, when we again sent out spies, who discovered some places where French and savage spies had been keeping double night watch, and that the same had embarked for Chambly. Then, after having first placed our canoes and provisions in safety,

The 22nd we pursued our journey by land and travelled that day close under La Prairie --- the road being very difficult on account of the softness of the clay, over which we had to travel, so that two of our Christians returned to our canoes. Coming through the clay we heard much firing of musketry, of which we were astonished what it might be.

The 23rd in the morning I sent spies towards the fort to see how it was; returning said all the folks were leaving the fort of La Prairie to cut corn. --- Then we resolved in what manner we should hinder them to obtain the fort again, and agreed to do so by intercepting them on their way to the fort, but by eagerness of the young savages such was prevented, because Christians as well as savages fell on with a war cry which displeased the officer that they fell on without orders having been given, but they made 19 prisoners and 6 scalps, among which were 4 womenfolk. The first prisoner was examined, asking him, what the firing of yesterday at La Prairie signified? Said, the Governor is yesterday gone away with 800 men and the people discharged their muskets a their departure because their scouts had not heard from us. Then we fell upon their cattle, we pierced and shot to death nearly 150 head of oxen and cows, and then we set fire to all their houses and barns which we found in the fields, their hay, and everything else which would take fire. --- Then we Christians resolved to fall upon the fort, but could not move the savages to give their consent to help us to attack the fort; the fort fired alarms when Montryal and Chambe' and answered, so that we resolved to depart with the prisoners to Albany. A savage of ours was stabbed to death, whom we burned in a barn, and we went that day 7 Dutch miles on our way back. Then the savages killed 2 French prisoners because they could not travel on account of their wounds. --- A little while after tis we sat down to eat and thanked the Governor of Canada for his salute of heavy cannon during our meal --- They fired form the morning till 2 o'clock in the afternoon form all three of the forts --- That day we traveled to the river Chambly where our canoes were laying.

The 24th we went as far as fort Lamotte.
The 25th we reached the Sand point, where we shot 2 elks.
The 26th we came to the little stone fort, and from there sent a canoe with men to Albany to bring the news of what had happened to us.
The 27th we proceeded to Canaghsione and her shot 9 elks.
The 28th we reached Wood Creek.
The 29th we have travelled to the little rapid above Saraghtoge.
The 30th of August we have arrived in Albany, under the command of Captain John Schuyler.

A true copy from the translation in the collection of MANUSCRIPTS OF THE NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, at Newark.

S. Alofsen
Member H. Soc. N.J. . . .

As all the original patentees under the first patent of Schenectady, granted by Dongan in 1684, had died and much dissatisfaction was caused by the way things were conducted, a second patent was finally obtained November 6, 1714, after many vain attempts, and Barent Wemp was named as one of the patentees, together with Reyer Schermerhorn, Jan Wemp, Johannes Teller and Arent Bratt, it being for the same territory as the first patent (see document No. 47). Barent continued in the trusteeship and the administration of the lands under this patent up to the time of his death.

A census and list of the County of Albany taken in 1743 and preserved in volume 73, page 80, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, in the State Library, Albany, enumerates him as an inhabitant and freeholder of Schonechtady at that time. He was then 87 years of age and probably died soon after. 
WEMPLE, Barent Janse (I608)
193 He was sixteen years of age when he removed with his family from Johnstown, NY to Moscow, now Leicester, NY and continued to make his home under the parental roof until his marriage, at which time he occupied and eventually purchased a 36 acre farm situated in the Genessee Valley about four miles from Genessee, NY and an equal distance from Mount Morris, NY in Livingston County. GJW WEMPLE, John Henry (I2343)
194 He was the Grand Master and Grand Commander of Freemasons in the state of Kansas. WBW

The following is a copy of an article that ran in The American Lumberman, of which the compiler knows nothing else. This copy of the article was sent to me by BEVERLY BARRETT of Auborn, Alabama, who is a second cousin, three times removed of John Jay Wemple, on February 22, 1996. DRW It runs:


The American Lumberman presents this meager and incomplete sketch of the life and work of an individual so admired, esteemed and honored. A lumberman, a neighbor of Mr. Wemple, referred to him as being entitled to a title corresponding to that affixed to the best brand of a white pine 18 inch singles - XXX. In the case of Mr. Wemple, he avers that it should be MMM as signifying that he represented the best of Methodism, Masonry and Manhood. This commendation is justified by the character of the man. He is a Methodist through and through by profession and it is evident in his actions of his every day life. He is a Mason who lives a life consistent with the high tenets of the greatest and most noble secret order in the world and he is a man since to do unto others as they should do to you is a part o this life and daily living. And In He Signe Vinces means to him and is to him all the founders of the order intended.

John Jay Wemple of Cleveland, Ohio, was born at his father's homestead on the shore of Chautauqua Lake near the village of Ashville, Chatauqua County, New York, August 23, 1849. His father, Hiram S. Wemple, was the son of Henry Wemple, the son of one of three brothers who came from Holland to America in 1770. The paternal grandfather was one of the principals of civil engineers who laid out the famous Holland purchase in western New York. Hiram S. Wemple was reared to all the hardships consequent to the life of a pioneer, and at the age of 27 years married Miss Sophia Kidder, daughter of Captain Nathan Kidder, who was a grandson of one the three of one of the three brothers who came from Holland at an early day.

By lineage John Jay Wemple is connected with some the best families of Holland and England, and through his grandmother, the wife of Henry Wemple, with the best blood of France. He was raised to hard labor on one of the large dairy farms of Chautauqua County. He received common school education, and at the age of 16, he attended for one term of three months, the old Jamestown Academy; after several years of advanced work he completed his collegiate education with two six month terms at Jamestown Union School and College Institute from which he graduated with credit. He became a school teacher, instructing in common schools in Warren County, Pennsylvania. He anticipated the advice of Horace Greeley and went west to grow up with the country. He reached Centralia, Kansas, March 25, 1869, which was the year following the great drought and grass-hopper raid. He taught two years in the schools of Nemaha County.

With him hard work and studious habits went together. He recognized the value of learning. He learned practical things. He was ambitious to progress. He wanted to succeed. He learned telegraphing and in 1871 entered railroad service. He was the agent of the Wetmone station of the central branch of the Union Pacific Railroad. Here his intelligent habits of labor were appreciated and he gradually advanced in railroad work, first to the agency of Sebetha, Kansas, on the Saint Joseph and Denver City railroads and next to the position of terminal agent of the same company at Hastings, Nebraska. He remained until the spring of 1879 when he entered the lumber business at Hastings, which he followed for four years.

In 1873 his talents were recognized by the Paine Lumber Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and he engaged as the general managing agent of the extensive western business of the big company. Later this corporation concluded to centralize its interests and dispose of its western business. Mr. Wemple then became secretary and treasurer of a quite an extensive publishing business. During his residence in Hastings local political and commercial honors were bestowed upon him to a considerable extent. He was city councilman and director of two or three banks; also director in the Nebraska Loan and Trust Company and of the local street railroad company. During his residence in Kansas in 1872 he returned to Chautauqua County, New York and was married to the sweetheart of his youth, Miss Rosetta Mitchell.

In the summer of 1889 the Paine Lumber Company again sought his services and induced him to come to Cleveland, Ohio. He became the secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Ohio Sash and door Company of this city. Under Mr. Wemple's able and liberal management this company has become of the best known in the country. It has progressed and prospered. The officers of the Ohio Sash and Door Company are J.W. Henebaugh, president, J.J. Wemple, secretary and treasurer, George M. Paine, vice president.

Mr. Wemple was initiated into Masonry on June 12, 1875. He arose to the Oawtse Masonic Orders. Mr. Wemple was brought up in a religious atmosphere, and is a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal Church on Euclid Avenue and active in furthering the cause of organized Christianity. Personally Mr. Wemple is aggressive, broad-minded, and public spirited and the personification of geniality itself. His popularity is county-wide and it is with unusual pleasure that the American Lumberman presents this meager eulogy. 
WEMPLE, John Jay (I2673)
195 He was the Tax Collecter for Montgomery City, NY in 1800. Before 1905, he moved his family to Lowville, NY. He served in the Revolutionary War under Captain John Fischer. He was taken prisoner, but escaped from the Indians on the way to Canada. In 1782m he was a volunteer under Captain Harrison in Colmarinas Willit attack on Oswego. He froze his toes and suffered from the cold; the snow was 4 ft. deep. Allan Albright CONYN, Abraham (I487)
196 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, David Duane (I939)
197 He worked as a city policeman in Marysville, CA and, according to his son, Murray Wemple, the day of his funeral all the town's stores and shops closed from 1-3 o'clock in honor of him. Also, the town's fire siren sounded every fifteen minutes for a solid minute during this same period. DRW WEMPLE, Joseph Edmund (I180)
198 He worked as laborer at Jigg's Cafe in Ventura, CA. At the time of his death, he lived in Bakersfield, CA. When he died, his cremations were handled by Cypress Lawn Cemetery of Colma, CA. On 31 March 1959, shortly after the death of his sister, Alice, his cremations were delivered to Sneider Funeral Home, San Mateo, CA and then were placed in Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto, CA. GJW

Information from Alan S. Ryall sent to the compiler on March 17, 2000 via email:

Alex was sort of a dilettante - appears to have been well-educated. We still have his sets of Shakespeare [with newspaper clippings pasted in], Shaw and Scott, plus odds and ends from his travels in Europe. As far as I know he was never married. The depression pretty much wiped out the family assets, and he lived with Scott and May in Bakersfield. I think my dad said he did some gardening to make ends meet, and I guess he died down there. My dad was close to Alex, and when Alice died he had Alex's ashes moved to Los Altos.

Letters sent to the compiler by which Alex wrote to his parents Alan S. Ryall, Jr. via email on September 25, 2000:

C.E. Martin, Manager
Lake Placid, N.Y. July 31st 1893

Dear Momma & Papa

We just got here from E'town. We stay until tomorrow afternoon about two o'clock and get home at 8. Coming over we played Roadside Cribbage. The game to count every 4 legged animal you see each person taking one side and if you see a cat in a window it counts 50. There is a party of 8 beside the driver. It took us from 8.30 until 4.30. We had a lunch put up at the hotel and ate it about 1:40 at the Cascade Lake House about 17 miles from home. One of our party has heart trouble and a jealous lady at the Inn tried to make her stay home
but it didn't work. So I will say goodbye for a little with lover and kisses to both.

I am yours truly


Elizabethtown, N.Y.

Aug.3. 1893

Dear Mamma & Papa

My throat is all right now. I gargled with Listerine. The cause of the whole thing was a straw I swallowed at the Ball game. I just received your letter and I think Aunt Maggie is very lucky. I sing about once a week. We get the churchman every week and the Papers came.
I'm writing the (sic) in a hurry because we're going out to gather flowers for to decorate the Parlor's with tonight. I think its awfully mean for those boy's to frighten the baby's.

I am your loving son


Note| With love and kisses I think I am your only son but I put my name so as to be sure.

Good bye.

Elizabethtown, N.Y.

Aug. 22nd 1893

Dear Mamma,

We are coming home so soon that I will buy you a present when we get there I was going to send you a box of Jenney's chocolates but Ma said they would not be any good. We are going to have Mrs. Jarley's hwax works tomorrow evening for the benefit if the Circulating
Library here and Alice and I are going to be George & Martha and I am going to be a ballet dancer and Alice is going to be a nurse and I am going to sing [I have pictures of the two of them apparently as George and Martha -- labeled Alex + Alice Wemple
fancy dress party at Cromwell's Lake N.J. about 1890 -- AR]. There are 17 or 18 character's. Yesterday a man went into the drug store and asked the clerk if Mrs. Jarley was stopping here and he said yes.

I have not anything more to say so I close with love & kisses to you and Papa.

WEMPLE, Alexander Frederick (I4932)
199 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WEMPLE, Joseph Jay (I137)
200 He worked for the Teamsters Union as a field representative and later as secretary-treasurer for many years. DRW

Obituary from the local Yuba City newspaper sent to the compiler on August 22, 2000:

Duane L. Wemple, 84, a longtime Marysville - Yuba City area resident, died August 7, 2000 at Olive Ridge Care Center in Oroville.

Born in Standish in Lassen County, he was the forth generation of a pioneer family in California and the son of Grace and Ed Wemple who was a Marysville Policeman for 20 years. Duane attended Marysville High School and Yuba College. Affectionally known as Jump, he was a key player on the semi-pro championship basketball teams of Marysville during the 1930's.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years with honor and special recognition in the South Pacific during WW II.

He worked as a Business Agent for the area Teamsters Union Local #137 for 22 years and was its Secretary-Treasurer at the time of his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the Marysville Elks Lodge #783 and a longtime member of the Plumas Lake Golf Club.

Duane was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Wilcoxon, his brother, Murray Wemple, and two of his children, Edd Wemple and Laurie Wemple. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lauralu Fairlee Wemple of Yuba City; his daughter, Carol Ann Mannix of Yuba City; grandchildren Noah, Laura and Alex Wemple of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Christopher and Lauren Mannix of Yuba City; and one great-grandchild, Zara Wemple of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Friday, August 11, at Ullreys Memorial Chapel in Yuba City, followed by interment in the family plot at Sutter Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials in Duane's name to either the local American Diabetes Association or the Shrine Children Hospital in Sacramento. 
WEMPLE, Duane Lester (I268)

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