Francis Holland WEMPLE

Male 1840 - 1921  (80 years)

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  • Name Francis Holland WEMPLE 
    Born 17 Aug 1840  Amsterdam, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jul 1921  Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Graves #2 & #3, E1/2 Lot 152, Waverly East Cemetery, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1172  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Jacob Anthony WEMPLE,   b. 19 Feb 1803, Florida, Montgomery County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1889, Sangamon County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Delia VISCHER,   b. 26 Sep 1814,   d. 24 Jul 1887, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 04 Sep 1839 
    Family ID F317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann CARTER,   b. 22 Sep 1850, Jersey County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Mar 1899, Waverly, Morgan County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 08 Dec 1870  Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Elsie WEMPLE,   b. 25 Nov 1871, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jul 1872, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Charles Francis WEMPLE,   b. 26 May 1873, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1966, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Orrin Anthony WEMPLE,   b. 05 May 1875, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Oct 1894, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     4. William Lester WEMPLE,   b. 22 May 1877, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1933, Somerville, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Paul Wilbur WEMPLE,   b. 11 Jan 1881, Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1980, probably Waverly, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F762  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In a letter to the compiler dated January 9, 1996, Francis Holland Wemple II stated: My grandfather (Francis Holland Wemple I) started the Wemple State Bank in Waverly, IL in 1877. Ultimately two uncles took over and when the older died in 1966, the younger (then aged 85) sold the bank. The name remains but (the bank) is in a new building. So far as I know it is doing well.

      Francis Holland Wemple I received a series of letters from a friend who was serving in the Civil War which he grandson, William Wemple, a brother of Francis Holland II, sent copies to me about May of 1996. These letters are very interesting and serve to give one an idea of what the war was like to a soldier serving on the front lines during the Civil War. DRW

      Information sent to the compiler by Mrs. Ann Gilman in a letter dated May 21, 1996 is as follows:

      WAVERLY GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. newsletter published in July 1985 an article by Ensley Moore about Holland Wemple, as follows:

      by Ensley Moore, November 16, 1921

      Francis Holland Wemple, of Waverly, was one of the fine men of this county. He was born near Amsterdam, N.Y., August 27, 1840, a son of Jacob Anthony and Delia Vissher Wemple. Both of his parents were of Dutch descent, and representatives of two of the oldest families of the historic Mohawk Valley.

      The founder of the Wemple family in America was Jan Barentsen Wemp (or Wamp) who came from Holland about 1640 and became on of the prominent members of the colony which settled in the manor of Rensslaerwyck in Hudson Valley soon after, the name first appearing in the annals of the city of Schenectady, N.Y.

      Jacob A. Wemple brought his family to Illinois in 1841, locating on a farm situated about three miles southeast of Waverly in Sangamon County. There practically all the remainder of the life of the elder Wemple was spent. He became the owner of about 400 acres of farming land, led a quiet, unostentatious life, was deeply interested in the welfare of the early schools, and was active in the promotion of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in October, 1887 and his wife passed away in 1885. The remaining children were two sons, Francis H. and Edward who were partners in the bank of Wemple Brothers.

      The early life of Francis H. Wemple was spent on his father's farm in Sangamon County. His education was received in the public schools, at Westlyan University at Bloomington, Illinois, and he was a student at Illinois College. After leaving school he was, for a time, in the business of buying and shipping grain at Virden, Illinois. Removing to Waverly in April 1869, he engaged in general merchandising for seven years as a member of the firm Crain, Manson and Wemple, which firm in connection with a large general store, also operated a bank. Disposing of the interest in this concern in 1876, in the year following (1877), he and his brother established, under the firm of Wemple Brothers, a private bank, now the oldest institution of the kind in Waverly. This bank was entirely independent of the one operated by Crain and Manson and Wemple in connection with their mercantile business and has become recognized as one of the strongest and most reliable private banks in Illinois. Its basis is about 1400 acres of farming land which the Brothers owned and operated in connection with their financial institution. In addition they occasionally bought and sold real estate.

      Mr. Wemple took an active and unselfish interest in the promotion of the welfare of the community in which he lived for so long a period. He served as Mayor for several terms, and for a number of years was a member of the local school board, of which he has been president. He also identified with the Grand Army of the Republic, having been Commander and for many years Quartermaster of John W. Ross Post No. 331 of Waverly.

      His military service was in Company G, 101st Regiment, Illinois Infantry in which organization he volunteered in August 1862 under Captain Robert McKee. He filled the post of Corporal when mustered out.

      On December 8, 1870, Mr. Wemple was united in marriage to Mary Ann Carter, a daughter of Orrin Carter. She died March 9, 1899. They were the parents of five children, two of whom are deceased. Those surviving are Charles Francis and Paul Wilbur, President and Cashier, respectively of Wemple State Bank, which institution has now succeeded Wemple Brothers Bank, and William Lester, an Attorney successfully practicing in New York City.

      Jacob A. Wemple came to Illinois from Monroe County, New York in 1841, traveling in a wagon and bringing with him his family consisting then of his wife and their one child, F.H. Wemple, then one year old. As soon as F.H. Wemple was old enough, his parents started him to school in Waverly and from his home he walked straight across the prairie two miles, there being no fences and nothing by which to find one's way except a path through the tall prairie grass. Part of his early school was got in what was known as the 'Seminary,' which stood just back of ht present Congressional Church in Waverly and where, although she was younger than he, Marian Brown, afterward Mrs. Edward A. Tanner, was, for a short time, one of the teachers. His early school days were not free from boyish troubles part of which came from the fact that he was of eastern parentage and birth. This circumstance earned him the appellation of the 'Little Yankee' and added nothing to the comfort of a lonely boy starting to school in strange surroundings. As was frequently the case in those days he dropped out of school at an early age to help on the farm. As was also the case with many of the young men and women of that day as well as of this he later tired school teaching and taught for two winters at the American school house near Virden, Illinois, for a year at Prospect, Illinois and for one year at Sciota near Waverly.

      It is hardly necessary to tell those who knew him that he has a wonderful physique. At the time he enlisted in the Army he weighed over two hundred pounds, stood six feet, three inches tall and was in almost perfect health as the result of the out of doors life and work on the farm. Few men were a match for him is strength and I have heard it related of him in this connection that he was able to lift a full length railroad iron. He was always persistent in taking physical exercise, especially pointing out to his sons the importance of this. E.M.

      Editor's (Waverly Hist. and Gene. Society) note: Francis Holland Wemple died July 26, 1921 at Springfield, Ill. He is buried at East Cemetery, Waverly, Ill. He and his wife were the parents of Elise Nov. 25, 1871 - July 1, 1872; Charles Francis May 26, 1873 - Feb. 9, 1966; Orrin Anthony Mar. 5, 1875 - Oct. 3, 1894; William Lester May 22, 1877 - Dec. 27, 1933 and Paul Wilbur Jan. 11, 1881 - Sep. 27, 1980. All of this family are buried at Waverly, Illinois.

      July 2, 1997, from the Internet, address

      The Wild Regiment
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      The One Hundred First Infantry Regiment Illinois Volunteers was organized in August 1862 in Jacksonville, Illinois. The regiment consisted of ten companies of young men mainly from Morgan County. These men served the Union with distinction, motivated by concerns greater than the $13 monthly stipend paid to the soldiers. The story of this regiment, like the story of the American Civil War, is one of both triumph and tragedy.

      On October 6, 1862, the Wabash railroad took the regiment to Cairo, Illinois. Many men in the regiment became gravely ill or died during their time in Cairo. Corporal Frank H. Wemple wrote from Cairo, telling much about the regiment's living conditions.
      There are quite a number of boys sick . . . we are surrounded on all sides by rats; abominable big rats. I never saw the like of rats in all my life . . . One night some of the boys went to killing some of them, but some one suggested that the rats might rebel, so they thought they had better compromise and they did so on the following conditions, viz; that the rats should do as they pleased and the boys let them alone. Much the same kind of compromise the Secesh would like. . . .

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