Jacob Van Alstine WEMPLE

Male 1797 - 1873  (76 years)


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  • Name Jacob Van Alstine WEMPLE 
    Born 01 Mar 1797  Greenbush, Rensselaer County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1873  Quincy Township Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Quincy, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1995  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Andries WEMPLE,   b. 02 Nov 1768, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1812, Baltmore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Catalyntje VAN ALSTINE,   b. Bef 09 May 1779,   d. 23 May 1858  (Age > 79 years) 
    Married 07 May 1796 
    Family ID F552  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor A. VEEDER,   b. 31 Aug 1801, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1878, Quincy, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1818  probably Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Caroline WEMPLE,   b. 12 Mar 1820, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1915  (Age < 94 years)
     2. John Veeder WEMPLE,   b. 27 Jan 1822, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1897, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Anna Louisa WEMPLE,   b. 13 Apr 1824, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1833, Minneville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     4. Maria J. WEMPLE,   b. 22 Apr 1826, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1896, Harrison, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Charlotte WEMPLE,   b. 04 Sep 1828, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1886, Custer, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     6. Virginia WEMPLE,   b. 01 Aug 1830, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1853  (Age 23 years)
     7. Infant WEMPLE,   b. 11 May 1832,   d. 12 May 1832  (Age 0 years)
     8. Andrew WEMPLE,   b. 11 May 1832, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1902, Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. Lavina Harrie WEMPLE,   b. 07 Apr 1834, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1885, Coldwater, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     10. Leonard WEMPLE,   b. 19 Feb 1836, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1912, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     11. Edward Henry WEMPLE,   b. 27 Jan 1838, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Aug 1885, Wempletown, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     12. Eugene WEMPLE,   b. 20 Sep 1840, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1915, probably Rockford, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     13. Elizabeth Ann WEMPLE,   b. 22 Dec 1842,   d. 25 Apr 1876  (Age 33 years)
     14. Cornelia WEMPLE,   b. 15 Aug 1844, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Sep 1844, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F707  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A brother of Christopher Yates Wemple, co-founder of Manhattan Life Insurance Company. Jacob moved his farm equipment manufacturing plant from Fonda, NY to Chicago, IL in 1848. He started the town of Wempletown, IL shortly thereafter. This was a real estate venture, where he would sell lots in the town he was founding. At one time the town had a general store, post office and church. It eventually fizzled out and nothing is there except a few houses and some memories of the people who live there of where Wempletown once was. DRW

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

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

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

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

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

      ^Sidebar text mentioned above is as follows:

      OTHERS DEVELOP SIMILAR THRESHING MACHINES

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

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

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

      The name of the newspaper in unknown to the compiler:

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

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

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

      . . . He was a threshing machine manufacturer and inventor. He had a large manufactory on Cayadutta Creek at Fonda, for many years. In 1848 he moved to Chicago, IL where he continued the manufacturing of his machines. His numerous family became citizens of the West with the exception of John V. who resides in Schenectady, NY.


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