Christopher Yates WEMPLE

Male 1805 - 1882  (77 years)


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  • Name Christopher Yates WEMPLE 
    Born 17 Mar 1805  Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Mar 1882  New York City Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1998  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 Elise Marian PHIPPS,   b. 1819, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1869, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married Mar 1844  St. Paul's Church, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Russ WEMPLE,   b. 25 Jan 1835, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1914, Cranford, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. James Horace WEMPLE,   b. 26 Oct 1837,   d. 16 May 1839  (Age 1 years)
     3. Caroline Ratchford WEMPLE,   b. 25 Nov 1841, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1909, probably New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Henry Yates WEMPLE,   b. 07 Jan 1843, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1922, West Windsor, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Charles Edward WEMPLE,   b. 05 Dec 1846, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Dec 1925, Staten Island, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. John Denison Russ WEMPLE,   b. 30 Mar 1851, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1934  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • One of the founders of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company and was its vice president from 1866 until his death; was for years a member of the committee having in charge the New York Juvenile Asylum; belonged to Saint Nicholas Society and was in many ways prominent in New York City affairs. WBW

      John Follit, second great-grandson of Christopher Yates Wemple, sent the compiler on May 16, 1996 a copy of a note that Christopher wrote to his future wife. It reads on the reverse side:

      This note was written approximately in 1835 by Christopher Yates Wemple to his future wife, Marian Phipps, daughter of an English widow who came to this country around 1830 and subsequently married an eminent America physician, Dr. Horace (?)* Russ. Dr. Russ was a founder on the NY Institute for the blind and a history of his activities is contained in most encyclopedias. The Phipps children all took the name of Russ after their mother's marriage. The Phipps had an uncle, Lord Musgrove, a noted Polar Explorer, a protege of King George VIII.

      *Horace was incorrect. His name was John Denison Russ and he listed in the Encyclopedia America, Volume 23, p.783, 1954 edition. This article makes note of the fact that his 'instruction of the blind' was the first attempted in the United States. DRW

      The obverse side of the letter dated May 13, 1996 sent by John Follet:

      Dear Marion

      I send you the book of muslin I promised you. Should your mother disapprove of your going this evening, it will answer for another time. You will please accept it and oblige your YATES.

      P.S. I hope you suffer no ill effects from your walk last night. My compliments to your Ma & my good cousins. Adieu.

      Tuesday morning.

      N.V.B. I will call this evening All is well.


      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 born in the old Wemple homestead, between Caughnawaga and Johnstown, on March 17, 1805; married Elise Marian Phipps March, 1834; died March 16, 1882; his wife died January, 1869. A published account from the NEW YORK, THE METROPOLIS is as follows:

      Among the prominent men not not living, but who in their time had something to do with the progress and development of this city, was Christopher Yates Wemple, on of the oldest and most respected members of the St. Nicholas Society and one of the founders of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company. Mr. Wemple was born in Johnstown, NY, on March 17, 1805, and was of Dutch descent, his ancestors came from Holland with the early settlers of that section of the state, and he was naturally very proud of being a Knickenbocker, and sprung from a family that for two centuries was esteemed and respected and took their share, generation after generation, in the affairs and responsibilities of their time.

      While still a mere boy, he left school and assuming the burdens of file, removed to Albany. But he was a bright intelligent lad, industrious and persevering, possessed of the best qualities of his race and firmly resolved to succeed in life if ability and integrity deserved success. That he did succeed is beyond question. He learned the dry-goods business in Albany, and coming to New York in 1826, just after attaining his majority, associated himself in business with Mr. Christy. The establishment was burned down in the great fire of 1835, which consumed such a large portion of the dry-goods district. Early in 1850 the Manhattan Life Insurance Company was founded, mainly through his exertions and he became its first secretary. He was elected it vice-president in 1866 and carried out the duties of the position with ability until his death, which occurred in 1882.

      Indeed he was considered, and deservedly so, one of the pioneers of life insurance in this city. It must be remembered that in those days - half a century ago - insurance was not so familiar to the people as it is now, nor its blessings so much appreciated. It took time and perseverance to make it popular, and to Mr. Wemple is due a fair share of credit for the change in public opinion.


      He was for many years a member of the committee which has charge of the New York Juvenile Asylum, and her a noble trait in the character of Mr. Wemple may be mentioned. He took a keen interest in youth struggling against adversity and, as is well known, gave his time and money to aid deserving lads whom he found unfortunate but trying hard to right themselves. Hence, his interest in the Juvenile Asylum, of which, as already stated, he was on of the most active supporter.


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