Peter H. WEMPLE[1]

Male 1826 - Bef 1916  (< 89 years)

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  • Name Peter H. WEMPLE 
    Born 21 Jun 1826  Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1916  Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Either Batavia or Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2621  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Andrew WEMPLE,   b. 16 Oct 1792, probably Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1861, probably Oneida County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Cornelia HARDENBURGH,   b. 06 May 1795,   d. 03 Dec 1863  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 09 Oct 1814 
    Family ID F706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Tamma BULLOCK,   b. 06 May 1825,   d. 06 Jul 1904, Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1860 
     1. Frank Earl Doyle WEMPLE,   b. 03 Jun 1892, Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1973, Chicago, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1087  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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


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

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

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

      When was the child born?

      On Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sources 
    1. E-mail from David Wemple to Alan Salls dated 11/5/2002.

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