William Goss WEMPLE[1]

Male 1909 - 1987  (77 years)


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  • Name William Goss WEMPLE 
    Born 09 May 1909  Mansfield, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Apr 1987  Mansfield, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3685  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Barney Yates WEMPLE,   b. 24 Oct 1870, Mansfield, LA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1938, Shreveport, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Ruth WHITE,   b. 01 Sep 1885,   d. 19 Nov 1960  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1905 
    Family ID F1043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sally Brown LANIER,   b. 16 May 1915,   d. 04 Jun 1996, Mansfield, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1945 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The following is from an e-mail written to the compiler on December 1, 2002 by Annie Laurie Lanier Samuels about her step-father, William Goss Wemple and his family:

      My step-father (whom I loved sincerely, by the way) was also cotton planter. He bought the plantations that Mr. B.Y. (Barney Yates Wemple) lost at sheriff sale and farmed them until he retired. His golfing buddies referred to him as the last of the gentlemen farmers referring to the fact that he was accustomed to farming with a lot of labor (sharecrop families that lived on the place) and accustomed to being waited on a lot. The man who bought the plantation from him then farmed the same acreage with air-conditioned cab tractors, one grown son and one hired man. Definitely showing a sign of the times. At one point, Bill had 40 field hands working and extra help during time for chopping cotton and picking cotton. There were fewer hands in the later years and he did move on to mechanical cotton pickers although he never approved of the fact that the pickers left so much lint in the fields.

      When Mr. By and Leonidas farmed together (it was called Sunrise Plantation), they had a commissary on the place, a post office, and they paid their hand in script which was not uncommon then. Every now and then some of the plantation coins surface but I ve never seen any from Sunrise although Bill did refer to them occasionally. They were redeemable for U.S. legal tender at the commissary. Bill didn t use script but he did pay off those who chopped cotton and picked cotton in silver dollars because they were easier to count. The local bank placed special orders with the mint during those seasons to accommodate his needs.

      There were a large number of Wemples around Mansfield (DeSoto Parish) LA and Bossier Parish, LA. J.D. Wemple, a surveyor did the original survey for the town in 1849.


  • Sources 
    1. E-mail from Annie Laurie Lanier Samuels to David Wemple dated 12/1/2002.


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