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throughout his whole visit in the west the year before.


James L. Wiltsee," s. of L. G. Wiltsee, b. Jan. 10, 1847, m. Anna M. Shisler
(b. June 20, 1848) March 28, 1867.

He was raised a farmer, and educated at a district school, and at the
academy at Clarence Hollow.

He engaged in farming the place formally owned by his grandfather Wiltsee,
and eventually owned the most of the farm. He built a porch at the south hall
door to the house, and moved the cornhouse and wagon shed southeast of the
house, and the cheese house to the northeast of it. The old fi-uit trees having
mostly died out, he set out an orchard south of the road west of where the old
lane had been. He was elected justice of the peace eight years in succession, and
supervisor several terms. His wife having become debilitated and demented, he
moved to Clarence Hollow in the spring of 1905, and his son, Frank, occupied
the place.


Charles, b. Jan. 4, 1870.

Mary, b. May 20, 1872, m. Fred Schultz Jan. 15, 1891.

Pyrena E., b. Sept. 5, 1874.

Frank, b. Nov. 10, 1876, m. Fressa Clap April 25, 1899.


Laura Amelia Wiltsee," b. April 2.3, 1848, m. John Shisler, (b. June 29,
1846) Sept. 10, 1867.


Livingston G, Shisler, b. Nov. 11, 1868, m., Dec. 20, 1894, Anna M. Wind-

Charles Shisler, b. Dec. 19, 1869.

Albert W. Shisler, b. Aug. 6, 1871, m. Sept. 5, 1904, Anna Metcalf.

Mary M. Shisler, b. Nov. 28, 1872, d. July 11, 1901.

Roxena A. Shisler, b. Feb. 8, 1875, m. Sept. 10, 1895, John Wiedman.

Laura H. Shisler, b. Feb. 13, 1879.

Joseph J. Shisler, b. June 24, 1883.

Samuel Shisler, b. Feb. 28, 1886.

Mr. Shisler was a farmer, and a resident of the town of Clarence, Erie Co.,
N. Y., from his birth.


Sarah A. Wiltsee," b. Dec. 3, 1854, m. James McLain (b. April 11, 1852)
Oct. 25, 1877.



Carolyn Laura McLain, b. Sept. 4, 1879, m. Sept. .30, 190.5, Mr. Lucius C.

Clara A. McLain, b. Oct. 29, 1883, d. Sept. 11, 1893.

Eugene A. ] MeLain, d. Sept. 8, 1893.

^ twins, b. Nov. 8, 1889.

Geo. L. Lewis 1 McLain, d. Dec. 25, 1889.

Pyrena Ella Wiltsee," b. .Jan. 2, 1859, m. Richard Lewis Robinson (b. July
2, 1859) June 4, 1879.


Laura A. Robinson, b. Feb. 22, 1881.
Estella Wiltsee Robinson, b. June 10, 1886.


30 V. Rebecca Amanda Wiltsee," da. of Jeremiah Wiltsee and Sarah Green,
b. Nov. 17, 1819, m. John Brown (d. April 6. 1898) April 22,
1844, d. Nov. 16, 1892.

Rebecca was brought up under similar conditions and requirements that
her sisters were, and with the same opportunities to become educated; and was
a successful school teacher.

John Brown was a son of William Brown, uncle to John and Hugh Brown,
the personal attendants of Queen Victoria of England after the death of Prince
Albert. His father was born in Northumberlandshire, England, and migrated to
Geneva, Ontario Co., N. Y., in 1815.

He was farmer, drover and a real estate agent; and father of ten children.

John was born August 22, 1822, in Geneva. He moved to Johnsons Creek,
Niagara Co., N. Y., in 1840, and engaged in farming and dealing in real estate.


Jeremiah Wiltsee Brown, b. April 29, 1845 (m. Clarissa Westcott, Feb. 22,
1870) ; and Sarah Jane Brown, b. Sept. 19, 1853.


Louis Brown, b. in 1871, d. Jan. 12, 1906, leaving a widow and three young

Edward Brown, b. in 1879; Lena Brown, b. in 1879; Henry Brown, b. in

Sarah J. Brown wrote Feb. 13. 1902: "My brother Wiltsee is well. He is
a great admirer and collector of Uncle Sam's Specie.''

Wiltsee Brown wrote of his mother January 22, 1893:

"Mother was picking cherries a year ago last July on a ladder, and a limb
gave way, and she went against a small limb. She thought it hurt her more
than it ought to have done, for the blow. That was the first she felt of a cancer.
She was operated on the 30th of August, and was quite smai-t the 30th of
October, and gained until the 10th of November. Then proud flesh began to
appear in the stitches. She continued to grow worse until she died. She was
operated on by the best surgeon in the country; he told her that he thought
there would be no trouble but what she would get well so that she could be
around in six weeks. She died Nov. 16, 1892, from the effects of the cancer.

"Ever so many cancers made their appearance on the same breast — one
as large as a duck egg. She could not get breath if she lay down, so she sat
up for three weeks before she died. She lacked one day of being 73 years old.

"Father is real smart for one of his age; he stood mother's sickness well;
he was up night and day the most of the time. My sister, Sarah, and her
husband are keeping house for him, and are going to live with him."

Elizabeth Bowman wrote June 23, 1892: "Rebecca came day before yester-
day. She has a bunch on her left breast which she fears will result in a cancer.
She is quite smart for a woman seventy-two years old." She wrote Nov. 18,
1892: "Rebecca died the 16th, from the effects'of an operation performed about
two months ago to remove a cancer. She will be buried today. The funeral
will be at the house at noon. Sarah and her oldest two children visited their


relatives in Erie Co. in the winter of 1897-98. She reported that her father had
failed fast since her mother's death."


Sarah Jane Brown,' da. of Rebecca A. (Wiltsee) Brown, b. Sept. 19, 1853,
m. William H. Rose of Clyde, Wayne Co., N. Y., Dec. 2, 1879, d. March 25,

William H. Rose was b. in Niagara Co., N. Y., May 22, 1855. He was raised
in Rochester and Clyde, Wayne Co. He moved to Niagara Co., on John Brown's
place, and worked it, until Mr. Brown's death. Later he moved to Lockport,
and was business agent for the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse Transportation
Company. He was a son of John Rose of Holland-Dutch parentage, born in
Middleburgh, Schoharie Co., N. Y., in 1828, descended from the Dutch of Queen
Ann's importation of 1710. John Rose moved to Niagara County in 1845. He
had married Elizabeth Allen (b. in Monroe Co., N. Y., and still alive in 1902),
who was said to be a lineal descendant of Ehen Allen.

Sarah Jane (Brown) Rose was an accomplished scholar and musician. She
was a writer for several of the magazines and papers. She said, when visiting
her relatives in Erie Co., in March 1892: "Mother is troubled with a scrofulous
enlargement, and she fears it is a cancer.''


Gertrude Rebecca, b. Sept. 19, 1880, m. George W. Harold of Millen, N. Y.
They had a son, William.

John Leon, b. Oct. 31, 1881.
William D., b. Dec. 24, 1887.
Beatrice Eva, b. Nov. 18, 1889.


31 VI. Cadwallader J. Wiltsee," s. of Jeremiah Wiltsee and Sarah Green,
b. May 29, 1823, m. 1st. Ellen Minerva Tanner (b. Nov. 8,
1828, d. Jan. 21, 1870) August 20, 1845; 2nd, Katherine (Camp-
bell) Cummins (b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., Sept. 24, 1838) Sept.
15, 1870; 3rd, Mary F. Eldred, nee Billiard, of N. Y. He
died June 20, 1900, at Cadott, Wisconsin, and was buried in
La Fayette Township.
Ellen M. Tanner was a daughter of Hyatt Tanner (son of Nathan Tanner),
and Betsy Halstead, a da. of Job Halstead, owner of the land on which the Stone
School House in District No. 2 was built.

Ellen had brothei .-, Volney and Eli. The latter m. a daughter of Arba
Simmons, and after spending a few years near Chicago, 111., he established a
home east of the road, north of the Stone School House one-fourth of a mile,
and finally died there.

Ellen had sisters: Electa, who m. Michael Schultz, and Tersey, who m.
Joseph Koch.


Rachel Rebecca; Gertrude, who died at the age of eight days; Ellen Pyrena.
Allice Glendora, Thomas, Diana, Mary Electa and Sarah.


Rachel Wiltsee." da. of Jackson Wiltsee and Ellen Tanner, b. June 19, 1846,
at Harris Hill, Erie Co., N. Y., m. John W. Sellers Nov. 28, 1865, d. Jan. 4,
1887, of consumption. She was buried by the side of her mother, in a grave-
yard near a farm her father once owned in the town of La Fayette, south of
Chippewa Falls, Wis.


Stanley Wyat Sellers, b. Jan. 12, 1867, d. Jan. 24, 1889, of pneumonia, at
Tacoma, Washington. He was buried at Chippewa Falls.


Paulina Sellers, b. Sept. 11, 1868, d. July 31, 1903, of consumption, at
Albuquerque, N. M. She was buried near Fairfax, Mo., near where her father's
sister lived.

Philip Clyde Sellers, b. June 7. 1870, d. Sept. 10, 1871, of cholera infantum.
He was buried near Montrose, Mo.

Harvy Gordon Sellers, b. Aug. 13, 1873.

Livingston Lang Sellers, b. Sept. 14, 1875.

Walter Scott Sellers, b. Aug. 20, 1878, d. June 22, 1903. He drowned in the
Columbia River, near Leahy, Washington, and was not found on Nov. 14, 1904.

John Jay Sellers, b. July 20, 1881, was living at Eagle Hill, Alberta, Canada,
in Nov., 1900.

Paulina Sellers'" taught school ten years. She married and had children:

Ulerie R., b. Feb. 26, 1896.

Mayne A., b. Aug. 21, 1899.

Muriel L., b. April 11, 1901.

Ferol A., b. Dec. 5, 1902.

Livingston Lang Sellers'" was teaching school at Vicoria, Minn., in Nov.,
1904. He had taught seven years.

Mr. John W. Sellers and Rachel Wiltsee lived near Chippewa Falls, Wis-
consin some years after they married. They then moved to Missouri and lived
near Montrose, and were there in the fall of 1871. After a while they returned
to Wisconsin.. In June, 1900, Sellers and some of his children were living at
Pine City, Minn. He and his sons, Gordon and Walter, moved to Leahy, Wash-
ington, and together took up a section of government land which he and Harvy
wei-e living on in Nov., 1904, having proved up on the land on Aug. 30th. It
does not appear what became of Livingston Sellers. In Nov., 1903, he was
thought to be at Hamelton, Alberta, N. W. T. Canada.


Ellen P. Wiltsee," da. of Jackson Wiltsee and Ellen Tanner, b. March 26,
18.50, m. 1st, in 1870, Philip Clover, 2nd, D. M. Wilson, d. Aug. 26, 1897, at
Wasisau of tumor, and was buried by her husband, D. M. Wilson.

She had one child, Grace Clover, who married Ward L. Swift Sept. 15,
1892, and died Oct. 14, 1901, leaving two children, viz: Mary Diana, b. Oct.
13, 1894, and Pardon Holden (deceased), b. June 18, 1901.

Alice Wiltsee wrote Nov. 25th, 1901: "We buried Eleanor Swift, my sister
Ellen's only child. She was wife of W. L. Swift, editor of the Rhinelander,
New York. She was 29 years old. She left two children : Mary Diana, aged
seven years, and an infant son, named Pardon Holden Swift.


Alice G. Wiltsee', da. of Jackson C. Wiltsee and Ellen M. Tanner, born
Sept. 6, 1852, married Hector C. McRae, May 24th, 1871. He was a prominent
man of Scotch ancestry and a farmer. He was elected to the state legislature,
one or more terms, and was appointed to a clerkship in Washington, and spent
the winters of 1901-'02 and 1903, until April, there. Nothing further could
be learned from Alice about their business affairs. Their descendants were in
Dec, 1905:

Hector Wiltse McRae, b. Sept. 5, 1872, d. Feb. 25, 1874, and Ellen Mary
Alice McRae, b. Sept. 3, 1882, m. Edward Levi Smith August 23, 1899. They
had children, Alexander, deceased, Marcella Alice and John McRae Smith.


Thomas Wiltsee,' s. of C. J. Wiltsee and Ellen (Tanner) Wiltsee. b. Aug.
23 1854 m. 1st, Elizabeth Ann Fern, Sept. 30. 1875 (b. Feb. 15, 1856, d. Feb.
4, 'l880)'; 2d, Ida Marion Jackson (b. Nov. 7, 1869), July 3, 1886.


Philip Thomas, b. Feb. 19. 1877.

William Aaron, b. Feb. 28, 1879, d. Aug. 27, 1879.



William Alexander, b. June 1, 1887.

Albert Leander, b. Jan. 18, 1889.

Alice May, b. June 26, 1890.

Arthur John, b. April 12, 1892.

Diana Wiltsee", b. July 30, 1857, m. William P. Swift, a lawyer, deceased.
They had a son. Hector Rae; d. before arriving at maturity.

Mary Electa Wiltsee, b. Aug. 20, 1860, d. Nov. 29, 18.57, from exposure
teaching school.

Sarah Wiltsee", b. Jan. 20, 1866, m. Cornelius Peters. They had children:
William Wiltsee Peters, Lois and Norman.



Kate Caroline, b. June 27, 1871, d. April 28, 1888.

Cadwallader Jackson, b. Dec. 18, 1873.

Evelyn, b. Oct. 27, 1876.

After Jackson was divorced from his second wife, Dec. 3, 1877, she lived
in the house they had occupied at Chippewa Falls after their marriage, with
their children, and her unmarried son by her first husband, until the death
of this son in December, 1903. She then spent her summers there, and her
Vv'inters in Monroe County, La.


A Young Lady Drowned.

Special to the Globe.

Chippewa Falls, Wis., April 28, 1888 — A sad accident occurred here today
which caused the death of Kate Wiltsee, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a well
known lady, Mrs. Katherine Wiltsee. She left the house in a stage about 7:30
a. m. to go into the country to teach her first term of school. About six miles
from Bloomer up Duncan Creek, the driver, named Whitmore, a young man who
was making his first trip, found the bridge unsafe, and attempted to ford a
slough. The rains of the previous day had washed the bed of the slough at
that point to a considerable depth, and the bank had slid down. The driver
being ignorant of the fact, attempted to make the crossing. While doing this
the swift current caused the stage to tip, and, despite his efforts. Miss Wiltsee
was swept out. He caught her, and attempted to reach the shore, and suc-
ceeded so far as to grab a bush on the bank, but it gave way and the current
hurried them down stream. His strength failed him, after a few more attempts,
and he was obliged to release his hold, and the current swept the lady under
beyond his reach. With great difficulty he saved himself. He hastened to the
city with the sad news, which was conveyed to the stricken mother. The lady
was found and recovered in the evening of the fourth succeeding day, about
thirty rods below the scene of the terrible accident. The funeral will be held
at 1 o'clock this afternoon from her mother's residence on Central street. No
accident has occurred that has caused more heartfelt sympathy than the drown-
ing of Miss Katie Wiltsee, Saturday. She was a bright, intelligent, amiable
young lady, who had worked diligently to fit herself for teaching, and it was,
we understand, the first time she had been away from home. Mrs. Wiltsee, in
her bereavement, has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


Cadwalder Jackson Wilstee", Jr., b. Dec. 18, 1873, m. Miss Julia d.

Oct. 18, 1901, at Lincoln, Nebraska.

At the time of his death his home was in Omaha, Neb. He was a lineman
for the Telegraph & Electric Co. He was at Modale, Iowa in the fall of 1900,
putting up telegraph poles and boarded at the hotel. He visited his cousin,
Edward Wiltsee twice while there. He died in the employment of the same


Mrs. Julia Wiltsee went to Lincoln and made arrangements for taking his
remains to Chippewa Falls, Wis., for burial. The Lincoln Gas & Electric Com-
pany paid her $1,350 damage for the death of her husband, and her lawyer,
T. M. Tyrrell exacted $100 from her.


From the Lincoln Evening News of Oct. 18, 1901.

C. J. Wiltsee and Tim Keefe were killed at Ninth and C Streets by falling
with a big pole afterwards found to have nearly rotted off in the ground, and
to have been too weak to support the weight of two men. Both men were injured
so severely that they died soon afterwards. Imploring som.e one to relieve him
of his pain, if it must be with death, Timothy Keefe lay moaning by the side of
C. J. Wiltsee at Ninth and C. Streets yesterday afternoon, both dying from
injuries they received from a fall of ninety feet through the air at the peak of
a sixty foot pole which snapped off at the bottom below the surface of the
ground about three inches, because it was too rotten to stand. It leaned a little
towards the southwest and the feed wire broke before they commenced. Wiltsee
lay unconscious and beyond suffering. Both were taken to the hospital and before
midnight both were dead. They were linemen in the employ of the Lincoln Gas
& Electric Company. Keefe has lived in Lincoln some time. Wiltsee came
from Omaha. Little is known of him. An arc light was somewhat out of order
and in need of repair, and they had ascended to fix it. Both had strapped them-
selves to the pole with their safety belts, and were at work with the wire, when
with a cracking that echoed up from the base of the pole, it toppled over to
the southwest, and fell with a crash, striking on a company wagon below. It
broke two-thirds of the way up and ten feet from the bottom, hurling the
dangling men over to the far side with the pole on top of them, crushing Wiltsee's
skull just over the right eye, and putting out his left eye, and breaking his
right foot, and hurting him internally. The globe was shattered, and the
glass drenched in the blood of the dying men. So quickly did the pole fall
that after breaking at the bottom, the men had no time to disengage themselves.
The face of Wiltsee was crimson with blood. A spike, used as a step on the
pole, had torn a gaping wound in his head, and the force of the fall had crushed
his skull. With all this and the mangling of his body, he did not expire until
after 11 o'clock.

XL Evelyn Wiltsee, b. Oct. 27, 1876, m. Mr. Harkins. She visited

her uncle in Holt Co., Nebraska, in the fall of 1903. In Sept., 190.5, she was living
with her husband at Eue Claire, Wis.

Mrs. Katherine (Campbell) Cumming's first husband had been a soldier, and
she drew a pension, which, with her other income, made her comfortably cir-
cumstanced. She had a brother, John Campbell, living in Page, Holt Co., Neb.,
whom she visited in the fall of 1905.

In the winter of 1905-6, on her way to Chippewa Falls, she visited at
Edward Wiltsee's at Modale, Iowa.

A Chippewa Falls paper said of Cadwallader Jackson Wiltsee:

Passed Away at Cadott, Wednesday Morning — A Pioneer of the County.

Hon. C. J. Wiltsee, a pioneer, and one of the best known men in the county
passed away at his home in the village of Cadott, yesterday morning after an
illness of several months. The judge was born in Clarence, Eric County, N. Y.,
May 29, 1823. He was first married to Ellen M. Tanner, a native of Clarence,
N. 'Y. She died Jan. 27, 1870. Six children were born to this marriage. (?)
(There were eight.) * * * * . . , „, , ,

The judge came to Wisconsin in 1850; located in Mukwanago, Waukesha
County and resided in Mukwanago until 1862, when he came to Chippewa County

Note— Cadwallarler Jacks..,! Wilts,.... m..v..,l t.. Mukwaiiae.i. Watikosha Co Wi.s..
in the spring of 1S49. an. I i.....^M ,, t,.,;n, ,,.;,..: r i ... T.. .ii,^ Tm,,,,.^, rs. jnri maclc
it his home two years. I. i i • - ' i ^ ^'ik stale ancl

entered into the grocery 1.. ■ M i! ' ' I ■ i Koch (at the

second cross i-oads east ..I i ;_ll ' '/ ,,',.. ,:. , ,. , 'fl'l '7„°^ or.^


and settled on a farm in the town of Lafayette, about three miles from Chippewa
Falls, where he resided until 1868, when he moved to Chippewa Falls and engaged
in the practice of law. He was elected county judge shortly afterwards, and
held the office three years and then resigned to give his full attention to law. He
was very successful in the practice and retired about 1880, with a comfortable

He was the first Democrat elected to the legislature from Chippewa County,
defeating the Hon. J. J. Jenkins in the campaign of 1876. He was district and
city attorney, holding the latter office five years.

Judge Wiltsee had his virtues as well as short comings. He served the
people in numerous capacities, and always with fidelity.

Those who knew him best claim for him a kind heart, and we have never
heard his honesty questioned, although he held various positions of honor and
trust. His remains will be brought to Chippewa Falls today. The funeral services
will take place from the Presbyterian church at two o'clock this afternoon, and
he will be laid to rest in the Lafayette cemetery.

Mary F. (Eldred, nee Billard), Wiltsee had no children. Writing from
Cadott, March 9, 1900, she said: "I have not been from our premises for six
months. Mr. Wiltsee's health is very poor. His head has failed him and I have
to keep a man to take care of him.''

Allice wrote March 21, 1900: "Father has not written anything for two or
three years on account of his hand trembling and shaking. He is too sick to do

Thomas Wiltsee wrote Sept. 9, 1900: "I have been in Northern Minnesota,
among the Ojibwa Indians on the reservation and other public lands as surveyor,
scaler, estimator, etc., six years and did not hear of father's illness until his
death. He had a weak stomach, but died of old age. About eight months after
mother's death, father married Mrs. Catherine (Campbell) Cummings. He got
a divorce from her, and married Mrs. Mary F. Eldred. As appraised, all of his
estate does not exceed $5,000. She has it all in her possession, even some silver
spoons, etc., which grandmother gave my sister Sarah."

Alice wrote Nov. 25, 1901: "Father's estate is a long time in settlement. The
lawyer my brother employed "-nd we paid, plays fast and loose with us, and gives
us no satisfaction. He seems to be a legalized robber."

31 VII. Maria Elizabeth Wiltsee\ da. of Jeremiah Wiltsee and Sarah

Green, b. August 1, 1825, m. Palmer S. Benman, (b. March 19,
1823. d. Jan. 1, 1892), Nov. 2, 1854.

Maria Elizabeth Wiltsee received similar business training to that under
which her sisters had been raised. She attended the district school and the
Methodist school at Lina, New York, and taught school in the Academy at
Williamsville, and at Clarence Hollow, and district schools. She lived at Bomans-
ville from her marriage until in 1900. She then moved to Alden, Erie Co., N. Y.,
with her brother Simon and her son Clarence, who all resided in the same house.

She wrote: " You will undoubtedly be surprised to learn that we are now
living in Alden. Simon became so helpless that Carlos thought we had better
move here, so he could the better look after us; he bought us a house, just across
the street from his own, and fixed it up very convenient. We have room enough
and water and gas conducted into the house."

She wrote Jan. 7, 1903: "I am about the house a part of the time but do
not sit up all the time. The rheumatism is a dreadful disease. I have not been
on the street for four months." She wrote July 21, 1904: "My health is better
than a year ago. I can walk very well, but I do not expect to recover entirely
from the rheumatism."

She was some lame in February 1907, but still did her work, though in her
82d year.


Palmer S. Bowman, s. of Benjamin Bowman and Mary Snively, was born
March 19, 1823. He attended the district school at Benmansville, and select
school at Lancaster, Erie Co., N. Y. He inherited a part of his father's farm
(on which the village of Benmansville was located), and a ha'f interest in the
grist mill and saw mill. He disposed of his interests in the mills in 1855. He
built a hotel at Benmansville in 1850, and took charge of it three years; then
he rented it several years and finally sold it and his dwelling house, and erected


a brick dwelling farther east, north of the plank road and made his home there
until his deatti.

He was elected justice of the peace in 1862, and held the office continuously
over a quarter of a century.

He was elected associate judge in 1873.

He was an official member of the Methodist church over a third of a century.
His entire life was spent on the farm on which his father located, and he died
there of obstruction of the bowels, and was buried at Harris Hill.


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