We want to start this newsletter with one of our best photos and it is one of our favorites. We have cousin Laraine Shoemaker to thank for sharing this photo and this story with us. Here it is:
SAKES ALIVE! SHE’S 95!!
She really made it! And in fine fettle, too! We had a lovely party for our mom, Muriel Ava Brown Webecke on her birthday, October 24, 2009. She is so proud of her heritage and her Wickwire ancestry. She has 14 grandchildren and 39 great-grands. She has grown from being a farm girl in Byron, New York, to being educated at USC, to teaching college and high school courses in French, Spanish, English and engineering math and calculus. She loves her farm roots and the work ethic she learned from her parents. She and Dad were active in researching family history for 40 years. She is one lovely, sweet, content lady and I’m so proud she’s my mom.
Thank you for honoring her by sharing her photo on our wonderful Wickwire website.
Laraine Webecke Shoemaker
Muriel Ava Brown Webecke
That is one great-looking young lady! We certainly wish we could have been there to honor her on her 95th birthday, and we thank Laraine again for sending us this treasure! To show you her connection to our family, here is a descendant’s list for Nathaniel Wickwire to Muriel:
Direct Descendants of Nathaniel Wickwire
1 Nathaniel Wickwire 1764 – 1831
.. +Lydia Squires 1762 – 1856
…….. 2 Lydia Wickwire 1791 – 1843
………… +Abner Hopkins, Sr. 1783 – 1844
………………. 3 Eunice Uceba Hopkins 1819 – 1897
………………….. +Lemuel Hulbert Merrill 1816 – 1895
……………………….. 4 Amy Merrill 1845 – 1936
…………………………… +Melville Beverly Cox Brown 1833 – 1899
…………………………………. 5 Searls Graham Brown 1879 – 1947
…………………………………….. +Addie Belle Cole 1878 – 1965
………………………………………….. 6 Muriel Ava Brown 1914 –
Muriel married Ernest P. Webecke, Laraine’s father.
Hi everyone. Tomorrow I am leaving Guinea for a three week vacation and I plan to be traveling a lot and won’t have my computer with me, so this issue will be the last one until I get back to site. Fran is planning on taking up all my time while I am home and she appears very serious about it. Hopefully all of you will be involved in holiday planning as well and won’t miss the issues.
Unfortunately we also have some very sad news to share with you this week. Deltra Wickware Johnson passed away on the 17th of November. Here is the notice that cousin Linda Tannis sent to us:
JOHNSON, Deltra Died Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Tuesday November 17, 2009. Deltra Wickware, formerly of RR # 1, Lyndhurst, in her 93rd year. Widow of Dr. D.S. Johnson (D.J.). Dear Mother of Deltra Willis of Watertown, N.Y., Sharon-Gay and her husband Dr. Nick Doroszkiewicz of Hagersville. Predeceased by son, Dr. Graeme Johnson. Also survived by daughter-in-law, Kim Johnson. Predeceased by brother, Douglas McNeil Wickware. Fondly remembered by grandchildren, Deltra Lynne, Andrew, Ashley, Andrea, Allan, Fraser, Curtis and Cameron as well as great-grandchildren, Zachary and William. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Private Inurnment Service will be held at Capital Memorial Gardens, Nepean at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Carveth Care Centre, Gananoque or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the SCOTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 27 MAIN STREET, ELGIN: 1-613-359-5555
Here is a rare find. This is an Army Paybook for a Canadian cousin, Orval Earle Wickwire. Here is the description:
WW1 Canadian Army Pay Book. In the name of Orval Earle WICKWIRE, Reg. Number 880717, who joined 4th Res Battn., Western Ontario Regiment. All usual details with stamp saying book opened 8 April 1917 and last entry 8-3-19. Shows usual Wear and Tear but nice example.
Now, one of the interesting parts to this find is that we have a different name for this gentleman, and we ask for help from our great Canadian researchers on this. We have him listed as Orvis Earle Wickwire, son of Joseph Wesley and Theresa Adela Moody Wickwire. We are not sure where our information comes from, so any help you can give would be appreciated. We can’t find a connection to Orval or Orvis in any of the ancestral lines. We do see him listed in Canadian census lists as Orvis.
Another oddity in names on this family is that Orvis Earle’s mother, whom we have as Theresa Adela Moody, also has been listed as Tressa Adela Moody in various official papers. Anyone who may have more info on this, please let us know. In conclusion we are going to leave Orvis Earle Wickwire the way we had it originally, and call the first paperwork shown above as an aberration.
Canadian Army Paybook
Canadian Attestation Paper
Cousin Michele Walke kindly sent in some photos from the Pontiac, Michigan cemetery where many of her family are buried. Here is Michelle’s note to us with the details:
Here are some photos from Oak Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan. They are for my Paternal Great-Grandfather Edward Wickware and his wife, Sarah, my Paternal Grandmother, Flossie Belle (Wickware) Walke and her husband, Sanford Evans Walke, her sister Hazel’s first husband, John Doty, and Flossie’s eldest son, (my Uncle) Robert Walke.
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We also have another part of the Stephen Beck research for you this week. Two weeks ago we gave you Stephen’s first generation story, and then last week it was the second generation story about one of John Wickware’s sons, Peter. This week it is the third generation and a son of Peter, Joseph Wickwire that is the focus of the research. The story is very long so we are breaking it into two parts and will share the rest next week. Here is the first part:
Captain JOSEPH WICKWIRE – 1734-1822
The Third Generation
Joseph Wickwire was born 22 June 1734 and baptized 16 October 1734 in the North Parish of New London, Connecticut, the seventh child of Peter and Patience (Chapel) Wickwire. His father died when Joseph was ten years old. Peter’s will directed that his son, Joseph, be apprenticed in some trade when he became 14 years old. Peter’s will also directed a part of the estate be distributed when all his children reached full age. The estate was not distributed until 1765, however, when Joseph was settled in Bennington, Vermont. Whether he received his share, or relinquished it to a relative, is yet unknown.
This week we have a story to share with you that we received from cousins Vic and Marian Coley. They got some good news this week when Marian received her first radiation treatment and it went well. We are very glad to hear that and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. The story they sent to us reminds me of something very close to me, so I thought I would share it with all of you:
From Vic & Marian Coley:
This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. And it sure hit the nail on the head for us. Please take time to read it. You will be blessed I am sure
My grandparents were married for over half a century, and played their own special game from the time they had met each other. The goal of their game was to write the word “shmily” in a surprise place for the other to find. They took turns leaving “shmily” around the house, and as soon as one of them discovered it, it was their turn to hide it once more. They dragged “shmily” with their fingers through the sugar and flour containers to await whoever was preparing the next meal. They smeared it in the dew on the windows overlooking the patio where my grandma always fed us warm, homemade pudding with blue food coloring. “Shmily” was written in the steam left on the mirror after a hot shower, where it would reappear bath after bath. At one point, my grandmother even unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper to leave “shmily” on the very last sheet.
Greetings everyone. One more week to go after this one and I head home for the Thanksgiving holidays. I am really looking forward to it. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, mainly because I love turkey and dressing and ham and cranberry sauce and green bean casserole and potato salad and all the other trimmings. Makes me hungry just thinking about it. Fran is a really good cook so that makes it all the better.
A new cousin found us just this weekend and we want to make welcome Scot Lawrence. He did such a good job of introducing himself we will just copy his email to us, plus a snippet from his website that we found interesting and very nice. Here is his email:
Hello Wickwire Family!
I got this email address from your excellent http://www.wickware.com/ website.
My name is Scot Lawrence, I’m your cousin! (well, a cousin to some of you! ;))
My name is Trey Wickwire and I’m Rick’s son. I’ll be helping out here on the blog so if there is anything I can do to help, let me know.