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Biography for Jacob Wise of Lehigh County PA who moved to Austintown Township, Mahoning County, Ohio

Searched and typed by Judith Florian

Background of migration into Ohio via The Connecticut Land Company 


Note:  If you download the entire biography of either volume, the book page numbers do not match the PDF page numbers, but the webmaster gives both numbers on each biography.

Austintown, Ohio

[The WISE families were large-- and generally were largely related-- throughout the country in various townships, towns, counties, and States. The families were often prosperous, and quite prominent and respected. Though some of the families lived poor lives, most seemed very secure financially and invested their wealth in land and in caring for the family and next generations.]

Jacob WISE, deceased, was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, January 21, 1786. He came to Trumbull county [, Ohio] in 1810, and bought one hundred acres of land at $3 [$3.00] per acre. Several years later he purchased what is now knownasthe [sic= known as the] PETERS farm, one hundred and thirty-three acres, and afterwards he bought one hundred and twelve acres on the tract where the TOD mine was opened. Coal was mined there [for] over fifty years ago. In 1810, Jacob WISE married Susanna WEITZEL, who lived only about one year after giving birth to a child named Jacob [WISE], born June 24, 1813. In 1815 Mr. WISE married Priscilla PYLE, who was born in Little York, Pennsylvania, in 1797. They 
had thirteen children-- John, Mary, Eliza, Sarah, Hannah, Priscilla, Lydia, Solomon, Jonathan, Rebecca, Adaline, Rachel, and Elias, who died when quite young. Priscilla, Rebecca, Mary, and Solomon are also deceased. Jacob WISE was a soldier in the War of 1812. Both he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church. He died October 24, 1854, and Mrs. WISE September 7, 1862.

John WISE, farmer, Austintown township, Mahoning county, was born in Trumbull county [, Ohio], August 13, 1816. He is the second son of Jacob WISE. He was married October 1, 1844, to Mary CARN, who was born in Canfield [, Ohio], February 18, 1820. Her father, a tailor by trade, came from Pennsylvania. The union gave them two children, Zenas, an attorney at Pine Bluff, Kansas, and Thomas Jefferson [WISE], a coal operator at Canfield. Mrs. WISE died May 24, 1854. Mr. WISE was married a second time February 1, 1855, to Rachel A. MORRIS, born in Monmouthshire, England, February 26, 1828. They have two children, Lucy, born February 7, 1856, the wife of E. Grover MARSHALL, Weathersfield township, Trumbull county [, Ohio], and David, born May 30, 1865, now residing at home. Mrs. WISE is the seventh of fourteen children of William MORRIS, who emigrated to America in 1839, and settled in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where he was a coal operator [for] some years; he then moved to Weathersfield township, Trumbull county, and was there a superintendent of mines.

WILLIAMS, p. 146 [PDF 233]

Source for Background: Tract No. 96 Annual Report of The Western Reserve Historical Society (Inc. 1867).  "The Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers". October, 1916.  Parts I and II. Published Cleveland, Ohio: 1916   Sub-section:  Land Papers   Sub-section:  The Connecticut Land Company: A Study in the Beginnings of Colonization of the Western Reserve by Claude L. Shepard.

Sources for biographies: (book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 1 (Google eBook; History Category) H.Z. Williams & Bros.  H. Z. Williams, 1882.

(book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 2 (Google eBook; History Category ).  H. Z. Williams & Bros.  H.  Z. Williams, 1882.

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