Submitted by Nancy Norman Hopkins
The History of Nicholas County, West Virginia
By William Griffee Brown, 1954
Isaac Wiseman leads the record of the "Wiseman Family in America," published by
Dr. B.W.S. Wiseman of Indiana in 1910. According to this record Isaac Wiseman
came from Pennsylvania to Rockingham County, Virginia soon after the Revolution,
then to Monroe County. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were buried in Rehoboth Churchyard
near Union. His son, John, was ordained a Methodist minister by Bishop Asbury and
was in the Continental Army with Washington at Valley Forge. William, a son of Isaac,
seems to have remained in Monroe. He married Mary Ramsey.
Isaac Ward Wiseman, son of William, was raised in the family of Bartholomew Ramsey.
He was a soldier in the company of his cousin, J. Riley Ramsey, in the Civil War. He
married and lived in Nicholas County near Mt. Nebo for several years, but died at the
home of his daughter, Rebecca Hawkins, in Fayette County. His son, William Wiseman,
married Barbara Odell, daughter of Jacob Odell. He had two children: Nicholas Wiseman
and Rebecca Ann Bailes. Nicholas Wiseman married Nancy Elizabeth McCutcheon. His
two sons, William Johnson Wiseman and Perry N. Wiseman, are well known as citizens
of the County. Wm. Johnson Wiseman served a term as Assessor of the County. Perry
N. Wiseman was a successful teacher, Clerk of the County Court, and State Senator
from his district.
Samuel Wiseman, grandson of pioneer Isaac, was born in Monroe County, came to
Nicholas County and commissioned a justice in 1822. Two of his sons, Alexander
and John N., were born in Monroe County but came to Nicholas County and were
well known citizens. A daughter of Samuel, Isabel Jane, married Matthew Hughes;
another daughter, Margaret, married Perry Odell.
The Wiseman family is related to many of the early families of the County.