Wiseman Family Association

Wiseman Family Association      (See two invitations below in Red or Green)

Wiseman Family Association, a national organization of people whose ancestors were Wiseman's. WFA was first organized in 1908 by Dr. B. W. S. Wiseman, Isaac Wiseman and others. Dr. B. W. S. Wiseman compiled and authored a Wiseman genealogy.  

  The entire Wiseman Family Tree has been added to this website, the same data that was available on MyFamily.com several years ago. In order to build upon this tree, you will need to submit your individual family branches. Please check your branch of this tree for any corrections or updates and submit them to the webmaster (see bottom of this page). This tree will not be revised but added to the New Wiseman Tree (click above button) using data that can be documented as factual. Do not send copied data from other websites because several have incorrect data. Please don't expect immediate updating, this project takes time. Please try your best to identify the source of submitted data and note if it is probable or possible if you do not know for sure. Feel free to submit GEDCOM files to avoid retyping which only causes mistakes. 

Click here to visit the Wiseman Family Tree


 Invitation to our 2017 WISEMAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION REUNION July 28,29 and 30, 2017:

Greetings to all the Wiseman cousins, kinfolk, and friends,

            The 104th Wiseman Family Association Reunion (109th Anniversary) will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28, 29, and 30, at the Red Roof Inn in Jackson, Ohio.  The Red Roof Inn is located about 2 miles east of downtown Jackson at 1000 Acy Ave , near the intersection of US35 and McCarty Lane .  Red Roof Inn is providing a meeting room for the Saturday genealogy workshop and the Sunday luncheon and business meeting. When booking your own reservations be sure to inform Red Roof Inn (Phone: 740-288-1200) that you are attending the Wiseman Family Association Reunion.

On Friday evening, July 28, the early birds will gather at the Red Roof Inn and find a good place to eat together.  Stop by the meeting room or front desk around 4:30 pm if you would like to go along!  After dinner we will gather for a “Family Story Telling Time,” exchange tall tales and sing a song or two. 

            Plan to attend the genealogy workshop and friendship meeting from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 29.  Our historians and genealogists are eager to share their information and help you with your family tree.  The Wiseman Family Association was first organized in 1908 by Dr. B. W. S. Wiseman, Isaac Wiseman, and others.  Dr. B. W. S. Wiseman compiled and authored a Wiseman genealogy.  The extensive lifetime collections of Ernest Newton Wiseman and other family historians will be available for your research.  Several members have had their DNA done by AncestryDNA, and we are interested to see if others have done so in order to compare results.

On Sunday, July 30, we will gather informally at the Red Roof Inn beginning at 9 am.  A potluck luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm.  Please bring a covered dish and/or dessert to share.  WFA will provide baked ham and chicken at no charge. Please inform John R. Wiseman of your intention to attend the luncheon as we need a fairly accurate count of diners.  Email:  wisemanj@umich.edu, Phone: 734-662-9388.

The business meeting will follow the luncheon, and then we will hold an auction to raise funds for support of the WFA. Please bring items you wish to donate for sale at the auction.  Items with historical connections are especially appreciated.  Wiseman Family Association T-Shirts with the Wiseman crest will be on sale.  If you wish to receive a copy of the minutes of the 2016 Business Meeting contact John Wiseman by email or US mail.

Please feel free to invite members of your families and add their names to our mailing list.  If you would like to receive communications by email, please send John Wiseman your email address.  This reunion belongs to all of us, and we especially encourage our younger people to become involved.  Copies of the WFA mailing list will be available at the meeting.  We are losing contact with some of our members due to moves, address changes and deaths, and we need your help to update our mail list.  We need to add the names of descendents of former active members.  If you have moved and this letter is forwarded please inform me of your new address.  Dues are $5 per person or $10 per family and can be mailed if you are unable to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in Jackson in July!  Come early, stay late.  

John R. Wiseman, Secretary    May 8, 2017

            Click here to read invitation letter sent by Ernest Newton Wiseman in 1973



James R. Davisson, President                    Barbara Mahaffey, Vice-President       Richard Ingles, Treasurer                    John R. Wiseman, Secretary               Rev. James Kilburn, Chaplain

918 Francis Lane                                      PO Box 332                                       19094 State Route 141                       1273 Laurel View Drive                      HC86 Box 53

Chillicothe , Ohio 45601-9541                    Chillicothe , Ohio 45601-0322              Patriot , Ohio 45658-9132                   Ann Arbor , Michigan 48105-9765    Kanawha Falls , West Virginia 25115

Email:  JimDeb_Davisson@yahoo.com      Email:  Mahaffey@ohio.edu                 Email:  ringking45658@hotmail.com    Email:  wisemanj@umich.edu             Email:  JHKilburn@yahoo.com

Phone:  740-884-4126                              Phone:  740-701-7475                       Phone:  740-379-2909                        Phone:  734-662-9388                     Phone 304-779-9324


                                                                                                              WISEMAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION HISTORIANS  

Robert N. Wiseman, Senior Historian                   Sandy Wiseman, Historian                     Dawn Tonneman, Historian                    John Schweickart, Historian

782 County Road 70                                            8247 State Route 243                           9976 Midland Oil Road                          8856 Mathias Unit #35          

Proctorville , Ohio 45669                                       South Point , Ohio 45680                      Glenford , Ohio 43739-9624                  Grosse Ile , Michigan 48138

Email:  poppynewt@zoominternet.net                   Email:  swiseman1948@yahoo.com      Email:  dtonneman@laca.org                  Email:  ajschweickart@comcast.net

Phone:  740-886-5778   Cell: 304-634-3097      Phone:  740-867-8729                         Phone 740-787-2018                            Phone:  734-692-5904


Marge Hess, Historian                                         William C. Zaebst, Historian                 James Kilburn, Historian                        Webmaster:  Walter E. McLendon

1675 Northwood Drive NE                                 507 Haskins Ave.                            (See address above for Chaplain)               1006 Copeland Street

Lancaster , Ohio 43130-1118                               Dayton , Ohio 45420-2355                                                                                 Lufkin , Texas 75904

Email:  rhess13@columbus.rr.com                       Email:  billzbstjr@sbcglobal.net                                                                           Email:  wem@mail.com       

Phone:  740-654-2934                                        Phone:  937-254-3185                                                                                      Phone 936-634-3290  

Please visit the Wiseman Family Association Website.  Check out your Wiseman connections and add genealogical data from your own family tree.  Walter McLendon is our webmaster.

            Hall of Honor                 Invitation letter sent by Ernest Newton Wiseman in 1973                  

WFA incorporated in Ohio as a non-profit organization so your donations or legacies are tax deductible. Efforts are on the way towards increasing WFA membership. Dues are used for mailing reunion notices to members and pay for some costs of the reunion. 

                                   Webmaster: Walter McLendon in Texas of the Tennessee Wiseman Branch 

Invitation to the 2017 Tennessee Wiseman Family Reunion on August 26, 2017 at noon at McKendree 

Methodist Church, 208 Wheeler Street, Portland, TN. 

PH. 615.300.1931


     Wiseman Cemetery Revived in 2003

The Wiseman family cemetery in Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee has been hidden away for over a century with the last known burial in 1910. Jim Wiseman of Hendersonville, TN learned of the cemetery in the Sumner County Archives where two ladies had compiled the cemetery records in 1981. It took Jim a few years to find the cemetery and then in August 2003, several of Wiseman cousins gathered to clear the brush and fence it just in time for our annual Wiseman family reunion. Cattle had been free to roam through the cemetery under the cover of trees, obviously an ideal spot for cattle to lay protected from the heat and the sun. The largest head stones had been toppled and broken, only the ones buried survived destruction. Eight legible stones were found among an estimated 47 graves of which all the others were marked with simple field stones.

The significant thing about our Wiseman cemetery is that Elder John Wiseman is buried there. John was born in Rowan County, NC in 1780 and actually walked to Tennessee alongside his two-wheel horse drawn tar cart carrying his wife and infant son. There, an incredible story about an impoverished Baptist minister began, impacting the history of Tennessee and the Baptist faith in the region. John’s son married Mildred Weatherred, another significant name in Tennessee, connecting to the Bate family who gave Tennessee a governor and U.S. senator. Mildred’s great-grandmother, Patience Sumter was a sister to General Thomas Sumter for whom Fort Sumter was named. Mildred’s uncle Francis Marcus Weatherred, Jr. was called by his friend Sam Houston to help fight Santa Anna in the new Republic of Texas, where Francis later helped write their first constitution as he served as a representative of the people. Five generations of Wiseman’s are buried in our cemetery including Weatherred’s and Troutt’s.

The Wiseman Cemetery is hopefully, prepared for another century. Despite its rural isolated location, many Wiseman descendants contributed to a modest maintenance fund to try to prevent the re-growth of destructive brush so that the legible headstones can survive. The following is our recent transcription of the existing headstones: 

Elder John Wiseman Faith Minister of the Gospel for more than half a century Jan 24, 1780 to Mar 14, 1864  (son of Jacob Wiseman & Elizabeth Henderson)

Anna "Anny" Hunt  1780 to Jul 25, 1842 (wife of John Wiseman, only a field stone marks her location beside John)

Elder Jonathan Wiseman Sep 29, 1804 to Oct 18, 1869 (son of John & Anna Wiseman)

Mildred B. Weatherred May 16, 1810 to Nov 10, 1884 (wife of Jonathan Wiseman-dau of John   Weatherred & Elizabeth Gilmore)           

Agnes E. Weatherred Jones  Feb 4, 1803 to Dec 1, 1878 (wife of James Thomas Jones & sister of Mildred B., Jonathan’s wife)

William M. Wiseman  May 13, 1831 to Apr 4, 1849 (son of Jonathan & Mildred Wiseman)

Frank W. Troutt Jun 29, 1879 to Feb 13, 1882 (son of John Albert Troutt & Nancy Cooper Wiseman-dau of James R. Wiseman & Lucinda Wilks) [this stone was buried about 6 inches and is in excellent condition]

Found footstone with the letters F. W. T. was found some distance from Frank W. headstone and now we have confirmation from a Troutt cousin that it should be Frank’s footstone.

John W. Jones Sep 28, 1879 to Apr 22, 1880 (son of John W. Jones & Minerva B. Wiseman-dau of James R. Wiseman & Lucinda Wilks)

Malinda Sue Payne Apr 18, 1836 to Jun 21, 1885 (first wife of John Wilson Wiseman & dau of Edwin Payne & Elizabeth Haynes)

There is a record of Barks Jones being buried in this cemetery on Oct 1, 1910. Barks was a 27 year old nephew to Wilson Wiseman. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~providence/obit_sep-oct_1910.htm

Wiseman Cemetery is about .8 miles inside private property of son of Dr. Stevenson, about 5 miles north of Castalians Springs on Homer Scott Road. We hope to find Wiseman descendants who might have proof of others buried in our cemetery.

1 John Albert TROUTT
 + Nancy Cooper WISEMAN
     2 Frank Wilson TROUTT b: 6-29-1879  d: 2-13, 1882 buried Wiseman Cem
     2 James “Jimmy” Robert TROUTT + ?
         3 James Robert TROUTT doctor in Gallatin, TN


This website was initiated on August 22, 2003

Contact WFA webmaster waltermcl@suddenlink.net for any questions and information.