Fisher Family Genealogy


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1 (VII) BRIGADIER-GENERAL JOHN THOMAS WILDER. son of Reuben and Mary (Merritt) Wilder, was born at Hunter Village, Greene County, New York, January 31, 1830, and died at Jacksonville, Florida October 20, 1917. Internment was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As a boy he served as an apprentice draftsman in a millwright plant at Columbus, Ohio, later establishing his own foundry and mill at Greensburg, Indiana. By the time of the outbreak of the Civil War his business was a success and his products were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He was member of the Democratic party when the war commenced, but decided that he would support the Union cause and had two six-pound cannon cast in his foundry. In May, 1861, he organized a light artillery for the first three-year regiment recruited in Indiana, which was mustered into service as Company K of the 17th Indiana Infantry, with Wilder as captain. June 12, 1861, he was appointed by Governor Oliver P. Morton lieutenant-colonel of the 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was advanced to colonelcy the following year. His command first saw service in West Virginia and was with Buell’s army in the second day’s battle at Shiloh. It was after this that he was given command, as senior colonel, of a brigade which served at Munfordville, Kentucky, and in the Tullahoma campaign in Middle Tennessee. In June, 1863, when Hoover’s Gap in the Cumberland Mountains was held by a strong Confederate force to give Bragg’s main army time to fall back toward Chattanooga, Wilder’s brigade forced the gap open and pursued its defenders when they retreated. As a result of the engagement the command came to be known as “Wilder’s Lightning Brigade.” It was composed of the Indiana and Illinois infantry regiments, but differed from other infantry commands in that his men were equipped, at the insistance of Wilder, with the then new model Spencer repeating rifles, and its troopers were mounted. Cist, the historian of the Army of the Cumberland, wrote in 1897, to President McKinley: “General Sheridan told me just after the battle of Chickamauga that he would rather have Wilder’s military reputation than that of any other man in the service.” On August 6, 1864, Wilder was brevetted brigadier-general in recognition of his services.

Resigning from the army in October, 1864, he removed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and took part in leading the development of natural resources around that city. He founded the Roane Iron Works and built one of the first blast furnaces in the South. In 1870 he established a rail mill at Chattanooga, and was also active in the promotion and construction of the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago railroad. For himself and his associates he acquired about half a million acres of iron and coal lands in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, and built the Carnegie furnace at Johnson City. He was mayor and postmaster, at Chattanooga, pension agent at Knoxville, and commissioner of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park. He was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and an honorary member of the Iron and Steel Institute of Great Britain. President Benjamin Harrison asked General Wilder to serve as his Secretary of War, but he refused.

Brigadier-General John Thomas Wilder married (first), May 18, 1858, Martha Jane Stewart. (Stewart III.) He married (second), in 1904, Dora E. Lee, of North Carolina, whose father was a captain in the Confederate Army. 
WILDER John Thomas (I355)
2 1910 federal census of parents family indicates Willis deceased prior to census date of May 10, 1910. PENSINGER, Willis (I1061)
3 Oscar is related to Flora Murray who married Sarah's uncle John K. Fisher. MURRAY, Oscar (I792)
4 "...passed away at home of her daughter, Mrs 0. B. Fisher at one o. clock on Sunday morning, April 2, 1927, aged 68 yeard 18 months and 18 days. She had been enjoying the best of health and cheerfully doing her work and earning her livelihood till within a few days of her sudden death....On Thursday she was stricken with appendicitis which in spite of careful nursing and medical care terminated all the cares and labors of her long and busy life." HARDY, Martha Jane (I1781)
5 "...says she and her husband are prospering on the farm in Missouri. They are moving this month to a bigger and better farm than the one they had heretofore." BISSELL, Blanche (I949)
6 "...says she and her husband are prospering on the farm in Missouri. They are moving this month to a bigger and better farm than the one they had heretofore." REYNOLDS, Sherman (I951)
7 "...they will reside on a farm near that city (Macomb)." Family (F561)
8 "Abel Fisher who has been sick for some time had a sinking spell Tuesday and is worse than he has been." The beginning of Abel's health declining to his death in 1924? FISHER Abel (I73)
9 "After funeral services. which were held Wednesday at 10 a.m., the remains were taken Novelty and laid to rest by the side of his former wife (Eliza) and only child (Francis Marion) who preceded him several years ago." FISHER Matthias (I101)
10 "After years of invalidism, Mrs. John Daugherty, aged over eighty-two years, died at her home at Brownville, Sunday, May 7, 1911." FISHER Margaret Phoebe (I178)
11 "Arther M. Fisher, youngest son of Thomas and Mary Fisher...died of consumption about three o'clock in the morning of May 9, 1897." FISHER, Arthur M. (I75)
12 "Dearest Mother: You no doubt wili be surprised to hear of me being in Ireland. We
left Boston, Mass., May 5th and after fourteen days steady traveling we landed at Cork, Ireland, and from there we went to Queenstown." 
FISHER, Paul Vernon (I221)
13 "Death came Monday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Wheeldon, after a lingering illness during which time he was a patient sufferer. The funeral services were held at the daughter's home Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock conducted by Rev. D. A. McCullough, pastor of the Auburn Methodist church, and the remains were laid to rest in the Brownville cemetery."
DAUGHERTY John Allen (I179)
14 "Della Darlene Powell, 74, of 615 N. Campbell St. died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at OSF Saint Francis Medical....She formerly worked at St. Francis Hospital in Macomb and then worked at McDonough District Hospital for 21 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the 10 Year Club at McDonough District Hospital and Macomb Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She also was a member of First Baptist Church of Macomb for more than 40 years, its Coats Circle, its General Missionary Society and its Friendly Sunday School Class."
FISHER, Della Darlene/Darlyne (I223)
15 "Ed Brice of Bardolph and Ernest Bissell (should read Otis Bissell) of Blandinsville have been released from the insane asylum at Jacksonville on account of their improved condition." BISSELL, Otis George (I1800)
16 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family (F563)
17 "Funeral from Leidner Chapel, 223 St. Louis Ave. Tues. Nov 18, 9 am to Corpus Christi Church. Internment Memorial Park Cemetery." MUELLER, Wilhelmine (I1792)
18 "Funeral from the residence Monday afternoon. Rev. T.A. Ball officiated." FISHER, Arthur M. (I75)
19 "Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Sargent’s Chapel in Macomb. The Rey. Cecil Swindle officiated and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery
in Macomb." 
BISSELL, Blanche (I949)
20 "Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Friday at the chapel of the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery. The Rev. Ray Chalfant conducted the services." FISHER, Frederick Austin (I1812)
21 "Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Blandinsville Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph Ferreira officiating. Burial was in Glade City Cemetery." BRITTON Fronie Ethel (I61)
22 "Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p. m. at the Friendship Church. Internment was in Friendship Cemetery. The Colchester American Legion Post conducted services."  FISHER, Wilbur Roy (I1144)
23 "Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. J. W. Allen, pastor of the church." FLORENCE, Harriet Elizabeth (I1794)
24 "Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Sargents Funeral Home. Jack Beard officiated and burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery." BISSELL, Violet Irene (I950)
25 "Glode American" should read Globe American. Source (S14)
26 "Harriet Elizabeth Florence was born in Yates county, New York on January 22, 1847 and died at her home in Blandinsville, Ill, on July 6, 1923, aged 76 years, 6 months, and 14 days....About three years ago she suffered a stroke of apoplexy and has since been an invalid though able to walk about the house. But this summer she began to fail and on Friday she fell into her eternal sleep." FLORENCE, Harriet Elizabeth (I1794)
27 "His health failing him in the last years, he was taken to the hospital in Jacksonville where he passed away." Presumably this hospital is the Central Hospital for the Insane in Jacksonville IL where Otis spent time off and on during his life. BISSELL, Otis George (I1800)
28 "Miss Nellie Nichols of South Reed street, a junior in the Lyons high school, was married yesterday at Hutchinson to Leslie Fisher, a young manwho lives on the Logan farm." Family (F552)
29 "Miss Violet Bissell of Blandinsville, and Orvil Foley were married at the Christian parsonage in Macomb on Tuesday, March 12, Rev. R. B. Fouts officiating." Family (F561)
30 "Mr. and Mrs. Stuart F. Hoskinson of Hoopeston, Ill., is here for a visit with the members of the Fisher families of the community who are his relatives....He is an interesting and intelligent gentleman and a skilled artist in photography. While here be took a group picture of the members of the Fisher relatives in town, himself and wife included." HOSKINSON, Stewart/Stuart F. (I807)
31 "Mr. Fisher has been in and around Brownsville (should read Brownville), Nebraska, for some weeks visiting is sister (Margaret Daugherty) and other relatives and putting in his spare moments picking apples of which he says Neb. has an abundant crop." FISHER Abel (I73)
32 "Mr. Fisher has been in and around Brownsville (should read Brownville), Nebraska, for some weeks visiting is sister (Margaret Daugherty) and other relatives and putting in his spare moments picking apples of which he says Neb. has an abundant crop." FISHER Margaret Phoebe (I178)
33 "Mrs, Abel Fisher went to the hospital in Macomb for treatment on Tuesday of last week and remained till last Tuesday when she was brought home, not very much improved. She has nervous trouble." PECK Ellen Estelle (I188)
34 "Mrs, Abel Fisher who has been sick for a long time is much worse this week. Her ailment is tuberculosis and she has smothering spells and great difficulty in breathing." Ellen died less than two months after this article was written. No mention of TB on her death certificate. PECK Ellen Estelle (I188)
35 "Mrs. Abe Fisher went down to St. Louis on Monday to spend a couple of weeks with her son-in law Fred Kling. Her little grand daughter Blanch (should read Blanche) Bissell accompanied her." PECK Ellen Estelle (I188)
36 "Mrs. Abe Fisher went down to St. Louis on Monday to spend a couple of weeks with her son-in law Fred Kling. Her little grand daughter Blanch (should read Blanche) Bissell accompanied her." KLING Fred (I343)
37 "Mrs. Abe Fisher went down to St. Louis on Monday to spend a couple of weeks with her son-in law Fred Kling. Her little grand daughter Blanch (should read Blanche) Bissell accompanied her." BISSELL, Blanche (I949)
38 "Mrs. Abel Fisher has been sick for more than three months and we regret to hear that she is not showing any Improvement." PECK Ellen Estelle (I188)
39 "Mrs. Attebery took a severe cold on November 29, which developed bronchal pneumonia..." She died at her home.
"Mrs. Attebery was a graduate of the Blandinsville High School, also of the Western Illinois Teachers' College of MaComb. Ill. For more than thirty years she was secretary for the Royal Neighbors, being elected at its organization in Gifford and serving faith fully and continuously until (her death)."
(Royal Neighbors of America, founded in 1895, is a fraternal benefit society whose mission is to protect women and their families financially through life insurance and annuities.)
Funeral services at Illinois Bend church on 12 Dec, conducted by Rev.
M. P. Dawson, pastor of the LaPlata Christian church.
FISHER Mary Lou (I99)
40 "Mrs. Blanche Reynolds of Macomb, formerly of Blandinsville, died at 10 p. m. Friday, Dec 27 at McDonough District Hospital. She had been ill for an ex-
tended period." 
BISSELL, Blanche (I949)
41 "Mrs. Fronie Ethel Fisher, 61, of Blandinsville died of an apparent heart attack at 10
o'clock Sunday morning while attending church services at the Baptist Church here (Blandinsville IL)." 
BRITTON Fronie Ethel (I61)
42 "Mrs. Myrtle O. Bissell passed away at the Newland Nursing Home at 10:10 Monday night after a long illness. She was born in Blandinsville October 5, 1881, toAbel and Ellen Peck Fisher and resided here all her life." FISHER Myrtle Olinda (I257)
43 "Mrs. Orval (Violet) Foley, 66, of 916 E. Murray St., Macomb, died Sunday, August 6, 1978 at 3:50 a.m. at McDonough District Hospital BISSELL, Violet Irene (I950)
44 "Mrs. Orville Fisher and son Leslie are now at Lyons, Kan. where Leslie is working on a farm and doing nicely." TYSON, Margreturite Ella (I220)
45 "Mrs. Orville Fisher and son Leslie are now at Lyons, Kan. where Leslie is working on a farm and doing nicely." FISHER, Harry Leslie (I222)
46 "Mrs. Sherman Reynolds, daughter] of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Bissell, is home| from the hospital after an operation for appendicitis and tonsils. Next Sunday she will undergo an operation for goitre." BISSELL, Blanche (I949)
47 "O. B. Fisher of this city is confined in the county jail at Burlington IA charged with the crime of making an assault on a little 5 year old girl in that city. The particulars at this time are a little meager but according to the Burlington Hawk-Eye it is claimed that the assault was made in a livery barn in that city. A crowd immediately gathered and caught Fisher and were taking him to the river with the intention of drowning him when the ollicers rescued bim and locked him up." Bond was set at $2000. FISHER Orville Benjamin (I217)
48 "One of be peculiar features (of his burial) was the fact that Mr. Daugherty's mother, his wife and himself were all carried to their graves by six grandsons, who were the pall bearers, He was buried in Walnut Hill (should read Walnut Grove) cemetery at Brownsville (Brownville)." DAUGHERTY John Allen (I179)
49 "Orville Fisher, Asa Langford and Geo. Monarch of Blandinsville are in jail here in default of $300 bonds, and will a wait the action of the grand jury. They are charged with burglarizing the cellar of Chas. Ballou of Blandinsville and taking some beer..." FISHER Orville Benjamin (I217)
50 "Our community was made truly sorry Tuesday when it became known the Mrs. George Sweeney had passed away at her home here at 11:00 that morning....death came suddenly as the result of complications incident to her advanced age." PECK Flora Evelyn (I681)

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