1925 Biography - William Wise

Hiram H. Wise was born in Tennessee. His father William J. and William the grandfather, were both natives of North Carolina. The pioneer ancestor was Isaac Wise, who was the father of William the first, was born and grew to manhood in England, coming to the United States in young manhood. He did not serve in the Revolutionary War, but was drafted three times. He furnished a substitute for each time also thirteen horses as his contribution to the cause of Independence. William Wise married Nancy Howard in North Carolina. They raised a large family of which William J. Wise was one. He married Rebecca Lawhon also of North Carolina. They came to Illinois in 1825 in a cart with a tandem team. They removed to Tennessee after a short residence here and remained till 1837 when they removed to Illinois and settled in Johnson County. There were eight children of this family, Lewis E. who went to Louisiana; Elizabeth J. married William Mounce; Sarah Ann married Hall; Hiram H., Robert H. and Oliver Wise were all resident farmers of New Burnside Township. Hiram H. was well educated for that time and was a teacher for fifteen years. He also studied law and was admitted to practice 1853, which profession he followed to some extent. He served four years in the Civil War. His family will be found under Chapman.

Extracted 08 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, page 482.

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