Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874|
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois
FRANKLIN WISEMAN'S grandfather and his family, six in all, emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana. Most of them remained there, but John, the father of Franklin, moved to Illinois, and settled on the Sangamon River. The grandfather died a few years ago in Crawford County, Indiana. He was the son of a Mr. Wiseman, of Pennsylvania, who had been captured when a child, and spent his early life among the Indians. His Grandfather on his mother's side was Franklin Abel, who died in Indiana about sixteen years ago, at a very advanced age.
Franklin Wiseman lives near his father's old residence, in Township 17-6. He was born December 19, 1831, in Menard County, and has passed his life here and in Logan and Sangamon. He was married in 1855 to Miss Maria Hibbs, a native of Menard County. They have ten children, as follows: Hannah Ann, John Franklin, James Jacob, George Isaac, Sarah Frances, William Harvey, Charles Rufus, Thomas Jefferson, Sylvia Jane, and Morris.
Mr. Wiseman has two brothers and one sister now living in this County. He has beside one brother, Jacob, in Nebraska; one sister, the wife of Silas Pierce, formerly of this County, lives also in Nebraska; another, the wife of John Lawson, of Indiana, resides in Missouri; and another, the wife of Isaac Yoakum, formerly of Menard County, in Iowa.
Mr. Wiseman is a good farmer and a successful cattle-dealer; a cheerful, whole-souled, hospitable gentleman; an unswerving Democrat; a thoroughly honest and reliable man, and a most public-spirited and useful citizen.