THE THIRD GENERATION
THE GRANDCHILDREN OF JOHN & CATHERINE WIANT
3c. THE CHILDREN OF JOHN & SARAH WIAN
revised February, 2012
this family was researched by Phyllis Crick
1. ALEXANDER C. was born in 1830 (16) and grew up in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. By the time he was fifteen his family had moved back to Mifflin County where he was married to Sarah Thompson on September 2, 1852 (57) by Rev. G. Sill. Their first child, Anna Mary, was born in 1853 (18) after which the young family moved to Ohio, settling in Concord Township, Miami County (18). It was here that two more children were born - Eliza in1855 and Thomas in 1858 (18). On October 14, 1861, Alexander enlisted atTroy, Ohio, for three years service in F company, 71st Ohio Infantry of the Union Army. He gave his age as thirty, his birth place as Mifflin County, his occupation as farmer, and was noted to be 6' 1/2" tall, of dark complexion, black eyes and brown hair. The company was captured on August 18, 1862 after which Alexander was paroled, appearing on a muster roll of paroled prisoners at Camp Chase, Ohio, on August 31st. He was forwarded from Columbus on January 9th, 1863, and died of smallpox on February 3rd at Fort Henry in northern Tennessee, where he was buried. The following day Lt. I. R. Rollin of F Coy wrote to the widow - "He died about 9 o'clock on yesterday morning with that fatal and most loathesome disease, Smallpox. He arrived here from Camp Chase, Ohio, about the 20th of last month and apparently seemed in his usual health, with the exception of some cold and cough. In a day or two he began to feel quite unwell and reported to the surgeon for examination - he grew worse a short time afterward, and was taken to the hospital. At this time he began to have considerable fever with flushed spots over his face. Our physician had him removed to a very comfortable tent outside of the fort . . . . He seemed to get along very well until about a week ago when one night about midnight his tent caught fire and burned. He was carried into the hospital again and remained there until the next day when he was removed back to another tent. I think by this accident he took cold - he still grew worse and suffered greatly, often wishing to die to be relieved of his pain. On the day before he died the disease assumed a bad form, instead of the pustules filling and coming out to the surface they struck inwardly. Alex was in his right mind up to the last moment and always had sufficient strength to get up and down with very little assistance. . On the morning he died - about three minutes before - your letter of the 29th ult. arrived . . . he asked to be raised up in bed and for a drink of water - then asked for the letter to be read - but alas - just as the corporal had torn it open and read him your name . . . he began to fall back upon his pillow . . . he gave a long breath, closed his eyes and died without making a struggle or moving a muscle. . . . He was buried south of and a short distance outside the fort in a regular burying ground on a very nice sandy raise of ground. . . .my brother cut his initials, A. W. Co F 71 O.V.I., on a board and went afterwards and placed it to the head of his grave - so rests an affectionate husband, and a beloved brother soldier. . . . " (57). (Historian Martin Stewart writes that Alexander's body was reinterred at Shiloh National Cemetery after the war.)
Sarah Wion remarried on August 19, 1866, George W. Bishop and, about 1872 went to live at Switzer, Indiana. On March 21, 1876 her second husband died and on August 12th she married a third time, to her brother-in-law, Peter Passage. He was the widow of Sarah's sister Eliza who had died September 19, 1875 (57). They moved back to Newberry Township in Miami County, Ohio, along with Alexander's son, Thomas (28). Peter Passage died August 13, 1897 (57), and Sarah went to live with Thomas and his family in Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio. In 1900 she gave her birth as February, 1836. She died December 4th, 1903 (57). The children of Alexander and Sarah Wion are described in the fourth generation.
2. WILLIAM POWERS was born in March 20, 1831 (16), in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. As has been already noted his parents first appeared on the tax list of Brown Township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, 1845, when William was 14. He must have married about 1848 at the young age of 17 as his son John was listed as a one year old in the household of his grandparents in 1850. William married his cousin Eliza Harman who was quite older than he, being listed as 30 in the 1850 household of her mother, Mary (Wiant) Harman. By 1860 they were renting their own place in Union Township where William was a laborer. John was now ten and had a younger brother, George, who had been born in 1858 (18). These seem to have been the only children of William and Eliza. The family was listed in the1850 census and on the tax lists until 1876 after which they followed brother John to Adams Township in Darke County, Ohio (28). Eliza died at the Dayton Asylum on August 18, 1897 and William died in the Darke County Infirmary on January 6, 1903 (91). The two sons of William and Eliza Wyan are described in the fourth generation.
3. JOHN THOMAS was born September 30, 1832 (91) in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. As we have noted above his parents first appeared on the tax list of Brown Township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1845 when John was twelve. He spent his adolescence here and was married about 1856 to his cousin, Mary Harman, born September 6, 1832 (91) to Jacob and Mary (Wiant) Harman (34). They settled in Union Township where their first child, Albert, was born in 1856 (18, 34), followed by a daughter, Nancy, in 1858 (18). They had three more children - Susannah in 1861 (who died young), William Foster in 1862 and Mattie in 1865 (91).John's name last showed on the Union Township tax list in 1866 after which he took his family to Ohio, settling in Adams Township, Darke County (27). John died May 24/29, 1889 and was outlived by his wife who, in 1900, was living with her granddaughter, Anna Rare. She died February 25, 1913 according to her death certificate. Further information about the children of John and Mary Wion is given in the fourth generation.
4. JAMES A. was born April 24, 1834 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. As already noted his parents first appeared on the tax list of Brown Township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1845, when James would have been eleven. He was not listed in the 1860 census of Mifflin having moved to Ohio and Indiana. He married Martha E Creech in Vigo County,Indiana on Dec 30, 1858 (Bk2 p 129) and had Sarah J. (1860), James M. (Kelly) (1863), Alice (1866), Ida Bell (1868), George Washington (1870), Elizabeth (1872), John T. (1874), Drilla Mae (1876) and William (1878). He served in the Civil War. He moved back to Darke County, Ohio around 1878 and testified at the trial of his nephew, David, there in 1883. After a dispute with his wife he took his eldest daughter back to Crawford County, Indiana where he was convicted of incest in 1885 and spent 6 years in jail. In 1891 (on his release) his wife filed for divorce after which he returned again to Indiana and remarried 26 Aug, 1895 to Nancy Ellen Jones Garland. They had James McKinley in 1897. James died 12 Mar, 1914 at Birdseye, Dubois Co, IN where his grave has a military marker. Martha was admitted to County Home in 1917, destitute, and sent to Dayton State Hospital in 1918 where she died February 3, 1919 (91). The children of James Wyant and his two wives are described in the fourth
5. NANCY JANE was born about 1838 (16) in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and spent her adolescence in Brown Township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. It is believed that she married Robert Salad of Union Township, as the 1860 census noted "Sarah Wien" livingwith a Robert and Nancy Salad. At that time they had a one year old daughter, Sarah.
6. GEORGE WASHINGTON was born April 30, 1842 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania (35). About 1845 his parents moved back to Mifflin County where George grew up. On December 29, 1859, he was married by Rev. McDonald to Mary Margaret Reed who had been born May 2nd, 1844 (35, 36). Their first child, John Carver, was born January 17, 1861, followed by George Vance, June 23, 1862, who died young (35). They had a daughter then, Elizabeth Ann, May 23, 1863, a son, David Foster, August 29, 1864, and finally another daughter, Sarah Jane, December 18, 1865, who died young (35). Earlier that year, on March 16, George Wine, 5' 10", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, enlisted in the Pennsylvania Volunteers and was assigned to Company D of the 88th regiment. On April 9th General Lee surrendered the remains of his army at Appotomax ending the civil war in America , and on June 30th George Wine was mustered out near Washington, D. C. (35). He returned to his young family in Mifflin County and took up his farming again. Sometime after 1870 he took his family to Ohio, settling near his brother John in Adams Township, Darke County.Here his firstborn son, John, died April 5, 1876 (91). In 1883 his son David shot and killed son-in-law Joseph Eyler, leaving daughter Elizabeth a widow with four children (40). George adopted them and cared for them until they grew up. Elizabeth, in the meantime, remarried, to her cousin Thomas Wion, and raised another family. David Wion, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years for the 1883 killing, was free by about 1890, when he married and raised a family. However his wife died in January of 1900 and he left his children in the care of his father. Now, on February 17, 1900, George's wife, Mary, died of blood poisoning in her 56th year (36) and he was left alone to care for two sets of grandchildren. The youngest he put in an orphanage and the rest he raised at home. The following year, on December lst, "Wash," as he was known, remarried (36). (However the marriage was actually recorded on March 29, 1917, the day George made his will (91)). His second wife was Corilla Anthony whose divorce from Thomas McCool had become effective on September 11th (37). A son, Floyd,was born in 1902, and a daughter, Almerta, in 1906 (91). Wash Wion died on March 8, 1918, at the age of 75 (38), and was survived by 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren (39). The intricate lives of his children are described in the fourth generation
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