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Sarah Ann McSwain Wise
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1867
Estill County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1949
Sexton
Kossuth County
Iowa, USA

~*~*~My Great Great Grandmother~*~*~

Grandma: Wise, Sexton, Leaves 127 descendants Mrs. Sarah Ann Wise, 82, one of the county's most widely known women, died last week Monday evening of a heart attack, after an illness of six weeks. Her death removed Sexton's most prominent citizen.

The Rev. J.A. Riggs, pastor of the Wesley and Sexton Methodist churches, conducted funeral services Thursday afternoon at the Sexton church, with burial in Britt cemetery, and 99 relatives from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas in attendance.

Mrs. Wise was born April 11, 1867, at Irvine, KY, where she grew up and attended school. Her farther Joseph McSwain operated a river ferry.

Marriage to G.B. Wise took place March 15, 1883, and they became parents of 13. Two of the children are dead, one at two years old, the other died in 1936. In 1900 the Wise family moved to McLean, IL, and after 15 years there moved to a farm 4 miles northeast of Sexton. Later they occupied a farm near Woden, then moved to Britt, where Mr. Wise died in March 1926.

Mrs. Wise then moved to Sexton, where she spent the rest of her life. The 11 living children are: Mrs. Medith Burger, Sexton; William, Houston, TX; Mrs. Drusilla Noble, Sexton; Mack, Mason City; Strother, St. Ansgar; Mrs. Alice Phillips, Algona; Herman, Wesley; Mrs. Dorothy Stevens, Mapleton, MN; Mrs. Nell Opheim, Sexton.

There was a good reason for the family and community title of "Grandma" bestowed on Mrs. Wise. She was direct grandmother of 58; great grandmother of 63; and great-great grandmother of 6, and to all of the she was affectionately known as "grandma". It was a happy reunion when 102 of her family gathered at Clear Lake to do honor to "Grandma" and again on another occasion at Sexton. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Isaiah McSwain (1833 - 1914)
  Mary J Coffey McSwain (1849 - 1897)
 
 Spouse:
  Greene Broadus Wise (1862 - 1926)*
 
 Children:
  Naney Belle Wise Hammond (1883 - 1936)*
  Medieth Wise Burger (1885 - 1956)*
  William A Wise (1887 - 1954)*
  Drusilla Wise Noble (1889 - 1955)*
  John Mack Wise (1891 - 1966)*
  Strother Wise (1894 - 1971)*
  Dovie Wise Stratton (1897 - 1967)*
  Joseph Lee Wise (1898 - 1950)*
  Lucy F Wise (1901 - 1904)*
  Herman Wise (1905 - 1983)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sidney B McSwain (1858 - 1954)**
  Sarah Ann McSwain Wise (1867 - 1949)
  Dovie Dianna McSwain Smith (1869 - 1928)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Britt
Hancock County
Iowa, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 13, 2008
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