Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Joseph Wiseman is my great-great-great grandfather. He served during the American Revolution in Pennsylvania. He was married to Elizabeth Bateman. The couple came to finally settle in what is now Monroe County, West Virginia [at the time it was Greenbrier County, Virginia.] Here they raised their family, and helped to begin the oldest church west of the Alleghany Divide, the Old Rehobeth Church, in what is now Keenan, WV.
Joseph and Elizabeth had 11 known children. Joseph and Elizabeth [Bateman] Wiseman are buried at the northwest corner of the Old Rehobeth Church in Keenan, WV. As I stated, it is the oldest church west of the Alleghany Divide. Their son John even preached there for a while. The church is a log building, nestled in a little valley depression. It was even defended against Indians when first built [notches cut in the logs for muzzles of long rifles can be seen in the building].