Wilsie Family Genealogy

In the 13th Century when the town of Wiltz obtained a "charter", giving the right to sell and trade in the designated market place, the first town crest was designed and created by artisans. The bat-like image on this first crest shown to the left is designed with bones, red cape and a bronze shield into which is fashioned the Christian cross of The Crusades.

The town of Wiltz lost its charter, when it burned in a fire at the end of the 14th Century. At the beginning of the 15th Century it was reestablished by Godart of Wiltz, who renewed the town charter on October 22, 1437. Each family of occupiers, created their own crest design with their own distinct artistic design. The current version of the town crest of the town of Wiltz pays homage to its French connections.

The Traceable Beginnings of Wiltz

I. Baron Alexander de Wiltz ***
b. abt 1540/1550 in regions of Wiltz, Luxemburg, or Wiltse, Netherlands.

According to some genealogists and family historians, our Wilsie family dates back to Baron Alexander de Wiltz, who can be traced back into the 1100s.

Phillippe Maton, or Martensen, has been said to be his son.
(Zabriske in a New York Genealogy & Biography - Record V106.)

[Harry Alford Willsie, deceased 2002]

It's alleged that Phillippe Maton's surname, that he was entitled to but did not use, is linked to the Baron Alexander de WILTZ.

Baron Alexander de Wiltz, died before 1648. He was Chvalier de Chemilly; Lord of Busy; Montigny; Breivey; Fleury; Provenchere; Chamiolle & Graterey. He signed a marriage contract in 13-10-1603 and married twice, according to a list of nobles written up in the Castle Museum Booklet in the town of Wiltz, Luxembourg.

His 1st Wife: Louise d' Andelot after 4.3-5.5-1630, daughter of Gaspard d'Andelot viscount de Looz & Antoinette de Rye d'Ogliani had no children.

His 2nd Wife: Barbe Francoise d'Andelot, daughter of Ferdinand d'Andelot, Anne Francoise de l'Aubespin had six children:

1. Isabelle Claire Eugenie de Wiltz Chemilly 25-4-1631 nun in Carmelite Convent in Mons, Belgium

2. Jean-Nicolas Jacques de Wiltz after
12-1-1655 Maringbruck, Germany,
Count of Wiltz (1648-1655, (no children)

3. Claude Ferdinand de Chemilly after
15-2-1676 Chemilly Count of Wiltz 1655-1676
Wife: Anne Francoise de Bergh (no children)

4. Marie-Margarite de Wiltz after 15-12-1718
Countess of Wiltz 1676-1685
husband: Christophe de Custine Lord d'Auflance

5. Adrienne Henriette de Wiltz
husband: Don Fernado d'illan 16-7-1660

6. Marie-Eleonore de Wiltz Chemilly,
nun in Saint Waudru convent in Mons, Belgium


The last known descendant of the Baron de Wiltz in Luxembourg was reported to have died years ago. The name, derived from Wiltz, was reinvented in England and America and it was spelled several different ways.

[Harry Allford Willsie, deceased 2002]

"A 2nd son, Hendrick Martenzen, it is said that born to Phillippe Maton's 3rd wife aboard ship during the Atlantic voyage". Then "Hendrick Martinezen and his half-brother were kidnapped by some Indians while with their father, Philippe Maton, at Fort Orange, Long Island, New York, where Philippe was mortally wounded in/and around 1632 by Indians. Meanwhile, the boys were turned over to missionaries later, who then took them with them into Quebec. The boy's mother had returned to Holland, assuming her children dead.

Philippe Maton's son, Hendrick Martenzen, had a son while still in Quebec, Canada, by an Indian wife. His son, Richard, remained in Quebec, using the name of Wiltsee. He later moved to Montreal. Descendants live there.

[Harry Alford Willise, deceased 2002]

It was customary in the days Philippe Maton was growing up for sons to use the maiden surname of their mother in order to hide the origin of their father. It is said that Philippe Maton had not used his father's surname until leaving Europe.

[Woltz-Syndicat d'Initiaative Wiltz (1887-1987]

Philippe Maton son, Hendrick Martenzen later escaped his Indian captures. Upon returning to New Amsterdam, he had returned to using the old family name, WILTSEE, to whom his father had been entitled, but had not used.

Hendrick Martinzen, according to a church registry, married a Dutch woman, Margaret Meyringh. Most of Hendrick Martenzen Wiltsee's descendants are by his Dutch wife. They lived in New York, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, California. and elsewhere.

[Harry Alford Willise, deceased 2002]

Philippe Maton was born in the late 1500s in the region of Wiltz, where in ancient times it's known to have Celtic origins. Other occupiers were: Romans, Spaniards, French, German, Netherland, etc.

In medieval Celtic terms, Wiltz meant: "by the brook". It's a brook by our English language definition. Through time, it has cut deeply into the soil by jagged rocky cliffs and/or around and near rocky juts through the dense wilderness.

South of Wiltz is a large wide plateau, upon which those who weren't freemen lived in hovels. They served the occupier Lords, Nobles, Counts, Dukes and Barons in control of the area, town, parish or even a more vast and often war torn changeable region.

Wiltz, in modern times, is located in what is now the country of Luxembourg, with its borders now shared with Belgium, France and Germany. It is very close by north from the Netherlands.

Roman, Romaneque, Flemish, Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch and German and even Portuguese language dialects are found in remote areas of what is now the country of Luxembourg. These many local dialects still remain today, because of the influence of former occupiers and their influence on the local histories.


Some genealogist have focused on facts that they have researched from the records and registries in the areas of Denmark and the Netherlands.

Philippe Maton WILTSEE (1580-1632) Philippe Maton, was registered as a free man, and his, then family, migrated from Holland, the Netherlands in 1629, as it was an exit port for ships crossing the Atlantic to the New World ports in those times".

Phillippe Maton, recorded in a registry, answered a call to represent the West India Company with two other men, by migrating to Quebec, Canada, and New Amsterdam to establish trade connections for the West India Company.

His command of the French language and his mature years qualified him, for the mission. Quebec, Canada, was a French speaking settlement. There were clusters of French speaking Indians. It was hoped to make trade connections.

A settlement of Dutch Reformed immigrants were already in Quebec and New Amserdam. French language was a dominate dialect in the region from which Philippe Maton came.

The Canadian Project Site titled, The Olive Tree, has very good data on the French Huguenots (any French Protestant of the 16th & 17th century).

The doctrines and beliefs of French Protestantism drove them out of the region, as the Catholic church influence became strong. The parish of Wiltz was established very early. It had converted to Christianity 1,200 years before the French Revolution of 1789. Deeply rooted in old habits, its people were disoriented due to their dependence on royalty (feudalism) as a way of life.

In the past lords had conducted and been responsible for their own wars, which the people simply were forced to endure. During the French Revolution ordinary people had to go to war. Forced recruitment in the French Army, intimidation by occupiers and poor living conditions led to unrest and discontent among the Protestants.

[Woltz-Syndicat d'Initiaative Wiltz (1887-1987]


(1.) Walloon: folks living chiefly in southern & southeastern Belgium and nearby parts of France, which today is the country of Luxembourg.

(2.) Walloon: the French dialect is a characteristic of these people.

(3.) French Walloon: translated to be: a Gaul or a foreigner.

(4.) Walloon Church: a Dutch Protestant Church composed of the descendants of French and Flemish refugees of the 17th century.

(5.) Walloon Guard: formerly a bodyguard of a king or queen of Spain, so called because the unit was made up of Walloons only.

[Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary]

A source finds, Philippe Maton, a freeman, became a dyer by trade associated with linen trade at Leiden. He's traced to a "Register of Free Citizens & Villagers, Leiden" within the time period from 1599 to about 1625.

[LDS film #0119077]

Phillippe Maton, in the textile industry, was in Leiden. It is a large, main centre for textiles at the time. So Philippe Maton was with the manufacturer of linen.

(1.) *"Lintreder": Lint: root meaning is linen

(2.) *"reder": is the old word for manufacturer

Wiltsie Family of early New York: THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL &
BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD; Vol. 106 - July 1975; number 3, p 129-133;
October 1975; p 211-217. Vol 107 - January 1976; p 15.2

As early as the 17th century, Prince Henri of the low countries, called Wiltz "The capital of the Ardennes. A leather dye process flourished in conjunction with the many Tanneries in the region of Wiltz through its early history. In Wiltz the fur and leather trades helped it to become an important center of commerce. The industrial activity thrived. The village of Wiltz received its charter from Lords of the castle in the 13th century, though, the documents had burned in a fire and the end of the 14th Century. Godart of Wiltz renewed the charter October 22, 1437.

In 1682 the Count of Wiltz could list 64 subordinates. They were noble born "vassals".

In those days the occupier chose those who must represent them in trade as well as battle. They arranged for their own battles. So common folk were first forced to rise up to do battle during the French Revolution.

[Woltz-Syndicat d'Initiative Wiltz (1887-1987]

Phillipe Maton was born in the parish of Wiltz. He's recorded to have wed 3 times, all of which do not trace to his home parish.

In the process of being assigned by the West India Company to represent them in the the colonies, Philippe Maton had made his way to Amsterdam and in 1623 migrated to Albany, New York, then to Waalhogt, New York. It is recorded that he died in Swanedahl, Delaware in 1632.

The Dutch language meaning for "Wilt" "Zee" is "wild" "sea". One can guess that crossing the Atlantic Ocean give fresh new meaning to an old word, "Wiltz".

In regard to those farmers in Newtown, New York, who embraced the United Empire Loyalist ties. After the revolutionary War, and the disposition of estates owned by Loyalist, the Southern District is written up by Harry B. Yoshpe, Ph.D., in New York's Columbia University Press, 1939) forfeiting their property as they were loyalists.

What seems contradictory data is at times shown. As researchers disagree. In computer terms they resort to "flaming". But there's much more valid strength within the details about Philippe Maton, than in perceptions of real historical and geographical regions within which his life took shape.

I point out, that through the years and marriages of 3 wives .. 2 are not listed in his home region, a man customarily may wish to or be forced to change his identity.

When a property owner had daughters only and no male heirs, it was expected that a future son-in-law adopt the surname of the property owner in order to gain title to the property.

A possible surname adoption through marriage has not been addressed by all researchers.


In the APPENDICES, Appendix 1.: A Report of Sales of Forfeited Estates made by Isaac Stoutenburgh & Philip Van Cortlandt, Commissioners of those Forfeitures for the Southern District of the State of New York.

The Wilsie/Wiltse families in New York state & Leeds / Grenville counties in Ontario, Canada, are also spelled Wilsee/Wiltsie. In Quebec, Canada (Willsie).

And another view: Claud McMillan's book "A History of My People and Yours", pg 510: "The Wiltse family was an ancient Dutch (Holland) family. The first emigrants arrived early in 1600, in New Netherlands".

Henrick Martenzen had married a Dutch wife.


"In the struggle with the Indians, a Wiltse was sent to build Fort Orange, where he was killed by the Indians, who took the 2 sons prisoner. The boys later were to be turned over to Catholic Jesuit brothers at Montreal, Canada. After some two years they escaped. Later on they found their way to Brazil, where there was a group of Dutch settlers".

"There in Brazil they used the name Martensen, where Philippe Martensen married and had as issue"

Philippe Maton, m. Sopia Ten Brock;
Hendrick Martense, m. Margaret Myers.
Marten Hendrickse, m. Marie Van Wyck.


Cornelius m. Ruth Smith.
Jeremiah m. 2nd Mary Smith.
James Wiltse m. Jane Lake."

Dutch naming patterns say that: is the correct name for a son of Hendrick Martense; "se" or "sen" meaning "son of". From this naming pattern, The one killed at Ft. Orange was known as, Marten Wiltse. Phillipe used the name of Phillipe Martensen, Phillipe, son of Marten.

Dutch settlers started arriving between 1612-1620. Ft. Orange, Albany was established about 1623 / 1624. Philippe Maton, or his son returned to New York with other Dutch families sometime in the mid 1600's, 1640 - 60.


II. Philippe Maton Wiltsee: known as "Marten", ***
(son of the Baron Alexander De Wiltz)
b. abt 1570
d. 1632 in Ft. Swaendael, Lewis, DE, at Waalbogt, Delaware Bay, Long Island, NY
Buried in Delaware

Possible birth locations are near Wiltz, Luxemburg; in Spanish Netherlands or Fourcin, Moselle, France.

II. m. (1st/w) unknown

II. m. (2nd/w) Philippette Caron, January 10, 1599,
Dutch Reformed Church, Leydon, Holland.
b. 1582
d. 1613

Children of Philippe Wiltsee & Philipotte Caron:

i. Lyntje2
ii. Pierre
iii. Maria
iv. Martin

II. m. (3rd/w) Sophia Ter Bosch/BUSCH 1615 in Leydon, Holland
b. 10-9-1598 in Overyssel, Zeeland, Netherlands
d. 1646 in Holland.

Children of Philippe Maton Wiltsee & Sophia Ter Bosch/BUSCH:

v. Macheltje
vi. Hendrick Martinsen
born on a ship to New Amsterdam

Philippe, who was a Protestant, fought in a 1597 battle under Prince Maurice against Germans and Spainiards under Count Frederick of Herenberg and in the written military records, was considered an excellent soldier. He was known as "Philippe Maton" and/or as "Frenchman Wiltsee."

The Walloon Church in Leyden, Holland, shows his marriage. There is a reference from a Dutch Reformed Church in Leyden. A marriage is documented from Baird: "Hugenout Emigration to America" p352.

"Philippe went to Ft. Orange, then went to New Amsterdam and his family lived near there for some time. They returned to Albany, the area of Duanesburg for several more generations".

"Philippe Maton Wiltsee Memorial", Jerome Wiltsee 1895. Charles Baird: "Huguenot Emigration to America" 1885 reissued 1985, p. 351 shows signatures to a document to the English ambassador in Holland, requesting a group, headed by Jesse de Forrest, "The signatures of such Walloons and French as offer themselves to goe to Verginia" dtd. 19 Jul 1621." shows Philippe included.

"They finally sailed in Mar 1623 in New Netherlands under Captain Cornilis Jacobsen May to the mouth of the Hudson River." "Once There 2 families went to the Delaware River; 2 to the Connecticut River and 18 to build a fort near the union of the Mohawk & the Hudson River".

At Ft Orange on the list is "Philippe Maton "teinturie et deux serviture" listed with "fem et 5 enfans". Translated, he was a dyer with two servants & five kids "as a representative of the West India Company, he was murdered by Indians .. while on a trip of exploration to one of the outlying forts".

III. Hendrick Martensen WILTSIE ***
(son of Philippe Wiltsee & Sophia Ter Bosch/BUSCH)
b. 14 March, 1623, at sea, enroute to, New Amsterdam.
d. 1712 New Amsterdam, NY
Buried. 1712 in Newtown, NY.

m. (1st/w) 10-1-1660, Dutch Reformed Church, Newtown, NY
Meijering/Meyeringh/Meyrinck/MEYERS Jensen
(dau Jas Meyrinck & Teuntje Straitsman)
& widow of Hermon Jansen van Lenneps,

b: abt 1633 Ft. Margaret, Dutch Colony, Brazil, SA
d: abt 26 Jun 1701/1704 Newtown, (Flatbush?), NY

m. (2nd/w) Aeltje Abrams, 7-11-1680, in New York Reformed Church.
d. New Amsterdam, NY

LDS film #0119077 A Register of Free Citizens & Villagers of Leiden: The period ranged from a 1599 to about 1625.

Phillippe Maton was in the textile industry in Leiden, a large, main centre for textiles at the time. Philippe was involved in Linen manufacturer.

The Wiltsie Family of Early NY is found in THE NEW YORK
GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 106 - July 1975, number 3, p 129-133; October 1975, p 211-217. Vol 107 - January 1976, p 15.2

A family to arrive in America from Holland was "said to be"Phillippe Maton Wiltsee in the year 1624."


According to LDS records
Place of birth, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, NY.

i. Sophia Hendricks Wiltsie chr. 10 Dec 1660.
ii. Jannetje Hendricks Wiltsie chr. 07 Jan 1663.
iii. Barber (Barbara) Hendricks Wiltsie chr. 01 Mar 1665.
iv. Marten Hendricksen Wiltsie chr. 03 Apr 1667.
v. Hendrick Hendricksen Wiltsie chr. 24 Nov 1669.
vi. Mijndert Hendricksen Wiltsie chr. 11 Feb 1672.
vii.Theunis Hendricksen Wiltsie chr. 10 Jan 1674. ***

Descendents of the marriage of Hendrick Martenzen Wiltsee & wife, Margaret Meyers/Margariet Meyrinck:

"New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, First Book of Records 1660-1752, Translated & Edited by A.P.G. Jos Van der Linde, & Published by the Holland Society of NY, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. 1983.

A letter from Hendrick Martenzen, has been signed with a fancy mark for a signature, on page 186 and 187 where he acknowledged receipt of goods from the late Teuntie Straetsman.

There's more on Hendrick Martenzen & the Straetsman family on pages, 253, 175,177,179 and 181. Marriage to an Indian chief's daughter was not proven.

Volume 106 July 1975 #3 p. 130 of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record: Hendrick moved from Fort Orange to New Amsterdam in 1659 .. the 1st known record is his marriage intention recorded was in the Dutch reformed Church 10 January 1660.

The marriage register shows the name of, Hendrick Martenszen, "a previously unmarried man" & Margrietje/Margaret/Meijering/Meyers was a widow of Hermon Jansen Van Lenneps, by whom she had a son, Jan Hermansen, birthdate unknown, who was listed next to his step-father, Hendrick Martinson, in a list of the inhabitants of Newtown in 1678.

By intention on 7 November 1680 Hendrick Martenzen Wiltsee later married his second wife Aeltje Abrams in the New York Reformed Church - recorded Wiltsie material NYBG Vol.106 #4 p.211 and NYBG Vol 107 p.17 & 161.

IV. Hendrick Theunise WILTSEE ***
b. 11 Jan 1674, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, NY
chr 11 Jan 1674, NY, NY
(son of Hendrick Martenzen Wiltsee & Margaret Meyeringh)
Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, NY/Quebec, Canada/Newtown, NY
d. Nov 1741 NY

m. 23-9-1697 Divertie GERRITS
Flatbush, NY.
b. abt 1675 Flatbush, NY.
d. 1741 Dobbs Ferry, NY.

V. Hendrick Theunise WILTSEE
(son of Henrdrick Theunise WILTSEE & Divertie Gerrits)
b. 3 Apr 1703, Newtown, NY
chr 29 June 1703, Newtown, NY
d. Nov 1794. NY

m 21-1-1726 Pieternelle VAN DE BOOG,
(dau of Isaac VAN DE BOOG & Hester Van Vleck)
b. 29-8-1703 NY.
chr. 29-6-1703 Newtown, NY.
d. 1785 NY, NY.


i. Teunis WILSEY
b. 25-2-1726, Newtown, NY

ii. Issac WILSEY
b. 17-Jun-1727, NY
chr 20-Aug-1727, NY

iii. Deborah WILTSEE
b. 14-Feb-1730, NY

iv. Wilhelmus Wiltsee ***
b. 4-Feb-1732, Quebec, Canada
d. 17-Jul-1813, Quebec, Canada

v. Hester WILTSEE
b. 26--Sep-1735, Quebec, Canada

vi. Geradus WILTSEE
b. 16-Aug-1737, Quebec, Canada

vii. Maria WILTSEE
b. 22-Mar-1739, Quebec, Canada

viii. Abraham WILTSEE
b. 1740, Quebec, Canada

ix. Petronella WILTSEE
b. 13-Feb-1742, Quebec, Canada

x. Hendrick WILTSEE
b. 27-Mar-1746, Quebec, Canada

xi. John WILTSEE
b. 28-Feb-1748
d. 26 Aug-1822
Buried in New Hackensack

VI. Wilhelmus WILTSEE
(son of Hendrick Theunise Wiltsee) ***
b. 4-2-1732 in Quebec, Canada.

m. (1st/w) Maria Pinkeni of Goegen, (Sarah's sister)
d. 17-7-1813 Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada.

m. (2nd/w) Sarah Pinckney, (Maria's sister)

Son: William Wiltsee
(son of Wilhelmus Wiltsee & Sarah Pinckni)
d. bur. Burr Oak, IA - all buried together

VII. William Wiltsee ***
(son of Wilhelmus Wiltsee & Sarah Pinckney)
b. 14-1-1764

m. (1st/w) Sarah (?) January 20, 1793.


b. 1-6-1770.
d. 1843, buried Adrian, MI.

Children of William Wiltsee and Sarah (?):

John b. 25-4-1794
Sarah b. 3-8-1795
William b. 30-12-1796
James b. 22-2-1798
Jacob b. 24-3-1801

Thomas b. 21-7-1802 ***

NOTE: Thomas Wiltsie is listed in the family Bible as being born, July 21, 1802 -- a copy of this page was sent me by Harry A. Willsie, born in Missouri, a Willsie branch cousin and a grandson to Goodwin, also known as "Govnier!.

Polly b. 2-9-1804
Joshua b. 10-4-1806
Rebecca b. 23-10-1807

m. (2nd/w) Elizabeth

Children of William & Elizabeth:

Moses and Aaron b. 28-1-1813 (twins)
Elizabeth b. 11-5-1816
Henry b. 27-9-1817

[Harry Alford Willsie, deaceased 2002]


An Ancient & Adventurous Cambri / Teutonic Wiltzi Tribe ... They have, in the past, been referred to by some historians as the"Merchants of North America".

Wiltz; Wiltza; Wiltze; Wiltzi; Wilts, Wiltsa; Wiltse; Wiltsi; Wiltzee; Wiltsee; Wiltsea; Wiltsey; Wiltsie; Wiltsen; Wiltzer; Wiltsius; Wilt; Wills; Willsa; Willse; Willsi; Willsee; Willsea; Willsey; Willsie; Willzer; Willsen; Willson; Willser; Willsius; Wilsa; Wilse; Wilsi; Wilsea; Wilsie; Wilsey; Wilzer; Wilser; Wilsius; Wilsen; Wilson & Wiltsu (an enumeration typed error)


VIII. Thomas Wiltsee ***
farmer (son of William & Sarah (?)
b. 21-7-1802.
baptism: Odeltown, Quebec, Canada.
d. 1855/1856 Chautauqua, NY

m. Sarah Harrington, 15-8-1830, Caroll, NY (22824) 9036
(daughter of Sir Richard & Sarah Harrington)
b. 1805 Rhode Island
d. 1895 in MO
Buried 1895 East Cemetery, Callao, Macon Co, MO

SEARCH NUMBER EIGHTEEN St. Charles Public Library, Macon County Volumes

Macon County Obituaries [1889 - 1903] - Part I, Page 64 -- Compiled by Phyllis E Mears

Mrs. Sarah [Harrington] [Wiltsie] Mathews, 90, died at the residence of her son G. Wilsie [Goodwin / "Govnier"] near Callao, Missouti, June 9, 1895.

She was born in 1805 in Rhode Island and the mother of 11 children of which 5 are still living, amongst these would be Govnier and Martin.

She was a member of the Christian Church near Callao, Missouri, where the funeral was held.

Children of Thomas Wiltsee & Sarah Harrington:

m. William DeWitt
Flora Willsie
Govnier Willsie
b. 18-5-1848 Frewsburg, Caroll Twp., Chautauqua, NY
d. 25-8-1928 Callao, MO
Buried as "George Alexander" (Goodwin in a later Census)
m. 28-4-1869 Rebecca Edwards (22839) 9040, Kewanee, Il


Sarah Willsie
Janet Wilsie
William Willsie, farmer
Asa Willsie, farmer
Martin Willsie ***
Richard Willsie - don.wilsey@cyber-quest.com

1840 Census (ages ranges):

Thomas Willsie, 50/40
Sarah Willsie, 40/30
2 children under, 20
2 children under, 15
1 child under, 05


1850 Census (JUNE 1, 1850) from Chautauqua County, New York, page 310
(error noted 48 written or 46 written over 40) - Chautauqua, NY, page 19

Wiltse, Thomas 48 - M - Farmer
Wiltse, Sarah 40 - F


William 19 M
Sarah 17 F
Asa 15 M Farmer
Martin 13 M ***
Janet 11 F (missing State 1855 Census)
Richard 9 M
Mary 6 F
Rebecca 4 F
Goodwin 2 M "Govnier"


Thomas Wiltsee's sons
left to right: Martin and Govnier Wiltsee

1855 New York (State) Census (approximate ages):

Thomas Willsie 1802 (age 57)
Sarah Willsie 1805 (age 54)


William 1831 (age 24)
Sarah 1833 (age 22)
Asa 1836 (age 19)
Martin 1838 (age 17) ***
Richard 1841 (age 14)
Mary 1844 (age 11)
Rebecca 1846 (age 9)
Govnier 1848 (age 7)
Flora 1849 (age 6)


Martin Willsie/Wilsie
(son of ThomasWiltsee & Sarah Harrington)
(2 errors in spelling) in the Michigan Veteran's Index:

Wiltser, Martin* Muskegon Co, Holton, MI 4 - 177
Wiltsu, Martin* Muskegon Co, Holton, MI 4 - 177

#4 (Supervisor's District) Civil War
#177 (Enumeration District) & Michigan Guard Unit (?)

* Asterisk after a name lists as an uncertain spelling.

The #s 22833 (1850 Census) & the # (22056):



In Muskegon, Michigan, in the Hackley Public Library:
Michigan's Veteran Index [1890], another misspelling is:

Wiltsen, Martin

In Fremont, Michigan, in the Fremont Area District Library:
Michigan's Veteran Index of 1890, another misspelling is:

Wiltson, Martin


Identifiying a St. Louis Tannery, where Martin Wilsie was most likely employed between 1867 - 1868, before acquiring farm property in Holton, Michigan. He was employed as an "Outfitter", as it relates to customizing gear for halters, bridles and harnesses and teams, etc.

Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley
A Topographical Survey drawn in perspective A.D.


PLATE [8]; SITE [2]

SCHULTZ CO. Proprietors,

Corner of Easton & Barton Streets, between Corandolet Avenue [n] & Jackson Street [s]

The Largest products of its kind in St. Louis

Its "Oak tanned leather" was claimed superior in the greater part of the north and the south. In the establishment of this enterprise, Mr. Schultz & Co. has filled a want long felt in St. Louis, which, prior to its formation, was to great extent dependant upon foreign markets for this very important trade.



Celia SMITH & Martin WILTSIE, by FLOOD & DILL, Fremont, Michigan.

Celia Smith: 15 years old & Martin Wiltsie was 28 years old,
married in McCosta, Michigan. Celia Smith wears her hair swept up,
behind the hair comb, with two large hair pins to keep it in place.

Data: Deborah J. Ronzio ronziostl@juno.com

Photo amongst unidentified photos in an album belonging to
Luella Belle Stone Gifford Church, grandmother of the Keefer gals.


Newaygo County, MI, Marriage Records:

Martin Wilsie & Celia Smith, 2 Oct 1865 at Newaygo, MI
Source is IGI Files - State: MI, Apr 1988
batch M518671/0379 - 25-11-1983 OG - Page 10,712.

IX. Martin Willsie/Wilsie, white, (22056) ***
son of Thomas Willsie, NY, & Sarah Harrington, R.I.
b. abt 1838 (1855 NY Census)
d. thought to have been in an institution


m. Celia Smith, white, Oct. 2, 1865, Newaygo, MI (22057) -- also # 8778



dau. of:

Elyjah/Eleazer Smith, NY, & Sarah Herrington/Herringdean/Herindean

Elyjah Smith -- [wrong given name]

b. 11-May-1814, NY, removed to MI with parents [1827]
removed to southern MI.

m. Sarah Herrington [in young manhood]

d. 15-3-1894, MI
Bur: Newaygo Co., MI., Dayton, Twp., Clark Cemetery

Patriotic Citizen & Wesleyan Methodist


1870 Census in April (page 207) - Willsie / Wilsie

age 35, b. NY, farmer, ***

age 18, b. MI February 27, 1850,Newaygo, Co.., MI.

age 8/12, b. MI, 23-8-1869, Cedar Creek, MI.


Muskegon County Births: vol. 1 (page 47),
Ida Wilsie: born on 23 Aug 1869, at Cedar Creek, MI,
to Martin & Celia (Smith) Willsie...

1 = "L" in Ida's name
2 = "LL" in her parents names


Muskegon County death index:

1917: Wilsie, Cora, vol. 3 pg 381

1931: Willsie, James D., vol. 5 pg 368

1932: Wilsie, Celia, vol. 5 pg 406

1932: Willsie, Laura Jane, vol. 5 pg 406
1937: Wilsie, Charles, vol. 5 pg 600

1944: Wilsie, Hugh, vol. 6 pg 271

1902: Willsea, Louessa, vol. 2 pg 293



Martin Wiltse, farmer, section 12, town of Holton, was born in the state of New York in 1938. After an exciting career as a backwoodsman and raftsman, in which he suffered many privations, he married in 1866 Miss Celia Smith, of Dayton, by whom he has four children. Mr. Wiltse can relate many incidents of his experience of an interesting character snd is deservedly high esteemed. He received a title to his homestead in Section 12 in 1875.

X. Ida Wilsie, white,
b. 23 Aug 1869, at Cedar Creek, MI.
d. 1945

m. Riley Church, white, IN,
son of (?) Church, OH, & (?)(?), IN
Occupation: farmer
b. February 1867
d. 1939

Children of the Marriage of Riley Church & Ida Wilsie:

Listed in the 1900 Federal Census - living next to Celia (Smith) Wilsie and her son, Charley, with a grand daughter Vera Wilsie.

Emory B. Church son 9 yrs

b. Apr 1891 MI

Mertie M. Church
dau 7 yrs

b. Nov 1892 MI
d. (?)
m. (?) Campbell

NOTE: Myrtle C. Campbell (a teacher in Muskegon, MI many years)

Celia E. Church
dau. 5 yrs
b. Sep 1894 MI

Nina G. Church
dau 3 yrs
b. Jul 1896 MI

Leslie A. Church
son 1 yr
b. Oct 1898 MI

X. - 1870 Census (page 360)

Charles Wilsie, white, (son of Martin Willsie & Celia Smith)
b. 1872
d. 1937

m. Cora M.
b. 1878
d. 1917

Reg # 9731 HOLTON TWP MI

Charley A. Wilsie

Born: Holton, Michigan, White, Widowed

Death: May 28, 1937

Record: July 20, 1937

Y. M. D. 65 years, 3 months, 11 days

Occupation: farmer

Caused of Death: myocarditis

Parents: Martin Wiltsie -- New York
Celia Smith -- Michigan

Buried Clark Cemetery [Public Cemetery]
Maple Island Road & West 48th Street, Fremont,
Michigan, Dayton Twp - with family members.

Child of the Marriage of Charles Wilsie & Cora (?):

Vera Wilsie
b. 1913 - 1951

Grant Area Newaygo County Project - Clark Cemetery Transcript
coordinator -

Vera Wilsie graduated at 13 from school and attended a state normal school in 2 years to get her degree & teaching certificate. She taught kindergarten and later 3rd grade. She became principal in a Newygo, Michigan, Elementary school. After her death an elementary school was named after her. I have visited the Vera Wilsie Elementary School.


Wilsie, Celia [Mother] (1 - March - 1850 - 1932)

Celia (Smith) Wilsie died at age 82 years, 9 months & 14 days,
her birthday is March 1, 1850.

It's recorded that she died December 13, 1932.

Her son, Charley Wilsie, wrote her obituary.

This data is found in the Hackley Public Library, Muskegon, Michigan.

Celia's borth is recorded by a Hereneen relative in the Herendeen Family Journal, as March 1, 1851, contradicting Charley Wilsie's written data.

There was a flu epidemic noted several times during the winter season, read in the Fremont Times/Indicator newspapers for dates through December of 1932.

This data was obtained at the White Cloud Community Library in mid-August, 2001

The flu epidemic data was obtained by viewing the micro-film for a period of time which began sometime later in 1932 and continued into an early period
of 1933.

Vera Wilsie, Charley's daughter, visited Hazel Smith, a younger relative of Celia Wilsie, on January 5th, 1933, shortly after Celia's death.

Celia [Smith] Willsie/Wilsie

Birthplace: Index Card - 11th (1890) National Archieves [1948] - Bundle 76 - Michigan's Veteran's Index.

Celia Smith Wilsie,

born: Mecosta, Michigan

Federal / Michigan Census

Michigan birthplace


Celia Smith found in the household at age 9 is:

In the household of Thomas Herringdean [her grandfather] & her mother Sarah [Smith] with her brothers and sisters:

Thomas H. 19 years born MI.

Charles 12 years born MI.

Celia 9 years born MI.

Cynthia 6 years born MI.

Celia Smith is listed born in Dayton, MI, in this record.

Celia Smith, married: October 2, [1866] in Muskegon County Marriage Index data, contradicting a Michigan Counties Index: October 2, 1865.

I have no Michigan Census data on Celia Smith at age 14 years of age.


Reg # 9731 HOLTON TWP, MI

Celia [smith] Wilsie

Born: Michigan White Widowed

Death: December 13, 1850

Record: 1 - 5, 1933

Y. M. D. 82 years 9 months 14 days

Occupation: Housewife

Caused of Death: Valvular Lesion of the Heart

Household: Thomas H. Smith [oldest brother]

Buried Clark Cemetery [Public Cemetery]
Maple Island Road & West 48th Street, Fremont,
Michigan, Dayton Twp - with family members.

Wilsie, Celia [Mother] (1850 - 1932)
Church, Ida B. [daughter] (1869 - 1945)
Church, Riley E. [husband] (1867 - 1939

Wilsie, Charles A. [1st son] (1872 - 1937)
Wilsie, Cora M. [wife] (1878 - 1917)
Wilsie, Vera [child] (1913 - 1951)

Wilsie, Stanley S [3rd son] (20-4-1880/28-1-1902)
(1 month old unnamed son 1880 Census)

Celia (Smith) Wilsie & family members buried in Clark Cemetery, Dayton Twp - Fremont

Located at Maple Island Road & 48th Streets. LDS Family History Library Obituary states Celia (Smith) Wilsie died December 31, [?] 1932.

X. Hugh Wilsie (22058), ***
(son of Martin Willsie, NY, & Celia Smith, MI
b. 1875 in MI, Muskegon Co., Holton, MI
d. 1944 Muskegon Co., Muskegon Heights, MI

m. (1-1-1902) Camalena Barks, (22059) Camalenna/Camalena & "Cama" Barks,
(dau. of John Barks & Helen McDonald), Dayton, Newaygo, MI.
b. 14-9-1883 in MI
d. 1952 Sept. 4 - Traverse City, MI.

Reg # 9731 HOLTON TWP MI

Huge Wilsie

Born: Holton, Michigan, White, Divorced

Death: June 20, 1944

Record: July 15, 1944

Y. M. D. 69 years, 6 months, 23 days

Occupation: Millwright

Caused of Death: thrombosis of the Heart & Uremia

Prents: Martin Wiltsie: Missouri
Celia Smith: Michigan

Buried Clark Cemetery [Public Cemetery]
Maple Island Road & West 48th Street, Fremont,
Michigan, Dayton Twp - with family members.

Hugh Wilsie, age 27, white, Muskegon Co., Holton, MI, born
MI, marine engineer & owner of Black Smith Shop in Pentwater, MI.

Photo (left to right) of Cama Barks and her mother
Helen McDonald Barks of Fremont, Michigan

Camalenna Barks, white, age 18, resides Dayton, Newaygo Co., MI, born MI, daughter of John Barks & Helen McDonald.

John Barks, age 35, Ohio, m. Helen MacDonald, age 22, Canada, 5-10-1878. Muskegon County


Vol. 4, page 298, #4390 license date 30 Dec, 1901, m. 1-1-1902, Holton, MI.

Hugh & "Cama": m. by A. M. Conklin, minister of the gospel. 1902
Witnesses: Velma Smythe of Fremont & Charles Wilsie (Hugh's older brother), Holton, MI.

X. Wilsie, Stanley S.
b. 4-20-1880
d. 1-28-1902

Hugh Wilsie occupational training: farmer; marine engineering, Muskegon Co. MI. He ranked foreman in Upper Michigan Tannery. He trained as blacksmith and owned a Blacksmith Shop in Pentwater, MI. He was trained by instructors while in his forties 1926-1932.

Grandma Cama Wilsie Visiting The Ashley Street House, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Maurice James Wilsie

In His Elder Years, New Zealand

Dorothy Wilsie Visiting,
Karl and Celia Wilsie

Children of the marriage of Hugh & Cama Wilsie:

XI. Maurice James Wilsie
b. 26-11-1907, Muskegon County, MI
m. 1-17-31, Addelle Mysen, Muskegon, MI, in Ann Arbor, MI,
(divorced), 8-7-1935
d. 3-7-1977, Morrinsville, New Zealand

Maurice James Wilsie

Maurice's 1st Wife: Addelle Julia Esther Mysen

Children of the Marriage of Maurice & Addelle Wilsie:

XII. Karl Hugh Wilsie
b. 10-7-1932, Ann Arbor, MI

m. 12-12-1955, Dona Rosan Sullivan, Ann Arbor, MI. LIVING

XII. Celia Ann Wilsie
b. 25-1-1934

m. 10-8-1957, Raymond Willian Freese, Columbia, MO.

Maurice Wilsie & Addelle Mysen (divorced 8-7-1935)

Karl Hugh (Wilsie) Staubach

Karl Hugh Wilsie was legally adopted in Ann Arbor, MI,
after Addelle's 2nd marriage to Charles Neff Staubach,
becoming Karl Hugh Staubach. 1994


Celia Ann (Wilsie) Staubach Freese

Celia Ann Wilsie was legally adopted in Ann Arbor, MI, after Addelle's 2nd marriage to Charles Neff Staubach, becoming Celia Ann Staubach. Photo taken in 1986.


XI. Dorothy Wilsie
b. 1912, MI
m. Eugene R. Kuhne, of Chicago, IL, LIVING, (divorced)
Hart, Whitehall & Pentwater, MI
Christmas tree Farm, Cherry Orchards (Truck Farming)
d. 23-4-1980, age 67, in Chicago, IL.

Children of the Marriage of Dorothy & Eugene Kuhne:

Clair Jean (Kuhne)
(1st/h) ? Goldsmith, Hart, MI; Canada
(2nd/h) ? Strausberg, Chicago, IL


Kay (Kuhne) Ting, Hart, MI; FL.


Norman Eugene Kuhne, Hart, MI; New Mexico; Brazil
(single parent)


While Hugh was in Upper Michigan, he, Cama, Maurice and Dorothy were together for a while, as he began trade skills. Martin was never a lodger with Hugh after 1880 during Hugh's trade training in Algier County, Upper Michigan.


1880 Census Index - Department of Commerce (Bureau of the Census) micro-film: Soundex Roll W 420, Volume 20 Enumeration District 183


WILLSIE, Martin: White Male 42 New York Muskegon Co.
Celia Wife 28 Mecosta MI
Ida Dau. 10 Holton MI
Charley Son 09 Holton MI
Hugh Son 06 Holton MI
(unnamed) Son 1/12Holton MI (Sheet # 1) [Stanley S.]
Auyer, Edwin unrelated 18 NY (Sheet # 2)


"Farmers followed the lumberman and in this period are found the names of Wiltze..." (time period appears to be between 1870's and 1880's) - Holton Area Centennial Booklet: 1871-1971.

Cathy Burnsed

Mecosta County was named after the Chief Mecosta, chief of the Potawatomi Indians. It was established in 1859. The word Mecosta means, BEAR CUB.

Monica Erickson - Coordinator for:

Mecosta Co.: MIGenWeb Project http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimecost
Muskegon Co.: MIGenWeb Project http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimuskeg
Newaygo Co.: MIGenWeb Project http://www.rootsweb.com/~minewayg
TRY: http://www.rootsweb.com/~macdonald.html

Hugh Wilsie is listed in 1902 in the Marriage Record as having an occupation of a marine engineer. Trade learned in Muskegon County in mature years ...


11th Census 1890 National Archives 1948 - MI Bundle 76 MICHIGAN'S VETERAN INDEX: St. Charles Katherine Linneman Public Library, St. Charles, Missouri

Researched at LDS Family History Center, Clayton, MO
micro-film Roll: M123 #20 338179, Supervisor's District 177, pg (2) & Enumberator District 4:

#19: Wiltzer/Wiltzu, Martin: Muskegon County, Holton, MI
Household (84) - 87 (family) - Veteran Status:

Rank: Minor Civil Division
Company: (n/a)
6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry

Date of Enlistment: August 1, 1864
Date of Discharge: March 1, 1865

Length of Service: six months
Disability: fistula on rectum & hernia
Fistula:an abcessed and/or ulcerated opening on rectum

The handwriting was written hastily or interpreted wrong through poor vision. But it WAS listed as Wiltsie in the records.


1894 Michigan Veteran's Census:
Martin Wilsie - in Muskegon Co., Holton, MI.


1900 Michigan Census

Martin H. Wilsie - Roscommon Co. - Born NY
Father: Born NY & Mother: Born R.I.

Listings are consistant with Thomas Wiltsee & Sarah Harrington from Chauytauqua, NY - a first time his middle initial is given.
- Harry Alford Willsie, deceased 2002


Martin Wilsie & Celia (Smith) Wilsie were divorced by the 1900 Federal Census.

Celia Wilsie's parents are listed as: L. Smith Canada & Sarah Herrington R.I.).

Celia Smith is listed in Mecosta at time of the marriage at age 15.


Roscommon County, Marriage Records: Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, MI, December 12, 1908. Both previously married.

Martin married Mrs. Mary Eyandahl, Roscommon Co., MI., born Sweden, daughter of James Peterson & Anna Sardok

Witnesses: Henry & Hattie Robinson of Houghton Lake. Officiating at the marriage was Henry Ismond, Justice of the Peace

A 2nd Marriage Record of Martin, shows Martin H. Wilsie, born NY, occupation: Farmer - Father: Thomas Wiltsee & Mother: Sarah Herrington, R.I.

Harry Alford Willsie Research, deceased 2002

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